I will just say that I worked radar this day. It was a difficult event and a long 12 hours.

Below is an email sent to the staff of the NWS office in Birmingham, AL on March 2, 2011. It was sent by the now retired SOO or Science Operation Officer.


Back in the early spring of 1994, I attended an 8-week course in Boulder for SOOs called the COMET Mesoscale Analysis and Prediction (COMAP) course. While I was still in Boulder, the Southeastern U.S. got clobbered by a tornado outbreak on Palm Sunday (27 March 1994). This tornado outbreak covered an area from north-central Alabama across northern Georgia to the Carolinas. Forty-two people were killed and there were over 320 injuries. Twenty-two of the fatalities occurred in our CWA, with 20 of them occurring in a church in extreme southern Cherokee County. There was a 12-minute tornado warning lead time for the church, but I'm not sure the churchgoers were aware of the tornado threat as they did not have a NWR.


In light of all the other training and spring severe weather to come, I offer up the following documents and articles not as mandatory training but as material you should want to read ASAP to be ready for your possible "career defining moment." The degree of reading difficulty increases as you go down the list. At a minimum, you should want to read to the top three documents.

About a month after his email the outbreak of April 27, 2011 occurred.

Reason for creating this page is that its been 25 years, currently March 2019. Unfortunately, just a few days ago another outbreak occurred across parts of Alabama and Georgia,

Below is the Goshen, AL Tornado. The images are what they are for 1994 technology. Radars today have better resolution than back then.

Below are what I called the twins, two rotation storms.

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Created on 03/08/2019 by Ron Murphy