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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Near Record Warmth Again

| January 15, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

The temperature at the Birmingham Airport (based on 5-minute data) has reached 73F at 130 p.m. This is exactly where we were yesterday, so a high of 75 or 76 looks likely.

There is a difference in temperature across the state with a cold front hanging around in the I-59 Corridor. Lower 70s are common along I-20 with middle 70s to the south. To the north, low and middle 60s are common.

There is a good supply of clouds across the area, but some sun is peeking through.

Regional radars are clear despite the presence of the front.

We stay dry overnight, but some showers may show up on Monday during the heating of the day. Highs will be in the lower and middle 70s.

Rain will slowly move in from the northwest during the day on Tuesday and might continue into Wednesday. That event should bring around an inch of rain, which will be greatly appreciated. Rain will continue in the forecast all week.

Today’s Your Lucky Day — Good News Stories from Alabama NewsCenter this Friday the 13th!

| January 13, 2017 @ 11:56 am

Once again, our Alabama NewsCenter partners remind us of the abundant blessings here in our own back yard. Here are a few of our favorite good news stories:

Boats, brides, ballet and honoring an icon this MLK weekend in Can’t Miss Alabama

President Obama establishes National Monument in Birmingham

Pepper Place Winter Farmers Market in Birmingham to feature Alabama goods

Alabama makers help business recruiters tell state’s story in unique way

Birmingham mayor emphasizes growth, development in ‘State of the City’ address

Birmingham firm eyes more investment after purchase of Financial Center building

Charles Smith’s journey from angry Vietnam vet to accomplished artist to Alabama Maker

‘Brighter Birmingham’ lights up the Magic City one neighborhood at a time

What can Alabama cities learn from the Atlanta Beltline?

Record year: Alabama auto production accelerates to all-time high in 2016

Airbus talks up U.S. credentials, Alabama operations ahead of Trump presidency

Toyota to invest $10 billion in U.S. operations

We know people are using health apps, but are they working?

Take Action: Dr. Josh has a prescription to ease your gym phobia

Advertisers depict unsafe sleeping environments for infants, UAB study shows

Honda’s redesigned Alabama-made Odyssey takes center state at Detroit auto show

Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline wins 2017 ‘Truck of the Year’ award

Taking Time to Enjoy Some Good News Stories from Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends!

| January 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am

Because winter weather took center stage on Friday, our weekly edition of Good News Stories from Alabama NewsCenter was abbreviated. Be sure to take time today to enjoy some of our favorite stories from across the lovely state of Alabama!

Boxing champion Deontay Wilder announces fourth Birmingham bout

Alabama academic researchers work to power new discoveries

Crimson Tide adds coaching drama to national championship game preparations

State parks offer a winter holiday from the holidays – at a discount

Wine at Morgan Creek Vineyards makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

2016 Birmingham Bowl by the numbers

Birmingham transplant lab worker becomes donor, part of UAB’s world-record kidney chain

Southern Research influenza program searches for new drug to counter flu virus

UAB MASTERS Trial uses exercise, diabetes medicine to increase strength in seniors

Using epigenetics to help the immune system fight ovarian cancer

Take Action: Dr. Josh has three keys to help you succeed in making changes

Ring in the new year with home improvements for energy efficiency

Mercedes wins back luxury lead from BMW with Zetsche-led makeover

Ten cars Americans loved or hated in 2016

What the world’s top chefs like to eat at home

A different mile-high club with drinks and dinner

Hurry! Go Check Your Barometer!

| January 8, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

After a cold Saturday and Saturday night that never saw the mercury go above freezing for much of the area, the ol’ thermometer is making slow but steady progress today.

At the surface, the big blob of high pressure (top left panel) extends from a center over western Kentucky down into Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. At the center of the high, the barometer is well over 1040 mb, because right now, barometers adjusted to sea level are reading over 30.75 inches or 1041 mb.

You won’t see your home barometer that high around these parts very often.

Aloft, a huge trough is along the East Coast. Northwesterly winds on the back side of that trough are bringing some high clouds into the state, that are dulling the sun and slowing the melting process.

Roads that were ice covered or slushy overnight are slowly improving, but still slick in spots. Shady areas will be the worst. Heard reports of major problems still on Clairmont on Birmingham’s Southside and Overtone Road to the east.

A wreck on I-65 SB just south of Lakeshore has the southbound lanes backed up for over a mile. You may want to avoid that area. That accident may have been ice related.

280 East out of Downtown is still very slow and US-31 coming up or down the hill by Brookwood Hospital is still a mess. US-78 is problematic from Avondale to Oporto.

I-20/59 to Tuscaloosa is in great shape according to reports, but I-20/59 through downtown is a mess.

459 appears to be in good shape except southbound in the big curve near Liberty Park.

Roads are open but please use EXTREME caution. And just stay home if you can.

Roads Still Icy in Spots; Many Churches Canceling or Delaying Services

| January 8, 2017 @ 7:55 am

Saturday was still a mess across the Birmingham metro area as well as almost all of I-20 east of the city.

The sun tried very hard to fix things, working in conjunction with plenty of dry air was sublimation. But shade and temperatures that never reached freezing conspired against the process.

Problems continued through the overnight hours and into the early morning, with most of the problems affecting I-65 south of Downtown, the Red Mountain Expressway and I-20.

Here is a look at Google Map with traffic as of 7:53 a.m. Of course, areas in orange and red probably have icy spots that are slowing people.

Many churches have wisely canceled their services or delayed them.

Things will slowly get better this morning with a good supply of sunshine. But temperatures will climb only slowly through the teens and twenties this morning, reaching freezing by noon.

And highs will only top out in the middle 30s, so there will still be problems in spots.

Be careful if you must drive.

Hard Freeze Warning Issued for Tonight and Sunday Morning for Central Alabama

| January 7, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

The NWS in Birmingham has issued a Hard Freeze Warning for all of Central Alabama. The NWS Mobile has a similar product all the way to the Gulf Coast.

This graphic shows the warnings issued by BMX and adjacent offices and the minimum temperatures expected tonight.

Temperatures are expected to drop to near 10F in colder locations tonight with widespread teens.

The NWS Birmingham issues Hard Freeze Warnings when temperatures are expected to drop below 20F.

Conditions Slowly Improving; Please Don’t Drive

| January 7, 2017 @ 11:26 am

Highway 280 East is completely blocked at Lakeshore Parkway.

65 SB is completely blocked at Alford Avenue. Northbound traffic is crawling.


Sun is doing its job this morning, melting the ice on area roads, but many are still icy or slushy. Hills and shady areas are still a huge problem.

Conditions are slowly improving and road closures are beginning to be lifted. Jackknifed trucks are being removed and traffic is beginning to move at some of the major chokepoints.

But officials are urging everyone to stay put for now.

All major highways in the Birmingham metro have ice on them. I-20 is a big issue, especially between I-459 and Moody and again at Cook Springs.

Stay home until the sun and dry air have a chance to do their work.

Temperatures are warming into the middle 20s in the I-20 Corridor, but it is still 19F at Cullman.

The Screaming Message: Stay Off the Roads

| January 7, 2017 @ 9:12 am

Roads are a mess across much of Central Alabama this morning.

Please stay off the roads until at least noon.

The Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport is open but many flights have been canceled or delayed. Here is a list from their website: