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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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Tropical Depression Number Two Forms

| 5:13 pm May 27, 2016

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Invest 91L has been upgraded to Tropical Depression Two this afternoon based on Air Force Reconnaissance which found a closed circulation in the weather system off the Southeast Coast of the United States.

It has top winds of 35 mph. It should become Tropical Storm Bonnie overnight tonight. It should reach the South Carolina coast near or just west of Charleston early Sunday morning.

The official forecast meanders it along the South Carolina coast through Tuesday, slowly moving offshore and tracking just off the North Carolina coast through Wednesday.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River to Little River Inlet.

Upper level conditions are not especially favorable for intensification, and the system is not forecast to increase beyond a 45 mph tropical storm, but it will be moving over some really warm Gulfstream water, so I think we will have to watch carefully in case it strengthens a little more than anticipated.

In addition to windy conditions, very heavy rain will impact the coast of South Carolina, with at least 2-3 inches of rain expected. I think that forecast from the WPC may be low, especially given the slow movement. There will be rough surf and rip currents as well.

TD Two/Bonnie will have no direct impact on the weather for Alabama of the beautiful beaches of Northwest Florida and Alabama.

You may ask what happened to TD Number One? Hurricane Alex formed in January, the first to form in January since 1938. It formed north of Bermuda and moved toward the Azores, weakening to a tropical storm before reaching the islands.

From SEC Baseball to Balloon Festivals, Alabama NewsCenter Captures Alabama’s Best!

| 11:56 am May 27, 2016

From Cane Creek Canyon to Cahaba lilies and from crab cakes to red snapper there are many things that make Alabama beautiful and tasty. Alabama NewsCenter captures what’s best about our state. Here were some of those things from this past week.

Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program wins national attention, but families get real rewards


SEC Baseball Tournament fits Hoover Met like a well-worn glove


Football, baseball greats among 2016 inductees into Alabama Sports Hall of Fame


Ready for red snapper? Alabama looks to bigger catch from longer season, expanded waters


Alabama Power ready for 2016 hurricane season; urges others to prepare


A.G. Gaston Club’s ‘Home is where the start is’ celebrates leaders and inspires youths at annual program


The story of how one Alabama sailor rescued USS Indianapolis survivors


Alabama Power lineman Doug Buford brings ‘family’ to Mulherin Home in Mobile


Freedom Rider recalls firebombed bus that nearly took his life in Alabama


Italian manufacturer plans new Bay Minette facility, creating 70 jobs


Alabama Maker Great Bear Wax Co. is shining a natural light


Appetite for growth: Alabama food companies expanding operations


Alabama retailers Bromberg and Shea to be feted by National Retail Federation


Balloons, bikes, dinos and lots of music: Memorial Day weekend in Can’t Miss Alabama


Flying legends of World War II grace Birmingham


Cahaba Lily Festival in West Blocton celebrates featured flower


Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve a hidden gem in northwest Alabama


Birmingham Comedy Festival spreads hilarity throughout Magic City


Funk Fest found success in Birmingham


Crab cakes at Our Place Cafe among 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die


EPA lauds Montgomery for new environmentally friendly park


Alabama insurance agency, FHLBank Atlanta team to aid Gulf Coast homeowners


Dothan April home sales climb 12 percent over same period last year


Shoals area March home sales up 40 percent from February



Holiday Thoughts from Satellite Sheldon

| 11:20 am May 26, 2016
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In sharp contrast to your weather over the past month (over 7″ of rain for the month here in the DC area vs 1.38″ in Birmingham), we are now feeling the dry weather you have had and the heat (no, not from Congress) with temperatures reaching the 80’s.

And weather systems far far away in an Ocean or two will have a big impact in keep it mostly rain free in Alabama through the holiday weekend and maybe for the next seven days!

The potential bad thing/downside for a pattern like this is we may have to start talking about increased drought conditions and fire potential for for parts of the state if this were to continue through next week.

Hope your holiday weekend is great!


A Border to Border Bridge of Watches

| 8:32 pm May 22, 2016

An unusual sight this evening across the middle of the country tonight.

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You could literally walk from Terrell County, Texas, on the Mexican border, all the way to the Canadian border, and be in a severe weather watch the entire way.

Tornado warnings are in effect in Kansas and Texas as well. There have been 28 tornado reports so far, all the way from South Dakota to Texas.


A large and extremely dangerous tornado is on the ground northwest of Garden City, Kansas right now. It is reported to be nearly stationary.

Warmest Week of the Year Ahead

| 12:15 pm May 22, 2016

Central Alabama will get a preview of summer in the week ahead as high pressure builds over the Southeast, allowing things to heat up.

Today’s highs in the upper 70s to near 80F will be a distant memory by Tuesday, when we are more likely to see readings that begin with 9 than 7.

Wednesday expected high temperatures

Wednesday expected high temperatures

But for today: perfection, with highs just shy of 80F in most spots under a mostly cloudless sky. Humidities will be low, with dewpoints in the lower 50s. There will be a light northerly wind that will make it feel just perfect.

Be sure to have the sunscreen handy today as you head out for the final round of the Regions Classic. Get your tickets here.

And get ready for a great week of baseball at the Hoover Met starting Tuesday. The weather will be nearly perfect. It will feel like summer all week with highs in the middle and upper 80s, and even a few 90 degree readings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A few widely scattered thunderstorms could show up by Wednesday afternoon, but rain chances will remain low through the Championship Game on Sunday. Get your tickets here.

Teeing Off With Some Good News From Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter

| 10:51 am May 20, 2016

This week our friends at Alabama NewsCenter went from the Regions Tradition to regional economic development with a few ships, planes, coffee, Champs stew, a medical breakthrough and Condoleezza Rice thrown in for good measure.

Saban, Malzahn, other celebs go clubbing at Greystone for Regions Tradition Pro-Am


Celebrities, coaches ignite Twitter for Regions Tradition Pro-Am


Pro golfers teach golf, life lessons at Junior Clinic before Regions Tradition


Condoleezza Rice hears Birmingham students pitch business ideas at Regions Bank


Mobile-built USS Montgomery passes tests on its way to September commissioning


Austal launches USS Manchester at Alabama shipyard


Movie trailer gives intense look at Alabama-filmed ‘USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage’


Ten-year- old finds relief from rare eyelash growth


Tomberlin’s Take: Birmingham clearly economic heart of metro, state


Clayton Birmingham Home Show draws business owners from more than a dozen states


Wood Station: Birmingham neighborhood transformation gets ‘Oh, wow!’ moment


American Airlines gets its first Alabama-made Airbus A321


Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport adding electric chargers for ground-support vehicles


Electra statue turns 90 years old, remains Birmingham beacon


Birmingham’s Railroad Park adds Sunday cooking classes to Get Healthy program


Champ Stew wins title as one of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die


Can’t Miss Alabama offers the best of the South: Barbecue, lake fun and funky music


Deann Servos feeds stomachs, souls at Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort


Fairhope Roasting Co.’s Hanson Eskridge finds direction through coffee beans


Cullman’s rapidly expanding industry base boosts real estate business


Stability, job growth continue to attract out-of- state investors to Alabama apartments


ACRE leadership profile: Joey Mure launches firm offering financial solutions for real estate industry


Satellite Sheldon: Best Rains Since April Tomorrow; Dry/Cooler for Weekend

| 4:13 pm May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 Alabama Satellite Analysis Wx Blog

Satellite Sheldon’s Take on Alabama’s Weather

| 4:27 pm May 16, 2016

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Soaring News from the Alabama News Center

| 10:59 am May 13, 2016

Bible, ball fields, biotech, balloons and booming business highlight the good news from our friends at Alabama NewsCenter this week.

Montgomery Bible Reading Marathon takes God’s word to Capitol steps

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Nick Saban weighs in on players lost to the NFL and satellite camps

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Gus Malzahn talks huge task opening with Clemson, closing with Bama in 2016

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Foley looks to sports complex, event center to ignite tourism near Alabama beaches

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Birmingham boom: More than $1 billion invested in Magic City region in 2015

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BioAlabama annual meeting emphasizes strength of medical research, job growth in state

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Space shuttle anniversary: How Southern Research helped the program log 542 million miles

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MAKEbhm building on previous success in Alabama’s Magic City

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Alabama plant stars in Mercedes Brand Experience

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Krispy Kreme is hot now as $1.35 billion takeover target

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Barry Booth honors veterans with Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort

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Myla Calhoun shares her vision as new president of Alabama Power Foundation

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Fun is the theme of Gone Fishin,’ Not Just Wishin’ event May 11-13


UAB School of Medicine alumnus seeks to restore vision near and far

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Birmingham’s Cooper Green Baseball Complex a home run for those with disabilities

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Colorful balloons provide breath-taking rides, sights in Foley

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High Ore Line latest addition to Jefferson County trail network

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Musician and craftsman Gabe Williams creates custom-made stereos, amplifiers and other electronic tools

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Alabama Power’s musical employees band together

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Attend Do Dah Day, Thunder on the Bay and Second Saturday with Can’t Miss Alabama

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Throwback Thursday: Or is that ‘pole-back’ with this historic Alabama Power photo?

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OvenBird’s Seafood Fideos makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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A look inside Knox Hall, Donald Trump campaign’s Alabama headquarters

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Birmingham industrial market riding late 2015 momentum

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Expect continued growth in Birmingham’s office market over next year

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Lake Martin waterfront March home sales more than double from February

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Baldwin County year-to-date home sales up 1.4 percent in March

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Gadsden home sales enjoy 23.5 percent March uptick year-over-year

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Gulf Coast condo market holds steady in March

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Wiregrass March home sales up 15 percent over the same period a year ago

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Storms Marching Southeast

| 6:56 pm May 12, 2016

Our line of strong storms is pushing southeast this evening.


It is past Huntsville, approaching Cullman and Jasper. There is a break in the line back until you get into Fayette County. Storms extend from Fayette to west of Reform to near Pickensville.

The strongest storms are near Jasper, Fayette and north of Carrollton.

None of the storms are severe, but the strongest storms could produce wind gusts to near 50 mph, along with torrential rain and deadly lightning.

There is moderate instability across Central Alabama tonight, but all forms of wind shear are very weak. The storms are along a pre-frontal trough that is preceding a cold front that is knocking on the door of Northwest Alabama at this hour.

This will set us up for some fine weather for the weekend with highs near 80F and lows in the 50s along with lots of sunshine.