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Looking Back at April 3rd, 2015 

SUMMARY:

A strong cold front (upper 60s ahead of the front dropping to upper 30s to lower forties behind the front) over southeastern Missouri and Indiana was in in the early morning hours on April 3, 2015.  Northern Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee were southeast of this front in a warm and moist atmosphere.  Strong winds aloft (50 KTS) were present along and ahead of the front along with colder temperatures aloft.  This set the stage for severe weather  development during the late afternoon and evening hours on 4/3/2015.  Large hail up to 1 inch in diameter, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes were experienced as this storm system moved across Northern Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee, before exiting into Georgia and southern Alabama just before midnight.  

 Tornado Surveys Completed 

(Click on the entries in the first column to see a official storm survey summary and under the last column for track information and pictures)

 Location/Clickable Detailed
Summary Link
EF Scale/Max
Wind Speed (mph) 

Injuries/
Fatalities

Path Length (Miles)

Path Width (Yards) 

Starting Lat/.Long

Ending Lat/.Long

Track Images/Files

DeKalb County (Ider)
9:05 to 9:08 PM CDT

EF-1/105 MPH 

0/0

2.29 miles

75 Yards

34.7437
-85.6186

34.7454
85.5783

PNG Track Image

KMZ - Points / Track

DeKalb County (Fyffe)
8:15 - 8:16 PM CDT
EF-0/ 85 MPH

0/0

0.93 miles

30 Yards

34.4609
-86.0164

34.4605
86.0000

PNG Track Image

KMZ - Points / Track

 

 Straight-Line Wind Damage Surveys Completed 

(Click on the entries in the first column to see a official storm survey summary and under the last column for damage information and pictures)

Location/Clickable Detailed
Summary Link

Estimated Wind
Speeds
(mph)

Injuries/Fatalities

Damage Images/Files

Harvest Road (N Madison County)
7:55 to 7:58 PM CDT
 

80 - 90 MPH
0/0

PNG Track Image

KMZ - Points

 
Surface Analysis at 7 AM on 4/3/2015 Surface Analysis at 7 PM on 4/3/2015
Storm Prediction Center Day 1 Forecast (Valid 3 PM on 4/3/2015) Severe Thunderstorms Watch Issued at 6:50 PM CDT on 4/3/2015