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At Midday, Rain Continues To Fall Across Much Of Central Alabama

At Midday, Rain Continues To Fall Across Much Of Central Alabama

| February 21, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

As the title of this post states, much of the Central Alabama area is experiencing rainfall at the midday hour. There is a small break in the action across and around the I-65 corridor from the Alabama/Tennessee state line south to the northern part of Chilton County. The rain shield is making very slow progress […]

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Widespread Rain Through Tonight

Widespread Rain Through Tonight

| February 21, 2017 @ 6:35 am

RADAR CHECK: Rain has moved into West Alabama early this morning ahead of an upper trough approaching from the west. Rain will be fairly widespread across the state through tonight, although there will be some breaks. The good news is that there is no risk of severe weather, and I doubt if we hear much […]

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Widespread Rain For Alabama Tomorrow

Widespread Rain For Alabama Tomorrow

| February 20, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

FINE FEBRUARY AFTERNOON: Temperatures are in the 70s across Alabama this afternoon with sunshine through high clouds. Those clouds will thicken and lower tonight, however, and we will deal with wet weather tomorrow. RAIN RETURNS: Rain will become widespread across Alabama by mid to late morning tomorrow, and the rain continues tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow […]

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Severe Weather

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tuesday’s Topic – Flooding & Flash Flooding

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tuesday’s Topic – Flooding & Flash Flooding

| February 21, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Central Alabama is susceptible to flooding year-round due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and the nearly unlimited supply of moisture it provides. In our case, this can occur from slow-moving summertime thunderstorms, a decaying tropical system, or large storm systems. Sometimes floods develop slowly and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will […]

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Severe Weather Awareness Week: Monday’s Topic – Severe Thunderstorms

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Monday’s Topic – Severe Thunderstorms

| February 20, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

Thunderstorms are a familiar occurrence in Alabama. In Birmingham, we average 57 thunderstorm days a year. Mobile averages 79 thunderstorm days. Many find storms to be interesting and even thrilling, but they are dangerous creatures that deserve our respect. By definition, thunderstorms contain lightning, the underrated killer. Thunderstorms also produce damaging winds, hail, flooding and […]

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This Week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

This Week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

Governor Robert Bentley has declared February 19-24th, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. The National Weather Service, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, and other supporting organizations are asking for all our help in providing the public with information about severe weather safety. Advance planning and increased awareness will help residents of Alabama survive […]

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Partner News Stories

Descendants of the Movement:  Eyewitnesses to Civil Rights History

Descendants of the Movement: Eyewitnesses to Civil Rights History

| February 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

History often focuses on children of the movement — youngsters who were active participants in the fight for civil rights. But there were other young people who played a part in that history, as well — descendants of the movement, those who witnessed their parents or relatives fight to end segregation. Read more on the […]

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January 20th – Today in Alabama History: Charles Barkley was Born

January 20th – Today in Alabama History: Charles Barkley was Born

| February 20, 2017 @ 8:49 am

Basketball superstar Charles Barkley was born in Leeds. Known as “Sir Charles” and “the Round Mound of Rebound,” Barkley won the SEC Player of the Year in 1984 as he led Auburn University to its first NCAA Tournament appearance. Read more on the Alabama News Center. CommentsPowered by Facebook Comments

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Alabama Power Archives Hosts Clay Conference Exhibition

Alabama Power Archives Hosts Clay Conference Exhibition

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff The Alabama Power Archives and Museum is hosting an exhibition of works by national and local ceramics artists in conjunction with the 32nd Alabama Clay Conference (ALCC) taking place Feb. 16-19 in Birmingham. The exhibit is curated by the ALCC and features national ceramics artists Ken Baskin, Cheryl Tall and Tony […]

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Weather History/Meteorology 101

2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

2/21/1971: The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak

| February 21, 2017 @ 6:05 am

The morning of Sunday, February 21, 1971 was a sleepy one across the Delta of Mississippi, a flat expanse of fertile soil. It was warm and humid, with temperatures in the middle 60s and dewpoints around 60 degrees. Radio reports told of a crippling snowstorm affecting Texas. On the weather maps that morning, a surface […]

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The Enigma Outbreak: On This Date in 1884

The Enigma Outbreak: On This Date in 1884

| February 19, 2017 @ 9:01 am

The U.S. Army Signal Corps was in charge of collecting weather observations and producing storm warnings in 1884. The weather map from the morning of Tuesday, February 19th that year showed low pressure over northern Illinois. Temperatures over the lower Mississippi Valley were in the 60s that morning. From North Alabama into North Carolina, temperatures […]

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The Tornado that Birthed a National Weather Service Office

The Tornado that Birthed a National Weather Service Office

| February 16, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Just before dawn on Thursday morning, February 16, 1995, thunderstorms were sweeping across North and Central Alabama. The National Weather Service Forecast Office south of Birmingham had responsibility for counties across the central section of the state. The National Weather Service Office in Huntsville had responsibility for several counties in the Tennessee Valley. About 4:25 […]

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Spacey Stuff

Venus Is Actually Getting Closer To The Earth

Venus Is Actually Getting Closer To The Earth

| February 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am

A WeatherBrains listener had a great question: “Venus is so bright tonight it looks closer. I know we’re nearing the end of the Venus viewing time in the evening sky, is it getting closer?” Venus is getting closer and will continue to do so until the end of March. Each night this week Venus will […]

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2/16/17: Spot the Station Over Central Alabama Tonight!

2/16/17: Spot the Station Over Central Alabama Tonight!

| February 16, 2017 @ 9:21 am

The International Space Station will be making a pass through the sky over Alabama this evening and it will give you a great chance to see it! It will be visible to the naked eye and will look like a fast moving plane, only hundreds of miles higher and moving thousands of miles an hour […]

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Tony Rice Joins the AlabamaWX Team!

Tony Rice Joins the AlabamaWX Team!

| February 15, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

You may have noticed the first entry in our new Spacey Stuff Category earlier this week by new AlabamaWX Contributor Tony Rice. If you haven’t, make sure to check it out. Tony grew up in Southern California in the path of space shuttle orbiters landing at Edwards Air Force Base and has been looking up […]

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WeatherBrains Podcast

WeatherBrains 579: See How the Sausage is Made

WeatherBrains 579: See How the Sausage is Made

| February 21, 2017 @ 10:18 am

WeatherBrains Episode 579 is now online (February 20, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Tonight we take on the topic of the upcoming 2017 National Weather Association (NWA) annual meeting which will be held in Garden Grove, CA, from September 16-21, 2017. You can find all […]

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WeatherBrains 578: Hair Sticks to My Lip Gloss

WeatherBrains 578: Hair Sticks to My Lip Gloss

| February 15, 2017 @ 7:53 am

WeatherBrains Episode 578 is now online (February 13, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Joining us as the Guest WeatherBrain for this show is W. H. Maya, Assistant Editor at Smithsonian.com. She discussed her grandfather’s role in the NIMBUS weather satellite program. The NIMBUS satellite was […]

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The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded:  Tonight on WeatherBrains

The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded: Tonight on WeatherBrains

| February 12, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Smithsonian Magazine Assistant Web Editor Maya Wei-Haas only knew her grandfather as being retired. but when her grandmother died a few years ago, he came out of his shell. And had a fascinating story to tell. Maya learned that he was the manager of the NIMBUS weather satellite program in the 1960s. And in the […]

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Other Recent Posts

A Few High Clouds Out There At Midday, But A Great & Warm Day Across Central Alabama

A Few High Clouds Out There At Midday, But A Great & Warm Day Across Central Alabama

| February 20, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

At the midday hour across Central Alabama, we have some high, thin clouds floating overhead that are filtering the sun a little bit, but they are not affecting the temperatures at all. Back to our west, showers and thunderstorms are occurring over the eastern parts of Texas, into the western parts of Louisiana. No severe […]

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Spring-Like Today; Rain Returns Tomorrow

Spring-Like Today; Rain Returns Tomorrow

| February 20, 2017 @ 6:06 am

WARM FEBRUARY DAY: The average high today for Birmingham is 60 degrees… we should climb about 15 degrees above that today with a high in the mid to upper 70s along with a good supply of sunshine. If you enjoyed the weather yesterday, you will love it today. We will keep an eye on active […]

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A Quick Peek At Central Alabama’s Weather At 10PM, Plus The Next 7 Days

A Quick Peek At Central Alabama’s Weather At 10PM, Plus The Next 7 Days

| February 19, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

It was another beautiful mid-February day across Central Alabama, with above-average temperatures making it a great day to get out around town today. It was a great day down at the Hoover Library for the Wild Weather: Adventures Of Storm Chasers presentation, featuring our own Brian Peters, along with the awesome storm chasers John Brown […]

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See Brian Peters’ and John Brown’s Storm Chasing Talk Now on Facebook Live

See Brian Peters’ and John Brown’s Storm Chasing Talk Now on Facebook Live

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

John Brown and Brian Peters are leading a storm chasing talk live at the Hoover Public Library this afternoon. Here is Scott Martin’s stream of the event on our Facebook Live account. CommentsPowered by Facebook Comments

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Do You Have a Severe Weather Safety Plan?

Do You Have a Severe Weather Safety Plan?

| February 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama and all week long we will be talking about severe weather that affects our state and how you can prepare for it. Severe weather is a very real possibility any time of the year across Central Alabama. When severe weather threatens, stack the odds in your favor […]

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Understand the Difference Between Watches and Warnings

Understand the Difference Between Watches and Warnings

| February 19, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

It is critical that you have a reliable way of receiving severe weather watches and warnings immediately. Lead times for tornado warnings have increased dramatically since the implementation of Doppler Radar and false alarm rates continue to drop. Prior to 2007, severe weather warnings were only issued for entire counties. In 2007, the National Weather […]

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Sunday Afternoon National Highlights:  More Wind and Rain for Northern California

Sunday Afternoon National Highlights: More Wind and Rain for Northern California

| February 19, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

I loved when JB Elliott, our late mentor and friend, used to use NOAA Weatheradio on fair weather days to highlight interesting weather going on in other parts of the country. Here are a few notes from around the Fruited Plain: …A major storm is set to impact Northern California with another “atmospheric river” event. […]

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Nice Today, Great Tomorrow. PWW (Perfect Weather Watch) in Effect for Central Alabama.

Nice Today, Great Tomorrow. PWW (Perfect Weather Watch) in Effect for Central Alabama.

| February 19, 2017 @ 1:40 pm

It’s hard to argue with today’s weather. A good supply of sunshine after some early morning fog in valleys and low clouds in East Alabama. But temperatures have rebounded nicely from early morning lows mostly in the 40s to the 60s over Northeast Alabama and 70s elsewhere across Central Alabama. Just a few clouds scattered […]

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Foggy Then Sunny and Warm

Foggy Then Sunny and Warm

| February 19, 2017 @ 9:02 am

A dense fog advisory is in effect for all of Alabama until at least 8 am, so use caution if you are going to be out early. The fog and low clouds should give way by the middle of the morning to sunshine for much of the day with highs climbing into the lower and […]

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