Mesoscale Discussion 361 — New Tornado Watch Coming Soon1 min read
A Tornado Watch is likely to replace the Severe T-Storm Watch when it expires at 6 pm. This new watch will most likely be for all the southern half of Central Alabama to as far north as the I-20 corridor.
SUMMARY… A tornado watch will likely be issued by 2245Z for parts of central AL, as an additional round of severe storms spread eastward from MS this evening.
DISCUSSION… An east/west-oriented, outflow-modified moisture gradient extends across parts of central AL (near/just south of Birmingham). While a few strong to severe storms are ongoing south of this boundary (in Severe Thunderstorm Watch 86), an additional round of severe thunderstorms is expected to evolve out of eastern MS and perhaps southern AL in the next few hours. This activity will be aided by a developing/strengthening low-level jet (and related warm advection) over the central Gulf Coast later this evening. The strengthening southerly low-level jet beneath enhanced west-southwesterly flow aloft will favor discrete or semi-discrete supercell development, given the weak large-scale ascent. With increasing low-level streamwise vorticity and surface-based inflow for these discrete/semi-discrete supercells, the tornado threat (along with hail and damaging winds) will gradually increase. Therefore, a tornado watch will likely be issued by 2245Z.
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