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Coming in like a lamb, then a roar in the forecast

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Shot by Daggumbum from Phenix City Friday night streaks in the sky illustrates rain evaporating before it hits the surface. We call this virga. Occasional sprinkle or two made it to the surface. The air was too dry for the rain to hold in this stable envi Shot by Daggumbum from Phenix City Friday night streaks in the sky illustrates rain evaporating before it hits the surface. We call this virga. Occasional sprinkle or two made it to the surface. The air was too dry for the rain to hold in this stable envi
Morning clouds will give way to sunshine and mild readings for both days Saturday and Sunday, with above average readings. Monday clouds roll in ahead of a fast moving cold front. There will be enough moisture for morning showers Monday morning. A line will move through and should clear completely by afternoon. breezy and cooler air will follow.

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You can call it the end of February and the beginning of “March Madness" when it comes to our weather, not basketball.  Just five years ago today two reported tornadoes were three miles northwest of Opelika. Homes destroyed, trees toppled, and vehicles overturned. Across the rest off the News 3 viewing area we had many reports of wind damage. On the back side of this front, the surface low swept through central Alabama and dumped 6.5 inches of snowfall across our area. Two years before this event on March 1, 2007 a tornado carved a path three miles northwest of Phenix City and just to the southeast of Smiths Station. The tornado destroyed homes in Green Island Hills; and in North Columbus, a Pharmacy, and newly built hotels had their roofs ripped off from this EF 2 tornado (111-135 mph winds). Later a more powerful tornado destroyed a hospital in Americus, Georgia and many neighborhoods were leveled.



Bob Jeswald

Bob worked as a meteorologist in Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona before deciding to head back to the fountain city to raise his family. More>>

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