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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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  • Huntsville Tornado.  Photo by LeAnn Shady Reid, Oak Park, Northeast Huntsville, Alabama, 1/21/10

    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 […]

  • January 9, 2011 Thundersnow in Huntsville

    Huntsville’s Third Biggest Snow (With Thundersnow), January 9 and 10, 2011

    Do you remember the big snow in the Tennessee Valley four years ago? Below are some pictures from the big snow in North Alabama January 9-10, 2011 from Northeast Huntsville, historic Twickenham, and downtown Huntsville areas. Video of the event: My Facebook page has a 200 photo collection here. This was Huntsville’s third highest snow accumulation on record.  The highest was 17.1″ December 31, 1963 and second was 9.6″ on January 7, 1988.  Amazingly, 4″ fell between 11 p.m. and […]

  • Screenshot of WHNT Coverage of Snow Event January 1988

    Historic North Alabama Snow January 6-8, 1988

    A significant, historic winter storm tracked across the Tennessee Valley January 6-8, 1988.  For many in the Valley, this is the second highest snowfall on record.  National Weather Service Huntsville records indicate that most of the Tennessee Valley region of North Alabama received between 8 and 10 inches of snow.  All of Jackson County and most of Madison County received from 9 to10 inches.  Portions of most counties received 9 inches.  Snowfall totals in North Alabama ranged from 2″ near Smith […]

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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 […]