Alabama’s Secondary Severe Weather Season
Primary severe weather season across the United States is considered to be in the spring (March-May), but did you know that Alabama also has a secondary severe weather season in the fall? Yes, it’s true! Fall severe weather season in Alabama typically runs from the beginning of November until mid-December. Occasionally, it may begin in late October or last until late December. Just like in the spring, the severity of the fall season varies from year to year. However, the important thing to remember is that severe weather, including tornadoes, doesn’t just happen in the spring. The information below will hopefully give you a better idea of just how common it can be across the state of Alabama during the fall months.
As of 11:30 A.M. November 6, 2017
Williams Road from AL Highway 9 (Central Plank Road) to just east of Trace Road will be intermittently
closed between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. each day Tuesday, November 7, 2017 thru Friday,
November 10, 2017. This will be due to work being performed by the power company on power lines infrastructure.
Motorist are encouraged to avoid this area if possible and to use caution if you must travel through this area.
We will keep you updated of any changes as we know them through our website:
www.elmorecoema.com “Trending Now and Road Conditions Post”
As of 5:00 P.M. 11-1-2017
The utility work being performed on Williams Road (north of Wetumpka) is complete for this week. They plan to start back to work in this area on Monday, November 6, 2017. During this work period the road may be closed intermittently while work is performed. We will keep you updated as to any changes. Please use caution when driving in this area!
As of 8:45 A.M. 10/25/2017
A portion of Williams Road (north of Wetumpka) will be closed next week due to utility work being performed in this area. Williams Road from the address of 2486 to the west entrance of Justiss Drive will be closed on Wednesday (November 1) and Thursday (November 2) from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. If and as we are notified of any changes to the road closure schedule we will post updates to the road conditions page of our website at www.elmorecoema.com as well as, send out the updates to our stakeholder, partner agencies and the media.
As of 8:00 A.M. 11/06/2017
There are currently no emergency situations to be reported on in Elmore County. Elmore County EMA encourages everyone to “Be Ready!”
As of 9:45 A.M. 10/18/2017
Glendale Acres has been reopened.
**ATTENTION: All Online Classes Now Conducted Using Join.Me**
Online SKYWARN Spotter Classes
The National Weather Service is offering several ONLINE Basic Spotter Courses and a single Advanced Spotter Course this fall. These online classes allow individuals to complete the course(s) in the comfort of their own home or office with the use of join.me, a user-friendly web-based program. By attending any course, which runs about 1.5 – 2 hours, individuals (or a group of individuals) will become SKYWARN Spotters. To see when these classes will be held, scroll down or click here. We typically host a LIVE Basic Storm Spotter Class in Elmore County in the February/March time frame of the year. To find information about when we will host this Basic Storm Spotter class, please contact at (334) 567-6451.
To attend any online course:
Fall Online Courses:
There are a total of 5 Basic SKYWARN Courses: 2 afternoon sessions and 3 evening sessions + 1 Advanced SKYWARN evening session. Unless you’d like to or are in need of a refresher, you do not need to attend more than one Basic SKYWARN Course, as the material covered is the same; however, the NWS requires you to attend at least one Basic SKYWARN Course before taking the Advanced SKYWARN Course.
The only setup requirements will be speakers to listen and, if you want to ask questions, a microphone. If you’d like to attend using your tablet, a Join.me app is available for download in the Google and Apple app store. These courses are TWO-WAY, meaning you will be able to interact with the meteorologist leading the training. You will be muted while training is in-progress, and unmuted when applicable (e.g., for questions).
Though not a requirement, as a warm up to the spotter classes, NWS Birmingham would like those who plan on attending the online classes, or even our locally scheduled classes, to view the following FREE online training modules:
|The “Role of the SKYWARN® Spotter” module is used to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple scenarios covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and storm report criteria), safety considerations for all hazards, and an overview of the national program and its history.||The “SKYWARN® Spotter Convective Basics” module will guide users to a basic understanding of convective storms. Through three different scenarios, you will cover reporting and proper communication of local storm reports to the National Weather Service (NWS), personal safety during these events, and field identification of convective storm hazards. After completing the scenarios, you will be given the opportunity to practice identifying storm features from a spectrum of photos.|
Graduate Storm Spotter Class (GSC)
The Graduate Spotter Class (GSC) will be held twice a year after the completion of the Basic Spotter Classes each spring and fall. The GSC will be completed over the Internet via join.me. Follow along as one of the NWS Meteorologists delves deep into the world of Meteorology.
Central Alabama SKYWARN Spotter Class Schedule for Fall 2017.
Class / County
Enter Code at www.join.me.
Please Read Instructions Above.
|Wednesday, Sept 27 @ 6:30PM
Wednesday, Oct 04 @ 1PM
Tuesday, Oct 17 @ 1PM
|Thursday, Oct 19 @ 6:30PM
|Tuesday, Oct 24 @ 6:30PM
TBD means To Be Determined
Classes are ~2.0 hours long unless otherwise indicated.
All times are Central unless otherwise noted
SKYWARN is the National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters. Storm spotters come from many walks of life, including fire fighters, law enforcement, and amateur radio operators. SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send reports of weather based phenomena to the NWS.
In addition to serving as a community’s first line of defense against dangerous storms, spotters provide important information to warning forecasters who make critical warning decisions. SKYWARN storm spotters play a critical role of giving the NWS vital ground truth data, which helps the NWS perform its primary mission, to save lives and property.
Registration will be conducted prior to the beginning of each class. Spotter classes are not usually held during the summer months. Additional spotter classes may not be shown in the table above when scheduled for specific groups such as law enforcement training classes.