Saturday, August 2, 2008

Alabama Tornado Warned Cell...Hook on Radar?

I don't know if it's just me, but if you notice by looking at the weatherunderground radar of the tornado warned cell, you can (in my opinion) see a hook echo just SW of Ragland, AL. The storm relative radar doesn't show much contrasting winds, but that does eerily resemble a hook to me. I would really appreciate any comments on if you guys think that's a hook or not.


MTWC said...

Yep, I'd say so.

Matt Brawner said...

Yeah, that does look like a classic "Hook" echo. Remember this caused by two reasons, The Mesocyclone, the area of storm based rotation about 2-6 miles across. The rain will start to wrap around this, then it goes from "Hook" to BWER.
Bounded Weak Echo Region. Then the other contributing factor in the storm's inflow. The inflow winds that are maybe 40-45 mph, will hit this area and make it "hook out". Just thought i'd give a simple explanation.