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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23 Years Ago Today:  The Goshen United Methodist Church Tornado

23 Years Ago Today: The Goshen United Methodist Church Tornado

| March 28, 2017 @ 5:48 am

What began as a peaceful Palm Sunday quickly changed to a black day day in Alabama weather history when a powerful tornado ripped through northeast Alabama.

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On this day in Alabama history: ‘Howlin’ Mad’ Smith Entered Marine Corps

On this day in Alabama history: ‘Howlin’ Mad’ Smith Entered Marine Corps

| March 28, 2017 @ 5:45 am

The ‘father of modern amphibious warfare’ served during both world wars.

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Tons of Lightning in North Alabama Storms

Tons of Lightning in North Alabama Storms

| March 27, 2017 @ 11:53 pm

Strong thunderstorms are pushing southward over North Central Alabama late tonight. They have lots of lightning in them.

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Last Night’s Central Alabama Storm Reports

Last Night’s Central Alabama Storm Reports

| March 27, 2017 @ 11:02 pm

Yesterday’s storms were generally hail producers, but one produced a good bit of wind damage on Birmingham’s East Side.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch #0090 Has Expired For All Alabama Counties

Severe Thunderstorm Watch #0090 Has Expired For All Alabama Counties

| March 27, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

Both the NWS offices in Huntsville and Birmingham are allowing the Severe Thunderstorm Watch to expire at 9:00PM as first issued.

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Here is a Look at the Alabama Weather Situation Just Before 9 p.m.

Here is a Look at the Alabama Weather Situation Just Before 9 p.m.

| March 27, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

We will be watching storms across North Alabama, as well as other over eastern Mississippi in coming hours.

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Storm That Moved Through Birmingham Caused Damage on East Side of Town

Storm That Moved Through Birmingham Caused Damage on East Side of Town

| March 27, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

Be in a safe place across the southern half of Jefferson County including Metro Birmingham as they storms move through.

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Strong Storms Moving Across Central Alabama

Strong Storms Moving Across Central Alabama

| March 27, 2017 @ 7:15 pm

Strong storms are moving northeast across Central Alabama at this hour. They are not severe now, but could intensify.

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March 27, 1977:  The Worst Aviation Accident in History

March 27, 1977: The Worst Aviation Accident in History

| March 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

An unbelievable series of events led to the deadliest commercial aviation accident in history on the island of Tenerife on this date in 1977.

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A Stormy Week:  Three Storm Systems in Seven Days

A Stormy Week: Three Storm Systems in Seven Days

| March 27, 2017 @ 6:06 pm

Two more severe weather events are in the cards for Central Alabama over the next week after tonight’s event ends before midnight.

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Severe Storms Over North Alabama; Storms Intensifying Over Eastern Mississippi As Well

Severe Storms Over North Alabama; Storms Intensifying Over Eastern Mississippi As Well

| March 27, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

Strong to severe storms continue across Alabama at this hour, with more storms intensifying over Mississippi.

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What Does the Public Want From A Weather Forecast?

What Does the Public Want From A Weather Forecast?

| March 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

In this special guest post, Dr. Chuck Doswell wonders why people keep complaining when weather forecasts aren’t perfect.

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It’s a Good Time to Check Your Severe Weather Safety Plan

It’s a Good Time to Check Your Severe Weather Safety Plan

| March 25, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

When severe weather threatens, stack the odds in your favor by having a plan and a reliable way to get warnings immediately.

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Satellite Sheldon on the Weekend’s Active Weather

Satellite Sheldon on the Weekend’s Active Weather

| March 24, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

Satellite Sheldon’s take on this weekend’s active weather across Alabama and the Southland.

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Preparing to Launch

Preparing to Launch

| March 22, 2017 @ 6:30 am

Pizitz Middle School Sixth grader Faye Miceli penned this guest post about their exciting adventures in weather leading up to their weather balloon launch.

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Storms Over Etowah and Cherokee Counties Into Georgia Now

Storms Over Etowah and Cherokee Counties Into Georgia Now

| March 21, 2017 @ 7:34 pm

The storms over Northeast Alabama are now into Georgia. A cold front will bring much cooler weather for tomorrow.

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The March 21, 1932 Outbreak:  Sylacauga

The March 21, 1932 Outbreak: Sylacauga

| March 21, 2017 @ 2:05 pm | 7 Replies

A third wave of tornadoes affected Alabama during the evening hours on March 21, 1932. One of the hardest hit communities was Sylacauga.

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The March 21, 1932 Outbreak: My God, It’s A Cyclone!

The March 21, 1932 Outbreak: My God, It’s A Cyclone!

| March 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm | 13 Replies

Chilton County was arguably the hardest hit of the counties affected by the March 21, 1932 tornado outbreak with two destructive long track tornadoes that killed over 49 and 31 people respectively.

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