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After a cool start to the day for Summer, with low temperatures including lower 60s across the Birmingham metro area, 59 in Anniston, 65 in Tuscaloosa, and 55 in Fort Payne, southwest winds brought warmer and a little more humid air into the state this afternoon. It was still pleasant,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WBRC Weather
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What a nice night! As of 141 am, temperatures are in the 60s almost everywhere over north and central Alabama. In the Birmingham metro, it is a little warmer due to the urban heat island, but still in the upper 60s. it is 63 in Morris, 62 in heflin, and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WBRC Weather
It is 3:19 pm, and the Birmingham airport has 85 degrees! On Thursday at this time it was 93. Some cooler air has moved in with a weak cold front from the north. That front is now from near Heflin to Columbiana. There are a few storms along the front,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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I am working from the river today and decided to swim. The water temperature at the surface was 93 degrees! That's about as warm as I've ever seen it. It's the combination of 1) the strongest sun of the year, 2) sunny days, 3) hot temperatures, and 4) a lack... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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As of 2 pm, it is 95 degrees at the BHM airport. It was 92 at this time yesterday. We can expect high temperatures at many locations in central Alabama in the upper 90s today, the hottest day so far this year. With no big changes in the air mass,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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It's hot again today, with temperatures already in the lower 90s at noon. Expect high temperatures this afternoon in the mid 90s again over most of central Alabama. The center of Bill is spinning in eastern Oklahoma right now. Over the next 2 or 3 days, it looks like it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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The big storms have finally moved out of the Birmingham area, and a few remain from Greene County to Hale County to Bibb County. Lightning was almost constant with the storms as they came through Birmingham. There were a few trees down, and power is out to some homes. 0.96"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Thunderstorms with extremely heavy rain and almost constant lightning are moving southward through the Birmingham area. Some minor street flooding has already been reported, and more is expected. The lightning is also very intense and dangerous, so don't be outside in Jefferson, Shelby, or Tuscaloosa counties in the next hour... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Storms continue to move through Birmingham metro, mainly NE and W suburbs. Here in Trussville, the lightning has been incredible! Multiple strikes within 1 mile of my office. The storms are converging on downtown, and will eventually make it into Hoover. The storms will likely make it into Helena, Pelham,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Thunderstorms have moved into the Birmingham area from the north this evening, and a thunderstorm warning is in effect for western Jefferson and eastern Tuscaloosa counties for winds maybe over 50 mph. Any of these storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain, and the biggest threat is lightning. Something... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Today is another pleasant day for early June, with afternoon temperatures only near 80 despite plenty of sunshine, and dewpoints near 60 keeping it from feeling humid. The sun is very strong right now though, as we are only 3 weeks away from the solstice. The highest the sun ever... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Strong winds were associated with a few of the storms last night, apparently the mountains in northern Shelby county had an effect on them, and radar picked it up. In the Doppler velocity image, brighter red indicates stronger winds blowing away from the radar. This radar image is from 0320... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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A weak upper-level trough will move through the southeastern U.S. today and tomorrow. This will cool temperatures aloft slightly, making the air more unstable. There will also be a weak front to our north. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms will be more widespread than they were most of the weekend. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at WBRC Weather
Have you ever noticed that your air conditioner seems to run less and put out colder air when it is dry outside and not humid, even at the same outside temperature? This is because, as the air from inside your house goes into the return and across the cool air... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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The above chart shows backward trajectories, or where the air at a given spot this afternoon came from. Notice that most of the air over this part of the country is coming from the Atlantic or not moving much. There is no flow out of the Gulf. That means dewpoints... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Dry air has pushed into Alabama tonight from the southeast, ending most thunderstorm activity tonight and it will limit it tomorrow. Tonight was a beautiful night to be outdoors, with a nice breeze and temperatures in the low to mid 70s with lower humidity. Humidity and rain chances come back... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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More showers and thunderstorms are moving into the Birmingham area from the south this afternoon. These storms do not look as intense as those yesterday (that caused some wind damage and over 1" of rain in many places), but they could still cause intense lightning, a few wind gusts, and... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at WBRC Weather
The storms that came through central Alabama last night were typical summertime afternoon and evening thunderstorms. They packed a punch in some locations, including peak wind gusts to 42 mph at BHM airport and 43 mph at TCL airport. There was some wind damage reported in parts of Alabaster, Jemison,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Yesterday it was east Alabama and Georgia, today it is central and west Alabama! A large area of thunderstorms is moving northeast, and will produce very heavy rain, dangerous lightning, winds in isolated locations to 50 mph, and small hail. A weak upper-level disturbance is interacting with the very moist... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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The green numbers, dew point at each station, show the best measure of the humidity in the air near the surface. Dewpoint is 69 in BHM, and that's pretty humid. It's near 70, a little more humid in east Alabama, but most of the storms are over there. There are... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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It was unusually cool for late May across Alabama this morning. It dropped to 48 in Birmingham, 49 in Tuscaloosa, and 51 in Anniston. The coldest spot was 43 in Fort Payne. Dewpoints are low and skies are clear out there now, so temperatures will drop quickly through the 60s... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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A cold front brought a refreshing breeze to Alabama last night. Birmingham reached a high this morning of 71, but has remained in the 60s all afternoon with NW winds bringing in cool air. NW Alabama and Tennessee have stayed in the 50s all day. We will drop well into... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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Over the past couple of weeks, we have started to transition to a more summer-like weather pattern. The jet stream, with the exception of a trough causing heavy rains in the Plains, has weakened and moved northward. Temperatures are more uniform across the U.S. and Canada. At 7 pm, temperatures... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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J. B. Elliott, a legend in the eyes of almost everyone who grew up in central Alabama since 1977 loving weather, passed away today. He will be truly missed. He served as a mentor to many meteorologists that are now spread all over the country with his crisp broadcasts on... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at WBRC Weather
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After storms with heavy rain, lightning, and scattered wind damage early this morning (even one report of a tornado in Cherokee county), things have been calm since here in central Alabama. The atmosphere has become very humid with the warm front all the way up in Kentucky now. So far,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at WBRC Weather