Large Hail and Severe Weather of April 5, 2012

Event Summary for Central Alabama

On April 5, 2012, a strong upper level low pressure system with very cold air aloft moved into the southeastern states on the morning of April 5th, and moved across northern Alabama during the early evening hours.  Due to very unstable conditions aloft due to the cold core upper level low (-18 to -20C at 500mb), severe storms were allowed to develop out ahead of several upper level shortwaves rotating around the low.  The first wave of storms developed during the late morning hours, and the second moved across Central Alabama during the early evening.  Large hail up to the size of golf balls and ping pong balls were reported with several of the storms, as well as wind damage due to strong winds mixing down to the surface.  The information below is the PRELIMINARY storm reports from the April 5th severe weather event.

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Local Storm Report and Warning Information - Interactive Map

Click on the symbols and polygons below for Local Storm Report and Warning information from across Central Alabama on April 5th.  You can zoom into the map using the mouse wheel or the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons at the top left corner of the map.


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Severe Weather Episode Data 

500 mb Apr 5 at 7 am
500 mb Analysis
  Apr 5 at 7 am
500 mb Apr 5 at 7 pm
  500 mb Analysis
  Apr 5 at 7 pm
Sfc Analysis Apr 5 at 2 pm
Surface Analysis
  Apr 5 at 2 pm
Surface Analysis Apr 5 at 8 pm
Surface Analysis
  Apr 5 at 8 pm
Day 1 Outlook 8 am
Day 1 Severe Weather Outlook
Issued Apr 5 at 8 am
Day 1 Outlook 8pm
Day 1 Severe Weather Outlook
Issued Apr 5 at 8 pm
Storm Reports for Apr 5th
Storm Reports 04/05/12
Upper Air Sounding Apr 5 at 7 pm
Upper Air Sounding Apr 5 at 7 pm
 
 


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