Author Archive: Bill Murray

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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A Fateful Week in Weather History From This Week in 1969

A Fateful Week in Weather History From This Week in 1969

| August 14, 2017 @ 8:34 am

One of the most infamous hurricanes in Gulf Coast history wreaked havoc during this week in weather history in 1969.

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Birmingham’s Longest 100F Streak

Birmingham’s Longest 100F Streak

| August 13, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

On this date in 2007, Birmingham was in the midst of its longest streak of 100 degree days ever.

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Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

| August 13, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

A fairly typical, lazy August Sunday is in progress across Central Alabama with a mix of sun and clouds and warm temperatures.

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“We Have Met Our Andrew”

“We Have Met Our Andrew”

| August 13, 2017 @ 11:25 am

Hurricane Charley made a devastating hit on Southwest Florida on August 13, 2004.

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Patchy Fog Overnight Across Central and North Alabama

Patchy Fog Overnight Across Central and North Alabama

| August 12, 2017 @ 10:29 pm

Patchy fog across Central and North Alabama overnight will reduce visibilities, especially in areas where rain fell this afternoon.

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Tropical Depression Number Eight Forms

Tropical Depression Number Eight Forms

| August 12, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

It is expected to strengthen and become Tropical Storm Gert later tonight or Sunday. It should recurve east of the United States.

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Heaviest Rain Pushes South and East

Heaviest Rain Pushes South and East

| August 8, 2017 @ 9:32 am

Heavy rain is pushing through parts of Shelby and Talladega Counties, where an Areal Food Advisory has been issued. Remember, turn around, don’t drown!

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Heavy Rain Affecting Flooding, Causing Flooding Across Birmingham Metro Area

Heavy Rain Affecting Flooding, Causing Flooding Across Birmingham Metro Area

| August 8, 2017 @ 8:25 am

An areal flood advisory has been issued for Jefferson County until 9:45 a.m., where minor flooding is occurring from heavy showers that are moving slowly across the area.

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A Preventable Weather Tragedy:  From the Pages of Today in Weather History in 2012

A Preventable Weather Tragedy: From the Pages of Today in Weather History in 2012

| August 6, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

Lightning deaths are still far too common, as exhibited from the incident that occurred at a NASCAR race in 2012 in Pennsylvania.

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Early Morning Tulsa Tornado Rated at Least EF-2; Without Warning Claims Untrue

Early Morning Tulsa Tornado Rated at Least EF-2; Without Warning Claims Untrue

| August 6, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

Some have said that this morning’s Tulsa tornado struck without warning. As is usually the case, that was simply not true.

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Showers and Storms Blossoming Across West Alabama

Showers and Storms Blossoming Across West Alabama

| August 6, 2017 @ 12:45 pm

Showers and storms are increasing in coverage and intensity across areas west of I-65. A couple of storms could produce damaging wind gusts.

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Not Bad for the Next to the Last Day of July in Alabama

Not Bad for the Next to the Last Day of July in Alabama

| July 30, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

A nice Sunday afternoon is in progress across Alabama with lower than average dewpoints across the area.

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Flash Flood Watches Issued For Parts of Central and North Alabama for Friday

Flash Flood Watches Issued For Parts of Central and North Alabama for Friday

| July 27, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

Flash flood watches have been issued for North and Central Alabama for Friday and Friday night.

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Areal Flood Advisory for Northeastern Jefferson County Until 4:30 p.m.

Areal Flood Advisory for Northeastern Jefferson County Until 4:30 p.m.

| July 26, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

Heavy rain over northeastern Jefferson County could cause minor flooding over the next couple of hours.

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Heat Advisory Issued For Much of the Area

Heat Advisory Issued For Much of the Area

| July 26, 2017 @ 12:36 pm

A heat advisory is in effect for much of North and Central Alabama this afternoon into this evening.

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Storms on the Increase Around Birmingham

Storms on the Increase Around Birmingham

| July 26, 2017 @ 12:29 pm

Storms are intensifying around the Birmingham Metro area at this hour. Heavy rain and dangerous lightning will be the main threats.

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Flooding Is A Real Problem Across Parts of Jefferson County

Flooding Is A Real Problem Across Parts of Jefferson County

| July 24, 2017 @ 5:50 pm

Flooding continues to be a real problem across parts of Jefferson County. Remember, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

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Storms Blowing Up Over Eastern Jefferson County

Storms Blowing Up Over Eastern Jefferson County

| July 24, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

Storms are quite strong over eastern Jefferson County at this hour, with heavy rain, gusty winds and dangerous lightning. Storms are fairly widespread across other parts of North Central Alabama.

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Showers and Storms Numerous Across North Central Alabama

Showers and Storms Numerous Across North Central Alabama

| July 24, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

Storms have become widespread across North Central Alabama this afternoon. Lots of lightning and heavy rain, as well as gusty winds, are accompanying the storm.

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On This Date in 2004:  Officials Declared Louisiana Was More Prepared for the Big One

On This Date in 2004: Officials Declared Louisiana Was More Prepared for the Big One

| July 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

A year before Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana officials ran a simulation involving a Cat 3 hurricane named Pam with results that were eerily predictive of the disaster that would occur in real life.

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DroughtWatch:  365 Day Deficit at BHM Wiped Out, But Varying Short Term Moisture Needs

DroughtWatch: 365 Day Deficit at BHM Wiped Out, But Varying Short Term Moisture Needs

| July 23, 2017 @ 1:54 pm

The I-59 Corridor has enjoyed good rainfall in the past 30 days, but many other areas need rain despite the drought having been eliminated from all of the state.

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Heat and Humidity, Scattered Showers/Storms

Heat and Humidity, Scattered Showers/Storms

| July 23, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

Temperatures are climbing into the lower 90s across North and Central Alabama. Showers and storms have been slow to form, but they will be scattered across the landscape this afternoon.

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Significant Flooding Across Parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties

Significant Flooding Across Parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties

| July 16, 2017 @ 9:59 am

Significant flooding is being reported in parts of the Birmingham Metro area. A flood warning continues in effect for part of Jefferson and Shelby Counties.

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On This Date in 1980:  The Heat Was the Headline

On This Date in 1980: The Heat Was the Headline

| July 12, 2017 @ 11:26 am

Birmingham and much of the southern United States was broiling in one of the worst heat waves in history on this date in 1980.

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BMX Radar Is Back Up And Running

BMX Radar Is Back Up And Running

| July 12, 2017 @ 5:30 am

The BMX Radar maintenance has been completed and has returned to operational duty.

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