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 …


Winter Weather is Cool, With Some Hazards

WINTER is Cold! …but it can be fun and safe if you take steps to educate and protect yourself. Did you know that winter storms are now class…

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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 Georges Flooding in 1998

Hurricane Georges in 1998

Hurricane Georges in 1998 left flooding rainfall totals of 1 to 3 feet. It made landfall near Biloxi as a category 2 before rapidly weakenin…

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Hurricane Opal in 1995

Hurricane Opal hit the Florida Panhandle in October of 1995, as the third most-costly hurricane in US history, at that time.

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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 …

Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Latter

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was massive, historic, expensive, and deadly. Here are statistics, summaries, and a collection of stories looking …

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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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