This Week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

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This Week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

A reminder to our followers that this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in across the state of Alabama. It is the time of year to make sure that you have in plan when severe weather is threatening, occurring or expecting to occur. The information below comes from the National Weather Service offices in Huntsville and Birmingham, AL.

All links below will take you to their Severe Weather Awareness Week page.

Severe Weather Awareness
Safety & Preparedness Past Events Additional Info
Severe weather in the Tennessee Valley can happen during any time of year, but there are two distinct peaks: Spring and Fall. While March, April, and May contain the greatest number of severe weather instances, severe weather for our area peaks again in November. Take the time to prepare now! Click the images below to see which office covers your location, and have a plan ready for when severe weather happens in your area!
Alabama Offices Tennessee Offices
Safety & Preparedness

Don’t wait until severe weather is happening to have a plan! Take the time to prepare NOW! Know the difference between a Watch and a Warning, and know what to when/if one is issued for your location! Always have more than one way to receive potentially life-saving weather information! Make sure you have fresh batteries in your NOAA Weather Radio, too! Have a plan in place, and know where to take shelter at home, work, church, or any other venue you frequent! Injuries and deaths due to severe weather can be prevented through proper safety and preparedness measures!

The following graphics cover important safety and preparedness information for all of the hazards that may occur in the fall. 

Watch vs Warning WEA Alerts NOAA Wx Radio
Safety Tips Travel Safety Kit Winter Safety for Pets
Lightning Safety WEA Alerts


Past Events

Here are just some of severe weather events that occurred in the National Weather Service Huntsville area:

  • November 29-30, 2016: An unstable environment combined with strong lift and wind shear to produce isolated supercells across portions of Alabama and Tennessee. A total of 10 tornadoes impacted the NWS Huntsville County Warning Area. 
  • March 31, 2016: A strong upper level system swept through the southeastern U.S. on March 31st, producing several tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama, including the Priceville EF-2 tornado. 
  • July 14, 2015: A rare set-up produced 6 tornadoes across the TN Valley during the middle of July.
  • April 28, 2014:  A strong system developed to our west on April 27th and moved through the TN Valley on April 28. Several rounds of severe thunderstorms occurred, producing 13 tornadoes in northern Alabama and southern middle Tennessee. 
  • April 27, 2011: A power storm system produced a record number of tornadoes within the state of Alabama and elsewhere. A total 382 tornadoes were confirmed across 21 states from April 25 through April 28th; 62 of those tornado occurring in the state of Alabama. 
  • October 25, 2010: During the late evening hours of October 24th and early morning of October 25th, 2010, severe thunderstorms moved across northern Alabama, and southern middle Tennessee, producing 5 tornadoes across eastern portion of the area.
  • October 18, 2004: Isolated tornadoes occurred over the northwest portion of the state.
  • 2002 Veteran’s Day Outbreak: Isolated tornadoes, hail and wind damage occurred over portions of the southeast.
  • December 16, 2000: A cold front moved through the southeastern U.S. producing severe thunderstorms across the TN Valley.
  • The Airport Road Tornado on November 15, 1989: A cold front moved through the area on November 15, 1989. Several reports of hail and damaging straight line winds occurred across the TN Valley. Additionally, 2 tornadoes touched down in the area, included the F-4 Airport Road tornado.
  • April 3-4, 1974 Super Outbreak: One of the worst tornado outbreak occurred over the two day period of April 3rd and 4th in 1974. Over 100 tornadoes were documented over 13 states, including 10 in Alabama. Of those 10 tornadoes in Alabama, 6 were rated F3 or higher.


Severe Weather Awareness Week 2017

Introduction Daily Topics Past Events
Important Information Tornado Safety Drill Additional Info


Governor Robert Bentley has declared February 19-24th, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The National Weather Service, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and other supporting organizations ask for your help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of Alabama survive these deadly storms.

Important Information

There are many aspects to being prepared for severe weather. One of the first steps is understanding the difference between important weather terms. Another vital piece of the puzzle is knowing your local geography. Click on images below for a larger view.


Alabama NWS Offices Watch vs Warning Olygon Warnings


Daily Topics

Here are the general topics we will cover each day of the week. Click on images below for a larger view.


Severe Weather Awareness Week Schedule

Mon, Feb 20

Severe Thunderstorms

Severe Thunderstorms Severe Thunderstorms

Tue, Feb 21

Flooding & Flash Flooding

Flood Safety Flood Types

Wed, Feb 22


Tornado Safety Tornado Stats Tornado Stats

Thu, Feb 23


Lightning Safety Lightning Safety

Fri, Feb 24

Receiving Weather Alerts

Receiving Weather Alerts Weather Emergency Alerts (WEAs) NOAA Weather Radio


“Tornado Safety Drill” – Wednesday, February 22

In Alabama, we do not conduct a statewide tornado drill.  However, we encourage everyone to conduct their own safety drill on Wednesday, Feb 22nd.  This “tornado safety drill” will be accomplished in conjunction with our weekly NOAA All-Hazards Radio Test that will be run at a special time of 9 am. An actual tornado warning WILL NOT sound, but this is an excellent opportunity for schools, civic organizations and businesses around Central Alabama to practice what they would do in the event of a tornado warning.

**Please note that some NOAA Weather Radio models do not have an audible sound for the Routine Weekly Test (they only show a flashing light).  If you are conducting a drill, please go ahead and conduct the drill even if your weather radio does not audibly alert.**

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