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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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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parts of Lamar County

| 6:00 pm May 12, 2016

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A strong thunderstorm northwest of Vernon in Lamar County has the potential for produce wind gusts to 60 mph or greater.

It will move northeast toward Sulligent and Beaverton.

It also is accompanied by lots of dangerous lightning and torrential rain.

Be in a safe place as this dangerous storm approaches.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT

* AT 553 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LAMAR COUNTY
AIRPORT…OR NEAR VERNON…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
VERNON…SULLIGENT…BEAVERTON…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…BLOOMING GROVE…
CREWS…BEDFORD…GATTMAN AND LAMAR COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE.

Satellite Sheldon Says Hi

| 12:34 pm May 12, 2016

Hi Alabama!

Attached is my satellite imagery, analysis and discussion of the features seen on satellite now that should affect Alabama weather at least through Tuesday and maybe as far out as Wednesday or even Thursday…oh my!

Click to enlarge

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One note for later this afternoon and at least the first part of tonight…a little nervous for the northern third to northern half of Alabama with the Arkansas/southeastern Missouri wave going by to the north. The wave will be going by far enough north to I believe keep the severe from getting to much out of hand at least the further south you go in the state.

Maybe the case for heavy rain as well as that real high moisture (almost 2″ precipitable water in Central Gulf) probably won’t have a chance to get sucked up to far north. But if that moisture can get north…then and only then would there be more severe weather and heavy rain than what is being forecasted.

Will have to keep an eye on the total precipitable water satellite product top see if the small red in the Gulf expands north (which at least for now does not look to be the case).

Now, I have to go mow my wet lawn here in D.C. and hope I can get my garden started after things dry out some later in the weekend. Oh, by the way, have another nice weekend…I am envious.

-Sheldon Kusselson

The Latest from Satellite Sheldon

| 3:25 pm May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016 Alabama Satellite Wx Blog

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| 4:55 pm May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016 Alabama Satellite Wx Blog

Good News Stories from Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter

| 11:17 am May 6, 2016

From pine beetles to quesadillas, from Honda to Highlands and from Nike to concertinas, our friends at Alabama NewsCenter were busy this past week reporting good news.

Nike signs Crimson Tide’s Derrick Henry, many more from NFL draft

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Bo Bikes Bama cyclists pedal again, raising money for a good cause

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Rain couldn’t keep crowds away from the action at the Talladega Superspeedway

 

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Former Crimson Tide football walk-on now on pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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At Talladega Superspeedway, Bret Holmes goes from hearing the roar to being the roar

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Airbus supplier to add 260 jobs with $30 million Alabama expansion

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Launch Party: Honda starts Ridgeline mass production

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Mercedes SUV gains help widen U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW

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Bob Tedrow builds concertinas for people to ‘take care of and treasure’

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Southern Makers in Alabama keep it real by showcasing local, high-quality products

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Alabama Power among companies targeting future workers at Skills USA Career Expo

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Hundreds of children learn golf, life lessons from pros at Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic junior clinic

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Jessica James and McKemie Place provide shelter . . . and hope

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Alabama Power teams up with the Birmingham Zoo to repurpose tree trimmings

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Alabama foresters focus on fighting the dreaded pine beetle

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Battle plan to reduce pine beetles also a path to healthier Alabama forests

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When a storm strikes, Alabama Power line crew chief Willie Turner is first on the scene

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Birmingham’s Highlands Bar and Grill recognized among nation’s top restaurants

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Omar Cunningham: Recording music is just one of many talents for this Alabama native

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Treat Mom like a queen: Enjoy lovely gardens, festivals or the zoo with Can’t Miss Alabama

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Marble City grills up a marvelous quesadilla in 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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University of Alabama’s Capstone Agency launches ‘What Powers You?’ campaign

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Rosa Parks Museum’s ‘Resilient’ by Alabama artist Mike Howard opens

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Alabama Power air emissions continue to drop in 2015

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Cyclists gear up for The Dam Ride

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Alabama Power wins FUSION Award

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Birmingham’s gkhouses.com makes move to Nashville, plans future expansion

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Alabama March home sales see 7 percent rise over last year

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Montgomery March home sales rise 23 percent over last year

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Rocket City home sales up 9 percent in March over last year

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Tuscaloosa March home sales up 22 percent over last year

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Calhoun County year-to- date home sales up 10.4 percent in March

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Athens March home sales see 21 percent growth over previous year

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Phenix City year-to- date home sales in March up 6 percent over last year

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Marshall County home sales see 18.6 percent March boost from a year earlier

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Wind Gusts to 40 mph Possible with Line of Showers

| 6:00 pm May 4, 2016

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A line of strong showers is dropping into Central Alabama late this afternoon.

It extends from northern Marion County into northern Winston to near Cullman, then into northern Blount County, and on to near Albertvlle and Fort Payne.

It has a history of producing strong wind gusts and even brought down some trees and power lines southeast of the City of Madison in Madison County, west of Huntsville.

Winds gusted to 40 mph at Huntsville International Airport and 30 mph at Decatur and Muscle Shoals.

Winds will gust in excess of 40 mph as this line drops south, especially over Blount and Etowah Counties.

The tops of the showers are under 20,000 feet, so no lightning. There just isn’t much instability, and dewpoints are only in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

The line will reach Birmingham a little after 7. Gadsden should see the activity before 615 p.m. Anniston around 645 pm.

40 Laps To Go

| 2:44 pm May 1, 2016

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RACE UPDATE
Well, they have avoided the rain successfully throughout the race at Talladega today. Hopefully, the race will be finished before it arrives.

Right now, there is less than 50 laps to go and the nearest shower looks like it will miss the track. Heavy will not arrive until after 4 30 p.m. unless there is new development.

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THE ALABAMA WEATHER SITUATION

A large area of showers and thunderstorms is pushing east and northeast across areas west of I-65 this afternoon. The strongest storms are:

…over the intersection of Fayette, Marion, Winston Counties near Nauvoo.
…over Bibb, southern Tuscaloosa, western Chilton and Autauga Counties.

In the Birmingham area, a strong storm is approaching Lake View, and another is west of Alabaster. The Metro will experience lots of lightning and some heavy rain and gusty winds

A new storm is forming on the Talladega/Shelby County line between Columbiana and Sylacauga.

Welcome to May!

| 2:00 pm May 1, 2016
Infographic by AlabamaWX Meteorologist Scott Martin - Click to Enlarge

Infographic by AlabamaWX Meteorologist Scott Martin – Click to Enlarge

The fifth month of the year is one of my favorites in Central Alabama. We see some of the finest weather of the year, with runs of fine, warm and sunshine filled days. It reminds me a lot of October, its closest cousin, but generally warmer and somewhat stormier. The average percentage of possible sunshine is 66 percent, equal to October, which is the other sunniest month of the year.

The average high and low for the month in Birmingham is 81.5F and 59.7F respectively. At the start of the month, the average high is 78F, but it rises to 85F by the end of the month. Overnight lows really warm, rising from 55F on May 1st to 64F on the 31st. The coldest May reading ever in the Magic City is 36F on May 4, 1971. The warmest reading ever in May was 99F on May 28, 1962 and May 29, 1898. It generally reaches 90F or warmer 1.9 days in the month.

Heating degree days are nearly zero in May, but cooling degree days start to really rise as we head toward the unrelenting heat of summer.

May used to be a drier month than April. Until 2003 that is. 5.71 inches of rain fell on the 7th that month, which skewed the average higher. The average May rainfall at the Birmingham Airport jumped from 4.4 inches to 4.99 inches because of that single event. A tremendous flash flooding event occurred across Central Alabama that day, with higher amounts reported just northeast of the Airport. 10.50 inches of rain fell on Edwards Lake Road and JB Elliott recorded 9.82 inches just northeast of Trussville. Not surprisingly, May 2003 went on to become the wettest fifth month with 17.22 inches of rain. The driest May on record occurred in 2000, when 0.88 inches fell.

It usually rains on 9.1 days on average, and rains more than 1 inch on 1.4 days. Thunderstorms occur on 9 days. The average dewpoint is starting to climb, rising from 49F in April to 58F in May.

Storms Heating Up around Birmingham, Heads Up Lamar and Pickens

| 12:34 pm May 1, 2016

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An area of rain and storms is pushing northeastward across East Central Mississippi early this afternoon. Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Winston Counties in eastern Mississippi. No reports of damage so far, and the NWS Birmingham is not planning on issuing severe thunderstorm warnings unless they intensify.

Tons of lightning in the storms between Columbus MS and Brooksville down to Scooba.

There is a threat for severe thunderstorms with winds to 60 mph with storms today. The threat of tornadoes is very very small, if not zero.

They will push into Alabama’s northern Pickens and Lamar Counties by 1 p.m. There are already storms over southern Lamar County around Millport and Kennedy.

In the Birmingham Metro, storms are forming from Homewood to Hoover and back to Bessemer. Just saw the first lightning stroke near Vestavia.

There is a storm northwest of Oxford. This storm brought a shower to the Talladega Superspeedway right befor ethe green flag at the Geico 500.

Showers along highway 280 in northern Shelby County may threaten the track within the hour.

Wake Low Giving Us Gusty Winds; Severe Threat Over

| 8:27 pm April 30, 2016

LATE REPORT:
Trees have been reported down in Sumter County because of this event that are not associated with thunderstorms, but with a wake low.

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Tonight’s marginal and slight severe weather threat is over for Central Alabama as the area of thunderstorms has weakened as it lifted northeast into our part of the state.

Right behind it, what appears to be a wake low has developed. This feature is causing winds to gust to nearly 30 mph in spots.

Winds gusted to 28mph at Tuscaloosa and Birmingham just before 8 p.m.

Areas along and south of I-59 will see the best chance of the gusty winds.

Wake lows are caused by sinking air which descends in the wake of the weakening of a complex of storms. They often cause heat bursts in the Plains, which are characterized by strong winds, rapid drops in dewpoints and substantial rises in temperatures.

Nothing like that here tonight, but some gusty winds.

It looks like rain will be limited to areas south of areas from Selma to Montgomery.