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February « 2010 « South Sumter Fire

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Congratulations President Holder…

Our very own David “Skip” Holder has been elected to another term as the Sumter County Volunteer Firefighters Association President.  Holder has served the fire service for most of his life in paid and volunteer positions.  He currently serves as the President of the Siloam Volunteer Fire Department and as a Safety Officer with Cuba and Siloam Fire Departments.  His experience and knowledge are invaluable assets to our area.  THANKS SKIPPER!

Attendance has been up at our meetings in the SCVFFA…

Special Thanks to Captain Nancy Larkin, Livingston Fire Department, and her crew for providing drinks and cookies for all attendees.

PHOTOS: Janell Hughes

More Snow?

The latest information from the NWS models indicate that another snow event is possible here late Sunday and into Monday morning.  While this event certainly does not appear to have the same punch as the system that hit the area today, it could deliver an inch or better of snow.  Further, unlike today there will be no warm-up on Monday to melt what does fall.  The forecast indicates that the bottom will drop out of the thermometer on Monday before dawn and fall or hold steady throughout the day Monday.  The charts also indicate that the wind will be gusty and this will only aggravate the cold condition.  More on this developing situation as it becomes available. 

This weather picture at 0000 Monday according to the NAM

The same time frame from the GFS.

Incident Reports…

Been quite busy these past few days…  This morning sure brought about an increase in “business.”  In addition to a medical call this morning, which required the removal of snow from response vehicles, there were two motor vehicle accidents in the Cuba area this morning.   The snow and ice on the roads and bridges in the area were the cause of both of the accidents that occurred this morning.  Thankfully, there were no injuries at either location and it would appear that road conditions have improved with an increase in temperature this afternoon.  It is likely that road conditions will again deteriorate with the refreezing of water on the roads as the sun goes down. 

Weather Discussion

   MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0122
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   0533 AM CST FRI FEB 12 2010
  
   AREAS AFFECTED…PARTS OF E CNTRL/SE MS THRU CNTRL/SRN AL
  
   CONCERNING…HEAVY SNOW
  
   VALID 121133Z – 121530Z
  
   THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEAVY SNOW APPEARS LIKELY THIS MORNING ACROSS
   PARTS OF EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI THROUGH PARTS OF
   CENTRAL/SOUTHERN ALABAMA.  RATES PROBABLY WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO
   YIELD SUBSTANTIAL ACCUMULATIONS…INCLUDING ON ROAD SURFACES…
   DESPITE RELATIVELY WARM GROUND TEMPERATURES.
  
   LATEST RUC GUIDANCE INDICATES LOWER/MID TROPOSPHERIC FRONTOGENESIS
   HAS BEEN ONGOING FOR THE PAST FEW HOURS IN AN EAST-WEST BAND ACROSS
   THE CENTRAL GULF COAST STATES.  THIS IS BEING ACCOMPANIED BY
   INTENSIFICATION OF A MID-LEVEL JET STREAK OVER THE WESTERN GULF OF
   MEXICO…WHICH IS PROGGED TO NOSE NORTHEASTWARD TOWARD THE EASTERN
   GULF COAST THROUGH MID DAY. 
  
   THERMODYNAMIC PROFILES ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL/SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
   AND ALABAMA ARE ALREADY LARGELY SATURATED…AND NEAR OR BELOW
   FREEZING.  A FURTHER SOUTHWARD ADVANCEMENT OF SUB-FREEZING LOW-LEVEL
   TEMPERATURES TOWARD COASTAL AREAS IS EXPECTED THIS MORNING…AS A
   DEVELOPING FRONTAL WAVE OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO PASSES TO THE SOUTH.
   
  
   WITH THE APPROACH OF THE UPPER SPEED MAXIMUM…STRENGTHENING LIFT
   AND STEEPENING LAPSE RATES WITHIN THE FAVORABLE DENDRITIC ICE
   CRYSTAL GROWTH LAYER APPEAR LIKELY…WHICH SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE
   DEVELOPMENT OF OR CHANGEOVER TO HEAVY SNOW.  DESPITE LOW SNOW TO
   LIQUID WATER EQUIVALENT RATIOS…RELATIVELY HIGH PRECIPITABLE WATER
   OF .75 TO 1+ INCHES MAY SUPPORT 1-2 INCH PER HOUR SNOW RATES.  THIS
   APPEARS MOST LIKELY FROM THE INTERSTATE 59 CORRIDOR NORTH OF
   HATTIESBURG MS INTO THE VICINITY OF MONTGOMERY AL AND ADJACENT
   PORTIONS OF THE INTERSTATE 65 CORRIDOR DURING THE 13-17Z TIME FRAME.
  
   ..KERR.. 02/12/2010
  
  
   …NOTICE…
   SPC WINTER WEATHER MESOSCALE DISCUSSIONS WILL BE ISSUED ON A
   SCHEDULED BASIS FROM DECEMBER 1 THROUGH FEBRUARY 28…FOUR
   TIMES A DAY…AROUND 00 UTC…06 UTC…12 UTC…AND 18 UTC
   FOR SIGNIFICANT SHORT RANGE WINTER WEATHER EVENTS.
  
   ATTN…WFO…BMX…MOB…JAN…
  
   LAT…LON   31238962 31988951 32638802 32798687 32748612 32348595
               31608618 31118770 31008882 31238962

WINTER STORM WARNING

Winter Weather Threat…

The threat of winter weather is increasing in our area.  The forecast is congealing and it appears that we will be looking at accumulating snow in the range of 2 to 5 inches in our immediate area.  This snow will likely be of the heavy and wet variety, which could cause some problems with trees and power lines.  A briefing will be held this afternoon over the linc and if conditions warrant we will activate for this event before 0600 Friday.   The 24 hour accumulated precipitation numbers are coming up based on the GFS 12Z run. 

The precipitation numbers have certainly trended up in the I20/US 80 Corridor.  The NWS Jackson is projection for accumulating snowfall is included below…

Our good friend James Spann believes the area should see between 2 to 5 inches of white stuff here in this area…

Looking to the west we see the forecast verifying on the radar screens and in ground reports.  More information will be available later today.  Further, I expect the NWS to upgrade the Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning in the early part of the afternoon hours.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Winter Storm?

The probability of a winter weather event in our area is becoming increasingly likely.  The NWS office in Jackson has placed Lauderdale County, Mississippi, to our west, under a Winter Storm Watch.  This will likely be upgraded to a warning within the next day.  However, the NWS Birmingham has only issued a weather statement regarding the events, but in their statement product they do mention accumulating snow along the US 80 corridor. 

`The models are indicating that something will happen as well.  The first part of the week the GFS and the NAM were taking the anticipated low pressure much further south than has been the case climatologically this year.  As the models have gotten a better handle on the upper air support and such for this system they have moved it back to the North.  The last models are discussed below.

Here is the NAM prediction for 12 noon on Friday…

Here is the GFS for the same time frame…

Last but not least the simulated radar data from the model runs (18Z)…

The models certainly indicate that the air will be cold enough to support snow.  They also indicate, increasingly so, that there will be enough moisture for the system to work with.  At this time I would say we should prepare for 1 inch or better in our area (prepare for the worst and hope for the best).  Plans should include the checking of all fuel levels and the readying of all generators.  More as it becomes available.

Incident Report

Seems the wet conditions have been causing quite a bit of trouble for area motorists.  The past two calls involved accidents without injuries, but certainly required wreckers and equipment to dislodge the vehicles from the side of the road.  In addition to the traffic trouble, two medical runs have been dispatched to Cuba FD in the past two days as well. 

Special Thanks…

Thanks to all those who worked hard yesterday to get the records and other information computerized for Cuba, Ward, and Siloam Fire.  Special thanks to Mrs. Janell and to my dear wife for providing food for the rather long day of tedious work.  I do know that I happen to work with the finest group of firefighters and support personnel that there happens to be!

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Way to go Siloam Fire…

The Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Office announced that Siloam Fire Department will be awarded a tanker from this years grant program.  This unit will be very similar to the one that was awarded to the Whitfield Fire Department last year.   It would appear that some big news might be coming down the same road for Ward Fire in the next week.  Can’t wait to have this vehicle in service in the area!