It was a wild weather day on the Gulf Coast, storms were everywhere early on Wednesday. A tornado that formed over the waters of the Gulf in Destin was caught on cell phone video.
A line of strong to severe storms was still crawling across Alabama on Wednesday morning.
As of just before 6 a.m. the line was moving through Huntsville and extended back to the south and west near Cullman and Jasper.
Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Fort Pickens Area in Florida in anticipation of intense wind and surf that will cause sand and water to cover the road. The forecasted wind and surf are anticipated to cause Fort Pickens road to become impassable.
The lull in Alabama’s weather is officially over.
A potent storm system will send two rounds of rain and storms to Alabama starting today.
The rain is much needed after months of deepening drought that has touched the entire state.
Alabama may finally get a long-hoped-for “soaking” rain, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. Some places could get more than 3 inches of rain through the first half of the week, according to the Weather Prediction Center and the weather service. A wider area could get 1-2 inches.
Baldwin County’s State Forestry division had to send personnel and equipment to help out with a wildfire in south Mobile County Tuesday. That’s not the only place they’re helping out.
Gov. Robert Bentley has required all forestry offices in the state to help out with wildfire threats in north Alabama.
Did you hear the good news? About the drought? In Alabama?”I never can get anyone who wants to talk about the positive side of it,” said John Christy, the state climatologist and director of the Earth System Science System at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
ROBERTSDALE, AL – The weather hasn’t cooperated with Robertsdale cattle farmer Mark Kaiser this fall.
“This is probably the longest period I’ve seen us go without rain,” says Kaiser.
The above video is a weather discussion between Meteorologist Thomas Geboy and National Weather Service Meteorologist in Charge (Mobile) Jeff Medlin. The topic is La Nina. In this video we break-down what we might experience locally because of the La Nina.
An area of disturbed weather in the western Caribbean had a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm later this week. (National Hurricane Center)
Thursday, October 27, 2016 marked 30 days since farmers in Baldwin County have seen rain. Parched fields have turned to dust. During the spring and early summer, a drought like this could have serious impacts. A small percentage of farmers are having to tough it out through this dry spell, but most couldn’t be more pleased.
Alabama continues to be mired in a worsening drought.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, almost the entire state was in a moderate drought — and areas in northeast and east-central Alabama were experiencing “exceptional drought,” the worst category.
“The forecast is leaning heavily on the rejuvenated La Nina in the tropical Pacific,” said Alabama state Climatologist Dr. John Christy on Thursday. ”These cooler-than-average sea temperatures between Hawaii and French Polynesia tend to steer storms a little more to our north, leaving us with a greater chance of being on the warmer/drier side as they pass by.”
Local emergency management officials are using Hurricane Matthew as an opportunity to remind people to stay prepared for any possible storm.
In Baldwin County in particular, many residents haven’t experienced a major storm before.
More than two dozen linemen, superintendents and engineers from Baldwin EMC are getting ready to hit the road heading into the storm.
Hurricane Matthew got stronger Thursday morning, and forecasters said it could intensify even more and be an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane as it closes in on Florida later today.
Hurricane Matthew hasn’t taken aim at Alabama, but some in Alabama are taking aim at Matthew.
Projections suggest it’ll be Thursday night before the storm begins to graze the eastern coast of Florida. It’s unclear whether Matthew will skirt the coast as it sweeps along Georgia and the Carolinas or make landfall one or more times. The possibility has been raised that the storm might even loop out to sea and come back westward for a second strike.
Hundreds of evacuees from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba kept busy Tuesday exploring Pensacola while keeping a watchful eye on powerful Hurricane Matthew.
About 700 family members are staying at NAS Pensacola after the U.S. Navy ordered the mandatory evacuation for military spouses and children living at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base in southeast Cuba.
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From James Spann and the team of meteorologists at ABC 33/40.
The eye of powerful Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti Tuesday morning, the first of what could be several brushes with land for the powerful storm this week.
Haiti was getting the worst of Matthew on Tuesday morning. Matthew had 145 mph sustained winds, according the the National Hurricane Center, and could drop 40 inches of rain in isolated areas.
Hurricane Matthew was still a powerful Category 4 storm on Monday morning as it tracked toward Haiti and Jamaica.Matthew was on a path that was expected to take the storm near or over Haiti late tonight or early Tuesday. Cuba will be next.The National Hurricane Center continued to caution that it was too soon to say with certainty that Matthew would avoid Florida, and the long-range track takes the storm in the direction of the Carolinas later this week.
Hurricane warnings blanketed the Caribbean as powerful Hurricane Matthew tracked toward Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday morning.
The National Hurricane Center said Matthew remained a top-end Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph.
The Hurricane Hunters on Wednesday morning were investigating a tropical disturbance nearing the Caribbean that could become Tropical Storm Matthew soon.
So far the Hunters found that the disturbance, called Invest 97L for now, had winds of 40-45 mph, which are tropical storm force, according to the National Hurricane Center. They are also looking to see if it has a closed circulation.
A tropical disturbance in the central Atlantic could become 2016′s next named storm today or tonight, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning.
The disturbance, called Invest 97L for now, was located about 475 miles east-southeast of Barbados Tuesday morning and was moving westward at 15-20 mph.
The National Hurricane Center was watching what could turn out to be the next storm, and this one is headed for the Caribbean.
Invest 97L was still a tropical wave on Monday morning, located about 1,150 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands in the central Atlantic.
The National Hurricane Center was monitoring three tropical waves in the Atlantic on Saturday afternoon but only considered one worthy of development.
That one, Invest 94L, was located about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the central Atlantic on Saturday and was moving to the west-northwest.
Labor Day 2016 on the Alabama gulf coast was a washout for many beach-goers from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores. While dark skies loomed to the west, folks in Orange Beach were spared any rain for most of the day.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The Local 15 News weather team is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Hermine. As of 10 a.m. September 1, most forecast models take the storm toward Apalachicola with a landfall around Port St. Joe/Apalachicola early Friday morning.
“Wow, these waves are awesome,” says Kimberly Trantham who had no idea a tropical system was in the gulf. She is on vacation in Gulf Shores and is enjoying the show Hurricane Hermine is offering those along the Alabama coast.