Category: Met 101/Weather History

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 | 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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