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Cool Pic of the Day

| 10:16 am July 4, 2015

Here is a cool graphic of the current visible satellite image with radar echoes superimposed.

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That delineated line is the outflow sinking south.

You can see clearing out behind it. The southward impetus of the outflow and the low level southerly surface winds are blowing off the tops of the clouds, resulting in the striations.

Additional storms are already firing back in western Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. They are the result of another wind maximum moving through the upper trough just to our northwest that results in diffluence or spreading apart aloft, which creates lift at the surface!


Flooding Scenes from Shades Creek

| 9:36 am July 4, 2015

Serious flooding continues across parts of the Birmingham Metro despite the fact that the rain has ended.

these photos are from the Mountain Brook Parkway, courtesy of @Davi29P who apparently lives in the Old Mill House.

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Water rescues have been ongoing at the Rue Maison and Rue Deville apartments on Shades Creek at Lakeshore and Green Springs.


Record Rainfall for the Date

| 8:33 am July 4, 2015


3.12 inches of rain has fallen at the Birmingham Airport so far today through 8:15 a.m.

This is a new record rainfall for July 4th in the Magic City.

The former record (2.10″) was recorded in the first year we have reliable records, 1895!

That same year, the high was only 80F. We might not see 80F today. It we stay at 76F or cooler, it will tie or beat the record cool high for Independence Day. A few breaks in the clouds should prevent that from happening, but it could be a top ten coolest Fourth of July at Birmingham. And it certainly is the wettest!


Will It Rain All Day?

| 8:21 am July 4, 2015

The answer is…no.

Almost everyone will see rain today, but there will be breaks.

The current band of rain covering nearly all of North Central Alabama is beginning to slowly diminish at this hour. It should end over western Alabama by 10 a.m. and in the Birmingham area by noon.

Locations along and east of I-65 should see a 2-4 hour break in the rain through early afternoon.

But additional rain and storms will move into and form over western Alabama starting around noon, and this activity will work its way across the area through the afternoon with most folks seeing another 2-3 hours of rain.


Based on the HRRR model, which we are depicting above in a 15 hour loop, the rain should start again in Birmingham around mid-afternoon and last 2-3 hours. Then there could be a nice break for several hours, perhaps allowing Thunder on the Mountain and other fireworks displays to go off without any rain problems.

None of this is poured in concrete and is based on model data, so stay tuned.

3.12 inches at Birmingham Airport so far today through 8:15 a.m. This is a new record rainfall for July 4th in the Magic City. The former record (2.10″0 was recorded in the first year we have reliable records, 1895!


Serious Situation in Birmingham Metro

| 8:04 am July 4, 2015

A serious flash flooding situation is in effect in the Birmingham Metro.

John Talbot reports that Homewood Police and Fire have a major water rescue/evacuation in progress at apartments off Lakeshore Dr.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue also performing water rescues.

Please, on this Fourth of July, turn around, don’t drown! Don’t put first responders and your family in jeopardy by driving into flood waters.

Here is the current radar:


More heavy rain continues across southern parts of the Birmingham Metro at this hour. The heaviest rain is in the I-459 corridor around Hoover up to Liberty Park. Thunderstorms have really increased in that area with lots of lightning and booming thunder. I have picked up 2.32 inches of rain since midnight in Vestavia off Acton Road.

Rain is slowing over the City of Birmingham, which is good news, but serious flash flooding continues.


Village Creek Situation

| 7:31 am July 4, 2015

Village Creek now at 10.93 feet and still rising.

You can see from this flood gauge graphic how rapidly the water has risen on Village Creek in western Birmingham.


Additional very heavy rain is falling in this area still and the flooding is expected to worsen.

Here is what flooding looks like at 11 feet from an experimental graphic from the NWS Birmingham.