4 February 2016
Did you forget about the SPC Enhanced risk outlook from two days before. Did you forget about the Tornado Watch hours before, and the numerous tornado warnings minutes before??
You owe an apology to the NWS and the broadcast mets in that area who made sure there WAS a warning.
Really. You do.
The map below was issued by the Storm Prediction Center about 36 HOURS before the tornadoes.
The Tornado Warning gave most areas over 15 mins. lead time.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 423 PM CST TUE FEB 2 2016 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... CENTRAL PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA... NORTHWESTERN SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA... * UNTIL 530 PM CST * AT 422 PM CST...A TORNADO PRODUCING STORM WAS LOCATED OVER COOKSVILLE...OR 17 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ALICEVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH. HAZARD...DAMAGING TORNADO. SOURCE...RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO. IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY. * THIS TORNADIC STORM WILL BE NEAR... MEMPHIS AROUND 440 PM CST. ALICEVILLE...MCMULLEN AND GARDEN AROUND 445 PM CST. PICKENSVILLE AROUND 450 PM CST. CARROLLTON AROUND 500 PM CST. REFORM AROUND 510 PM CST. GORDO AROUND 515 PM CST. OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE GAINESVILLE LAKE CAMPGROUND...GEORGE DOWNER AIRPORT...DILLBURG... COCHRANE...OWENS AND MCSHAN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... TO REPEAT...A TORNADO IS ON THE GROUND. TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS...IN A MOBILE HOME...OR IN A VEHICLE...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.