Category: Met 101/Weather History

Is It Lightning, Lighting, or Lightening

Is It Lightning, Lighting, or Lightening

| July 18, 2017 @ 6:45 am

If I could nominate a word in the field of meteorology for king of the most misspelled category, my nomination would be lightning. I along with most meteorologists just absolutely cringe when we see the word used and misspelled.

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July 17, 1987 – Flooding Creates Havoc On The Guadalupe River

July 17, 1987 – Flooding Creates Havoc On The Guadalupe River

| July 17, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

A heavy rain event during the early morning hours of July 17th caused flooding on the Guadalupe River that swept away campers at a local church camp in Texas.

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On This Date in 1980:  The Heat Was the Headline

On This Date in 1980: The Heat Was the Headline

| July 12, 2017 @ 11:26 am

Birmingham and much of the southern United States was broiling in one of the worst heat waves in history on this date in 1980.

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The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

| July 11, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

When you think of Kansas and disasters, you might think of tornadoes or snowstorms. But the Sunflower State’s worst disaster in history was a flood.

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July 11, 1987 – Storm Collapses Tent At Circus Injuring 40

July 11, 1987 – Storm Collapses Tent At Circus Injuring 40

| July 11, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

It was approaching the 3 o’clock hour on a Saturday afternoon, and a crowd was attending a circus that has set up shop in the town of Howard, Wisconsin. The act featuring the lions had just completed and they were securely placed in their cages as the tightrope act was just starting in the main tent. At that moment, a very strong wind gust quickly forced the tent to collapse on top of the stunned crowd.

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July 10, 1980: A Record-Setting Stretch During Sweltering Heat Wave Starts

July 10, 1980: A Record-Setting Stretch During Sweltering Heat Wave Starts

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:51 pm

An incredible streak of eight consecutive days where the thermometer in Birmingham rose over 100 degrees. Every day during the streak, not a single drop of rain fell in the Magic City.

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Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident:  On This Date in 1991

Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident: On This Date in 1991

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On this date in 1991, an L’Express commuter airline flight went down during a thunderstorm in Ensley, killing 13 people.

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July 10, 1926 – Lightning Causes Killer Blasts

July 10, 1926 – Lightning Causes Killer Blasts

| July 10, 2017 @ 6:09 am

Shortly after 5PM on July 26, 1926, a storm was passing over the town of Lake Denmark in northern New Jersey. An unexpected lightning bolt struck a building at the US Navy Ammunition Depot and caused a huge series of explosions. All buildings within a half-mile radius were completely destroyed due to the massive blasts from all of the explosive weaponry stored at the depot.

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Eliminating an Aviation Killer

Eliminating an Aviation Killer

| July 9, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

On this date in 1982, Pan Am 759 crashed shortly after takeoff from New Orleans International Airport, killing 146 people onboard and 8 on the ground. The cause of the crash was windshear, a factor that has virtually been removed from air crashes because of science.

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Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

| July 9, 2017 @ 9:53 am

On this date in 2005, Hurricane Dennis was rapidly intensifying over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. It would make landfall the following day near Navarre Beach.

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Today In Weather History:  The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

Today In Weather History: The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

| July 6, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

On this date in 1893, twenty blocks of the prosperous town of Pomeroy, Iowa were swept clean by a violent tornado that killed 71 people.

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Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

| July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 am

When the fireworks finally started after the Braves game on July 4, 1985, it was July 5th. Several rain delays and a six hour, nineteen inning game were the culprits in the 4 a.m. fireworks show.

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On This Date in 1957:  A Tragedy Unfolds

On This Date in 1957: A Tragedy Unfolds

| June 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On the evening of June 26, 1957, advisories and radio and TV broadcasts led residents of low lying Cameron Parish to think they time to evacuate the following morning. The result was tragedy.

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On This Date in 1957:  Florida Congressman Claims Hurricane Forecasts Scare Away Tourists

On This Date in 1957: Florida Congressman Claims Hurricane Forecasts Scare Away Tourists

| June 25, 2017 @ 10:42 am

Long range hurricane forecasts scaring away tourists? Ys, that claim was made sixty years ago this week even au Audrey gained strength in the Gulf.

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On This Date in 1972:  Hurricane Agnes Made Landfall in the Florida Panhandle

On This Date in 1972: Hurricane Agnes Made Landfall in the Florida Panhandle

| June 19, 2017 @ 6:50 am

On this date in 1972, Hurricane Agnes moved ashore in the Florida panhandle as a weak Category 1 storm.

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Welcome to June!

Welcome to June!

| June 1, 2017 @ 6:00 am

Welcome to the month in which both meteorological and astronomical summer both begin. In case you do not know what the difference between meteorological and astronomical seasons, I’ll try to explain it as best as possible.

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Meteorology 101:  The Lowdown on Sunburn

Meteorology 101: The Lowdown on Sunburn

| May 31, 2017 @ 5:20 am

Meteorological summer starts this week and one of the unwanted consequences of fun in the sun can be a nasty sunburn. Professor Peters tells you how to protect yourself.

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May 27, 1973: Two Monster Tornadoes Ravage Parts Of Central Alabama

May 27, 1973: Two Monster Tornadoes Ravage Parts Of Central Alabama

| May 27, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

It was an extremely active end to the month of May of 1973 across a large part of the United States due to severe weather. From May 22nd through the 26th, several large and destructive tornadoes struck parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

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Meteorology 101:  Professor Peters’ Hurricane Naming Quiz

Meteorology 101: Professor Peters’ Hurricane Naming Quiz

| May 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am

Professor Peters tests your knowledge about hurricane names in this week’s edition of Meteorology 101.

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The Severe Weather Warning Process… We All Have Work To Do

The Severe Weather Warning Process… We All Have Work To Do

| April 26, 2017 @ 6:15 am

A small, short-lived tornado touched down in western Cullman County Saturday evening producing damage, but thankfully no injuries. It presents an extremely interesting case study in physical science, and social science. The bottom line is we all have much work to do.

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April 24, 1908: The Dixie Tornado Outbreak

April 24, 1908: The Dixie Tornado Outbreak

| April 24, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

The Dixie Tornado Outbreak of 1908 turned out to be a deadly event across the south and eastern parts of the United States.

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“For God’s Sake, Send Us Boats!”

“For God’s Sake, Send Us Boats!”

| April 23, 2017 @ 6:55 am

On this date in 1927, one of the worst floods in American history was unfolding along the Mississippi River.

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April 20, 1920: An Unsually Strong Morning Tornado Outbreak

April 20, 1920: An Unsually Strong Morning Tornado Outbreak

| April 20, 2017 @ 5:45 am

Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia was visited by a significant severe weather outbreak on Tuesday, April 20, 1920. It was one of the deadliest outbreaks in Alabama history.

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April 19, 1996: Illinois Largest Tornado Outbreak

April 19, 1996: Illinois Largest Tornado Outbreak

| April 19, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

The largest recorded tornado outbreak in Illinois history occurred during the afternoon and evening hours of April 19, 1996. The day started off with overcast skies and cool temperatures, but temperatures warmed and dewpoints rose as a warm front pushed its way through Central Illinois. Supercells started developing just after 4PM, and by the end […]

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April 20, 1951:  Fog Causes Huge Tanker Crash in Gulf

April 20, 1951: Fog Causes Huge Tanker Crash in Gulf

| April 19, 2017 @ 9:50 am

On this date in 1951, thick fog in the Gulf of Mexico precipitated the crash of major oil tankers off Morgan City, Louisiana. Only five crew members survived.

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