May 13, 2021

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Tornado Watch Likely Upcoming Just to Our South and Southwest : The Alabama Weather Blog

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SUMMARY…Risk for brief tornadoes will increase with time from
southern Louisiana eastward to western portions of the Florida
Panhandle, with risk spreading northeastward/inland with time. A
tornado watch will be issued.

DISCUSSION…Latest visible satellite imagery shows Hurricane Zeta
over the Gulf of Mexico south of Louisiana, roughly 125 nautical
miles south of coastal Terrebonne Parish. The storm is moving
northward at around 18 mph, and is expected to make a gradual turn
to a more northeastward motion with time (please see the latest
forecasts from the National Hurricane Center), making landfall in
the Terrebonne/Lafourche Parish vicinity in roughly the 21Z to 22Z
time frame.

As the storm approaches the central Gulf Coast region, strong flow
surrounding the system will result in gradually strengthening
low-level shear across the area — increasingly supportive of inland
updraft rotation. Cellular convection is currently indicated by
satellite/radar data in outer bands north and east of the center,
which will gradually spread onshore with time. While additional
diurnal heating across the discussion area will be substantially
hindered by expansive/associated cloud cover, rich Gulf moisture
that continues advecting northwestward (mid 70s surface dewpoints)
will contribute to minimally sufficient CAPE for persistence of a
few stronger cellular updrafts. As such, associated/accompanying
tornado risk will warrant Tornado Watch issuance, most likely by 18z
to 19Z.

Category: Alabama’s Weather, ALL POSTS, Severe Weather, Tropical

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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.

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