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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Jefferson, Bibb and Blount Added to Tornado Watch

| November 30, 2016 @ 12:51 am


The NWS has added Jefferson, Bibb and Blount Counties to the Tornado Watch.

It remains in effect until 5 a.m. CDT.

Tornado Warning For Winston County until 115 AM

| November 30, 2016 @ 12:38 am


A couplet has redeveloped on the Winston County storm.

It is just east of Natural Bridge, tracking along US-278 heading toward Double Springs.

This is just south of the area that experienced significant damage earlier tonight.

No Warning for Winston County Yet, But Be in Your Safe Place

| November 30, 2016 @ 12:27 am


A large tornado with a history of producing damage across Lamar and Marion Counties is moving into Winston County near Natural Bridge.

If you are along US-278 near and west of Natural Bridge or between Brilliant and Natural Bridge, be in your safe place.

This tornado will follow US-278 all the way to Double Springs.

Damage just reported from highway 253 near Guin. A Marion County Deputy observed the tornado cross I-22 at MM 29.

Numerous trees down in Brilliant.

Heads Up Pickens, Lamar and Fayette

| November 30, 2016 @ 12:17 am


A dangerous storm in Winston County, Mississippi will affect northern Pickens, southern Lamar and Fayette Counties before 1 a.m. A tornado warning will be likely. Folks from Millport down to Macedonia to Reform, Gordo, Carrollton and Pickensville should be getting ready to head to their safe place.

Tornado Warning for Lamar, Marion and Fayette Counties

| November 29, 2016 @ 11:41 pm


Most dangerous part of the storm including a tornado capable of producing considerable damage is passing north of Winfield. It is about to cross I-22. This dangerous tornado may hit Brilliant directly. There is a tornado debris signature clearly evident. It has struck Gu-win. There are widespread power outages in Guin. Extensive damage including damage to structures has been reported in Lamar County. A warning will be coming for Winston County soon.

Trained spotter has observed tornado on the ground near the Lamar County Airport.

This is a very dangerous storm with a tornado debris signature and debris ball. The NWS indicates it is an extremely dangerous tornado. They have applied the CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE tag. There are reports of numerous trees down south of Sulligent.


Storm capable of producing a tornado is near Vernon in Lamar County. It has a very impressive couplet, located between Sulligent and Vernon.

It will move near or just south of US-278 passing near Sulligent, Beaverton, Guin and Winfield. It could eventually affect Brilliant and Glen Allen.

Be in your safe place as this dangerous storm approaches your location.

Squall Line Coming Together

| November 29, 2016 @ 11:32 pm


Showers and thunderstorms have increased in coverage over Mississippi and Louisiana as we see the first signs of a squall line coming together tonight ahead of our upper level system.

All of Alabama south of the Tennessee River is unstable tonight. This instability boundary extends from alnog the Tennessee River southwestward into Central Mississippi and Central Louisiana.

In Alabama, tornado warnings are now in effect for eastern Morgan, SE Madison and NE Jackson Counties, along the warm front.

There are currently two severe thunderstorm warnings over Central Mississippi.

A non-warned storm is south of the Columbus radar. It is showing signs of organization and that will likely continue as it is in an environment of strong speed shear. There is a good supply of low level helicity, so we will be watching it for potential tornado development. Spotters near the Air Force Base show no rotation and no wall cloud. This storm will affect northern Lamar and Marion Counties. The most dangerous part of the storm will pass near Sulligent.

The squall line should become wider and more solid as we head into the post midnight hours. The line will advance slowly southeastward, reaching the I-59 Corridor between 4-5 a.m. It will progress on our of East Central Alabama by 10 a.m or so.

A tornado watch remains in effect until 5 a.m. for much of Central Alabama.

The line should bring around one inch of rainfall with another quarter inch or so behind the main line.

Storm surveys will be conducted tomorrow across parts of Winston County where there has been sporadic damage.