Safe From the Storm

Homes on Alabama Coast in Danger?

Hurricane Season 2016 is underway.

Alabama Coastal damage from Frederic, 1979 The company CoreLogic is out with an annual ranking of states based on how many homes are at risk for damage from hurricanes and how serious the risk is. They rank Alabama 16th overall, with 4,880 buildings in extreme danger. The other properties are ranked as follows:   Extreme Danger        …

El Nino Effects

It seems no region of the U.S. is immune to extreme weather.   A driving force behind some it can be attributed to those warmer waters over the eastern Pacific just west of the South American continent. It’s referred to as El Nino and it’s affects can be felt globally. Winds blowing over those warmer waters are mechanism for heat…

The Social Media Dilemma

As operational meteorologists, we are dealing with an issue that won’t go away, and seems to be more problematic every year. Today I look at this problem known as the “The Social Media Dilemma.” We spend too much time we don’t have putting down wild rumors and insane forecasts. I leave this with you, for you the masses, check your…

Lightning Safety

Lightning can be deadly and disruptive by often knocking out power, sparking fires and damaging or destroying electronic devices. “We have system in place once the lightning were to strike to shut the system off to protect the homeowner also protect our system,” said Alabama Power Area Manager Mike Jordan The surge protectors that we use to protect our laptops, video game…

Driving Safety in Severe Weather

  Most of us have been in this situation. On average there are more than five million vehicle crashes each year. Twenty percent of these crashes are weather-related. Most of them related to wet pavement. Rainfall can cause the conditions of the roadway to deteriorate quickly. There are a few steps to take before and during severe weather events with driving….