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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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The Tornado that Birthed a National Weather Service Office

The Tornado that Birthed a National Weather Service Office

| February 16, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Just before dawn on Thursday morning, February 16, 1995, thunderstorms were sweeping across North and Central Alabama. The National Weather Service Forecast Office south of Birmingham had responsibility for counties across the central section of the state. The National Weather Service Office in Huntsville had responsibility for several counties in the Tennessee Valley. About 4:25 […]

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Today In Weather History 2/13/1899: Birmingham’s Coldest Ever

Today In Weather History 2/13/1899: Birmingham’s Coldest Ever

| February 12, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

On February 13, 1899, one of the coldest airmasses ever observed in the U.S. made it all the way to the Gulf Coast. It was 7F in New Orleans and Pensacola. Mobile dropped to a numbing -1F. The reading of -2F at Tallahassee still is the state’s coldest reading ever. Many all time state record […]

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Today in Weather History 2/12/1945: Deadly Tornadoes Amidst War News

Today in Weather History 2/12/1945: Deadly Tornadoes Amidst War News

| February 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

On Monday, February 12, 1945, the front pages of newspapers around the country were dominated by reports from the different theaters of World War II. The main headlines carried news about the meeting between the Big Three (FDR, Churchill and Stalin) in the Crimea. Plans for postwar Europe were already being discussed even as Allied […]

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Weather 101:  Hole Punch Clouds

Weather 101: Hole Punch Clouds

| February 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

I am excited to be contributing my library of Weather 101 stories to the blog. Look for a couple of them each week as we renew our commitment to Alabamians with the best weather information and other relevant content. – Brian Peters I’ve never had the opportunity to see one in 50 years in the […]

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February 3, 1959:  The Day the Music Died

February 3, 1959: The Day the Music Died

| February 5, 2017 @ 3:30 am

What is the greatest song of your generation? The song that made you think, or was an instrument of change? The song that defined a time period? For the era of the seventies, I would have to argue that it was the 1971 epic American Pie by songwriter and singer Don McLean. If songs can […]

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Today in Weather History:  The Terrible 1985 North Alabama Ice Storm

Today in Weather History: The Terrible 1985 North Alabama Ice Storm

| February 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

One of the worst winter storms in Alabama history moved into the northwestern part of the state during the early morning hours of Friday, February 1, 1985 with a mix of freezing rain and sleet in the Florence area. Over 30 hours later, freezing drizzle was still falling there. During the event, up to eleven […]

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The Rest of the Story:  Alabama’s Coldest Morning on this Date in 1966

The Rest of the Story: Alabama’s Coldest Morning on this Date in 1966

| January 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am

Early on the morning of Friday, January 28, 1966, cold high pressure covered Alabama and the Deep South. The morning low at Birmingham was 22F. The low the previous morning had been 16F. The month had turned very cold after a warm start. The 70F reading on January 2nd was but a distant memory as […]

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1/29/1936:  Birmingham’s Second Biggest Snowfall

1/29/1936: Birmingham’s Second Biggest Snowfall

| January 29, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

On January 18, 1936, a swarm of tornadoes ripped across parts of Alabama. Four people died as an F2 tornado passed from near Fyffe to near Rainsville in DeKalb County, killing four people. Another twister touched down near Columbiana. One person died from a tornado in Dale County. The activity was ahead of a powerful […]

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Today in Weather History 1/27/1940: A Cold Alabama Weather Story

Today in Weather History 1/27/1940: A Cold Alabama Weather Story

| January 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

Our beloved mentor, colleague and weather rock star J.B. Elliott was the master of the weather story. His pen was a clacking teletype machine. He would turn in his tape punch for a computer and work with us after a 32 year career at the National Weather Service. For another 25 years, he would regale […]

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December: An Introduction To Winter

December: An Introduction To Winter

| December 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am

Welcome to the month of December, considered the start of “meteorological Winter,” even though on the calendar the Winter Solstice is at 4:44 AM CST on December 21st. Its hard to believe that we are already on the 12th month of the year, and before you know it, 2017 will be here. On average for […]

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Welcome to November

Welcome to November

| November 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am

November is considered a “transition month” between fall and winter across much of the country, and Central Alabama is no different. The heat budget is becoming more negative as the days are becoming shorter, and that makes the average temperatures drop like a rock. At the start of the month, the average high in Birmingham […]

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