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

rss feed

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Storms Approaching Northwest Alabama

Storms Approaching Northwest Alabama

| August 20, 2018 @ 8:35 pm

Strong to severe storms will impact West Alabama’s Franklin, Marion and Lamar counties within the next 30 minutes, but should weaken rapidly as they move further into the state.

Read More

Alabama Update at 12:30 p.m.:  More Scattered Showers and Storms Expected Across Central Sections This Afternoon

Alabama Update at 12:30 p.m.: More Scattered Showers and Storms Expected Across Central Sections This Afternoon

| August 19, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

Rain chances will remain higher than normal for the next three days for parts of Central and North Alabama, but don’t look for any major rainfall. Storms could be strong late tomorrow night across northwestern sections.

Read More

Remember Hurricane Camille:  Pete Wentzell’s Story

Remember Hurricane Camille: Pete Wentzell’s Story

| August 17, 2018 @ 8:01 am

On this date 49 years ago, residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast were waking up to the surprising news that one of the strongest hurricanes in history was heading their way.

Read More

Dense Fog Advisory for Parts of Central Alabama

Dense Fog Advisory for Parts of Central Alabama

| August 15, 2018 @ 5:48 am

Visibilities may drop to 1/4 mile or less in fog in the advisory area.

Read More

Strong Storms Across Central Alabama Producing Lightning, Gusty Winds and Small Hail

Strong Storms Across Central Alabama Producing Lightning, Gusty Winds and Small Hail

| August 12, 2018 @ 2:06 pm

Strong storms have formed over Central Alabama this afternoon. Some of them have gusty winds and small hail. Be alert for the dangerous lightning. When thunder roars, go indoors, because you are close enough to be struck when you can hear it.

Read More

Rogue Storm Moving Into Western Jefferson County

Rogue Storm Moving Into Western Jefferson County

| August 12, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

A few storms are forming this afternoon across North Central and West Central Alabama. They should be mainly confined to areas along and south of US-82, but some have gone rogue.

Read More

Back Side of Upper Low Brings Dry Air to Parts of Alabama

Back Side of Upper Low Brings Dry Air to Parts of Alabama

| August 12, 2018 @ 12:16 pm

Showers and storms will be limited mainly to areas along and south of US-82 today.

Read More

Heat Advisory for South Central Alabama From Noon Until 7 p.m. Today

Heat Advisory for South Central Alabama From Noon Until 7 p.m. Today

| August 7, 2018 @ 5:15 am

Hot and humid conditions are expected across Central Alabama today. In South Central Counties, heat may reach dangerous levels during the afternoon and early evening.

Read More

An Early Afternoon Look at Alabama’s Weather

An Early Afternoon Look at Alabama’s Weather

| August 5, 2018 @ 1:38 pm

It is a warm Sunday afternoon across Central Alabama Only isolated showers and storms are expected today as high pressure maintains its control on Alabama’s weather.

Read More

A Hot and Dry Sunday for the Northern Half of Alabama

A Hot and Dry Sunday for the Northern Half of Alabama

| July 29, 2018 @ 1:05 pm

A hot and dry day is in progress across Alabama. Showers and storms will be limited to South Alabama today with only small rain chances over the northern half of the state.

Read More

Strong to Severe Storms Over South Alabama; Slightly Lower Dew Points Moving into North and Central Alabama Behind Front

Strong to Severe Storms Over South Alabama; Slightly Lower Dew Points Moving into North and Central Alabama Behind Front

| July 22, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

A cold front continues traveling southward into South Alabama this afternoon, triggering strong to severe storms. Drier air is moving into North and Central Alabama with slightly lower humidities and a freshening northwest wind.

Read More

It’s All About the Boundary

It’s All About the Boundary

| July 21, 2018 @ 12:07 pm

There is a threat of severe weather over eastern Alabama this afternoon ahead of an eastward moving boundary.

Read More

A Few Notes on the Alabama Weather Situation Just After 9 a.m.; Severe Storms Possible This Afternoon/Evening

A Few Notes on the Alabama Weather Situation Just After 9 a.m.; Severe Storms Possible This Afternoon/Evening

| July 21, 2018 @ 9:17 am

Things are calming for now across Central Alabama but more severe weather is possible this afternoon and evening.

Read More

Heat Advisories Today, Severe Weather Tonight

Heat Advisories Today, Severe Weather Tonight

| July 20, 2018 @ 5:15 am

Heat will be a problem across parts of Alabama this afternoon, but severe weather presents a real threat tonight for much of the state, including a significant threat of damaging winds.

Read More

Here is a Look at the Alabama Weather Situation as of 7:20 p.m.

Here is a Look at the Alabama Weather Situation as of 7:20 p.m.

| July 15, 2018 @ 7:23 pm

Some amazing rainfall rates are being recorded from intense thunderstorms in the Birmingham Metro area. 1.01 inches of rain fell in 9 minutes at the National Weather Service in Calera.

Read More

A Hot and Humid Sunday Afternoon Across Alabama

A Hot and Humid Sunday Afternoon Across Alabama

| July 15, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

Another hot and humid July afternoon is in progress across Central Alabama. Heat Index values are already between 94F-100F and will approach 105F over western counties this afternoon, where heat advisories are in effect.

Read More