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So far this winter, we have mainly had warm weather, occasionally interrupted by Arctic cold! Temperatures will be way above normal across much of North America, including the central and eastern U.S., over the next week. However, the weather pattern will be changing somewhat by the end of the week,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...MULTIPLE ICY ROADS AND CAR CRASHES IN TUSCALOOSA AND BIRMINGHAM... Heavy sleet, freezing rain, and snow is now occurring again across central Alabama, as upper-level dynamics are moving in. Here in Trussville, the sleet has been pretty loud at times, and yet we also have a glaze of ice on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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So, it is happening. Freezing rain and sleet has spread across much of north and central Alabama over the past two hours. There have been a few reports of car wrecks on bridges, mainly in west Alabama. With rain and a temperature near 30, some of the bridges around Birmingham... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The National Weather Service has placed much of AL under a Winter Weather Advisory today and tonight, and expanded the Winter Storm Warning to include the Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston areas. Temperatures are now below freezing as far south as Bessemer, with 30 degrees at the BHM airport. Temperatures will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Radars are picking up very light returns over Alabama tonight, mainly close to the radars themselves because the precipitation is very shallow. North of I-20, this precipitation is falling as snow flurries or light sleet. I just walked outside here in Trussville and saw a few small pieces of ice,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for tomorrow and tomorrow night for much of Alabama, and a Winter Storm Warning for areas just south and east of BHM, including Columbiana, Talladega, Pell City, and Anniston. We are less than 24 hours away from the potential winter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for central Alabama that goes into effect Friday morning. The computer models have come into a little better agreement today on how the potential snow may set up over Alabama Friday and Friday night. However, it is only a LITTLE... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Everyone is talking about the potential for snow this Friday or Saturday. It is an uncertain forecast. So here is a preliminary analysis, with everything subject to change as we get better data! An upper-level storm system is currently located near the coast of northern California and Oregon. That upper-level... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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A massive area of rain and thunderstorms is moving through Alabama. So far, BHM has received 1.57" of rain and it still raining. This system will really help with the lingering drought conditions. We have had reports of flooding, so if you are out driving this evening, watch out for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The Storm Prediction Center still has most of Alabama in either a slight (north) or enhanced (south) risk of severe weather for today and tonight. A tornado watch is also in effect for southwest Alabama, and that watch likely moves east to include Dothan and Montgomery soon. We have already... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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A fairly significant cold front will move through Alabama tonight, bringing more seasonal temperatures for late December. After high temperatures in the 60s and 70s the past few days, we will drop into the 50s tomorrow, and possibly stay in the 40s during the day Friday and Saturday. As it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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(National Weather Service) We here in north and central Alabama, in addition to middle Tennessee, were under a "Freezing Fog Advisory" last night and this morning. The fog never got very heavy here around Birmingham, but it was more dense in north Alabama and some traffic accidents occurred up in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Wow, what a cold front. Yesterday at this time (7 pm), it was 71 degrees here in Birmingham. Right now, it is 30 degrees, 41 degrees colder! It dropped almost 20 degrees between 5 and 6 am, and continued to fall through the day with cold north winds and rain... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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A tornado watch is in effect to our northwest, from Louisville, KY to Nashville and Memphis, TN. There are even some tornado warnings up there. The severe weather threat looks a little higher now for tonight than it did yesterday. That massive front to our west, and the associated large-scale... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Wow, look at that cold air moving into the US! Brr. A significant Arctic air mass will move into the US over the weekend. It is just now moving into the northern U.S., with temperatures this afternoon in the single digits. But, up in Canada, daytime temperatures are between 0... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The first big-time Arctic air mass of the year is moving into the southeastern U.S. today, with north winds steadily bringing in colder air through tomorrow. Temperatures have moved little in Birmingham today, still only in the mid 40s here in mid-afternoon. Temperatures will really start to drop once the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The NWS is still surveying the tracks of multiple tornadoes that moved over the state of Alabama Tuesday night and Wednesday. But, on the positive side of that big system that moved through here early this week, we got a lot of rain, something we desperately needed! Birmingham got a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Tornado confirmed by storm spotters and radar debris signatures in Lamar County near Sulligent. Jill Gilardi on scene with damage. Moving toward Beaverton, Guin, Winfield. Additional storms in Mississippi that will move into west Alabama by 1 am. The atmosphere in BHM and TCL continues to be moist and unstable,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Multiple tornadoes on the ground in Winston County at this time. Damage has been reported. Anyone in areas northwest of a line from Aliceville to Jasper to Cullman needs to be on high alert for the next two hours. In Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, we will probably see action later tonight,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Tornado warnings currently in effect for Pickens, Lamar, Fayette, Marion and Winston Counties. Confirmed tornado on the ground in northern Pickens County that is moving toward cities of Fayette and Kennedy. Strong radar indications of another tornado near Guin, moving toward Brilliant and Natural Bridge. These storms are occurring in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Multiple supercell storms have developed over Mississippi over the past 2 hours, and there are three tornado warnings in effect. At least one, possibly large, tornado has been confirmed with the storm near Philadelphia, MS, and there may be other tornadoes on the ground. These storms are moving NE and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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As JP noted in his blog a little while ago, SPC is considering issuing a tornado watch for parts of west Alabama in the next hour or so. The above radar picture shows reflectivity (left) and velocity (right) in Mississippi. Notice that the wind shear is sufficient so that many... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The above map shows dewpoints, the best measure of moisture in the atmosphere. Notice that there is a sharp contrast just north of I-20, with dewpoints in BHM and TCL in the 60s, but dewpoints in Cullman and Huntsville in the 40s. That pseudo-warm front will continue to move north... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The storms are moving into BHM metro now. Wind gusts up to 46 mph have been reported at the BHM airport out ahead of the storms, and trees and power lines are down in many locations, with over 20,000 Alabama power customers without electricity this evening already. As the storms... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The line of intense thunderstorms is right on time, crossing into NW Alabama as I write this blog. The winds out ahead of the storms have been very significant, with winds gusting to 39 mph at BHM airport and close to 50 mph on some of the higher ridges in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at WBRC First Alert Weather