Daily Weather Charts

Mini Version

As a National Weather Service SKYWARN storm spotter, I like to keep a close eye on the weather, especially when severe weather is in the forecast. For those days, I created this web page, together with the larger “Daily Weather Charts“ and the smaller “micro version.” The intent is to give me an amateur's "map room" for north Alabama. However, this is not a map room in the conventional sense, since it is not my intent to make a weather forecast. Instead, the purpose of this page is to answer these questions:

Is today a severe weather day?
If so, what, where and when?


Please feel free to copy and adapt this page to your needs.
A URL for this page: http://tinyurl.com/6hwnh2

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Current Conditions

Current Conditions


Source: Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, NCEP, NWS
 24-hour Current Conditions Loop - Hydrometeorological Prediction Center

Other Surface Maps

Fronts/Analysis: North America | CONUS - Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC), National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Department of Commerce 
Analysis/Satellite Composite (North America) - Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, NCEP, NWS
Analysis/Satellite Composite (N Amer/Pacific) - Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, NCEP, NWS 
GOES E & W Satellite Composite  - Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, NCEP, NWS
Current Surface Webpage, RAP Real-Time Weather Data, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) , University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
North American Surface Analysis Products
North America Surface Analysis
 (Loop), HPC, NCEP, NWS
Current Conditions
, The Weather Channel
Southeast Fronts Surface Map, WAAY-TV
Current Frontal Analysis Plot (Inverted), Unisys

Build Your Own Weather Map and Forecast Tools, Storm Prediction Center (SPC), NWS
Daily Weather Map Weekly PDF Files


Radar Images

US National Radar



Activity Chart


If there is a notation "See Text," refer to the text messages at Day One Convective Outlook.
Source: Storm Prediction Center, National Weather Service (NWS)



Lower Mississippi Valley Sector Radar



Lower Mississippi Valley Sector Radar



SE US – Infrared



SE US Satellite Image


Source: Aviation Weather Center, NOAA



Water Vapor – Southeast



National Forecast Map



Surface and Upper Air Maps
RAP Real-Time Weather Data
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Operated by the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research


500 mb Upper Air Map



500 mb Upper Air Map


Source: RAP Real-Time Weather Data

Take particular note of the 540 line (corresponds roughly to freezing at sea-level).
An additional 500 mb Map is available from Department of Commerce: Daily Weather Map



Convective Outlook, Day 1
Storm Prediction Center, NWS



Convective Outlook, Day 1


If there is a notation "See Text," refer to the text messages at the Day One Convective Outlook. Convective Outlooks for Day 1 Through Day 8 are also available. This is the 1300 update. More recent graphics may be available at Convective Outlook, Day 1



Thunderstorm Outlook


Thunderstorm Outlook


This forecast is good for the next 12 hours, as of the date and time indicated on this graphic. For longer range forecasts, consult your local National Weather Service office web site or other reliable media outlets.

Source: Thunderstorm Forecast, The Weather Channel
See also: Weather Underground Interactive Tornado Map of Recent Storms and U.S. Severe Weather Map, Weather Underground
Also for my area: Southeast Severe Weather Map.


Thunderstorm Outlook - 16Z-20Z


Thunderstorm Outlook - 20Z-00Z


Thunderstorm Outlook - 00Z-04Z



National Weather Service's Enhanced Resolution Thunderstorm Outlooks
Storm Prediction CenterNCEPNWS



National Forecast Map
Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, NOAA



National Forecast Map


[ Day One Convective Outlook | Final Extended Forecast Discussion ]

These discussions occasionally mention longitudes and latitudes; this link may provide some assistance in locating these features.

Map of North American Continent (with longitude and latitude)
Source: WorldAtlas.com



Graphical Forecast for Northern Alabama
Huntsville Office, NWS


Graphical Forecast for North Alabama

Graphical Forecast for North Alabama


Graphical Forecast for the Southern Mississippi Valley

Pryor Field, Decatur, AL - Current Conditions | Meteogram | Text Archive



Local Forecast Text Products


The 7-Day Forecast

Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO)

Area Forecast Discussion  (AFD)

24-Hour NAM 4-Panel Plot, Unisys



Other Local Severe Weather Day Resources


Get A Kit - Make A Plan - Be Informed
Links Open In A New Window At ReadyAmerica.Com


American Red Cross
American Red Cross - Safe and Well Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Ready.gov | Ready Alabama


National Weather Service
Storm Prediction Center
National Hurricane Center
Disaster Preparedness, National Weather Service


Alabama EMA
Alabama Disaster Web
Alabama Hurricane Center
Southern Region, National Weather Service




     How far out west do we need to be looking? The average cold front moves at about 30 MPH and can cover 720 miles in a day. By way of an example, the distance from Russell, KS, to Decatur, AL, is 722 mi. But a fast-moving cold front can travel at 60 MPH and can cover 1,440 miles in a day, and 720 miles in 12 hours. Again by way of example, the distance from Decatur to Salt Lake City is 1,424 miles and to Phoenix is 1,438 miles.

     So as Storm Spotters, we sometimes need to be looking much further west than we might think. If I am looking at my weather pages at 6 AM, I'd need to be looking at the Kansas weather maps in order to see a fast-moving cold front that would arrive at 6 PM and I'd need to be looking at the Arizona and Utah maps in order to see a fast storm that could be here in 24 hours.

     Mileages quoted are “air” miles (e.g, “as the crow flies”), based on a distance calculator located at http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/calculate-distance.html


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