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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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