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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Friday’s Topic – Receiving Weather Alerts

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Friday’s Topic – Receiving Weather Alerts

| February 24, 2017 @ 11:54 am

Living in Central Alabama, you are well aware of how quickly the weather can change. You have seen all of our posts about each severe weather event, now it’s time to see how you can receive the information from a trusted source. It is critical that you have a reliable way of receiving severe weather […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Thursday’s Topic – Lightning Is Frightening

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Thursday’s Topic – Lightning Is Frightening

| February 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am

We are no stranger to lightning in Central Alabama, especially during the summer months with the daily pop-up thunderstorms we usually get. June, July, and August are the peak months for lightning in our area, but as you know, thunderstorms happen throughout the year. There are over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the United […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Wednesday’s Topic – Tornadoes

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Wednesday’s Topic – Tornadoes

| February 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Living in Central Alabama, you really need no introduction to tornadoes. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air usually descending from thunderstorms that makes contact with the ground. Wind speeds with a tornado can be as week as 65 MPH, but can reach upwards of 200 MPH and beyond. The fastest wind speed […]

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Clouds Are Hanging Tough At Midday Across Central Alabama

Clouds Are Hanging Tough At Midday Across Central Alabama

| February 22, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

At this “later than midday hour” across Central Alabama, rainfall has pretty much come to an end for most of the area. The only exceptions would be for a few showers over parts of our east and southeastern counties. Otherwise, the rest of the area is generally cloudy, but there are some breaks in those […]

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Did You Hear This Morning’s Practice Tornado Warning?

Did You Hear This Morning’s Practice Tornado Warning?

| February 22, 2017 @ 9:04 am

The National Weather Service has issued a practice tornado warning for Central Alabama. Now is a good time to think about what you would do if it were a real warning.

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At Midday, Rain Continues To Fall Across Much Of Central Alabama

At Midday, Rain Continues To Fall Across Much Of Central Alabama

| February 21, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

As the title of this post states, much of the Central Alabama area is experiencing rainfall at the midday hour. There is a small break in the action across and around the I-65 corridor from the Alabama/Tennessee state line south to the northern part of Chilton County. The rain shield is making very slow progress […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tuesday’s Topic – Flooding & Flash Flooding

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tuesday’s Topic – Flooding & Flash Flooding

| February 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Central Alabama is susceptible to flooding year-round due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the nearly unlimited supply of moisture it provides. In our case, this can occur from slow-moving summertime thunderstorms, a decaying tropical system, or large storm systems. Sometimes floods develop slowly and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will […]

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A Few High Clouds Out There At Midday, But A Great & Warm Day Across Central Alabama

A Few High Clouds Out There At Midday, But A Great & Warm Day Across Central Alabama

| February 20, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

At the midday hour across Central Alabama, we have some high, thin clouds floating overhead that are filtering the sun a little bit, but they are not affecting the temperatures at all. Back to our west, showers and thunderstorms are occurring over the eastern parts of Texas, into the western parts of Louisiana. No severe […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Monday’s Topic – Severe Thunderstorms

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Monday’s Topic – Severe Thunderstorms

| February 20, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

Thunderstorms are a familiar occurrence in Alabama. In Birmingham, we average 57 thunderstorm days a year. Mobile averages 79 thunderstorm days. Many find storms to be interesting and even thrilling, but they are dangerous creatures that deserve our respect. By definition, thunderstorms contain lightning, the underrated killer. Thunderstorms also produce damaging winds, hail, flooding and […]

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A Quick Peek At Central Alabama’s Weather At 10PM, Plus The Next 7 Days

A Quick Peek At Central Alabama’s Weather At 10PM, Plus The Next 7 Days

| February 19, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

It was another beautiful mid-February day across Central Alabama, with above-average temperatures making it a great day to get out around town today. It was a great day down at the Hoover Library for the Wild Weather: Adventures Of Storm Chasers presentation, featuring our own Brian Peters, along with the awesome storm chasers John Brown […]

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Understand the Difference Between Watches and Warnings

Understand the Difference Between Watches and Warnings

| February 19, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

It is critical that you have a reliable way of receiving severe weather watches and warnings immediately. Lead times for tornado warnings have increased dramatically since the implementation of Doppler Radar and false alarm rates continue to drop. Prior to 2007, severe weather warnings were only issued for entire counties. In 2007, the National Weather […]

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A Look At Central Alabama’s Weather At 8:20PM, & Get Ready For An Awesome Sunday

A Look At Central Alabama’s Weather At 8:20PM, & Get Ready For An Awesome Sunday

| February 18, 2017 @ 8:24 pm

After a day that started off cloudy with scattered light showers across the area, things are starting to look better for the remainder of the evening and the overnight hours. There may be some scattered sprinkles or light showers moving through the eastern parts of the area for the next hour or so, but fog […]

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