Severe Thunderstorm Damage - March 9, 2006

...Straight Line wind gusts reach 58 to 80 mph...

After further evaluation of damage photos...surface observations...and other pertinent damage information, it has been determined that the maximum wind gusts were around 80 mph. National Weather Service Meteorologists surveyed several locations across Central Alabama. It has been determined that the thunderstorms moving across west central Alabama Thursday afternoon and evening produced straight line wind gusts estimated between 58 and 80 miles an hour. The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch at 2:40 PM for most of western and northern Alabama valid through 9:00 PM. A line of severe thunderstorms crossed the Mississippi Alabama state-line at approximately 3:30 PM. The strongest segment of the line traveled northeast and affected Lamar...Marion...Fayette...Walker... and Winston Counties. Each of these counties reported wind damage and some large hail.

 

Reflectivity Image
Reflectivity Image of Bowing Squall Line
Notice the rear inflow notches.
Velocity Image
Velocity Image where purple indicates
radar estimated 58 mph+

 

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