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On the Subject of Fall

September 26th, 2013 at 2:47 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

This past Sunday, September 22nd marked the autumnal equinox and the official beginning of the fall season. This is the date where there is roughly an equal amount of daylight and darkness in the Northern Hemisphere. We actually are experienced that phenomenon officially this evening on 9/26. Our sunset is at 6:44 pm and the sunrise tomorrow is at 6:44am. The longer nights will eventually mean cooler weather. Despite the changes in the calendar, we are still experiencing some late summer weather – temperature wise – this week.

Changes are expected in this pattern as we get closer to the weekend. A surface high pressure system in Quebec, Canada will strengthen and shift into the New England state. This feature should force a stalled front well out over the Gulf and into south Florida by Friday night. Our airmass will dry out significantly. Temperatures will also drop by several degrees. Look for highs in the mid 80′s and lows in the low 60′s for most areas by Saturday and Sunday.

Rain Totals Above Average

August 21st, 2013 at 9:57 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

rainfall_surplusOur rainfall total of 45.2″ is now about 6″ above normal for the year. Mobile, AL is one of the nations wettest cities. We even see a much higher rainfall total on average than areas like Seattle, WA. The summer has been especially wet. This month, we have seen nearly 10″ of rain at Mobile Regional Airport. The forecast trend is for near normal precipitation as we head into September and October.

Uncertain Tropical Forecast

August 15th, 2013 at 2:38 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

tropics_quickmap tropical_modelsWe have our eyes on two features in the tropics, the closest being a broad area of low pressure over the Yucatan. This low is surrounded by disorganized showers and storms. The feature is currently over land, and development is not expected today. The National Hurricane Center gives it a medium chance of developing over the southern Gulf on Friday and Friday night. This low is tracking west northwest.

The long range forecast is very uncertain. If the system remains weak and/or tracks further to the south, its most likely going to stay on a westerly course towards Mexico and south Texas. A stronger system would be more likely to be pulled north by a strenghtening upper trough over the Eastern U.S. If the system takes a more northerly turn, our rain chances would increase for Sunday and Monday. Upper winds are not favorable for rapid strengthening, if the low does organize into a depression or weak tropical storm.


In the far eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Erin continues to organize off the Cape Verde Islands. This system should continue on a westerly course over the next five days, remaining over open waters. Dry air and a stable atmosphere should weaken the system by Sunday.

Low Pressure Slowly Organizing

August 14th, 2013 at 8:48 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

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A low pressure area in the northwest Caribbean is gradually getting better organized this evening. Gusty winds and squalls are occuring mainly east of the circulation. The National Hurricane Center now says there is a 70 % chance it will develop by Friday. The system will have to interact with the land areas of the Yucatan before reaching the Gulf. The winds are a bit less favorable for intensification in the southern Gulf. Tropical models suggest the feature could head west towards Mexico, or take a more northerly track. The forecast shows an environment that does not favor rapid intensification.

Broad Low Getting Better Organized

August 14th, 2013 at 3:08 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather


The low pressure area in the northwest Caribbean Sea continues to show signs of organization. The upper environment is somewhat favorable for development and a system could form between now and Thursday. The National Hurricane Center gives the low a 60% chance of developing in the next two days. The low is currently heading northwest at 10-15 mph and should reach the southern Gulf by Friday. If the low organizes, a landfalling system is possible along the northern Gulf Coast – anywhere from Texas to Florida – by Sunday. A trough in the eastern United States will likely pull anything that forms to the north. However, the upper environment is not conducive for rapid strengthening over the Gulf.  Stay tuned as the we get more details today and Thursday. We could see a lot of rain out of this feature if it does indeed head our way. If the system becomes a storm, the name could be Erin or Fernand, depending on the development of the other wave feature in the far Eastern Atlantic off the African coast.

Tropical Wave More Defined

August 13th, 2013 at 9:28 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

tropics_quickmapA Tropical Wave now in the western Caribbean Sea is heading west-northwest towards the southern Gulf of Mexico. Upper level winds are gradually becoming more favorable for development. The National Hurricane Center is saying the system hgas a 30% probability of development in the next two days, and 40% chance of development by the weekend. Several of the models bring the moisture of the system towards the northen Gulf by the weekend. The upper environemnt is not supportive of a major storm, but the system could organize into a named tropical storm. The next name on the list is “Erin.”

Good luck Marcus!

August 7th, 2013 at 7:57 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

One of our veteran photojournalists, Marcus Powe, left FOX10 to take a job with the Mobile County Public School system.  We will miss his 20 years of experience, but we know our loss will be the gain of his new students at Leflore!

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Lost messages

July 29th, 2013 at 8:15 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized
Pope Francis answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on the journey back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. Francis' remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope Francis answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on the journey back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013.  Francis’ remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

In an attempt to find a headline for Pope Francis’ news conference aboard his return flight to Rome from Brazil, reporters mangled the message.

I don’t really blame them; I don’t think it was intentional. But I do believe that when dealing with theology, it’s important to understand context and nuance; these were lacking in most of the reports I read.

The reporters traveling with the Pope (or the editors back home) missed what he actually said, and in this age of instant news that ricochets around the world with the speed of Twitter, the misinterpretation wound up spreading like an out of control virus.

Father Jonathan Morris, who is a Fox News contributor, put it this way:

“….unfortunately, if you were reading the headlines from some media outlets, you would have learned just one thing. As the Huffington Post put it: “Breakthrough: Pope OK with Gays.”

This is the worst coverage of a religious story I have seen to date.

Let’s begin with the fact that the pope has always been ‘OK’ with homosexuals. In fact, by the demands of his own religion he is required to be much more than just ‘OK.’ The Christian faith teaches that every person is endowed by God with an inviolable dignity and therefore deserves our unconditional respect and love.

A section of an Associated Press report also got the story very wrong. Summarizing the pope’s comments on homosexuals in the priesthood, the AP reported: ‘Francis was much more conciliatory [than Pope Benedict], saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.’

Pope Francis didn’t say that, and the report is wrong on so many levels.

First of all, it suggests that being gay itself, is a sin. What Pope Francis really said, in response to a reporter’s question about homosexual priests who are living a celibate life was this: ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?’

Pope Francis simply and compassionately reiterated Biblical teaching. The Bible and the Catholic Church have never taught that it is a ‘sin’ to be homosexual. They teach it is a sin to have homosexual sex because it goes against the laws of God’s nature, specifically his plan for human sexuality.

When Pope Francis says ‘who am I to judge’ he is saying—and I think we need to hear more of this from religious leaders—that active homosexuals deserve the same kindness, love, and mercy that all of us sinners would hope to receive from God and from others.

We don’t make judgments about anyone’s personal worth—God has already done that when he created us out of love.”

I have always been a proponent of “beat reporting” – employing journalists who specialize in a particular subject. John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter is an excellent example of someone who deeply understands his subject. Rocco Palmo, who writes a blog called Whispers in the Loggia, is another. In the days when networks made extensive use of beat reporters, Winston Burdett of CBS was a master of religious reporting in Rome.

Assigning reporters who know a little bit about a lot of things doesn’t do our industry, or the public, any favors.

Hurricane Preparedness Day in Foley

July 27th, 2013 at 3:04 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Uncategorized

We had fun greeting folks at the Hurricane Preparedness Day at the Home Depot in Foley!







This was Thursday

July 25th, 2013 at 11:28 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized