(Anniston March 1993)
1993 SUPERSTORM: Twenty-four years ago, on this date we were digging out of the snow in Alabama! The Storm of the Century had impacted our area producing blizzard conditions and intense thundersnow. The snowfall accumulations were in the one foot range for parts of the area. Heavy snow occurred as far south as Mobile, with a tornado outbreak in the warmer sector of the storm system over Florida. I’ll never forget experiencing this event while growing up in Tuscaloosa and its one reason I became so interested in meteorology! If you have a story you’d like to share be sure to comment below.
WEEKEND SNOW: Speaking of winter weather, we officially had snow in Alabama yesterday morning! Check out this picture from Sean Chapman in Toney, AL. The snow primarily fell across north Alabama during the pre-dawn hours on Sunday, with accumulations topping a half inch in far northern portions of the state.
SUNDAY SNOW REPORTS FROM NWS HUNTSVILLE
- 1 NNW Florence 0.9 in 0700 AM 03/12
- 3 NNE Harvest 0.8 in 0318 AM 03/12
- 1 NNE Rogersville 0.4 in 0700 AM 03/12
- 2 NNE Ider 0.2 in 0700 AM 03/12
A REMINDER ABOUT THE DANGERS OF LIGHTNING: We’ve entered an active and fast changing weather pattern. Last week we had two rounds of storms and in both cases, the storms contained very intense lightning. Check out the following two pics that remind us of the danger of being near trees and tall objects in general. The top picture from Homewood was sent in on the WBRC First Alert Weather App. The second picture was shared by one of my co-workers from Vinemont in Cullman County.
BRIGHT BANDING ON RADAR: We’ve already had a few showers today but we are tracking an axis of steadier rain to the west. The latest radar view from base reflectivity suggests some very intense and torrential rain. However, this is mostly light to moderate rain. The colorful radar returns are the result of snow melting. As this frozen precipitation melts it produces a higher reflectivity, in a process is known as bright banding. This shows up further away from the radar site because the angle of the radar beam is scanning higher into the atmosphere. A cold rain will continue to impact our area through this afternoon.
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt