Category: Met 101/Weather History

Welcome to November: A Transition Month

Welcome to November: A Transition Month

| November 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

November is considered a “transition month” between fall and winter across much of the country, and Central Alabama is no different.

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One Forecast, Three Scenarios, Very Different Impacts

One Forecast, Three Scenarios, Very Different Impacts

| October 6, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

Communicating uncertainty and risk in a hurricane forecast is very difficult. The cone of uncertainty is very misunderstood. Here is a way to visualize the different impacts of three very real scenarios that could happen based on the current forecast and current average track errors.

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Today is the 57th Anniversary of Hurricane Donna Striking the Keys

Today is the 57th Anniversary of Hurricane Donna Striking the Keys

| September 10, 2017 @ 1:49 am

On this date in 1960, Hurricane Donna made the first of her four U.S. landfalls as a category four hurricane, devastating much of the Florida Keys.

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Where Irma Might Rank Among the Top Ten Most Intense U.S. Landfalling Hurricanes

Where Irma Might Rank Among the Top Ten Most Intense U.S. Landfalling Hurricanes

| September 9, 2017 @ 5:30 am

Here are the top ten hurricanes to strike the United States, ranked by central pressure at landfall. Irma will almost certainly make this list.

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Remembering Katrina:  Still No Mandatory Evacuation for New Orleans On This Date in 2005

Remembering Katrina: Still No Mandatory Evacuation for New Orleans On This Date in 2005

| August 27, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

On this date in 2005, preparations were underway along the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina, but inexplicably there was still no mandatory evacuation for New Orleans.

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Another Hurricane Camille Eyewitness Story

Another Hurricane Camille Eyewitness Story

| August 17, 2017 @ 8:51 pm

There are many harrowing stories of survival along the Mississippi Coast from Hurricane Camille, which struck on this date in 1969. Here is one.

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Camille:  An Amazing Afternoon

Camille: An Amazing Afternoon

| August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm | 7 Replies

An Air Force Hurricane Hunter likely saved many lives with their report from Hurricane Camille on this date in 1969, hours before landfall.

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Remembering 1969’s Hurricane Camille:  In the Crosshairs

Remembering 1969’s Hurricane Camille: In the Crosshairs

| August 17, 2017 @ 10:45 am | 2 Replies

On the morning of August 17, 1969 the Mississippi Gulf Coast woke up in the crosshairs of monster Hurricane Camille.

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A Fateful Week in Weather History From This Week in 1969

A Fateful Week in Weather History From This Week in 1969

| August 14, 2017 @ 8:34 am

One of the most infamous hurricanes in Gulf Coast history wreaked havoc during this week in weather history in 1969.

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Birmingham’s Longest 100F Streak

Birmingham’s Longest 100F Streak

| August 13, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

On this date in 2007, Birmingham was in the midst of its longest streak of 100 degree days ever.

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“We Have Met Our Andrew”

“We Have Met Our Andrew”

| August 13, 2017 @ 11:25 am

Hurricane Charley made a devastating hit on Southwest Florida on August 13, 2004.

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A Preventable Weather Tragedy:  From the Pages of Today in Weather History in 2012

A Preventable Weather Tragedy: From the Pages of Today in Weather History in 2012

| August 6, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

Lightning deaths are still far too common, as exhibited from the incident that occurred at a NASCAR race in 2012 in Pennsylvania.

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Meteorology 101:  Practicing Heat Safety

Meteorology 101: Practicing Heat Safety

| July 24, 2017 @ 8:30 am

Practice heat safety wherever you are, says Professor Peters.

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On This Date in 2004:  Officials Declared Louisiana Was More Prepared for the Big One

On This Date in 2004: Officials Declared Louisiana Was More Prepared for the Big One

| July 23, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

A year before Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana officials ran a simulation involving a Cat 3 hurricane named Pam with results that were eerily predictive of the disaster that would occur in real life.

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Is It Lightning, Lighting, or Lightening

Is It Lightning, Lighting, or Lightening

| July 18, 2017 @ 6:45 am

If I could nominate a word in the field of meteorology for king of the most misspelled category, my nomination would be lightning. I along with most meteorologists just absolutely cringe when we see the word used and misspelled.

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July 17, 1987 – Flooding Creates Havoc On The Guadalupe River

July 17, 1987 – Flooding Creates Havoc On The Guadalupe River

| July 17, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

A heavy rain event during the early morning hours of July 17th caused flooding on the Guadalupe River that swept away campers at a local church camp in Texas.

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On This Date in 1980:  The Heat Was the Headline

On This Date in 1980: The Heat Was the Headline

| July 12, 2017 @ 11:26 am

Birmingham and much of the southern United States was broiling in one of the worst heat waves in history on this date in 1980.

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The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

The Epic 1951 Flood in Kansas

| July 11, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

When you think of Kansas and disasters, you might think of tornadoes or snowstorms. But the Sunflower State’s worst disaster in history was a flood.

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July 11, 1987 – Storm Collapses Tent At Circus Injuring 40

July 11, 1987 – Storm Collapses Tent At Circus Injuring 40

| July 11, 2017 @ 12:37 pm

It was approaching the 3 o’clock hour on a Saturday afternoon, and a crowd was attending a circus that has set up shop in the town of Howard, Wisconsin. The act featuring the lions had just completed and they were securely placed in their cages as the tightrope act was just starting in the main tent. At that moment, a very strong wind gust quickly forced the tent to collapse on top of the stunned crowd.

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July 10, 1980: A Record-Setting Stretch During Sweltering Heat Wave Starts

July 10, 1980: A Record-Setting Stretch During Sweltering Heat Wave Starts

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:51 pm

An incredible streak of eight consecutive days where the thermometer in Birmingham rose over 100 degrees. Every day during the streak, not a single drop of rain fell in the Magic City.

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Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident:  On This Date in 1991

Alabama’s Deadliest Commercial Air Accident: On This Date in 1991

| July 10, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On this date in 1991, an L’Express commuter airline flight went down during a thunderstorm in Ensley, killing 13 people.

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July 10, 1926 – Lightning Causes Killer Blasts

July 10, 1926 – Lightning Causes Killer Blasts

| July 10, 2017 @ 6:09 am

Shortly after 5PM on July 26, 1926, a storm was passing over the town of Lake Denmark in northern New Jersey. An unexpected lightning bolt struck a building at the US Navy Ammunition Depot and caused a huge series of explosions. All buildings within a half-mile radius were completely destroyed due to the massive blasts from all of the explosive weaponry stored at the depot.

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Eliminating an Aviation Killer

Eliminating an Aviation Killer

| July 9, 2017 @ 4:09 pm

On this date in 1982, Pan Am 759 crashed shortly after takeoff from New Orleans International Airport, killing 146 people onboard and 8 on the ground. The cause of the crash was windshear, a factor that has virtually been removed from air crashes because of science.

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Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

Remembering 2005’s Hurricane Dennis

| July 9, 2017 @ 9:53 am

On this date in 2005, Hurricane Dennis was rapidly intensifying over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. It would make landfall the following day near Navarre Beach.

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Today In Weather History:  The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

Today In Weather History: The Pomeroy, Iowa Tornado Kills 71

| July 6, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

On this date in 1893, twenty blocks of the prosperous town of Pomeroy, Iowa were swept clean by a violent tornado that killed 71 people.

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Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

Remembering the Wackiest Braves Game Ever

| July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 am

When the fireworks finally started after the Braves game on July 4, 1985, it was July 5th. Several rain delays and a six hour, nineteen inning game were the culprits in the 4 a.m. fireworks show.

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On This Date in 1957:  A Tragedy Unfolds

On This Date in 1957: A Tragedy Unfolds

| June 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

On the evening of June 26, 1957, advisories and radio and TV broadcasts led residents of low lying Cameron Parish to think they time to evacuate the following morning. The result was tragedy.

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On This Date in 1957:  Florida Congressman Claims Hurricane Forecasts Scare Away Tourists

On This Date in 1957: Florida Congressman Claims Hurricane Forecasts Scare Away Tourists

| June 25, 2017 @ 10:42 am

Long range hurricane forecasts scaring away tourists? Ys, that claim was made sixty years ago this week even au Audrey gained strength in the Gulf.

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On This Date in 1972:  Hurricane Agnes Made Landfall in the Florida Panhandle

On This Date in 1972: Hurricane Agnes Made Landfall in the Florida Panhandle

| June 19, 2017 @ 6:50 am

On this date in 1972, Hurricane Agnes moved ashore in the Florida panhandle as a weak Category 1 storm.

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Welcome to June!

Welcome to June!

| June 1, 2017 @ 6:00 am

Welcome to the month in which both meteorological and astronomical summer both begin. In case you do not know what the difference between meteorological and astronomical seasons, I’ll try to explain it as best as possible.

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