Category: Met 101/Weather History

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 | 14 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 | 10 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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