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Warm and Humid; Scattered Storms

May 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

Showers and storms will wind down this evening, but more are possible over the weekend. The best coverage looks like it will be Sunday, with only widely scattered storms on Saturday. The SPC has much of Alabama in a marginal risk category outlook for Sunday. Things look drier for the start of the week.

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Showers/Storms More Widely Spaced Today

May 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

AT DAYBREAK: A few small showers have popped up early this morning over the Birmingham metro, but most of the state is dry. Here is a look at the sunrise over Smith Lake this morning… photo from @kw202 Sure looks like today will be drier than recent days around here; still we have the risk […]

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

May 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Numerous thunderstorms have developed this afternoon from the Jacksonville and Oxford areas in Calhoun County down to Ashland in Clay County to Alexander City in Tallapoosa County to Wetumpka. They are especially widespread between Wetumpka and Montgomery, Auburn and Valley. They are producing intense lightning, torrential rains and some gusty winds. They have become especially […]

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Odds and Ends

Loss Of A Legend

May 11, 2015 | Comments (1)

When J.B.’s son Steve broke the news to me this afternoon, it almost took my breath away. Yes, we all know J.B.’s heath was failing, but I don’t think anyone expected his death so soon. J.B. Elliott was born April 17, 1932, about one month after a generational tornado outbreak that killed hundreds of Alabamians […]

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Sad News To Report

May 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

My long time mentor, J.B. Elliott, who worked at the National Weather Service in Birmingham for over 30 years, passed away this afternoon. Some of you recall hearing him on NOAA Weather Radio for years, and most of you loved hearing him on our show WeatherBrains. He wrote countless posts on the blog. More to […]

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Hear EM Speak About 4/27/2011 Operations Tonight at NWA Meeting

April 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

Tonight is our first Chapter Meeting of 2015! The meeting will be at the NWS Birmingham with special quest speaker, Eric Jones, Elmore County Emergency Manager. Eric, Emergency Management Director for Elmore County and former Director for the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers, will discuss how the Alabama Emergency Management Agency utilizes National Weather Service […]

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National and World Weather News

Who You Gonna Call? Drought Busters!

May 24, 2015 | Comments (0)

We have of course been following with great interest the breaking of the drought in Oklahoma. Three months ago, 22.8% of the Sooner State was in Extreme or Exceptional Drought, the worst two categories. This week, that number had dropped to ZERO. One year ago, 81% of the state was in full out drought. Last […]

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Flash Flood Emergency for OKC Metro

May 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Heavy rains from this afternoon and evening’s severe weather in the OKC Metro area has resulted in flash flooding. For the first time, the NWS Norman has used Flash Flood Emergency language in their warning. I have superimposed the tweet from our good friend and fellow WeatherBrains panelist Rick Smith. 5-8 inches of rain has […]

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Tornado Emergency SW Oklahoma City Metro

May 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

A big, rain wrapped mile wide wedge tornado is approaching the southwestern Oklahoma City Metro. Areas from Bridge Creek to Newcastle will be impacted. Could eventually impact Norman or Moore. This is a bad situation. Comments

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Meteorology 101

Scary Clouds

May 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

They are just that. Scary clouds. Several people around The Summit have been observing menacing looking funnel like clouds to the south over Double Oak Mountain. Here is an example from @jmdrennen. These are harmless scud clouds developing as air is lifted by the cooler, moist outflow of nearby storms. Cloud fragments, known as scud, […]

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Severe Weather Survey

February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

WeatherBrains Panelist Rick Smith, who is the outstanding Warnings Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, has been working with a couple of very bright OU senior met students on their Capstone project, which involves learning how people process and respond to severe weather information. They developed a quick survey and are […]

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National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 16-22, 2014

March 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, AlabamaWX is committed to keeping people informed of any initiative which will better prepare them to “Be a Force of Nature.” Starting today, NOAA and FEMA begin their annual National Flood Safety Awareness Week. This a week dedicated to providing life-saving information on being prepared for the threat of flooding. […]

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Reader Photos/Videos

Christmas in Fairhope

December 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Fairhope, a charming community on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, comes alive with color and decorations during the Christmas season. Enjoy this video montage shot earlier this week, showing what Fairhope looks like at Christmas… Comments

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Pell City Pelicans

February 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Nancy Galloway spotted an unusual sight from her home on Lake Logan Martin Saturday: a huge flock of visiting pelicans apparently passing through the area. She said the amazing thing was the size of the birds, dwarfing the Canadian Geese that frequent the area. They stayed around for about an hour before moving on. Thanks […]

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A View of the Snow

February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

As many folks know, my daughter lives in Chicago. Yesterday afternoon she sent me a short video she took on her way to her job at the Royal George Theater. I know we’ve all had a good deal of snow this winter, but I thought you might find it interesting to see another Chicago snow […]

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Weather History

May 30, 1948: The Vanport City Flood

May 29, 2015 | Comments (0)

On May 30, 1948, the Columbia River reclaimed the important war industry city of Vanport, Oregon, destroying ten thousand homes and leaving nineteen thousand people homeless. A total of twenty five people perished in the flood, which gave no warning before inundating the town.

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James Remembers the Brent Tornado

May 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

On Sunday night, May 27, 1973, I saw serious tornado damage for the first time in my life, and it changed my life. The sights and sounds are still fresh in my mind; almost like it happened yesterday. I was wrapping up my junior year at Tuscaloosa High School, and on that Sunday night we […]

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The Andover Tornado of 1991

April 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

On this day 24 years ago, an F5 tornado devastated the community of Andover, Kansas, in a violent tornado outbreak over the plains of Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. On April 26, 1991, a total of 55 tornadoes developed, 30 of which were rated an F2 or greater. At one point during the storm, three separate […]

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Other Recent Articles

Tropical Downpours This Afternoon

| 3:25 pm May 28, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms are moving northeast across Alabama this afternoon; it isn’t raining everywhere, but the stronger thunderstorms are producing torrential rain producing some flooding; this was along Rocky Ridge Road in Hoover earlier this afternoon (photo from @ayharvey) Severe storms are not expected this afternoon, but the heavier storms will produce gusty […]

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Flooding in Birmingham

| 3:23 pm May 28, 2015

Some areas in Birmingham are reporting flooding from this afternoon’s heavy thunderstorm that dumped as much as 1.5 to 2 inches of rain in just one hour according to Doppler radar estimates. The heaviest rain fell in the Hoover/Vestavia areas and in areas just north of downtown Birmingham. John Talbot just reported that there was […]

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Wet Afternoon Shaping Up For Birmingham Metro

| 2:42 pm May 28, 2015

A warm, moist and unstable airmass covers Central Alabama early this afternoon and thunderstorms have been developing near a surface trough as morning sunshine pushed the mercury to the point that convection could occur. The storms are not severe. There is little wind shear, in fact hardly enough to keep them organized. Can’t rule out […]

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Showers and Storms Firing Up

| 12:55 pm May 28, 2015

Showers and storms are starting to fire in an area of surface convergence generally along and just south of I-20 that is associated with a weak surface trough. All morning, we have been tracking showers and storms in a large mas over West Central Alabama. A smaller batch moved through Tuscaloosa earlier and now the […]

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Blanket Of Moist Air Hangs Around

| 6:19 am May 28, 2015

AT DAYBREAK: All is quiet across Alabama this morning; the sky is cloudy and temperatures are between 65 and 70 degrees at most places. There is some light rain around Huntsville, otherwise the rest of the state is dry as the day begins. Another round of showers and storms is a good possibility this afternoon; […]

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Rain, Storms Lifting Northeast

| 7:11 pm May 27, 2015

It is nice to see our old friend SimuAWIPS working again. It is a go to site for me for rapid analysis of the state of the atmosphere. Here is the SimuAWIPS depiction of the radar across the Southeast in the large panel. You can clearly see the shield of rain and storms. If you […]

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Birmingham Metro Storms Packing a Punch

| 6:08 pm May 27, 2015

The storms moving into the Birmingham Metro area right now are strong, with torrential rains, deadly lightning, gusty winds and even some small hail possible. There was a severe thunderstorm warning for Shelby, Bibb and Chilton Counties, but it has expired. Here is the radar just after 6 p.m.: No warnings are in effect for […]

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bibb, Shelby and Chilton

| 5:29 pm May 27, 2015

A line of strong storms continues to lift northward across Central Alabama late this afternoon. Lots of intense lightning, strong gusty winds, some hail and torrential rains in all of the storms. In the warning area, we could see 60 mph winds, which can bring down trees and power lines and one inch hail. THE […]

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bibb and Tuscaloosa Counties

| 5:05 pm May 27, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Bibb and Tuscaloosa Counties in West Central Alabama. The warning is outlined in yellow. The peach outline is a significant weather alert from the NWS Birmingham for strong storms that will affect the alert area through 5:30 p.m. That area will see […]

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Storms Increasing Across Alabama

| 3:23 pm May 27, 2015

RADAR UPDATE: Showers and storms continue to increase, especially over the western half of the state at mid-afternoon. A severe thunderstorm watch is up for parts of East Mississippi until 7p CT. Showers and storms will progress eastward tonight; the main issues will come from gusty winds, frequent lightning, and brief heavy rain. Storms will […]

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NOAA Hurricane Season Outlook

| 12:54 pm May 27, 2015

NOAA released the annual hurricane season outlook today… here is the release: NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy. For the hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to November 30, NOAA is predicting a […]

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Forecast for Today’s Rickwood Classic: Fun!

| 10:24 am May 27, 2015

Today is my favorite baseball day of the year! It is the day that one of the best sporting events of the year in all of world occurs. An event that ESPN says is one of the 100 Things That a Sports Fan Has To Do Before They Die. The Birmingham Barons and Jacksonville Suns […]

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Showers/Storms Develop Later Today

| 6:11 am May 27, 2015

AT DAYBREAK: It is a quiet late May morning across the great state of Alabama; nothing on radar… the sky is mostly cloudy, and temperatures are mostly in the 65 to 70 degree range. The high resolution HRRR model suggests the best chance of rain today will come this afternoon with a band of showers […]

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Unsettled Weather Continues Tomorrow

| 3:25 pm May 26, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Some light rain lingers over East Alabama this afternoon, but the stronger storms are now over Georgia. The sky is mostly cloudy, and temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 70s. TOMORROW: Showers and storms remain possible, but it won’t rain all day, and the sun could peek out at times. We […]

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Line of Storms Moving East, Not Severe

| 9:04 am May 26, 2015

Our line of showers and storms has been fairly well behaved this morning. There was one severe thunderstorm warning for Jackson MS overnight, with some tree and power line damage reported there, but the line continued to slowly weaken as it moved into Alabama early this morning. The line has been nearly as straight as […]

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More Rain/Storms For Alabama Today

| 6:16 am May 26, 2015

RADAR CHECK: The band of severe storms that brought serious flooding and some wind damage to parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana last night, as expected, has been steadily weakening early this morning, and is entering West Alabama as I write this around sunrise. We will forecast a good chance of rain and thunderstorms […]

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WeatherBrains 487: Tribute to JB

| 5:15 am May 26, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 487 is now online (May 25, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! This is the longest running podcast on weather having been on the air for nearly 10 years. Tonight’s show will be a little different as we pay tribute to our friend, JB […]

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Storms To Our West Due in Here Tomorrow Morning

| 10:35 pm May 25, 2015

It has been a rough afternoon and night to the west of Alabama with a huge squall line producing tornadoes in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Tornadoes have threatened the Shreveport Metro, the Little Rock Metro and menaced Denison, Texas. A flash flood emergency has been in effect for Austin, Texas, where catastrophic flooding […]

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