EUFAULA, Ala. (WDHN) – Weather instrumentation is slowly but surely being brought online following a powerful tornado that struck the Eufaula Municipal Airport in the spring of 2019.
The weather station that provides observations to the National Weather Service was taken out by the tornado that plowed through the eastern part of Barbour County on March 3, 2019.
The tornado also destroyed the Eufaula Fire Department’s Northside Station, just yards east of the Weedon Field Airport complex off Highway 431.
“KEUF (Eufaula, AL) weather station data are flowing!” the National Weather Service Birmingham said in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon. The tornado that destroyed the weather station had winds of 130 mph, an EF-2 intensity tornado.
The weather reporting system provides valuable information to forecasters in the area. Data collected and distributed are valuable for air traffic across the region, as well. The sensors provide information such as temperature, moisture, pressure, and wind speed and direction. Those sensors help forecasters and pilots during times of severe weather when analyzing potential storm movement and intensity.
“Techs are still working on wind & visibility, but many basic elements are available,” the post said.