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Mesoscale Discussion 361
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   Mesoscale Discussion 0361
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   0843 PM CDT Tue Apr 02 2024

   Areas affected...Central Alabama into western Georgia

   Concerning...Tornado Watch 82...

   Valid 030143Z - 030345Z

   The severe weather threat for Tornado Watch 82 continues.

   SUMMARY...A cluster of strong thunderstorms over west-central AL may
   intensify in the next hour or two, posing a risk of a few tornadoes
   and wind damage.

   DISCUSSION...A cluster of thunderstorms that formed over southeast
   MS has now moved into west-central and southwest AL.  The air mass
   ahead of these storms continues to moisten with dewpoints in the mid
   60s now as far north as BHM.  Meanwhile, an intensifying southerly
   low-level jet is focusing across southern/central AL as shown by
   regional VAD data.  Recent hodographs from the BMX/MXX/EOX radars
   show large, looping shear profiles with 0-3km SRH values of 300-400
   m2/s2.  00z RAOBs from BMX/FFC showed a deep warm-layer from 0-4km,
   that has thus far limited updrafts strength.  However, model
   guidance suggests this layer will cool somewhat in the next 1-2
   hours, allowing more robust convection.  Both the HRRR and recent
   WoFS runs show the corridor from the current storms eastward to the
   south of the BHM area toward the western ATL suburbs as having a
   relatively greater threat in the next few hours for severe storms
   including a few tornadoes.

   ..Hart.. 04/03/2024

   ...Please see for graphic product...


   LAT...LON   33298701 33888490 32958500 32298782 33298701 

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