Severe Storms Impacting Alabama and Georgia Tuesday July 31 2012

Severe Storms are already impacting North Alabama at this hour 1:45 AM EDT 7/31/2012. Numerous Severe Thunderstorm Warnings have been issued thus far.

Looking at radar trends the past few hours the overall coverage of the MCS [ Mesoscale Convective System ] storm complex early this morning is yet to fill in, it is still on track to better organize and bring more severe weather to areas in Alabama and Georgia through this morning and the afternoon hours. The greatest threat will be Damaging winds along with hail, heavy rains and copious amounts of lightning as reported via twitter.

The first round of severe weather is as stated currently impacting areas of North Alabama. I feel as though this area will continue to impact this area and to the south in Central Alabama through the early morning hours. I also feel that the activity entering Northern Georgia will intensify in the coming hours and possibly impact the Atlanta area between 6 and 8 AM this morning.

This complex of storms will continue to build and regenerate throughout the day rotating around the eastern fringe of high pressure located to the west. The storm will rotate in a clockwise manner basically training from North to south.

Here is a panel showing Simulated Radar beginning at 5 AM EDT Tuesday July 31 2012 and running through 5 PM EDT. At this time now 2 AM EDT the simulation has a fairly good handle on what is currently occurring. Click Images to Enlarge.

Here is a graphic showing what I think the movement of the storms will be through the morning and should also occur throughout the day, rotating in the clockwise manner mentioned above.

Here are the most recent graphics issued by the Storm Prediction Center this morning at 2 AM EDT.

Much of the southeast is covered by the ‘Slight Risk’ category for seeing Severe Storms.

Probability of damaging thunderstorm winds or wind gusts of 50 knots or higher within 25 miles of a point. Much of the Southeast has a 15% chance while an elevated risk of 30% exist for south Georgia, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Probability of one inch diameter hail or larger within 25 miles of a point. While hail has been reported early this morning, it remains a low risk of seeing any. Only 5% for the entire area.

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See the lead up to this event posted Monday July 30 2012 at 5:40 AM EDT here – Georgia / Alabama Possible Severe Storms Tuesday July 31 2012

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Invest 99L – Atlantic

Something to watch in the Atlantic…

Date: Jul. 30, 2012 6:00 Z (Monday)
Coordinates: 9.7N 34.3W
Pressure (MSLP): 1010 mb (29.83 inHg | 1010 hPa)
Wind speed (1 min. avg.): 20 knots (23 mph | 10 m/s | 37 km/h)
Location: 813 statue miles (1308 km) to the WSW (244°) from Praia, Cape Verde.
Isobar details: The last closed isobar has a pressure of 1012 mb. (29.89 inHg | 1012 hPa) The radius of the last closed isobar is 200 nautical miles. (230 miles | 370 kilometers)
Radius of Max Winds: 80 nautical miles (92 miles | 148 kilometers)
System Depth: Shallow

Georgia / Alabama Possible Severe Storms Tuesday July 31 2012

If the NAM models holds true the local area [Columbus Georgia] may see some rough weather as early as 8 AM Tuesday Morning. At this time 5:34 AM 7/30/2012 it appears North Georgia and the Atlanta Georgia area will get the brunt of the storm at the beginning and then Central Georgia. I’m not 100% sure what may develop. That meaning / being a Mesoscale Convective System [MCS] with a Bow Segment / Squall Line capable of damaging straight line winds or just a very organized Mesoscale complex of strong to severe Thunderstorms also capable of damaging winds. The difference in the two will be the coverage area of a possible damaging wind event with the MCS being the worst more widespread of the two.

Still uncertainty in the timing, development and placement [area affected] of this storm system. Just giving a heads up. A lot can change in 24 hours.

Here’s a few of the NAM model images from the 00z run July 30 2012 showing the composite reflectivity [ Simulated Radar] beginning at 2:00 AM EDT Tuesday Morning July 31 through 5:00 PM EDT Tuesday July 31 2012. None of this is set in stone at this time.


2 AM EDT Tuesday July 31 2012


5 AM EDT Tuesday July 31 2012


8 AM EDT Tuesday July 31 2012


11 AM EDT Tuesday July 31 2012


2 PM EDT Tuesday July 31 2012


5 PM EDT Tuesday July 31 2012

AGAIN this is ‘provided’ the storm develops. At this time the Storm Prediction Center in their day 2 outlook seem to think something will happen. I’ll keep an eye on this and will post updates whether bad or good.

Here’s the wording from the Storm Prediction center at this time along with the graphics. The next update is scheduled at 1:30 PM today.

EASTERN U.S….

MODELS STILL INDICATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERATE NORTHWESTERLY MID-LEVEL FLOW /ON THE ORDER OF 30+ KT AT 500 MB/ EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE WESTERN SLOPES OF THE APPALACHIANS. THIS IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR AS A SERIES OF IMPULSES…WITHIN A BELT OF WESTERLIES NEAR THE CENTRAL CANADIAN/U.S. BORDER AREA…CONTINUE TO DIG AROUND THE NORTHEASTERN PERIPHERY OF THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE INTO THE EASTERN U.S. TROUGH. AN ADDITIONAL IMPULSE…NOW EMERGING FROM THE MONSOONAL REGIME AND PROGRESSING INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS…APPEARS LIKELY TO REACH THE TENNESSEE VALLEY/SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS REGION BY EARLY TUESDAY. THE INCREASE IN DEEP LAYER MEAN FLOW AND SHEAR IS FORECAST TO COINCIDE WITH THE EASTERN EDGE/NOSE OF HOTTER LOW-LEVEL AIR ADVECTING EASTWARD FROM BENEATH THE SUBTROPICAL HIGH. THIS PROBABLY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO A FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR ORGANIZED CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT CAPABLE OF GENERATING SIGNIFICANT FORWARD PROPAGATING COLD POOLS…AND ACCOMPANIED BY THE RISK FOR POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.

ONE OR TWO STORM CLUSTERS APPEARS POSSIBLE…PARTICULARLY ACROSS PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS REGION INTO THE EASTERN GULF STATES…WHERE THE RETURN OF HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT AIR…CHARACTERIZED BY 70F SURFACE DEW POINTS AND PRECIPITABLE WATER UP TO AROUND 2 INCHES…IS EXPECTED. STORMS MAY INITIATE AS EARLY AS MID DAY ACROSS PARTS OF THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU AND SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS…BEFORE CONVECTION CONSOLIDATES AND GROWS UPSCALE…WHILE TENDING TO PROPAGATE SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.