Aerial View of the Alabama Snow/Ice StormFebruary 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Got this comment from Mark F: My uncle lives just outside Birmingham, Alabama. A friend of his from his church mounted a GoPro camera on a radio controlled quadcopter and shot aerial footage of this week’s storm aftermath in the Birmingham area.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTvDj6P2PXs (Credit http://www.SkyBama.comAlabama Aerial Photography http://tiny.cc/qbliax and website http://www.skybama.com ). Video is around south & east Birmingham, Alabama captured by Kevin Henderson and edited by Daniel Clark. . Check out the people burning a fire to keep warm 2:48. They have a truck load of wood! , For more photos see the Facebook Page “Alabama Aerial Photos”.
I think the National Weather Service did a good job with the Winter Storm Warnings for this event. This area, from Alabama into Georgia has hills and when they got icy, people couldn’t get up the hills and traffic just backed up. They have miles and miles of concrete barriers (to prevent head-on collisions) so no one could turn around. I don’t like to blame here, but we have to note there is some personal responsibility. If at all possible, it’s best to avoid driving in a situation like this. There were far too many cars on the roads. Second, cancel activities – cancel school, church, business activity if possible. Stay put. Also, keep some supplies in your car, make sure it has enough gas to run the heater for a while. Keep a blanket, kitty litter (though when you’re wedged in, you can’t go anywhere). Government can only do so much in a widespread weather event (Katrina, Sandy, etc.) and people need to be prepared and take action (or may take no action and stay home in this case). Lots of good in this event. Many people along the expressways took strangers into their homes or brought out food and drink. Businesses helped too.