Mike Wilhelm

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!

Recent Articles

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

    Posted on: 9:30 am, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 12:00pm, April 3, 2014

    If you are at least in your mid-40′s or older and lived anywhere between Alabama and Ontario, Canada, you likely will remember...
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    Map of the tornado tracks of the Superoutbreak of 1974 by Dr. Theodore Fujita.
  • 20th Anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak

    Posted on: 7:19 am, March 27, 2014, by

    Twenty years ago this morning, March 27, 1994, several significant tornadoes swept across North and Central Alabama.  This was part...
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  • WHNT Coverage of Fort Payne EF2 Tornado

    Posted on: 12:43 am, February 22, 2014, by , updated on: 12:46am, February 22, 2014

    This is a clip of Jason Simpson and Brandon Chambers’ coverage of the storm that produced an EF-2 tornado yesterday...
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    Fort Payne Tornado Jason
  • National Weatherperson’s Day

    Posted on: 7:59 am, February 5, 2014, by

    Did you know that today, February 5 is “National Weatherperson’s Day” in the United States?  It recognizes professional meteorologists, volunteer...
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  • WHNT Coverage of January 2014 Cold Wave and Snow

    Posted on: 8:16 am, January 31, 2014, by

    This is WHNT News 19 Huntsville coverage of the record cold weather in the Tennessee Valley on January 6-7 and...
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  • Birmingham Snow and Ice Disaster – Are Meteorologists to Blame?

    Posted on: 9:12 pm, January 29, 2014, by , updated on: 10:02am, January 30, 2014

    There has been much debate among Alabamians as to who or what was to blame for the chaos of thousands...
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    Photo Courtesy of AL.com
  • Nine Inch Snow – 1/9/11

    Posted on: 6:18 pm, January 9, 2014, by

    Do you remember the big snow in the Tennessee Valley three years ago? Below are some pictures from the big...
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  • Severe Weather Coverage – 12/21/13

    Posted on: 5:32 pm, December 22, 2013, by

    Despite the fact that there were some trees blown down, power outages reported, and some flooding, fortunately there were not...
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  • Monte Sano in the Rain and Fog

    Posted on: 4:10 pm, December 8, 2013, by

    If you live near the hills and mountains of the Tennessee Valley, you may have noticed that they have been...
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  • Amazing Temperature Contrasts in NE Alabama

    Posted on: 3:13 pm, December 6, 2013, by , updated on: 03:15pm, December 6, 2013

    Check out these variations in temperature: At Valley Head it was 74 at 1:35. It was 48 at the Scottsboro...
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    Scottsboro to Valley Head