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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On this day in Alabama history: Harper Lee won Pulitzer Prize for ‘Mockingbird’

On this day in Alabama history: Harper Lee won Pulitzer Prize for ‘Mockingbird’

| May 1, 2017 @ 5:00 am

On May 1, 1961, Monroeville native Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which has sold more than 50 million copies to date.

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Strong Storms Over South Alabama; Rain, Some Thunder North and Central

Strong Storms Over South Alabama; Rain, Some Thunder North and Central

| May 1, 2017 @ 2:25 am

Conditions have become more favorable for South Alabama early this morning, but for areas north of Montgomery, moderate to heavy rain with embedded thunder will the the only problem.

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Storms in Birmingham Metro, Not Severe

Storms in Birmingham Metro, Not Severe

| May 1, 2017 @ 1:28 am

Storms across Central Alabama are not severe, but they have plenty of loud thunder, heavy rain and some gusty winds.

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Marengo Storm Weakens, Moving into Perry, Southern Hale and Dallas Counties

Marengo Storm Weakens, Moving into Perry, Southern Hale and Dallas Counties

| May 1, 2017 @ 12:43 am

The storm over Marengo County has weakened. It will bring heavy rain, lightning and wind gusts to 40 mph to Pallas and Perry Counties.

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Late Evening Look at the Alabama Weather Situation

Late Evening Look at the Alabama Weather Situation

| April 30, 2017 @ 11:18 pm

Strong storms are entering Southwest Alabama at this late hour. They could affect areas as far north as Choctaw to Chilton to Randolph Counties overnight.

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April Goes Out with a Bang

April Goes Out with a Bang

| April 30, 2017 @ 11:00 pm

A blizzard in the West, 90s in the East, and severe weather in the Middle of the U.S. April went out with a bang.

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

| April 30, 2017 @ 8:27 pm

All day long, short term model predictions have been that storms would form over eastern Mississippi and move into Alabama. That is finally happening.

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Tornado Watches Continue for Parts of Alabama

Tornado Watches Continue for Parts of Alabama

| April 30, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

A tornado watch is in effect until 7 p.m. CDT for parts of Northwest, West Central and Southwest Alabama.

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Afternoon Update:  Things Calming, No Repeat Tonight

Afternoon Update: Things Calming, No Repeat Tonight

| April 30, 2017 @ 4:40 pm

The worst is over for Alabama, with storms pushing out of the east and a band of showers later tonight. Tornado watch continues though for parts of the area.

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A Look at the Alabama Severe Weather Situation at 2:15 p.m.

A Look at the Alabama Severe Weather Situation at 2:15 p.m.

| April 30, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

Here is a look at the latest severe weather factors and parameters across Alabama as of 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. More storms will move into Alabama tonight.

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New Watch Soon for Northeast Alabama

New Watch Soon for Northeast Alabama

| April 30, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

A new watch (probably tornado) is being issued for Northeast Alabama.

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Heads Up Walker, Winston and Cullman; Latest for Tuscaloosa and Jefferson

Heads Up Walker, Winston and Cullman; Latest for Tuscaloosa and Jefferson

| April 30, 2017 @ 12:49 pm

A comma head signature indicating damaging winds and possible tornadoes is pushing through Fayette County now heading for Walker, Winston and Cullman Counties.

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The Latest on the Alabama Severe Weather Situation Just Before 11 a.m.

The Latest on the Alabama Severe Weather Situation Just Before 11 a.m.

| April 30, 2017 @ 11:53 am

Conditions continue to be favorable for severe weather and possible tornadoes over West Alabama.

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Radar Update 11:15 a.m.

Radar Update 11:15 a.m.

| April 30, 2017 @ 11:16 am

Strong storms are moving into West Alabama at this time.

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New Mesoscale Discussion from the SPC

New Mesoscale Discussion from the SPC

| April 30, 2017 @ 10:31 am

At 10:30, the SPC and NWS offices are conferring about whether to issue a tornado watch for Alabama at this time.

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