Alabama's Weather

Stormy Pattern Continues

Stormy Pattern Continues

| March 26, 2017 @ 7:09 am

Storms remained below severe limits Saturday, but the overall weather pattern for Central Alabama remains stormy for the week ahead, especially Monday afternoon/evening and again Thursday afternoon/evening.

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Midday Update: Watching the Radar

Midday Update: Watching the Radar

| March 25, 2017 @ 11:42 am

Here is the latest convective outlook from the SPC. As you can see, the SPC has trimmed back the severe weather risk areas.

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Stormy Today and in Days Ahead

Stormy Today and in Days Ahead

| March 25, 2017 @ 7:01 am

Central Alabama is in for a period of stormy weather today, and with an active weather pattern forecast, there will be additional storms to contend with in the week ahead.

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Partner News Stories

On This Day In Alabama History: Freedom Quilting Bee Cooperative Established

On This Day In Alabama History: Freedom Quilting Bee Cooperative Established

| March 26, 2017 @ 7:08 am

March 26, 1966 – A group of black craftswomen officially established the Freedom Quilting Bee cooperative in Rehoboth, Wilcox County.

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Bobby Flay’s Beef Chili Is A Slam Dunk For A Day Packed With Basketball

Bobby Flay’s Beef Chili Is A Slam Dunk For A Day Packed With Basketball

| March 25, 2017 @ 1:50 pm

Some dishes, such as massive seafood towers crowned with elaborate shellfish and seven-tiered weddings cakes, are best left to the professionals.

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Leap Career Day Shows Alabama Students Anything Is Possible

Leap Career Day Shows Alabama Students Anything Is Possible

| March 25, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

Birmingham and Gadsden-area ninth-grade students explored careers in engineering on March 23 at Alabama Power’s Linemen, Engineers and Apprentice Programs (LEAP) Career Day.  Hosted at the 12th Street Crew Headquarters in downtown Birmingham, students heard speakers, participated in hands-on programs and saw firsthand some careers available to them.

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Weather Headlines

Latest On Central Alabama’s Drought Situation: 3/24/2017

Latest On Central Alabama’s Drought Situation: 3/24/2017

| March 24, 2017 @ 5:00 am

Drought conditions improve slightly over the past week, with the latest information from the U.S. Drought Monitor showing that the only part of the area in extreme drought conditions are located in the southern parts of Jefferson County and just very small parts of Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Shelby counties. The rest of Central Alabama are […]

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Preparing to Launch

Preparing to Launch

| March 22, 2017 @ 6:30 am

Pizitz Middle School Sixth grader Faye Miceli penned this guest post about their exciting adventures in weather leading up to their weather balloon launch.

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Learning About Vorticity, Constant Pressure Levels and Wind Barbs, Among Other Weathery Things

Learning About Vorticity, Constant Pressure Levels and Wind Barbs, Among Other Weathery Things

| March 22, 2017 @ 5:45 am

The sixth grade science teachers at Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia kicked off their second annual weather balloon launch yesterday with a special training session for 395 Launch Weather Officers.

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Weather History/Meteorology 101

What Does the Public Want From A Weather Forecast?

What Does the Public Want From A Weather Forecast?

| March 24, 2017 @ 10:30 am

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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Spacey Stuff

Why Night Is Not Equal On The Equinox

Why Night Is Not Equal On The Equinox

| March 19, 2017 @ 6:00 am

A great explanation on the meaning of “equinox” and how it affects the sunlight and the dark hours across Central Alabama.

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Venus and Mars, Both Earthlike and Not So Earthlike

Venus and Mars, Both Earthlike and Not So Earthlike

| March 9, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

Throughout March, you can see Mars and Venus in the evening sky. Each is Earthlike in some respects but not so Earthlike in others, such as the weather.

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Moon Performs a Disappearing Act Tonight

Moon Performs a Disappearing Act Tonight

| March 4, 2017 @ 11:13 pm

The Moon will perform a bit of a disappearing act tonight with Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus the Bull.  The moon will pass in front of the star, an event also known as a lunar occultation. This will be visible across the Southland as well the rest of the continental United States south […]

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WeatherBrains: The Weekly Netcast About Weather

WeatherBrains 583:  Difference Between Uncertainty and Confusion

WeatherBrains 583: Difference Between Uncertainty and Confusion

| March 21, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

WeatherBrains tackles the issues related to communicating uncertainty when forecasting winter weather even in the Northeast US. It’s always a spirited discussion when Dr. Chuck Doswell joins us.

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WeatherBrains 582:  Some Show with Naked People

WeatherBrains 582: Some Show with Naked People

| March 14, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

Great WeatherBrains this week with tropical expert Dr. Phil Klotzbach and Dakota Smith from the Weather Junkies podcast.

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National Weather Podcast Month Rolls On

National Weather Podcast Month Rolls On

| March 14, 2017 @ 5:46 am

March is National Weather Podcast Month, highlighting the great new weather shows out there!

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Other Recent Posts

A Quick Look At Our Weather Situation At 5:30PM

A Quick Look At Our Weather Situation At 5:30PM

| March 25, 2017 @ 5:35 pm

The line of showers and thunderstorms is continuing to slowly make its way across Central Alabama at this time, and so far, we have not had a single warning issued at all.

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A Quick Check On Our Weather Situation At 3:15PM

A Quick Check On Our Weather Situation At 3:15PM

| March 25, 2017 @ 3:16 pm

Currently, the line of rain and storms are located from New Hope to Cleveland to Hoover to Maplesville to Selma.

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Strong Storms Approaching Limestone County

Strong Storms Approaching Limestone County

| March 25, 2017 @ 1:46 pm

At 1:42 PM, a strong thunderstorm was 7 miles west of Tanner, or 7 miles west of Athens, moving northeast at
45 mph. Pea size hail and wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be possible with this storm.

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A Quick Check On Our Weather Situation At 1:25PM

A Quick Check On Our Weather Situation At 1:25PM

| March 25, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

The line of showers and storms continue to slowly inch its way across North/Central Alabama at the moment, stretching from Rogersville to Jasper to Uniontown. No warnings are currently in effect for Alabama, but we do have some strong storms out there.

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A Quick Look At Our Weather Situation At 11:20AM

A Quick Look At Our Weather Situation At 11:20AM

| March 25, 2017 @ 11:23 am

RADAR CHECK The line of storms have slowly pushed into the western parts of the state, and the intensity has picked up since the last update. The strongest part of the line right now is over parts of Lamar and Pickens counties. Millport and Reform are really having some heavy rainfall at this moment. The […]

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Decatur’s Old State Bank Is Thought To Be The Oldest Surviving Bank Building In Alabama

Decatur’s Old State Bank Is Thought To Be The Oldest Surviving Bank Building In Alabama

| March 25, 2017 @ 9:22 am

Today, the Old State Bank in Decatur, recognized for its architectural significance, celebrates its 45th year on the National Register of Historic Places. The bank and the Somerville Courthouse Building, Alabama’s oldest existing courthouse, were the first Morgan County buildings to be honored.

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A Quick Look At Our Weather Situation At 9:20AM

A Quick Look At Our Weather Situation At 9:20AM

| March 25, 2017 @ 9:21 am

A line of storms are starting to push ever so closer to the state line, and will be crossing over in the extreme northwestern corner of the state by the time you read this post.

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On This Day In Alabama History: Nine Young Black Men Arrested On False Rape Accusations

On This Day In Alabama History: Nine Young Black Men Arrested On False Rape Accusations

| March 25, 2017 @ 7:00 am

March 25, 1931 – Local law enforcement arrested nine young black men ranging in age from 13 to 20 under false accusations of raping two white women on a train in Jackson County.

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A Look At Today’s Severe Weather Potential

A Look At Today’s Severe Weather Potential

| March 25, 2017 @ 6:31 am

RADAR CHECK: A line of storms over Mississippi is moving toward West Alabama early this morning… for now they are under severe limits. These storms will move into West Alabama in a few hours, and storms will be possible statewide this afternoon and into the evening hours. With the daytime heating process, the air will […]

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Respect the Polygon: The Difference Between Storm Based And County Based Warnings

Respect the Polygon: The Difference Between Storm Based And County Based Warnings

| March 25, 2017 @ 5:02 am

It is critical that you have a reliable way of receiving severe weather watches and warnings immediately. Lead times for tornado warnings have increased dramatically since the implementation of Doppler Radar and false alarm rates continue to drop. Prior to 2007, severe weather warnings were only issued for entire counties. In 2007, the National Weather […]

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It’s a Good Time to Check Your Severe Weather Safety Plan

It’s a Good Time to Check Your Severe Weather Safety Plan

| March 25, 2017 @ 5:01 am

With a severe weather threat for this week across North and Central Alabama, now is a good time to review your severe weather safety plan. When severe weather threatens, stack the odds in your favor by having a plan and a reliable way to get warnings immediately. Here are some things that you need to […]

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Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook Categories Explained

Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook Categories Explained

| March 25, 2017 @ 5:00 am

Storm Prediction Center outlooks can be confusing. This post explains what they mean.

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Re-invention In Montgomery Is An Alabama Bright Light Tackling Poverty From The Inside

Re-invention In Montgomery Is An Alabama Bright Light Tackling Poverty From The Inside

| March 25, 2017 @ 5:00 am

Re-Invention has a slogan: “Gorgeous goods for good, as one-of-a-kind as you are!”

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Severe Storms Possible Across Alabama Tomorrow

Severe Storms Possible Across Alabama Tomorrow

| March 24, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

STORMY SATURDAY: Roughly the western half of Alabama is in the standard “slight risk” of severe weather for tomorrow, with a “marginal risk” for the eastern counties

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Satellite Sheldon on the Weekend’s Active Weather

Satellite Sheldon on the Weekend’s Active Weather

| March 24, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

Satellite Sheldon’s take on this weekend’s active weather across Alabama and the Southland.

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A Quick Look At Our Weather At Midday; Strong Storms Tormorrow

A Quick Look At Our Weather At Midday; Strong Storms Tormorrow

| March 24, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

Skies across the area at the midday hour are mostly clear for a good part of the area, with a little more cloud cover along the Alabama/Mississippi state line and down into southwest Alabama.

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Sarah Parcak Named To Young Global Leaders By World Economic Forum

Sarah Parcak Named To Young Global Leaders By World Economic Forum

| March 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am

Sarah Parcak, Ph.D., archaeologist and associate professor in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology, has been named to the World Economic Forum’s community of Young Global Leaders.

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Dry Today; Stormy Tomorrow

Dry Today; Stormy Tomorrow

| March 24, 2017 @ 6:26 am

ACTIVE DAY TOMORROW: A surface low will be near St. Louis tomorrow with Alabama in a moist, unstable airmass. SPC maintains the standard “slight risk” of severe storms over the western side of Alabama, with a “marginal risk” to the east.

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Jefferson County Gets $25M For Infrastructure, Economic Development

Jefferson County Gets $25M For Infrastructure, Economic Development

| March 24, 2017 @ 6:25 am

An important Alabama Supreme Court decision will benefit Jefferson County.

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On This Day In Alabama History: U.S., Creek Nation Signed Treaty Of Cusseta

On This Day In Alabama History: U.S., Creek Nation Signed Treaty Of Cusseta

| March 24, 2017 @ 6:00 am

March 24, 1832: The U.S. government and the Creek Nation signed the Treaty of Cusseta in Washington, D.C.

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Young Women’s Empowerment Conference Challenges Traditional Images Of Success

Young Women’s Empowerment Conference Challenges Traditional Images Of Success

| March 24, 2017 @ 5:59 am

From career selection solutions to improving personal image, the 2017 Young Women’s Empowerment Conference (YWEC) was held with one main mission in mind.

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Capstone Agency And Alabama Power Holding University Of Alabama Grant Competition

Capstone Agency And Alabama Power Holding University Of Alabama Grant Competition

| March 24, 2017 @ 4:59 am

Capstone Agency and Alabama Power are nearing the final stretch of the first phase of the Igniting Innovation grant competition that began on Feb. 20.

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Strong/Severe Storms Possible Saturday

Strong/Severe Storms Possible Saturday

| March 23, 2017 @ 2:31 pm

We stay dry tomorrow with a partly sunny sky and a high back in the 70s. To the west we will be keeping an eye an upper trough moving out of the Rockies that will bring a severe weather threat to places like Dallas, Tulsa, Little Rock, and Shreveport.

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Take Your Spring Break At The Birmingham Zoo, A Flower Show Or A Concert This Weekend In Can’t Miss Alabama

Take Your Spring Break At The Birmingham Zoo, A Flower Show Or A Concert This Weekend In Can’t Miss Alabama

| March 23, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

Here are our top picks for the first spring weekend of 2017.

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