Stormy pattern sets up this week, severe storms possible Tuesday

Weather

Morning storms shifted southeast of Huntsville, and the focus for stronger storms this afternoon and evening exists over Central and East Alabama: Birmingham, Clanton, Montgomery, Talladega, Anniston, Gadsden, Auburn and Troy.

Other isolated showers and a few storms could develop nearby in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee through the afternoon; no additional severe weather is expected in this area today.

Tuesday brings a more substantial threat of severe storms with high wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes.

Tuesday in the Tennessee Valley: the biggest threats will be damaging wind, hail, and heavy rain. While it does not appear to be the primary threat, it does appear the environment could support a tornado on Tuesday. Timing these storms out is tough, because there may be multiple waves of storms from the morning into the early evening. At this point, severe weather looks possible any time from about 9 am to about 9 pm.

A window of opportunity that large is tough to deal with. Our advice is to go about your day, but have a way to receive weather information where you are like a NOAA weather radio or Live Alert 19.

Track the rain and storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! You can also get up-to-date, location-based alerts wherever you are on Live Alert 19. Download it today for iOS and Android.

“One-storm” days…

A single storm can make a memorable day: not in a good way.

In studying Tuesday’s setup, similarities show up to previous spring severe weather days that had a large impact in a small area. Two of those days came just over three years apart: May 18, 1995 and April 16, 1998.

Neither of those days would stick in the mind (in North Alabama/Southern Tennessee) had one single intense storm never formed.

Here’s the deal: we don’t know if that storm will happen or won’t happen. That one storm is possible, though. Take warnings seriously. If one is issued for your area, never assume it’s just a ‘small one’ or that it ‘probably won’t do anything.’ We simply can’t see the precise detail on storms twenty-four or more hours in the future, so anytime we have a threat (even a perceived small one), know that if YOU get a warning YOU need to take action.

Have a plan – or two. Most of us know what to do if we have good lead time on a tornado (nationwide average is 15 minutes). What if you only have 2 minutes or 5 minutes and the shelter is 7 minutes away? Think it over. Plan well. Be alert.

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