Author Archive: Scott Martin

Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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Hot & Steamy, With Showers Out There At Midday

Hot & Steamy, With Showers Out There At Midday

| July 20, 2017 @ 12:08 pm

Showers and storms have already fired up in the northeastern parts of Central Alabama at the midday hour. The main concentration of these in our area at this point are located over parts of Blount, Etowah, and Cherokee counties. These are progressing slowly to the south.

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Hot And Humid At Midday In Central Alabama, Code Orange Air Quality Alert

Hot And Humid At Midday In Central Alabama, Code Orange Air Quality Alert

| July 19, 2017 @ 10:58 am

So you can tell that ridging has taken over our weather pattern in Central Alabama. Skies are mainly clear at the 11 o’clock hour, and radar is quiet and should stay that way for nearly everyone in Central Alabama throughout the remainder of the day.

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Code Orange Air Quality Alert For Wednesday

Code Orange Air Quality Alert For Wednesday

| July 19, 2017 @ 6:30 am

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has issued a CODE ORANGE Air Quality Alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties, including the Birmingham Metropolitan Area, for Wednesday.

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It’s Getting Hot Out There At The Midday Hour

It’s Getting Hot Out There At The Midday Hour

| July 18, 2017 @ 11:09 am

What’s Happening With Our Weather As We Approach The Midday Hour We have mainly clear skies and warm temperatures at the 11 o’clock hour across the northern half of Central Alabama, with partly cloudy skies to the south. There are a few showers that have popped up over the southeastern counties in the area, but […]

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8:15PM Check On Our Weather Situation

8:15PM Check On Our Weather Situation

| July 17, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

As we have reached dusk across Central Alabama, shower and storm activity is starting to dissipate quickly. We still have one hefty thunderstorm out there over parts of Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Greene, and Hale counties, that is producing torrential rainfall and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning.

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Strong Storms Affecting Parts Of The Area At 3:45PM

Strong Storms Affecting Parts Of The Area At 3:45PM

| July 17, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

Strong storms are currently occuring across Central Alabama at this time, with the strongest located in the southeastern parts of Jefferson County about to move into Shelby County. NWS Birmingham continues to have a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for this storm as it continues to move to the south-southwest at 5 MPH.

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Areal Flood Advisory For Parts of Jefferson County Until 5:30PM

Areal Flood Advisory For Parts of Jefferson County Until 5:30PM

| July 17, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

At 326 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area.

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July 17, 1987 – Flooding Creates Havoc On The Guadalupe River

July 17, 1987 – Flooding Creates Havoc On The Guadalupe River

| July 17, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

A heavy rain event during the early morning hours of July 17th caused flooding on the Guadalupe River that swept away campers at a local church camp in Texas.

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Mostly Sunny And Warm At Midday, A Few Showers Out There

Mostly Sunny And Warm At Midday, A Few Showers Out There

| July 17, 2017 @ 11:57 am

Currently across Central Alabama, we are already starting to see cumulus clouds popping up, making our sky mostly sunny at this point. We do note that there is currently one lone wolf shower over the northeastern part of Clay County. All of the rest of the shower activity is currently located in the extreme southwestern parts of Central Alabama, and down into South Alabama.

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A Midday Look At Central Alabama’s Weather

A Midday Look At Central Alabama’s Weather

| July 16, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

After a morning that featured torrential rains over portions of Central Alabama, much of the area across the area is quiet at this time. That is good news at this point considering the flooding that was taking place in parts of Jefferson and Shelby counties. Some of the rainfall totals that have been submitted to NWS Birmingham has ranged from 4-6 inches so far, with the highest total of 6.39 inches very close to Alabama Splash Adventure in Bessemer.

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A Brief Check On Our Weather Situation At 5:15PM

A Brief Check On Our Weather Situation At 5:15PM

| July 14, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

At 5:05 PM, we have a good bit of showers and storms across Central Alabama at this point. Most of the larger storms are lined up stretching from Cuba and Livingston, to the north-northeast through Gordo and to Oakman and Parrish.

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Pretty Quiet At Midday, But It Shouldn’t Be That Way For Much Longer

Pretty Quiet At Midday, But It Shouldn’t Be That Way For Much Longer

| July 14, 2017 @ 11:57 am

Believe it or not, radar is actually pretty quiet as we approach the midday hour. Only one shower is showing on radar over the western part of St. Clair County in between Moody and Margaret. Everywhere else at this time is dry.

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Active Showers & Storms Out There At On A Hot & Muggy Midday

Active Showers & Storms Out There At On A Hot & Muggy Midday

| July 13, 2017 @ 11:53 am

Radar is quite active as we make our run up to the midday hour. A big mass of showers and storms are affecting the northwest corner of the state and has made it into the northwest corner of Marion County.

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A Few Cells Have Developed That Could Impact Tuscaloosa & Birmingham Metro

A Few Cells Have Developed That Could Impact Tuscaloosa & Birmingham Metro

| July 12, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

Just within the last few minutes, a small but intense shower has formed in Tuscaloosa County over Northport and the northwestern part of Tuscaloosa. It is barely moving at all to the northwest, but where it’s raining, it is a good downpour. The shower may grow for a few more minutes then rain itself out, as many of these pulse-type thunderstorms have done for most of the day.

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WeatherBrains 599: Lubricated Nexus

WeatherBrains 599: Lubricated Nexus

| July 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Our Guest WeatherBrain, Greg Stumpf, is a Research Meteorologist at the University Of Oklahoma/CIMMS.

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Huntsville Radar Will Be Down For Upgrades Starting July 17th

Huntsville Radar Will Be Down For Upgrades Starting July 17th

| July 12, 2017 @ 1:35 pm

The National Weather Service radar that is located in Hytop and serves the northeastern parts of Alabama will go out of service starting on July 17 for extension of life upgrades. Here is the official Public Information Statement from the NWS Huntsville…

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Warm & Muggy At Midday With Storms Firing Up

Warm & Muggy At Midday With Storms Firing Up

| July 12, 2017 @ 12:01 pm

Showers and thunderstorms have fired up as usual at this time across the southern parts of Central Alabama, with the most impressive storm showing over the AL/GA state line at Chambers County over Huguley and Valley. A few small showers are showing up in Jackson County. All of these are very slow movers, so rainfall totals could be higher.

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Flood Advisory for Parts of Talladega, Tallapoosa, & Clay Counties Until 7:30PM

Flood Advisory for Parts of Talladega, Tallapoosa, & Clay Counties Until 7:30PM

| July 11, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

At 5:28 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause minor flooding in the advisory area.

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Flash Flood Warning for East Central Jefferson County Until 6:00PM

Flash Flood Warning for East Central Jefferson County Until 6:00PM

| July 11, 2017 @ 4:07 pm

At 4:00 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

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Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Southeastern Jefferson County Until 6:45 PM

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Southeastern Jefferson County Until 6:45 PM

| July 11, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

At 342 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area.

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Heavy Thunderstorm Affecting Birmingham Metro

Heavy Thunderstorm Affecting Birmingham Metro

| July 11, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

Heavy rainfall is now occurring over the Birmingham Metropolitan Area at this point, especially stretching from downtown to Tarrant City To Irondale and points in between. Some locations are already showing over 1/2 inch totals in just a short time, especially just southeast of Tarrant, at the Birmingham International Airport, and really close to downtown Birmingham.

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Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Northwestern Montgomery County Until 5:45 PM

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Northwestern Montgomery County Until 5:45 PM

| July 11, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

At 2:39 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area.

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A Brief Check On Our Weather At 2:20PM

A Brief Check On Our Weather At 2:20PM

| July 11, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

A few strong thunderstorms are developing out there across Central Alabama at this time, with the strongest storm on radar being located over the north and central parts of Montgomery County, affecting the state Capitol and back to the south and southwest. This storm is nearly stationary and may be producing some gusty winds and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning.

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July 11, 1987 – Storm Collapses Tent At Circus Injuring 40

July 11, 1987 – Storm Collapses Tent At Circus Injuring 40

| July 11, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

It was approaching the 3 o’clock hour on a Saturday afternoon, and a crowd was attending a circus that has set up shop in the town of Howard, Wisconsin. The act featuring the lions had just completed and they were securely placed in their cages as the tightrope act was just starting in the main tent. At that moment, a very strong wind gust quickly forced the tent to collapse on top of the stunned crowd.

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The 11:30AM Check On Our Weather Situation

The 11:30AM Check On Our Weather Situation

| July 11, 2017 @ 11:35 am

Radar is rain-free for much of Central Alabama at this time, with the shower and thunderstorm activity located mainly in the eastern and southeastern parts of the area. A few showers have formed over southern parts of Cleburne County and over into eastern Calhoun County.

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