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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL  
624 AM CST SUN NOV 12 2017  
   
..WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN ALABAMA KICKS OFF TODAY
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL OBSERVE THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12TH  
THROUGH NOVEMBER 17TH AS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK FOR THE STATE  
OF ALABAMA.  
 
WHILE THE FREQUENCY OF EXTREME WINTER WEATHER EVENTS IS RELATIVELY  
SMALL ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA, SNOW, ICE AND COLD CAN STILL CAUSE  
SIGNIFICANT PROPERTY DAMAGE, INJURY, AND EVEN DEATH. WITH THE START  
OF EACH NEW WINTER SEASON, PREPARATION AND AWARENESS ARE KEY TO  
MINIMIZING THE DANGERS AND HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH WINTER WEATHER.  
 
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO BE PREPARED "AHEAD OF THE STORM" AND FOLLOW  
SOME SIMPLE SAFETY TIPS AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS BEFORE THE WINTER  
SEASON:  
 
* STOCK UP ON FOOD...WATER...AND MEDICATION WELL AHEAD OF A WINTER  
STORM.  
* HAVE A SECONDARY SOURCE OF HEAT AND POWER: GENERATORS, CANDLES, BATTERIES  
OR FIREWOOD.  
* LAYER CLOTHING AND WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES OR MITTENS.  
* AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL BUT ALWAYS CARRY EMERGENCY SUPPLIES IN  
YOUR VEHICLE.  
* REPLACE THE BATTERIES IN YOUR NOAA WEATHER RADIO.  
* AVOID OVER EXPOSURE TO THE COLD. FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA ARE  
VERY SERIOUS CONDITIONS AND CAN RESULT IN PERMANENT INJURY AND EVEN  
DEATH.  
 
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, ESPECIALLY LONG DISTANCES ACROSS THE COUNTRY,  
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR VEHICLE:  
 
* ICE SCRAPER AND BRUSH  
* SAND OR CAT LITTER FOR TRACTION  
* MOBILE PHONE AND CHARGER  
* FLASHLIGHT  
* BATTERIES  
* BLANKETS OR SLEEPING BAG  
* FIRST AID KIT  
* WATER  
* NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS  
* POCKET KNIFE  
* WATERPROOF MATCHES  
* SHOVEL  
* TOOL KIT  
* TOW ROPE  
* VEHICLE BATTERY JUMPER CABLES  
* ROAD MAPS AND GPS EQUIPMENT  
 
RECENT SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER EVENTS THAT HAVE AFFECTED CENTRAL  
ALABAMA:  
 
FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  
MANY ALABAMIANS EXPERIENCED ONE OF THE LARGEST SNOW STORMS ON RECORD  
AS OVER 12 INCHES OF SNOW WERE UNOFFICIALLY MEASURED ALONG THE  
HIGHWAY 278 CORRIDOR IN MARION COUNTY. IN ADDITION, MUCH OF THE  
NORTHERN TWO THIRDS OF THE STATE SAW SNOW DURING THE AFTERNOON AND  
EVENING HOURS OF THE 25TH, WITH TOTALS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES NEAR  
INTERSTATE 20 INCREASING TO 5 TO 12 INCHES FURTHER NORTH TO THE  
TENNESSEE STATE LINE.  
 
FEBRUARY 12-13, 2014:  
A COMPLEX STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT ICE AND SNOW TO MUCH OF THE STATE. ICE  
ACCUMULATIONS OF ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH WERE REPORTED IN EAST  
CENTRAL ALABAMA WITH CHEAHA STATE PARK GETTING HIT THE HARDEST.  
FOLLOWING THE ICE, SEVERAL BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW TRACKED EASTWARD  
ACROSS NORTH ALABAMA DUMPING 2 TO 7 INCHES OF SNOW FROM BIRMINGHAM  
NORTHWARD.  
 
JANUARY 28, 2014:  
THE STATE OF ALABAMA WAS IMPACTED BY A RATHER SIGNIFICANT WINTER  
STORM THAT BROUGHT TRAVEL TO STAND STILL. THE HIGHEST SNOWFALL TOTALS  
OF 2 TO 3 INCHES FELL IN A CORRIDOR FROM CHILTON COUNTY NORTHEAST TO  
RANDOLPH COUNTY. PRIOR TO THE SNOWFALL, SOME COUNTIES IN THE  
SOUTHEAST HALF OF THE STATE REPORTED UP TO ONE QUARTER INCH OF ICE  
ACCUMULATION. SADLY, THERE WERE 9 DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO ACCIDENTS  
THAT OCCURRED DUE TO THE ICY ROAD CONDITIONS.  
 
JANUARY 2014 "ARCTIC BLAST":  
AN EXTREMELY COLD ARCTIC AIRMASS BROUGHT RECORD TEMPERATURES TO MUCH  
OF THE STATE. TEMPERATURES STRUGGLED TO REACH THE UPPER TEENS AND  
TWENTIES ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA ON THE AFTERNOON OF JANUARY 6TH, WITH  
WIND CHILLS BELOW 0 FOR COUNTIES ALONG AND NORTH OF INTERSTATE 20.  
THE BONE CHILLING COLD ARRIVED ON THE MORNING OF JANUARY 7TH WITH  
LOWS REPORTED NEAR 0 IN NORTH ALABAMA AND THE TEENS IN THE SOUTH.  
RECORD MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WERE BROKEN ACROSS THE BOARD FOR EVERY  
CLIMATE SITE IN CENTRAL ALABAMA.  
 
JANUARY 9-10, 2011:  
HEAVY SNOW AND ICE FELL ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE STATE. AREAS NORTH OF  
INTERSTATE 20 REPORTED ANYWHERE FROM 1 TO 14 INCHES OF SNOW WITH THE  
HEAVIEST TOTALS NEAR THE ALABAMA-TENNESSEE STATE LINE. ICE REPORTS  
WERE AS HIGH AS ONE HALF INCH IN MULTIPLE COUNTIES JUST SOUTH OF  
INTERSTATE 20.  
 
PAST "HISTORICAL" WINTER WEATHER EVENTS:  
 
MARCH 12-14, 1993 "STORM OF THE CENTURY:"  
THE STATE WAS HELD IN THE GRIP OF RECORD SNOWFALL WITH MORE THAN A  
FOOT OF SNOW ACROSS A WIDE PORTION OF CENTRAL ALABAMA. THE SNOW  
COMPLETELY PARALYZED A LARGE SECTION OF THE STATE. STRONG WINDS  
ACCOMPANIED THE HEAVY WET SNOW AND THIS COMBINATION DOWNED NUMEROUS  
TREES AND POWER LINES. MANY PEOPLE WERE LEFT WITHOUT ELECTRICAL  
SERVICE FOR SEVERAL DAYS. HEAVY SNOWFALL ON MARCH 12TH AND 13TH WAS  
FOLLOWED BY A RECORD BREAKING COLD SNAP. NEARLY ALL ACTIVITY CAME TO  
A COMPLETE HALT IN AND AROUND BIRMINGHAM, ANNISTON, AND TUSCALOOSA  
FOR 2 FULL DAYS UNTIL THE SNOW BEGAN TO MELT AND EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT  
COULD BEGIN TO CLEAR ROADWAYS. WHEN THE WINTRY PRECIPITATION AND  
COLD CONDITIONS SUBSIDED, 14 PEOPLE HAD DIED AND MANY MORE WERE  
INJURED. PROPERTY DAMAGE EXCEEDED 50 MILLION DOLLARS AND EVERY SQUARE  
INCH OF ALABAMA HAD EXPERIENCED MEASURABLE SNOW. DURING THE WINTER  
STORM, THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IN ALABAMA SHELTERED OVER 12,000 PEOPLE  
IN 108 FACILITIES AND SERVED OVER 36,000 MEALS.  
 
DECEMBER 22-25, 1989 SEVERE COLD OUTBREAK:  
LOW TEMPERATURES FOR 2 CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS DROPPED INTO THE 0 TO 5  
DEGREES BELOW 0 RANGE OVER THE NORTHERN THIRD OF ALABAMA AND INTO THE  
SINGLE DIGITS ALONG THE GULF COAST. DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES ONLY  
REACHED INTO THE TEENS. BRISK NORTHERLY WINDS CREATED WIND CHILLS  
RANGING FROM 0 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW 0 ACROSS THE ENTIRE STATE.  
 
JANUARY 10-18, 1982 SEVERE COLD OUTBREAK:  
ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC OUTBREAKS OF COLD WEATHER IN ALABAMA HISTORY  
OCCURRED. 20 PEOPLE DIED AND 300 WERE INJURED DURING THIS EXTREMELY  
COLD WEATHER. 16,000 PEOPLE WERE FORCED INTO EMERGENCY SHELTERS AND  
STORM DAMAGE TOTALED SOME 78 MILLION DOLLARS.  
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV, AND  
THEN CLICK ON CENTRAL ALABAMA, OR CONTACT JOHN DE BLOCK, WARNING  
COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST FOR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  
BIRMINGHAM, AT (205)664-3010, EXTENSION 223.  
 

 
 
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