Author Archive: Bill Murray

Bill Murray is the President of The Weather Factory. He is the site's official weather historian and a weekend forecaster. He also anchors the site's severe weather coverage. Bill Murray is the proud holder of National Weather Association Digital Seal #0001 @wxhistorian

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Beautiful Today, Rain Tomorrow

Beautiful Today, Rain Tomorrow

| April 21, 2018 @ 6:29 am

Today will be a beautiful Spring day across Central Alabama, but rain will return in earnest tomorrow. Severe weather is not expected to be a threat.

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Stratocu Galore!  Breezy and Cool Afternoon Ahead for Central Alabama

Stratocu Galore! Breezy and Cool Afternoon Ahead for Central Alabama

| April 15, 2018 @ 11:58 am

SKies cleared quickly this morning, but the sun’s warmth cause widespread stratocumulus clouds to pop up, giving us partly sunny and cooler conditions.

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Today In Weather History:  The 1956 McDonald Chapel Tornado

Today In Weather History: The 1956 McDonald Chapel Tornado

| April 15, 2018 @ 9:16 am

Seven different Jefferson County communities were hit by this F4 tornado that skipped along a 21.5 mile path, killing 25 people.

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Our Own Atmospheric River; Flash Flooding Threat Increasing

Our Own Atmospheric River; Flash Flooding Threat Increasing

| April 14, 2018 @ 9:23 pm

Alabama is experiencing its own atmospheric river out of the Gulf of Mexico tonight, bringing very heavy rain and the potential for flooding. There is still a severe weather threat to the south as well.

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Strong Storm With Some Rotation Along the Jefferson/Shelby County Line Northwest of Helena

Strong Storm With Some Rotation Along the Jefferson/Shelby County Line Northwest of Helena

| April 14, 2018 @ 3:05 pm

Watching weak rotation south of I-459 along the Jefferson/Shelby County line northwest of Helena.

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Strong Storms Continue to Push Slowly East; Severe Weather and Flooding Threat Continues

Strong Storms Continue to Push Slowly East; Severe Weather and Flooding Threat Continues

| April 14, 2018 @ 2:09 pm

The southern part of our line of storms has been intensifying as it moves into more instability and more wind shear. The damaging threat and flooding threat continues, along with the possibility of a few tornadoes. A tornado watch remains in effect for parts of the area until 7 p.m. along with a flash flood watch through 1 a.m.

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Quick Update at 8 a.m.: New Tornado Watch to the West, Line Intensifying over Mississippi as Expected

Quick Update at 8 a.m.: New Tornado Watch to the West, Line Intensifying over Mississippi as Expected

| April 14, 2018 @ 8:10 am

Storms are intensifying impressively over Central and southern Mississippi. These storms will reach West Alabama before noon. There are no severe weather watches for Alabama at this time, but they will be required later.

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New Watch May Be Coming Soon for Extreme West Alabama as Severe Weather Threat Ramps Up

New Watch May Be Coming Soon for Extreme West Alabama as Severe Weather Threat Ramps Up

| April 14, 2018 @ 7:06 am

The severe weather threat to the west of Alabama will be ramping up over the next 1-2 hours which could lead to a new watch shortly.

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The NWS Birmingham’s Take on the Threat, By Matt Grantham

The NWS Birmingham’s Take on the Threat, By Matt Grantham

| April 14, 2018 @ 6:46 am

Morning forecast discussion from NWS FOrecaster Matt Grantham highlighting increasing confidence in the enhanced severe weather threat today.

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Quick Radar Check at 6 a.m.

Quick Radar Check at 6 a.m.

| April 14, 2018 @ 6:01 am

Strong storms are approaching northwestern Alabama early this morning and there is a threat of severe weather today and tonight across all of Alabama, including an enhanced threat over the western half of the state.

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No Severe Weather Overnight in Alabama; An Update on Saturday’s Threat

No Severe Weather Overnight in Alabama; An Update on Saturday’s Threat

| April 13, 2018 @ 10:24 pm

Alabama faces an enhanced severe weather threat on Saturday, including damaging winds and tornadoes. The window for severe weather in Alabama will be from 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. in western counties, between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. in the I-65 Corridor and mainly after 8 p.m. in the east.

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Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate Retired from Hurricane Names List

Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate Retired from Hurricane Names List

| April 12, 2018 @ 9:27 am

The World Meteorological Organization has announced the names that will be retired from the hurricane names list in the wake of the destructive 2017 season.

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Clouds Increasing Across North Alabama This Afternoon; Clouds, A Few Showers Overnight

Clouds Increasing Across North Alabama This Afternoon; Clouds, A Few Showers Overnight

| April 8, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

After a mostly sunny morning, clouds have been pushing southeastward across North Alabama, leaving partly sunny conditions. Clouds will increase areawide tonight, and there could be a few showers overnight.

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Patches of Light Rain are Moving Across the Northern Half of Alabama Late This Afternoon

Patches of Light Rain are Moving Across the Northern Half of Alabama Late This Afternoon

| April 7, 2018 @ 5:40 pm

Patches of light rain are adding to the uncomfortableness of this early April Saturday, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s and wind chills occasionally near freezing.

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Bundle Up!  A Miserable Saturday Ahead!

Bundle Up! A Miserable Saturday Ahead!

| April 6, 2018 @ 11:07 pm

By Bill Murray/Scott Martin Cold is the weather word again as another cold airmass overspreads the area. Saturday is going to be a miserable across North and Central Alabama in the wake of a very powerful cold front. It will be mostly cloudy, windy and cold. Add in a strong north wind, and some occasional […]

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