Sunday, April 25, 2010

A WILD Spring Saturday in the Deep South

What an unbelievable day of severe weather and flooding rainfall across the Deep South yesterday. I really did hit the wording hard, in reference to the High risk severe weather outlook from the SPC. The reason I did is that most of the time something really, really bad happens within that High risk area, and yesterday was no different. An extremely dangerous supercell thunderstorms tracked from the parishes of NE Louisiana through the entire state of Mississippi before entering NW Alabama and finally losing its punch, but not before it caused massive damage throughout NE Louisiana and Mississippi. Perhaps the hardest hit area is Yazoo City in Mississippi, where there is extensive damage and injuries and fatalities were the end result. As of this morning there are 10 confirmed deaths in the state of Mississippi.

Here in Alabama, it took a while to get things going, mainly due to the shield of very heavy rainfall over Central Alabama, but once that pushed to the east, the airmass began to destabilize and storms began to redevelop back in eastern Mississippi. As those storms moving into Central and Northern Alabama, they because supercells, and confirmed tornadoes were reported.

Our biggest concern today is a Wind Advisory that will be in effect this afternoon. Storm survey crews from the National Weather Service will be out in full force, looking at damage from places like Demopolis, southern Walker County, Cullman County, and also the extensive damage being reported up in Albertville and locations to the northeast of there.

I will post the findings of the storm survey crews as soon as they become available. Please be thinking of those that suffered loss yesterday and those that were injured. I will say that it really does look like the warning process was really outstanding yesterday throughout the event. Based on the parameters that were showing up, I do believe the High risk was correct, and the individual National Weather Service offices really did an outstanding job saving lives yesterday during a very difficult day. I am just really honored to be a very small part of the warning process- understand that while I may post some very strong wording on a day like yesterday, it is not meant to scare anyone, but instead it is meant to let you know that it is a big deal and to take it seriously. A day like yesterday will happen again some time in the future, and we have to be just as ready.

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