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Hello! I am WHNT News 19 Storm Hunter Mike Wilhelm. It is an honor to join the best weather team in North Alabama at Valleywx.com! I will be posting stories, photos, and videos from my time out in the field watching Tennessee Valley weather. I will also post about weather history and other fun weather-related things.

I was born and raised in Huntsville and I’m quite familiar with North Alabama weather and geography. Growing up in Huntsville, I was a big fan of WHNT’s legendary H.D. Bagley back in the 1970’s. The Superoutbreak of tornadoes on April 3, 1974 really spurred on my already developing interest in weather. My original career goal was to work with the National Weather Service. Although I took another career path, weather has continued to be a big hobby of mine through the years. I have been a trained storm spotter with the National Weather Service since the 1980’s and have been chasing storms since the 1980’s as well. I am an alumnus of the University of Alabama.

I have maintained a weather page on the web since the mid 1990’s, which turned into a blog, www.bamawx.com in 2006. I am interested in all things weather: weather history, severe weather, winter weather, tropical weather, and even ordinary, everyday weather! I have maintained a YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/Bamawxcom. There you can see my chase videos, historic weather coverage, and much more. April 27, 2011 was the worst weather day in Alabama in a generation. As a Skywatcher for James Spann and Jason Simpson at ABC 33/40, my chase partner John Brown and I witnessed and captured the terrible Tuscaloosa tornado on video. Let’s hope we don’t see another day like that again. If we do, the good news is that you can count on WHNT to keep you advised of severe weather.

I am a member of the National Weather Association and was the volunteer coordinator for the 2011 NWA National Conference in Birmingham. I am also a frequent contributor to the WeatherBrains Podcast, which features James Spann, Bill Murray, Brian Peters, Kevin Selle, and J.B. Elliott.

I am a proud father of three teenage sons!

I like talking weather with people! Connect with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bamawx and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bamawx!


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    WHNT Coverage of Tuesday’s Severe Weather

    This is WHNT News 19’s coverage of the severe weather event on Tuesday July 14, 2015.   It is unusual in July to have three tornadoes in one day, especially without it being associated with a tropical system. A line of severe storms moved south through the Tennessee Valley producing three tornadoes (EFO and EF1 in Colbert County and an EFO in Madison County), numerous reports of wind damage, frequent lightning, and very heavy rainfall.  Some of the storms reached as high […]

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    Some Like it Hot, Some Like it Cold

    Yesterday I asked the following question on my Facebook page Bamawx and on my personal Facebook page: If you had to choose a day with a 100° heat index or a wind chill below 0°, which would you pick? There was quite a heated debate and quite a close contest among respondents.  As of last count on my page, the heat was preferred by 35 people and the cold was preferred by 31 people. What do you think?  Vote here or […]

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    Twentieth Anniversary of the Anderson Hills Tornado 5/18/95

    This killer tornado touched down three miles northwest of Athens, Alabama at 5:33 p.m.  It travelled just north of due east through eastern Limestone County and then into Madison County communities such as Harvest, Meridianville, and New Market, before ending near Princeton in northwest Jackson County at 6:28 p.m.  The tornado travelled a total of 39 miles across parts of Limestone, Madison, and Jackson counties and was on the ground 55 minutes. The tornado path was very narrow at the beginning […]

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    Morgan County Lightning – 3/31/15

    The storms which rolled across the Tennessee Valley yesterday afternoon and evening produced many frequent lightning strikes.  I drove down to Morgan County and captured these lightning images between 9 and 11:30 pm. between Hartselle and Falkville.

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    Life Cycle of Mr. Snowman

    Have you ever wondered how long that snowman you built will last before it finally bites the dust, literally?  Last Wednesday’s 8.2″ snow in Huntsville gave me the opportunity to find that out for myself.  My son David Wilhelm built a 6′ 4″ snowman on the night of February 25th.  I have checked up on “Mr. Snowman”, as I call him, every day since.   The following gallery shows his “life cycle” over the past week. Since the snow started falling […]

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    Thursday Morning Lows – 2/19/15

    This morning was one of the coldest of the season.  Here is a list of some of the morning lows in the WHNT viewing area from NWS sites and NWS cooperative observers: 3 Winchester, TN 3 Fayetteville, TN 4 Valley Head 4 Monte Sano 5 Huntland, TN 5 New Market 6 Cherokee 6 Zip City 8 Madison 8 Florence 9 Albertville 9 Hazel Green 9 Scottsboro 9 Fort Payne 9 Decatur 9 Vinemont 9 Moulton 11 Huntsville International 11 Muscle […]

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    30th Anniversary of Historic 1985 Ice Storm

    The Tennessee Valley is no stranger to ice storms.  This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most severe ice storms ever to hit the Valley.  It occurred between Friday February 1, 1985 and Sunday February 3, 1985, but some of the effects lasted weeks longer.   Below is a gallery of photos I took during the event.  Since roads were impassable, I hiked around northeast Huntsville and along Bankhead Parkway to Monte Sano. On February 1, 1985 the NWS Huntsville […]

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    Groundhog Day Ice Storm 1996

    In a previous post, I wrote about the historic ice storm that paralyzed the Tennessee Valley back on this date in 1985.  As bad as that storm was, it was certainly not the only major ice storm to occur in this part of the country on this date.  Do you remember the February 2, 1996 ice storm? The Groundhog Day ice storm of 1996  shut down traffic, caused schools to be closed for several days, and caused power outages due to ice bringing […]

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    Northeast Huntsville EF2 Tornado 1/21/10

    One of the most photographed tornadoes moved through the City of Huntsville five years ago, January 21, 2010. Although January tornadoes in the Tennessee Valley aren’t common, they can and do occur occasionally when conditions are favorable.  On January 21, 2010, temperatures climbed into the mid and upper 60s on southerly winds with ample sunshine ahead of an approaching trough.  Dewpoints rose to the mid and upper 50s, which is high for January but on the low end when it comes to […]

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    Huntsville’s Coldest Days -9° and -11°F – January 20 & 21, 1985

    January is the coldest month of the year from a climatological perspective in the Tennessee Valley and the last three weeks of January can be particularly brutal.  According to the National Weather Service Huntsville, 8 of the lowest 10 daily minimum temperatures have occurred during the last three weeks of January.  The other two occurred January 4, 1919 and February 17, 1958. Thirty years ago, during what was quite possibly the coldest 48 hours ever experienced in Huntsville, two record minimum temperatures were set.  Before midnight on […]