Alabama's Weather

Severe Storms Possible Later Today/Tonight

Severe Storms Possible Later Today/Tonight

| March 30, 2017 @ 6:40 am

COMPLEX SETUP: There is a risk of severe weather statewide today as a large scale upper trough approaches from the west. A surface low will be near St. Louis this afternoon, and all of Alabama is in the “warm sector” of the system. While the synoptic scale pattern favors severe storms, the mesoscale features will determine what ultimately happens.

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A Late Look At Thursday’s Threat Of Strong To Severe Storms

A Late Look At Thursday’s Threat Of Strong To Severe Storms

| March 29, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

Thursday’s threat for strong to severe weather across North/Central Alabama is definitely still on the table, as we will have favorable dynamics, shear, lapse rates, and moisture in place.

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The Potential For Severe Storms Late Tomorrow/Tomorrow Night

The Potential For Severe Storms Late Tomorrow/Tomorrow Night

| March 29, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

SEVERE WEATHER SETUP: SPC maintains a “moderate” severe weather risk for the northwest corner of Alabama late tomorrow and tomorrow night, with an “enhanced” risk along and west of a line from Huntsville to Carbon Hill to Gordo. Places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden are in the standard “slight risk”. There is a “marginal” risk for East and Southeast Alabama.

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Severe Weather

A Brief Update On North/Central Alabama’s Weather Situation at 10:15AM

A Brief Update On North/Central Alabama’s Weather Situation at 10:15AM

| March 30, 2017 @ 10:18 am

In my short time as a meteorologist, this has been and will continue to be the most challenging forecast that I have worked on until this event comes to an end. There are a couple of outflow boundaries that are currently moving through parts of North/Central Alabama. The first boundary is located near Childersburg to […]

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Gusty Winds Will Soon Be Affecting Parts of West-Central and Central Alabama

Gusty Winds Will Soon Be Affecting Parts of West-Central and Central Alabama

| March 30, 2017 @ 9:19 am

At 912 AM CDT, an interesting pressure feature was moving into western Alabama. This was from previous thunderstorms which since have dissipated.

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Gusty Winds From An Outflow Boundary Approaching Lauderdale, Limestone, Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Morgan & Lawrence Counties

Gusty Winds From An Outflow Boundary Approaching Lauderdale, Limestone, Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Morgan & Lawrence Counties

| March 30, 2017 @ 9:05 am

At 853 AM CDT, an eastward moving outflow boundary from decaying shower activity has resulted in gusty winds across portions of northwest Alabama. As this boundary pushes over the region, winds will increase into the 20 to 30 mph range with a few higher gusts.

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Weather History/Meteorology 101

March 27, 1977:  The Worst Aviation Accident in History

March 27, 1977: The Worst Aviation Accident in History

| March 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

An unbelievable series of events led to the deadliest commercial aviation accident in history on the island of Tenerife on this date in 1977.

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March 27, 1994:  The Goshen United Methodist Church Tornado

March 27, 1994: The Goshen United Methodist Church Tornado

| March 27, 2017 @ 5:48 am

What began as a peaceful Palm Sunday quickly changed to a black day day in Alabama weather history when a powerful tornado ripped through northeast Alabama.

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What Does the Public Want From A Weather Forecast?

What Does the Public Want From A Weather Forecast?

| March 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

In this special guest post, Dr. Chuck Doswell wonders why people keep complaining when weather forecasts aren’t perfect.

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Partner News Stories

On This Day In Alabama History: Mobile Museum Of Art Broke Ground For New Facility

On This Day In Alabama History: Mobile Museum Of Art Broke Ground For New Facility

| March 30, 2017 @ 5:00 am

March 30, 2000 – The Mobile Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums on the Gulf Coast, broke ground for a new facility designed to incorporate the existing museum buildings.

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Walmart To Invest $135m In Alabama Import Distribution Center

Walmart To Invest $135m In Alabama Import Distribution Center

| March 29, 2017 @ 4:03 am

Retail giant Walmart Stores Inc. plans to invest at least $135 million to open a massive import distribution facility in Mobile County, creating 550 jobs and providing a major boost to the Port of Mobile.

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Continental Motors To Build New Alabama Manufacturing Center

Continental Motors To Build New Alabama Manufacturing Center

| March 29, 2017 @ 4:02 am

Continental Motors Group, a global maker of piston aircraft engines, announced plans to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate office at the Mobile Aeroplex as part of a three-year strategic growth plan.

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Weather Headlines

Matthew & Otto: Names You’ll No Longer Hear On Future Hurricane Season Naming Lists

Matthew & Otto: Names You’ll No Longer Hear On Future Hurricane Season Naming Lists

| March 28, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

As of Monday, March 27, 2017, two of those names have been retired from the list of Atlantic storm names… Matthew and Otto. These two names were associated with systems that wreaked havoc through the Caribbean just last year.

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Last Night’s Central Alabama Storm Reports

Last Night’s Central Alabama Storm Reports

| March 27, 2017 @ 11:02 pm

Yesterday’s storms were generally hail producers, but one produced a good bit of wind damage on Birmingham’s East Side.

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Latest On Central Alabama’s Drought Situation: 3/24/2017

Latest On Central Alabama’s Drought Situation: 3/24/2017

| March 24, 2017 @ 5:00 am

Drought conditions improve slightly over the past week, with the latest information from the U.S. Drought Monitor showing that the only part of the area in extreme drought conditions are located in the southern parts of Jefferson County and just very small parts of Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Shelby counties. The rest of Central Alabama are […]

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WeatherBrains: The Weekly Netcast About Weather

WeatherBrains 584:  The Only Stud Muffins On the Show

WeatherBrains 584: The Only Stud Muffins On the Show

| March 29, 2017 @ 5:00 am

Jim Cantore joins the WeatherBrains gang to discuss his career and thoughts on the field of meteorology.

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WeatherBrains 583:  Difference Between Uncertainty and Confusion

WeatherBrains 583: Difference Between Uncertainty and Confusion

| March 21, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

WeatherBrains tackles the issues related to communicating uncertainty when forecasting winter weather even in the Northeast US. It’s always a spirited discussion when Dr. Chuck Doswell joins us.

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WeatherBrains 582:  Some Show with Naked People

WeatherBrains 582: Some Show with Naked People

| March 14, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

Great WeatherBrains this week with tropical expert Dr. Phil Klotzbach and Dakota Smith from the Weather Junkies podcast.

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Other Recent Posts

Respect the Polygon: The Difference Between Storm Based And County Based Warnings

Respect the Polygon: The Difference Between Storm Based And County Based Warnings

| March 30, 2017 @ 8:01 am

It is critical that you have a reliable way of receiving severe weather watches and warnings immediately. Lead times for tornado warnings have increased dramatically since the implementation of Doppler Radar and false alarm rates continue to drop. Prior to 2007, severe weather warnings were only issued for entire counties. In 2007, the National Weather […]

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What To Do If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is Issued for Your Location

What To Do If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is Issued for Your Location

| March 30, 2017 @ 8:00 am

When a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your location, your immediate action can mean the difference between life and death.

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Pretty Nice Out There At Midday & A New Wrinkle Introduced To Thursday’s Severe Threat

Pretty Nice Out There At Midday & A New Wrinkle Introduced To Thursday’s Severe Threat

| March 29, 2017 @ 11:36 am

No worries for today’s weather, but latest model have now added a new wrinkle to the mix that could affect our chances for strong to severe storms.

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Severe Storms Possible Late Tomorrow/Tomorrow Night

Severe Storms Possible Late Tomorrow/Tomorrow Night

| March 29, 2017 @ 6:37 am

We expect a partly sunny sky across the great state of Alabama today with a high in the 81-85 degree range this afternoon. During the peak of the daytime heating, a few isolated showers could form, but the chance of any one spot getting wet is only about one in ten.

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On This Day In Alabama History: Ad That Led To New York Times V. Sullivan Case Ran

On This Day In Alabama History: Ad That Led To New York Times V. Sullivan Case Ran

| March 29, 2017 @ 4:01 am

March 29, 1960 – The full-page, 10-paragraph advertisement described a series of actions against black protestors in Alabama by local law enforcement, some inaccurately.

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Alabama Launchpad Expands Reach With New Regional Competitions

Alabama Launchpad Expands Reach With New Regional Competitions

| March 29, 2017 @ 4:00 am

Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, is looking for communities that want to replicate the statewide competition on a local level.

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Warm and Dry Tomorrow; Storms Return Late Thursday

Warm and Dry Tomorrow; Storms Return Late Thursday

| March 28, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, we have a few widely scattered showers across Central Alabama this afternoon in the moist, unstable environment. Nothing too heavy or widespread.

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Sun & Clouds Out There At Midday Across Central Alabama, Along With A Few Showers

Sun & Clouds Out There At Midday Across Central Alabama, Along With A Few Showers

| March 28, 2017 @ 11:47 am

We have a mix of sun and clouds across Central Alabama at this point, but a very active day is in store out in Texas and Oklahoma.

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Calmer Weather Through Tomorrow

Calmer Weather Through Tomorrow

| March 28, 2017 @ 5:49 am

After an afternoon and evening of strong to severe storms, calmer weather is in store for Central Alabama for today.

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Alabama Legacy Moment: Harper Lee

Alabama Legacy Moment: Harper Lee

| March 28, 2017 @ 5:46 am

Alabama Public Television is producing a series of videos titled “Alabama Legacy Moments” that offer a quick history of the people, places and stories that have defined Alabama.

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On this day in Alabama history: ‘Howlin’ Mad’ Smith Entered Marine Corps

On this day in Alabama history: ‘Howlin’ Mad’ Smith Entered Marine Corps

| March 28, 2017 @ 5:45 am

The ‘father of modern amphibious warfare’ served during both world wars.

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A Quick Look At Central Alabama’s Weather Situation At 1:00AM

A Quick Look At Central Alabama’s Weather Situation At 1:00AM

| March 28, 2017 @ 1:07 am

After a day that featured a very unstable airmass over the area this afternoon and into this evening, an upper low will move to the east during the overnight hours and will push a trough axis into North Alabama.

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Tons of Lightning in North Alabama Storms

Tons of Lightning in North Alabama Storms

| March 27, 2017 @ 11:53 pm

Strong thunderstorms are pushing southward over North Central Alabama late tonight. They have lots of lightning in them.

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Strong Storms Affecting Parts Of Marion and Lamar Counties

Strong Storms Affecting Parts Of Marion and Lamar Counties

| March 27, 2017 @ 11:49 pm

At 1143 PM CDT, strong thunderstorms were along a line extending from New Salem to near Lake Buttahatchee. Movement was southeast at 25 mph. Nickel size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.

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A Strong Storm Affecting Parts Of Tuscaloosa County

A Strong Storm Affecting Parts Of Tuscaloosa County

| March 27, 2017 @ 11:18 pm

At 1116 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over southern Tuscaloosa, moving east at 45 mph. Half inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm.

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Strong Storms Moving Into Parts Of Marion And Winston Counties

Strong Storms Moving Into Parts Of Marion And Winston Counties

| March 27, 2017 @ 10:47 pm

At 1042 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Fairview to 6 miles southeast of Moulton.

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A Quick Check Of Our Weather Situation At 10:20PM

A Quick Check Of Our Weather Situation At 10:20PM

| March 27, 2017 @ 10:17 pm

For much of the Central Alabama area, this have calmed down greatly, but up to the northern part of the state, a line of strong to severe thunderstorms are continuing their march to the southeast.

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Strong Storms Moving Into Jackson County

Strong Storms Moving Into Jackson County

| March 27, 2017 @ 9:50 pm

At 946 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Huntland, or 17 miles southwest of Winchester, moving east at 50 mph. Penny size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Has Expired For Parts Of Lawrence And Limestone Counties

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Has Expired For Parts Of Lawrence And Limestone Counties

| March 27, 2017 @ 9:22 pm

The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the area.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Colbert And Franklin Counties Until 10:00PM

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Continues For Parts Of Colbert And Franklin Counties Until 10:00PM

| March 27, 2017 @ 9:21 pm

At 9:37 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 9 miles southeast of Cherokee, or 10 miles southwest of Tuscumbia, moving southeast at 15 mph.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch #0090 Has Expired For All Alabama Counties

Severe Thunderstorm Watch #0090 Has Expired For All Alabama Counties

| March 27, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

Both the NWS offices in Huntsville and Birmingham are allowing the Severe Thunderstorm Watch to expire at 9:00PM as first issued.

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Strong Storms About To Affect Talladega, Tallapoosa, Coosa & Clay Counties

Strong Storms About To Affect Talladega, Tallapoosa, Coosa & Clay Counties

| March 27, 2017 @ 8:55 pm

At 851 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Logan Martin Lake to Bradford. Movement was northeast at 40 mph. Half inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.

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Strong Storms Approaching Parts Of Calhoun And Etowah Counties

Strong Storms Approaching Parts Of Calhoun And Etowah Counties

| March 27, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

At 842 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Glencoe, or 9 miles south of Hokes Bluff, moving northeast at 50 mph. Dime size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with this storm.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Expired For Parts Of Cherokee County

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Expired For Parts Of Cherokee County

| March 27, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

The severe thunderstorm which prompted the warning has weakened.

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