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(Astronomy Club of Asheville) On August 21, 2017, one week from Monday, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast. I have talked to many people here in Alabama who know about the eclipse, but think it will really only affect areas to our north... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROGH TOMORROW... It has been another very rainy 24 hours here in central Alabama, and rain continues to fall over much of the area. At least it has lightened up somewhat over the Birmingham metro area, but rain will continue off and on for the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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With a weak cold front to our north and an upper-level disturbance moving through, another round of rain and thunderstorms is moving into west Alabama, and will move across the Birmingham metro area, especially southern suburbs, over the next hour or so. These storms will produce lightning and maybe some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Thunderstorms parked themselves over parts of central Alabama this afternoon, with the biggest flooding impact occurring in the northern and eastern suburbs of Birmingham. The BHM airport final rainfall total was 3.88", with most of that falling in about one hour. This brings the BHM rain total for July to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...FLASH FLOOD WARNING MUCH OF JEFFERSON COUNTY... Strong thunderstorms continue to move across mainly the northern and eastern suburbs of Birmingham as of 3:00 pm. These storms are producing very heavy rainfall, wind gusts over 40 mph (measured 42 mph BHM airport), and almost constant lightning. The BHM airport has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING SOUTHERN BIRMINGHAM METRO... From my UAH SWIRLL remote office here in Trussville, I have had very little rain but I have seen an intense lightning show just to my south, as intense storms moved in from St. Clair County and are now moving through Liberty Park, Inverness,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...FLASH FLOOD WARNING PARTS OF BHM METRO... Scattered thunderstorms have returned to central Alabama this afternoon. What I found interesting was the concentration of storms over the BHM metro area. Often on a sunny day, the city gets a little bit hotter than surrounding rural areas due to several factors,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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(Atmospheric waves over Bluff Creek on the Warrior River, with lightning in a distant thunderstorm over 15 miles away. Looking north.) Monday night, we got quite the light show on the Warrior River! Upon seeing the radar picture below (my location is blue), drove the pontoon boat up to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT AGAIN... The low pressure center of what was once Tropical Storm Cindy is now centered over west TN, and the winds have really picked up over Alabama. At BHM, the winds are gusting over 30 mph away from any storms due to Cindy. There is also... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT... The spiral band in central Alabama has weakened significantly in the past hour, while the one in east Alabama intensified. However, the only tornado warning now in effect is in northeast Tallapoosa County. These storms are associated with spiral bands around the remnants of Tropical Storm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 10 PM... ...TORNADO WARNING SOUTH JEFFERSON AND WEST SHELBY... A band of thunderstorms continues to move NNE across central Alabama this afternoon. A storm out by itself, known as a supercell, produced what appears to have been a significant, albeit small, tornado in the Fairfield and Ensley... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The center of Tropical Storm Cindy has moved inland and is now over Louisiana. You can see that swirl on the radar. However, a band of thunderstorms is rotating into Alabama, more than 400 miles east of the center. As pressures fall quickly to our west as the air rushes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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A spiral band way east of Cindy is associated with some wind shear, and now a small supercell has spun up enough over Jefferson County that the NWS has issued a tornado warning. The possible tornado, indicated by radar, is NW of downtown, near Ensley and Smithfield, and moving NE... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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(2:04 pm CDT at Emerald View Resort, Panama City Beach, FL) The water is closed to the public along the Gulf Coast beaches from Mobile to Panama City, due to high surf and the dangers of rip currents. The map below shows wave heights in the Gulf right now, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The official hurricane season started June 1, and the Gulf is a climatologically normal location for tropical storms to form in June. A large tropical depression is centered about 400 miles SSW of Mobile, but it is very disorganized at this time, and most of the thunderstorms are on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The main line of storms has moved into the southern and eastern parts of BHM metro now, and appears to have weakened a little. But it is still severe and capable of wind damage. Highest measured wind gusts include 60 mph Geraldine (near Ft Payne), 56 mph Tuscaloosa, 54 mph... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING... A line of severe storms, with winds in some spots possibly near 65 mph, is moving through central Alabama and will impact the entirety of the BHM metro. Tuscaloosa had a wind gust to 56 mph, and the BHM airport just got 47 mph. There have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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I added current temperatures to the above visible satellite picture. It has remained cloudy over most of Alabama today, and occasional light rain continues, mainly east of I-65. Where the clouds and rain are, temperatures have stayed cold all day, with afternoon temperatures only in the lower 50s at Birmingham,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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A fairly rare phenomenon called a "wake low" moved across central Alabama early this morning, causing high winds and wind damage. Hundreds of trees fell in the Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston metro areas, some of them crushing cars, boat docks, and porches. Others falling trees actually caused significant damage to... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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(University of Nebraska) 1. Current status The drought that came on us so quickly here in Alabama last fall is almost gone now. As of last Tuesday (April 25), only 39% of Alabama was in a drought at all (stage 1 drought), and only 3% of the state was in... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT... ....SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS FOR MANY COUNTIES IN ALABAMA... The line of intense thunderstorms has now reached a line from Smith Lake to Jasper to Tuscaloosa to Greensboro. The storms are moving east rapidly now, and will move into Jefferson County shortly. The storms will move into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...TORNADO WATCH FOR MOST OF AREA INCLUDING BIRMINGHAM UNTIL 500 PM CDT... ...TORNADO WARNING FOR LAMAR COUNTY... For more details on these specific storms, tune into Fox 6 now. This blog will primarily focus on the next 3 hours over central Alabama, including Birmingham. A line of severe thunderstorms is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM CDT... A line of intense thunderstorms is about to cross the Alabama/Mississippi line. These storms are producing quite a bit of lightning, as well as heavy rain, gusty winds, and mainly small hail. There were a lot of reports of large hail... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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There has been some talk about big thunderstorms this weekend. A cold front will move through here Saturday night, and we will probably see a line of thunderstorms along it as it moves in. But, a widespread outbreak of severe weather is not likely. There are already some storms forming... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Quickly an update...there is a thermal boundary located in east Alabama. That is likely causing enhanced wind shear and causing rotation and more intense storms in that region, including the one near Heflin and the one near Weiss Lake. That area will have the greatest threat for severe weather in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather