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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The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

| July 11, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

When you think of Kansas and disasters, you might think of tornadoes or snowstorms. But the Sunflower State’s worst disaster in history was a flood.

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Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident:  On This Date in 1991

Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident: On This Date in 1991

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On this date in 1991, an L’Express commuter airline flight went down during a thunderstorm in Ensley, killing 13 people.

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Eliminating an Aviation Killer

Eliminating an Aviation Killer

| July 9, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

On this date in 1982, Pan Am 759 crashed shortly after takeoff from New Orleans International Airport, killing 146 people onboard and 8 on the ground. The cause of the crash was windshear, a factor that has virtually been removed from air crashes because of science.

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Will We See Don This Week?

Will We See Don This Week?

| July 9, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

The GFS has been consistently predicting the development of a tropical depression in the main development region of the Atlantic, potentially affecting the East Coast of the U.S.

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Drier Air Overspreading North Alabama; 60s in Spots Tonight

Drier Air Overspreading North Alabama; 60s in Spots Tonight

| July 9, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

The northern half of Alabama is shower free and mainly cloud free on this hot July Sunday. Lower dewpoints are settling into North Alabama and there will be some comfortable lows in the morning, mainly in the lower and middle 60s.

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Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

| July 9, 2017 @ 9:53 am

On this date in 2005, Hurricane Dennis was rapidly intensifying over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. It would make landfall the following day near Navarre Beach.

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Strong Storms Affecting Many Areas Across Central Alabama

Strong Storms Affecting Many Areas Across Central Alabama

| July 8, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

Heavy thunderstorms continue to pus southeastward across the area this afternoon. Dangerous lightning, heavy rain and potentially damaging wind gusts are all threats.

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Northeastern Jefferson County:  Be Alert for Strong Winds

Northeastern Jefferson County: Be Alert for Strong Winds

| July 6, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

Strong storms will affect northern Jefferson County from I-65 eastward for the next 30 minutes. Damaging winds are very possible.

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Today In Weather History:  The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

Today In Weather History: The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

| July 6, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

On this date in 1893, twenty blocks of the prosperous town of Pomeroy, Iowa were swept clean by a violent tornado that killed 71 people.

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1 p.m. Radar Update

1 p.m. Radar Update

| July 6, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

Strong storms continue over parts of North and Central Alabama at this hour. They are strongest in parts of Walker, Cullman, Cherokee and Calhoun Counties.

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Storms Starting to Fire: A Little Weather Geekery for Lunch

Storms Starting to Fire: A Little Weather Geekery for Lunch

| July 6, 2017 @ 11:04 am

Here is a detailed look at the weather situation across North and Central Alabama as showers and storms start to fire up right before lunchtime. Some of them could be strong to severe today.

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Summary of Tropical Activity in the Atlantic for June

Summary of Tropical Activity in the Atlantic for June

| July 6, 2017 @ 4:59 am

So far three named storms in the Atlantic, including one in April and two in June.

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Showers and Storms Forming Over Northwest Alabama

Showers and Storms Forming Over Northwest Alabama

| July 5, 2017 @ 11:15 pm

Storms are firing over Northwest Alabama along the southern flank of an upper level disturbance that is passing through Middle Tennessee.

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Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

| July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 am

When the fireworks finally started after the Braves game on July 4, 1985, it was July 5th. Several rain delays and a six hour, nineteen inning game were the culprits in the 4 a.m. fireworks show.

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Fireworks Forecast Update: 8 p.m.

Fireworks Forecast Update: 8 p.m.

| July 4, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

The showers across Central Alabama are all gone and tonight’s fireworks will go off with out a hitch!

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Watching for Don

Watching for Don

| July 4, 2017 @ 11:11 am

We may see a tropical depression or tropical storm develop in the next 24 hours from the disturbance over the Central Atlantic. If it reaches tropical storm status, it will be named Don.

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Strong Storms Affecting Lamar, Marion and Fayette Counties

Strong Storms Affecting Lamar, Marion and Fayette Counties

| July 3, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

A passing disturbance is trigger showers and storms over Northwest Alabama. Other storms could form further south this afternoon, but the day won’t be a washout.

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2 pm Radar Update:  Showers/Storms NW Alabama, Eastern Mississippi

2 pm Radar Update: Showers/Storms NW Alabama, Eastern Mississippi

| July 2, 2017 @ 2:02 pm

Two clusters of showers right now over Northwest Alabama and eastern Mississippi. They are growing and will bring lightning, downpours and gusty winds to parts of the area.

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Sunday Late Morning Update; Eye on  the Tropics

Sunday Late Morning Update; Eye on the Tropics

| July 2, 2017 @ 11:59 am

Forecast is on track for this afternoon through the fireworks on the Fourth. A couple of rounds of showers/storms in there, but no washouts for your holiday activities.

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Happy Asteroid Day!

Happy Asteroid Day!

| June 30, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

Today is Asteroid Day, in honor of the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact in Earth’s recent history – an event that took place in 1908 over Russia, known as the Tunguska explosion.

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Heavy Rain, Storms Across Parts of Central Alabama

Heavy Rain, Storms Across Parts of Central Alabama

| June 30, 2017 @ 8:38 am

Heavy rain this morning combined with the rainfall from yesterday in parts of the Birmingham Metro area have raised flooding concerns this morning. Take it easy if you are going to be out and about.

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On This Date in 1957:  A Tragedy Unfolds

On This Date in 1957: A Tragedy Unfolds

| June 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On the evening of June 26, 1957, advisories and radio and TV broadcasts led residents of low lying Cameron Parish to think they time to evacuate the following morning. The result was tragedy.

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Still Heavy Clouds to the North and Southwest; A Few Light Showers as Well

Still Heavy Clouds to the North and Southwest; A Few Light Showers as Well

| June 25, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

We can’t shake the clouds and showers just yet across Central Alabama. We promise, better weather is coming. Just hold on.

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Where Do We Stack Up in the Rainfall Department After Cindy’s Rains?

Where Do We Stack Up in the Rainfall Department After Cindy’s Rains?

| June 25, 2017 @ 11:52 am

Central Alabama has enjoyed drought busting rains over the past 90 days, but the Birmingham Airport still shows a 1.8 inch deficit for the past 365 days.

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On This Date in 1957:  Florida Congressman Claims Hurricane Forecasts Scare Away Tourists

On This Date in 1957: Florida Congressman Claims Hurricane Forecasts Scare Away Tourists

| June 25, 2017 @ 10:42 am

Long range hurricane forecasts scaring away tourists? Ys, that claim was made sixty years ago this week even au Audrey gained strength in the Gulf.

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