Category: Met 101/Weather History

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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The Forgotten Outbreak: April 15, 2011

The Forgotten Outbreak: April 15, 2011

| April 15, 2017 @ 11:45 am

The big weather storyline for the year of 2011 in Alabama will be the Super Outbreak of April 27th, but there was another outbreak that occurred just 12 days earlier.

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The Unsinkable Sank: Titanic Strikes Iceberg 105 Years Ago Today

The Unsinkable Sank: Titanic Strikes Iceberg 105 Years Ago Today

| April 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

On this day 105 years ago, the RMS Titanic struck in iceberg in the chilly waters of the North Atlantic Ocean on it’s trip from Southampton to New York. Only 705 of the 2,200 passengers and crew survived.

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Black Sunday: April 14, 1935

Black Sunday: April 14, 1935

| April 14, 2017 @ 6:53 pm

The “black blizzard” of April 14, 1935 was the worst dust storm of the Dust Bowl Era of the 1930s. The great quantities of black dust blew all the way to Washington, D.C.

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The Palm Sunday Outbreak: A Game Changer

The Palm Sunday Outbreak: A Game Changer

| April 11, 2017 @ 5:30 am

On the morning of April 11, 1965, warm, humid air was flowing northeastward into the Midwest ahead of a fast moving low pressure center that was dropping southeast out of Minnesota toward Iowa.

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Terrible Tuesday:  April 10, 1979

Terrible Tuesday: April 10, 1979

| April 10, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

On this date in 1979, three isolated supercells were producing three giant tornadoes that would devastate parts of the cities of Wichita Falls and Vernon, Texas and Lawton, Oklahoma, killing 56.

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The Monthly Infographic: What To Expect In Birmingham For April

The Monthly Infographic: What To Expect In Birmingham For April

| April 10, 2017 @ 5:15 am

With all of the waves of storms moving through Central Alabama during the first part of the month, I have finally grabbed enough time to put together this month’s version of the infographic.

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On This Date in 1975:  South Alabama Flooding

On This Date in 1975: South Alabama Flooding

| April 9, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

On April 9, 1975, massive flooding struck parts of Conecuh, Escambia and Covington counties in South Alabama. Brewton was especially hard hit.

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Today in Weather History:  Discovery of the Hook Echo

Today in Weather History: Discovery of the Hook Echo

| April 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

On this date in 1953, an inadvertent observation led to the discovery of one of the most important tornado detection tools in history, one you hear about virtually anytime we have severe weather.

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April 8, 1998:  A Defining Day

April 8, 1998: A Defining Day

| April 8, 2017 @ 7:30 am

April 8, 1998 was a day that defined our TV station, and to some degree, my career at the time.

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The Morning of April 3, 1974 Told Through the Eyes of J.B. Elliott

The Morning of April 3, 1974 Told Through the Eyes of J.B. Elliott

| April 3, 2017 @ 12:16 am

April 3, 1974 was the generational tornado outbreak for many of us. Until April 27, 2011, It was for me as well as J.B. and James.

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April 2, 1974:  A Momentous Heads Up Phone Call

April 2, 1974: A Momentous Heads Up Phone Call

| April 2, 2017 @ 6:15 am

Today we take advance forecasts of severe weather outbreaks for granted, but in 1974 24 hours notice was a rare occurrence.

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4/1/1974: A Cruel April Fools’ Joke

4/1/1974: A Cruel April Fools’ Joke

| April 2, 2017 @ 6:14 am

On April 1, 1974, Alabama was visited by at least three significant tornadoes that killed a Huntsville man. No one had any idea what was coming two days later.

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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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March 27, 1994:  The Goshen United Methodist Church Tornado

March 27, 1994: The Goshen United Methodist Church Tornado

| March 27, 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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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 | 10 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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