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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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Simple Says Satellite Sheldon

| 1:36 pm June 24, 2016

2016 June 24 Alabama Wx blog

It’s a pretty simple pattern…best chance of rain in North Alabama today, but can limp into the Central Part later this afternoon/evening.

Then hot, hot, hot for most of the state this weekend with little or no rainfall, except a better chance the further east and northeast you are.

Will have to watch a weather system now in the Pacific NW that may increase the chance of showers either later Monday or Tuesday.

Well, its summertime in the South and living is slowing down.

Take care, drink lots of water and keep the pace SLOW!

Alabama Keeps Going and Growing! Good News Stories From Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends

| 11:31 am June 24, 2016

From Birmingham’s Batman to Tuscaloosa’s “Wicked” star and Miranda Lambert’s Alabama musician boyfriend, there are plenty of interesting people and good news stories from our friends at Alabama NewsCenter.

Birmingham’s Batman legacy lives on through daughter’s efforts

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Jack Royer following in his famous father’s footsteps and career

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Birmingham Barons keep breaking attendance record

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Auburn’s June Henton leads fight against world hunger

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I-22 finally connects Birmingham to Memphis

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Tomberlin’s Take: Alabama economic development truly on a roll

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Auto parts maker voestalpine chooses Birmingham for $11.1 million plant, 42 jobs

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Kronospan’s $362 million expansion will create 160 jobs in Alabama

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Hyundai Alabama launches Santa Fe Sport SUV after $52M project

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Toyota Alabama, ‘engine capital of the world,’ marks 15 years

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University of Alabama team takes fourth in national EcoCar competition

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Alabama shines at international biosciences convention in California

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Woodlawn High track star Jayla Kirkland ranked No. 2 in the nation

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Critters often to blame for power outages

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Tuscaloosa actor comes home as star of ‘Wicked’ national tour

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Anderson East

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Betty Who

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Escondido

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: BANNERS

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Steve Gunn

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Hudson Mohawke

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: White Denim

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Peach Jam Jubilee draws crowds by the thousands to Clanton

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Slide into fun, whoop it up at a bluegrass festival and The Wharf with Can’t Miss Alabama

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LuVici’s Bayou Skillet Chicken makes the list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Alabama Business Charitable Trust hands out Efficiency Forward grants

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Local family’s home gets “green” makeover with energy-efficient upgrades

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Alabama May home sales rise 11 percent over same period last year

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Birmingham home sales continue to rise through May

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Dancing With the Stats: Western Heat Wave Edition

| 9:00 am June 21, 2016

The huge ridge of high pressure continues to bake the southwestern United States.

1000-500 mb thickness values, a measurement of the distance between those two pressure levels aloft, are running 594 dkm over the Four Corners region of the Southwest, which is top of the scale for the parameter. Some of the models had been predicting the values would reach 6000 dkm this week, something I don’t think I have ever seen. Certainly a rare occasion.

Higher thickness values mean hotter temperatures, and readings are running some 10-15F above normal in the Southwest.

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Here are some remarkable temperature numbers from yesterday:

Needles CA set an all time record high for June yesterday with 125F as the western heat wave continues unabated. It also tied their all time record high for any date!

Palm Springs hit 122F, breaking the old record by four degrees!

It was 115F at Las Vegas, which beat the old record for the date by 2F. Phoenix registered a sizzling 116F, a new record for the date by 1 degree.

Thermal CA lived up to its name on Monday, with a high of 121F, beating the old record for the date of 120F. Indio CA wasn’t far behind with 120F.

Happy Father’s Day!

| 1:12 pm June 19, 2016

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Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there!

We have a special Father’s Day present for you from all of us here in the Weather Department: some beautiful weather for your Sunday afternoon!

This morning’s low clouds are evaporating as air with lower dewpoints are mixing into the area. Temperatures are a few degrees below those of the past few days and a light easterly/southeasterly breeze is making things more comfortable.

Highs this afternoon will be in the middle and upper 80s and dewpoints will be descending into the upper 50s and lower 60s by evening. The chance of rain this afternoon is nearly nil.

RAINFREE INTO THE NEW WORK WEEK: High pressure at the surface over the Mid-Atlantic states this morning will expand southeastward over the next few days, giving us at least three days of fair weather. Today’s highs in the upper 80s will rise as we head toward the new work week, making the 90s by Tuesday and staying on the hot side as the upper ridge over the Southeast builds our way too. Lower and middle 90s will be common.

A FEW STORMS BY MIDWEEK
A few storms will return to the Alabama landscape by Wednesday as we find ourselves on the back side of a big eastern trough. Passing disturbances will brush the state, triggering scattered showers and storms. One round will occur on Wednesday, mainly affecting Northeast Alabama. Another will occur sometime between Friday and the weekend as a frontal system approaches and slows.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMING
A tropical depression appears to be forming over the Bay of Campeche in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. This system will move into Mexico tonight or tomorrow morning. There is a small chance it could become a tropical storm before it does. If it does, it will be named Danielle.

TROPICAL MISCHIEF TO BEGIN JULY?
An interesting feature has appeared on recent GFS output. A tropical depression forms north of the Yucatan on July 1 and moves slowly north northwest, arriving on the northern Gulf Coast somewhere between Louisiana and Northwest Florida as a strong tropical storm or minimal hurricane on July 3rd. It will be something to watch.

TD4 Soon?

| 10:08 am June 19, 2016

Invest 94L over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico may well already be a tropical depression.

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Air Force Reconnaissance will investigate the system this afternoon.

Wind shear is fairly light over the system and thunderstorms continue to concentrate near the center.

It will continue moving west northwest and will reach the Mexican Coast late tonight or tomorrow morning.

There is a small chance it could become a tropical storm before landfall. It is does, it will be named Danielle.

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TROPICAL MISCHIEF TO BEGIN JULY?
An interesting feature has appeared on recent GFS output. A tropical depression forms north of the Yucatan on July 1 and moves slowly north northwest, arriving on the northern Gulf Coast somewhere between Louisiana and Northwest Florida as a strong tropical storm or minimal hurricane on July 3rd. It will be something to watch.

Remembering Hurricane Agnes (1972)

| 10:00 am June 19, 2016

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On this date in 1972, Hurricane Agnes moved ashore in the Florida panhandle as a weak Category 1 storm. The highest wind reported on the Gulf Coast was a gust to just 56 mph at Apalachicola, Florida. The $10 million in damage in the Florida Panhandle was just a drop in the bucket. Hurricane Agnes would be downgraded to a tropical depression as it moved northward through Georgia and the Carolinas after landfall.

Agnes’ main damage would come two days later as the remnants of the storm brought tremendous rains and flooding to parts of the Northeast. On the 21st, the storm system emerged over the warm waters of the Atlantic and gained strength.

The storm would make landfall again in southeastern New York on the 22nd and then stall over Pennsylvania on the 23rd. The first day of summer was a wet one in eastern Pennsylvania as rains overspread the area ahead of the northward moving remnants of Hurricane Agnes. The wet storm system was expected to move out into the Atlantic Ocean, but it made an unexpected turn the next day and dumped unprecedented amounts of rain over the Susquehanna Valley.

Agnes’ torrential rains deluged parts of Pennsylvania. The state capital of Harrisburg was inundated and the governor’s mansion flooded. Nineteen inches of rain deluged Wilkes-Baare, PA, forcing the Susquehanna River over its 38 foot high dikes.

By late evening on the 22nd, Civil Defense officials in Wilkes-Baare, PA watched the rapidly rising floodwaters of the Susquehanna River. Evacuation warnings were not sounded during the night because emergency officials thought that a nighttime evacuation would be confusing. By early morning, evacuations were ordered with the river already at 33 feet and major flooding occurring. By late morning, warnings were frantic as the area’s worst natural disaster in history was underway.

At 11:14 am, sirens sounded seven short blasts indicating that the waters were breaching the dike in Wilkes-Baare. Nearly 75,000 people would evacuate in the face of the rising waters. The raging waters would flood much of the city.

Hurricane Agnes’ five-day romp through the Atlantic seaboard made the storm the costliest natural disaster in the United States at that time. Damage was estimated at $3.5 billion and 134 deaths were reported from Florida to New York. Agnes would produce more damage than all tropical cyclones in the previous six years, including Camille.

Sharing Alabama’s Good News From Our Alabama NewsCenter Partners

| 7:45 pm June 17, 2016

From Deontay Wilder to Winston Groom and from Project Sunrise to Milo’s Tea, there is a bit of good news for everyone at Alabama NewsCenter this past week.  Because of all the severe weather posts today, we are re-posting these excellent stories. Here’s some of what you might have missed.

Deontay Wilder readies for world boxing title defense in Birmingham

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Jefferson County out to lure $120 million ‘Project Sunrise’ and its 746 jobs

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Birmingham among Top 8 cities that look like America

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Milo’s Tea enjoys sweet Southern taste of success in Alabama on National Iced Tea Day

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Author Winston Groom is an Alabama Maker using words as his tools

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Gulf Coast facility helps keep saltwater fishing afloat in Alabama

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Disaster coordinators want better and faster response to emergencies

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UAB faculty member, alumna help teen girls see a future in computer science

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Advice for Alabama jobseekers: Sell yourself well

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USA Today names Auburn softball signee Ashlee Swindle ‘best in the nation’

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Alabama athlete Jayla Kirkland wants to make a run for World Junior Championships

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Birmingham’s Lakeshore Foundation partners with Apple on smartwatch

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This Alabama-built machine knows shooting better than Steph Curry

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Birmingham Barons GM Jonathan Nelson is the team’s giving arm

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Alabama Power Service Organization volunteers turn young mother’s Habitat dream into brick and mortar

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UAB researchers find potential breakthrough in binge-eating disorder treatment

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Birmingham’s Innovation Depot boosts biotech pipeline, entrepreneurial ecosystem

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Alabama claims Silver Shovel Award for 2015 projects totaling $7.1 billion, 20,000 jobs

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Eissmann $14.5 million expansion latest in Alabama auto industry growth

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Alabama could be headed for more severe weather in spring 2017

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Claunch Cafe’s chicken salad plate is on list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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It’s Dad’s weekend: Can’t Miss Alabama delivers fast cars, a zoo visit, a blueberry festival and culture

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Big Something

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: JMR

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Boom Forest

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Los Colognes

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Bright Light Social Hour

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Dylan LeBlanc

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Seratones

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Baldwin County residential sales in April hold steady compared to 2015

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Cullman April home sales rose 3 percent over the same period a year ago

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Lake Martin waterfront’s April home sales dip slightly from 2015

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Gadsden home sales in April up 50 percent over same period last year

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Morgan County April year-to- date home sales up 13 percent over last year

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Dothan home sales up sharply in May over a year ago

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Phenix City year-to- date home sales through April rise 2 percent over last year

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New Warnings: Coosa/Chambers

| 4:08 pm June 17, 2016

The NWS has issued two new severe thunderstorm warnings:

…For Chambers till 5:15 PM CDT

…For Coosa till 5:15 PM CDT

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Winds of 60 mph and hail to the size of quarters are likely with the line of storms as they drop southward.

The following counties have been dropped from the severe thunderstorm watch: Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Jefferson, Pickens, St. Clair and Tuscaloosa.

The severe thunderstorm watch continues for Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega and Tallapoosa till 9:00 PM CDT.

There have been several reports of trees down and power outages in areas affected by the storms this afternoon.

SPC Risk Upgraded to “Enhanced”; Damaging Wind Main Threat

| 2:54 pm June 17, 2016

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The SPC has upgraded much of Central Alabama to an “enhanced” risk of severe weather.

In terms of levels…enhanced is above slight. The scale now goes from marginal to slight to enhanced to moderate to high.

Storms dropping across North Central Alabama right now are moving into an area of very high instability. They are being aided by an increasing northwesterly flow over northeastern Alabama as well.

Dry air aloft is adding to the potential for damaging winds, which will be very high with thunderstorms through the afternoon.

There will be multiple severe thunderstorm warnings all afternoon and into the evening.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Now for Jefferson County

| 2:33 pm June 17, 2016

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 345 PM CDT

* AT 229 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHEAST
OF BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…OR 15 MILES SOUTH OF CORDOVA…MOVING
SOUTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SOUTHWESTERN BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…BESSEMER…
HOMEWOOD…HUEYTOWN…FAIRFIELD…PLEASANT GROVE…MIDFIELD…
BRIGHTON…LIPSCOMB…SYLVAN SPRINGS…MULGA…MAYTOWN…
NORTH JOHNS…SPLASH ADVENTURE…ROSS BRIDGE…BLUFF PARK…
CONCORD AND PATTON CREEK.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…
INTERSTATE 65 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 250 AND 254.
INTERSTATE 459 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 6 AND 13.
INTERSTATE 20 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 104 AND 118.