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Christmas in Fairhope

Christmas in Fairhope

| December 20, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

Fairhope, a charming community on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, comes alive with color and decorations during the Christmas season. Enjoy this video montage shot earlier this week, showing what Fairhope looks like at Christmas…

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Farewell, GOES-12…

Farewell, GOES-12…

| August 19, 2013 @ 11:51 am

Farewell to a valuable set of eyes 22,300 miles above us! GOES-12, the weather satellite launched in July, 2001 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is being retired, its operators have announced. Intended to operate for about five years, GOES-12 turned out to be a warrior, instead, wildly surpassing expectations. Going into service April […]

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Helena Market Days

Helena Market Days

| August 10, 2013 @ 2:34 pm

If you’re looking for something fun to do, stop in at Helena Market Days, in its last month of operation for the summer. The annual farmer’s market that runs from June through August off Hwy 261 by Buck Creek in Helena has become a favorite of folks from throughout the Shelby Co. area. You won’t […]

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A Severe Weather Voice Goes Silent

A Severe Weather Voice Goes Silent

| December 12, 2012 @ 11:52 am

No one knows for sure how many tornado or severe thunderstorm watches and warnings he monitored, or how many hours he stayed at his post, but—in the 30-something years of being available around the clock to deal with Alabama weather—one thing is for sure. Birmingham resident Carl Grover was a machine, relentless in his dedication […]

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NWA 2011: A Volunteer’s Perspective

NWA 2011: A Volunteer’s Perspective

| October 20, 2011 @ 5:22 pm | 14 Replies

Trying to select a highlight from this week’s annual meeting of the National Weather Association is sort of like walking into your favorite bakery or doughnut shop and having to pick the treat you want most. Good luck. Pink or chocolate icing? With or without sprinkles? The task may be easier said than done. There […]

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NASA Spacecraft Sees Tornado Tracks

NASA Spacecraft Sees Tornado Tracks

| May 17, 2011 @ 8:39 am | 6 Replies

Even from 438 miles above the Earth, you can tell that something very significant happened around Tuscaloosa and Birmingham April 27th. For the first time, an energy-sensing instrument aboard a NASA spacecraft has been used to identify tracks left by the devastating tornado that tore through central Alabama. Here’s what the damage path looks like […]

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Helpers Amid The Chaos…

Helpers Amid The Chaos…

| May 6, 2011 @ 12:44 pm | 9 Replies

There are so many groups doing great work in the aftermath of Alabama’s April 27th tornado outbreak that it’s hard to single them all out. Many working to help victims recover will get a lot of media exposure; their names and purposes will be known to all. Others helping are working much more silently, almost […]

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How Many Lives Did They Help Save?

How Many Lives Did They Help Save?

| May 2, 2011 @ 11:36 am | 13 Replies

John Oldshue and Ben Greer downplay it the minute you ask, but the question can’t be denied: How many lives did they help save when Alabama was slammed by the killer storms of April 27th? No one knows, but one thing is for sure. Countless people are probably alive right now, because of the live […]

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What ‘Pop-up’ Storms Cost Us

What ‘Pop-up’ Storms Cost Us

| December 9, 2010 @ 10:18 am | 12 Replies

Small doesn’t mean insignificant. The ‘pop up’ thunderstorm we see so often in Alabama is something most of us (as weather geeks) love to watch. We’re accustomed to it, and we seldom think much about it. With Alabama’s current cold snap, pop up storms may not be on our mind at the moment, but they’re […]

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Joe Dirt’s Thanksgiving Present

Joe Dirt’s Thanksgiving Present

| December 1, 2010 @ 7:03 pm | 3 Replies

Rex Free says he couldn’t believe the bloody, bizarre scene in front of him during his Thanksgiving weekend outing to north Alabama’s Sipsey Wilderness. Free, an amateur radio operator and storm spotter from Moulton, had headed into the Bankhead National Forest with two friends to enjoy nature, as they’ve done many times before. But what […]

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ISS To Fly Over Early This Evening

ISS To Fly Over Early This Evening

| April 29, 2010 @ 8:39 am | 1,980 Replies

The International Space Station makes a pass over Birmingham early this evening, and a combination of factors suggest we’ll have a great chance to see this marvel of technology. The ISS is scheduled to approach from the west-southwest and, at its maximum elevation, will be very high in the sky, at 84 degrees elevation (90 […]

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One Way To Enjoy A Beautiful Alabama Day

One Way To Enjoy A Beautiful Alabama Day

| March 19, 2010 @ 8:27 pm | 1 Reply

Okay, so I’m guilty. I took about half an hour to play hooky while working in Shelby county this afternoon. It all started when I looked up and saw a glider, gracefully and elegantly sailing along, with central Alabama’s gorgeous deep blue sky as the backdrop. I knew that whomever was at the controls of […]

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A Costly Cold Weather Hazard

A Costly Cold Weather Hazard

| January 6, 2010 @ 9:04 pm | 9 Replies

My wife and I are real estate Agents here in Shelby Co. and had an incident happen today that reminds of the problems you can get hit with in the current cold wave if you’re not careful. We were having lunch when I get a call from a lady living near a home we have […]

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JB Elliott Alabama Weather Update (11:20am)

JB Elliott Alabama Weather Update (11:20am)

| February 13, 2008 @ 11:17 am | 23 Replies

Click the player just below for an Alabama Weather Update:

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A Change In Thinking…

A Change In Thinking…

| February 11, 2008 @ 10:16 am | 3 Replies

People who live in north Alabama’s Lawrence County spent the weekend cleaning up in the wake of last week’s killer tornado … and it appears that many folks are experiencing a change in thinking about severe weather. Rex Free is an amateur radio operator (KN4CI) who has been active in the North Alabama Skywarn Network […]

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More Lawrence Co. Tornado Damage

More Lawrence Co. Tornado Damage

| February 8, 2008 @ 7:43 am | Reply

Here are some more photos of the damage from the 2/5/08 tornado that plowed across Lawrence Co. in north Alabama. All photos were taken by Rex Free, a resident of Moulton, who says the tornado missed his home by about two miles. Quoting Rex: “Yesterday, Margaret and I spent the better part of 8 hours […]

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Chilean Earthquake Shakes Dad Out of Bed

Chilean Earthquake Shakes Dad Out of Bed

| December 15, 2007 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

Imagine taking a nap in a heavy, king sized bed, only to suddenly find the bed swaying back and forth. Dreaming? Nope. David Black, my father, says he experienced that very sensation during the second of two earthquakes that struck along the coast of Chile today. The earthquake, centered about 70 miles northwest of Santiago, […]

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Dry ‘Bama’s Not Alone…

Dry ‘Bama’s Not Alone…

| December 2, 2007 @ 6:08 pm | 5 Replies

Those of us living in Alabama aren’t the only folks wishing for rain. Check out these shots I took around North Carolina’s Fontana Lake and Dam, over the weekend: Although the water level in Fontana Reservior can vary by around 50 feet in a normal year, the lake level here is 10 feet below winter […]

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Pounding The Weather Channel

Pounding The Weather Channel

| November 20, 2007 @ 6:07 pm | 3 Replies

You may or may not recognize his name, but John Coleman, the first weather anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America, is considered the father of The Weather Channel. Despite people telling him he was nuts for having the idea, Coleman started the network in 1982 and spent one year, helping build it into the nation’s […]

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WeatherBrains 80:  “Crying Wolf”

WeatherBrains 80: “Crying Wolf”

| August 7, 2007 @ 2:25 pm | 1 Reply

Howdy, folks! Look out — we’ve turned another Episode loose … check it out! WeatherBrains Episode 80 is now online (August 6, 2007). The netcast audio program for people who love weather can be found at www.weatherbrains.com. In this week’s Episode: Is it really Breaking News? Is there too much hype in the weather business, […]

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Weather Brains 73: Vulnerable Valley

Weather Brains 73: Vulnerable Valley

| June 19, 2007 @ 2:39 pm | 2 Replies

The latest episode of WeatherBrains is online… Click here to go straight to the WeatherBrains website… In this week’s Episode: Vulnerable Valley: We look at South Texas’ Rio Grande River Valley, a part of the U.S. coastline authorities fear could be “the next New Orleans” if a major hurricane strikes; WeatherBrains 101: Professor Peters gives […]

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Getting High at 50

Getting High at 50

| June 13, 2007 @ 8:07 am | 6 Replies

I was clueless, not to mention, sleepy. Why would my wife be trying to wake me up at 4 a.m. Tuesday, telling me I needed to get a shower, get dressed and be ready to head out the door for a 5:30 a.m. rendezvous in Homewood I know absolutely nothing about? “Be sure to bring […]

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WeatherBrains 72: Long Hot Summer

WeatherBrains 72: Long Hot Summer

| June 12, 2007 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

The latest episode of WeatherBrainsis online… Click here to go straight to the WeatherBrains website… In this week’s Episode: The Deadly Sizzler: Looking back at the heatwave of 1980, one definitely for the record books; Remembering early TV weather coverage: Flashing light bulbs on studio maps … and weather anchors who could write backwards on […]

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WeatherBrains 71: “Low Down Radar”

WeatherBrains 71: “Low Down Radar”

| June 5, 2007 @ 8:00 am | Reply

The latest episode of WeatherBrains is online… Click here to go straight to the WeatherBrains website… In this week’s Episode: A WeatherBrains Extra: Low Down Radar … Newer doesn’t necessarily mean bigger and more powerful. The next generation of weather radar is actually smaller and less powerful than present day systems. But what it lacks […]

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WeatherBrains 70:  “Next Generation”

WeatherBrains 70: “Next Generation”

| May 29, 2007 @ 8:37 am | Reply

Look out … get ready! The latest episode of WeatherBrains is online… Click here to go straight to the WeatherBrains website… This week’s Episode is sort of like a weather buffet (there’s something for everyone): A WeatherBrains Extra: GOES-R. What will the next generation weather satellite have aboard, and what will this mean for our […]

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