North Alabama Meteorology

North Alabama Meteorology

02/24/2016
Jason Simpson

Jason Simpson

Snow on Monte Sano! Thanks to Jon Crowe for the video!

No accumulation expected, but I love watching it fall anyway.

02/01/2016
Brad Travis WAFF 48 Meteorologist

Brad Travis WAFF 48 Meteorologist

Tuesday threats include tornadoes,flooding and wind gusts over 60mph. Developing after 4pm. #48WxDay

We are currently tracking a severe storm setup for Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night. It is still too far away to ...
01/29/2016

We are currently tracking a severe storm setup for Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night. It is still too far away to accurately predict but it is worth noting this now. This event is a week away and normally we don't see these types of events until a day or two beforehand. However, we are getting very strong model guidance A WEEK ahead! This does not bode well. The Storm Prediction Center had this to say today. "THE EVOLUTION OF A SEVERE SQUALL LINE APPEARS POSSIBLE BY EARLY TUESDAY...WHICH IS EXPECTED TO INTENSIFY FURTHER AND RAPIDLY PROPAGATE NORTHEASTWARD INTO AND THROUGH PORTIONS OF THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS. NEAR OR JUST AHEAD OF THE SOUTHERN FLANK OF THE SQUALL LINE...ACROSS PORTIONS OF MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA...APPEARS THE BEST CHANCE FOR DISCRETE SUPERCELLS. LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES ALL APPEAR POSSIBLE." We will continue to monitor the situation and will updated as needed. Good night everyone.

-Braylan L.

Watching the potential for Strong to Severe Thunderstorms on Tuesday/Wednesday... Supercell Composite on Wednesday. Alon...
01/27/2016

Watching the potential for Strong to Severe Thunderstorms on Tuesday/Wednesday... Supercell Composite on Wednesday. Along with models of the radar. There is a risk of a few Supercell Thunderstorms as well. Models only run so far but there is the potential for a winter storm around the 12th according to the GFS model.

01/27/2016

Winter is still here, so winter storms remain possible from time to time. Big warm up in the coming days so enjoy it.
~j.o

Monday's mild weather followed by rain, more cold air
01/26/2016
Monday's mild weather followed by rain, more cold air

Monday's mild weather followed by rain, more cold air

It wasn't the warmest day of January 2016, but sixty degrees sure felt good Monday afternoon! Huntsville International (Huntsville's official reporting station) hit 60ºF at 3:47 PM. Muscle Shoals' ...

01/22/2016
Tornado Helmet Safety

Tornado Helmet Safety

...LOCAL AREA EMERGENCY FOR COLBERT...CULLMAN...DEKALB...
FRANKLIN...JACKSON...LAUDERDALE...LAWRENCE...LIMESTONE...
MADISON...MARSHALL...MORGAN...FRANKLIN...LINCOLN...AND MOORE
COUNTIES...

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES IN NORTH ALABAMA AND SOUTHERN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE.

SNOWFALL CONTINUES TO PUSH EAST ACROSS THE REGION EARLY THIS
EVENING. GIVEN THE SNOWFALL ALONG WITH RESIDUAL MOISTURE FROM
EARLIER RAINFALL AND TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE MIDDLE TO UPPER
20S...MANY ROADWAYS WILL BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS THIS EVENING.

AS A RESULT OF THE DETEORIATING ROAD CONDITIONS...PEOPLE ARE
DISCOURAGED FROM TRAVELING TONIGHT. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...USE EXTREME
CAUTION...SLOW DOWN...AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR
DESTINATION. ALSO BE ALERT FOR ANY LOCAL ROAD CLOSURES
OR OTHER TRAVEL BULLETINS.

James Spann
01/21/2016

James Spann

Another good one floating around Twitter this afternoon....

PHOTOS: Alabama sees a little snow!
01/10/2016
PHOTOS: Alabama sees a little snow!

PHOTOS: Alabama sees a little snow!

(WHNT) - It's starting to look a little bit more like winter time here in the Tennessee Valley. Some of our viewers got some snow! Did you see any snow where you live? We would love to see your ...

WAFF 48 News
01/06/2016

WAFF 48 News

"Dear Huntsville, I want to give you a flag."

A man in Italy found out Huntsville didn't have a flag, and he wanted to change that.

What do you think of the design? http://shout.lt/bn7lP

December's warmth is gone, and January looks much colder
01/01/2016
December's warmth is gone, and January looks much colder

December's warmth is gone, and January looks much colder

If you thought Winter would never come, you are going to be surprised in coming weeks. After the warmest December on record in the Tennessee Valley, things are changing: Rounding out 2015: December...

Firsthand Weather
12/31/2015

Firsthand Weather

The latest run of the European model continues to show an intrusion of Arctic air into the eastern and parts of the southern U.S. early next week. This will probably be followed by a brief warmup east, and then the real excitement begins.

-Matthew

Jason Simpson
12/31/2015

Jason Simpson

The Tennessee Valley's benchmark snowstorm began 52 years ago today. 19.5" of snow in Florence is still the state record. Photo by H.D. Bagley (via Bamawx.com - Mike Wilhelm's Alabama Weather Blog).

Here's the 50th anniversary information we posted two years ago (pay no attention to the forecast maps in that post) http://valleywx.com/2013/12/17/alabamas-snowstorm-of-record-new-years-eve-1963/

12/31/2015
Firsthand Weather

Firsthand Weather

After looking at the forecast model guidance from last night and today, everything is really starting to come together.

1) The first intrusion of Arctic air comes next week for the eastern U.S. As expected, temperatures will swing back and forth a while, but that's expected early on with this transition. Still, it's going to feel much colder simply because it's been so warm in December.

2) The models are finally starting to pick up on the southern winter storm I've been talking about. The period to watch will be right after the 10th. Models will be all over the place with details, BUT I do like for models to pick up on at least something. The timeframe is about right, so everything is going as expected. In the meantime, there will be other systems to watch before that date.

3) Forecast models also are calling for a major Arctic plunge mid-month right after the winter storm moves through. We'll still be in the midst of a pattern transition so a lot of details are going to have to be ironed out with that.

4) I know I just talked a lot about the forecast models, but we're getting in the period where it's good for the models to start 'seeing' what has been predicted by Firsthand Weather for a while now. Details (e.g. who gets what) really aren't important this far it. The model guidance will change on exact details A LOT, but that's really not that big of a deal right now.

I plan on posting a big article on all of this either tomorrow or on the 2nd. I'll let you know!

-Matthew

Kenneth Copeland Ministries
12/28/2015

Kenneth Copeland Ministries

The people of Texas need your prayers! Deadly tornadoes struck the Dallas/Fort Worth area last night, killing at least 11 people. Homes, businesses and churches have been destroyed. Please pray for all involved (victims, first responders, etc.) AND pray against any more destructive weather forecasted to hit the area again today.

Thank you God that you answer your children when they call and you are an ever-present help in times of trouble. Help and comfort the victims, heal their bodies, and show them what to do. Send forth your laborers to help in this time of need. We take our authority over these storms and command them to dissipate. We declare there will be no more damage today, and that Jesus is Lord over these storms of Texas. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

12/28/2015
Brad Travis WAFF 48 Meteorologist

Brad Travis WAFF 48 Meteorologist

We have declared Monday a First Alert Weather Day due to the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms and flooding rain. A flash flood watch will go into effect at 6am Monday morning. It is possible some areas of North Alabama and southern Tennessee will also be under a tornado watch at that time if current forecast trends continue.

We have been watching a powerful storm system develop over Texas and Oklahoma the past 24 hours. This storm will head east overnight tonight. As the storm moves east it will create conditions that could lead to a line of strong to severe thunderstorms moving into NW Alabama between 6am and 9am Monday. This line will likely contain damaging wind gusts 45-65 mph along with the potential for embedded tornadoes within the line. This line will move east and enter the middle part of North Alabama between 9am and 11am. Expect the strong gusty winds, heavy rain and embedded tornado threat to then move into NE Alabama by the Noon hour.

Locally heavy rain with rainfall totals between 1-2” within one hour could lead to additional flash flooding. Stay tuned to the WAFF 48 First Alert Storm Trackers for the latest information. We will stream our Live First Alert million watt Doppler radar during the overnight hours. You can get additional information on our WAFF Weather App and at waff.com. You can also connect with our meteorologists on social media. For most areas this will be a daytime event and we will have complete coverage beginning at 4:30am on WAFF 48 News Today.

Cooler air will move in behind the front with highs in the 50s for Tuesday and Wednesday. More light rain will move in Wednesday. Expect much cooler weather for the start of 2016 with highs into the weekend only in the 40s. Overnight lows will be around Freezing Thursday-Sunday.

Stay weather alert!

Brad Travis
Chief Meteorologist
WAFF 48 First Alert Weather

Stormy Monday: What to expect from the next wave of storms
12/27/2015
Stormy Monday: What to expect from the next wave of storms

Stormy Monday: What to expect from the next wave of storms

Here we go again... Let's just get right into it. There are a variety of issues that could cause severe and/or disruptive weather Monday. The above outlook from the Storm Prediction Center tells on...

12/27/2015
Brad Travis WAFF 48 Meteorologist

Brad Travis WAFF 48 Meteorologist

Monday is a First Alert Weather day. Potential for damaging winds, flooding and embedded tornadoes within a line of strong to severe storms that will enter NW Alabama between 4-7am and track east. More details on WAFF 48 News at 5 and 10.

James Spann
12/27/2015

James Spann

Four people were killed in cars at I-30 at the Bush Turnpike in Garland, TX tonight. This is why we say over and over... a car is a death trap during a tornado.

James Spann
12/27/2015

James Spann

At least four people have been killed by a tornado this evening in Garland, TX... just northeast of Dallas...

Multiple tornadoes strike North Texas
12/27/2015
Multiple tornadoes strike North Texas

Multiple tornadoes strike North Texas

Tornadoes apparently hit the Ovilla, Rowlett and Garland area on Saturday evening as dangerous weather moved through North Texas the day after Christmas.

12/27/2015
Firsthand Weather

Firsthand Weather

Unfortunately, there have been 4 confirmed fatalities in Garland, Texas. A large apartment complex was hit, and unconfirmed reports from the Garland Scanner is saying that a "field full of bodies" were found. Unfortunately, I'm hearing the same thing for I-30. The 4 deaths are confirmed, but all of this other info is unconfirmed at this point.

-Matthew

James Spann
12/27/2015

James Spann

Picture of the Rowlett tornado (just northeast of Dallas) tonight... From @mcmatt945

James Spann
12/26/2015

James Spann

Rain totals over the past three days…

James Spann
12/26/2015

James Spann

Pictures from tornado damage yesterday in the Midfield/Southwest Birmingham area… Photos from @nwsbirmingham

James Spann
12/26/2015

James Spann

Tornado damage in the Fairfield area... photo from @ganucheauadam There have been injuries. Extent not known.

US National Weather Service Birmingham Alabama
12/26/2015

US National Weather Service Birmingham Alabama

Here are some 48 hour rainfall totals and radar estimates across the state as of 9pm this evening. Lots of 8+inch estimates from radar out there, with very heavy actual observed totals as well.

US National Weather Service Birmingham Alabama
12/26/2015

US National Weather Service Birmingham Alabama

Here's the threat areas tonight for widespread flooding. Roads are inundated in many areas, and small creeks and streams have overflowed their banks in many areas. Rural roadways will be the most dangerous. Don't travel unless you have to, and if you encounter a flooded roadway, TURN AROUND...DON'T DROWN!!!

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