We had a record crowd for today’s Storm Alert Xtreme at the BJCC in downtown Birmingham. The room was jam packed… special thanks to Brian Peters for his usual excellent job, along with the great American weather legend J.B. Elliott for speaking to the crowd. We have a big crowd that will be added to our Skywatcher group this weekend, giving Alabama more trained weather spotters, and in turn making the warning process more effective. Here are some shots from this morning….
You can watch the morning session below, as recorded on uStream…
Our annual storm training event is almost here! Storm Alert Xtreme 2010 will be held on Saturday, November 13… like recent years, we are doing the training in association with the Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association. Our event will be from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m… and everybody that comes to Storm Alert Xtreme will gain free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, which is also going on at the BJCC exhibition hall.
We ask that all current Skywatchers attend, and of course, if you want to join the team, you will need to be there. There is absolutely no admission charge, and no need to register. Our associated Brian Peters will do the training, and I will be speak along with the Great American Weather Legend, J.B. Elliott.
You will enter the BJCC in the entrance that is across the street from the Sheraton; we will have plenty of signs so you won’t miss it. We will have a break for lunch between the morning and early afternoon session; there are plenty of places around the complex for a quick lunch.
We hope to see you Saturday November 13 in Birmingham at the BJCC!
Effective at 10:00 a.m. today, Linda Casey, State Forester of Alabama, rescinded the Fire Alert for all 67 Alabama counties. According to officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission, the state has received enough rain over the last couple of weeks to reduce the threat of wildfire. The rain, combined with lower temperatures and milder conditions has provided enough moisture in ground fuels to justify lifting the Fire Alert. Mrs. Casey reminds everyone that the state is still experiencing abnormally dry conditions and to use all necessary safety precautions when doing any type of burning. The Commission will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the state. If ground fuels become exceptionally dry again, it may be necessary to re-issue a Fire Alert in the affected areas.
Under Alabama law, a burn permit is required for all forestry and agricultural burns, except fires smaller than 1/4 acre if it is more than 25 feet from a forested area. However, the burner is still responsible for the fire.
In general, the permit means the burner has the manpower and equipment to control the fire and agrees to stay with the fire until it is out. Burning permits may be obtained by calling the Alabama Forestry Commission at 1-800-392-5679. There are some county and city laws that also restrict outdoor burning. Burners are responsible for contacting their local government for additional information.
Also, rescinding of the Fire Alert does not remove the restrictions in place prohibiting open fires for Alabama’s four national forests. Additional information about the National Forests’ “no open fires” order can be found at: www.southernregion.fs.fed.us/alabama