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Early January Severe Event
January 9, 2022
 

Summary of all Local Storm Reports (LSRs) on January 9th, as well as all the LSRs across the region for this event.

Storm survey teams preliminarily concluded that there were 2 EF-0 tornadoes in our forecast area during the severe event. Both tornadoes were spawned by the same parent storm as it moved across parts of Conecuh County into Butler County in Alabama.

The data provided on this page are considered preliminary as we continue to analyze all available data. We will add more information to this page and social media as it becomes available. We thank you in advance for your patience.

 


Conecuh County, AL Tornado 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
804 PM CST MON JAN 10 2022

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/09/22 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED AHEAD OF A COLD
FRONT SUNDAY, PRODUCING LARGE HAIL, A COUPLE OF TORNADOES, AND ISOLATED
STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE. TWO EF-0 TORNADOES WERE IDENTIFIED BY A NWS
SURVEY TEAM IN CONECUH AND BUTLER COUNTIES. IN ADDITION, A SIGNIFICANT
SWATH OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED IN FAR NORTHWEST BUTLER 
COUNTY. 

.OWASSA, AL TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   25 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/09/2022
START TIME:             04:47 PM CST
START LOCATION:         1 NNE OWASSA / CONECUH COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          31.5063 / -86.9244

END DATE:               01/09/2022
END TIME:               04:53 PM CST
END LOCATION:           1 W WILCOX / CONECUH COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            31.5085 / -86.8861

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN ON THE WEST SIDE OF I-65 AT THE OWASSA
EXIT AND CROSSED THE INTERSTATE. THE ONLY DAMAGE NOTED IN THE AREA WAS
TO SOME FENCING ON THE WEST SIDE OF I-65, HOWEVER, SURVEILLANCE VIDEO
FROM A NEARBY GAS STATION SHOWED A VERY NARROW FUNNEL IN CONTACT WITH
THE GROUND THAT MOVED ACROSS THE INTERSTATE BEFORE BRIEFLY LIFTING. THE 
TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN ON WILCOX RD, PRODUCING MINOR TREE DAMAGE AND 
DAMAGING A TIN ROOF ON A NEARBY STRUCTURE. IT IS POSSIBLE THE TORNADO 
PRODUCED SPORADIC MINOR DAMAGE BETWEEN THE INTERSTATE AND THIS FINAL POINT.  

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE 
FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA. 

 

 


Butler County, AL Tornado 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
804 PM CST MON JAN 10 2022

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/09/22 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED AHEAD OF A COLD
FRONT SUNDAY, PRODUCING LARGE HAIL, A COUPLE OF TORNADOES, AND ISOLATED
STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE. TWO EF-0 TORNADOES WERE IDENTIFIED BY A NWS
SURVEY TEAM IN CONECUH AND BUTLER COUNTIES. IN ADDITION, A SIGNIFICANT
SWATH OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED IN FAR NORTHWEST BUTLER 
COUNTY. 
.MCKENZIE, AL TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    75 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1 MILE
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   25.0 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             01/09/2022
START TIME:             05:20 PM CST
START LOCATION:         1 SE MCKENZIE / BUTLER COUNTY / AL
START LAT/LON:          31.5312 / -86.7063

END DATE:               01/09/2022
END TIME:               05:23 PM CST
END LOCATION:           2 ESE MCKENZIE / BUTLER COUNTY / AL
END LAT/LON:            31.5342 / -86.6897

SURVEY SUMMARY:
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AT HAYES ROAD AND ARMSTRONG ROAD (COUNTY ROAD 36),
PRODUCING SPORADIC TREE DAMAGE. A SHED AT A RESIDENCE WAS DESTROYED. THE
TORNADO CONTINUED ON ITS INTERMITTENT TRACK, PRODUCING ADDITIONAL DAMAGE
ON GARDEN ROAD (COUNTY ROAD 35). DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO SOME TREE DAMAGE WITH
A DOWNED POWER LINE. A MOBILE HOME SUFFERED VERY MINOR DAMAGE. THE TORNADO 
APPEARS TO HAVE LIFTED JUST EAST OF GARDEN ROAD, BUT AREAS TO THE EAST WERE 
NOT ACCESSIBLE.  

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING 
CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING
FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA. 

 

 


Northwest Butler County, AL Straight-Line Wind Event 
 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
804 PM CST MON JAN 10 2022

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 01/09/22 SEVERE WEATHER EVENT...

.OVERVIEW...STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED AHEAD OF A COLD
FRONT SUNDAY, PRODUCING LARGE HAIL, A COUPLE OF TORNADOES, AND ISOLATED
STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE. TWO EF-0 TORNADOES WERE IDENTIFIED BY A NWS
SURVEY TEAM IN CONECUH AND BUTLER COUNTIES. IN ADDITION, A SIGNIFICANT
SWATH OF STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE WAS SURVEYED IN FAR NORTHWEST BUTLER 
COUNTY. 
.NORTHWEST BUTLER COUNTY AL STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...

SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE OCCURRED IN A SWATH ALONG RIDGE ROAD IN EXTREME
NORTHWEST BUTLER COUNTY, NORTH OF FOREST HOME. NO CONVERGENT TORNADO TRACK
COULD BE IDENTIFIED WITH ALL TREE DAMAGE ALIGNED IN ONE DIRECTION. NUMEROUS
TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED. BASED OFF OF THE EXTENT OF THE TREE DAMAGE
IN THIS AREA, WINDS ARE ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED UP TO 100 MPH. 

EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES 
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH 
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH 
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

 

The photo below shows the extent of the tree damage due to the straight-line wind in northwest Butler County, AL.

 


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Acknowledgements: Page created by Morgan Barry (Forecaster).

LAST UPDATED: January 2022