Windy, Wet Evening Ahead

Posted on: 2:24 pm, October 31, 2013, by , updated on: 03:25pm, October 31, 2013

3:25 PM Update:

Huntsville and Decatur have both recorded wind gusts over 35 MPH this afternoon; this may lead to sporadic power outages through the evening.

The latest SPC outlook is in-hand, and they have removed all but a tiny sliver of North Alabama from the SLIGHT RISK:

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That goes along with our forecast ideas of a very low threat of severe storms; our biggest problem is this howling south wind and some inconvenient rain through the evening.

Original post:

The breeze is picking up this afternoon, and a Wind Advisory already in effect stays in effect through tonight. Some afternoon wind gusts have already exceeded 30 MPH:

35 MPH: Harvest (Madison)
32 MPH: Wright (Lauderdale)
32 MPH: Monte Sano (Madison)
28 MPH: Decatur/Pryor Field (Limestone)
26 MPH: Huntsville International (Madison)
24 MPH: Muscle Shoals/NW Ala. Regional (Colbert)
23 MPH: Albertville/Brumlik Field

The wind will continue to increase as showers move in ahead of a strong cold front this evening:

Latest Radar Image:
WHNT ARMOR Storm Vision

HRRR Model Forecast Wind Speeds & Pressure from 4 to 9 PM:
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Expect wind gusts in the 25 to 35 MPH range through the evening hours; higher ridges in Northeast Alabama and on the Cumberland Plateau could see gusts near 50 MPH tonight away from thunderstorms.

Rain will continue to expand east from The Shoals to Huntsville through 6 PM; parts of Marshall, DeKalb, Jackson, Cherokee, Etowah, Franklin (TN), Lincoln, Marion (TN), Moore, and Grundy Counties may even be able to get Trick-or-Treating in before the significant rain arrives. As a note, some showers are possible even before the heavier, more widespread rain arrives.

We offer several mobile and web applications to help you stay ahead of weather like this:

WHNT.com’s Maps & Radar Page
Mobile Applications (including Baron-Saf-T-Net App)
Baron Saf-T-Net (text messaging alerts)

The severe weather threat is low this evening; in fact, the Storm Prediction Center only maintains a SLIGHT RISK of severe weather for the western half of North Alabama. That is mainly for gusty winds over 50 MPH with some of the heavier storms.

The tornado threat is west of us; however, anytime we have a large amount of shear in the atmosphere like we have today and tonight, we will need to be on guard. If there’s something you need to know about, we’ll be hear to let you know!

Connect with me on social media; I’ll have a lot of short, quick updates there throughout the evening.

-Jason
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