Squall Line – is a line of thunderstorms that can form along or ahead of a cold front. In the early 20th century, the term was used as a synonym for cold front. It contains heavy precipitation, hail, frequent lightning, strong straight-line winds, and possibly tornadoes and waterspouts. – Wikipedia.com
For the last few days we’ve watched the line of storms come charging out of the mountains and dump snow across the plains all the way to good old Michigan. To the south of the freezing line have been reported strong storms, hail and even tornadoes.
The line of storms is finally passing through Gulf Shores with a vengeance.
The interesting thing about west-to-east storms in this area is that the radar can clearly identify the size and intensity of the system as it moves across the open waters of Mobile Bay. You clearly know what is going to hit you and exactly when it will get here.
The next interesting thing is experiencing a major downpour in an RV. The rain messes up the Direct/TV satellite so important shows like Jeopardy and Wheel are interrupted. Plus you feel a little closed in with the sound of rain drowning out all but loud communication.
The good news is that the next couple days will return to mid-seventies and sunny weather.