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Archive for November 15th, 2012

Dry Through Thanksgiving

| 3:19 pm November 15, 2012

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CLOUDS OVER SOUTHEAST ALABAMA: Visible satellite images this afternoon show clouds lingering over parts of East and South Alabama… generally east of a line from Auburn to Troy to Brewton. Auburn is reporting only 52 degrees at mid-afternoon with a low overcast, but to the west, where the sun is shining, places like Birmingham and Tuscaloosa are in the low 60s.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Fine fall weather… sunny cool days and clear cold nights. Highs will be in the mid 60s, with lows in the 30s and low 40s. Dry air means no rain.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: Sure looks like we stay dry all the way through “Black Friday”. Next week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. The 12Z GFS suggests a few showers could return over the following weekend (11/24-25), but nothing really widespread or heavy. See the Weather Xtreme video for a detailed look at the week and travel weather.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looks great for the high school playoff games tomorrow night; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 52 at kickoff into the 40s by the second quarter.

Alabama will host Western Carolina Saturday morning at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (11:21 a.m. kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny, with temperatures rising from near 60 at kickoff to 64 at the final snap. Auburn hosts Alabama A&M at 1:00 Saturday afternoon… there will be a good supply of sunshine during the game; the kickoff temperature will be near 63 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter as the sun goes low on the horizon.

Very similar weather for the UAB/Memphis game Saturday afternoon at Legion Field (1:00 kickoff); lots of sunshine with a kickoff temperature near 64 degrees, but falling into the 50s late in the game as darkness nears.

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I enjoyed seeing all of the sixth graders today at Berry Middle School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! Also thanks to the Roteract Club of Birmingham… great to be with them at lunch today. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

WWAW – Winter Weather and Your Home

| 7:21 am November 15, 2012

Winter Weather Awareness Week (WWAW) in Alabama is this week. The focus on awareness today is winter weather and your home.

-Brian-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
1201 AM CST THU NOV 15 2012

...THIS WEEK IS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN ALABAMA...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE ALABAMA STATE EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY HAVE PROCLAIMED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12TH THROUGH
NOVEMBER 16TH, 2012 AS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN ALABAMA.
WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR BEING PREPARED
FOR THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF A SEVERE WINTER WEATHER EPISODE.

...TODAY'S TOPIC IS WINTER WEATHER AND YOUR HOME...

YOUR HOME SHOULD BE JUST AS PREPARED FOR WINTER AS YOU ARE. WINTER
STORMS CAN QUICKLY BECOME SEVERE, KNOCKING DOWN POWER AND
TELEPHONE LINES. ROADS CAN QUICKLY BECOME TREACHEROUS MAKING IT
DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. HERE ARE SOME TIPS
TO HELP EASE THE HARDSHIPS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY COULD SUFFER WHILE
RIDING OUT THE SNOW AND COLD AT HOME.

BEFORE WINTER'S FURY HITS, MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS WELL INSULATED.
CAULK AND WEATHER STRIP DOORS AND WINDOWS TO HELP KEEP THE HEAT IN
AND THE COLD OUT. INSTALL STORM WINDOWS OR COVER WINDOWS WITH
PLASTIC.

KEEP SOME TYPE OF EMERGENCY HEATING EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE SO YOU CAN
KEEP AT LEAST ONE ROOM WARM ENOUGH TO BE LIVABLE IF YOUR FURNACE IS
NOT OPERATING. KNOW HOW TO USE THIS EMERGENCY HEATING EQUIPMENT
SAFELY TO PREVENT A FIRE OR INHALING DANGEROUS FUMES.

STOCK AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY OF FOOD. EVEN IF YOU LIVE CLOSE TO
A GROCERY STORE, THEIR SUPPLIES WILL DWINDLE FAST IF ROADS ARE
CLOSED TO SUPPLY TRUCKS. INCLUDE FOODS THAT REQUIRE NO COOKING OR
REFRIGERATION OR HAVE EMERGENCY COOKING FACILITIES IN CASE OF POWER
FAILURE. NATURAL FOODS LIKE RAISINS AND OTHER DRIED FRUIT ARE GREAT
QUICK-ENERGY PRODUCERS.

ALSO, DO NOT FORGET TO STOCK A FLASHLIGHT, A FIRE EXTINGUISHER, A
BATTERY POWERED RADIO AND EXTRA BATTERIES.

SHOULD YOUR FURNACE FAIL, KEEP WATER PIPES FROM FREEZING. WRAP THE
PIPES IN INSULATION MADE ESPECIALLY FOR WATER PIPES OR TIE LAYERS
OF NEWSPAPER AROUND THE PIPES. COVER THE NEWSPAPER WITH PLASTIC
TO KEEP OUT MOISTURE. LET FAUCETS DRIP A LITTLE. ALTHOUGH THIS
WASTES WATER, IT MAY PREVENT FREEZE DAMAGE. KNOW HOW TO SHUT OFF THE
WATER COMING INTO THE HOUSE. AS A LAST RESORT YOU MAY HAVE TO SHUT
OFF THIS MAIN VALVE AND DRAIN ALL THE PIPES TO KEEP THEM FROM
FREEZING AND BURSTING.

DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK FOR HELP IF THE SITUATION AT HOME STARTS TO
GET OUT OF CONTROL. CALL A NEIGHBOR OR A LOCAL SOCIAL OR EMERGENCY
SERVICE AGENCY. WRITE THOSE PHONE NUMBERS DOWN IN ADVANCE AND KEEP
THEM HANDY.

FRIDAYS WINTER WEATHER TOPIC WILL BE WINTER WEATHER SAFETY.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

    JIM STEFKOVICH
    METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    BIRMINGHAM, AL
    205-664-3010

OR VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX.


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On This Date In 1989…..

| 6:06 am November 15, 2012

Around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 15, 1989, a tornado touched down near Madkin Mountain on Redstone Arsenal, southwest of Huntsville. The tornado moved northeast towards the heavily-populated Airport Road area, where it would destroy or damage 80 businesses, 3 churches, a dozen apartment buildings, and more than 1,000 cars. It moved on, climbing over Garth Mountain, demolishing Jones Valley Elementary School, and destroying 259 homes in the Jones Valley area. The tornado then moved out into eastern Madison County, where it damaged the equipment and maintenance headquarters of Commission District 2 as well as a state forestry office, destroyed 3 more homes, a volunteer fire department, several barns and sheds, and numerous electrical towers.

All told, the tornado killed 21 people and injured 463. Rated an F4 on the Fujita Scale, it inflicted approximately $250 million in damage.

Unfortunately, there was initially no warning for the tornado in that Dopper Radar was not operational at the time.

In November 1989 I was working for WBRC… here was some of our coverage… (thanks to Mike Wilhelm for getting this online)

Cool, Dry Pattern Continues

| 5:48 am November 15, 2012

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THIS MORNING: The northwest counties of Alabama are clear and cold with temperatures below freezing in some areas; Haleyville reports 28 degrees at 5:00. But, from Birmingham east and south, clouds remain in place and temperatures are warmer. The RPM model has suggested this will be the cloud pattern for most of the day; places like Tuscaloosa, Fayette, and Hamilton should see a good supply of sunshine, while clouds will hang tough over the eastern counties. For the I-65 corridor, we will forecast a mix of sun and clouds for the Birmingham metro. Where the sun is out today, temperatures should reach the low 60s, but where the clouds stick around you won’t get out of the 50s. The low levels remain dry and rain is not expected today.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Very typical November weather for Alabama, with sunny cool days and clear chilly nights. Afternoon highs will be in the 62-65 degree range, with early morning lows between 36 and 43.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: The weather stays generally dry and cool. The 00Z GFS run keeps Alabama rain-free all week, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, exactly where we should be for mid to late November. If the 00Z run is correct, our next chance of rain will come on Sunday November 25 thanks to a cold front. And, the good news is that for now we don’t see any severe weather setup through the end of the month.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looks great for the high school playoff games tomorrow night; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 52 at kickoff into the 40s by the second quarter.

Alabama will host Western Carolina Saturday morning at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (11:21 a.m. kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny, with temperatures rising from near 60 at kickoff to 64 at the final snap. Auburn hosts Alabama A&M at 1:00 Saturday afternoon… there will be a good supply of sunshine during the game; the kickoff temperature will be near 63 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter as the sun goes low on the horizon.

Very similar weather for the UAB/Memphis game Saturday afternoon at Legion Field (1:00 kickoff); lots of sunshine with a kickoff temperature near 64 degrees, but falling into the 50s late in the game as darkness nears.

ON THIS DATE IN 1989: Around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 15, 1989, a tornado touched down near Madkin Mountain on Redstone Arsenal, southwest of Huntsville. The tornado moved northeast towards the heavily-populated Airport Road area, where it would destroy or damage 80 businesses, 3 churches, a dozen apartment buildings, and more than 1,000 cars. It moved on, climbing over Garth Mountain, demolishing Jones Valley Elementary School, and destroying 259 homes in the Jones Valley area. The tornado then moved out into eastern Madison County, where it damaged the equipment and maintenance headquarters of Commission District 2 as well as a state forestry office, destroyed 3 more homes, a volunteer fire department, several barns and sheds, and numerous electrical towers. All told, the tornado killed 21 people and injured 463. Rated an F4 on the Fujita Scale, it inflicted approximately $250 million in damage.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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I will be speaking at Berry Middle School this morning, and later to the Roteract Club of Birmingham at the Harbert Center. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon…. enjoy the day!