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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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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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Hurricane Knowledge

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean runs from June 1st through November 30th. It is the time of year when a mass of clouds near the equat…

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Hurricane Preparation

We are in hurricane territory along the Gulf Coast. Make no mistake, this is where tropical storms visit and we’ve all got to be prepared. I…

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Hurricane Hunters Fly into Nate

At News 5 we keep you updated in hurricane season with all the tracks and coordinates of tropical storms. Every once in a while I get to fly…

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Hurricane Myths Can Mislead You

A myth can be defined as a story passed down from generation to generation that is not true or is not always true. The hurricane myths below…

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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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Hurricane Katrina

HURRICANE KATRINA was a Category 5 with 175mph wind before landfall. The eye crossed the Louisiana Delta on Monday August 29, 2005 at 6:10am…

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Hurricane Frederic in 1979

On the evening of September 12, 1979, Hurricane Frederic crossed the west end of Dauphin Island as a Category 4 hurricane. It then traveled …

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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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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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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…

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Lightning is Striking, 3-part Series

The Gulf Coast is home to frequent thunderstorms and that means a lot of lightning strikes. Separate fact from myth and learn lightning safe…

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Severe Weather FAQ and Preparation

Severe means damaging wind over 58mph, hail larger than an inch, or a tornado. By definition “severe” does not account for lightning or how …

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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 …

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Woods Fires, Wildfires and Weather

Did you know that wildfires can be caused by the weather but they can also change the weather? They can even produce a whirl similar to a to…

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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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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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Emergency Management Offices

Emergency Management Offices in the News 5 area. Jackson County Emergency Management 228 769-3111 George County Emergency Management 601 947…