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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Flooding Is A Real Problem Across Parts of Jefferson County

Flooding Is A Real Problem Across Parts of Jefferson County

| July 24, 2017 @ 5:50 pm

Flooding continues to be a real problem across parts of Jefferson County. Remember, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

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Storms Blowing Up Over Eastern Jefferson County

Storms Blowing Up Over Eastern Jefferson County

| July 24, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

Storms are quite strong over eastern Jefferson County at this hour, with heavy rain, gusty winds and dangerous lightning. Storms are fairly widespread across other parts of North Central Alabama.

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Showers and Storms Numerous Across North Central Alabama

Showers and Storms Numerous Across North Central Alabama

| July 24, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

Storms have become widespread across North Central Alabama this afternoon. Lots of lightning and heavy rain, as well as gusty winds, are accompanying the storm.

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On This Date in 2004:  Officials Declared Louisiana Was More Prepared for the Big One

On This Date in 2004: Officials Declared Louisiana Was More Prepared for the Big One

| July 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

A year before Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana officials ran a simulation involving a Cat 3 hurricane named Pam with results that were eerily predictive of the disaster that would occur in real life.

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DroughtWatch:  365 Day Deficit at BHM Wiped Out, But Varying Short Term Moisture Needs

DroughtWatch: 365 Day Deficit at BHM Wiped Out, But Varying Short Term Moisture Needs

| July 23, 2017 @ 1:54 pm

The I-59 Corridor has enjoyed good rainfall in the past 30 days, but many other areas need rain despite the drought having been eliminated from all of the state.

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Heat and Humidity, Scattered Showers/Storms

Heat and Humidity, Scattered Showers/Storms

| July 23, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

Temperatures are climbing into the lower 90s across North and Central Alabama. Showers and storms have been slow to form, but they will be scattered across the landscape this afternoon.

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Significant Flooding Across Parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties

Significant Flooding Across Parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties

| July 16, 2017 @ 9:59 am

Significant flooding is being reported in parts of the Birmingham Metro area. A flood warning continues in effect for part of Jefferson and Shelby Counties.

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On This Date in 1980:  The Heat Was the Headline

On This Date in 1980: The Heat Was the Headline

| July 12, 2017 @ 11:26 am

Birmingham and much of the southern United States was broiling in one of the worst heat waves in history on this date in 1980.

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BMX Radar Is Back Up And Running

BMX Radar Is Back Up And Running

| July 12, 2017 @ 5:30 am

The BMX Radar maintenance has been completed and has returned to operational duty.

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The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

| July 11, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

When you think of Kansas and disasters, you might think of tornadoes or snowstorms. But the Sunflower State’s worst disaster in history was a flood.

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Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident:  On This Date in 1991

Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident: On This Date in 1991

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On this date in 1991, an L’Express commuter airline flight went down during a thunderstorm in Ensley, killing 13 people.

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Eliminating an Aviation Killer

Eliminating an Aviation Killer

| July 9, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

On this date in 1982, Pan Am 759 crashed shortly after takeoff from New Orleans International Airport, killing 146 people onboard and 8 on the ground. The cause of the crash was windshear, a factor that has virtually been removed from air crashes because of science.

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Will We See Don This Week?

Will We See Don This Week?

| July 9, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

The GFS has been consistently predicting the development of a tropical depression in the main development region of the Atlantic, potentially affecting the East Coast of the U.S.

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Drier Air Overspreading North Alabama; 60s in Spots Tonight

Drier Air Overspreading North Alabama; 60s in Spots Tonight

| July 9, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

The northern half of Alabama is shower free and mainly cloud free on this hot July Sunday. Lower dewpoints are settling into North Alabama and there will be some comfortable lows in the morning, mainly in the lower and middle 60s.

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Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

| July 9, 2017 @ 9:53 am

On this date in 2005, Hurricane Dennis was rapidly intensifying over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. It would make landfall the following day near Navarre Beach.

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Strong Storms Affecting Many Areas Across Central Alabama

Strong Storms Affecting Many Areas Across Central Alabama

| July 8, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

Heavy thunderstorms continue to pus southeastward across the area this afternoon. Dangerous lightning, heavy rain and potentially damaging wind gusts are all threats.

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Northeastern Jefferson County:  Be Alert for Strong Winds

Northeastern Jefferson County: Be Alert for Strong Winds

| July 6, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

Strong storms will affect northern Jefferson County from I-65 eastward for the next 30 minutes. Damaging winds are very possible.

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Today In Weather History:  The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

Today In Weather History: The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

| July 6, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

On this date in 1893, twenty blocks of the prosperous town of Pomeroy, Iowa were swept clean by a violent tornado that killed 71 people.

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1 p.m. Radar Update

1 p.m. Radar Update

| July 6, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

Strong storms continue over parts of North and Central Alabama at this hour. They are strongest in parts of Walker, Cullman, Cherokee and Calhoun Counties.

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Storms Starting to Fire: A Little Weather Geekery for Lunch

Storms Starting to Fire: A Little Weather Geekery for Lunch

| July 6, 2017 @ 11:04 am

Here is a detailed look at the weather situation across North and Central Alabama as showers and storms start to fire up right before lunchtime. Some of them could be strong to severe today.

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Summary of Tropical Activity in the Atlantic for June

Summary of Tropical Activity in the Atlantic for June

| July 6, 2017 @ 4:59 am

So far three named storms in the Atlantic, including one in April and two in June.

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Showers and Storms Forming Over Northwest Alabama

Showers and Storms Forming Over Northwest Alabama

| July 5, 2017 @ 11:15 pm

Storms are firing over Northwest Alabama along the southern flank of an upper level disturbance that is passing through Middle Tennessee.

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Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

| July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 am

When the fireworks finally started after the Braves game on July 4, 1985, it was July 5th. Several rain delays and a six hour, nineteen inning game were the culprits in the 4 a.m. fireworks show.

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Fireworks Forecast Update: 8 p.m.

Fireworks Forecast Update: 8 p.m.

| July 4, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

The showers across Central Alabama are all gone and tonight’s fireworks will go off with out a hitch!

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Watching for Don

Watching for Don

| July 4, 2017 @ 11:11 am

We may see a tropical depression or tropical storm develop in the next 24 hours from the disturbance over the Central Atlantic. If it reaches tropical storm status, it will be named Don.

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