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Severe weather ready round two

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With cold air creeping into the state we're reminded of another severe weather season.  The fall severe weather season runs from the beginning of November until mid-December.  Just like in the spring, some years we may experience a severe weather "drought" of sorts in the fall.

We've been lucky this year with a very limited amount of tornadic activity across the state. Even though spring has gone our meteorologists here and at the national weather service are still on guard and prepping for future severe weather outbreaks.  The only difference is the national weather service information on severe weather preps is limited to the public because of the government shutdown. While the shutdown hasn't closed their doors, it has created a domino effect that can be felt across the state.  Jim Stefkovich meteorologist in charge explains...

Jim Stefkovich:  Meteorologist in charge

"but as far as spotter training classes either from the web or going out in person and visiting emergency managers or visiting our customers, right now we are restricted from doing that."

Reminders about safety during the fall severe weather season are crucial.  Some Alabamians are reminded of the Veterans Day tornado outbreak from two thousand and two...all the ingredients where in place:  a cold front looming, wind shear and warm air out in front.  The national weather service believes that eleven destructive tornadoes struck the northern half of the state causing widespread damage and numerous fatalities and injuries.  Two tornadoes packing one-hundred and fifty to two hundred mile per hour winds.  These storms also let loose after sunset making for an even more dangerous situation.

Jim Stefkovich:  Meteorologist in charge

"If you took away April of two thousand eleven, April twenty seventh, 94% of all injuries and fatalities occurred during the months of November and December.  A lot of people think that it's all about the springtime, but it can be a very bad secondary severe weather and tornado season."


November 10th, 2002, the first tornado of the evening was the Carbon Hill tornado. It began in Fayette county Alabama at 6:52pm.  The Saragossa tornado also began in Fayette County and is the longest track of the severe weather episode measuring near 73 miles in length.  This tornado still remains one of the longest tornado tracks since 1950 in Alabama, ranking in the top 10. 


As a reminder the national weather service will be operational twenty-four seven, rain or shine or in our case government shutdown.  The weather rests for no one and early preparedness will help you and your families make safe choices and help your neighbor in their hour of need. Our team of meteorologists are also here and on the web or mobile device 24/7 just search Alabama's 13.

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