Event Summary for Central Alabama

A strong cold front approached the region Sunday night and interacted with a very moist and unstable environment already in place.  Numerous showers and thunderstorms developed along and out ahead of the front across Arkansas and Mississippi and pushed eastward across Central Alabama Sunday night and into Monday morning.  There were several supercell thunderstorms that produced multiple tornadoes as they tracked across the forecast area.  Numerous reports of straight-line wind damage and several reports of large hail and flash flooding were also received during the event. The information below is the PRELIMINARY (subject to change) summaries of the tornadoes from this day.

Each tornado path will be linked to its own webpage as more detailed information becomes available.

 
Location/Clickable Detailed Summary Link
Damage Rating/Estimated Maximum Wind Speeds
Injuries/Fatalities
Damage Path Length/Width
Starting Point/Time
Ending Point/Time
Panola (Sumter County)
EF-0
85 mph
None
0.36 miles
100 yards
32.9287/-88.2364
236 am
32.9316/-88.2312
237 am
Koffman (Tuscaloosa County)
EF-2
120 mph
None
0.45 miles
400 yards
33.3257/-87.6579
242 am
33.3305/-87.6526
243 am
Watermelon Rd (Tuscaloosa County)
EF-2
115 mph
None
0.56 miles
300 yards
33.3961/-87.4440
300 am
33.4038/-87.4395
301 am
Oak Grove (Tuscaloosa/Jefferson Counties)
EF-2
130 mph

1 Injury
1 Fatality

13.13 miles
880 yards
33.4316/-87.3071
309 am

33.5290/-87.1405
327 am

Parker (Sumter County)
EF-0
75 mph
None
1.1 miles
50 yards
32.6567/-88.1705
321 am
32.6718/-88.1639
324 am
Center Point (Jefferson/St. Clair Counties)
EF-3
150 mph
75 Injuries/
1 Fatality
15.69 miles
800 yards
33.6228/-86.7411
358 am
33.7197/-86.4963
420 am
County Rd 7 (Perry County)
EF-1
110 mph
None
2.1 miles
300 yards
32.7068/-87.3096
433 am
32.7216/-87.2786
437 am
Maplesville (Perry/Chilton Counties)
EF-2
130 mph
None
39.77 miles
880 yards
32.7159/-87.2748
437 am
32.8764/-86.6322
530 am
DeSoto Caverns (Talladega County)
EF-0
80 mph
None
5.4 miles
50 yards
33.2957/-86.2951
535 am
33.3219/-86.2091
541 am
Enterprise (Chilton County)
EF-1
110 mph
None
3.63 miles
500 yards
32.7288/-86.6329
636 am
32.7657/-86.5886
640 am
North Millbrook (Elmore County)
EF-1
100 mph
None
4.02 miles
200 yards
32.5209/-86.4119
748 am
32.5309/-86.3437
755 am
 
The tornado damage "swaths" as depicted in the image above, and on the individual tornado links, are an estimate of the damage widths along the track.  In other words, the track width may not represent the actual damage in all locations, as we interpolate the values between actual surveyed damage points.  These maps are soley for the purpose of showing the general track of each tornado.  Remember, tornadoes do not always move in straight lines, and the intensity does not remain constant.  It is also possible to have other thunderstorm wind-related damage in close proximity to the tornado tracks from such features as inflow and rear flank downdrafts, which can produce tornado-like damage.
          

Pertinent Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data from this Event

 

Severe Weather Episode Data 

500 mb Jan 22 at 6 pm
500 mb Analysis
  Jan 22 at 6 pm
500 mb Jan 23 at 6 am
  500 mb Analysis
  Jan 23 at 6 am
Sfc Analysis Jan 22 at 9 pm
Surface Analysis
  Jan 22 at 9 pm
Surface Analysis Jan 23 at 3 am
Surface Analysis
  Jan 23 at 3 am
Day 2 Outlook 1130 am
Day 2 Severe Weather Outlook
Issued Jan 21 at 1130 am
Day 1 Outlook 1030 am
Day 1 Severe Weather Outlook
Issued Jan 22 at 1030 am
Storm Reports for Jan 22
Storm Reports 01/22/12
Storm Reports for Jan 23
Storm Reports 01/23/12
Shear Map
Shear Map
Upper Air Sounding Jan 22 at 6pm
Upper Air Sounding Jan 22 at 6 pm
Ref Loop
Reflectivity Loop
SRM Loop
SRM Loop
 
 


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