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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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Best Storms Are In The 5 County Metro Birmingham Area For Now

| 3:15 pm July 24, 2016
Top left: base reflectivity; Top right: composite reflectivity; Bottom right: echo tops; Bottom left: Vertically Integrated Liquid

Top left: base reflectivity; Top right: composite reflectivity; Bottom right: echo tops; Bottom left: Vertically Integrated Liquid

Showers and thunderstorms are trying to get their act together at mid-afternoon across Central Alabama. Small pulse storms are bubbling up in a environment of moderate instability and almost no wind shear. They rise up and fall back to earth just as quickly.

At 305 p.m. lightning was beginning near downtown Birmingham and over southern Walker County. Other lightning strikes have occurred in the past few minutes in the storm along the Jefferson/St. Clair County line near Argo.

The storms near downtown Birmingham and near West Jefferson appear to the best candidates to hold together right now.

These storms will continue to develop and push slowly west all afternoon and into the early evening.

The stronger storms will have gusty winds, heavy rain and deadly lightning.

Storms will continue to be rather scarce through Tuesday, with little hope for widespread relief from our growing drought. The outlook should improve from midweek into the weekend as we get more troughing over Alabama and the Southeast.

Strong Storm Over Eastern Jefferson County…Lot of Heavy Rain, Lightning

| 4:17 pm July 23, 2016

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A strong thunderstorm developed near the Birmingham Airport before 2:30 and has been pulsing up and down as it has moved slowly southwestward.

At 415 p.m. it was affecting areas from Woodlawn and Irondale back to Cahaba Heights and Liberty Park then over to Inverness and Meadowbrook.

The lightning is not especially heavy, but it only takes one bolt. 1-2 inches of rain has fallen in areas between I-20 and I-459. An areal flood advisory has been issued for eastern Jefferson County, including places inside the green polygon.

Strong Storms Over Marion, Lamar and Fayette Counties…Pushing Generally Southward

| 4:44 pm July 22, 2016

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Thunderstorms are strong over parts of Central Alabama this afternoon. The strongest ones can be found over Marion, Lamar and Fayette Counties.

Others are over Cullman and Walker Counties as well as Lauderdale and Colbert Counties of Northwest Alabama.

None of the storms are severe at this time, but there could be a couple of isolated warnings through the evening hours.

Any of the storms will be capable of producing dangerous lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds to 40 mph.

Everything is pushing generally to the south.

The storms will die out later this evening.

This Week’s Roundup From Alabama NewsCenter Is A Real Knock-Out!

| 9:44 am July 22, 2016

The champion prevails, Golden Flake’s sale and a couple of fish tales were among the good news stories from our partners at Alabama NewsCenter.

Deontay Wilder wins championship fight in Birmingham without right hand

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Deontay Wilder weighs in, prepares for title defense

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Deontay Wilder expecting best shot from Chris Arreola

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Deontay Wilder’s ride with no limits

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Former Auburn star Josh Donaldson a superstar for Toronto Blue Jays

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Willie Mays statue honors Don Logan, Birmingham Barons

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Collaborative process expected to improve instant replay in the SEC

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Golden Flake being bought in $141 million deal

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Polaris Alabama facility begins producing Rangers, Slingshots

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Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo lures anglers, crowds to Dauphin Island

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UAB part of growing zebrafish impact on medical research

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Who knew seven words could be so magical?

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Montgomery native Tiffany Williams is keeping it real as she works in reality television

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Birmingham’s IllumiCare is out to change healthcare with Smart Ribbon

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Susan Moore Elementary School summer program empowers young bodies and minds

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Emphasizing Alabama art in Mentone

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Live from the Forum: Birmingham Mountain Radio to broadcast from the BJCC

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No Trick: These Alabama Makers turned Halloween treat into Wickles Pickles

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Summer Camp focuses on health self-esteem for young girls

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Amsterdam Cafe’s Crab Cake and Avocado Sandwich makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama

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Laugh, sing along and shout ‘Play ball!’ this weekend with Can’t Miss Alabama

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UAB’s REGARDS study offers answers that could help save lives

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With the eye of hurricane season fast approaching, time to check your plan

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Alabama June home sales rose 5 percent over same month in 2015

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Year-to- date home sales in Mobile up 7 percent from last year

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Tuscaloosa continues June growth in home sales

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Gadsden home sales in June rise 10 percent over 2015

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Strong Storms Push Southwest

| 11:17 pm July 21, 2016

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Strong storms continue tonight across Central Alabama.

Storms are most intense along I-65 from Alabaster to Calera to Montevallo to Jemison to Thorsby.

The storms are slowly weakening but will continue for a couple of more hours.

Look for gusty winds, very heavy rains and deadly lightning.

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR CHILTON…SOUTHWESTERN SHELBY…
EASTERN BIBB AND WEST CENTRAL COOSA COUNTIES UNTIL 1130 PM CDT…

AT 1102 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG THUNDERSTORMS
ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HELENA TO NEAR
CLANTON. MOVEMENT WAS SOUTH SOUTHWEST AT 20 MPH.

WINDS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HOOVER…ALABASTER…PELHAM…HELENA…CALERA…CLANTON…
MONTEVALLO…JEMISON…THORSBY…WEST BLOCTON…WILTON…
UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO…CHILTON COUNTY MOTOR SPORTS PARK…
BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS PARK…HIGGINS FERRY PARK…POOLES CROSSROADS…
ASHBY…MITCHELL LAKE…LAY LAKE DAM AND MAYLENE.

Storms Continue Over East Alabama Tonight

| 10:34 pm July 21, 2016

It has been a stormy night across the eastern half of Alabama tonight, with widespread thunderstorms along and south of I-59 and east of I-65.

The big hot ridge of high pressure that has been dominating much of the United States has shifted a little west tonight. This weakening over the eastern half of the state has allowed storms to form in the high instability left over after today’s hot temperatures in the upper 90s. Huntsville reached 100F. Birmingham topped out at 98F.

Low level lapse rates have been moderately strong tonight and there has been about 30 knots of speed shear that have allowed the storms to remain more organized that typical summertime pulse storms.

There are no warnings in effect right now. Earlier there were warnings over eastern Alabama. Trees and power lines were reported down along US-78 in Calhoun County ESE of Anniston.

At 10:30 p.m. the strongest storms are over Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Calhoun, Cherokee and northern Cleburne Counties. They are producing torrential rain, strong gusty winds, deadly lightning and some small hail. Be in a safe place if they are in the neighborhood.

Here is the radar, showing base reflectivity on the left and composite reflectivity on the right.

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Over two inches of rain has fallen over eastern Coosa and southwestern Clay Counties. Areas southwest of Heflin also picked up around two inches. Be alert for some local flooding.

So far, the Birmingham area has avoided the storms, There is a small storm over southern Blount County that has had a hard time getting its act together. There is a small storm over Bessemer in southwestern Jefferson County.

The storms will persist over Central Alabama for a couple of more hours, but they are slowly weakening.

Punch and Pizazz From The Alabama News Center

| 9:00 am July 15, 2016

From Media Days to monuments, from the Bronze Bomber to the Sonic Suitcase and from SlossFest to Small Stages, this week’s dose of good news from Alabama NewsCenter comes with added punch and pizazz.

Alabama’s Nick Saban had more to say at SEC Media Days than the Paul Finebaum exchange

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn sees key to 2016 season: ‘Win the close games’

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German auto supplier Gerhardi to invest $37 million, create 235 jobs with Montgomery plant

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Sonic Suitcase plays music with the style of an Alabama Maker

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Sloss Tech preview: A leading futurist on technology and growing business

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‘Wicked’ casts its spell on more than 40,000 with Birmingham performances

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Touring with Aerosmith, new solo CD have Alabama’s Buck Johnson living rock-star dream

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St. Paul & the Broken Bones’ Paul Janeway picks SlossFest top 5

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Ryan Adams and The Shining

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Death Cab for Cutie

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Ray LaMontagne

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Flaming Lips

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

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Get your music on, get out to the ballgame and celebrate state history with Can’t Miss Alabama

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Birmingham’s Small Stages brings live music into private homes, businesses

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Giving humanity wings of hope, understanding makes her an Alabama Bright Light

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From treatment to treats, Alabama doctor finds food is good medicine for cancer patients

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‘Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail greening Alabama in more ways than one

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Alabama Power Junior Clinic at Barbasol Championship tees up life lessons for Alabama youth

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Jeremy Towns brings Next Level Football Camp to Birmingham

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Veterans honored with Fultondale wall display, events this weekend

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Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar’s sea bass makes 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Alabama Power scores among the top, again, for customer satisfaction

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Governor Robert Bentley kicks off Alabama mission at Farnborough International Airshow

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Alabama team begins high-level meetings at Farnborough Airshow

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Four trends lifting Alabama aerospace industry to new altitudes

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Rich in history, Alabama aerospace industry climbing to new heights

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Wheels up: New video captures Alabama aerospace ascent

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Southeast Alabama targets aerospace connections at Farnborough

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Mobile Aeroplex pursues growth strategy at Farnborough

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Boeing’s Alabama operations boost key space, defense programs

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Airbus Alabama primes for production ramp-up

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New UAH wind tunnel will take Alabama aerospace research supersonic

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May new home sales rose 16 percent over same period in 2015

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Birmingham home sales rise 3 percent in June over same period in 2015

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Dothan sees June uptick in home sales compared to 2015

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Special Public Weather Forum This Sunday in Tuscaloosa

| 11:32 am July 13, 2016

The American Meteorological Society will hold a special community outreach event in Tuscaloosa this Sunday, July 17th from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa.

The panel, which will be moderated by our very own James Spann, will discuss lightning safety at outdoor events. The event is free, but you need to register here.

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Making Us Alabama Proud – Stories from Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends

| 10:40 am July 8, 2016

From Nick Saban and the West Virginia floods to a young man from Theodore winning the top global prize in opera, there is plenty to make you Alabama proud in the latest from our friends at Alabama NewsCenter.

Can’t Miss Alabama captures baseball, movies, music and memories

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Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban seeks Alabama high school help for West Virginia flood victims

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Governor Robert Bentley to head Alabama economic development team at Farnborough Airshow

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Big Spoon Creamery has big plans as it churns toward Avondale storefront next year

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Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial arrives in Alabama with thunderous escort

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Traveling Vietnam Wall prepares to make stop in Alabama

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Birmingham is forging a tourism identity

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Dayspring Dairy is an Alabama Maker in sheep’s clothing

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University of South Alabama graduate wins international singing competition

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Tim Gothard harnesses passion for the outdoors to lead Alabama Wildlife Federation

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Alabama Medal of Honor recipient and patriot remembered fondly

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Alabamians blazed trails, fought discrimination as the first African-American Marines

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Exercise makes Alabama couple’s 80s and 90s truly ‘golden years’

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NFL players come to Alabama to catch the ball and a few hearts

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Green Top barbecue makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Southern Company and AGL Resources complete merger, create a leading U.S. energy company

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Alabama Power, partners award longleaf pine grants

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More big projects could be coming for Huntsville’s industrial market

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An itch in time: Alabama summers bring increased exposure to poisonous plants

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UAB to be first in Alabama to develop proton treatment center

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Battle the Zika virus with these simple steps

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UAB researchers target Antarctic sponge for promise against deadly MRSA infection

spongeUAB’s Josh Klapow: Rising temperatures can give rise to tempers

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Birmingham electric vehicle owners find happiness at their plug, not the pump

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Diversity and student achievement celebrated at Tuggle Elementary

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Coyote Drive-In adding miniature golf, holding holiday celebration in Leeds

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Theatre UAB alumna Andrea Frankle plays television character fans love to hate

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Shovels & Rope

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Dr. Dog

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Glass Animals

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Logic

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Fitz and the Tantrums

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Grouplove

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Arcs

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Can You Maybe Move Your Property a Little North?

| 1:01 pm July 5, 2016

So, I see Scott Martin’s midday post crowing about not having to water his garden today and I am envious. We squeezed out a meager 0.17 inches at my house in southern Jefferson County after things looked promising for awhile.

Here is how my conversation went with meteorologist Sheldon Kusselson this morning:

Sheldon: You have your best shot at the most widespread rain in Alabama coming today…then each day gets less through Thursday. With a slight increase over the weekend. So, to help any parched areas, today is the day.

Me: Wishing the boundary would drop a little south and put some rain on my lawn.

Sheldon: Can you maybe move your property a little north?

Me: (sigh)

Alabama Satellite Analysis Wx blog for July 5, 2016