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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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    Fall Foliage at the Walls of Jericho

    The Walls of Jericho is located on the Alabama-Tennessee state line, north of Scottsboro and Hytop, Alabama, just off Highway 79.  The “walls” refers to the rock walls surrounding a large canyon.  The only access to the canyon and waterfalls is a strenuous three mile hike up and down mountains. I first heard of the Walls of Jericho when I hiked it as a Boy Scout in the 1970’s.  The park was closed in 1977 but Alabama and Tennessee reopened it in […]

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    Predicting Winter Weather With Persimmon Seeds

    This is an archived post from 2012, but the information explaining the persimmon seeds is still accurate! Jason Simpson took a look at the long range forecast earlier today here. This post is a much less scientific look ahead at winter weather, using weather folklore.  According to weather folklore, winter weather can be predicted using the seed of a persimmon tree.  Growing up in Huntsville, there was a persimmon tree in our yard and my neighbor taught me that one […]

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    The Recovery Continues

    It’s now been two weeks since the fourth largest tornado outbreak in Alabama history spawned 13 tornadoes in the National Weather Service Huntsville’s area of responsibility and 29 occurred statewide.  But the hard work of recovery and rebuilding has just started.  One organization that has been involved in the clean up in Limestone County from the beginning is Franklin Graham’s disaster relief ministry, Samaritan’s Purse. Volunteers are still needed with Samaritan’s Purse, which is assisting homeowners with debris removal in western Limestone […]

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    Mayflower, Arkansas Tornado – 4/27/14

    This is video I took of the tornado that touched down near Roland, Arkansas that crossed Interstate 40 near Mayflower, Arkansas, northwest of Little Rock.  

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    Chase Log – 4/27/14

    Check back for regular updates… Initial plan was to drive from Huntsville west toward Memphis.  I considered driving to Oklahoma yesterday but decided against it.  I was concerned the cap would not break and that storm development would be hindered.  That turned out to be a good call.  Today’s target area is under a moderate risk.  I will update more soon. – 8 a.m. CDT — MW You can follow me live here. Mike

  • SPC Day 3 Outlook for- Monday 4/27/14

    Latest SPC Outlook for Monday

    SPC AC 260735 DAY 3 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 0235 AM CDT SAT APR 26 2014 VALID 281200Z - 291200Z ...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FOR NRN/CNTRL MS...WRN TN...FAR NERN LA/ERN AR/NWRN AL/SWRN KY... ...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM THE MIDWEST TO THE CNTRL GULF COAST... ...SUMMARY... AN OUTBREAK OF SEVERE STORMS IS POSSIBLE ON MONDAY ACROSS PARTS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AND MID-SOUTH. LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS...AND TORNADOES […]

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    Storm Prediction Center Outlooks – 1 A.M. Update

    At 1 a.m. CDT, the Storm Prediction Center updated their severe weather outlooks for day one (Saturday) and day two (Sunday).  This is the system that will ultimately affect the weather in the Tennessee Valley Monday through Wednesday morning.  This is a slow moving system which may produce multiple waves of storms early next week. The outlook for Sunday issued on Friday (day three) called for a moderate risk over the Arklatex: Day 3 moderate risks are pretty rare.  There […]

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    40th Anniversary of 4/3/74 “Superoutbreak” of Tornadoes

    If you are at least in your mid-40’s or older and lived anywhere between Alabama and Ontario, Canada, you likely will remember the Superoutbreak of tornadoes on 4/3/74. Please share in the comments your memories of that day. There were 148 tornadoes which touched down in 13 states on April 3-4, 1974, killing 335 people and injuring over 6,000. Over 15,000 homes, businesses and farm buildings were destroyed and another 17,000 buildings were damaged. In Alabama, 86 people were killed and 949 were injured.  Storm […]

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    20th Anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak

    Twenty years ago this morning, March 27, 1994, several significant tornadoes swept across North and Central Alabama.  This was part of an outbreak of tornadoes across the South which killed forty people and injured 491.  A total of 29 tornadoes ripped through Texas, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, causing $140 million in damage. The most devastating tornado was an F4 that struck the Goshen Methodist Church near Piedmont in Cherokee County during Palm Sunday services, killing 20 and […]

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    21st Anniversary of the Blizzard of 1993

    None of us who are old enough to remember the blizzard of March 12-15, 1993 will soon forget it. This storm shattered snow records and caused amazing weather events from Canada to Central America. I will focus mainly on the extreme weather Alabamians witnessed. According to the NWS Birmingham, all time Birmingham snow records include: MAXIMUM in 24 hours 13.0 inches March 1993 MAXIMUM in a single storm 13.0 inches March 1993 MAXIMUM in a single month 13.0 inches March […]