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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Great Looking Sunday Across Alabama

Great Looking Sunday Across Alabama

| November 5, 2017 @ 10:36 am

It is a nice November Sunday across Alabama with a good supply of sunshine, warm temperatures and balmy southerly winds. Get out and enjoy it!

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Dense Fog in Places This Morning, A Few Showers Today, Cooler Next Week

Dense Fog in Places This Morning, A Few Showers Today, Cooler Next Week

| November 4, 2017 @ 6:56 am

Dense fog in spots this morning with a few showers possible during the day. WArm weather continues until Tuesday when a front will bring below normal temperatures to the area.

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Dense Fog Advisory for Much of Central and North Alabama Overnight

Dense Fog Advisory for Much of Central and North Alabama Overnight

| November 3, 2017 @ 9:56 pm

Dense fog has formed across Central and North Alabama this evening. Driving conditions will be hazardous across much of the area through early Saturday morning.

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Frost Advisories Tonight; Temperatures Begin Moderating on Monday

Frost Advisories Tonight; Temperatures Begin Moderating on Monday

| October 29, 2017 @ 11:49 am

Sunshine is slowly returning to eastern sections of the area. Frost advisories cover most of Alabama for tonight as ideal radiational cooling conditions will be in place for a widespread frost.

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Widespread Frost Tonight, Above Normal Temperatures, Showers By End of the Week

Widespread Frost Tonight, Above Normal Temperatures, Showers By End of the Week

| October 29, 2017 @ 7:15 am

Wind and clouds prevented frost from forming this morning but tonight will be a different story, with frost advisories posted. Lows will average between 33-40 degrees tonight but with calm winds and clear skies, widespread frost will form. Protect tender plants.

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A Blustery, Chilly Saturday Ahead

A Blustery, Chilly Saturday Ahead

| October 28, 2017 @ 7:00 am

A few showers will linger this morning across Central Alabama, but should end in Birmingham before noon and be out of East Alabama by 2 p.m. followed by a cold night.

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93L May Become TD#18 or Philippe Today or Tomorrow

93L May Become TD#18 or Philippe Today or Tomorrow

| October 27, 2017 @ 9:42 am

A tropical depression may form over the western Caribbean and move north over the weekend. The main impacts will be to the Caymans, Cuba and Bahamas, with some effects in South Florida and the Keys. It has no chance to affect the northern Gulf Coast.

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Clouds Increasing, Rain/Storms on the Way

Clouds Increasing, Rain/Storms on the Way

| October 22, 2017 @ 11:15 am

Rain and storms will overspread Alabama today and tonight ahead of a strong trough and a couple of strong cold fronts that will lead to a big change in Alabama’s weather this week.

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Ophelia to Lash Ireland, Northern UK with High Winds and Heavy Rain

Ophelia to Lash Ireland, Northern UK with High Winds and Heavy Rain

| October 15, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

Ireland is bracing for the heavy rains and high winds from a transitioning Hurricane Ophelia, which will track across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland on Monday.

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Last Warm Day for Awhile; Showers Increase Ahead of Front Through This Evening

Last Warm Day for Awhile; Showers Increase Ahead of Front Through This Evening

| October 15, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

An approaching cold front will trigger showers this afternoon and evening before some really fall-like air arrives for the week ahead.

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Learning to be a Launch Weather Officer

Learning to be a Launch Weather Officer

| October 9, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

This will be the third consecutive year that students in the sixth grade at Pizitz Middle School have launched an ambitious weather balloon mission. Weather Officer Training was held last week, and a student journalist, John Edwards, wrote this story about it.

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Severe Weather Threat Ended, Rain/Winds Will Slowly Diminish

Severe Weather Threat Ended, Rain/Winds Will Slowly Diminish

| October 8, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

The severe weather threat has ended for all of Alabama and the wind and flood threat is diminishing as well as Tropical Depression Nate moves through Northwest Alabama toward southern Tennessee.

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An Update on the Alabama Weather Situation at 10:30 a.m.

An Update on the Alabama Weather Situation at 10:30 a.m.

| October 8, 2017 @ 10:32 am

The severe weather threat has decreased across Alabama and winds are diminishing slowly. Rain will end in the Birmingham area shortly after noon.

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Lots of Trees Down, A Major Traffic Accident Affecting SB I-459

Lots of Trees Down, A Major Traffic Accident Affecting SB I-459

| October 8, 2017 @ 9:27 am

Numerous trees are down across Central Alabam this morning and more will fall until winds subside later this afternoon.

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Wind Impact Forecast for Central Alabama Lessened a Bit

Wind Impact Forecast for Central Alabama Lessened a Bit

| October 8, 2017 @ 8:55 am

Tropical storm warnings remain in effect across many counties of Central Alabama with wind advisories in the rest of the counties.

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Flooding Threat

Flooding Threat

| October 8, 2017 @ 8:42 am

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Nate is impacting much of South Alabama and now increasingly East Central and South Central Alabama.

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Very Heavy Rain, Wind in Birmingham Metro

Very Heavy Rain, Wind in Birmingham Metro

| October 8, 2017 @ 7:47 am

Heavy rain and strong winds are affecting the Birmingham Metro right now. Be ready for trees to fall and for flash flooding.

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Nate Makes Second Landfall; Surge Rising Along the Gulf Coast

Nate Makes Second Landfall; Surge Rising Along the Gulf Coast

| October 8, 2017 @ 12:47 am

Hurricane Nate has made its second landfall along the Mississippi Coast between Biloxi and Pascagoula with winds of 85 mph and a central pressure of 984 millibars. Surge levels are rising rapidly along the Gulf Coast near and east of the landfall point.

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What To Expect Overnight and Sunday in Central Alabama

What To Expect Overnight and Sunday in Central Alabama

| October 8, 2017 @ 12:12 am

Heavy rain will begin overspread much of Central Alabama during the predawn hours. Winds will begin to freshen over Central Alabama after sunrise and gusts could reach 35-55 mph during the late morning and early afternoon. Tornadoes will be possible as well, especially from Auburn to Eufaula.

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Notes on Nate As We Approach 10 p.m.

Notes on Nate As We Approach 10 p.m.

| October 7, 2017 @ 10:09 pm

The center of Hurricane Nate is expected to make its second landfall near Gulfport, Mississippi around midnight. Heavy rain, strong winds, and tornadoes will affect Central Alabama through the morning and afternoon.

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Be In Safe Shelter Now:  Shelby and Chilton!

Be In Safe Shelter Now: Shelby and Chilton!

| October 7, 2017 @ 9:04 pm

Very dangerous storm approaching southwestern Shelby County near Montevallo! Be in safe shelter as it approaches!

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Severe Weather Threat Arrives a Bit Early

Severe Weather Threat Arrives a Bit Early

| October 7, 2017 @ 8:50 pm

Severe weather has arrived earlier tonight in the warm, humid airmass ahead of Nate that is highly sheared. Severe weather will be with us tonight and tomorrow.

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Dangerous Storm

Dangerous Storm

| October 7, 2017 @ 7:48 pm

The potentially tornadic storm in Autauga County is very impressive with lots of lightning and rotation. It is moving toward Chilton County and a new tornado warning may be required.

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Nate Has Made the Expected Turn to the North-Northeast

Nate Has Made the Expected Turn to the North-Northeast

| October 7, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

The effects of Hurricane Nate are really starting to be felt along the Alabama coast with storm surge, strong winds and tornadoes.

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Nate Will Bring Significant Impacts to Central Alabama Late Tonight, Especially on Sunday

Nate Will Bring Significant Impacts to Central Alabama Late Tonight, Especially on Sunday

| October 7, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

Here is a look at impacts and their timing for Central Alabama from Hurricane Nate, which will cross the area on Sunday after making landfall just west of the Alabama/Mississippi border late tonight.

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First Tornado Warning

First Tornado Warning

| October 7, 2017 @ 2:01 pm

A spotter confirmed waterspout is moving onshore in Baldwin County as one of the outer bands from Hurricane Nate moves onshore.

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Latest Wind Advisories, Watches, Warnings and Expected Impacts for Central Alabama

Latest Wind Advisories, Watches, Warnings and Expected Impacts for Central Alabama

| October 7, 2017 @ 12:53 pm

Strong winds will impact Central Alabama on Sunday as Nate tracks across the state. Here are the latest wind alerts and expected impacts.

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Severe Weather Threat Area for Tomorrow

Severe Weather Threat Area for Tomorrow

| October 7, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

The SPC has issued their standard risk area for the chance of brief tornadoes on the eastern side of the track of Nate as it moves northeastward through Alabama on Sunday.

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Noon Notes on Nate

Noon Notes on Nate

| October 7, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

Hurricane Nate continues to move rapidly toward the northern Gulf Coast and will arrive very close to high tide time tonight.

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Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Parts of Central Alabama, Watch Expanded

Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Parts of Central Alabama, Watch Expanded

| October 7, 2017 @ 5:42 am

The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Central Alabama.

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