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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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Proud To Be From Birmingham!

| 10:26 am July 23, 2015

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Magical things are happening in Birmingham right now. The re-urbanization of the City Center is well underway and gaining momentum. The Uptown Entertainment District is a huge success and a critical asset to attracting bigger and better conventions to our city. Other entertainment districts like Lakeview and Avondale are happening organically. Railroad Park and Regions Field have been game changers.

I recently answered a question on Trippy about what there was to do with a group coming to Birmingham in September. The answers just flowed!

Our very own Lynn Oldshue has recently written an excellent article for her website The Southern Rambler. If you are from Birmingham, it will make you proud.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Central Montgomery, W Macon & SE Elmore Counties

| 8:44 pm July 22, 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WESTERN MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 PM CDT

* AT 841 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM ECLECTIC TO NEAR EMERALD MOUNTAIN TO SNOWDOUN…
MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MONTGOMERY…TUSKEGEE…TALLASSEE…MILSTEAD…PIKE ROAD…
SHORTER…FRANKLIN…MOUNT MEIGS…EMERALD MOUNTAIN…AUBURN
UNIVERSITY IN MONTGOMERY…WAUGH…SNOWDOUN…HARDAWAY…EASTDALE
MALL…LIVERPOOL…HOPE HULL…VICTORYLAND…PINEDALE…TYSONVILLE
AND HYUNDAI MOTORS OF ALABAMA.

Strong Storms Approaching Parts of Birmingham Metro

| 6:13 pm July 22, 2015

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Strong thunderstorms over over western Jefferson and northeastern Tuscaloosa Counties at this hour. Areas from Short Creek down to north of Brookwood are under the gun right now with strong gusty winds, deadly lightning and torrential rains.

The strongest winds are over western Jefferson County west of Rock Creek.

Tops on the western Jefferson County cell are over 50,000 feet indicating a powerful storm.

The storm over northeastern Tuscaloosa County northwest of lake View is intensifying rapidly.

This activity will push southeast, affecting areas from Mulga and Fairfield down to Rock Creek and Hueytown to North Johns, Brookwood, Lake View, Peterson and Holt will be affected.

Elsewhere across Central Alabama, strong storms are west of Eutaw, south of Centreville, south of Clanton and over I-85 near Tuskegee.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parts of Shelby County

| 1:36 pm July 22, 2015

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The strong thunderstorm over southern Jefferson County that is moving into Shelby County has prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for much of Shelby County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 215 PM CDT

* AT 133 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER HOOVER
METROPOLITAN STADIUM…OR OVER HELENA…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HOOVER…ALABASTER…PELHAM…HELENA…CALERA…CHELSEA…
COLUMBIANA…INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE…OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATER…
OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK…SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT…RIVERCHASE…
HOOVER VETERANS PARK…SAGINAW…SADDLE LAKE FARMS…BALLANTRAE…
JOE TUCKER PARK…CAMP BRANCH…BOUNDS LAKE AND SILURIA.

Storms About to Enter Birmingham Metro

| 3:54 pm July 21, 2015

A complex weather scenario is in place across Alabama and Mississippi this afternoon with a couple of disturbances sliding from west to east in the mid-level flow and a frontal system trying to works its way into the Tennessee Valley.

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Showers and storms are lined up generally north of the Tennessee River in North Alabama and have been growing as they sink southward.

In addition, to the south of this activity, a couple of cluster of storms are moving along with the disturbance.

The first is about to enter western Jefferson County from Walker and northern Tuscaloosa counties. This activity will affect western parts of the Birmingham Metro by 4:30 continue across the Metro between 4:30-5:30. Lightning and gusty winds can be expected along with brief heavy rain. Winds gusted to 37 mph and the temperature dropped from 100F to 89F at Tuscaloosa as these storms passed just to the north of the city.

To the west, a loose grouping of storms was pushing into northeastern Mississippi between Bruce and Starkville. The storms appear to have peaked in intensity, probably as they run into the exhaust air from the first complex which is now approaching Birmingham. There is a severe thunderstorm warning for Clay County MS, north of Starkville.

It is funny to see the clouds being left in the wake of the first group of storms. It sort of looks like a smoking car coming east on US-82.

These storms may affect parts of West Alabama in about 75-90 minutes, around 5-5:30.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Tallapoosa Co.

| 3:44 pm July 19, 2015

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This warning is for the lower portion of Tallapoosa County.

Storms are lined up north of I-85 and US-80 in South Central Alabama, pushing south and southeast.

Torrential rains, deadly lightning, gusty winds are all accompanying the storms. The severe storm has the potential to produce winds over 60 mph, which can cause tree and power line damage.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTH CENTRAL TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 341 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MARTIN
DAM…OR 9 MILES NORTH OF TALLASSEE…MOVING SOUTH AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TALLASSEE…MARTIN DAM…TALLAPOOSA CITY…STILL WATERS RESORT…
LIBERTY CITY…REEVES AIRPORT…BLUE CREEK MARINA…YATES DAM…
REELTOWN AND YATES RESERVOIR.