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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 Calhoun, Cherokee and Cleburne Counties till 3:45 PM CDT

| 2:32 pm June 17, 2016

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Intense thunderstorms are over East Alabama at this hour.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Calhoun, Cherokee and Cleburne Counties till 3:45 PM CDT.

Dangerous storms extend from extend southeastward from Center to the Georgia border. Others are near Edwardsville and Heflin.

Winds may reach 60 mph and you could see one inch hail from these storms.

They are pushing south southeast at 20 mph.

Sharing Alabama’s Good News From Our Alabama NewsCenter Partners

| 10:16 am June 17, 2016

From Deontay Wilder to Winston Groom and from Project Sunrise to Milo’s Tea, there is a bit of good news for everyone at Alabama NewsCenter this past week.  Here’s some of what you might have missed.

Deontay Wilder readies for world boxing title defense in Birmingham

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Jefferson County out to lure $120 million ‘Project Sunrise’ and its 746 jobs

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Birmingham among Top 8 cities that look like America

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Milo’s Tea enjoys sweet Southern taste of success in Alabama on National Iced Tea Day

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Author Winston Groom is an Alabama Maker using words as his tools

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Gulf Coast facility helps keep saltwater fishing afloat in Alabama

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Disaster coordinators want better and faster response to emergencies

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UAB faculty member, alumna help teen girls see a future in computer science

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Advice for Alabama jobseekers: Sell yourself well

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USA Today names Auburn softball signee Ashlee Swindle ‘best in the nation’

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Alabama athlete Jayla Kirkland wants to make a run for World Junior Championships

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Birmingham’s Lakeshore Foundation partners with Apple on smartwatch

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This Alabama-built machine knows shooting better than Steph Curry

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Birmingham Barons GM Jonathan Nelson is the team’s giving arm

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Alabama Power Service Organization volunteers turn young mother’s Habitat dream into brick and mortar

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UAB researchers find potential breakthrough in binge-eating disorder treatment

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Birmingham’s Innovation Depot boosts biotech pipeline, entrepreneurial ecosystem

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Alabama claims Silver Shovel Award for 2015 projects totaling $7.1 billion, 20,000 jobs

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Eissmann $14.5 million expansion latest in Alabama auto industry growth

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Alabama could be headed for more severe weather in spring 2017

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Claunch Cafe’s chicken salad plate is on list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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It’s Dad’s weekend: Can’t Miss Alabama delivers fast cars, a zoo visit, a blueberry festival and culture

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Big Something

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: JMR

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Boom Forest

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Los Colognes

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Bright Light Social Hour

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Dylan LeBlanc

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Seratones

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Baldwin County residential sales in April hold steady compared to 2015

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Cullman April home sales rose 3 percent over the same period a year ago

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Lake Martin waterfront’s April home sales dip slightly from 2015

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Gadsden home sales in April up 50 percent over same period last year

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Morgan County April year-to- date home sales up 13 percent over last year

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Dothan home sales up sharply in May over a year ago

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Phenix City year-to- date home sales through April rise 2 percent over last year

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A Mess Across the Metro

| 5:51 pm June 16, 2016

Traffic is a mess all across the Birmingham Metro this afternoon thanks to a severe storm that rolled through ove rthe past hour. Here is the Google Map showing traffic at 550 p.m.

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Hoover Fire is now helping on a mutual aid call with Rocky Ridge FD on a structure fire at Children’s South off Acton Road. Lightning apparently caused the fire. Power is out in that vicinity.

A tree is down in Chelsea in Cahaba Valley Trace.

The warning for Shelby County has expired and is not being reissued, but any areas Over the Mountain through Shelby County have trees and power lines down with power outages and numerous wrecks. Be very careful if you are out.

Here is the radar now:

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for SE Jefferson and Shelby Counties

| 5:20 pm June 16, 2016

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I spoke too soon about the storms being severe. The one over southern Jefferson County has really intensified, prompting a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Jefferson and Shelby Counties.

Be ready for 60 mph winds, torrential rains and deadly lightning.

Be in safe shelter as these dangerous storms approach.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 513 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER VESTAVIA
HILLS…MOVING SOUTH AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

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

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SOUTHERN BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…ALABASTER…
HOMEWOOD…PELHAM…MOUNTAIN BROOK…HELENA…CHELSEA…
INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE…MEADOWBROOK…THE SUMMIT…
OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK…HOOVER METROPOLITAN STADIUM…
PATTON CREEK…RIVERCHASE GALLERIA…SAMFORD UNIVERSITY…
OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATER…CAHABA HEIGHTS AND RIVERCHASE.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS…
INTERSTATE 65 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 238 AND 258.
INTERSTATE 459 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 10 AND 23.

Strong Storms Dropping South Across Area

| 5:12 pm June 16, 2016

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An arc of strong storms is dropping southward across Central Alabama this afternoon.

They extend from Cordova in Walker County through downtown Birmingham to Childersburg to south of Lineville in Clay County.

They are moving south southeast at 15-20 mph. They will pass through southern Jefferson and much of Shelby County over the next hour.

They are not severe, but expect torrential rains, gusty winds to 25-30 mph and lots of deadly lightning.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Blount, Etowah and Cherokee Counties

| 7:30 pm June 15, 2016

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There have been numerous reports of wind damage over the Tennessee Valley.

Be in a safe place as these storms approach.

Morning Storms, Minor Flooding

| 8:23 am June 15, 2016

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An upper level disturbance across western Alabama has triggered an area of showers and thunderstorms.

There are two main areas of convection:

One is over northern Tuscaloosa County and southern Walker County from the City of Tuscaloosa to south of Sumiton. Lots of lightning in the Tuscaloosa area right now. Heavy rain is also capable of producing minor flooding. 0.85 inches of rain in the past hour at the Tuscaloosa Airport. Winds never rose about 12 mph there.

One hour rainfall amounts are over one inch in this heavy thunderstorm activity.

The second area is over South Central Alaama in Dallas County near Selma, spreading toward Montgomery. Lots of lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds with this activity.

In the Birmingham Metro area, rain has overspread the western part of Jefferson county but it is not heavy at the time. A band of heavier rain and some lightning will slide southeastward out of Walker County and across the Metro over the next 75 minutes.

Hot and Humid, Showers and Storms

| 12:00 pm June 12, 2016

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The temperature at 11 a.m. had already reached 90F at Hunstville, and many other stations were not far behind. At noon temperatures across Central Alabama ranged from 87F at Birmingham and Anniston to 89F at Calera to 90F at Tuscaloosa.

Skies are partly cloudy with a healthy field of cumulus clouds across the state. We are seeing enhanced cumulus development in two areas: across the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama ahead of a trough that extends out of the mid-Atlantic states. Also, there is enhanced development ahead of an upper level disturbance swinging into Mississippi.

Showers and storms will fire within the next couple of hours across the middle of the state. Temperatures will peak in the lower and middle 90s.

Instability values are high, running 3,000-4,000 joules/kg across the area. Wind shear is almost nil, so those strong thunderstorm updrafts will have a hard time maintaining themselves as they choke on their own precipitation.

Low level lapse rates are going to be strong, but mid level lapse rates are not a favorable for storms. We also don’t have the same level of upper diffluence, with weaker winds up at the jet stream level. This means the storms may not be as organized as those of yesterday.

But they will be capable of very heavy rain with preciptable water values of 1.8 – 1.9 inches. Lightning will be a bi g problem, so we weather aware if you will be outside and take shelter inside if you see an developing or approaching storm with dark clouds or thunder. There could be 40-50 mph wind gusts as well. Hard to get hail in this heat, but there could be some small hail in spots with the stronger storms.

Strong Storms over Jefferson County

| 5:18 pm June 11, 2016

LATE REPORT: 525 pm
The storm near the Birmingham Airport did produce nickel sized hail (just below severe limit) at 5:09 p.m. at Tarrant.

Winds gusted to 23 mph at the BHM Airport. No rainfall though. Darn.

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An intense thunderstorm has formed over northeastern Jefferson County, just north of the Birmingham Airport. It could even contain some small hail. But it does have torrential rain, deadly lightning and gusty winds. This storm will affect the Center Point area.

The left panel of the graphic is the base reflectivity, showing wall is basically reaching the ground. The right panel is composite reflectivity, which indicates the precipitation that is suspended aloft as well.

Another cell is moving up from the Eastwood Mall area that will merge with the first cell, producing brief ramp up in the storm. Be alert for the lightning, wind and hail. The storm could briefly become severe.

The peach polygon on the graphic is a significant weather alert from the NWS, which is below a severe thunderstorm warning.

Storms are intensifying rapidly in the Forestdale area as well. They will move toward Gardendale.

Another storm is north of Talladega approaching I-20.

Otherwise, storms are generally scattered in the I-20 Corridor with others west of Montgomery along US-80.

Everything is drifting slowly northeast this afternoon. There is almost no wind shear, so they will actually fall apart pretty quickly.

More Good News from Our Alabama NewsCenter Partners

| 11:08 am June 10, 2016

Pastries, performers, patients and pianos all came together to make up the latest stories from our Alabama NewsCenter partnership.

Birmingham pastry chef’s delectable delights draw national recognition for Highlands Bar and Grill

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Kristin Chenoweth on her upcoming concert, ‘Wicked’ and the Birmingham actor who helped her through her Broadway debut

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‘Three Acts’ featuring Ira Glass, ‘This American Life’ … and dance coming to Birmingham

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Steel City Jazz Festival in Birmingham features big-name artists

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Brooks Barrow is an Alabama Maker finding beauty in stone

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Hoover steps up to the plate to keep SEC Baseball Tournament in Alabama

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Women’s College World Series features umpire from Alabama Power

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Southern Research, UAB collaboration produces ‘smart’ treadmill for medical community

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Alabama businessman among those finding robots are the new low-wage seamstresses

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Alabama Public Service Commission approves Walmart contract with solar facility in east Alabama

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Nancy Hornsby CARES for Alzheimer’s patients through song and love

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Skills for life taught at Life Labs in Alabama

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An ode to Alabama Power’s linemen on Alabama Lineman Appreciation Day

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Thanks and praise for linemen at Alabama Lineman Appreciation Day

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My marriage to my spouse … and to Alabama Power

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UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center awarded $29 million NCI core grant

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Burning Peppermints

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Alabama Power atrium the site of classical piano concert

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Can’t Miss Alabama delivers summertime family fun, BBQ and music

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McWane Science Center looks to future as Itty Bitty Magic City turns 1

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LawLers’ stuffed tater makes 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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The Color Project sheds vivid light on Ensley man’s hopes for his neighborhood

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Alabama rings up best first quarter for home sales since 2007

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Montgomery April home sales up 2 percent over 2015

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Tuscaloosa April home sales up 26 percent compared to same period last year

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Lee County April home sales up 13 percent over last April

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Baldwin County April condo sales hold steady compared to 2015

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Lake Martin April home sales slightly above five-year average

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Wiregrass year-to- date home sales through April up 12 percent over last year

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Shoals April home sales up 3 percent over last year

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Athens April home sales rose 19 percent over the same period a year ago

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