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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Monday’s Topic – Severe Thunderstorms

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Monday’s Topic – Severe Thunderstorms

| February 20, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

Thunderstorms are a familiar occurrence in Alabama. In Birmingham, we average 57 thunderstorm days a year. Mobile averages 79 thunderstorm days. Many find storms to be interesting and even thrilling, but they are dangerous creatures that deserve our respect. By definition, thunderstorms contain lightning, the underrated killer. Thunderstorms also produce damaging winds, hail, flooding and […]

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This Week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

This Week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

Governor Robert Bentley has declared February 19-24th, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The National Weather Service, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and other supporting organizations are asking for all our help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of Alabama survive […]

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Do You Have a Severe Weather Safety Plan?

Do You Have a Severe Weather Safety Plan?

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and all week long we will be talking about severe weather that affects our state and how you can prepare for it. Severe weather is a very real possibility any time of the year across Central Alabama. When severe weather threatens, stack the odds in your favor […]

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Understand the Difference Between Watches and Warnings

Understand the Difference Between Watches and Warnings

| February 19, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

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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Storms, Some Hail Over Northwest Alabama

Storms, Some Hail Over Northwest Alabama

| February 7, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

Heavy thunderstorms are over parts of Marion, Winston, Fayette and Lamar Counties at this hour. A good bit of lightning and very heavy rain is occurring. There are indications of decent size hail as well. Hail was reported a short time ago in Columbus MS from a storm that is moving into Lamar County. This […]

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An 8:30 a.m. Update on the Alabama Severe Weather Situation

An 8:30 a.m. Update on the Alabama Severe Weather Situation

| February 7, 2017 @ 8:39 am

There is a threat of severe weather across all of the state of Alabama today as strengthening low pressure lifts into the Great Lakes. That low is moving into Illinois this morning, with a cold front trailing through Oklahoma to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. In the upper atmosphere, a strong shortwave trough or upper level […]

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Focusing on This Week’s Severe Weather Threat

Focusing on This Week’s Severe Weather Threat

| February 5, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

We continue to monitor the threat of severe weather for Tuesday and Wednesday here in our Alabama. There are mixed signals about whether this will be a significant event or not. Showers and storms that form Monday night to the west of us will be edging toward Alabama Tuesday morning, reaching the northwest corner of […]

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Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook Categories Explained

Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook Categories Explained

| February 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

We have a severe weather threat coming this week, so I thought it would be a great time to review the Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook categories: The Storm Prediction Center issues convective outlooks that depict non-severe thunderstorm areas and severe thunderstorm threats across the contiguous United States. Then the SPC breaks down these […]

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Strong Storm Approaching Prattville, Millbrook and Wetumpka

Strong Storm Approaching Prattville, Millbrook and Wetumpka

| January 25, 2017 @ 11:31 pm

A strong storm has formed near Selma tonight, with heavy rain and lightning. It also contains gusty winds. Those winds could reach 30-40 mph. Winds at about 3500 feet are blowing at 45-55 knots, which is over 50 mph to near 65 mph. It is moving east northeast and will pass near Autaugaville, Prattville, Millbrook […]

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Updated: NWS Birmingham Damage Surveys From This Past Weekend’s Storms

Updated: NWS Birmingham Damage Surveys From This Past Weekend’s Storms

| January 24, 2017 @ 2:15 pm

This blog post will be updated as more survey results come in and are added to the public information statements… As of 12:03 AM Wednesday, January 25th, here is the latest information from the National Weather Service in Birmingham on the ongoing surveys of storm damage on the storm system that hit Central Alabama from […]

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Hurry!  Go Check Your Barometer!

Hurry! Go Check Your Barometer!

| January 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

After a cold Saturday and Saturday night that never saw the mercury go above freezing for much of the area, the ol’ thermometer is making slow but steady progress today. At the surface, the big blob of high pressure (top left panel) extends from a center over western Kentucky down into Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. […]

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Severe Weather Threat Over For Alabama; Wind and Showers Now the Story

Severe Weather Threat Over For Alabama; Wind and Showers Now the Story

| January 22, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

Barometers are on the rise and dewpoints are plummeting across Alabama as a compact and powerful low pressure moves northeast out of East Central Alabama. The barometer at the center of the low is measuring an eye-popping 29.12 inches or so. The barometer at Birmingham dropped to a near record 29.25 inches. The rain shield […]

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