*Substantial* Severe Wx Threat Christmas Day

December 23rd, 2012 at 6:01 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

Christmas Severe Wx Threat

It’s a tale of two systems… The first will come in Monday morning on Christmas Eve. This will mainly just be showers, but an isolated thunderstorm or two can’t be ruled out. Scattered showers will be possible right through the day and into the evening hours on Christmas eve.

While we are opening our gifts Tuesday morning, an area of low pressure will be developing over east Texas, and creating the second system. This low will feed on warm air (60 for a low and 70s for highs Christmas day!) and track eastward across the Gulf Coast. As the system feeds on the warm, moist air the ingredients will come together for a severe weather event. The Storm Prediction Center has areas west of I-65 under a substantial threat for severe weather.

The first storms could start bubbling up near or just after breakfast in the western half of our viewing area. These pre-frontal supercells are often the most dangerous (like the one that spawned Thursday’s tornado in Mobile). These supercells will have the opportunity to form throughout the day while we are in the warm sector of the system.

By the evening hours the front itself will be approaching. The front itself will bring a squall line through. Squall lines are unlikely to have tornadoes, but damaging straight-lines winds will be possible.

Once that line passes and the cold air moves in the threat will end, but from start to end this system could put our area under threat for 12+ hours.

The timing could possibly change, but the threat is there and we will have to vigilant as we watch this system develop. Of course, here at Fox10 we will be tracking all this and keeping you informed in the days ahead.


7 Responses to “*Substantial* Severe Wx Threat Christmas Day”

  1. Wayne Fought says:

    The live coverage of todays storm by Chastity, Matt, Michael and Steve using the StormTracker has surely saved lives. The whole Fox 10 Crew of reporters giving up thier Christmas day is greatly appreciated by this viewer. Thank you one and all.

  2. Terrie S. says:

    Chasity Byrd is the best meteorologist in the area. She and Matt Barrentine are a great pair!!

  3. Cesar A. Perez says:

    The live coverage involving todays storm was outstanding, Matt Barrentine had predicted the bad weather earlier in a previous broadcast and it was on the money…The weather team, Matt Barrentine, Chassity Byrd and Michael did an outstanding job constantly informing the public and giving out updates from the NWS as they received it…. They gave up their Christmas to keep us the viewers informed, and due to this outstanding coverage they probably saved many lives and or kept many citizens from substaing injuries…My family and I thank them and hope they are rewarded for their outstanding coverage….

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  5. verdell walker says:

    matt i have two short videos on utube titled roger williams christmas day tornado part pt.1 and roger williams christmas day tornado pt.2 i had no ideal that this was the real thing as i video i saw a small funnel trying to form so i was tapping. i had no ideal this was a tornado unto you and your team spoke it.i ran for cover in first clip. but can back and video second short clip because their were not much wind to side i was on. witch was the left side of it as it hit them .i was two and a half blocks away.

  6. verdell walker says:

    sorry forgot to say thanks to you and your team.super super reports on tornado

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