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The NOAA Weather Radio transmitter in Birmingham, station KIH-54, is down and will apparently be down through most of next week from things I have heard. NWS is encouraging you to have multiple sources of warnings, including TV/radio broadcasts, cell phone apps, and text or email notification. Some apps that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WBRC Weather
At noon here are some temperatures. Birmingham 45, Tuscaloosa 46, Anniston 43, Montgomery 47, Mobile 47 With gusty winds, the wind chill is in the 30s. This is April 15! The official high temperature for Birmingham today was 61 degrees at 2 am, before the cold front moved through and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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I did a couple of blogs late last week about the rapidly increasing sun energy, and one showing a really cool 365-day satellite loop of the earth, showing the tilt as it changes relative to the sun. The one about sun energy and warming during April, etc. is here. http://birmingham.raycomweather.com/2014/04/solar-energy-getting-strong.html... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at WBRC Weather
I meant to have this posted the other day, but got busy, etc. The above is a NASA video containing one satellite picture at the same time every day for an entire year. The satellite is above the same spot (central Africa along the equator) every day, with north being... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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(Map Maker LTD) The sun angle is getting higher in the sky very quickly now, as the position of the earth in its rotation around the sun brings the northern hemisphere more and more onto the side of the earth tilted toward the sun. The map above shows areas of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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Big time rains fell over central Alabama last night, resulting in a lot of flooding. It seems like the biggest concentration of flooding has been over the southern parts of the Birmingham Metro. The picture above is the old Chace Lake Country Club. The good news is, no tornadoes were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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Widespread rain and thunderstorms continue over Alabama. The strongest thunderstorms are on the southern edge of the main rain shield, moving through Tuscaloosa County now. These storms have produced wind damage in Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties, and winds up to 60 mph and quarter-size hail may occur as they move... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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The warm front is near a line from Hattiesburg, MS to Troy, AL this afternoon. Warm air is rising up and over the cold air north of the front, producing widespread rain over Alabama. It will rain, heavily at times, for the next several hours around here. A surface low... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at WBRC Weather
I am becoming a little concerned about the possibility of a few tornadoes as far north as Tuscaloosa and Birmingham late tonight and tomorrow morning. It appears the surface low we have been talking about may take a more westward track, bringing unstable air into southwest Alabama by sunset, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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Quite a storm this morning around 630 am in Birmingham. Lightning, loud thunder, and wind gusts of 40-50 mph. At airport it was 47 mph. Tomorrow will be much cooler but dry, with partly cloudy skies and high temperatures only near 65. As an upper-level storm system approaches, a low... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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A line of intense thunderstorms is moving through NW Alabama now. It will reach Tuscaloosa by 600 am and Birmingham by 630 am or so. We are under a tornado watch, but the main threat is straight-line winds, as the storms have a slight bow echo on radar. The wind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at WBRC Weather
Two big anniversaries yesterday, one happy, one not so much. 1. On April 3, 1991, I worked my first day at the National Weather Service office in Birmingham! The office was located at 11 West Oxmoor Road then, we had real people on NOAA weather radio, and the internet was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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Storms have started firing from Kentucky into Arkansas, and a tornado watch was just issued for Arkansas and surrounding areas. However, it still looks like the main energy with the system, that produces wind shear for tornadoes, will remain NW of Alabama, leaving us with a squall line that will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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The first significant threat for severe weather will affect our part of the U.S. over the next 48 hours. However, it looks like the greatest threat will be to our NW, over Arkansas and western Tennessee. We finally have a warm air mass in here with some Gulf moisture after... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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Temperatures are chilly in most parts of central Alabama this morning, after a breezy day Sunday. With clear skies and calm winds overnight, the cold air has gathered in the valleys. It is 35 degrees in Pinson, but 50 at the Trussville observer's house on top of Chalkville Mountain. Most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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Strong to severe storms are occurring to our west, and a tornado watch is in effect in Mississippi. A tornado warning was in effect a little earlier for a storm in western MS. But, it the air over Alabama is much more stable than the air to our south and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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The Storm Prediction Center out in Oklahoma has put Mississippi and parts of west Alabama in a slight risk for severe weather tomorrow night. We will see one round of rain and thunderstorms late tonight and tomorrow morning, but those should mainly just be rain and thunder, no big deal,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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No. Take a look at the 365-day running total of rainfall since 1980. Over the past 365 days, we have had 61.47" of rainfall, actually about 8" above the normal one-year rainfall. You can see the droughts in the late 1980's, and the bad one in 2007 associated with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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Even though the weather may not feel like it over the next 3 days, Spring officially began last Thursday at 11:57 am CDT (1657 GMT). This means that in its rotation around the sun, the earth was at a point where the sun was shining equally on the northern and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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It's another cold winter day across Alabama, even though the spring equinox is Thursday at 11:57 am CDT, and meteorological winter ended on Mar 1. Temperatures have held in the lower to middle 40s all day over central Alabama, with cloudy skies. Today's high temperature, 60, occurred at midnight this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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OK, I have not actually been counting the number of cold fronts that have come through Alabama this winter, but there have been a lot of them. The next one just came through downtown Birmingham, and will move into south Alabama by noon. After temperatures in Birmingham around 70 yesterday,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at WBRC Weather
21 years ago today (can you believe it's been that long?), the high temperature finally went above freezing (to 35), two days after the Blizzard of 1993 began. The morning low was 2 degrees, one of the coldest ever in BHM, and it occurred on March 14! The snow began... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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We are a week away from the spring equinox, and here's another cold morning. Temperatures dropped below freezing this morning as far south as Opp. Note the urban heat island in Birmingham...it was 33 at my house in Trussville at 7 am, but 43 at the airport. Mid 30s in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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(Highway 280 on January 28) The longest, coldest winter overall in Alabama since I started working for the National Weather Service in 1991 continues. Here in Birmingham, we have already had two separate major Arctic outbreaks with low temperatures in the single digits, 11 nights with lows below 20 degrees,and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at WBRC Weather
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Rain and thunderstorms continue behind the Arctic cold front moving into NW Alabama tonight. The cold air is very shallow, so thunderstorms are occurring behind it, with elevated warm air and instability. It seems that the warm air aloft is causing warm raindrops to fall, and the ground is warm,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at WBRC Weather