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Twenty Years Ago…

| 10:40 pm March 11, 2013

The great Blizzard of 1993… March 12-13, 1993.

Officially 13 inches of snow at Birmingham… some places had closer to 20 inches. Winds gusting to hurricane force on ridges, and convective snow complete with thunder and lightning.

Much more later… here are some viewer submitted images.

If you have photos from the generational snow event… send them to!

Clearing Tonight; Colder

| 3:17 pm March 11, 2013

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

RADAR CHECK: The rain has ended over Northwest Alabama at mid-afternoon, and the rest of the rain should be totally out of the state by late afternoon as drier air works in from the northwest. As expected, temperatures have been going the wrong way today; most communities have fallen into the 40s after early morning temperatures near 60.

We will down in the low to mid 30s early tomorrow with a clearing sky.

LONG DRY SPELL AHEAD: The weather during the mid-week period will be cool and dry. The high tomorrow will be near 60, but will drop into the mid 50s Wednesday with a cool breeze. The coldest morning will come early Thursday, with a sub-freezing low between 25 and 31 likely.

We warm to near 60 Thursday, and around 70 degrees Friday with a sunny both days.

DELIGHTFUL WEEKEND AHEAD: We stay rain-free Saturday and Sunday; the GFS is now printing a high of 75 degrees for Birmingham on Saturday; that would make it the warmest day so far this year if that is correct. Low to mid 70s are also likely Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds.

NEXT WEEK: The 12Z GFS is a little faster with the next system, hinting at a chance of showers/storms Monday night into Tuesday, but it doesn’t look like a severe weather setup at this point. In fact, the weather looks fairly tame through the rest of March. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Great weather on the Gulf Coast through the weekend for those of you on spring break this week. Sunny days, fair nights. Highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s through Friday; afternoon temperatures rise into the 70s over the weekend. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is only 60 degrees. You might want to try the hotel pool instead…

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. We will produce this week’s episode tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. CDT.

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I enjoyed meeting with a big home school group this morning at Greenbrier Road Baptist Church in Anniston… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Tonight’s the Night!

| 11:42 am March 11, 2013

Stitched Panorama

Seventeen months ago, we showed the weather world a great time when we lured the National Weather Association Annual Meeting to Birmingham. It is generally regarded as one of the best and was certainly one of the biggest NWA events in the organization’s history.

The Central Alabama Chapter was awarded the Chapter of the Year Award last year in Madison, Wisconsin. The award recognized for the excellent efforts of Past President Kevin Laws and current President Tara Goggins, not only in hosting the event, but in creating exciting events and outreach opportunities for members.

Now, we want to take the best and make it bigger! We want to bring all elements of the weather enterprise including NWS meteorologists, television weather folks, emergency managers, private meteorologists as well as weather enthusiasts together to build relationships and learn together about all aspects of Central Alabama weather.

Tonight, the Chapter will host its first meeting of three for 2013. Kevin Laws, the Science and Operations Officer at the NWS Birmingham, will present a tremendous one hour course in the new products from the upgraded Dual Pol radars. There will be a short quiz at the end, and all attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at Vulcan Park atop Red Mountain.

James Spann, Brian Peters and the world’s greatest weatherman J.B. Elliott are slated to attend.

You will have the opportunity to talk to other NWS forecasters, EMs, television mets and other weather crazed individuals like yourself. Come early! Doors open at 6 p.m. We will have you out by 8:30!

THERE WON’T BE ANY FOOD SERVED! So eat before you come.

All you have to do to attend is join the chapter and pay your $25 annual dues. This will entitle you to attend all three meetings this year plus give you access to the two socials and other workshops and outreach opportunities during the year.

Join here:

You can pay your dues on the site as well.

Help us reach our scholarship goal tonight. We want to raise $500 for first First Annual College Scholarship to be presented this summer. Please bring money tonight as we will be selling $10 raffle tickets at the door for a weekend stay at The Tutwiler Hotel!

Also, plan to join a committee so you can get involved. Several exciting opportunities will be explained tonight.

Follow the Chapter on Twitter @centralalnwa and like us on Facebook.

On This Date in 2011: The Great Tohoku Earthquake

| 10:37 am March 11, 2013

From our friend Steve Jones at AlabamaQuake:

On this date in 2011, a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck just off the northeastern coast of Honshu, Japan. The Great Tohoku Earthquake of 2011 was the fifth-largest earthquake ever recorded. At least 15,550 people were killed, 5,344 were missing, 5,314 were injured, and 130,927 were displaced by the earthquake itself and subsequent tsunami. At least 332,395 buildings, 2,126 roads, 56 bridges and 26 railways destroyed or damaged along the entire east coast of Honshu from Chiba to Aomori. The majority of casualties and damage occurred in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima from a Pacific-wide tsunami that had a maximum wave runup height of over 37 m at Miyako. The total economic loss in Japan was estimated at 309 billion US dollars.

Read more seismic details in the report, “Anatomy of a Mega-Quake” at

You can follow Steve on Twitter @alabamaquake (not to be confused with the excellent band Alabama Shakes!)

A Soaker of a Day

| 8:39 am March 11, 2013

Heavy rains have finally made into the Birmingham Metro where many locations are reporting moderate to heavy rain. The rain will last for several hours as a slow moving front continues to push east today. We are not expecting any severe weather, but there could be some flooding issues developing as we head throughout the day. Already, Lamar and Marion Counties are under an Areal Flood Advisory until 11 AM CDT and we could see similar situations across the state. Some areas could see one to two inches of rain today.

A large moisture plume continues to bring showers and a few rumbles of thunder into the state. The most intense rain should be out of here by early afternoon, with a few lingering showers hanging around. Today should be the  only wet day of the week as sunshine will be abundant everyday this week.

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