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You Have Got to See THIS ! !

| 9:42 am October 31, 2015

I ran across this completely by accident, and I am so glad I did. I know it is NOT about weather, but it is about something we all should have – a caring spirit. I am so glad that I’m going to share this with the family even without any connection to weather. Watch the whole thing. This epitomizes the spirit of the South I know and love. Special thanks to Auburn for displaying the kind of caring we all need to share for others.

Catching the Eye of the Tiger


More Good News from Our Friends at the Alabama NewsCenter

| 12:20 pm October 30, 2015

From monster makeup to Magic City Classic, here are some of our favorite stories from the past week from our partners at Alabama NewsCenter.

Alabama has nation’s second-highest gains in graduating students – Here are key markers which contributed to the state’s education success.

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Football preview: Bulldogs, Hornets battle in Magic City Classic; Auburn welcomes Ole Miss – A look at all of the Alabama college and select high school games this week.

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Legion Field ready to host another Magic City Classic – “Old Gray Lady” stirs to life for annual matchup.

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Can’t Miss Alabama: Special Halloween edition – Have a safe and Happy Halloween

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A new USS Mobile? Mayor hopes to get Port City’s name on Austal-made ship – Littoral combat ships are built at plant in Port of Mobile.

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Mikia Carter: Overcoming breast cancer through faith – “Don’t take your diagnosis as a death sentence. Take it as a new look upon life – just know you’re going to be fine.”

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Before breast cancer treatment, 31-year-old preserves hope to have a child – With a cancer treatment looming, Jessica Sparks decided to harvest and freeze her eggs to keep her dream of building a family alive.

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Andrea Taylor brings a change of pace to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – New CEO opens up about what got her to the Magic City and what keeps her centered here.

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Helping Horses Alabama takes animals from need to steed – Equine rescue aims to restore broken and take in homeless.

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Montgomery monster makeup master makes movie masks and more – Zombies, aliens and gore are part of Alabama artist’s repertoire.

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Microsoft names Birmingham’s Kulture City a partner – Autism nonprofit one of 10 that are part of Windows 10 Upgrade Your World Initiative.

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Etheridge family taps into parental values to fuel success with multiple businesses – Here’s how one father seeded success for generations to come.

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100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before you Die: Klingler’s Black Forest Torte – Can you stop after just one bite?

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Making syrup and changing lives in Opp, Alabama – Crossover Ministry finds parallels between cooking sugar cane and cleansing souls.

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Celebrity chef Gina Neely to share recipe, meet fans at Magic City Classic Expo – After her own weight loss, Neely advocates increasing the amount of fish and seafood in family meals.

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Alabama Bright Lights: Black Belt Treasures in Camden is a portal into region’s art and culture – Products sold in shop support artists throughout the Black Belt.

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Cardboard City aims to unbox plight of the homeless in Mobile – Annual event raises money for those in need.

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A look inside Mobile’s Cardboard City – Young and old slept in boxes to raise awareness of homelessness.

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President Warren G. Harding’s Birmingham civil rights speech: bold then, forgotten today – “Whether you like it or not, our democracy is a lie unless you stand for that equality.” President Warren G. Harding

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Alabama ZIP codes among ‘America’s Most Haunted’ – One in the Mobile area may have as many as 69 homes – one in every 89 – that could be haunted.

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Montgomery September home sales up 16 percent over same month last year – Year-to-date sales through September are up 15 percent from the first nine months of 2014.

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Huntsville/Madison County year-to-date residential sales up 17 percent over last year – Median home prices were mostly flat in September.

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Wiregrass September year-to-date home sales up 27 percent from last year – Here’s a look at what’s behind the bump in sales.

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Lake Martin ‘Waterfront’ Real Estate: Year-to-date September sales up 23 percent over last year


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Shoals Area year-to-date residential sales up 16 percent from 2014 – Housing inventories down 9.1 percent from September 2014.

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Morgan County September residential sales up 10 percent over same month last year – Year-to-date sales through September are up 23.5 percent from 2014.

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Calhoun County year-to-date sales in September up 14 percent over last year – Median home sales prices in September were down slightly from the same month in 2014.

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UAB researchers making shrimp not so shrimpy – They’re finding a way to grow bigger, better shrimp that could lead to breakthroughs in feeding the world.

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Alabama Classic Foundation kicks off Magic City Classic weekend with fundraiser for students – Partners with Schaeffer Eye Center to host second annual charity golf tournament

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Lawson State celebrates 65 years with silent auction, reception – Event marks milestone while raising money for community college’s future.

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Birmingham area high school students perform life sciences and engineering experiments in Southern Research labs



Birmingham students’ refrigerator art could land them an actual refrigerator – Twenty-one schools sent artwork to Alabama Power



Student artists celebrated by Alabama Power – Receiving awards and affirming purpose. Students are encouraged to continue to share their gift with the world.


Pictorial Review of Recent Weather

| 12:18 pm October 30, 2015

As I was casually scrolling through my twitter feed yesterday, I became clearly aware of the number of people who were tweeting images that had some relationship to weather. So I thought I would put together just a few of those images. Let me be clear that I have not asked permission of any of these people to use their images. I have, however, in an attempt to provide the proper credit, noted the source of the image based on the name in the Twitter message. Each image is annotated with a description and location as well as the tweeter’s name.











I sincerely hope that you found this pictorial review of current and recent weather worthwhile.


Good News From Our Friends at the Alabama News Center

| 1:45 pm October 19, 2015

A major economic development announcement, an Alabama film’s national premiere and the opening of a new hospital area among our favorite stories this past week from Alabama NewsCenter.

Yorozu Automotive to build $100 million plant, create 300 jobs in Jasper.  Global auto supplier chooses 50-acre site in Jasper Industrial Park.

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Football preview: Wait and see for Auburn QB; Bama travels to ‘Aggieland’.  All of the college games and select high school football games being played in Alabama this week.

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‘Woodlawn’ movie’s Birmingham premiere will have special guests in audience.  Author of book that inspired the movie will also attend red carpet event at Patton Creek.

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Can’t Miss Alabama: Spend a night at the movies, enjoy a concert or participate in other family-friendly entertainment.  Here’s a quick guide to help plan your weekend entertainment.

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From patience to patients, Grandview Medical Center finally a reality.  Modern hospital opens to the public Saturday.

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Cancer can hear them ROAR.  Birmingham women are making a difference in cancer research at UAB.

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A breast cancer survivor before age 30: ‘Genetic testing saved my life’.  Tiffany Brown’s family history made her especially vigilant about her risk of developing breast cancer.

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Survivor Stories: Karen Jones relied on support system in breast cancer fight.  Stories told in the words of breast cancer survivors.

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Marcell Dareus provides his own cheering section to see Buffalo Bills defeat Tennessee Titans.  Former Crimson Tide star pays for 400 people from Birmingham to attend his NFL game in Nashville.

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Mobile rebranded: ‘Born to Celebrate’ aims to boost tourism, amp up Alabama fun.  New slogan pays homage to Azalea City’s “spirited, soulful sense of hospitality.”

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Alabama Wildlife’s new NaturePlex all about hands-on learning.  Nature is the focus of the new $6 million center.

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Alabama’s Roland Cooper State Park and Millers Ferry Reservoir as seen from a canoe. Precursor to Southeastern Outdoors Press Association meeting features eagles, egrets and good eating.



Holding onto hope in the face of adversity in Syria. One family’s story provides a simple reminder of the privilege of true freedom.

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Survey: Hiring, boosted wages expected into 2016 for Alabama business owners. Twenty percent of state businesses plan to add full-time staff in the coming months.

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Alabama Power CEO tells students to “be prepared to turn left” in their careers. “Strategic Leadership Through the Eyes of the C-Suite” program hosts business leaders.

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Alabamians among the pilgrims who traveled to see Pope Francis during first U.S. visit. “The Mass and the experience filled you with hope and with peace.” Sally Springrose, Birmingham area resident.

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Bicycle parade to mark rollout of Birmingham’s Zyp public bikeshare system. See what important distinction this system holds.

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Birmingham’s Zyp bikeshare program is up and rolling. Kiosks, solar energy and pedal assist bikes make Birmingham program unique.

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Classic car club collects for charity. Camp Smile-A-Mile benefits from motorists’ passions.

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Alabama’s Lake Homes Realty talks Texas expansion. Lone Star State is seventh in growing footprint for real estate company.

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Tuscaloosa September home sales up 16 percent from 2014. Year-to-date sales through September are up 10.2 percent from 2014.

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Jaylen Callins: Recognizing an artistic calling at a young age. This is what happens when art becomes more than just a hobby.

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Alabama Bright Lights: Changing lives in the Wiregrass. Tami Culver uses Dothan Education Foundation as a bridge in the community.

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100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die: Crawmama’s crawfish. Secret seasonings and a steel kettle make for mouthwatering mudbugs in Guntersville.

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Students enter a world of work and fun. “Students have the chance to see what a future career could look like.” Mark Crews, Alabama Power Western Division.

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More Good News from our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter

| 11:03 am October 9, 2015

From superheroes to hot-air balloons and “swiftnadoes,” something was in the air at Alabama NewsCenter this past week.  These are some of our favorite good news stories from across our state:

Recent Alabama happenings include girls scoring touchdowns, Alabama producers making waves on Broadway, fast go-karts, festivals and lots of opportunities for fun!

Football preview: Saban says cancel the hearse as Alabama welcomes Razorbacks to Bryant-Denny – Alabama NewsCenter looks at select college and high school games in the state this week.



Can’t Miss Alabama: Enjoy your pick of reading activities to motorcycle shows – Make your fall weekend complete by choosing one of our picks.

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Capes, crowns and courage: Books-A-Million brings Superhero Month to Children’s of Alabama – Heavy doses of smiles and excitement at kickoff of month-long celebration.



Holy squeegee, Batman! Superhero window-washers delight at Children’s hospital – Wall-crawling heroes part of monthlong event.



Go-karts that go fast: Autobahn brings indoor racing to Bessemer – Company claims largest indoor cart facility in Alabama.



Alabama girl scores a touchdown in middle school football game – Pleasant Grove seventh-grader takes home game ball for accomplishment.



Girls on the Run: Alabama women leaders answer, ‘What would you do if you were not afraid to fail?’ – Women Who Inspire and “The Empowerment Project” events set for this week in Birmingham.



Hot-air balloons provide different view from above Railroad Park – Perspective reveals how much park has become a catalyst for growth.



100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die: Heaton Pecan Farm’s pecan pie – Pecans are everywhere at this popular Clanton travel stop, but the pie takes the cake.



Alabama Bright Lights: Andrew Freear continues the legacy of Sambo Mockbee and the Rural Studio in Alabama’s Black Belt – “The initial sketch is always an emotion, not a concept.”



Producers of ‘Dames at Sea’ navigated from Birmingham to Broadway – Tony winners Martin Platt and Louise Beard helm unlikely revival in the Big Apple.



Alabama Power launches Small Business Solutions – “Small businesses are the heart and soul of Alabama’s economy,” Tony Smoke, vice president of Marketing, Alabama Power



Airbus sponsorship brings private support for Mobile’s Riverside Ice to $80,000 – Downtown ice skating project coming to Port City in November.



UAB study to help Black Belt residents improve health, longevity – Efforts will focus on high blood pressure among people in nation’s poorest counties.




Return of the shrimp – Alabama to host the Annual National Shrimp Festival.



This party has a purpose – Event designed to address needs of west Birmingham communities.



Fiesta brightens a rainy day in downtown Birmingham at Linn Park – Celebration shares culture of 20 Latin American countries through art, dance, music and food.



Korean logistics company LogisAll to open Alabama facility – This multimillion dollar investment translates into new jobs for the region.



Still time to catch the ‘swiftnado’ – Swiftnado alert!  No, you don’t have to seek immediate shelter.  But, if you are in the Birmingham area and want to witness summer’s swirling, twilight-hour aerial dance of thousands of tiny chimney swifts over the city, time’s running out.



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.