Category: Met 101/Weather History

The Historic February 25, 2015 North Central Alabama Snowstorm

The Historic February 25, 2015 North Central Alabama Snowstorm

| February 25, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

February 20`5 was a cold month across Alabama with average temperatures for the month running some 8-10 degrees below normal. With all that cold, snow lovers would be licking their chops all month for that one really big snow. In Birmingham, the week before Valentine’s Day was relatively balmy with highs in the 60s on […]

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Satellite Sheldon Says He Can See Snow When Radar Can’t

Satellite Sheldon Says He Can See Snow When Radar Can’t

| February 24, 2017 @ 11:53 am

Our Resident Satellite Expert and General Man About Town Sheldon Kusselson has a trick for seeing snow in the mountains when the WSR-88D radar network can’t… Sheldon may be gracing our site with more posts in coming days. Follow him at @wxman27.

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Today In Weather History (2/23/1975): The Scottish Inn Tornado

Today In Weather History (2/23/1975): The Scottish Inn Tornado

| February 23, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

The tornado that struck Tuscaloosa on February 23, 1975 just before 3 p.m. CST was not only the strongest tornado that struck the State of Alabama that year, it was the deadliest. Weather maps that Sunday morning showed a low pressure system over North Central Mississippi. The low was not very strong. At 6 a.m. […]

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2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

| February 21, 2017 @ 6:05 am

The morning of Sunday, February 21, 1971 was a sleepy one across the Delta of Mississippi, a flat expanse of fertile soil. It was warm and humid, with temperatures in the middle 60s and dewpoints around 60 degrees. Radio reports told of a crippling snowstorm affecting Texas. On the weather maps that morning, a surface […]

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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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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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