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 1980:  Alabama Broiling in a Tremendous Heat Wave

On This Date in 1980: Alabama Broiling in a Tremendous Heat Wave

| July 15, 2018 @ 11:55 am

On this date in 1980, Alabama was broiling in a tremendous heat wave.

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2018 Lightning Statistics

2018 Lightning Statistics

| July 15, 2018 @ 10:30 am

Fourteen people have been killed by lightning so far this year in the U.S., including one woman from Huntsville.

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Hot and Humid Conditions for the Western Portions of Alabama Today

Hot and Humid Conditions for the Western Portions of Alabama Today

| July 15, 2018 @ 5:33 am

Heat advisories have been posted again for today across parts of North and Central Alabama. Take it easy if you will be outside today.

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Strong Storms Over the Eastern Half of Birmingham Metro

Strong Storms Over the Eastern Half of Birmingham Metro

| July 14, 2018 @ 4:12 pm

Strong thunderstorms are producing dangerous lightning heavy rain and gusty winds across parts of the area.

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Don’t Be the Victim of a First Lightning Strike:  Keep an Eye to the Sky, and Your Radar App Handy

Don’t Be the Victim of a First Lightning Strike: Keep an Eye to the Sky, and Your Radar App Handy

| July 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Lightning can strike from a developing thunderstorm before the heavy rain begins. Keeping an eye to the sky and your favorite radar app that shows composite reflective can give you a precious few minutes time to get to safety before that first lightning strike occurs.

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UPDATED 10:13 AM:  Heat Advisories for your Saturday; New Counties Added

UPDATED 10:13 AM: Heat Advisories for your Saturday; New Counties Added

| July 14, 2018 @ 8:55 am

Heat advisories have been issued for parts of North and Central Alabama into this evening as heat index values will be around 105F this afternoon, which is a threshold for heat-related illnesses. Take it easy if you will be outside.

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Storms Get an Early Start This Morning

Storms Get an Early Start This Morning

| July 14, 2018 @ 8:31 am

A few storms formed early this morning over Northwest Alabama and are dropping toward the I-59 Corridor east of Tuscaloosa with brief heavy rain and some lightning. More storms will form today in the hot airmass across Alabama. Heat advisories are in effect.

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Heat Advisory Expanded for Parts of North, Northwest and West Central Alabama this Afternoon

Heat Advisory Expanded for Parts of North, Northwest and West Central Alabama this Afternoon

| July 13, 2018 @ 11:29 am

Temperatures near 95F this afternoon will combine with dewpoints in the mid and upper 70s to create heat index values near 105F. Take it easy if you will be outside.

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Sun Slow to Show

Sun Slow to Show

| July 8, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

Clouds and been slow to clear today across Alabama in the face of a persistent, moist southeasterly flow. Drier air will work into parts of the area later today and tomorrow, squashing showers and storms for some.

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Scattered Showers and Storms with Heavy Rain This Afternoon, Mainly Over Southeastern Sections of Central Alabama

Scattered Showers and Storms with Heavy Rain This Afternoon, Mainly Over Southeastern Sections of Central Alabama

| July 1, 2018 @ 1:10 pm

Scattered showers and storms will cause heavy rain, lightning, and gusty winds across Central Alabama this afternoon, most numerous in the eastern and southeastern sections.

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Welcome to July!

Welcome to July!

| July 1, 2018 @ 8:04 am

As you would expect, July is the hottest month of the year in Birmingham.

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Several Reports of Trees Down; Strong Storms Continue

Several Reports of Trees Down; Strong Storms Continue

| June 27, 2018 @ 4:44 pm

Strong storms have uprooted trees across North Central Alabama this afternoon. They continue to produce winds of 40-50 mph, torrential rains, dangerous lightning and some small hail at this hour.

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Strong Storms Continue Across North Central Alabama With Torrential Rain, Lightning, Gusty Winds and Some Hail

Strong Storms Continue Across North Central Alabama With Torrential Rain, Lightning, Gusty Winds and Some Hail

| June 27, 2018 @ 4:08 pm

Strong storms continue across North Central Alabama this afternoon with lots of lightning, small hail, torrential rains and gusty winds.

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Numerous Storms Across North Central Alabama This Afternoon

Numerous Storms Across North Central Alabama This Afternoon

| June 27, 2018 @ 2:58 pm

Storms continue to ramp across North and Central Alabama this afternoon. They are producing small hail, gusty winds, very heavy rain and dangerous lightning. A few of them could become severe with damaging winds into this evening.

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UPDATED 4:24 AM:  Heat Impacts for Central Alabama

UPDATED 4:24 AM: Heat Impacts for Central Alabama

| June 27, 2018 @ 4:24 am

Hot and humid conditions are expected again this afternoon for portions of West and South Central Alabama.

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Storms Intensifying Over Northwest Alabama

Storms Intensifying Over Northwest Alabama

| June 26, 2018 @ 9:52 pm

Intense storms have formed tonight over Northwest Alabama. Some of them are capable of producing damaging winds. They also are producing torrential rains and dangerous lightning.

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Weather Alert: Hot and Humid Conditions Expected Again on Tuesday Across Portions of West and South Central Alabama

Weather Alert: Hot and Humid Conditions Expected Again on Tuesday Across Portions of West and South Central Alabama

| June 25, 2018 @ 7:58 pm

Temperatures on Tuesday will be in the middle 90s with index values exceeding 105 degrees for a few hours on Tuesday.

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Strong Storms Across North and Central Alabama; Damaging Wind Gusts, Some Flooding Possible This Afternoon

Strong Storms Across North and Central Alabama; Damaging Wind Gusts, Some Flooding Possible This Afternoon

| June 25, 2018 @ 2:18 pm

Scattered summer storms across Alabama this afternoon are producing strong gusty winds, very heavy rain, frequent lightning, and some small hail… They are moving eastward. Some damaging downburst winds may occur this afternoon.

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