Thursday, July 27, 2023

Couple Tornadoes in Madison County Recently

Thanks to the National Weather Service in Huntsville staff for reminding me where to find these statements, since Elon Musk's reign of terror on Twitter has proceeded to incapacitate Daryl Herzmann's excellent "IEMBOT" accounts. Which I had come to rely on for things like this.  

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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

1218 PM CDT Sun Jul 23 2023


...NWS Damage Survey for 07/21/23...


..Hampton Cove Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    93 mph

Path Length /statute/:  7.1 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   50.0

yards Fatalities:       0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             07/21/2023

Start Time:             5:26 PM CDT

Start Location:         7 NNW Owens Crossroads / Madison County / AL

Start Lat/Lon:          34.6763 / -86.5016


End Date:               07/21/2023

End Time:               5:37 PM CDT

End Location:           4 SW Paint Rock / Madison County / AL

End Lat/Lon:            34.623 / -86.3944


Survey Summary:

The tornado initially touched down northwest of Highway 431 S. in

Hampton Cove along Paul Drive off of Old Big Cove Road. It skipped

south and east as it crossed Highway 431 at Hampton Cove Cemetery,

causing sporadic tree and limb damage. From there the tornado

moved southeast as it approached Old Highway 431, crossing

portions of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove.

Sporadic tree damage was noted along Masters Drive, Augusta Trace,

and Hampton Cove Way into the main entrance of the neighborhood on

the Bypass. Trees were snapped and uprooted at this location near

the waterfall at the entrance to the subdivision, and tornado

width was estimated at about 40 yards.


From here, the tornado continued south and east across mainly

rural portions of the golf course as it approached Old Highway

431 heading to Cherry Tree. Trees were downed at the ball fields

at this location, before the tornado strengthened as it approached

homes further down Cherry Tree Road. A home suffered damage when

trees were blown down onto the structure, as well as trees snapped

near the bases at this location. The tornado was at its strongest

at this location, with 93mph wind speeds and a width of 50 yards

as it snapped the trees about 2-5 feet from their bases.


From this point south and east the tornado produced sporadic tree

damage following Goose Creek along Cherry Tree Road. The last

noted damage occurred near the intersection of Cherry Tree Road

and Old Gurley Pike. Additional satellite data may be necessary to

get an official end point as the road network ended, and trees

may have been downed in the distance on ridge to the north of this

location.


Thanks to Madison County EMA and local residents for their

assistance this weekend with the survey.


&&


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the

following categories:


EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph

EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph

EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph

EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph

EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph

EF5...Violent...>200 mph


NOTE:

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to

change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS

Storm Data.


$$


Amin/Boyd


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Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

235 PM CDT Wed Jul 19 2023



...NWS Damage Survey for 07/18/23 Tornado Event...


.MONROVIA ALABAMA...


Rating:                 EF-0

Estimated Peak Wind:    80 mph

Path Length /statute/:  2.4 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   100 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             July 18, 2023

Start Time:             5:14 PM CDT

Start Location:         4 SE Harvest, Madison County, AL

Start Lat/Lon:          34.81/-86.71


End Date:               July 18, 2023

End Time:               5:18 PM CDT

End Location:           6 SE Harvest, Madison County, AL

End Lat/Lon:            34.79/-86.68


NWS and Madison County EMA survey team determined that minor damage

concentrated near Monrovia, AL was associated with an EF-0 tornado with

winds of approximately 80 mph. The small tornado likely formed quickly

along the leading edge of a Mesoscale Convective Complex and touched down

near the intersection of Jeff Rd and Kelly Spring Rd in Northern Madison

County. Large branches and sections of hard and soft wood trees were downed

a neighborhood east of Jeff Rd. The tornado, which likely was not fully

descended to the ground, continued southeast and caused more tree damage

near the Matt Phillips Rd and Douglass Rd intersection. As the tornado

approached the Indian Creek and Blake Bottom Rd intersection, several trees

were damaged or uprooted along with roof damage to structures off Stoney

Ln. The tornado likely lifted along Blake Bottom Rd. It should be noted

that this tornado occurred in a rather big wind field associated with the

MCS, with straight-line winds of similar magnitude. This highlights the

need to take shelter during Severe Thunderstorm Warnings as straight line

winds can easily be similar magnitude as low-end tornadic winds.



&&


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the

following categories:


EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph

EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph

EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph

EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph

EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph

EF5...Violent...>200 mph


NOTE:

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to

change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS

Storm Data.


$$


Barron/RAD


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