Alabama’s weather can change very rapidly. It can go from being hot and humid to cool weather in just a few hours. Alabama has its share of tornadoes that threaten the state each year. You will also find flooding and thick areas of fog that make driving difficult. If you live in the state for a long period of time, you will find that Alabama’s weather can be strange. In the southern portion of the state, you will find hurricanes hit this area every few years. That’s because southern Alabama is located on the Gulf of Mexico.
Although the climate of Alabama is generally predictable the state has a few noteworthy weather oddities.
AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL
Alabama contains several geological regions with a range of different climate conditions. Nowhere are the differences more obvious than in the average annual precipitation that falls in different areas of the state. Dauphin Island off the southern coast state receives nearly 69 inches of rain in an average year, while Anniston in the northeastern uplands receives less than 50.
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With summer at our doorstep, it’s important to remember the dangers that overexposure to the sun, and the heat can bring. Dehydration and heat stoke are two things to take seriously, and both can result in unfortunate visits to the hospital. Keep cool by limiting your direct exposure to the sun, and make sure to keep yourself hydrated. This means drinking ample amounts of water, not soda.
When indoors, use air conditioning sparingly in order to keep the temperature down. Regular fans also work wonders, simply by circulating stagnant air. During the sun’s peak hours, draw your shades Read the rest of this entry »
Winter weather can make even a native Northerner-s knuckles turn white when gripping the steering wheel. Holiday travel may take you to areas where winter storms are common, or the occasional strange weather pattern may bring mayhem to your normally mild climate. Keep the following tips in mind if faced with tough winter driving conditions.
1. Stay calm at all times.
2. Keep an emergency kit in your car including jumper cables, a flashlight, gloves or mittens, blankets, snacks Read the rest of this entry »
When tropical waves form off the Cape Verde Islands, they seem to make a slow, deliberate track that takes them in the direct vicinity of the southern coast of the United States. Because of the potential threat of hurricanes, it is a good idea to have an emergency plan when living on the southern coast.
The exact landfall and wind speed of hurricanes is notoriously unpredictable. Some hurricanes, while eliciting dire predictions, barely make an impact, and some hurricanes that do not pose an initial threat end up Read the rest of this entry »
Alabama has been plagued by some of the countries worst and biggest tornadoes. Recently what some are calling a Monster Tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama making history as one of the worst tornadoes ever. On April 27, 2011 a massive tornado nearly demolished the city of Tuscaloosa. Thanks to the rotating thunderstorms mixed with cold and warm air the stage was set for a hideous wave of tornadoes and twisters. The tornado rated in at just over a mile wide with winds Read the rest of this entry »
In the wake of hurricane Irene we thought it would be pertinent to talk about Alabama’s long history with the storms of fury. It’s never too early to be prepared and we’re gearing up for another bad season so keep the following in mind:
Timeline: The average length between hurricanes that have hit Alabama is about 7 years and the longest stretch without a hurricane is only 9 years. It’s important to remember that Wild Blue Deals serves Alabama and you should get online when a Read the rest of this entry »
Weather trends during late summer let you prepare for the fall trends which include the wonderful changing of leaves. Also the wind become brisk and can at times take your breath away with a coolness not felt for several months. All along the roads and within the woods small animals instinctively run back and forth from their homes gather as much food as they can get within their small residence.
People casually begin noticing the Read the rest of this entry »
Alabama, being in the south, is known for harsh summer storms as well as beautiful sunshine. Although the sun can warm things quickly in Alabama, the breeze from the gulf water cools the air so that residents can enjoy time outside. With the heating of the day there are storms that occur in the evening. Some of these thunderstorms can be strong to severe and may include hail, high winds, and even tornadoes. Summer can also bring flooding rains not associated Read the rest of this entry »
When you live down South, there is nothing you look forward to more than springtime. Here in Alabama, spring is a beautiful time of the year. Many days, the weather is gorgeous with bright sunshine and temperatures that are comfortable enough to really get out and enjoy.
However, there are things that you must watch out for, weather-wise. Alabama springtime usually offers quite a bit of rain. Farmers need the rain for the crops to grow, and Read the rest of this entry »