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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Showers About to Build into Storms, Move into Lamar, Fayette Counties

Showers About to Build into Storms, Move into Lamar, Fayette Counties

| February 24, 2017 @ 9:19 pm

Showers over West Central Alabama and East Central Mississippi are trying to become storms. They extend from Marion through Lamar and into Lowndes County, Mississippi. The cells northeast of Columbus are moving into Lamar County between Vernon and Millport. Those are close to producing lightning. This activity will move across Lamar County and into Fayette […]

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Strong Storms over Northwest Alabama

Strong Storms over Northwest Alabama

| February 24, 2017 @ 8:50 pm

Strong storms are over Northwest Alabama this evening. One intense thunderstorm is over eastern Lauderdale County in Northwest Alabama, northwest of Athens. It will clip northwestern Limestone County before passing into Tennessee. Another storm is over Lawrence County northwest of Moulton. Not much else going in the state at this hour. There are showers over […]

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A 7:20 pm Look at the Alabama Weather Situation

A 7:20 pm Look at the Alabama Weather Situation

| February 24, 2017 @ 7:22 pm

After a very warm day that saw every one of the 8 major reporting stations in Alabama except Mobile set a record high for the date, a change to colder is coming. 81s were wild across the northern half of the state, with 81F being reported at Muscle Shoals, Huntsville, Anniston, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Montgomery […]

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A Record Day Across Central Alabama

A Record Day Across Central Alabama

| February 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

A ridge of high pressure over Alabama on Friday, southerly winds and a strong late winter sun conspired to bring record high temperatures to Alabama. Every major reporting station in the state except for Mobile established new record highs for the date. Here are the records and old records: Muscle Shoals 81/78 Huntsville 81/77 Anniston […]

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Record Book Rewritten!  Storms Tonight, a Few Could Be Strong

Record Book Rewritten! Storms Tonight, a Few Could Be Strong

| February 24, 2017 @ 2:32 pm

The record book has been rewritten at all our first order reporting station this afternoon. New record highs have been established at the following: Muscle Shoals 81F (old record 78F) Huntsville 80F (old record 77F) Anniston 79F (old record 78F) Birmingham 79F (old record 78F) Tuscaloosa 81F (old record 78F) Montgomery 81F (old record 80F) […]

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Our Record’s In Jeopardy, Baby, Ooh…

Our Record’s In Jeopardy, Baby, Ooh…

| February 24, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

This post is sung to the pop hit song, Jeopardy, by the Greg Kihn Band from 1983. See if you can hit the post James… Our high temperatures are definitely in jeopardy today across Central Alabama. And we are track. Here are noon readings: 78F at Muscle Shoals, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery. 77F at Birmingham and Anniston […]

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Today In Weather History (2/23/1975): The Scottish Inn Tornado

Today In Weather History (2/23/1975): The Scottish Inn Tornado

| February 23, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

The tornado that struck Tuscaloosa on February 23, 1975 just before 3 p.m. CST was not only the strongest tornado that struck the State of Alabama that year, it was the deadliest. Weather maps that Sunday morning showed a low pressure system over North Central Mississippi. The low was not very strong. At 6 a.m. […]

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Fog in  the West, Low Clouds Overnight; Perfection by Thursday Afternoon; Records to Fall Friday

Fog in the West, Low Clouds Overnight; Perfection by Thursday Afternoon; Records to Fall Friday

| February 22, 2017 @ 10:58 pm

A shallow moist airmass covers Alabama tonight. Dewpoints are in the upper 50s. Temperatures have fallen to around 60F, so fog is a definitely posisbility in areas where skies are clear and winds have gone calm. The visibility at Columbus MS is down to 3/4 of a mile. Gadsden is down to 2 miles. Low […]

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We’re Listening:  Improvements to the New AlabamaWx Just For You!

We’re Listening: Improvements to the New AlabamaWx Just For You!

| February 22, 2017 @ 5:00 am

Thanks to all you loyal readers of the blog that have been with us for well over a decade. We appreciate you very much. You are the reason we do this day in and day out. We have worked very hard to refine the desktop experience and make the weather content very accessible, while organizing […]

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2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

| February 21, 2017 @ 6:05 am

The morning of Sunday, February 21, 1971 was a sleepy one across the Delta of Mississippi, a flat expanse of fertile soil. It was warm and humid, with temperatures in the middle 60s and dewpoints around 60 degrees. Radio reports told of a crippling snowstorm affecting Texas. On the weather maps that morning, a surface […]

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Descendants of the Movement:  Eyewitnesses to Civil Rights History

Descendants of the Movement: Eyewitnesses to Civil Rights History

| February 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

History often focuses on children of the movement — youngsters who were active participants in the fight for civil rights. But there were other young people who played a part in that history, as well — descendants of the movement, those who witnessed their parents or relatives fight to end segregation. Read more on the […]

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January 20th – Today in Alabama History: Charles Barkley was Born

January 20th – Today in Alabama History: Charles Barkley was Born

| February 20, 2017 @ 8:49 am

Basketball superstar Charles Barkley was born in Leeds. Known as “Sir Charles” and “the Round Mound of Rebound,” Barkley won the SEC Player of the Year in 1984 as he led Auburn University to its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Read more on the Alabama News Center.

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