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Severe Weather Awareness Week
By February 19, 2016 Read More →

Severe Weather Awareness Week

February 14-19 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama. There are many ways to be prepared for severe weather. Knowledge and advanced planning is the best way to stay safe during storms. Make sure you know what part of Tuscaloosa County you live in and that you can point to your location on a map […]

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National Weather Service Offers SKYWARN Training Classes
By February 11, 2016 Read More →

National Weather Service Offers SKYWARN Training Classes

Do you have a passion for weather? Maybe you like to gather scientific data or observe weather conditions. Either way, the SKYWARN class is for you! SKYWARN is a National Weather Service (NWS) program of trained volunteer weather spotters. SKYWARN spotters coordinate with local emergency management officials and send weather reports to the NWS. Spotters […]

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Common Tornado Myths
By July 10, 2015 Read More →

Common Tornado Myths

True or False? Tornado Myths Debunked   Misconceptions and myths about tornadoes have been around for a long time. Get under an overpass, open all the windows in your house, tornadoes don’t strike the same place twice. There are a number of myths that have come about over the last 150 years. Some of these myths […]

Programming a Weather Radio
By June 11, 2015 Read More →

Programming a Weather Radio

What is “SAME?” A new radio capable of receiving NWS broadcasts gives listeners the best possible means of receiving severe weather warnings. This new generation of programmable NWR receivers has a special feature that allows listeners to choose only the watches and warnings that affect their county area and screen out any warnings issued for other […]

Severe Weather Apps
By May 29, 2015 Read More →

Severe Weather Apps

Free Weather Apps Alabama Saf-T-Net – Baron This free app from Baron is designed for residents of Alabama. It allows for the user to set up to four different locations and receive up-to-date information for each one. Users can also select how they would like to be notified of impending severe weather. Alabama Saf-T-Net Website – CLICK HERE Red Cross […]

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Weather Info Links
By May 28, 2015 Read More →

Weather Info Links

If there is a threat for severe weather in the area, and a NOAA Weather Radio is not within reach, there are several media outlets to keep an eye on the storms that are available on different platforms. If conditions are favorable for severe weather for the next several hours, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, […]

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Storm Prediction Center
By May 27, 2015 Read More →

Storm Prediction Center

Composite SPC ProductsGraphical products provided by the Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OKDay 1 OutlookDay 2 OutlookDay 3 OutlookMescoscale DiscussionsCurrent WatchesCurrent Warnings

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Local Weather Trends
By May 26, 2015 Read More →

Local Weather Trends

A common occurrence in Alabama in all months of the year is severe weather – tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes, winter weather, etc. Thunderstorms are the most commonly occurring mode of severe weather in Tuscaloosa County. In all months of the year, especially in the warmer months, thunderstorms could be strong enough to bring heavy rain, causing flash flooding in low-lying […]

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Extreme Weather History
By May 21, 2015 Read More →

Extreme Weather History

Historically, Tuscaloosa County is an active region in terms of extreme weather. The most common form of severe weather in this region is thunderstorms, which could contain high winds, lightning, hail, heavy rain, and even tornadoes.   The county is no stranger to experiencing small, spin-up as well as large, long-track tornadoes in its long history. […]

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How to Take Shelter
By May 15, 2015 Read More →

How to Take Shelter

Sheltering during severe weather conditions is the best way to stay safe. Community shelters and dedicated individual storm shelters are optimal places to be during an severe weather event. In reality, not everyone has access to a dedicated storm shelter but choosing a good location in a sound structure is a good option. In a severe weather event, […]

Posted in: Shelters, Weather Edu