Greene County & Tuscaloosa County Tornadoes - March 4th, 2008


Event Summary for Central Alabama

A vigorous upper level low and associated strong cold front approached Central Alabama during the evening hours of March 3rd. Although low level moisture increased rapidly ahead of this system, instability was lacking for robust updrafts. Cloud to ground lightning was limited in most of the storms across Central Alabama. The atmopshere was typical of a winter season severe set up where shear was very high and capes were low. The supercell storms responsible for the tornadoes were embedded in a large rain mass. Two tornadoes were confirmed and a few damaging wind events were reported. Rainfall averaged one to two inches and several locations received an inch of rain in less than 30 minutes. This produced some minor flooding problems.

Tornado Watches were in effect for portions of Central Alabama between 1000 pm and 900 am March 3rd/March 4th.

Two tornado damage paths have been identified in Central Alabama:

EF-1 Samantha Tornado - Tuscaloosa County
EF-1 Eutaw Tornado - Greene County

Preliminary Local Storm Reports


Severe Weather Episode Data

 

Surface Analysis 3/3 6 am
Surface Analysis
Mar. 3rd 6 am
500 mb Chart 3/3 6 am
500 mb Chart
Mar. 3rd 6 am
Surface Analysis 3/4 6 am
Surface Analysis
Mar. 4th 6 am
500 mb Chart 3/4 6 am
500 mb Chart
Mar. 4th 6 am
Day 3 Severe Weather Outlook
Day 3 Severe Weather Outlook
Mar. 1st
Day 3 Severe Weather Probabilistic
Day 3 Probabilistic Outlook
Issued Mar. 1st
Day 2 Severe Weather Outlook
Day 2 Severe Weather Outlook
Issued Mar. 2nd
Day 2 Severe Weather Probabilistic
Day 2 Probabilistic Outlook
Issued Mar. 2nd
Day 1 Severe Weather Outlook
Day 1 Severe Weather Outlook
Issued Mar. 3rd
Day 1 Severe Weather Probabilistic
Day 1 Probabilistic Outlook
Issued Mar. 3rd
Severe Weather Reports
Severe Weather Reports
March 3rd/4th

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