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I was smiling ear to ear. Sad we lost a few big 100 year old oaks on the Quad and along University Blvd and I was ticked I had no power after work. But dang near 3 weeks since a good rainfall, I’ll take what we can get.Looks like Kory might get his wish today
CAPE values came in MUCH higher than forecast - I don't know what the exact values were, but we had tops pushing 60 thousand feet and some of the most intense lightning I've ever seen during the day on this side of the Mississippi (If this came in after dark, it would probably have been one of the most intense lightning displays we've ever witnessed here on this board). It takes some Great Plains/Midwest level CAPE to do that, and that's not something we typically see here, even during the summer.Was this storm 'event' a surprise?
At 5pm there are over 100,000 people in Alabama without power due to the storms that moved through this afternoon.
As late as 7am this morning (6/28) no TV meteorologist I am aware of was forecasting anything more than the "typical summer afternoon isolated thunderstorms". James Spann'sWeather Blog Morning E-Forecast called for "a chance of scattered afternoon storms".
Yet the system (MCS) that formed was an organized continuous line of severe storms that stretched all the way across the state of Alabama around 4-5pm. This is not the definition of "scattered" storms.
My question: Did this MCS form unexpectedly? Were there any indications last night/early this morning from a meteorological/atmospheric dynamic standpoint of this happening on this large of an organized scale?
I will give WSFA in Montgomery credit. About 9am this morning they identified this complex while it was in NW Georgia & said it was headed for central Alabama. Spann mentioned it in his afternoon forecast but still seemed to minimize it (I am not being critical of 33/40).
I didn't check the HRRR to see what it was showing last night for today.
I'm just curious from a weather detective standpoint about what dynamics may have been missed & what can be learned when these unexpected to semi-unexpected weather events occur..
Jim Cantore says it was a serial derecho that moved through Alabama yesterday.So was this considered a derecho?
This is another example of taking severe thunderstorms seriously. I took cover today as if a tornado had been reported.
A young man my daughter attended high school lost his life when a tree fell on his car. Falling trees and strong winds can kill and cause damage.
I live in Shelby County AL and I knew of the possibility of severe storms (wind event) several hours before it arrived.
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