Tropical Storm Barry

Summary

 
Barry began life over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, from a cluster of strong thunderstorms associated with a trough of low pressure moving through the area.
 
Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found a weak circulation embedded within the thunderstorm activity on August 2. For the next several days, Barry made a slow northwest track toward New Orleans, barely holding tropical storm strength.
 
By Saturday, August 4, Barry had become nearly stationary approximately 250 miles south of Destin. That evening, Barry starting making a distinct northward drift. This pattern continued through Sunday as Barry steadily intensified in an area of warm Gulf waters and light winds aloft.
 
 
 
Satellite imagery from Monday, August 6, 2001
Satellite imagery from Monday, August 6, 2001, around 9 a.m. C.D.T. By this time, Barry had become considerably weaker as it made its way north-northwest through southern Alabama. Heavy rainfall was still falling over southeastern Alabama, however.

 
Barry makes landfall near Destin, Florida Tropical Storm Barry reached close to hurricane strength before making landfall near Destin, Florida early on Monday morning. 

 
 
Radar Image showing Barry
Radar image from late Sunday evening showing Barry, by now a strong tropical storm, as it was about to make landfall. Note the nearly circular eyewall.
 
 

Rainfall estimates for Barry
Rainfall estimates for southeast Mississippi, southwest Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. Because Barry made landfall in Destin, the heaviest rainfall occurred over Panama City, Florida through the Troy, Alabama area. Minor flooding was reported over some Panhandle and inland Alabama locations, but major damage was reported.
 

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