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The National Weather Service (NWS) Mobile/Pensacola Tornado Museum presents select pieces of meteorological data to more fully describe and document each tornado that is greater than or equal to EF-1 intensity (or F1 prior to 2007) since June of 1994 that occurred within the NWS Mobile/Pensacola County Warning and Forecast Area (CWFA - click here to toggle on and off). Our CWFA spans portions of southeast Mississippi, south central Alabama, the extreme western Florida Panhandle and all of southwest Alabama. The year 1994 was chosen as a starting point because it was the year the WSR-88D radar was installed in Mobile, AL. Coincidentally there were no F1 or higher tornadoes between June and December of 1994. For the first time, the WSR-88D gave local NWS meteorologists the opportunity to not only analyze radar reflectivity, but it also provided velocity information which depicts the air flow inside of developing thunderstorms. The “Tornado Museum” is intended as a form of community outreach from your local NWS Mobile/Pensacola to the citizens we PROUDLY serve. Each case, at a minimum, presents a general description of the tornado, a graphical path, radar reflectivity and velocity images immediately BEFORE or SIMULTANEOUS WITH the tornado’s beginning (never after), a national storm report summary showing how the event fits in with those around it (courtesy NWS Storm Prediction Center), a sounding, a hodograph, a composite of various upper air features and a surface chart analyzed the hour before the tornado. For each case, all available data may be used to re-create soundings and hodographs based on their availability and “perceived meteorological representativeness” of the air mass in which the tornado formed. Weak tornadoes below EF-1 and F1 intensity are not documented due to their relative high frequency of occurrence.
Years 1997 - 2002 coming soon.