Record Lows (Again)

July 30th, 2014 at 4:03 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

We set a new record low in Mobile this morning at 65 degrees. This front is our third significant boundary this July. We have seen 8 nights below 70 degrees this month. Some fantastic heat relief is here again, with much lower humidity. Our coolest night may actually be tonight with lows in the mid 60’s along I-10. The current record is 66 degrees, and will likely be broken. We may also be in record country Thursday night. Drier air hangs around until Friday. Scattered storms return for the weekend. Temps will still be fairly comfortable into early next week, as the front lingers along the coast.

In the tropics, a disturbance midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Leeward Islands has a medium chance of developing. The system is moving west, and should turn more WNW as it approaches the northern Leeward islands. If this forms into Tropical Storm Bertha, the track will likely stay east of the U.S., based on the current forecast.

Lower Humidity Almost Here

July 28th, 2014 at 2:45 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

We have a slight risk of severe t-storms this evening along and ahead of a cold front. The front should be into the northern sections of the area by early evening, and then offshore by daybreak Tuesday. These stronger than average thunderstorms will contain frequent lightning and gusty winds.

This front will be our third significant boundary this July. Some fantastic heat relief is on the way. Dewpoints will drop 15 degrees between now and Tuesday, and our heat index will also be about 15 degrees lower ! Our coolest night should be Tuesday night with lows in the mid 60’s along I-10. The current record is 67 degrees, and will possibly be broken. Drier air hangs around until Friday. Scattered storms return for the weekend.

In the tropics, a disturbance s’west of the Cape Verde Islands has a medium chance of developing by Wednesday. The system is moving west, and has a high chance of developing in the next 5 days.

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T.D. Two Forms in Atlantic

July 21st, 2014 at 3:45 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

The old stalled front continues to linger over the forecast area and the Gulf Coast Region. The upper low has shifted a little more to the east today. The atmosphere has dried out a little so the t-storm activity is much lower this evening. Scattered chances remain this week, with the driest day being Thursday in the extended range. Temperatures will remain near normal for July with highs near 92, and lows near 73. Heat and humidity will continue to be the main theme.

A small low pressure are located about 1200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is getting better organized. This feature is now Tropical Depression #2 As of the 4pm advisory. The environment ahead of this feature is not conducive for rapid strengthening.

Record Lows Possible ?

July 15th, 2014 at 2:36 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

A substantial round of t-storms moved across the heart of the forecast area today. These storms were generated along a prefrontal trough ahead of a main cold front. Rain chances drop rapidly this evening. The surface front should make it to the coast by midnight tonight. Rain chances will be lower on Wednesday as the front gradually drifts through the area and offshore. We do expect a small window of drier air. Humidity will be noticeably lower during the day, with a high near 89. Lows on Wednesday night should be in the mid 60’s along I-10. The current record is 65 degrees set in 1886, and we could possibly tie or break it!

The front quickly shifts back across the area and the humidity returns on Friday. Long range models hint at the idea of a low pressure area developing in Arkansas. This should bring back good chances of scattered t-storms by the weekend. The tropics are quiet.

Fewer Storms

July 10th, 2014 at 6:49 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

We saw a significant increase in moisture in the atmosphere today. A break has developed in the upper ridge, and we saw a weak sagging front in central and northern Alabama. As a result a nice round of showers and storms swept through the area, dumping a half inch to an inch of rain in most spots.

Mid-level ridging rebuilds by Friday and the weekend. Drier air should move in, leaving us hot ! Rain chances will be lower by Saturday and Sunday, and this is good news for outdoor events like the Blue Angels. Daytime highs will be in the low to mid 90’s, and overnight lows will work their way back up into the low to mid 70’s. The tropics are quiet.

Long range models hint at the idea of another front arriving late next week. This should bring back scattered t-storms and perhaps slight lower temps by Thursday and Friday.

Heating Up !

June 30th, 2014 at 5:26 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

The heat is here in full force on this Monday. Most spots were reporting low-mid 90’s as of 3 pm. Heat Index values were in the 100-105 range in many areas. More heat is expected Tuesday with highs in the mid to upper 90’s. Heat Indices on Tuesday will be 104-108 ! We are seeing no activity on radar, and things should stay dry through Tuesday. The ridging breaks down slightly on Wednesday, and isolated showers return. There is a slightly higher scattered chance of rain on Thursday. We return to typical summer conditions for the 4th of July on Thursday, with highs bear 92 and isolated t-storms in the afternoon.

There is one area of disturbed weather in the tropical that we are currently tracking. It’s no threat to us. There is an area of low pressure 125 miles east of Melbourne, Florida in the Atlantic. Environmental conditions are more favorable for development. A slight increase in t-shower activity could result in the formation of a depression. If the system becomes a storm, the name would be Arthur. The system will head closer to the Florida Atlantic Coast, and then turn towards the Carolinas on the 3rd and the 4th.

Typical June

June 17th, 2014 at 3:11 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

It certainly is a hot week, with highs in the low 90’s each day and only a few very brief t-showers. One shower popped up over west Mobile around lunchtime today, and then dissipated about 20 minutes later. The upper atmosphere is not supporting long lasting t-showers. Storm motion is very slow from east to west.

An upper level ridge will remain in place over the forecast area, along with weak surface high pressure centered just to our east. A decent sea breeze sets up each afternoon this week yet, moisture values remain moderate to low. Daytime heating and sea breeze activity will be enough to overcome the ridging, resulting in pop up afternoon and evening t-storms.

The best chances of rain will be just north of I-10. Daytime highs stay at or above 90 through early next week. The upper ridge breaks down a little by the end of the week, resulting in slightly higher chances of afternoon t-storms.

Shark attacks along Gulf Coast uncommon, not unheard of

June 9th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by under FOX10 News, Newsgathered

As reports of sharks swimming in the Alabama Gulf Coast started flowing in to FOX10 News, we dug deeper to see the history of shark attacks in the area. In Alabama, in the past 12 years, five people have been attacked by sharks; none of the attacks have been fatal.

Alabama shark attacks

This graphic shows the number of shark attacks in Alabama since 2001, along with the fatalities resulting from those attacks.

Florida Shark Attacks

This graphic shows the number of shark attacks in Florida since 2001, along with the fatalities resulting from those attacks.

In Florida waters, the story is different, of nearly 300 shark attacks there since 2001, three have been fatal. As for the other Gulf States, Texas has seen 18 attacks with no deaths. Louisiana  and Mississippi don’t appear in data released by the International Shark Attack File, a project housed on the Florida Museum of Natural History website.

Shark attacks by coastal area of states

Shark attacks by coastal area of states

Since 2001, of 477 people attacked by sharks in the most active areas in the US, 12 have died.

Florida has 1,350 miles of coastline, the largest amount of the lower 48 states. Similarly, states with a greater amount of coastline are the source of the greatest number of shark attacks. Since 1837, records of unprovoked shark attacks show that Florida has seen the greatest number of attacks, at 687 followed by Hawaii (129) and California (110).

Shark attacks nationally

Shark attacks across the entire country between 2001-13.

The data show attacks are more common on Florida’s Atlantic coast than in Northwest Florida counties, i.e. those along the Gulf of Mexico. Of attacks there since 1882, Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton and Monroe counties account for 18 of them, and two fatalities.


Most recently, in 2010, a surfer was killed off the Atlantic Coast of Martin County, Fla.

The latest fatality in Florida’s Gulf waters occurred in Walton County in 2005 when a 14-year-old  girl was killed while using a boogie board around 200 yards offshore near the Sandestin resort, according to CNN.

Alabama’s most recent shark attack was on an Orange Beach man who was riding a wave runner.

In 2011, FOX10 News reported on that attack. Officials there initially blamed it on a barracuda, but later said that a shark attacked the rider who had fallen off into the water. Watch the videos below for more info.

Newsgathered: Florian brothers’ tragic drowning, repeat offender arrested again and more

June 6th, 2014 at 4:01 pm by under FOX10 News, Newsgathered


J.E. Turner parents, teachers organize against principal

Parents at J.E. Turner Elementary School picketed the school’s principal this week after 20 teachers were transferred from the school, including the school system’s 2014 teacher of the year. 

The teachers filed a grievance against the principal of the school, Missy Nolen, and one parent went as far as to say that they’ll pull their students out of the principal is still in office next school year.

Mom drags baby down aisle on wedding dress train

In viral news, a mother and bride-to-be in Tennessee came under fire after she walked down the aisle with her infant daughter attached to the train of her dress.

 You Decide 2014: Alabama Primary Election

FOX10 was once again the source for many in the Mobile and Baldwin County Areas for election results in the 2014 Alabama Primary. There were a number of races that garnered special interest including an amendment to incorporate the Prichard Water Board into MAWSS as well as the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Republican Primary Race.

Check out the results and more on our election page. 

Brothers drown in Blackwater River

The tragic drowning death of Greg and David Florian brought up happy memories of the brothers’ sense of humor and gentle natures when family and friends spoke of them to FOX10′s Will Robinson-Smith.

From Will’s interviews:


The Florians said Greg was also very involved with the Catholic Association at the University of South Alabama. But he’ll also be remembered for being a bit of a character.

“One of his more well known ones was Napoleon Dynamite, which he did at a lot of the sporting events at University of South Alabama. So he was very well known for that,” Tim Florian, one of Greg and David’s brothers, said.

“Revolving door” at Mobile Metro on display again






We’ve been following stories of repeat offenders and their releases from the Mobile Metro Jail and this week, a 30 time arrestee (according to jail records) was arrested again after he allegedly robbed a local gas station while out on bond. Lazerrick Craig’s past charges include more for Robbery 1st, carrying a pistol without a permit, menacing, criminal mischief and more.

Craig was profiled on FOX10 News Anchor Bob Grip’s segment Fugitive Files this week as well.

On Friday, police said a suspect was arrested for distribution of a controlled substance after thy found 100 grams of “hydroponic pot” inside his home on Dauphin island. Officials said a young child had access to the drugs, and Chase Cain sold them near Dauphin Island Elementary School.


View the Full Newsgathered gallery for June 2-6 here.


Flood Watch in Effect

May 29th, 2014 at 1:53 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

A Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect until Friday afternoon. A deep moist southerly flow will continue across our area, while a mid to upper low pressure system spins near northern Louisina. Rainfall rates of up to 2” per hour are possible in the heaviest bands. We expect 2”-4” of rain between now and Friday, mainly over the western sections of the area. 3”-5” storm totals are possible area wide through Saturday, especially along I-10 and the coast. Rain chances look much lower for Sunday, and into next week.