Category: Met 101/Weather History

Today is Fall Severe Awareness Day

Today is Fall Severe Awareness Day

| October 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am

As you know in Central Alabama, our primary severe weather season is in the Spring during the months of March, April, and May. Most people do not realize that we also have a secondary severe weather season in the Fall, which typically runs during the months of November and December. Sometimes we are fortunate to […]

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The Many Names of Tropical Systems and What They Mean

The Many Names of Tropical Systems and What They Mean

| October 1, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

While I was attending the annual NWA Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia, back in September, one of the subjects that was brought up was the confusing names of tropical systems. No I am not talking about the human names that the systems are given, but the terms used in the different stages of the lifespan. Hermine […]

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Dancing With the Stats:  September’s 90s Drawing to a Close

Dancing With the Stats: September’s 90s Drawing to a Close

| September 25, 2016 @ 12:01 pm

Saturday was another extremely hot day across Central Alabama with all locations in the upper 90s and a couple of 100F readings. It was 100F at the Mercedes Plant in Vance and at Weedon Field in Eufaula. These readings are some 10-15 degrees above normal for late September. For the second time this month, the […]

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Remembering Hurricane Agnes (1972)

Remembering Hurricane Agnes (1972)

| June 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am

On this date in 1972, Hurricane Agnes moved ashore in the Florida panhandle as a weak Category 1 storm. The highest wind reported on the Gulf Coast was a gust to just 56 mph at Apalachicola, Florida. The $10 million in damage in the Florida Panhandle was just a drop in the bucket. Hurricane Agnes […]

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From Austin, With Love

From Austin, With Love

| April 26, 2016 @ 7:00 am

This is a guest essay from a native Alabamian now living in Texas. ——————————————————————- I didn’t sense any danger on April 27 until I tried to pry the Regions Bank door open and noticed the handwritten note – “Closed due to inclement weather.” My mom had called that morning from her job at Children’s Hospital […]

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A Tale of Two Storms from Satellite Sheldon

A Tale of Two Storms from Satellite Sheldon

| April 24, 2016 @ 2:30 pm

– Special to the AlabamaWX Blog by Sheldon Kusselson Share This:

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Storm Spotter Xtreme 2016

Storm Spotter Xtreme 2016

| April 11, 2016 @ 2:59 pm

Miss the big annual spotter training? Here are the sessions. Part one features the basic training from Brian Peters… part two is “polygonology” from Kevin Laws of the NWS Birmingham, and part three is James Spann’s talk on lessons learned from April 27, 2011, and the advanced training from Brian Peters. Thanks to the huge […]

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Lady, You’re Too Late…

Lady, You’re Too Late…

| April 3, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

We all miss our mentor and friend, J.B. Elliott, especially on a day like today, a red letter day in Alabama weather history, when J.B.’s work saved countless lives. Here is an essay I penned about the early morning hours of that fateful day. The midpoint of his overnight shift at the National Weather Service […]

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On This Date In 1994

On This Date In 1994

| March 27, 2016 @ 6:51 am

On Palm Sunday, March 27, 1994, an EF-4 tornado struck the Goshen United Methodist Church, north of Piedmont, killing 20 people during the morning worship service; 92 were injured. A warning was issued 12 minutes before the tornado destroyed the church building, but unfortunately they never heard the warning. The deaths at the church brought […]

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Twenty Three Years Ago Today

Twenty Three Years Ago Today

| March 12, 2016 @ 9:35 am

Below is a post the late, great J.B. Elliott put on the blog in 2007, which really sums up the Blizzard of 1993, which started on March 12. My TV colleagues at the time were Dan Satterfield and Kevin Selle (who used the name Kevin Collins at the time). As early as March 8, 1993, […]

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The Mother of All Cold Waves

The Mother of All Cold Waves

| February 13, 2016 @ 9:15 am

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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OBX Snow!

OBX Snow!

| February 12, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

Snow affected the northern portions of the Outer Banks on Friday, making the tan colored sands of the North Carolina coast look more like the dazzlingly sugar white sands of Northwest Florida and Alabama. Some snowfall amounts from eastern North Carolina included: …3 inches at Nags Head …3.5 inches at Kill Devil Hills …1 inch […]

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