Alabama's Weather

Much Cooler By The Weekend

Much Cooler By The Weekend

| February 23, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

WARM LATE WINTER DAY: Temperatures are in the 70s across most of Alabama this afternoon with a partly sunny sky. No rain on radar, and we stay warm and dry tomorrow. Some places will be flirting with 80 degrees tomorrow afternoon, and there is a good chance we will see a number of new record […]

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Midday Nowcast: Some Sun, Spring-Like Warmth

Midday Nowcast: Some Sun, Spring-Like Warmth

| February 23, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

After the foggy and cloudy start to our day for many of us, the sky has cleared some, but we are still dealing with clouds and we are seeing plenty of peeks of sunshine. Through the afternoon, we should end up seeing a fair amount of sunshine as we should see more of the clouds […]

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Near Record Warmth Today; Cooler This Weekend

Near Record Warmth Today; Cooler This Weekend

| February 23, 2017 @ 10:08 am

FEBRUARY WARMTH: Today will be a warm, dry late winter day across the great state of Alabama. With a partly sunny sky, we project a high in the mid to upper 70s this afternoon, well above the average high of 61. We will be very close to 80 degrees tomorrow; a good chance we break […]

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Severe Weather

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Thursday’s Topic – Lightning Is Frightening

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Thursday’s Topic – Lightning Is Frightening

| February 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am

We are no stranger to lightning in Central Alabama, especially during the summer months with the daily pop-up thunderstorms we usually get. June, July, and August are the peak months for lightning in our area, but as you know, thunderstorms happen throughout the year. There are over 20 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the United […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Wednesday’s Topic – Tornadoes

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Wednesday’s Topic – Tornadoes

| February 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Living in Central Alabama, you really need no introduction to tornadoes. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air usually descending from thunderstorms that makes contact with the ground. Wind speeds with a tornado can be as week as 65 MPH, but can reach upwards of 200 MPH and beyond. The fastest wind speed […]

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Did You Hear This Morning’s Practice Tornado Warning?

Did You Hear This Morning’s Practice Tornado Warning?

| February 22, 2017 @ 9:04 am

The National Weather Service has issued a practice tornado warning for Central Alabama. Now is a good time to think about what you would do if it were a real warning.

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Partner News Stories

Publix Opens Alabama Distribution Center, Creates 300 Jobs

Publix Opens Alabama Distribution Center, Creates 300 Jobs

| February 23, 2017 @ 3:10 pm

By Michael Tomberlin Publix Super Markets held the grand opening for its Alabama distribution center today with plans to have 300 workers there by year’s end. The first truck left the facility at midnight, the first of many Publix tractor trailers that will now make Alabama roads a regular part of their route. The distribution […]

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Take Action: Walk This Way To Stay On Your Feet, Dr. Josh Says

Take Action: Walk This Way To Stay On Your Feet, Dr. Josh Says

| February 23, 2017 @ 4:05 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff Every journey begins with a single, often small, step. But the challenge for many is getting started. Dr. Josh Klapow wants to help you take that first step toward positive change in your life. The clinical psychologist and associate professor of public health at UAB is featured in our weekly multimedia […]

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On This Day In Alabama History: Legislature Established Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station

On This Day In Alabama History: Legislature Established Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station

| February 23, 2017 @ 4:01 am

By Graydon RustAlabama 200 February 23, 1883 A legislative act established the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) to conduct scientific research related to the state’s agricultural industry. Focused on finding ways to improve cotton production, the AAES in 1886 initiated the nation’s first experiment to show the benefit of rotating cotton with other crops. Now […]

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Weather History/Meteorology 101

Today In Weather History (2/23/1975): The Scottish Inn Tornado

Today In Weather History (2/23/1975): The Scottish Inn Tornado

| February 23, 2017 @ 3:14 pm

The tornado that struck Tuscaloosa on February 23, 1975 just before 3 p.m. CST was not only the strongest tornado that struck the State of Alabama that year, it was the deadliest. Weather maps that Sunday morning showed a low pressure system over North Central Mississippi. The low was not very strong. At 6 a.m. […]

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2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

| February 21, 2017 @ 6:05 am

The morning of Sunday, February 21, 1971 was a sleepy one across the Delta of Mississippi, a flat expanse of fertile soil. It was warm and humid, with temperatures in the middle 60s and dewpoints around 60 degrees. Radio reports told of a crippling snowstorm affecting Texas. On the weather maps that morning, a surface […]

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The Enigma Outbreak: On This Date in 1884

The Enigma Outbreak: On This Date in 1884

| February 19, 2017 @ 9:01 am

The U.S. Army Signal Corps was in charge of collecting weather observations and producing storm warnings in 1884. The weather map from the morning of Tuesday, February 19th that year showed low pressure over northern Illinois. Temperatures over the lower Mississippi Valley were in the 60s that morning. From North Alabama into North Carolina, temperatures […]

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Spacey Stuff

Venus Is Actually Getting Closer To The Earth

Venus Is Actually Getting Closer To The Earth

| February 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am

A WeatherBrains listener had a great question: “Venus is so bright tonight it looks closer. I know we’re nearing the end of the Venus viewing time in the evening sky, is it getting closer?” Venus is getting closer and will continue to do so until the end of March. Each night this week Venus will […]

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2/16/17: Spot the Station Over Central Alabama Tonight!

2/16/17: Spot the Station Over Central Alabama Tonight!

| February 16, 2017 @ 9:21 am

The International Space Station will be making a pass through the sky over Alabama this evening and it will give you a great chance to see it! It will be visible to the naked eye and will look like a fast moving plane, only hundreds of miles higher and moving thousands of miles an hour […]

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Tony Rice Joins the AlabamaWX Team!

Tony Rice Joins the AlabamaWX Team!

| February 15, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

You may have noticed the first entry in our new Spacey Stuff Category earlier this week by new AlabamaWX Contributor Tony Rice. If you haven’t, make sure to check it out. Tony grew up in Southern California in the path of space shuttle orbiters landing at Edwards Air Force Base and has been looking up […]

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WeatherBrains Podcast

WeatherBrains 579: See How the Sausage is Made

WeatherBrains 579: See How the Sausage is Made

| February 21, 2017 @ 10:18 am

WeatherBrains Episode 579 is now online (February 20, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Tonight we take on the topic of the upcoming 2017 National Weather Association (NWA) annual meeting which will be held in Garden Grove, CA, from September 16-21, 2017. You can find all […]

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WeatherBrains 578: Hair Sticks to My Lip Gloss

WeatherBrains 578: Hair Sticks to My Lip Gloss

| February 15, 2017 @ 7:53 am

WeatherBrains Episode 578 is now online (February 13, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Joining us as the Guest WeatherBrain for this show is W. H. Maya, Assistant Editor at Smithsonian.com. She discussed her grandfather’s role in the NIMBUS weather satellite program. The NIMBUS satellite was […]

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The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded:  Tonight on WeatherBrains

The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded: Tonight on WeatherBrains

| February 12, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Smithsonian Magazine Assistant Web Editor Maya Wei-Haas only knew her grandfather as being retired. but when her grandmother died a few years ago, he came out of his shell. And had a fascinating story to tell. Maya learned that he was the manager of the NIMBUS weather satellite program in the 1960s. And in the […]

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Other Recent Posts

University Of Alabama Students Dance 12 Straight Hours To Raise Money For Children’s Hospital

University Of Alabama Students Dance 12 Straight Hours To Raise Money For Children’s Hospital

| February 23, 2017 @ 4:00 am

By Morgan McKinney Spirits were high as students on the University of Alabama campus danced for 12 straight hours at a Feb. 11 Dance Marathon to raise awareness and money for Children’s of Alabama. Between the flashing lights and nonstop dancing, an underlying energy kept students standing – they did it “for the kids.” “The passion of […]

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Fog in  the West, Low Clouds Overnight; Perfection by Thursday Afternoon; Records to Fall Friday

Fog in the West, Low Clouds Overnight; Perfection by Thursday Afternoon; Records to Fall Friday

| February 22, 2017 @ 10:58 pm

A shallow moist airmass covers Alabama tonight. Dewpoints are in the upper 50s. Temperatures have fallen to around 60F, so fog is a definitely posisbility in areas where skies are clear and winds have gone calm. The visibility at Columbus MS is down to 3/4 of a mile. Gadsden is down to 2 miles. Low […]

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Warm Tomorrow/Friday; Much Cooler By Saturday

Warm Tomorrow/Friday; Much Cooler By Saturday

| February 22, 2017 @ 3:03 pm

RADAR CHECK: A few small, isolated showers have formed across North/Central Alabama this afternoon… moving to the northwest. They will fizzle soon after sunset. Otherwise, the sky features more clouds than sun across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures in the 67-70 degree range. TOMORROW/FRIDAY: The weather will be warm for late February on both days […]

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Clouds Are Hanging Tough At Midday Across Central Alabama

Clouds Are Hanging Tough At Midday Across Central Alabama

| February 22, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

At this “later than midday hour” across Central Alabama, rainfall has pretty much come to an end for most of the area. The only exceptions would be for a few showers over parts of our east and southeastern counties. Otherwise, the rest of the area is generally cloudy, but there are some breaks in those […]

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Clouds Linger Today; Some Light Rain/Drizzle

Clouds Linger Today; Some Light Rain/Drizzle

| February 22, 2017 @ 9:15 am

RADAR CHECK: Early this morning the bulk of the rain on radar was south and east of Birmingham… Clouds still blanket all of Alabama, and there is some patchy drizzle over the northern half of the state. The upper low responsible for the widespread rain yesterday is moving southeast, toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico, […]

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We’re Listening:  Improvements to the New AlabamaWx Just For You!

We’re Listening: Improvements to the New AlabamaWx Just For You!

| February 22, 2017 @ 5:00 am

Thanks to all you loyal readers of the blog that have been with us for well over a decade. We appreciate you very much. You are the reason we do this day in and day out. We have worked very hard to refine the desktop experience and make the weather content very accessible, while organizing […]

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2016 Green Progress Report Lauds Alabama Power Initiatives

2016 Green Progress Report Lauds Alabama Power Initiatives

| February 22, 2017 @ 4:05 am

By Michael Sznajderman Several Alabama Power projects and initiatives are among those listed in a nonprofit organization’s annual report of positive, “green” developments in the state. The 2016 Green Progress Report, compiled by the nonprofit Green Resource Center for Alabama (GRCA), recounts an array of “success stories” from the past year that are helping make […]

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UAB To Bring Proton Therapy For Advanced Cancer Treatment To Birmingham

UAB To Bring Proton Therapy For Advanced Cancer Treatment To Birmingham

| February 22, 2017 @ 4:01 am

By Bob Shepard The University of Alabama at Birmingham will partner with Proton International to bring proton therapy, one of the most technically advanced forms of cancer-killing radiation, to Alabama. Proton therapy delivers a more precise dose of radiation to a tumor and can avoid damage to healthy surrounding tissue better than conventional X-ray radiation. […]

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On This Day In Alabama History: Auburn And Alabama Play Football For First Time

On This Day In Alabama History: Auburn And Alabama Play Football For First Time

| February 22, 2017 @ 4:00 am

By Graydon Rust Alabama 200 February 22, 1893 The University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams played for the first time in Birmingham’s Lakeview Park before a crowd of 5,000. The matchup, which Auburn won 32-22, occurred only a year after both schools fielded teams for the first time and kicked off an annual […]

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