Hail and Wind Event - March 23, 2013
 

On the morning of Saturday, March 23, an upper trough began digging into the center of the country.  That evening, within the resultant southwesterly flow aloft that was streaming through the southeastern United States, a surface low began to develop near New Orleans.  Because of the lack of any real upper level feature to drag it or the warm front northward, the surface low never really amounted to much.  North of the warm front, which was draped across the Gulf Coast, elevated storms began to develop.  Steep mid-level lapse rates (evident in the 12z/March 23 BMX and 00z/March 24 JAN upper air soundings below), along with sufficient hail growth zone CAPE values of 1000-1500 J/kg and  0-3km Storm Relative Helicity values of 400-600 m^2/s^2, these elevated storm became well-organized.  Starting in south-central Mississippi and moving into central Alabama, one of these storms traversed Sumter, Hale, Perry, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa and Tallapoosa Counties, dropped hail stones of 1 to 1.75 inches in diameter and created damaging wind gusts.  Below are the environmental conditions and local storm reports from that evening.

 
Environmental Data 

Surface Analysis
Surface analysis at 10 pm Saturday, March 23

Surface Analysis
Surface analysis at 1 am Sunday, March 24

500mb Analysis
500mb analysis at 7 am Saturday, March 23

500mb Analysis
500mb analysis at 7 pm Saturday, March 23

Upper Air Sounding
BMX upper air sounding from 7 am March 23

JAN Upper Air sounding
JAN upper air sounding from 7 pm March 23

SPC Day 2 Outlook
SPC Day 2 Outlook 1230 pm Friday, March 22

SPC Day 1 Outlook
SPC Day 1 Outlook 1 am Saturday, March 23

 

 

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Preliminary Local Storm Reports - March 23, 2013



 

 



..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON...

..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....

..REMARKS..

0343 PM HAIL 3 S TROY 31.77N 85.97W

03/23/2013 E0.50 INCH PIKE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

PEA TO PENNY SIZE HAIL REPORTED IN THE SOUTHERN CITY

LIMITS OF TROY ON INDIAN CREEK TRAIL.

0640 PM HAIL CUBA 32.44N 88.37W

03/23/2013 E0.25 INCH SUMTER AL FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0645 PM HAIL 1 N YORK 32.51N 88.30W

03/23/2013 E0.88 INCH SUMTER AL FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0645 PM HAIL YORK 32.50N 88.30W

03/23/2013 E0.50 INCH SUMTER AL FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0701 PM HAIL 4 S BLUFFPORT 32.54N 88.11W

03/23/2013 E1.75 INCH SUMTER AL PUBLIC

GOLF BALL HAIL COVERING THE GROUND AT THE BP FOOD MART ON

HIGHWAY 28.

0713 PM TSTM WND DMG DEMOPOLIS 32.52N 87.84W

03/23/2013 MARENGO AL BROADCAST MEDIA

POWER POLE AND POWER LINES BLOWN DOWN ON HIGHWAY 43 AT

THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY.

0715 PM HAIL 1 N DEMOPOLIS 32.53N 87.84W

03/23/2013 E0.50 INCH MARENGO AL EMERGENCY MNGR

MARBLE HAIL COMPLETELY COVERING THE GROUND.

0716 PM HAIL 2 N DEMOPOLIS 32.54N 87.84W

03/23/2013 E1.00 INCH GREENE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

HAIL AT LEAST ONE HALF INCH DEEP.

0718 PM HAIL 4 SW DUFFYS BEND 32.61N 87.81W

03/23/2013 E1.50 INCH GREENE AL PUBLIC

ESTIMATED HAIL THE SIZE OF PING PONG BALLS NEAR THE

GREENE COUNTY STEAM PLANT ON THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER.

REPORTED BY SOCIAL MEDIA. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.

0723 PM HAIL CEDARVILLE 32.61N 87.67W

03/23/2013 E1.75 INCH HALE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

THE GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL IS NOW COMPLETELY COVERING THE

GROUND.

0734 PM HAIL 1 N NEWBERN 32.61N 87.54W

03/23/2013 E1.75 INCH HALE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

GOLF BALL HAIL BROKE OUT WINDOWS AND DAMAGED HOMES NEAR

NEWBURN.

0747 PM HAIL MARION 32.63N 87.32W

03/23/2013 E1.75 INCH PERRY AL AMATEUR RADIO

NEAR JUDSON COLLEGE. SEVERAL WINDOW PANES AND WINDOWS

BROKEN.

0815 PM HAIL MAPLESVILLE 32.79N 86.88W

03/23/2013 E1.00 INCH CHILTON AL 911 CALL CENTER

0819 PM HAIL 1 E RAMER 32.05N 86.20W

03/23/2013 E0.75 INCH MONTGOMERY AL PUBLIC

0822 PM HAIL RAMER 32.05N 86.22W

03/23/2013 E0.25 INCH MONTGOMERY AL AMATEUR RADIO

0830 PM HAIL 1 SE PINE LEVEL 32.05N 86.04W

03/23/2013 E1.00 INCH MONTGOMERY AL PUBLIC

QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED NEAR THE AMERIFOODS GAS

STATION ON U.S. HIGHWAY 231.

0837 PM HAIL 4 SW CLANTON 32.80N 86.68W

03/23/2013 E0.50 INCH CHILTON AL PUBLIC

HAIL FELL 5 TO 6 MINUTES

0838 PM HAIL 1 N CHICKASAW STATE PAR 32.37N 87.79W

03/23/2013 E1.00 INCH MARENGO AL EMERGENCY MNGR

ALONG HIGHWAY 43.

0850 PM HAIL 2 N VERBENA 32.78N 86.51W

03/23/2013 E0.88 INCH CHILTON AL PUBLIC

NICKEL HAIL ON HIGHWAY 31 JUST NORTH OF VERBENA

1004 PM HAIL E EUTAW 32.84N 87.89W

03/23/2013 E0.50 INCH GREENE AL 911 CALL CENTER

DIME SIZE HAIL REPORTED IN DOWNTOWN EUTAW.

1004 PM TSTM WND DMG EUTAW 32.84N 87.89W

03/23/2013 GREENE AL 911 CALL CENTER

TREES REPORTED DOWN THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF

EUTAW...INCLUDING ONE TREE DOWN ON A VEHICLE.

1004 PM TSTM WND DMG 1 SE EUTAW 32.84N 87.88W

03/23/2013 GREENE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

TREE DOWN ON A HOUSE ON VERA VISTA AVENUE IN EUTAW.

1018 PM HAIL 3 N CEDARVILLE 32.66N 87.67W

03/23/2013 E0.50 INCH HALE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

1022 PM HAIL HAVANA 32.90N 87.62W

03/23/2013 E1.75 INCH HALE AL EMERGENCY MNGR

1038 PM HAIL ELLARDS 32.81N 87.26W

03/23/2013 E0.88 INCH PERRY AL PUBLIC

COVERING THE GROUND

1040 PM HAIL 2 N HEIBERGER 32.79N 87.29W

03/23/2013 E0.88 INCH PERRY AL PUBLIC

COVERING THE GROUND

1042 PM HAIL BRENT 32.94N 87.16W

03/23/2013 E1.75 INCH BIBB AL BROADCAST MEDIA

IN BRENT AND IN PONDVILLE

1045 PM HAIL CENTREVILLE 32.97N 87.13W

03/23/2013 E1.75 INCH BIBB AL 911 CALL CENTER

COVERING THE ROAD.

1046 PM HAIL ROCKFORD 32.89N 86.22W

03/23/2013 E1.75 INCH COOSA AL LAW ENFORCEMENT

1047 PM TSTM WND DMG CENTREVILLE 32.97N 87.13W

03/23/2013 BIBB AL BROADCAST MEDIA

SHERIFF REPORTING TREES DOWN NEAR VALLEY STREET AND

HIGHWAY 219 SOUTH

1054 PM HAIL 4 WNW ALEXANDER CITY 32.96N 86.00W

03/23/2013 E1.00 INCH TALLAPOOSA AL EMERGENCY MNGR

ALONG HIGHWAY 280 NEAR THE COOSA AND TALLAPOOSA COUNTY

LINE. TIME CORRECTED FROM RADAR AND LOCATION CORRECTED.

1101 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 NE LAWLEY 32.90N 86.90W

03/23/2013 BIBB AL TRAINED SPOTTER

A FEW TREES DOWN 1 MILE EAST OF RANDOLPH ALONG COUNTY

ROAD 36.

1102 PM HAIL 4 NW TRUSSVILLE 33.68N 86.64W

03/23/2013 E0.50 INCH JEFFERSON AL PUBLIC

IN CHALKVILLE

1102 PM TSTM WND GST 4 NW TRUSSVILLE 33.68N 86.64W

03/23/2013 M51.00 MPH JEFFERSON AL PUBLIC

IN CHALKVILLE

1102 PM HAIL 3 NW HUEYTOWN 33.47N 87.03W

03/23/2013 E0.75 INCH JEFFERSON AL AMATEUR RADIO

IN CONCORD

1106 PM TSTM WND DMG VERBENA 32.75N 86.51W

03/23/2013 CHILTON AL PUBLIC

A HOME WAS DAMAGED ALONG COUNTY ROAD 706.

1107 PM HAIL 1 S JEMISON 32.95N 86.75W

03/23/2013 E0.75 INCH CHILTON AL TRAINED SPOTTER

1121 PM HAIL 2 NE CLANTON 32.87N 86.61W

03/23/2013 E1.00 INCH CHILTON AL BROADCAST MEDIA

QUARTER SIZE HAIL REPORTED ALONG INTERSTATE 65 JUST NORTH

OF EXIT 208 NEAR CLANTON.

1130 PM TSTM WND DMG 3 SW HIGGINS FERRY PARK 32.83N 86.49W

03/23/2013 CHILTON AL PUBLIC

PORTIONS OF A ROOF WERE TORN OFF ALONG WITH SIDING OF A

HOME NEAR CARGLE CREEK ON LAKE MITCHELL. REPORTED BY

SOCIAL MEDIA. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.

1132 PM TSTM WND DMG HIGGINS FERRY PARK 32.86N 86.45W

03/23/2013 CHILTON AL PUBLIC

DAMAGE REPORTED TO CAMPERS AND VEHICLES FROM FALLING

TREES AT HIGGINS FERRY PARK ON LAKE MITCHELL. REPORTED

FROM SOCIAL MEDIA. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.

1138 PM TSTM WND DMG 4 S LYLE 32.84N 86.33W

03/23/2013 COOSA AL EMERGENCY MNGR

TREES DOWN AT KELLYS CROSSROADS AND ALABAMA HIGHWAY 22.

1142 PM TSTM WND DMG HANOVER 33.00N 86.20W

03/23/2013 COOSA AL 911 CALL CENTER

A LARGE TREE FELL AND CAUSED A AUTO ACCIDENT. FIRE CREWS

WERE REMOVING TRAPPED PEOPLE IN THE VEHICLE.

1157 PM TSTM WND DMG GOODWATER 33.06N 86.05W

03/23/2013 COOSA AL EMERGENCY MNGR

TREES AND POWER LINES REPORTED DOWN THROUGHOUT THE CITY

OF GOODWATER.

 


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