More stories by Alan Sealls

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Astronomy is Space Weather

Meteorologists study the atmosphere on Earth. You might think from the title meteorology that a meteorologist would study meteors. They do… …

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Weather Balloon Launch to Capture Data

This is the story of a man and a balloon. My name is Jim Salzwedel and I’m a Hydrometeorological Technician Jim is preparing to launch a wea…

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Woods Fires, Wildfires and Weather

Wildfire is any large fire that gets out of control over a large area. You might think of it as something that only happens in the wildernes…

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Hole Punch Clouds Look a Little Strange

Hole Punch Clouds are simply high clouds that look like somebody punched a hole in them. The name is not scientific and sometimes you hear i…

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Summer Heat Danger in Vehicles

This story aired in July of 2011…. The July sun is high in the sky and days are long. No wonder it’s a hot month. My summer weather interns …

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Rainbows, Haloes, and Sun Dogs Above

Beauty in the sky is splashes of colors and arcs of light as rainbows, halos, and sundogs. How do they happen? When light passes from air in…

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Puddle on a Hot Road Mirage

You’re driving down the road on a hot day. In the distance you see a puddle, only when you get to that point in the road, the pavement is dr…

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Weather Photography is Art and Science

If you’ve seen the weather photos we put on TV then you know half the trick of a good picture is simply watching the sky and being at the ri…

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Weather FAQ and Homework Help

Weather Forecasting 1. Where does your weather information come from? Our weather data is compiled by the National Weather Service in Washin…

Hurricane Shelters in the News 5 Area

Hurricane Shelters in Mobile County These Emergency Mass Care Shelters are not listed in any order or priority of opening.  Shelters will be…

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Hurricane Forecast Cone, and Wind Scale

Hurricane or tropical storm forecast cones from the National Hurricane Center are what we base our cone forecasts on at News 5. The cone sho…

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Waterspouts Compared to Tornadoes

Waterspouts are generally a weaker cousin to tornadoes. By definition, a waterspout is a tornado over water but there’s a little more to it …