Building instability coupled with upper level energy from the NW flow pattern will set the stage for active thunderstorms again across Central Alabama this afternoon. Dry air aloft is aiding in sunshine across a huge portion of Alabama this hour and allowing for the atmosphere to become very unstable as we speak. CAPE values are expected to rise on the order of 4,000+ J/KG over the next couple of hours along and south of the I-20/59 corridor. With this, we expect to see the development of strong to severe storms along a cold frontal boundary that is starting to enter the western sections of the state.
Current radar from KBMX (Calera, AL) is showing convection already beginning to show up across SW portions of our viewing area at the moment with the most confined showers in Washington and Marengo Counties. These storms will likely grow upscale over the next few hours.
We hope to gain more images like this one that we captured last night in Tuscaloosa County. Obviously it’s a bit overexposed, but the lightning behind the passenger window of our chase vehicle was found to be pretty cool.
We will start up the live stream within two hours and you can view us on StormScapeLIVE.com or LiveStormsNOW.com underneath Brett Adair and Eric Parker tab at the top. Stay tuned as we prepare for deployment for severe thunderstorms.