Damaging Storm Threat Choking For Much Of The Valley

The severe weather risk appears to be choking before it gets started, but the risk hasn't completely ended yet.

Posted: Jun. 27, 2018 3:33 PM
Updated: Jun. 27, 2018 9:54 PM

The risk for damaging storms is diminishing, but it isn't over yet. The highest risk is over Jackson and DeKalb counties through about 8 PM. 

The Discussion
Afternoon data suggested a strong line of thunderstorms arriving in the Tennessee Valley between 5 PM and 6 PM. That line of storms tried to come together between I-40 west of Nashville and the Alabama-Tennessee state line. That line of storms has choked, and aside from some quick passing showers we have remained dry in the Tennessee Valley. Those storms over Tennessee were the storms that posed the risk for us here in North Alabama and in Southern Middle Tennessee. Another cluster of storms that tracked through Birmingham, Anniston, and Gadsden to our south may have been what is helping limit our risk for storms. Those storms to our south appear to have intercepted a lot of the warm and humid air flowing toward the Tennessee storms. Blocking the flow of energy into those storms has caused those storms to choke.

Along with the storms, the damaging wind risk is choking for much of the Tennessee Valley. That is especially true near and west of I-65. 

The Risk Isn't Completely Gone
Still, damaging storms have tracked through East Tennessee between Knoxville and Chatanooga. Those storms will track southward into Georgia. While the main risk for damaging winds will stay east of Alabama, that cluster of storms can brush Northeast Alabama. That means the risk for an isolated severe thunderstorm is still present, especially over Jackson and DeKalb counties. While that seems to be the highest risk zone, conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms all across the Tennessee Valley. If any stray thunderstorms develop, they can quickly intensify and cause damaging winds.

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