January 21, 2010 Huntsville EF-2 Tornado/
Severe Weather Event

View of the tornado and storm cloud looking east towards Huntsville. Taken from the Huntsville International Airport.  Photograph courtesy of Kevin McGrath.

Event Summary

During the early afternoon hours of Thursday, January 21, 2010, scattered showers and thunderstorms developed across portions of north Alabama and southern middle Tennessee. By the late afternoon and early evening hours, a few of the storms began to strengthen to severe thresholds, especially over middle Tennessee. Large hail was reported across Lincoln and Franklin counties, with hail as large as baseballs being reported in the city of Fayetteville. Around 5pm, a thunderstorm in Franklin County, Tennessee produced an EF-1 tornado just east of the town of Sewanee.

Around the same time, a strong thunderstorm producing heavy rainfall and small hail was moving across southwest Madison County over the city of Madison and western portions of Huntsville. As the storm began to move across the city of Huntsville, a rotating wall cloud developed over southwestern Madison County. At 5:17pm, a tornado touched down over the northern part of Redstone Arsenal. The tornado nearly paralleled I-565 to the south, passing over Memorial Parkway, northern sections of downtown Huntsville, and Five Points before dissipating as it moved up Chapman Mountain.

For more details about this severe weather event, including storm survey information, radar images, pictures, and videos, visit the sections below.

 

Weather Setup
Storm Surveys
Radar Images
Pictures and Videos

 

Storm Reports

Storm Reports
The map above depicts locations where severe weather was reported. For specific details about each event, see the local storm reports listed below. Detailed information about the two tornadoes that occurred can be found in the Storm Surveys section linked above.

 

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

0415 PM HAIL 10 W FAYETTEVILLE 35.15N 86.74W
01/21/2010 E1.00 INCH LINCOLN TN PUBLIC

QUARTER HAIL.

0419 PM HAIL 9 W FAYETTEVILLE 35.13N 86.72W
01/21/2010 M1.75 INCH LINCOLN TN EMERGENCY MNGR

GOLF BALL HAIL

0436 PM HAIL WINCHESTER 35.19N 86.11W
01/21/2010 E1.00 INCH FRANKLIN TN EMERGENCY MNGR

QUARTER HAIL MIXED WITH PEAS

0436 PM HAIL FAYETTEVILLE 35.15N 86.56W
01/21/2010 E2.75 INCH LINCOLN TN PUBLIC

BASEBALL HAIL MIXED IN WITH GOLF BALLS.

0443 PM HAIL WINCHESTER 35.19N 86.11W
01/21/2010 E1.00 INCH FRANKLIN TN PUBLIC

QUARTER HAIL

0445 PM HAIL WINCHESTER 35.19N 86.11W
01/21/2010 E0.88 INCH FRANKLIN TN PUBLIC

DIME AND NICKEL HAIL COVERING GROUND

0500 PM TORNADO 2 ENE SEWANEE 35.21N 85.89W
01/21/2010 F1 FRANKLIN TN NWS STORM SURVEY

TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE SEWANEE AIRPORT SNAPPING
AND UPROOTING TREES. MINOR DAMAGE TO HOMES WAS OBSERVED
ALONG LEAKY POND LANE. ALONG OTTER FALLS LANE IN THE
MIDWAY COMMUNITY...A HOME SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE
WHEN THE CARPORT WAS DESTROYED AND THE CHIMNEY WAS
DESTROYED BY FLYING DEBRIS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE
NORTHEAST PRODUCING MINOR DAMAGE TO HOMES ALONG WITH
SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE BEFORE MOVING INTO MARION COUNTY.

0517 PM TORNADO HUNTSVILLE 34.73N 86.59W
01/21/2010 F2 MADISON AL NWS STORM SURVEY

*** 3 INJ *** AN EF-2 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN OVER REDSTONE
ARSENAL...LIFTED...THEN TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN NEAR THE
INTERSECTION OF TRIANA BLVD AND 9TH AVE...AND TRACKED
4.4 MILES NORTHEAST BEFORE LIFTING NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF GABOURY LN AND ROSALIE RIDGE RD. BOTH SOFT AND
HARDWOOD TREES WERE SNAPPED...AS WERE WOODEN UTILITY
POLES. MULTIPLE HOMES SUSTAINED SUBSTANTIAL ROOF DAMAGE
BOTH FROM FALLING TREES AND TORNADIC WINDS.

 


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