Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Severe T'Storm Warning

5:13 PM - All right, so we have two separate areas of severe thunderstorm activity. One is still back in Eastern Marion County. And this other one affects us in Southern Cullman County, up to Hanceville, well South of the city of Cullman. But both of these areas are showing weak rotation at times and generally look like supercell thunderstorms trying to get organized. And you always have to watch those a little extra close. 

If you're in either of these warning polygons, I'd be in a small room (or hallway) on the lowest floor of a sturdy house, away from windows. 

5:17 - That warning in Cullman County also clips far Northeast Walker County and part of Blount County, down to Smoke Rise. Looks like definitely a threat of large hail in this storm, which makes sense since it is trying to be supercellular. 

People in Cullman will also want to be watching the progress of this storm now coming over into Winston County, prompting another Severe Thunderstorm Warning from about Lynn up to Double Springs. 

5:41 - Watching that storm in Southern Winston County and also the storms in Blount County are severe. We've seen for sure that the storm in Blount County is producing severe hail, seemed like golfball-sized or pretty close. 

6:02 PM - Still watching that severe thunderstorm coming through places like Camp McDowell back in Winston County. The other storms near here are not severe. The one in Blount County has now moved down into Jefferson and St. Clair Counties, so we'll hand that one off to Central Alabama. 

6:17 - As of right now, all the warnings in North Alabama have been allowed to expire, and storms remain below severe limits. 

They do have some issues further down into Central Alabama, East of Birmingham mainly, some storms that may be producing golfball-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts. 

By the way, I made a mistake earlier in reporting the hail size for . . . I think it was Smoke Rise. The National Weather Service in Birmingham asked James Spann on social media how large the hail was, if the person sending the video had told him. And he said a half-inch, 1/2". But I mistakenly reported it as more like 1 1/2" because of another picture or video I saw from Blount County and called it golfball-sized hail. That may not have been correct. But either way, it ramped up and produced that kind of hail later on. 

6:21 - The Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been cleared for all Tennessee counties and for Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, and Jackson Counties. The rest of North Alabama remains under the watch tentatively until 8 PM. 

6:23 - A special weather statement has been issued for a thunderstorm with small hail and winds up to 40 miles per hour, which is below severe limits, for about Dodge City and Garden City on South to the Southern tip of Cullman County. So this includes places like the Colony, Bremen, Brushy Pond, Cold Springs, and Bugtussle. 

6:25 - All right, and we just got another Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of Marion and Winston Counties. 

This is going to affect communities like Hamilton, Lynn, Natural Bridge, and the Marion County Public Lake. Winds are estimated to gust up to 60 mph and the hail up to quarter-size, an inch in diameter.

That storm in Southern Cullman County is the one that earlier carried a warning in Winston County but appears to have weakened somewhat. 

6:34 - That storm has been upgraded to a warning so going to post that separately now. 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning




Severe Thunderstorm Warning

National Weather Service Huntsville AL

503 PM CDT Wed Aug 9 2023

The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...

  Southwestern Cullman County in north central Alabama...

* Until 530 PM CDT.

* At 502 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Smith Dam, or

  14 miles north of Sumiton, moving east at 35 mph.

  HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

  SOURCE...Radar indicated.

  IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage

           to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include...

  Hanceville, Dodge City, Garden City, Colony, Wilburn, Bremen,

  Arkadelphia, Black Bottom and Smith Lake.


For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a


Continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm.

Move indoors immediately. Lightning is one of nature`s leading

killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to

be struck by lightning.


LAT...LON 3389 8701 3390 8710 3392 8708 3396 8711

      3397 8714 3399 8714 3408 8670 3406 8668

      3406 8671 3403 8670 3395 8679 3396 8682

      3393 8686 3394 8688 3392 8689 3391 8692

      3387 8692 3386 8696 3386 8699

TIME...MOT...LOC 2202Z 271DEG 32KT 3395 8699







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