Riley Blackwell

Riley joined CBS 8 and ABC 32 Weather Authority in June of 2021, after graduating from Mississippi State University earlier in April with his degree in Meteorology with an emphasis on broadcasting. Riley is no stranger to weather in Alabama, growing up in the small town of Sylvan Springs, west of Birmingham in Jefferson County. Riley grew up hearing stories about family members being impacted by severe weather, such as his aunt just managing to avoid the April 8, 1998 F5 tornado that destroyed Oak Grove High School in Jefferson County. Riley says the defining moment for him to pursue a career in weather happened in April 2011, when an EF4 tornado passed only about 2 miles south of his home, and destroyed two cities in which he also spent a lot of time and grew up playing sports in.

 

Riley says it seems he has always been the one his friends came to when severe weather was impending, even before his professional training. He has always found joy in explaining the situation to friends and family, and giving them ample time to prepare if a severe situation were to arise. While at State, he and his friends would often storm chase on days that chases were ideal, even being nearly swept up by a tornado in Tupelo, Mississippi, after he and his friends drove a little too close to the action. Riley was also a part of the 2017-2018 National Championship Disc Golf team at State.

 

When Riley is not monitoring the weather, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, playing video games, following his beloved Boston Red Sox, and hunting and fishing. Riley accredits his love of outdoors to his love of weather, as the two go hand in hand. He says spending time hunting or fishing or just being in nature, observing Mother Nature in action, brings him a sense of peace. He also enjoys older country music, and has also been Type 1 Diabetic since December of 2011.

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Calm Weather For Now, But Rain In The Forecast!

We have had pretty calm weather for the past several days, aside from some cloudy conditions to start the week. However, a cold front is expected to move through tomorrow and really up our rain chances.

Picture Perfect Sunday Wraps Up The Weekend

A near perfect Sunday helps wrap up the weekend for us. A lot of blue skies and sunshine present as we still feel the effects of yesterday's cold front. How long will this last? #alwx

Fall Weather Has Arrived!

After several days of above average temperatures, a cold front moved through the area and brought some fall like weather with it. These wonderful weather conditions are expected to stay around for a while! #alwx

A Beautiful Sunday Leads Us Into A Beautiful Week

Sunday has been near picture perfect, with mainly clear skies and dry air hanging around. Conditions are expected to last throughout the week, but a cold front is on the way by the end of the week which will finally bring us fall-like weather. #alwx

Sunshine And Blue Skies Highlight Our Weekend

This weekend has started off on the right foot with abundant sunshine and blue skies overhead. There have been some passing clouds, but those hold zero rain and sunshine will still blanket the area for the weekend. #alwx

Overcast Sunday Starts Rain Filled Week

Cloudy skies have been the story for the day, with scattered showers and storms across the area. However, rain chances will be increasing to start the week as a cold front starts to move into the area. #alwx

After Several Dry Days, Rain Returns

We've had several days of dry conditions and warmer temperatures, but a cold front is approaching to up those rain chances and lower our temperatures. #alwx

Blue Skies And Sunshine Highlight Our Weekend

Yet another day with comfortable temperatures and beautiful skies to start the weekend. More of the same is expected Sunday and throughout the week, with our rain chances remaining virtually zero.