Posted: March 1, 2007 in Weather

Never Good

A “high” risk for severe weather is never a good thing.  As far as I know, I have only been in two “high risk” situations:

1.  April 8, 1998 – Huge tornado outbreak, including an F5 which ripped through northeastern suburbs of Birmingham, killing around 30 people (reportedly sucked people right out of their basements).  It seemed like the tornado sirens stayed on constantly.  One was spotted near the Summit (one mile from our apartment at the time), but didn’t touch down until a few miles away.  Damage everywhere.  I’ll never forget that the sky before the event had this freakish brown-green tint to it all day.  Like the air was…sick…somehow.

2.  Last spring – when the super-size hailstorm hit.  Wow.  You remember the storm (if you lived here).  That’s why most people you see have been getting new roofs.  Fortunately, none of the radar-tracked tornadoes ever touched the ground.  But the sound of the hail hitting the roof that night was deafening.  Yikes.

For those who accuse me of being an alarmist or some sort of weather freak, I’m not.  I find weather events interesting and probably have suppressed some desire to be a meteorologist over the years (so maybe I am a freak about this stuff, heh).  Seriously, it’s days like this that people don’t need to be afraid of, but definitely need to be aware of the potential for problems and listen out for alerts.

Btw…check this statement out from the Storm Prediction Center:

AREAS AFFECTED…ERN AR ACROSS NRN MS…WRN/MIDDLE TN…NRN AL

CONCERNING…SEVERE POTENTIAL…TORNADO WATCH LIKELY

VALID 011254Z – 011400Z

WIDESPREAD SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL TO INCLUDE POSSIBLE LONG-TRACK
TORNADOES WILL INCREASE ACROSS THE MS AND TN VALLEYS THROUGH THIS
MORNING. TORNADO WATCH COORDINATION ACROSS THESE AREAS WILL COMMENCE
SHORTLY.

POWERFUL LARGE SCALE MID/UPPER TROUGH CONTINUES TO MOVE EAST ACROSS
THE PLAINS THIS MORNING WITH PRONOUNCED DIFFLUENT FLOW OF OVER 100KT
FORECAST TO SPREAD EAST ATOP INCREASINGLY MOIST AND UNSTABLE WARM
SECTOR FROM THE NRN GULF COAST NWD ACROSS MS/AL…AND MUCH OF TN.
GIVEN SPEED OF THE UPPER SYSTEM AND WIDESPREAD NATURE OF THE
INTENSIFYING VERTICAL MOTION…A LARGE PDS WATCH MAY BE NEEDED.
STRENGTH OF LOW LEVEL SHEAR AND LOW LFC WILL SUPPORT THE POTENTIAL
FOR FAMILIES OF LONG-TRACK SUPERCELL STORMS. TORNADO
THREAT…CURRENTLY WELL ESTABLISHED OVER SRN MO…AR…AND LA…WILL
SHIFT STEADILY EWD ACROSS THE MS RIVER THROUGH THE MORNING.

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