Alabama's Weather

Hot, Mostly Dry Weekend

Hot, Mostly Dry Weekend

| August 18, 2017 @ 5:59 am

QUIET PATTERN: While we will hang on to the risk of a few isolated showers or storms today, it sure looks like most of North and Central Alabama will be rain-free through early next week as drier air will slip into the state during the next 24 hours. The sky will be partly to mostly sunny today with a high at or just over 90 degrees.

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Drier Air Arrives Over The Weekend

Drier Air Arrives Over The Weekend

| August 17, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

RADAR CHECK: So far this afternoon, showers have been few and far between across the great state of Alabama, but we will maintain the chance of scattered storms through tonight as a moist airmass hangs over the state, and a surface front approaches from the north. Temperatures are mostly in the 88-91 degree range.

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A Few Clouds, A Few Showers, And Hot At Midday

A Few Clouds, A Few Showers, And Hot At Midday

| August 17, 2017 @ 12:53 pm

For the northern half of Central Alabama, the day has started off with more clouds than sun, and it continues to be that way at midday. For the southern half of the area, it ranges from mostly clear to partly cloudy.

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Tropical Weather

Harvey Moving Through The Windward Islands

Harvey Moving Through The Windward Islands

| August 18, 2017 @ 9:49 am

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near latitude 13.1 North, longitude 61.3 West. Harvey is moving toward the west near 21 mph (33 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Harvey will move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea today and move into the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday.

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The Latest on the Tropics…

The Latest on the Tropics…

| August 18, 2017 @ 6:50 am

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Harvey, located near Barbados.

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Gert Becomes A Post-tropical Cyclone

Gert Becomes A Post-tropical Cyclone

| August 17, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Gert was located near latitude 44.8 North, longitude 46.0 West. The post-tropical cyclone is moving toward the east-northeast near 39 mph (63 km/h). Gert should move quickly toward the northeast for a day or so, before slowing and merging with another low pressure system over the weekend.

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Partner News Stories

UA Students Part Of NASA Project To Capture Solar Eclipse From Near Space

UA Students Part Of NASA Project To Capture Solar Eclipse From Near Space

| August 17, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

A group of students at the University of Alabama plan to launch a balloon to take video of the solar eclipse next week as part of a nationwide science project led by NASA.

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Can’t Miss Alabama Gives You A Great Head Start To An Entertaining Summer Weekend With Sidewalk Film Festival, Future And Lyle Lovett

Can’t Miss Alabama Gives You A Great Head Start To An Entertaining Summer Weekend With Sidewalk Film Festival, Future And Lyle Lovett

| August 17, 2017 @ 5:00 am

Can’t Miss Alabama is the gateway to a fantastic summer weekend.

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Huntsville’s Cotton Row Is Riding High On Its Culinary Cred

Huntsville’s Cotton Row Is Riding High On Its Culinary Cred

| August 16, 2017 @ 5:02 am

Chef James Boyce made a name for himself at some of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. He and his wife and business partner, Suzan, have made a home for themselves at Cotton Row, their own restaurant in Huntsville.

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Weather History / Meteorology 101

Another Hurricane Camille Eyewitness Story

Another Hurricane Camille Eyewitness Story

| August 17, 2017 @ 8:51 pm

There are many harrowing stories of survival along the Mississippi Coast from Hurricane Camille, which struck on this date in 1969. Here is one.

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Camille:  An Amazing Afternoon

Camille: An Amazing Afternoon

| August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

An Air Force Hurricane Hunter likely saved many lives with their report from Hurricane Camille on this date in 1969, hours before landfall.

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Remembering 1969’s Hurricane Camille:  In the Crosshairs

Remembering 1969’s Hurricane Camille: In the Crosshairs

| August 17, 2017 @ 10:45 am | 1 Reply

On the morning of August 17, 1969 the Mississippi Gulf Coast woke up in the crosshairs of monster Hurricane Camille.

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Spacey Stuff

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Saturday Morning

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Saturday Morning

| August 8, 2017 @ 5:15 am

The eclipse is 2 weeks away, but a meteor shower this weekend will have us looking skyward. This will happen the evening of Friday, Aug 11 into the morning of Aug 12. The best time to view is about 6:00 am Saturday morning. Look to the darkest part of you sky for best results.

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Eclipse viewing events planned across the Southland

Eclipse viewing events planned across the Southland

| July 25, 2017 @ 2:00 am

We are 4 weeks out and If you’ve not made plans yet on where to experience the total eclipse, NASA and the Space Science Institute may have some ideas for you. NASA’s eclipse website has everything you need, including interactive maps, links to live streams, and lists of events in your area. There are maps […]

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Solar Eclipses Past and Future

Solar Eclipses Past and Future

| July 10, 2017 @ 11:55 pm

6 weeks from today, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States. You’ve probably see headlines claiming this is a first in 99 years, which is true, if you are talking about coast to coat eclipses. These headlines refer to the eclipse on June 8 of 1918 which passed trough Washington State, […]

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WeatherBrains

WeatherBrains 604:  Solar Eclipse 2017

WeatherBrains 604: Solar Eclipse 2017

| August 17, 2017 @ 5:30 am

In episode 604 the somewhat limited WeatherBrains gang discusses the upcoming eclipse on August 21, 2017.

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WeatherBrains 603:  I Wrapped Up and the Phones Went Wild

WeatherBrains 603: I Wrapped Up and the Phones Went Wild

| August 8, 2017 @ 5:40 am

In this episode of WeatherBrains, the gang talks with James Aydelott, chief meteorologist at Fox 23 in Tulsa, about the rare August tornado. And Bill Murray interviews Dr. Judith Curry.

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WeatherBrains 602:  Supposed to be my Natural Scent

WeatherBrains 602: Supposed to be my Natural Scent

| August 1, 2017 @ 7:12 am

In this episode of WeatherBrains, we discuss the Oklahoma City television market with Damon Lane, Chief Meteorologist at KOCO-TV Channel 5.

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Other Recent Posts

Hurricane Hunter Aircraft En-Route To Investigate The Disturbance

Hurricane Hunter Aircraft En-Route To Investigate The Disturbance

| August 17, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the disturbance was centered near latitude 13.1 North, longitude 54.1 West. The system is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the disturbance should move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday.

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A Few Scattered Storms This Afternoon

A Few Scattered Storms This Afternoon

| August 17, 2017 @ 6:35 am

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Fairly routine weather for August continues today and tomorrow across the great state of Alabama; partly sunny days with a few scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs pretty close to 90 degrees. Chance of any one spot getting wet both days is around 30 percent.

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Showers More Widely Spaced This Afternoon

Showers More Widely Spaced This Afternoon

| August 16, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

A CALMER AFERNOON: Not much to see on weather radar this afternoon; we have showers and storms over parts of West Alabama, but many communities are dry with a partly sunny sky. Temperatures are mostly in the 87 to 90 degree range. Showers will end later this evening once the sun goes down.

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A Brief Midday Check on Central Alabama’s Weather

A Brief Midday Check on Central Alabama’s Weather

| August 16, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

As we are getting close to the 1:00 PM hour, we have a mix of sun and clouds across Central Alabama, and those clouds are not holding the temperature back that much at all.

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Muggy Summer Days; Scattered Storms

Muggy Summer Days; Scattered Storms

| August 16, 2017 @ 6:21 am

SUN, HEAT, STORMS: Classic “dog day” weather will continue across Alabama through Friday; we will forecast a mix of sun and clouds each day with the usual daily round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Most of the storms will come from 1:00 until 8:00 p.m… and the chance of any one spot getting wet will stay in the 30-40 percent category.

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Alabama Legacy Moment: Wilson’s Raid

Alabama Legacy Moment: Wilson’s Raid

| August 16, 2017 @ 5:01 am

Alabama Public Television is producing a series of videos titled “Alabama Legacy Moments” that offer a quick history of the people, places and stories that have defined Alabama.

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On This Day In Alabama History: Warrant Issued For Birmingham Native Angela Davis

On This Day In Alabama History: Warrant Issued For Birmingham Native Angela Davis

| August 16, 2017 @ 5:00 am

August 16, 1970: California authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of civil rights activist Angela Davis for her role in an attempted prisoner escape that led to the deaths of four people, including a judge.

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Scattered Strong Storms

Scattered Strong Storms

| August 15, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have the classic case of scattered, random strong thunderstorms across Alabama on this dog day afternoon. They are moving east, and producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. The showers and storms will fade away once the sun goes down later this evening.

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Strong Storms Out There As School Lets Out

Strong Storms Out There As School Lets Out

| August 15, 2017 @ 3:17 pm

Numerous showers and thunderstorms have developed and are currently moving through the west and central parts of Central Alabama.

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A Quick Check On Our Weather At Midday

A Quick Check On Our Weather At Midday

| August 15, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

Radar is currently showing scattered showers and thunderstorms across mainly the western parts of Central Alabama, with some thunderstorm activity in the eastern part over parts of Calhoun, Cleburne, and Cherokee counties.

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Scattered, Mostly Afternoon Storms

Scattered, Mostly Afternoon Storms

| August 15, 2017 @ 7:00 am

TYPICAL SUMMER PATTERN SETTING UP: Today looks like a pretty routine August day in Alabama; hot and humid with morning sunshine followed by scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Of course, a rogue shower or two is certainly possible this morning…

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Technology And Children: A Parent’s Survival Guide

Technology And Children: A Parent’s Survival Guide

| August 15, 2017 @ 5:02 am

Technology has changed the way children develop and interact with others, and while it seems to change every day, many parents are forced to keep up or get left behind.

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How One Birmingham Man’s Quick Thinking Helped Him Survive A Heart Attack

How One Birmingham Man’s Quick Thinking Helped Him Survive A Heart Attack

| August 15, 2017 @ 5:01 am

For Harvey Ivey, March 28 started like any other day.  But in a flash, his world changed forever.

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On This Day In Alabama History: Julia Tutwiler Was Born In Tuscaloosa

On This Day In Alabama History: Julia Tutwiler Was Born In Tuscaloosa

| August 15, 2017 @ 5:00 am

August 15, 1841: Education and prison reformer Julia Tutwiler was born in Tuscaloosa. Known as the “Angel of the Stockade,” Tutwiler worked tirelessly to improve Alabama’s prison system.

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Mix Of Sun And Storms Through Mid-Week

Mix Of Sun And Storms Through Mid-Week

| August 14, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

RADAR CHECK: The most active showers and storms are generally east of I-59 this afternoon; nothing severe, but the heavier storms are producing gusty winds, heavy rain, and lots of lighting. The storms will fade tonight. Temperatures are only in the 70s where it has been raining, but away from the showers we are seeing upper 80s and a few low 90s.

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Heavy Rain Moving In At The Midday Hour

Heavy Rain Moving In At The Midday Hour

| August 14, 2017 @ 12:03 pm

Much of the activity at this point is located over the northern half of Central Alabama mainly north of the I-20 and I-20/59 corridors.

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A Fateful Week in Weather History From This Week in 1969

A Fateful Week in Weather History From This Week in 1969

| August 14, 2017 @ 8:34 am

One of the most infamous hurricanes in Gulf Coast history wreaked havoc during this week in weather history in 1969.

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