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Bill Murray is the President of The Weather Factory. He is the site's official weather historian and a weekend forecaster. He also anchors the site's severe weather coverage. Bill Murray is the proud holder of National Weather Association Digital Seal #0001 @wxhistorian

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See Brian Peters’ and John Brown’s Storm Chasing Talk Now on Facebook Live

See Brian Peters’ and John Brown’s Storm Chasing Talk Now on Facebook Live

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

John Brown and Brian Peters are leading a storm chasing talk live at the Hoover Public Library this afternoon. Here is Scott Martin’s stream of the event on our Facebook Live account. Share This:

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This Week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

This Week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

Governor Robert Bentley has declared February 19-24th, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The National Weather Service, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and other supporting organizations are asking for all our help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of Alabama survive […]

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Do You Have a Severe Weather Safety Plan?

Do You Have a Severe Weather Safety Plan?

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and all week long we will be talking about severe weather that affects our state and how you can prepare for it. Severe weather is a very real possibility any time of the year across Central Alabama. When severe weather threatens, stack the odds in your favor […]

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Sunday Afternoon National Highlights:  More Wind and Rain for Northern California

Sunday Afternoon National Highlights: More Wind and Rain for Northern California

| February 19, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

I loved when JB Elliott, our late mentor and friend, used to use NOAA Weatheradio on fair weather days to highlight interesting weather going on in other parts of the country. Here are a few notes from around the Fruited Plain: …A major storm is set to impact Northern California with another “atmospheric river” event. […]

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Nice Today, Great Tomorrow. PWW (Perfect Weather Watch) in Effect for Central Alabama.

Nice Today, Great Tomorrow. PWW (Perfect Weather Watch) in Effect for Central Alabama.

| February 19, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

It’s hard to argue with today’s weather. A good supply of sunshine after some early morning fog in valleys and low clouds in East Alabama. But temperatures have rebounded nicely from early morning lows mostly in the 40s to the 60s over Northeast Alabama and 70s elsewhere across Central Alabama. Just a few clouds scattered […]

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The Enigma Outbreak: On This Date in 1884

The Enigma Outbreak: On This Date in 1884

| February 19, 2017 @ 9:01 am

The U.S. Army Signal Corps was in charge of collecting weather observations and producing storm warnings in 1884. The weather map from the morning of Tuesday, February 19th that year showed low pressure over northern Illinois. Temperatures over the lower Mississippi Valley were in the 60s that morning. From North Alabama into North Carolina, temperatures […]

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Dense Fog Through Early Sunday Morning Across Much of Central Alabama

Dense Fog Through Early Sunday Morning Across Much of Central Alabama

| February 19, 2017 @ 2:02 am

Clearing skies and plentiful low level moisture left over Central Alabama is resulting in patchy dense fog that will reduce visibilities to less than 1/4 mile in spots through mid-morning. A dense fog advisory is in effect for the areas shaded in gray on the graphic. The value on the map show visibilities at 2 […]

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Atmospheric River Wreaks Havoc in the West

Atmospheric River Wreaks Havoc in the West

| February 18, 2017 @ 11:13 am

Southwestern California is picking up, cleaning up and drying out after its worst winter storm since March 20, 2011. A strong storm system crashing onshore was accompanied by an atmospheric river that produced amazing rainfall, as well as snowfall in the mountains. Wait you say, there’s a new weather term I haven’t heard very much. […]

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Live The Legacy: Visit Booker T. Washington’s Mansion At Tuskegee

Live The Legacy: Visit Booker T. Washington’s Mansion At Tuskegee

| February 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

By Donna Cope Renowned attorney Bryan Stevenson sees Tuskegee University as hallowed ground. The significance of the university – built by Booker T. Washington, a former slave – is not lost on Stevenson. He has devoted his life to fighting egregious inequality within the criminal justice system, and has spoken at the university many times. […]

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California Dam Emergency Highlights Alabama Dam Safety

California Dam Emergency Highlights Alabama Dam Safety

| February 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am

By Kacey Drescher WSFA As thousands of northern California residents try to return home, could what happened at Oroville Dam happen here in Alabama? Alabama Power operates 14 dams and officials say a robust inspection program keeps the focus on safety. For Mike Jordan, it’s just the right thing to do.“It’s critical,” said Jordan, Southern […]

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A.G. Gaston Conference: Compromise, Collaboration Needed To Create Jobs

A.G. Gaston Conference: Compromise, Collaboration Needed To Create Jobs

| February 17, 2017 @ 5:30 am

By Denise Stewart Janice Mathis, leader of one of the nation’s oldest organizations of African-American women, opened the A.G. Gaston Conference in Birmingham Tuesday, calling for compromise, cooperation and collaboration to create jobs. “We have to create jobs where they are needed the most,” said Mathis, who was appointed executive director of the National Council […]

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The Tornado that Birthed a National Weather Service Office

The Tornado that Birthed a National Weather Service Office

| February 16, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Just before dawn on Thursday morning, February 16, 1995, thunderstorms were sweeping across North and Central Alabama. The National Weather Service Forecast Office south of Birmingham had responsibility for counties across the central section of the state. The National Weather Service Office in Huntsville had responsibility for several counties in the Tennessee Valley. About 4:25 […]

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