Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day 2008
Wednesday, October 15

The holiday season is right around the corner and that means spending time with family and friends--but it also means fall severe weather season. In order to get the word out, the National Weather Service and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency will be conducting Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 15th. AEMA Director Brock Long and Senior NWS Forecaster John De Block will be holding a 2:00 p.m. press conference in the Jefferson County EMA Training Room in Birmingham, AL.

Believe it or not, November historically has been a very active month for severe weather and tornadoes. Some of the recent fall severe weather events include:

In 2007, Central Alabama experienced 3 rare October tornadoes in Hale, Bibb and Lowndes counties.
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In 2006, 4 tornadoes occurred on November 30th during a very unique severe weather episode across parts of West Central Alabama.
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In 2006, 8 tornadoes occurred on November 15th across Central Alabama as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through. (click for summary)

In 2005, 6 tornadoes occurred on November 28th across Central Alabama as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through. (click for summary)

In 2004, 21 tornadoes and widespread wind damage occurred during the early morning hours of November 24 across Central Alabama as a severe line of thunderstorms moved through. (click for summary)

In 2003, a significant line of thunderstorms plowed through Alabama on November 18, resulting mainly in significant straight-line wind damage. Two F1 tornadoes touched down near Tuscaloosa and Oakman. (click for summary)

In 2002, the infamous Veteran's Day Tornado Outbreak brought 11 tornadoes to parts of North and Central Alabama.  Two F3 tornadoes occurred across Fayette, Walker, and Winston counties. (click for summary)

In 2001, the largest tornado outbreak in Alabama's recorded history occurred on November 24, 2001 as 34 tornadoes occurred during a 24-hour period. (click for summary)

In 2000, an F4 tornado occurred near Tuscaloosa with the December 16 outbreak.  13 additional tornadoes occurred across Alabama on that date. (click for summary)


This the perfect time of the year to check your preparedness plans. Make sure your NOAA Weather Radio has fresh batteries in it. Make sure you have ways of receiving severe weather information. Make sure you know what to do if threatening weather approaches.

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