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TALLADEGA NASCAR WEATHER FORECAST

2012 Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Hot With Isolated Storms

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FORECAST UPDATE SATURDAY 2:30 a.m. EDT (5/5/2012):

It will be hot and sticky this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR Nationwide series race on Saturday and the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. Hoping the action on the track is hotter than the temperatures in the stands. Each afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to near 90. It will feel like the 90s with the high dew points making it humid and muggy.

With all the moisture around each afternoon there’s the risk for a few isolated or scattered thunderstorms. The likelihood of any activity hitting the track is low but if one were to form and move over Talladega Superspeedway it probably wouldn’t last more than 30 to 45 minutes. The biggest concern this weekend for fans will be the heat and summer-like steam.

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TALLADEGA NASCAR WEATHER FORECAST

2012 Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Mostly Dry, Isolated Storms Possible

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FORECAST UPDATE FRIDAY 1 a.m. EDT (5/4/2012):

Because of rain on Thursday at Talladega Superspeeday, NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying has been canceled. Instead of qualifying later today there will be a Nationwide practice. The rest of the forecast looks to be on track for the remainder of the weekend.

The main challenge this NASCAR weekend will be the development and placement of isolated storms across Alabama. It will look and feel more like summer with humid conditions and highs in the upper 80s to near 90. Weak disturbance will move across the state this weekend and with plenty of heat and moisture in the atmosphere some storms could fire up in the afternoon. Although the severe threat is low isolated storms that do form could be strong.

I don’t anticipate any more major rain delays or cancellations like we saw Thursday but a storm or two over the next three days is possible and can’t be ruled out this weekend. If you are going to Talladega, prepare for the heat and steam of summer and make sure you have plenty of water. Also keep an eye to the sky and be weather alert for developing storms.

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2012 Talladega Superspeedway NASCAR Weather Forecast: Hot With Isolated Storms

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FORECAST UPDATE THURSDAY 1 a.m. EDT (5/3/2012):

With the exception of today, most of this weekend’s NASCAR weather forecast at Talladega Superspeedway is dry but very hot. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is scheduled to practice later this afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible through the afternoon and could cancel or reschedule these practices.

Friday through the rest of the weekend the general weather forecast is the same. It will be hot as high temperatures get into the upper 80s and even 90s for the weekend. It will also be very muggy with dew points into the upper 60s and near 70. With plenty of moisture in the atmosphere an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out. The likelihood of a storm causing problems for NASCAR this weekend is very low but still needs to be mentioned.

If you are going to Talladega this weekend, be prepared to sweat. Have plenty of water, take lots of breaks to rest and stay cool.

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2011 Talladega Superspeedway Weather Forecast: Sunshine Awaits the Weekend

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SAT
April 16
SUN
April 17
Morning shower/storm clearing afternoon. Cooler Sunny
High: 70
High: 76
Low: 40

FORECAST UPDATE Saturday 8:00 AM ET:
Rest of the weekend is great. Lots of sunshine a bit cooler for Saturday but mid 70s Sunday and mostly sunny.

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2011 Talladega Superspeedway Weather Forecast: Tornado Watch until 9pm CDT

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A Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Central & southern Alabama until 9pm CDT.

EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY MORNING AND EVENING FROM 1120 AM UNTIL 900 PM CDT.

TORNADOES…HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE AREAS.

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION…CLUSTER OF SUPERCELLS OVER SERN MS/SWRN AL ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE/DEVELOP NEWD ACROSS WW AREA WITHIN A DESTABILIZING BOUNDARY LAYER IN WAKE OF RETREATING WARM FRONT.  HERE…THE COMBINATION OF DEW POINTS RISING THROUGH THE 60S AND DIABATIC HEATING IN THE BOUNDARY LAYER WILL YIELD AFTERNOON MLCAPE VALUES INCREASING TO 1000-2000 J/KG.  THIS INSTABILITY COUPLED WITH RATHER STRONG LOW-LEVEL SHEAR /I.E. EFFECTIVE SRH VALUES OF 200-400 M2 PER S2/ WILL RESULT IN AN ENVIRONMENT QUITE FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF TORNADOES /SOME SIGNIFICANT/…LARGE HAIL APPROACHING 2.0-2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.

 

CURRENT WATCHES, WARNINGS & ADVISORIES IN ALABAMA: Warning Map | Mobile Warning Map

A Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for tornado development. People located in and around the watch area should keep an eye to the sky and listen to their NOAA Weather Radio all hazards or tune to local broadcast media for further weather information. The watch is intended information. The watch is intended to review safety rules.

A Tornado Warning is issued when a developing tornado has been detected by National Weather Service Doppler radar or a reliable report of a tornado has been reported. A Tornado Warning is usually issued for portions of one or two counties… for an hour or less. The storm could also produce large hail and destructive straight line winds. If the Tornado Warning includes your neighborhood or work place… you should seek safe shelter immediately.

I can’t stress enough the seriousness of this situation for this afternoon and evening. I don’t want people to panic I want them to be informed, know what is possible and make decision based on that information. NOW IS THE TIME TO BE THINKING & PLANNING. Do not wait until a warning has been issued for Talladega county to decided where you should go. The worst place to be this afternoon would be at a campsite, in a motor home, a RV or a bus.

Does all of these forecast mean a tornado will occur with every storm that gets close or passes near Talladega or other parts of Alabama, the answer is no. What you are looking at is a scenario in the atmosphere that lends itself to storms developing into very dangerous storms. With large hail possibly 1-2 inches in diameter. Dangerous and destructive winds over 60 mph and of course forming tornadoes. Some concern with these tornadoes is that they could be long lasting. Do not take any warning lightly.

Someone over Twitter last year sent me an excellent link from StockCarScience.com explaining to fans how Tornadoes form. Since I don’t have a lot of time to do that myself please click on the link a nice resource I will share a couple of sections from the post:

Some Myths Debunked

  • Opening windows does nothing. Yes, the pressure may drop outside, but it is almost impossible for the pressure differential to be so great as to cause the house to “explode”. There is actually evidence that opening windows is worse in terms of damage to the house. If it’s a really serious tornado, it is going to do some damage and it is not going to care whether your windows are open. (A tornado also can’t lift up your house and deposit it in Oz, but it gave me an idea for a funny story that involves Kevin Harvick as Dorothy and the media as the Munchkins.)
  • Highway overpasses are not safe places during a tornado. Steel-reinforced concrete is strong, but not stronger than a tornado. If the overpass is hit by a tornado, it can fall and anyone in the vicinity is in danger of being hit by debris. If you think about it, the area underneath an overpass basically funnels all the wind through that area, so you are in much more danger being under an overpass than you are in your house.
  • No geographical feature protects you from a tornado. They go over the river and through the woods, through cities, over hills, and basically wherever they care to go. Lying in a ditch is the best thing to do if you’re outside, but it is much better not to be outside.
  • Motorhomes and RVs do NOT cause tornadoes; however, you are much more likely to be injured by a tornado or high winds in a RV or motorhome than you are in a permanent structure.

What to Do

What you SHOULD DO, especially if you are out at the racetrack:

  • If you’re at home and planning on heading for the track, listen to the radio to make sure activities haven’t been delayed or cancelled because of the weather.
  • Have a weather radio with fresh batteries and spares. Listen to the weather, watch it on TV, and be aware that you may need to take action on short notice.
  • If you’re camping or RV’ing, have a flashlight and emergency kit that includes the basics, like bandages, antiseptic, etc.
  • Make an emergency plan for your group – identify two places to meet if something happens and you are separated. One place should be near your campsite or seats and another should be a little further away, to be used if there is damage to the first area. Cell phone lines often become overloaded during emergencies, so don’t count on being able to reach each other on the phone.
  • Don’t get falling down stupid drunk. You may need to think quickly. Wait until after the storm warnings have expired to enjoy the special pleasures of Talladega.
  • If you hear sirens or radio/television reports that a storm is coming, get into a permanent structure if at all capable. My guess is that the safest place at Talladega if you’re out camping is in a ground-floor bathroom in a concrete structure. Like being on an airplane, identify two such structure because there are likely to be a lot of people with the same idea you have. If you can get underneath something heavy, like a sturdy table, a workbench, or anything else that would protect your head from falling debris, that’s even better.
  • Remember that NASCAR fans share a unique bond that makes us more like family than strangers, even if we’ve just met. If someone needs help, help them – even if they are wearing a xx t-shirt (where xx is your least favorite driver’s car number).

Monitor local weather outlets like radio or weather radio. On FM Radio Thunder 92.7 WDTR on Twitter at Thunder927. Also many race scanners have the capability of accessing the NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio Frequencies. I’d check on the local ones in the area in set those on your scanner. local WX frequency for Anniston Alabama is 162.475 You can also find your frequency here – NWR Stations Listing for Alabama I also recommend on TV ABC 33/40 out of Birmingham.
I will be tracking the weather and storms through the afternoon and evening. You will get updates from me via Twitter (@NASCAR_WXMAN) Facebook (My Fan Page) and my other main NASCAR WX-Man site. I also have the radar up and running here with the track marked on the map – This Weeks NASCAR Radar.

REST OF THE WEEKEND FORECAST – Partly sunny to sunny weather Saturday and Sunday, high in the low 70s on Saturday with highs in the mid to upper 70s with LOTS OF SUNSHINE for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.

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2011 Talladega Superspeedway Weather Forecast: Update on Severe Weather Today

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FORECAST UPDATE Friday 9AM ET:

Storms from last night have moves into Mississippi and northwest Alabama. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for western and northern Alabama, central and eastern Louisiana, and central and southern Mississippi.  These storms are not the main activity we will be watching for later this afternoon. There could be a few scattered storms to develop through the late morning and early afternoon but as the day wears on and we move into the late afternoon and especially the night time hours these storms will start to form a line. Keep in mind I am not saying or even forecasting a tornado for Talladega Superspeedway, but the risk of severe weather that features strong damaging gusty winds, a risk for some large and hail and COULD produce a tornado. Overall the biggest threat will be the damaging winds, there is even a wind advisory for today from 10am until 1am for wind gusts over 30 to 40 mph.

The above graphic is from the Storm Prediction Center and it puts most of AL, MS in their MDT or “Moderate” risk for  severe weather. What does the MDT mean:

A MDT risk implies a greater concentration of severe thunderstorms, and in most situations, greater magnitude of severe weather and greater forecaster confidence compared to a SLGT risk. A MDT risk is usually reserved for days with substantial severe storm coverage, or an enhanced chance for a significant severe storm outbreak. Typical MDT risk days include multiple tornadic supercells with very large hail, or intense squall lines with widespread damaging winds.

Here is the National Weather Services Storm Prediction Center’s Public Severe weather Outlook:

…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED OVER PARTS OF THE SOUTH TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT…

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF TORNADOES…LARGE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS OVER PARTS OF THE PARTS OF THE SOUTH TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT.

THE AREAS MOST LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE THIS ACTIVITY INCLUDE: MUCH OF ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI

THE COMBINATION OF INCREASING MOISTURE AND STRENGTHENING WINDS…IN CONJUNCTION WITH DAYTIME HEATING AND UPLIFT ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT…WILL CREATE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR LONG-LIVED ROTATING THUNDERSTORMS CALLED SUPERCELLS.  ADDITIONAL SEVERE WEATHER MAY ARISE FROM THE REMNANTS OF YESTERDAY’S SEVERE STORMS IN OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS…AS THAT ACTIVITY CONTINUES EAST INTO THE MISSISSIPPI AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS.

THE SUPERCELLS…AND THEIR ATTENDANT THREAT FOR TORNADOES…HIGH WIND…AND LARGE HAIL…LIKELY WILL BE MOST CONCENTRATED OVER PARTS OF MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA LATER TODAY THROUGH EARLY TONIGHT.

This is could be particularly dangerous situation especially for an outdoor event like Talladega. Campers, fans and media will need to monitor weather conditions from local sources like Thunder 92.7 WDTR on Twitter at Thunder927. Also many race scanners have the capability of accessing the NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio Frequencies. I’d check on the local ones in the area in set those on your scanner. You can also go to any Radio Shack and even some Wal-Marts carry them for around $30.

I’ve teamed up with ABC 33/40 Meteorologist James Spann (on Twitter @spann) & AlabamaWX.com to help provide all those race fans & media who are out at the track with all the weather information possible to keep them safe and informed. Here is part of his discussion from this morning:

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? All modes of severe weather are possible with this event. Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. I don’t think we have major flash flooding issues, although some local problems are possible for a short while as the heavier storms pass by. The greatest risk of tornadoes will come this afternoon and early this evening in the discrete supercells over Alabama; later tonight the main issue will be damaging wind as the storms evolve into a line.

WILL WILL THE STORMS GET HERE? It makes no sense to ask “when will the storm arrive in my community?” today since initially the storms will be scattered, and not in a big line. While elevated storms have already formed this morning at 5:00 over West Alabama, we do not expect any severe weather in Alabama before 10:00 this morning. A few severe storms could develop over far West Alabama between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, but the main threat for the rest of the state will begin around 12:00 noon. Of course, initially the threat will continue over West Alabama, but storms will develop eastward through the rest of the afternoon into the evening hours. Then tonight everything rolls over into a long squall line, which will move into Georgia around midnight.

So, generally speaking, we have a 12 hour window from around 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight when severe weather is likely across Alabama. It will indeed be a long duration event.

WHAT ABOUT TALLADEGA? This is very problematic with over 20,000 people camping on the grounds around the Talladega Superspeedway. This morning you need to be sure you have a way of getting tornado warnings (NOAA Weather Radio, app on your phone, etc), and then develop a plan. Needless to say, we don’t want anybody in a tent, camper, or RV when a tornadic storm passes through. There is no magic answer here, but everybody has to take personal responsibility to be sure you and your family are safe.

BOTTOM LINE: Take a little time this morning and review your severe weather plan, so if we do get into a serious situation you will know exactly what to do. Let’s all hope the marginal instability can keep this from becoming a big severe weather day, but we have to be prepared.

IF YOU DON’T ALREADY YOU WILL NEED TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH & WARNING:

A severe weather WATCH means how it sounds “Watch Out” severe weather COULD occur but it doesn’t mean it will. This is the first line of defense if you will. A watch will typically be issued several hours before the development of any severe weather. During a watch you should prepare and think about what you would do when and if severe weather occurs.

A severe weather WARNING will be issued if severe weather is present & occurring, this mean you need to seek shelter IMMEDIATELY when a WARNING is issued for your current location. Warning Map | Mobile Warning Map

I will be tracking the weather and storms through the afternoon and evening. You will get updates from me via Twitter (@NASCAR_WXMAN) Facebook (My Fan Page) and my other main NASCAR WX-Man site. I also have the radar up and running here with the track marked on the map – This Weeks NASCAR Radar.

REST OF THE WEEKEND FORECAST – Partly sunny to sunny weather Saturday and Sunday, high in the low 70s on Saturday with highs in the mid to upper 70s with LOTS OF SUNSHINE for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.

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2011 Talladega Superspeedway Weather Forecast: Severe Storms Threaten Friday

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Talladega, AL

THU
April 14
FRI
April 15
SAT
April 16
SUN
April 17

Mostly sunny Thunderstorms afternoon, strong to severe. Morning shower/storm clearing afternoon. Cooler Sunny
High: 82
High: 82
Low: 56
High: 70
Low: 55
High: 78
Low: 43

FORECAST UPDATE Thursday 11:30 AM ET:
The only day that is of any concern weather-wise is Friday. A cold front associated with storm system moving out of the plains and into the Great Lakes will drag a cold front across Alabama Friday afternoon into Friday night. This will produce strong to most likely severe storms. In the early afternoon there could be a few isolated and scattered cells before a line severe storms begins to march east across the state of Alabama Friday night. I have to agree with most of the timing for the Talladega area that storms could start to form in the mid afternoon with the front and line of storms moving through late at night.

A few single cell storms will form during the late morning and early afternoon across western and central Alabama followed by a line of strong storms associated with a passing cold front that will march across the state. These storms have a high potential for large hail and damaging winds. Gust associated with some of these storms could reach near 70 mph. Winds alone can do significant damage to those camping in the Talladega infield. Also these storms could produce tornadoes.

Main threat will be from mid to late afternoon to around Midnight, it is also important that if you are going to be camping or near the track Friday you understand the difference between what a watch is and a warning. I expect in the afternoon watches of either Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado will be issued on Friday. Watches are issued for large areas, some times including multiple states. A watch means “Watch Out” something COULD happen in or near that area over the scheduled period of time. Warning means a storm is severe and is OCCURRING NOW and you NEED TO SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

If you are camping or planning on attending any of Friday’s schedule on track events I would recommend having a scanner that can access NOAA weather radio or have a NOAA All Hazards weather radio with you for the latest information (these run around $30 at Radio Shack). If you are camping, start thinking now what you will do if a tornado or severe storm is issued for the track. The last place you want to be is in a camper or an RV.

I will be tracking the weather and storms through the afternoon and evening. You will get updates from me via Twitter (@NASCAR_WXMAN) Facebook (My Fan Page) and my other main NASCAR WX-Man site.

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I will also have the radar up and running here with the track marked on the map – This Weeks NASCAR Radar.

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2011 Talladega Superspeedway Weather Forecast: Friday is the Day of Rain

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WED
April 13
THU
April 14
FRI
April 15
SAT
April 16
SUN
April 17

Sunny skies Sunshine & clouds Thunderstorms likely Breezy and cooler. Sunny and cool.
High: 77
Low: 45
High: 80
Low: 46
High: 75
Low: 54
High: 72
Low: 52
High: 70
Low: 43

FORECAST UPDATE Tuesday 12:35 PM ET:
The forecast looks good overall but Friday for Nationwide qualifying and Sprint Cup practices look in doubt with the passage of a cold front. This should start to move through early Friday morning and into Friday night. Some storms could be gusty and there is always that threat for strong to severe storms. Will keep you updated as we go through the day on Friday for any watches or warnings that may be issued during the day.

Look for my detailed weather forecast along with full on-track schedule at SBNation.com Wednesday afternoon/evening.

TALLADEGA FORECAST (4/25/10): We Have Sunshine but We Also Have Wind

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SUN April 25 Mon April 26

Sunshine and Clouds, Windy SW Winds 15-20 mph Gust 30 Partly sunny skies.
High: 82

High: 74
Low: 55

FORECAST DISCUSSION Sunday 10:00 am EDT:

A cold front is moving through central and western Alabama this morning. There won’t be any showers with this frontal passage but it will turn windy. The forecast for Talladega today is for skies to be partly sunny, it will be dry but it will be windy.

There’s a Wind Advisory in effect from noon until 5pm CDT. Expect winds sustained out of the southwest 15-2o mph, at times gusting to near 30 mph. I’m not sure how the winds will impact the cars but at least it is dry and we should see racing. I know NASCAR is planning on a double header, the only thing that could keep them from completing both races is darkness, especially if there are numerous cautions.

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TALLADEGA FORECAST (4/24/10): No Rain Sunday, Let’s Go Racing

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SUN April 25 Mon April 26

Sunshine and Clouds Partly sunny skies.
High: 82
Low: 61
High: 74
Low: 55

FORECAST DISCUSSION Saturday 8:00pm EDT:

Tornado watch is in effect until 9pm CDT – Although severe activity has been almost non existent through eastern Alabama as of 6:30 pm CDT a dry line back west through western Alabama will still generate storms with some potentially being severe later this evening and tonight. If you are in Birmingham to Talladega do not take any decrease in storms lightly until that back line of storms has moved through.

Mississippi was hammered with a long track tornado today. That was where the best instability and shear was located to develop these powerful tornadic  supercells. As these storms entered Alabama they lost a lot of their shear and instability needed to sustain their intensity. Once you got east of interstate 65 the atmosphere became a less unstable. We also saw considerable cloudiness with steady rain and storms most of the day.

I am feeling very grateful this wasn’t as bad as it could have been. (I know famous last words since this event isn’t over yet) I know many will look back and think why do you meteorologist hype the weather. We don’t know how everything will play out until it does. It’s our job to forecast and prepare people for what could and can happen. I don’t think NASCAR made the wrong decision. It’s better safe than sorry. I’d rather take criticism for being too cautious than not doing enough to prepare and protect people, especially all those fans who were camping.

CURRENT WATCHES, WARNINGS & ADVISORIES IN ALABAMA: Warning Map | Mobile Warning Map

Once we get past midnight the severe threat moves into eastern TN and northern & central GA including the ATL. Monitor your local weather outlet for severe weather information during the overnight.

SUNDAY’S SPRINT CUP AARON’S 499 & NNS AARONS’s 312: Once the showers end overnight we will see much improved weather. It will be partly sunny for the day and temperatures around the start of the race will be in the mid 70s with highs reaching near 80. I think the only thing that causes an issue will be darkness for the Nationwide race.

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