Charles E. Roop giving his own forecasts, weather discussions, photos and adventures for the Starkville, MS area, Florida, and beyond.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Severe Weather Threat to Move Towards The FL Panhandle

The severe weather mess that has has affected Louisiana this morning and early afternoon will continue to move towards the east this afternoon and tonight. The NWS-Slidel, LA radar continues to show a potent line of thunderstorms with embedded bow echoes moving into southern Mississippi. The NWS-Mobile radar is beginning to pick up the storms real well, also.

Source: UCAR

Surface analysis (above) from 20Z indicates southeasterly flow over much of the Florida panhandle, southern Alabama and Mississippi. The winds veer with height to nearly out of the west at 300 mb according to the SPC mesoanalysis. The CAPE doesn't seem to be as strong as it was earlier over southern Louisiana. However, the storm relative helicity values are pushing 400 ahead of the line of thunderstorms based on the SPC mesoanalysis. The SPC is maintaining a slight risk of severe weather for extreme southern Mississippi and Alabama, and the Florida panhandle.

Source: WeatherTAP.com

The shortwave trough and surface front is expected to continue to move towards the east and maintain the line of activity. The instability and shear look to continue this afternoon and provide a risk of mostly damaging winds, but I would not rule out a tornado or two. The SPC is counting on the severe threat to diminish by 6Z (midnight CST) according to their latest discussion.

I'll try to keep an eye on this during the afternoon and evening. Keep tabs on my Twitter feed.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Photos from NWS-MOB Tour

Here are a few photos I got (except for the last one) during our tour of the NWS office in Mobile, AL on Saturday after SeCAPS. I would like to openly thank WCM Jeff Garmon for offering and giving us a tour of the office.

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Photo by Joel Young
Thanks, Joel for letting me use this photo. I just look kinda angry in my other photos (I was not angry, though).