Category: Met 101/Weather History

23 Years Ago Today:  The Goshen United Methodist Church Tornado

23 Years Ago Today: The Goshen United Methodist Church Tornado

| March 28, 2017 @ 5:48 am

What began as a peaceful Palm Sunday quickly changed to a black day day in Alabama weather history when a powerful tornado ripped through northeast Alabama.

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March 27, 1977:  The Worst Aviation Accident in History

March 27, 1977: The Worst Aviation Accident in History

| March 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

An unbelievable series of events led to the deadliest commercial aviation accident in history on the island of Tenerife on this date in 1977.

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What Does the Public Want From A Weather Forecast?

What Does the Public Want From A Weather Forecast?

| March 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

In this special guest post, Dr. Chuck Doswell wonders why people keep complaining when weather forecasts aren’t perfect.

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The March 21, 1932 Outbreak:  Sylacauga

The March 21, 1932 Outbreak: Sylacauga

| March 21, 2017 @ 2:05 pm | 7 Replies

A third wave of tornadoes affected Alabama during the evening hours on March 21, 1932. One of the hardest hit communities was Sylacauga.

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The March 21, 1932 Outbreak: My God, It’s A Cyclone!

The March 21, 1932 Outbreak: My God, It’s A Cyclone!

| March 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm | 13 Replies

Chilton County was arguably the hardest hit of the counties affected by the March 21, 1932 tornado outbreak with two destructive long track tornadoes that killed over 49 and 31 people respectively.

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The March 21, 1932 Outbreak:  Northport

The March 21, 1932 Outbreak: Northport

| March 21, 2017 @ 12:20 pm | 8 Replies

We continue to look at the historic outbreak of March 21, 1932, including the tornado that devastated Northport.

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The March 21, 1932 Outbreak:  Columbiana

The March 21, 1932 Outbreak: Columbiana

| March 21, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

March 21, 1932 tornado outbreak still is the biggest in Alabama history. Today, we look at the disaster from the perspective of the communities that were affected.

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The First Tornado Forecast

The First Tornado Forecast

| March 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

A very fortunate set of events five days apart involving Tinker AFB led to the initiation of tornado forecasts. While it may have been pressure from above that led the Air Force meteorologists to make their breakthrough forecast, it was nonetheless a success.

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The Heat is On

The Heat is On

| March 19, 2017 @ 11:38 am

Record heat affected the West yesterday. More heat today across the Plains with some middle 90s.

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On this Date in 2008: The SEC Basketball Tournament Tornado Miracle Shot

On this Date in 2008: The SEC Basketball Tournament Tornado Miracle Shot

| March 14, 2017 @ 7:40 am

On this date in 2008, a miracle shot in the SEC Basketball Tournament sent a game into overtime and averted a major tragedy.

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Professor Peters’ Weather 101: Nor’Easters

Professor Peters’ Weather 101: Nor’Easters

| March 13, 2017 @ 10:00 am

You will hear the term nor’easter thrown around a lot this week. Professor Peters explains them in this week’s edition of Meteorology 101.

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The Big One in 1993; Another “Big One” Brewing for the Northeast Corridor

The Big One in 1993; Another “Big One” Brewing for the Northeast Corridor

| March 12, 2017 @ 2:28 pm

On this date in 1993, we were nervously watching the Superstorm developing over the Gulf of Mexico.

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The GOES-16 Kerfuffle

The GOES-16 Kerfuffle

| March 9, 2017 @ 12:18 pm

The new GOES -16 Satellite has been making meteorologists ooh and ahh over the impressive imagery for a few weeks. Then it was suddenly shut off for us. Satellite Sheldon has answers…

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The 1998 Elba Flood

The 1998 Elba Flood

| March 9, 2017 @ 11:30 am

The town of Elba in South Alabama has a love hate relationship with the Pea River which runs through it. The town has flooded eight times since its inception. The town flooded on this date (3/9/1998) as a levee broke when the river crested at nine feet.

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3/8/2008:  Birmingham’s Monster Snowless Streak Finally Ended

3/8/2008: Birmingham’s Monster Snowless Streak Finally Ended

| March 8, 2017 @ 9:00 am

Measurable snow did not fall at the Birmingham Airport from January 28, 2000 through March 7, 2008, but on this date that year, the streak was broken.

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The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962

The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962

| March 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

The Ash Wednesday Storm in 1962 is considered to be one of the most destructive storms ever to affect the United States East Coast. It battered the Mid-Atlantic for three days, killing 40 people and injuring over 1,000.

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This Week’s Meteorology 101 from Professor Peters:  Wall Clouds

This Week’s Meteorology 101 from Professor Peters: Wall Clouds

| March 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

No one said that nature would make it easy for meteorologists or storm spotters to identify rotation in a wall cloud. Here is what “Professor Peters” has to say in this week’s Meteorology 101.

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The Deadly Walker/North Jefferson County Tornado of March 6, 1967

The Deadly Walker/North Jefferson County Tornado of March 6, 1967

| March 6, 2017 @ 10:39 am

At least 7 tornadoes, including one F4, raked across much of Central Alabama on March 6, 1967, killing two people and injuring 31. One heroic 16 year old from Rocky Hollow saved his younger sister but died when the tornado killed him as he tried to round up the family dog. The late J.B. Elliott issued a critical forecast that morning.

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