Severe WX December 29 & 30, 2021 Severe Threat (1 Viewer)

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Seems like the weekend system is the one to watch, but we cannot ignore Wednesday’s system either soooo…

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Updated Day 2.


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Pretty long discussion in the outlook, but here is the last portion :

An upgrade to enhanced (10%/sig) was considered across northern Mississippi and northwest Alabama, but ultimately settled on an expansion of the slight risk for this outlook. If guidance continues to trend toward a stronger surface low, and if CAM guidance starts to show more intense storm development, an upgrade to enhanced may be necessary.

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Don't pay attention to the exact timing with the SREF. It is historically known to have slow timing. It is what it shows as an environment that is most important.

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Here is the latest run of the Baron 3k model with updraft helicity tracks overlaid. You can see multiple discrete, long-tracked supercells working through that environment. The thing about a subtle forcing/low amplitude regime like this is that it will favor a discrete storm mode. I'm not too concerned about a current lack of deeper UH tracks on the other CAMs. They are showing their cool season cold bias in the boundary layer, as evidenced by the afternoon temperatures and dewpoints they are modeling in the area of concern. When you combine that with the subtle forcing regime, it's easy to see why they lack a stronger UH signal. The fact that they have the biases they do but are still showing UH tracks at all in this regime is concerning.

My concern for Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening is significantly growing. I think the target zone for the highest risk is north MS, north/northwest AL, southern TN because of being closer to the mid-level forcing, being on the north/west side of the low-level jet where there is more low-level convergence and stronger low-level ascent, and closer to any mesoscale boundaries. However, the threat for severe/tornadic storms will extend significantly farther south, and the SPC outlook looks correct in that regard. Based on what I'm seeing right now, I would hope the midday Day 2 outlook today has a sigtor-driven ENH risk over north MS/AL and southern TN. I feel like this is heading toward a localized threat of a long-tracked, strong tornado or two or three in that area. Storm coverage would keep it below MDT+ criteria, but I wouldn't be shocked at all if there's an intense tornado or two, given what we see.
 

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There is a risk for tornadoes today across LA, MS, and possibly stretching into western Alabama.
 

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A band of heavy rain has set up between Huntsville and Columbus, Mississippi tonight. I wonder if we will see any flash flood warnings towards sunrise?
 

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Severe Weather and a few tornados are still at least likely for tomorrow accross N MS to N Al.
 
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The ongoing complex of storm across MS and what appears to be a boundary sinking south across N AL will play a huge role in placement of potential severe later today. Could very well cut out a large portion of the currently outlooked area…may need adjustments SE.
 

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The ongoing complex of storm across MS and what appears to be a boundary sinking south across N AL will play a huge role in placement of potential severe later today. Could very well cut out a large portion of the currently outlooked area…may need adjustments SE.

Can you explain the end of your post to a weather noob like me? By "cut out a large portion" do you mean the weather conditions could get better or worse there? I'm in the enhanced area so naturally I'm hoping it won't get so bad later.
 

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Can you explain the end of your post to a weather noob like me? By "cut out a large portion" do you mean the weather conditions could get better or worse there? I'm in the enhanced area so naturally I'm hoping it won't get so bad later.
If the meso low pressure does indeed follow the path on the HRRR (which is seemingly handling the current convection well) I believe a good portion N MS/Southern TN will stay in the rain cooled atmosphere…perhaps even the Shoals. A lot hinges on how this complex of rain reinforces the stable airmass behind a boundary in NE MS and N AL. This feels like a Franklin/Lamar County ENE to near Huntsville and south sort of deal.
 

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If the meso low pressure does indeed follow the path on the HRRR (which is seemingly handling the current convection well) I believe a good portion N MS/Southern TN will stay in the rain cooled atmosphere…perhaps even the Shoals. A lot hinges on how this complex of rain reinforces the stable airmass behind a boundary in NE MS and N AL. This feels like a Franklin/Lamar County ENE to near Huntsville and south sort of deal.
Thank you! I'm in the Shoals so I'm hoping for the best outcome today.
 

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The ongoing complex of storm across MS and what appears to be a boundary sinking south across N AL will play a huge role in placement of potential severe later today. Could very well cut out a large portion of the currently outlooked area…may need adjustments SE.

I asked NWS about the rain this morning. Here’s the response I got.
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