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Clouds Are Hanging Tough At Midday Across Central Alabama

Clouds Are Hanging Tough At Midday Across Central Alabama

| February 22, 2017 @ 1:01 pm

At this “later than midday hour” across Central Alabama, rainfall has pretty much come to an end for most of the area. The only exceptions would be for a few showers over parts of our east and southeastern counties. Otherwise, the rest of the area is generally cloudy, but there are some breaks in those […]

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Clouds Linger Today; Some Light Rain/Drizzle

Clouds Linger Today; Some Light Rain/Drizzle

| February 22, 2017 @ 9:15 am

RADAR CHECK: Early this morning the bulk of the rain on radar was south and east of Birmingham… Clouds still blanket all of Alabama, and there is some patchy drizzle over the northern half of the state. The upper low responsible for the widespread rain yesterday is moving southeast, toward the eastern Gulf of Mexico, […]

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Trending Drier Tomorrow

Trending Drier Tomorrow

| February 21, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

RADAR CHECK: Widespread rain continues across much of Alabama this afternoon… Temperatures are hovering around the 60 degree mark as the rain falls, and there is no lightning showing up over the northern half of Alabama. Periods of rain will continue tonight statewide as an upper trough moves in from the west. We trend drier […]

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Severe Weather

Did You Hear This Morning’s Practice Tornado Warning?

Did You Hear This Morning’s Practice Tornado Warning?

| February 22, 2017 @ 9:04 am

The National Weather Service has issued a practice tornado warning for Central Alabama. Now is a good time to think about what you would do if it were a real warning.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Wednesday’s Topic – Tornadoes

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Wednesday’s Topic – Tornadoes

| February 22, 2017 @ 7:30 am

Living in Central Alabama, you really need no introduction to tornadoes. A tornado is a violently rotating column of air usually descending from thunderstorms that makes contact with the ground. Wind speeds with a tornado can be as week as 65 MPH, but can reach upwards of 200 MPH and beyond. The fastest wind speed […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tuesday’s Topic – Flooding & Flash Flooding

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tuesday’s Topic – Flooding & Flash Flooding

| February 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Central Alabama is susceptible to flooding year-round due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the nearly unlimited supply of moisture it provides. In our case, this can occur from slow-moving summertime thunderstorms, a decaying tropical system, or large storm systems. Sometimes floods develop slowly and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will […]

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Partner News Stories

On This Day In Alabama History: Auburn And Alabama Play Football For First Time

On This Day In Alabama History: Auburn And Alabama Play Football For First Time

| February 22, 2017 @ 4:00 am

By Graydon Rust Alabama 200 February 22, 1893 The University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams played for the first time in Birmingham’s Lakeview Park before a crowd of 5,000. The matchup, which Auburn won 32-22, occurred only a year after both schools fielded teams for the first time and kicked off an annual […]

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Alabama Maker’s Stained-Glass Art Colors Home And Heaven

Alabama Maker’s Stained-Glass Art Colors Home And Heaven

| February 21, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

By Tommy Black Deborah Strawn Glass, Loachapoka The Maker: Deborah Strawn Deborah Strawn’s past profession helped people hear better. Her current one helps them see the light.“I have a master’s degree in audiology from Auburn University, and used to work with the hearing impaired,” Strawn says. “That was my bread and butter – until I […]

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On This Day In Alabama History: Confederate Congress Ok’d Lease Of Mansion

On This Day In Alabama History: Confederate Congress Ok’d Lease Of Mansion

| February 21, 2017 @ 4:30 am

By Graydon Rust Alabama 200 February 21, 1861 The Provisional Confederate Congress authorized the lease of an executive mansion in Montgomery for $5,000 a year. Built in the Federal style between 1832 and 1835, the First White House of the Confederacy served as the residence of Jefferson Davis for three months while Montgomery was the […]

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Weather History/Meteorology 101

2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

| February 21, 2017 @ 6:05 am

The morning of Sunday, February 21, 1971 was a sleepy one across the Delta of Mississippi, a flat expanse of fertile soil. It was warm and humid, with temperatures in the middle 60s and dewpoints around 60 degrees. Radio reports told of a crippling snowstorm affecting Texas. On the weather maps that morning, a surface […]

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The Enigma Outbreak: On This Date in 1884

The Enigma Outbreak: On This Date in 1884

| February 19, 2017 @ 9:01 am

The U.S. Army Signal Corps was in charge of collecting weather observations and producing storm warnings in 1884. The weather map from the morning of Tuesday, February 19th that year showed low pressure over northern Illinois. Temperatures over the lower Mississippi Valley were in the 60s that morning. From North Alabama into North Carolina, temperatures […]

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The Tornado that Birthed a National Weather Service Office

The Tornado that Birthed a National Weather Service Office

| February 16, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Just before dawn on Thursday morning, February 16, 1995, thunderstorms were sweeping across North and Central Alabama. The National Weather Service Forecast Office south of Birmingham had responsibility for counties across the central section of the state. The National Weather Service Office in Huntsville had responsibility for several counties in the Tennessee Valley. About 4:25 […]

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Spacey Stuff

Venus Is Actually Getting Closer To The Earth

Venus Is Actually Getting Closer To The Earth

| February 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am

A WeatherBrains listener had a great question: “Venus is so bright tonight it looks closer. I know we’re nearing the end of the Venus viewing time in the evening sky, is it getting closer?” Venus is getting closer and will continue to do so until the end of March. Each night this week Venus will […]

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2/16/17: Spot the Station Over Central Alabama Tonight!

2/16/17: Spot the Station Over Central Alabama Tonight!

| February 16, 2017 @ 9:21 am

The International Space Station will be making a pass through the sky over Alabama this evening and it will give you a great chance to see it! It will be visible to the naked eye and will look like a fast moving plane, only hundreds of miles higher and moving thousands of miles an hour […]

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Tony Rice Joins the AlabamaWX Team!

Tony Rice Joins the AlabamaWX Team!

| February 15, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

You may have noticed the first entry in our new Spacey Stuff Category earlier this week by new AlabamaWX Contributor Tony Rice. If you haven’t, make sure to check it out. Tony grew up in Southern California in the path of space shuttle orbiters landing at Edwards Air Force Base and has been looking up […]

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WeatherBrains Podcast

WeatherBrains 579: See How the Sausage is Made

WeatherBrains 579: See How the Sausage is Made

| February 21, 2017 @ 10:18 am

WeatherBrains Episode 579 is now online (February 20, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Tonight we take on the topic of the upcoming 2017 National Weather Association (NWA) annual meeting which will be held in Garden Grove, CA, from September 16-21, 2017. You can find all […]

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WeatherBrains 578: Hair Sticks to My Lip Gloss

WeatherBrains 578: Hair Sticks to My Lip Gloss

| February 15, 2017 @ 7:53 am

WeatherBrains Episode 578 is now online (February 13, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Joining us as the Guest WeatherBrain for this show is W. H. Maya, Assistant Editor at Smithsonian.com. She discussed her grandfather’s role in the NIMBUS weather satellite program. The NIMBUS satellite was […]

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The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded:  Tonight on WeatherBrains

The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded: Tonight on WeatherBrains

| February 12, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Smithsonian Magazine Assistant Web Editor Maya Wei-Haas only knew her grandfather as being retired. but when her grandmother died a few years ago, he came out of his shell. And had a fascinating story to tell. Maya learned that he was the manager of the NIMBUS weather satellite program in the 1960s. And in the […]

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Other Recent Posts

At Midday, Rain Continues To Fall Across Much Of Central Alabama

At Midday, Rain Continues To Fall Across Much Of Central Alabama

| February 21, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

As the title of this post states, much of the Central Alabama area is experiencing rainfall at the midday hour. There is a small break in the action across and around the I-65 corridor from the Alabama/Tennessee state line south to the northern part of Chilton County. The rain shield is making very slow progress […]

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Widespread Rain Through Tonight

Widespread Rain Through Tonight

| February 21, 2017 @ 6:35 am

RADAR CHECK: Rain has moved into West Alabama early this morning ahead of an upper trough approaching from the west. Rain will be fairly widespread across the state through tonight, although there will be some breaks. The good news is that there is no risk of severe weather, and I doubt if we hear much […]

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Mercedes Holds Key To Alabama Auto Industry Boom

Mercedes Holds Key To Alabama Auto Industry Boom

| February 21, 2017 @ 4:30 am

By Dawn Azok Made in Alabama In the 20 years since Mercedes-Benz began producing the M-Class SUV in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama’s auto industry has roared to life in communities across the state. Vehicle production has steadily risen to make Alabama one of the Top 5 auto-producing states in the U.S. Last year, for the second […]

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U.S. Coal Mines Are Opening In A Year Of “Cautious Optimism”

U.S. Coal Mines Are Opening In A Year Of “Cautious Optimism”

| February 21, 2017 @ 4:30 am

By Tim Loh Bloomberg Add Corsa Coal Corp. to the shortlist of U.S. coal producers doing something that’s become a bit of a rarity these days: opening mines. The Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based company will start a new operation in Pennsylvania as early as May. It joins Ramaco Resources Inc., which began producing at its first mine […]

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Widespread Rain For Alabama Tomorrow

Widespread Rain For Alabama Tomorrow

| February 20, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

FINE FEBRUARY AFTERNOON: Temperatures are in the 70s across Alabama this afternoon with sunshine through high clouds. Those clouds will thicken and lower tonight, however, and we will deal with wet weather tomorrow. RAIN RETURNS: Rain will become widespread across Alabama by mid to late morning tomorrow, and the rain continues tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow […]

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Descendants of the Movement:  Eyewitnesses to Civil Rights History

Descendants of the Movement: Eyewitnesses to Civil Rights History

| February 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

History often focuses on children of the movement — youngsters who were active participants in the fight for civil rights. But there were other young people who played a part in that history, as well — descendants of the movement, those who witnessed their parents or relatives fight to end segregation. Read more on the […]

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A Few High Clouds Out There At Midday, But A Great & Warm Day Across Central Alabama

A Few High Clouds Out There At Midday, But A Great & Warm Day Across Central Alabama

| February 20, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

At the midday hour across Central Alabama, we have some high, thin clouds floating overhead that are filtering the sun a little bit, but they are not affecting the temperatures at all. Back to our west, showers and thunderstorms are occurring over the eastern parts of Texas, into the western parts of Louisiana. No severe […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Monday’s Topic – Severe Thunderstorms

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Monday’s Topic – Severe Thunderstorms

| February 20, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

Thunderstorms are a familiar occurrence in Alabama. In Birmingham, we average 57 thunderstorm days a year. Mobile averages 79 thunderstorm days. Many find storms to be interesting and even thrilling, but they are dangerous creatures that deserve our respect. By definition, thunderstorms contain lightning, the underrated killer. Thunderstorms also produce damaging winds, hail, flooding and […]

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January 20th – Today in Alabama History: Charles Barkley was Born

January 20th – Today in Alabama History: Charles Barkley was Born

| February 20, 2017 @ 8:49 am

Basketball superstar Charles Barkley was born in Leeds. Known as “Sir Charles” and “the Round Mound of Rebound,” Barkley won the SEC Player of the Year in 1984 as he led Auburn University to its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Read more on the Alabama News Center. CommentsPowered by Facebook Comments

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