Tropical Storm Arlene

 

...Tropical Storm Arlene Summary for Central Alabama...

Arlene formed late Wednesday, June 8, 2005. The tropical system developed off the coast of Honduras in the western Caribbean and moved generally north northwest. The storm grazed the tip of western Cuba on Friday, June 10, 2005 and then entered the Gulf of Mexico. Arlene intensified across the north central Gulf of Mexico, with sustained winds around 70 mph. Arlene weakened just before it reached the United States mainland and did not reach hurricane force. Arlene made landfall Saturday afternoon, June 11, 2005 just west of Pensacola, Florida as a tropical storm. Arlene was downgraded to a tropical depression Saturday evening as it entered central Alabama. Arlene continued northward across central Alabama through early Sunday morning. Arlene eventually lost its tropical characteristics over eastern Michigan Monday afternoon, June 13, 2005.

Arlene's local effects were rather minor. Storm total rainfall generally was 1 to 3 inches east of Interstate 65, and 2 to 5 inches west of Interstate 65, with isolated higher amounts. Estimated maximum wind gusts were 30 to 40 mph, with a few isolated higher amounts. The heaviest rain and the strongest winds were generally experienced along and west of Interstate 65. Several trees and power lines were blown down across Central Alabama with a few power outages. Minor local flooding and river flooding occurred.

Meteorological Data
A.   WIND DATA...

     ASOS/AWOS (PEAK WIND GUSTS IN KNOTS)

     COUNTY.......LOCATION.............DATE.....DIR/SPEED..TIME(UTC)

     ETOWAH.......GADSDEN (GAD)........6/10/05..160/27.....1915
     MONTGOMERY...MONTGOMERY (MGM).....6/11/05..080/30.....2304
     LEE..........AUBURN (AUO).........6/11/05..080/30.....2034
     PIKE.........TROY (TOI)...........6/11/05..080/25.....2108
     TALLAPOOSA...ALEXANDER CITY (ALX).6/11/05..110/22.....2340
     JEFFERSON....BIRMINGHAM (BHM).....6/12/05..170/29.....1054
     SHELBY.......CALERA (EET).........6/12/05..150/29.....0915
     TUSCALOOSA...TUSCALOOSA (TCL).....6/12/05..180/25.....0953
     CALHOUN......ANNISTON (ANB).......6/12/05..150/21.....0753

     OTHER WEATHERNET OBSERVATIONS (UNOFFICIAL)

     COUNTY.......LOCATION...........................DATE/SPEED..

     TALLAPOOSA...ALEXANDER CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL.......6/11/05..27 KTS
     ETOWAH.......ETOWAH MIDDLE SCHOOL ATTALLA.......6/11/05..25 KTS
     JEFFERSON....JIMMIE HALE MISSION BIRMINGHAM.....6/12/05..29 KTS
     JEFFERSON....ADVENT EPISCOPAL SCHOOL BIRMINGHAM.6/12/05..33 KTS
     JEFFERSON....BIRMINGHAM RACE COURSE.............6/12/05..32 KTS
     TUSCALOOSA...MERCEDEZ-BENZ US VANCE.............6/12/05..35 KTS
     CHILTON......THORSBY............................6/12/05..28 KTS


B.   SEA LEVEL PRESSURE DATA...

     (LOWEST MINIMUM SEA LEVEL PRESSURE OBSERVED IN MILIBARS)
     1001.0   0648Z 06/12/05...TUSCALOOSA (TCL)
     1003.0   2314Z 06/11/05...MONTGOMERY (MGM)
     1003.7   0629Z 06/12/05...CALERA (EET)
     1003.7   0659Z 06/12/05...BIRMINGHAM (BHM)
     1004.0   2253Z 06/11/05...TROY (TOI)

     (ESTIMATED MINIMUM SEA LEVEL PRESSURE IN MILIBARS)
     1002  07Z 06/12/05...NORTH CENTRAL GREENE COUNTY
     1001  06Z 06/12/05...SOUTHERN GREENE COUNTY
     1002  05Z 06/12/05...NORTHWESTERN MARENGO/EASTERN SUMTER
     1002  04Z 06/12/05...NORTHWESTERN MARENGO
     1002  03Z 06/12/05...SOUTHERN MARENGO COUNTY

C.   STORM TOTAL RAIN AMOUNTS...

     ASOS/AWOS/COOP/OTHER (STORM TOTAL RAIN IN INCHES)
     DATA COMPILED FROM 6/10/05 12Z THROUGH 06/12/05 12Z

     COUNTY.......LOCATION....................RAIN AMOUNT

     HALE.........NEWBERN.....................4.60
     MARENGO......DEMOPOLIS...................4.52
     WALKER.......JASPER......................4.25
     SUMTER.......LIVINGSTON..................4.25
     PERRY........UNIONTOWN...................4.20
     TUSCALOOSA...TUSCALOOSA..................3.75
     DALLAS.......SELMA.......................2.95
     MARION.......HAMILTON....................2.49
     FAYETTE......FAYETTE.....................2.20
     SHELBY.......ALABASTER...................2.01

     CORP OF ENGINEERS/ALABAMA POWER DATA
     (STORM TOTAL RAIN IN INCHES)
     DATA COMPILED FROM 6/10/05 12Z THROUGH 06/12/05 12Z

     COUNTY.......LOCATION....................RAIN AMOUNT

     TUSCALOOSA...OLIVER DAM (TODA1)..........4.18
     MARENGO......DEMOPOLIS DAM (DLDA1).......4.10
     GREENE.......SELDEN DAM (WLDA1)..........3.94
     GREENE.......GAINESVILLE DAM (GNSA1).....3.87
     TUSCALOOSA...MERCEDEZ-BENZ VANCE.........3.82
     SUMTER.......LIVINGSTON (LVNA1)..........3.78
     PICKENS......BEVILL DAM (ALVA1)..........3.64
     TUSCALOOSA...HOLT DAM (THDA1)............3.27
     TUSCALOOSA...BANKHEAD DAM (BLDA1)........3.15
     CHEROKEE.....GAYLESVILLE.................3.13
     WALKER.......SMITH DAM (ARKA1)...........2.81
     WALKER.......MANCHESTER..................2.52
     ST.CLAIR.....ASHVILLE....................2.14

D.   MAXIMUM STORM TIDE HEIGHTS (STORM SURGE)...
     NOT APPLICABLE.

E.   EXTENT OF BEACH EROSION...
     NOT APPLICABLE.

F.   FLOODING AND/OR FLASH FLOODING...

     GREENE COUNTY......MINOR FLOODING ON THE LOWER TOMBIGBEE RIVER.
                        MINOR FLOODING ON THE LOWER BLACK WARRIOR
                        RIVER. SEVERAL ROADS WERE TEMPORARILY FLOODED
                        AND ONE ROAD WAS PARTIALLY WASHED OUT.

     HALE COUNTY........MINOR FLOODING ON THE LOWER BLACK WARRIOR
                        RIVER. MINOR URBAN FLOODING OCCURRED.

     LAMAR COUNTY.......MINOR URBAN FLOODING OCCURRED.

     MARENGO COUNTY.....MINOR FLOODING ON THE LOWER TOMBIGBEE RIVER.

     PICKENS COUNTY.....MINOR FLOODING ON THE LOWER TOMBIGBEE RIVER.
                        A FEW CREEKS WERE FLOODED AND MADE SOME
                        ROADWAYS TEMPORARILY IMPASSABLE.

     SUMTER COUNTY......MINOR FLOODING ON THE SUCARNOOCHEE RIVER
                        MINOR FLOODING ON THE LOWER TOMBIGBEE
                        RIVER.

     WALKER.............MINOR CREEK FLOODING OCCURRED.

G.   TORNADOES...

     NONE CONFIRMED.

H.   PRELIMINARY STORM EFFECTS...

     1)     DEATHS...........NONE.

     2)     INJURIES.........NONE.

     3)     DAMAGE BY COUNTY.....FROM LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

            AUTAUGA COUNTY.......A FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN ACROSS
            THE COUNTY. A FEW BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED OFF AND KNOCKED
            OVER SOME POWER LINES. DAMAGE WAS VERY MINOR.

            BIBB COUNTY..........A FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE. ONE HOME SUFFERED ROOF DAMAGE.

            BLOUNT COUNTY.......SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE.

            CHAMBERS COUNTY......A FEW TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN.
            DAMAGE WAS VERY MINOR.

            CHILTON COUNTY.......A FEW TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE.

            DALLAS COUNTY........A FEW TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN
            ACROSS THE COUNTY.

            FAYETTE COUNTY.......SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE.

            GREENE COUNTY........A FEW TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN
            ACROSS THE COUNTY.

            HALE COUNTY..........A FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE.

            JEFFERSON COUNTY.....SEVERAL TREES AND POWER LINES
            WERE BLOWN DOWN ACROSS THE WHOLE COUNTY. MOST OF THE
            DAMAGE WAS IN THE WESTERN HALF OF THE COUNTY.

            MARENGO COUNTY.......A FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE.

            PICKENS COUNTY.......SEVERAL TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN
            ACROSS THE COUNTY.

            RANDOLPH COUNTY......A FEW TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN.
            DAMAGE WAS VERY MINOR.

            SHELBY COUNTY........A FEW TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE. DAMAGE WAS MINOR.

            SUMTER COUNTY........SEVERAL TREES AND POWER LINES WERE
            KNOCKED DOWN ACROSS THE COUNTY. POWER WAS INTERRUPTED FOR
            A FEW HOURS IN ISOLATED SPOTS.

            TALLADEGA COUNTY.....A FEW TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE. DAMAGE WAS MINOR.

            TUSCALOOSA COUNTY....A FEW TREES WERE KNOCKED DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE. DAMAGE WAS MINOR.

            WALKER COUNTY........A FEW TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN
            COUNTYWIDE.  DAMAGE WAS MINOR.

            WINSTON COUNTY.......SEVERAL TREES AND POWER LINES WERE
            BLOWN DOWN. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF
            THE COUNTY. POWER WAS OUT FOR SEVERAL HOURS.

     4)     PUBLIC AWARENESS...MEDIA COVERAGE...AND STATE AND LOCAL
            GOVERNMENT INTEREST WAS PARTICULARLY HIGH...MAINLY DUE TO
            THE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS OF HURRICANE IVAN IN 2004. ALL OF
            THESE INTERESTS WERE WELL INFORMED OF THE POTENTIAL STORM
            IMPACTS. THREE SEPARATE BRIEFINGS WERE HELD WITH STATE
            AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS...AS WELL AS
            TELEVISION MEDIA BOTH ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. IN
            ADDITION...NUMEROUS PUBLIC PHONE CALLS WERE ANSWERED FROM
            THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.  THIS WAS IN ADDITION TO THE
            NUMEROUS PRODUCTS ISSUED AT THE FORECAST OFFICE.
            PRELIMINARY ESTIMATES INDICATE A FEW WIND GUSTS UP TO 40
            MPH GENERALLY OVER THE WEST HALF OF CENTRAL ALABAMA...
            ALONG WITH MINOR FLOODING. OVERALL IMPACTS FROM ARLENE
            WERE GENERALLY LIGHT.

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