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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On this Date in 1975: Hurricane Eloise Sets its Sights on the Gulf Coast

On this Date in 1975: Hurricane Eloise Sets its Sights on the Gulf Coast

| September 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Hurricane Eloise would have a few surprises before it made landfall along the Gulf Coast.

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Better Kombucha is an Alabama Maker Bottling a Passion for Healthy Living

Better Kombucha is an Alabama Maker Bottling a Passion for Healthy Living

| September 19, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Nancey Legg is an Alabama Maker.

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On This Date in Alabama History: Gees Bend Ferry Returns to Service

On This Date in Alabama History: Gees Bend Ferry Returns to Service

| September 18, 2018 @ 10:05 pm

September 18, 2006 Gee’s Bend Ferry returned to service in Camden after being shut down for more than 40 years. The ferry, which provides critical access across the Alabama River, was shut down in 1962 in what was viewed as an attempt to make it more difficult for African-American residents to travel to the county […]

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Q&A: Dr. Doug Phillips Talks About Discovering (and Protecting) Alabama

Q&A: Dr. Doug Phillips Talks About Discovering (and Protecting) Alabama

| September 18, 2018 @ 5:05 am

Doug Phillips is arguably the most passionate and vocal conservationist in Alabama. He’s an educator and an outdoorsman, and he has become a familiar face as the host of “Discovering Alabama” for more than 30 years.

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On This Date in Alabama History:  Hank Williams Was Born

On This Date in Alabama History: Hank Williams Was Born

| September 17, 2018 @ 5:05 am

His influence on country and other genres of music was and remains significant.

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An Early Afternoon Look at Alabama’s Weather

An Early Afternoon Look at Alabama’s Weather

| September 16, 2018 @ 1:24 pm

A few clouds from Florence have worked into East Alabama this afternoon, but most everyone else is hot and dry.

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Satellite Sheldon’s Hurricane Face-off:  Exceptional Florence vs. Historic Harvey

Satellite Sheldon’s Hurricane Face-off: Exceptional Florence vs. Historic Harvey

| September 14, 2018 @ 10:56 am

Satellite expert Sheldon Kusselson has given a review of Florence and Harvey from last year at landfall in terms of moisture. Both were all wet.

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Florence About to Make Landfall Near Wrightsville Beach; Wilmington Records 91 mph Wind Gust

Florence About to Make Landfall Near Wrightsville Beach; Wilmington Records 91 mph Wind Gust

| September 14, 2018 @ 5:27 am

Wilmington NC is in the eyewall of Florence right now and has recorded a wind gust to 91 mph

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Satellite Sheldon Compares the Moisture on Florence and Harvey

Satellite Sheldon Compares the Moisture on Florence and Harvey

| September 13, 2018 @ 1:35 pm

The moisture fields around Florence and 2017’s Harvey look very similar, with one important difference. Florence is hammering the North Carolina coast at this time, the center located 115 miles east-southeast of Wilmington at this time.

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Showers and Storms Becoming Numerous Across North Central, Northwest Alabama

Showers and Storms Becoming Numerous Across North Central, Northwest Alabama

| September 9, 2018 @ 1:07 pm

Showers and storm are becoming numerous across parts of North and Central Alabama this afternoon ahead of an approaching trough and cold front. Rain chances will remain elevated into midweek, which good news for our recent dry conditions.

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Could Florence Rival or Surpass Hazel, Hugo in the Carolinas?

Could Florence Rival or Surpass Hazel, Hugo in the Carolinas?

| September 9, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

Hurricane Florence is poised to rapidly intensify over the next 36 hours and if it impacts the Carolinas, it could go down in the pantheon of Great Hurricanes that have affected that area.

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A Few Afternoon Notes on Tropical Storm Gordon

A Few Afternoon Notes on Tropical Storm Gordon

| September 3, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

A hurricane warning has been issued for the Alabama and Mississippi coasts as Gordon is now forecast to become a hurricane before landfall.

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Tropical Storm Gordon: A Little Stronger, Further East:  Three Scenarios for the Central Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Gordon: A Little Stronger, Further East: Three Scenarios for the Central Gulf Coast

| September 3, 2018 @ 10:54 am

The official forecast track for Tropical Storm Gordon has been shifted east a bit and Tropical Storm Warnings have been shifted east to include parts of the Florida Panhandle as well. The official forecast takes Gordon to just below hurricane status, but it could grow a little stronger than expected.

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Disturbance Is Now Tropical Storm Gordon

Disturbance Is Now Tropical Storm Gordon

| September 3, 2018 @ 7:23 am

We now have Tropical Storm Gordon. The center has just passed through the Florida Keys and is moving into the Gulf of Mexico. A Special Advisory will be issued at 8 a.m. CDT.

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Late Evening Notes on Our Tropical Storm-To-Be

Late Evening Notes on Our Tropical Storm-To-Be

| September 2, 2018 @ 10:54 pm

Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven is not a tropical depression yet, but it could be by mid-morning tomorrow as it crosses the Florida Keys and enters the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm Tuesday night between Mobile and Morgan City, Louisiana.

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Fairly Typical Labor Weekend Weather for Central Alabama; Watching the Gulf for Tropical Development

Fairly Typical Labor Weekend Weather for Central Alabama; Watching the Gulf for Tropical Development

| September 2, 2018 @ 11:47 am

Fairly typical summertime weather will dominate Alabama weather through Labor Day as we track the progress of potential TD7/Tropical Storm Gordon pushes into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tropical Mischief:  Impacts of 91L Along the Gulf Coast

Tropical Mischief: Impacts of 91L Along the Gulf Coast

| September 2, 2018 @ 9:24 am

There is a good chance that we will see a tropical depression form near the Florida Keys late tonight or early Monday. It will strengthen into Tropical Storm Gordon over the eastern Gulf before making landfall near the Louisiana/Mississippi coast late Tuesday night into early Wednesday.

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More Strong Storms About to Move Into Northwest Alabama;  Not Severe At This Time

More Strong Storms About to Move Into Northwest Alabama; Not Severe At This Time

| August 20, 2018 @ 10:21 pm

Strong storms are approaching Northwest Alabama at this hour. They are not severe and are not expected to become severe.

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