2016-2017 Winter Weather Outlook for the United States

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October 20, 2016Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued the U.S. Winter Outlook today, saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year. The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in the southern U.S and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U.S. If La Nina conditions materialize, forecasters say it should be weak and potentially short-lived.

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TODAY! Is Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day Across Alabama.

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Primary severe weather season across the United States is considered to be in the spring, more particularly the months of March through May. However, what most people don’t realize is that Alabama also has a secondary severe weather season in the fall. Fall severe weather season 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, there are some years where we may be lucky enough to experience a severe weather “drought” of sorts in the fall. On the other hand, we may see our fair share of tornadoes and severe weather in the fall. The information below will hopefully give you a better idea of just how common severe weather, including tornadoes, actually is across the state of Alabama during the fall months.

Additional Information:
Alabama All-Hazards Awareness Booklet
Alabama Tornado Database
NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) Information
Being Prepared

Alabama Forestry Commission Burn Restrictions – 46 Counties including Elmore County

Fire Alert Issued for 46 North Alabama Counties

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has upgraded the Fire Danger Warning, issuing a Fire Alert for 46 counties in north Alabama effective immediately. This order for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston counties was issued today by the AFC. While under a Fire Alert, burn permits will be issued at the discretion of the State Forester.. For more information click here.

Local County and City laws may also restrict outdoor burning. Burners are responsible for contacting their local government for additional information.

 

PLEASE DO NOT BURN!

Due to Dry Weather Conditions in Elmore County!

PLEASE DO NOT BURN

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FIRE WEATHER PLANNING FORECAST FOR ALABAMA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
403 AM CDT FRI OCT 7 2016

.DISCUSSION…

DRY WEATHER CONTINUES TO DOMINATE THE FORECAST THROUGH THE
PERIOD, WITH THE PASSAGE OF TWO DRY FRONTS, WHICH WILL ONLY
REINFORCE DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE REGION. THE FIRST OF THESE
FRONTS WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA THIS WEEKEND, BUT WITH NO
ANTICIPATED RAINFALL, IT WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY RELIEF TO DRY
SOILS/FUELS. THE SECOND FRONT WILL PUSH SOUTHWARD LATE IN THE
FORECAST PERIOD, WED/THU OF NEXT WEEK.

AFTERNOON RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL LARGELY BE IN THE 30S
MUCH OF THE PERIOD, WITH MID/UPPER 20S POSSIBLE IN THE SUN/MON
TIME FRAME. WINDS WILL SHIFT FROM THE NORTHEAST TO NORTH TODAY AND
INCREASE IN RESPONSE TO A TIGHTENING PRESSURE GRADIENT. WINDS WILL
REMAIN ELEVATED THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT, AFTER WHICH A SHIFT TO THE
NORTHEAST AND EAST IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF LOWER RELATIVE
HUMIDITY VALUES AND INCREASED WIND SPEEDS MAY RESULT IN MEETING
CRITICAL FIRE DANGER THRESHOLDS SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

 For More information on Wild Fire Prevention

Alabama Forestry Website LINK

Are You Ready for a Hurricane?

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Atlantic hurricane season still expected to be strongest since 2012

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Forecasters now predict a 70% chance of 12 – 17 named storms, 5-8 to become hurricanes and 2-4 will become major hurricanes.

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As we move into the peak of hurricane season. Elmore County EMA want to make sure you have a “Hurricane Preparedness Plan” .

Just because you don’t live on the coast, doesn’t mean you won’t be effected by a Hurricane. Storm surge is really the only product of a hurricane not felt inland.

Tornados are a threat out in front of hurricanes, but the main threat is that Hurricanes produce heavy rainfall. This rainfall can last for days, causing widespread flooding. Please “Turn Around – Don’t Drown”. Watch this video

For more information on Preparedness explore ore website at http://www.elmorecoema.org

For more information on Hurricanes visit http://www.fema.gov/hurricanes

For more information about the 2016 Hurricane Season click here More Information