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Warmer Before Another Arctic Shot

| 7:32 am March 1, 2015

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

The warmer weather of yesterday and forecast for the next several days is being overshadowed by the attention being given to the potential winter weather event come Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Yesterday was a beautiful day with much of Central Alabama reaching the lower 60s. We won’t get quite that warm today with more clouds, but afternoon highs in the 50s will still feel good. There will be a few showers around though most folks will probably stay dry. The warmer weather is thanks to a southwesterly flow aloft which has raised heights over the Southeast US. But that southwesterly flow will also bring moisture with the warming, so the next several days will include chances for showers and rain.

As the trough develops over the southern Rockies, we’ll continue with a moisture laden southwesterly flow. A strong short wave coming through the northern US on Tuesday and Wednesday will generate a surface low over the Central Plains that will move quickly into eastern Canada and drag a cold front through the Southeastern US on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday will see temperature fall during the day as Arctic air once again invades the Southeast US. And this is where the forecast gets a bit dicey. The GFS has been consistent with developing a sizable band of winter precipitation behind the front beginning Wednesday afternoon and continuing through Thursday morning. This is not the same scenario we saw last week with the epic snow event, and usually these kind of situations don’t result in major precipitation amounts, the problem of the cold air arriving as the moisture departs. But with freezing rain and sleet, it does not take much precipitation to create a real mess.

However, in this situation the cold air is forecast to come in quick and catch up with moisture, so the GFS is painting a rather broad band of wintry precipitation. The most likely type of precipitation will be freezing rain and sleet which can quickly impact travel. The most likely area to be impacted is along the I-20 corridor and north of that. There is no reason to panic just yet, but everyone should continue to monitor the forecast since we are still three to four days out, and we all know that the models can change their solutions.

Thursday is expected to be a raw day with morning lows into the 20s and afternoon highs in the 30s. But it is March which means that the cold snap should not last a long time and by Friday and Saturday we should be recovering with highs well into the 50s. A low latitude short wave late Saturday and into Sunday promises to bring another round of wet weather to areas along the Gulf Coast.

And looking out into voodoo country, the pattern remains active with a strong trough around the 12th and another cold shot around the 16th. After the cold February we had, we just can’t catch a break on an extended warm period.

And you can follow news and weather updates from ABC 33/40 on Twitter here. Stay in the know by following the whole gang – here’s the list…

James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray
Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

I’m filling in for Meaghan Thomas on ABC 3340 this weekend, so be sure to catch the latest forecast at 5 and 10 pm this evening. James Spann will have the next Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Monday morning, and there will be notes here as we continue to watch how this next situation unfolds. Enjoy the day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

Warmer Weather Returns

| 7:15 am February 28, 2015

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

With February shaping up to be a rather chilly month, we should see our weather warm nicely into the 50s today, more typical for late February than we’ve been seeing. Clouds will persist for much of the day though we could see a few peeks of the sun during the afternoon. Radar was picking up a few returns this morning, but most of the light precipitation was not reaching the ground. Our Skywatchers in Northeast Alabama were reporting some very light snow.

A large surface high pressure to our northeast will help to create wedge conditions today and Sunday, but the upper flow becomes more zonal to southwesterly, so we should see the weather warm up a good deal with highs well into the 60s by Tuesday. A strong short wave will traverse the Ohio River Valley on Wednesday and Thursday and this will bring a cold front through Central Alabama with rain likely on Wednesday and temperatures dropping back into the 30s on Thursday.

The upper flow goes nearly zonal by Saturday so we should see temperatures recover nicely with readings back into the 50s by Saturday.

The pattern remains pretty active out into voodoo country with a series of short waves bringing us rain chances around the 10th and the 15th.

And you can follow news and weather updates from ABC 33/40 on Twitter here. Stay in the know by following the whole gang – here’s the list…

James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray
Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted first thing on Sunday morning. Enjoy the warmer weather today and Godspeed.

-Brian-

Looks Like a Chilly February

| 9:05 am February 27, 2015

February is rapidly coming to a close, and based on the first 26 days of the month, February, 2015, will go in the record books as one of our colder Februarys since 1900. These numbers are preliminary since we have to include today and tomorrow, but for the first 26 days, the average monthly highs was 50.0 degrees which would be the 13th coldest February. The monthly low temperature was not quite as bad with 28.9 degrees which would make it the 26th coldest February since 1900.

I’m definitely ready for some warmer weather!

-Brian-

Snow Storm Reports

| 6:36 pm February 26, 2015

The NWS in Birmingham prepared the Public Information Statement that I have posted below which details the reports of the snow amounts by county. If there is one thing that everyone should take away from this is that snowfall is not usually uniform with sizable variations across relatively short distances. Please note the caveat at the bottom of the statement.

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 261151
PNSBMX
ALZ011>015-017>050-262351-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
551 AM CST THU FEB 26 2015

...HISTORIC WINTER STORM OF FEBRUARY 25, 2015 PRELIMINARY
SNOWFALL REPORTS...

LOCATION                     AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON

...BLOUNT COUNTY...
1 ESE FOWLER SPRING          10.0 IN   1006 PM 02/25   34.03N/86.57W
CLEVELAND                    9.0 IN    0920 PM 02/25   33.99N/86.57W
3 WSW BROOKSVILLE            8.5 IN    0920 PM 02/25   34.17N/86.52W
3 NE ONEONTA                 8.5 IN    1048 PM 02/25   33.98N/86.43W
1 WNW SNEAD                  8.2 IN    0940 PM 02/25   34.12N/86.40W
3 SSW HAYDEN                 6.5 IN    0940 PM 02/25   33.86N/86.78W
1 NE HAYDEN                  6.0 IN    0920 PM 02/25   33.91N/86.74W
ROSA                         6.0 IN    0925 PM 02/25   33.99N/86.51W
1 N LOCUST FORK              5.5 IN    0845 PM 02/25   33.91N/86.62W
1 NNW SUSAN MOORE            5.5 IN    1020 PM 02/25   34.09N/86.44W
1 NNE ALLGOOD                5.0 IN    0957 PM 02/25   33.92N/86.51W
1 E COUNTY LINE              5.0 IN    1004 PM 02/25   33.82N/86.71W
ONEONTA                      5.0 IN    0558 PM 02/25   33.95N/86.47W

...CALHOUN COUNTY...
3 E KNIGHTENS CROSSROADS     5.0 IN    0900 PM 02/25   33.95N/85.67W
PIEDMONT                     5.0 IN    1000 PM 02/25   33.93N/85.62W
2 S JACKSONVILLE             3.0 IN    0955 PM 02/25   33.78N/85.76W
6 WSW KNIGHTENS CROSSROADS   3.0 IN    0953 PM 02/25   33.91N/85.80W
3 NNE SULPHUR SPRINGS        3.0 IN    0953 PM 02/25   33.88N/85.85W
1 NNW JACKSONVILLE STATE UNI 2.0 IN    0925 PM 02/25   33.83N/85.77W
2 W WEST END-COBB TOWN       0.2 IN    1005 PM 02/25   33.65N/85.90W

...CHEROKEE COUNTY...
CEDAR BLUFF                  8.0 IN    1008 PM 02/25   34.22N/85.60W
CENTRE                       7.5 IN    0827 PM 02/25   34.15N/85.67W
LEESBURG                     7.0 IN    0731 PM 02/25   34.18N/85.77W
2 SSE BROOMTOWN              6.0 IN    0925 PM 02/25   34.33N/85.51W
SAND ROCK                    6.0 IN    0559 PM 02/25   34.24N/85.77W
BROOMTOWN                    5.0 IN    0638 PM 02/25   34.36N/85.52W
2 ESE CHESNUT BAY RESORT     5.0 IN    0740 PM 02/25   34.20N/85.67W
FORNEY                       4.0 IN    0802 PM 02/25   34.09N/85.46W

...CLEBURNE COUNTY...
BORDEN SPRINGS               2.5 IN    0805 PM 02/25   33.93N/85.47W
OAK LEVEL                    2.0 IN    0805 PM 02/25   33.85N/85.48W

...ETOWAH COUNTY...
BLACK CREEK                  9.0 IN    0830 PM 02/25   34.17N/85.90W
MOUNTAINBORO                 9.0 IN    1000 PM 02/25   34.15N/86.13W
1 W ALTOONA                  8.0 IN    0959 PM 02/25   34.03N/86.33W
HOKES BLUFF                  8.0 IN    0902 PM 02/25   34.00N/85.86W
2 SSW NOCCALULA FALLS        7.5 IN    0920 PM 02/25   34.02N/86.04W
2 E NOCCALULA FALLS          7.5 IN    0846 PM 02/25   34.04N/86.00W
RAINBOW CITY                 7.5 IN    0950 PM 02/25   33.95N/86.04W
2 N GLENCOE                  7.0 IN    0925 PM 02/25   33.99N/85.94W
3 E WALNUT GROVE             7.0 IN    0215 AM 02/26   34.06N/86.24W
GADSDEN                      6.5 IN    1025 PM 02/25   34.01N/86.00W
KEENER                       6.0 IN    0925 PM 02/25   34.16N/85.95W
1 SE ATTALLA                 5.2 IN    0530 PM 02/25   34.00N/86.09W
GLENCOE                      5.0 IN    1004 PM 02/25   33.96N/85.93W
2 SE SOUTHSIDE               5.0 IN    0920 PM 02/25   33.91N/86.00W

...FAYETTE COUNTY...
2 SSE GLEN ALLEN             9.0 IN    0900 PM 02/25   33.88N/87.73W
FOWLER'S CROSSROADS          6.0 IN    0920 PM 02/25   33.80N/87.66W
2 ESE BLUFF                  5.2 IN    0930 PM 02/25   33.81N/87.87W
FAYETTE                      3.5 IN    0648 PM 02/25   33.69N/87.83W

...JEFFERSON COUNTY...
KIMBERLY                     4.0 IN    0959 PM 02/25   33.77N/86.80W
MORRIS                       3.0 IN    0851 PM 02/25   33.75N/86.81W
BIRMINGPORT                  2.0 IN    1000 PM 02/25   33.57N/87.11W
1 ENE MOUNT OLIVE            2.0 IN    0940 PM 02/25   33.68N/86.84W
1 SE OAK GROVE               2.0 IN    0958 PM 02/25   33.46N/87.15W
BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT           1.0 IN    0848 PM 02/25   33.56N/86.77W
1 WNW LEEDS                  1.0 IN    0958 PM 02/25   33.55N/86.56W
WEST JEFFERSON               1.0 IN    0750 PM 02/25   33.65N/87.07W
1 NNW FORESTDALE             0.8 IN    0925 PM 02/25   33.58N/86.90W
3 SW HUEYTOWN                0.8 IN    0955 PM 02/25   33.42N/87.03W
1 S BESSEMER                 0.7 IN    1000 PM 02/25   33.38N/86.96W
2 ENE CLOVERDALE             0.5 IN    0915 PM 02/25   33.61N/86.69W
FULTONDALE                   0.5 IN    1001 PM 02/25   33.62N/86.80W
1 NE GARDENDALE              0.5 IN    0816 PM 02/25   33.67N/86.80W
1 N HOOVER MET               0.5 IN    1000 PM 02/25   33.36N/86.85W
1 SE KINGSTON                0.5 IN    0928 PM 02/25   33.53N/86.76W
PINSON                       0.5 IN    0758 PM 02/25   33.69N/86.68W
2 SSW RUFFNER MOUNTAIN       0.2 IN    0802 PM 02/25   33.54N/86.71W

...LAMAR COUNTY...
SULLIGENT                    11.0 IN   0846 PM 02/25   33.89N/88.13W
VERNON                       7.5 IN    0820 PM 02/25   33.76N/88.11W
DETROIT                      6.0 IN    0510 PM 02/25   34.03N/88.17W
MILLPORT                     5.0 IN    0630 PM 02/25   33.56N/88.08W

...MARION COUNTY...
GUIN                         12.7 IN   1059 PM 02/25   33.97N/87.91W
4 S HAMILTON                 12.0 IN   0925 PM 02/25   34.08N/87.97W
1 E WINFIELD                 11.5 IN   0900 PM 02/25   33.93N/87.80W
HAMILTON                     11.0 IN   0920 PM 02/25   34.14N/87.98W
1 W WINFIELD                 11.0 IN   0925 PM 02/25   33.93N/87.83W
2 N BYRD                     10.5 IN   0925 PM 02/25   34.11N/88.13W
3 NE HAMILTON                10.0 IN   0900 PM 02/25   34.18N/87.95W
BRILLIANT                    9.5 IN    0740 PM 02/25   34.02N/87.78W
4 SW HACKLEBURG              9.0 IN    0630 PM 02/25   34.24N/87.89W

...RANDOLPH COUNTY...
2 WSW DICKERT                0.5 IN    0851 PM 02/25   33.13N/85.50W

...SHELBY COUNTY...
1 ENE RIVERCHASE             1.0 IN    0844 PM 02/25   33.36N/86.79W
1 SW CHELSEA                 0.5 IN    0900 PM 02/25   33.33N/86.64W
HOOVER VETERANS PARK         0.5 IN    0920 PM 02/25   33.39N/86.73W
1 NNE HOOVER VETERANS PARK   0.5 IN    0848 PM 02/25   33.40N/86.72W
LAKE PURDY COMMUNITY         0.5 IN    0847 PM 02/25   33.43N/86.68W
1 NW SHOAL CREEK GOLF CLUB   0.5 IN    1012 PM 02/25   33.45N/86.63W
JOE TUCKER PARK              0.4 IN    1005 PM 02/25   33.29N/86.85W
2 WSW HELENA                 0.2 IN    0222 AM 02/26   33.29N/86.87W
VINCENT                      0.2 IN    0827 PM 02/25   33.39N/86.41W

...ST. CLAIR COUNTY...
ODENVILLE                    2.0 IN    0900 PM 02/25   33.69N/86.40W
SPRINGVILLE                  2.0 IN    0945 PM 02/25   33.77N/86.48W
2 ENE ODENVILLE              1.2 IN    1000 PM 02/25   33.70N/86.37W
2 ENE ODENVILLE              1.2 IN    1000 PM 02/25   33.70N/86.37W
1 SSW ARGO                   1.0 IN    0940 PM 02/25   33.68N/86.52W
1 N CROPWELL                 1.0 IN    0916 PM 02/25   33.56N/86.27W

...TALLADEGA COUNTY...
2 SE ALPINE BAY RESORT       0.5 IN    1000 PM 02/25   33.42N/86.27W

...TUSCALOOSA COUNTY...
3 N LAKE NICOL PARK          1.0 IN    0846 PM 02/25   33.35N/87.47W
5 NNE LAKE TCL HWY 69 BRIDGE 1.0 IN    0731 PM 02/25   33.41N/87.51W
2 WNW SEXTON BEND            1.0 IN    0848 PM 02/25   33.32N/87.57W
COKER                        0.5 IN    0851 PM 02/25   33.25N/87.69W
4 E LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK  0.5 IN    1002 PM 02/25   33.31N/87.61W
1 NW NORTHPORT               0.5 IN    0731 PM 02/25   33.24N/87.59W
4 W SEXTON BEND              0.5 IN    0955 PM 02/25   33.31N/87.60W
2 N UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA    0.5 IN    0750 PM 02/25   33.24N/87.54W
SHELTON STATE COMM COLLEGE   0.2 IN    1006 PM 02/25   33.12N/87.56W
COALING                      0.0 IN    1000 PM 02/25   33.16N/87.34W
2 N MOORES BRIDGE            0.0 IN    0638 PM 02/25   33.48N/87.79W

...WALKER COUNTY...
NAUVOO                       11.0 IN   1000 PM 02/25   33.99N/87.49W
CURRY                        9.0 IN    0600 PM 02/25   33.96N/87.21W
1 SSE LUPTON                 7.5 IN    0535 PM 02/25   33.92N/87.39W
1 E GAMBLE                   6.5 IN    0818 PM 02/25   33.88N/87.31W
MANCHESTER                   5.8 IN    0600 PM 02/25   33.90N/87.25W
2 N WALKER COUNTY AIRPORT    5.5 IN    0920 PM 02/25   33.93N/87.32W
1 ENE SUMITON                4.5 IN    0935 PM 02/25   33.76N/87.03W
GOODSPRINGS                  2.0 IN    0925 PM 02/25   33.67N/87.25W

...WINSTON COUNTY...
NATURAL BRIDGE               12.0 IN   0959 PM 02/25   34.09N/87.60W
HALEYVILLE                   11.0 IN   0729 PM 02/25   34.24N/87.62W
LYNN                         11.0 IN   0924 PM 02/25   34.04N/87.55W
BLACK POND                   10.0 IN   1140 PM 02/25   34.07N/87.37W
WINSTON FREE STATE BARN      10.0 IN   0945 PM 02/25   34.16N/87.41W
2 ESE NEEDMORE               9.5 IN    0646 PM 02/25   34.24N/87.57W
3 NNE HOUSTON                9.0 IN    0925 PM 02/25   34.18N/87.23W
4 W LAKE SHORE               9.0 IN    0910 PM 02/25   34.00N/87.27W

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.\
SOME OF THESE SNOWFALL REPORTS OCCURRED BEFORE SNOWFALL ENDED...AND
SNOWFALL AMOUNTS MAY BE HIGHER. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SUBMIT THEIR
LATEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS @NWSBIRMINGHAM ON
TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. #ALWX #BMXWX
$$

NWS BIRMINGHAM AL

Snow Storm Tale

| 12:43 pm February 26, 2015

I sat down this morning to pen a short note to my wife and daughter about the snow storm yesterday and my exploits with Meaghan Thomas for ABC 3340. I did not intend for it to become a novel, but it came close. After emailing it, I thought this might prove an interesting read for some. So, with a few edits here and there, here is the story of this rather epic Alabama snow storm from the point of view of one meteorologist whose assignment was to provide field coverage for the television.

Well, it was quite some day yesterday. Most of Central Alabama was placed under a winter weather warning for Wednesday, February 25th, from 9 am to midnight. The various computer models were all clustered around the same solution of between 1 and 8 inches of snow generally along and north of the Interstate 20 corridor. Meaghan and I met at the station at 9 am to head out in the Storm Chaser. The only words of guidance we received from James was “Find some snow!”

With our quest at hand, we drove to the northern part of Birmingham and then headed a little northwest toward Jasper. We had been given a list of all the various news teams and their locations, and we were supposed to float while each of the news teams was pretty much fixed in their assigned spots. We drove up US 78 toward Jasper using the old US 78, not the new US 78/I-22 route. We had a team in Jasper, so we did not want to go there, so we headed more north toward US 278. Turns out that was a great decision because it put us in the middle of the heaviest snowfall.

As we got onto US 76/I-22, we spotted a State Trooper stopped on the side of the road, so we pulled alongside and chatted with him to see if he had any reports of travel issues. Precipitation was still mostly liquid with a little sleet in the mix and the temperature hovering around 33 or 34 degrees. After speaking with the officer who said there he had not heard of any travel problems, we drove north to the northern side of Jasper on old US 78 to pick up Alabama 195 north which would take us to US 278 which runs mainly west to east from Hamilton to Double Springs to Cullman. We knew the computer guidance and the map James was using were zeroing in on this area, so we figured it would provide the best staging point to go further north or south or east or west depending on what developed.

The station has a midday show from 11 am to noon, so we were providing live streaming from our iPad mounted on the dashboard of the Chaser. We kept having a cold rain with a temperature of 33 or 34 with some sleet mixed in. We actually drove out of the rain to dry ground as we reached US 278 which was a bit disappointing. We drove west for a few miles and then took a route south to Brilliant and Winfield trying to move back into the precipitation. We got to the intersection of I-22 and Alabama 129 and, after filling up the gas tank on the Chaser, we stopped in the parking lot of a new Huddle House not yet open where we would not bother anyone by being stopped. We had not been there two minutes before a car pulled up next to us and it was the Police Chief from Winfield. He wanted to know what was going to happen and we discussed the weather and exchanged business cards – maybe that will work as a get out of jail free card someday!!

The police chief left, and another car pulled up to us and said it was snowing north in Guin. Guin is actually west of Winfield a few miles, so we were a little confused by the report the man gave us. We decided to shift west on I-22 a little and pick up Alabama 253 and 44 that would take us southwest to Guin figuring the man meant Guin and not actually north of us. That decision was based on the radar which was showing precipitation to our west and we figured the fellow just had his direction wrong. Well, this was another great decision because as we headed southwest into Guin from I-22 and reached the city, the precipitation was changing over from a moderate sleet to just snow, those nice big flakes that were actually clumps of flakes.

We stopped on the side of the road in Guin on US 43 to get our bearings, look at radar, and communicate with the television station when a Guin police officer pulled up behind us with his blue lights on. Meaghan looked at me and asked what we’d done, and I told her nothing, we were just sitting there on the side of the road. The officer came up to my window, I was driving, and I lowered the window, and he said he was just stopping to be sure we were okay and safe so he had stopped his car behind the Chaser to make sure no one hit us! We had a nice chat with him about the weather and about the conditions in Guin, got a tip on a place to eat (naturally), and headed back on US 43 toward Winfield. Guin and Winfield are in the southeastern section of Marion County.

When we reached Winfield, we grabbed lunch at an open McDonalds restaurant because we wanted to get something to eat before everything closed. We did a couple of hits on the midday show and the ground was becoming white with snow. We noticed a snow plow, so we followed the snow plow and sand/salt truck east on US 43 getting the station to use our live video stream to show the trucks doing their jobs.

We turned north on Alabama 129 and once again stopped at the Huddle House where we’d been earlier, and refreshed our bearings with radar and the latest weather statements and computer guidance. By this time the snow was coming down like gangbusters and the roads were turning white. The station began wall to wall coverage about this time, so we decided to head back north on 129 to US 278 which still seemed to be the bullseye for the heaviest snow. This, too, was a great decision.

Feb AL snow storm-8

Conditions began to deteriorate rapidly once the precipitation had changed over from sleet to snow, and the road was completely covered by snow. Fortunately, the area where we were was not heavily populated, and it seemed that many, many people heeded the warnings about the winter weather, so there was virtually no traffic to contend with. We reached US 278 and turned east with no particular destination in mind but just to stay on US 278 where the snow was falling heavily. Most of the time we could see two sets of tracks, one eastbound and one westbound, but on several occasions there was only one track to follow and we could tell it was on the wrong side of the road. No danger, though, since we were about the only vehicle moving. We had put the Chaser in four wheel drive shortly after the snow began, so we had good traction, but just like other cars, we were not going to stop on a dime. That’s why we were traveling at a safe 20 miles per hour. Visibility was also very bad at times with less than a quarter of a mile in the heavy snow.

It was slow but steady progress along US 78 through Winston County with occasional stops to get some photos or take a measurement of the snow. When we reached Addison, we saw a Cullman Electric Cooperative bucket truck, so we pulled into the parking lot of the Dollar General and asked the driver if there were any outages. The snow was pretty wet and some of the trees, especially the pines, were beginning to sag under the weight of the snow. He told us they were being dispatched to a power outage, so we could follow him.

Feb AL snow storm-20

We did and ended up in southern Winston County near the edge of Smith Lake where several trees limbs were sagging with the snow and had taken out the power line to several houses. We did another hit or two with the station which was now in full swing with weather coverage, and then found our way back to Alabama 257 to head south across Smith Lake on the Duncan Bridge. We did another hit with James with the Duncan Bridge in the snow as our video shot. We turned east again on Drummond Road and Burrows Crossing Road to reach Alabama 69 which would take us northeast toward Cullman. The plan was to take Alabama 222 back northwest, but when we made the turn from 69 onto 222, we were faced with a steep hill and it was quite obvious that there had been no cars on that road for quite sometime. We stopped and reconsidered this move and decided this was not a good idea. So we continued northeast on Alabama 69 finally reaching Interstate 65.

Before continuing, we took another snow measurement and found a spot where the snow was about 6 inches deep, the length of a dollar bill. We also made a note to include a ruler in the Chaser for future snow chases! We also noted that we need an ice scraper for the Chaser. We had to stop numerous times to de-ice the windshield wipers as they would become frozen and really streak the windshield.

Feb AL snow storm-27

We once again topped up the Chasers gas tank at the Petro station, made a pit stop, and then drove to the bridge over I-65 where we could get a shot of the Interstate. While we were there, a single file line of cars and trucks lead by a State Trooper came along the northbound lane and we got some great video of how bad the Interstate was. We stuck around this spot for a little while as James and Charles took our shot from time to time. There were cars moving slowly on the Interstate, but it looked like the one lane that was partially open was icy. We decided to go north on the Interstate just one exit to sample the driving conditions on I-65. It was as we had suspected, icy on the one lane track that everyone was using. We were moving about 30 mph with most of the rest of the traffic with an occasional bonehead passing us in the snow covered lane at 45 mph. We got off at the next exit and headed back on the southbound side of I-65.

We got off at the same exit where we had gotten on, the Dodge City exit, 299, and grabbed something akin to supper since it was now about 7 pm. The Petro station at that exit was the only thing open, and they were serving food, so we took it. A 7 pm, the television station was returning to regular programming, so our orders were to head home!

The driving conditions on I-65 were horrible, but almost everyone was behaving themselves, so we had little trouble as we motored south. The snowfall became lighter and the amount of the snow on the road was getting less and less. It was snowing in downtown Birmingham, but we could tell that it had not been snowing there long. The roads appeared to be mostly wet, but we discovered that was not the whole story when an ambulance moving along ahead of us without emergency lights going suddenly fishtailed nearly smashing into the cement guard rail. Fortunately, the driver was able to bring the ambulance to a halt without hitting anything. Traffic was extremely light, so there were very few other cars on the highway. The Chaser is equipped with some highly visible strobe lights, so we came to a safe stop and turned on the strobes so that cars behind us would not run into us or the ambulance which had come to a stop across parts of three lanes. The ambulance driver kicked on their emergency lights, too, and then after getting their composure back, turned the ambulance in the proper direction of traffic moving at a slow pace.

This was quite some adventure, and we streamed video along nearly all of our trip with only a few dropped connections. But the adventure was not quite over. As we pulled into the station parking lot, Meaghan and I collected our belongings and were walking toward the station entrance when out of nowhere we were attacked by a volley of snowballs thrown by several ABC 3340 staff people. We did the only thing we could, weresponded by grabbing up some snow and returning fire!

It was really something to be a part of what will go in the record books as a historic snow event for Alabama.

-Brian-

Feb AL snow storm-33

Weather Radio Test Canceled

| 6:47 am February 25, 2015

The regularly scheduled test of NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) has been canceled today due to the impending winter weather. The next regularly scheduled weekly test will be conducted tomorrow, Thursday. Here’s the text of the message.

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 251240
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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
640 AM CST WED FEB 25 2015

...NO WEEKLY NOAA WEATHER RADIO TEST ON WEDNESDAY...

THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED WEEKLY NOAA WEATHER RADIO TEST FOR TODAY HAS
BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE WINTER STORM.

THE NEXT REGULAR WEEKLY TEST WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THURSDAY.

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