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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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
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...TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 9 PM... The air is very unstable over the Birmingham area and eastward into Anniston and Gadsden, with dewpoints (shown above) near 70 degrees. The CAPE is near 3,000 J/kg, so thunderstorms can grow very quickly in this environment. The wind shift line, or "dryline", is located... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Most of the thunderstorms, including a tornado warning in the Atlanta suburbs, continue to our south and east. But, SPC is also concerned about the boundary moving in from the west, and they are probably going to issue a tornado watch for north and central Alabama, roughly from I-20 north,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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A severe thunderstorm has been producing at least small hail over Shelby County, and will move into St. Clair and Talladega counties soon. Besides that one plus a few small storms near Jacksonville, most of the storms are now in southeast Alabama and Georgia. The forecast was already difficult today,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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...TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT... Things are going mainly as expected so far this morning, with the warm front moving rapidly northward overnight due to strong southerly winds. Elevated thunderstorms formed to the north of the front and have been producing heavy rain and intense lightning for hours this morning, mainly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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It is a pleasant night over Alabama, and over our area, dewpoints are still in the 50s, indicating fairly dry air. But notice the high dewpoints along the Gulf Coast, many in the lower 70s. As the upper-level system takes shape to our west, southerly winds are already picking up,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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It has been an active weather pattern for the past 2 weeks or so, with 4 big storms affecting Alabama. So far, we have already gotten 5.5" of rain in this active weather pattern, and more is coming with the next one, and it should be the last for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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An area of low pressure that sometimes forms near the back edge of the rain in a large thunderstorm complex is called a wake low. It forms due to descending air warming aloft, reducing its weight, and lowering the pressure at the surface. Air sometimes rushes into this low and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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The weather system that produced tornadoes in Louisiana yesterday and severe storms even into south Mississippi, south Alabama, and now south Georgia, produced a massive area of heavy rain with embedded, mainly non-severe, thunderstorms over north and central Alabama overnight and this morning. This was good in that the rain... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather
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Intense thunderstorms over Louisiana caused multiple tornadoes on Sunday, resulting in at least two fatalities. However, the storms have been "training", over moving over the same areas over and over again for a while now, lessening the severe weather threat. As the upper-level system swings through, the main line of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at WBRC First Alert Weather