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Joaquin Passing NW of Bermuda

| 8:10 pm October 4, 2015

It’s been a cloudy, rainy, and rather blustery day for the people in Bermuda. Hurricane Joaquin, though diminishing some in strength, has been traveling northward just to the west of Bermuda. It appears from the Bermuda Weather Service radar that the center of Joaquin passed just west of the island nation with the eastern edge of the eye wall only 80 kilometers west of the radar site. The latest radar image is shown below and indicated that Joaquin was west-northwest of the island and moving away.


According to weather observations taken at the L. F. Wade International Airport, the highest sustained wind was from the south at 46 mph with a gust to 64 mph. The barometric pressure was reported to be at 29.25 inches which is the lowest value reported so far today.

I’m afraid all this interest in the hurricane focused on Bermuda has piqued my travel interests to visit that island – after they recover.


South Carolina Flooding

| 11:56 am October 4, 2015

Twitter and Facebook are filled with pictures of the flooding which is going on in South Carolina this morning. Once again the NWS offices in South Carolina have prepared a map of that state from actual rainfall observations received through 7 am today.


The area shown in red up to purple represents rainfall values for the previous 96 hours of 10 inches plus and runs roughly from Columbia southeastward to the coast just northeast of Charleston. And unfortunately the rain continues to fall!


This is the image from the Columbia, SC, NWS radar taken at 11:38 am and rain runs in a wide band from Columbia slightly south of east to Myrtle Beach. Motion of these echoes was toward the west. So the flooding problems for South Carolina are just going to get worse. And keep in mind, while the initial flooding problems are coming from what I would term flash flooding, the problem is going to last for days and days because all of this water has got to go into the larger rivers which will create additional flooding problems for some time to come.


A Look at Rain in SC

| 8:44 am October 3, 2015

I know that South Carolina is a long way off, but weather enthusiasts are focused on that area because of what is likely to become a rain event of historic proportion. The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Greenville/Spartanburg working with other NWS offices in Columbia, Charleston, and Wilmington, prepared the graphic below. This graphic is based on actual rainfall reports and showed a rather large swath of 3 to 6 inch amounts over the eastern half of South Carolina. Unfortunately, the rain is going to keep on going much like that persistent pink bunny that represents Energizer batteries.



More Good News from Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter

| 12:35 pm October 2, 2015

Our partners at Alabama NewsCenter had a busy week reporting on the good news of the state.  Here are some of our favorite stories from the past few days.

Football preview: No. 13 Alabama painted into a crimson corner, facing No. 8 Georgia Saturday in Athens – Complete college and select high school games from across Alabama



Can’t Miss Alabama: Fiesta, reggae music and a food festival like none other – See this week’s top choices for entertainment – and good food – across Alabama.

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Alabama firefighters answer long-distance call – Battle underway to contain deadly drought-fueled blazes.



Sending help for Hurricane Joaquin – Alabama Power employees head to Virginia to “pay it forward” for storm restoration assistance.


Update:  Joaquin heads into the Atlantic – crews to stay in Alabama – The deployment to Virginia has been called off.



Prestigious Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors 2015 includes UAB cancer specialists – “We know that our physicians are some of the best in the world, but now the world knows.” Edward Partridge, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center



Mobile’s Infirmary Health wins national Pink Glove Dance competition – Video to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” benefits American Cancer Society.



Children’s of Alabama doctor says this is the truth about vaccines: They are safe, and they save lives – An in-depth look at where we are today, through the eyes of a pediatrics expert.



Tapping Out childhood cancer – “I just wanted to do something. I wanted to give back.” Alex Swader, Dancers Fighting Cancer



Birmingham actress Anna Grace Barlow goes from Red Mountain Theatre to primetime TV – ‘Scream Queens’ role is taking her young career to a new level.



Magic City mythology helps make ‘Big Fish’ an inspiring tall tale – Author Daniel Wallace comes back to Birmingham for opening night at Red Mountain Theatre Company.



Alabama Innovation Fund awards $4.5 million for promising research – It’s a financial boost which could generate new ventures – and jobs.



Andrew Yang: Venture for America aims to show world what’s possible in Birmingham – Birmingham is the latest city to win program’s distinction as a growth city.



Worlds of Opportunity provides look into future for Southwest Alabama students – Career fair exposes eighth-graders to options.



Southern Research chosen for major solar project – See how innovation is driving improvements in efficiency.



AIDT’s Alabama Workforce Training Center up and running in Birmingham – The “service center for workforce development” aims to prepare students for careers in construction, manufacturing and entertainment.



Deontay Wilder defeats French challenger Johann Duhaupas with 11th round TKO – Nearly 8,500 and a national television audience saw Alabama native defend his title.



Deontay Wilder is giving ‘my full attention’ to challenger Johann Duhaupas as second title defense nears – Challenger is 32-2 with 20 knockouts



ALABAMA BRIGHT LIGHTS: Helping to warm hearts of visitors and residents in Dothan – Mit Kirkland’s dedication to this Alabama Wiregrass town is making a difference.



Breakin’ Bread for a good cause – When local chefs unite, great things happen.



Reading (and eating) between the wines – Emmet O’Neal Library benefits from vino event.



100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die: All Steak orange rolls – Here’s how this mouth-watering side dish was created at one Alabama restaurant.



Anchors aweigh: GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico now open in Mobile – Mobile attraction is projected to draw 300,000 visitors annually.



Tom Joyner meets fans, entertains crowd – “It’s my passion. I love what I do.” Tom Joyner, host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show



Fall into savings with these five energy-saving tips – Autumn’s arrival means chillier temperatures will soon follow.



Are ash ponds headed to the dustbin of history? – New environmental guidelines will likely force more expense in the costs to generate power.




Good News from our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter

| 12:22 pm September 25, 2015

There was plenty of good news in and about Alabama this past week from our partners at Alabama NewsCenter.

Can’t Miss Alabama: Enjoy the first fruits from the fall harvest with boxing, festivals and more – Kick off the new season with one of these events listed in the Alabama NewsCenter weekend guide.

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Football preview: Changes afoot on The Plains as Auburn prepares to host Mississippi State – A look at the college and top high school match ups in Alabama this weekend.

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Birmingham rolling out the welcome mat for World Cup champion U.S. women – Local students volunteer their time to spruce up an historic Magic City venue.



Southeast record crowd revels in U.S. women’s 8-0 victory over Haiti – Nearly 36,000 gathered at Legion Field to see world champion team.



Alabama Road Trips: Irondale, Hanceville and Cullman – pilgrimage for the soul – Beautiful sites and good food highlight this week’s edition.

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100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die: Tortugas’ Chicago-style stuffed pizza – The real story of how this monster dish originated shows the secret is not just in the sauce!



Bringing the taste of the Middle East to the Magic City – Annual food festival delivers excellence every time.



The determination of Timothy Alexander is beating more than just the odds – No obstacle has been too great for UAB star.



Graduating means self-sufficiency at this remarkable Alabama school – Horizons School teaches those with learning disabilities how to live independently.



Heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder is city’s cornerman, telling story of Birmingham today – “We’re making history all over.” – Deontay Wilder



ALABAMA BRIGHT LIGHTS: Deontay Wilder champions two causes – Boxing champ pours his fierce passion equally into fighting world-class boxers, and his daughter’s spina bifida.



Mercedes-Benz unveils more details of its SUV production expansion – “With this expansion, we will create 300 new jobs and continue the success story.” Jason Hoff, President and CEO MBUSI



Carnival is set to sail again from the Alabama Cruise Terminal – “It’s the Fourth of July, Christmas and Super Bowl Sunday all in one day.” Al Hutchinson, Mobile Area Convention and Visitors Bureau president



Prism’s Mobile expansion would add 16 R&D jobs, pave way for more growth – Engineering and software development firm also considering Los Angeles, Shanghai for project.



Sojourn to the Past – This nationally recognized program brings history lessons to life.



Trucks by the Tracks drew an estimated 15,000 visitors – More than 30 trucks and carts served food and treats in fourth year of food truck festival.



Roanoke’s Outdoor Education Center sign of community innovation, vision – “Students were so enthusiastic – just seeing their faces and how excited they were to explain what they’d learned to visitors and the community.” — Gregory Foster



Palmer tours Regions to see cyber security measures – Congressman impressed how banks are combatting computer attacks.



How much should an elephant weigh?  There is no Body Mass Index for large creatures. So how do you know if one is too big, or just “regular big?”



Eva Frontier Days – Fun festival swells the population of this tiny north Alabama town.



More Good News from Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter

| 11:14 am September 11, 2015

Here are some of our favorite stories from our partners at Alabama NewsCenter from this past week.

It’s No. 6 vs. No. 6 as Auburn hosts Jacksonville State at Jordan Hare Stadium – Auburn and Alabama return to home stadiums after opening season at neutral sites.


Committee OKs park, plaza next to Powell Avenue Steam Plant – Stone walls, fountains, extensive landscaping and food truck parking among elements of future park and plaza.


Airbus already producing planes in advance of Alabama grand opening – Company’s first U.S. final assembly line set to celebrate opening with events starting this weekend.


New Birmingham Civil Rights Institute leader wants to bring youth, technology to center – Andrea Taylor introduced as president and CEO.


Can’t Miss Alabama: Barbecue, beer, baseball, beauty pageant and “Big Fish” on tap this weekend – From Birmingham to Possum Bend, multiple events are scheduled in the state.


UAVs used to reach dangerous, difficult locations – Alabama Power is testing a new generation of aerial tools.


Cyclist’s death inspires hundreds to ride in his memory – A Birmingham cyclists tragic death inspires others to join in for a ride to remember.


Tourney tees up higher education for public housing students – George Pegues Memorial Golf Tournament helps move public housing, Section 8 residents to the next level


Alabama Bright Lights – The Harris family makes lemonade (and rainbows) out of lemons – Brain cancer claimed their husband and father, but wife and daughters turned attention to helping others.

Alabama Road Trips: Huntsville – To the Moon and Back by Dinner – All signs point north for an abundance of natural wonders!

100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die: Archibald’s – “Just roll your windows down and you’ll smell the smoke.”


Cooking wild game to benefit Alabama wildlife conservation – Statewide competition underway through October.



Eating your way to better health – Burlesons follow the only proven path to weight loss.


Doing business with the other booming South – Alabama industrial recruiters will soon be selling the state in southern Africa.


Legacy of Innovation Drives Southern Research – Solving big problems in medicine, materials and energy.


The reign of the Royals – Wakeboard wonders Tyler and Hannah Royal draw energy and inspiration from Lake Jordan.


Feeding Alabama – The Bay Area Food Bank provides food to fill the needs of three states.