Meteorologist Christina Edwards joined the WHNT News 19 Weather Team in September 2015.

Prior to moving to Huntsville, Christina was a longtime resident of Atlanta, Georgia, where she experienced a wide range of wild weather.

In fact, Christina will never forget her first experience observing thundersnow as the Blizzard of ’93 (also known as the “Storm of the Century”) dropped nearly 3 feet of snow in her neighborhood.

Fifteen years later, Christina vividly recalls watching an electrified thunderstorm heading south along I-75 on a warm, March evening; minutes later, that thunderstorm produced an EF-2 tornado in the heart of Atlanta, just two miles from where she lived.

Christina’s passion for science began at a young age, when she would watch the clouds for signs of changing weather patterns and produce homemade “weather forecasts” on poster boards for family and friends. That passion helped propel Christina towards a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After graduating from college, Christina worked as a digital meteorologist for The Weather Channel and as well as a weather producer for WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Christina is active in the weather community as a Boy Scout Weather Merit Badge counselor as well as a member of the American Meteorological Society.

When Christina is not watching the skies, she enjoys watching college football. Her favorite teams are the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets… and whoever is playing the University of Georgia. No matter the school, Christina always cheers on the marching band: She marched the sousaphone in her high school as well as college bands, and she is a member of the co-ed marching band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.

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    While beneficial, Thursday’s rain only a fraction of what’s needed to end the drought

    Thursday’s rain was heavy at times, but it was only a proverbial drop in the large bucket needed to end the drought that began in early 2016. The graphic below shows the 24-hour rainfall totals through 10 p.m. Thursday. Many areas picked up significant rainfall. For example, Muscle Shoals began the day with a 1.12 inch rainfall deficit for 2017. By Thursday night, that deficit was pretty much erased. Huntsville also saw marked improvement. Before the rain arrived Thursday morning, the […]

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    The Two Faces of January: How 2017’s warmth compares to 2014’s chill

    Remember January 2014? It was a few years ago, but this brutally cold month went down in history as Huntsville’s fifth coldest January on record, which is easy to believe considering the temperature dropped to 4 degrees on January 7. In the image above, the daily temperature is plotted in the blue rectangles, with the tan region indicating the “normal,” or average temperature range for each day in January, based off of the temperature data averaged together from 1981 through […]

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    Why is it so warm? What is the “January Thaw”?

    After a bitter freeze (like the one experienced during the first week of 2017), it may seem weird to then experience balmy conditions in mid-to-late January. But this pattern does happen quite frequently, and it has a name — the “January Thaw.” Most notably, the South and Northeast experience a period of well-above average temperatures while the Great Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes regions become entrenched in bitterly cold, wintry weather. This is due to a high pressure system that […]

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    Wind gusts reach 40 mph in the Valley Tuesday

    It sure was a windy day across the Valley on Tuesday! A strong pressure gradient developed between a high pressure system off the coast of New England and a low pressure system cranking up over the Great Lakes. Air wants to flow from high pressure to low pressure, but due to the spin of the Earth, the airflow bends towards the right. As a result, wind gusts reached as high as 35 to 40 mph throughout the Tennessee Valley, and […]

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    What is a Winter Weather Advisory and why should it be taken seriously?

    At this time, a winter weather advisory is in effect for the Tennessee Valley. It sounds different from a winter storm watch or warning, but it’s something to not take lightly. There are particular precipitation criteria that must be met in order for the national weather service to issue a winter storm warning. There are times when a weather situation has the potential to cause significant inconvenience, but does not meet the criteria. For example, a winter storm warning would […]

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    Wintry weather possible this weekend (Wednesday Update)

    There is a possibility of wintry weather this weekend across the Tennessee Valley. It is important to note that it’s only Wednesday and we are talking about Friday into Saturday. There is a lot that can change and keep checking back for further updates as we get closer to the weekend. On Monday, one model output showed several inches of snow, while others didn’t show much of anything. Since then models have been flipping back and forth with each run. […]

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    Wake low moves through the Tennessee Valley Monday, produces 43 mph wind gust

    A wake low has moved through the Tennessee Valley, and in its wake, winds gusted as high as 43 mph. What @UAHSWIRLL is saying about the #WakeLow: Strong pressure drop in 10 min over @UAHuntsville #HUNWx #ValleyWx #alwx — Christina Edwards (@ChristinaWHNTwx) January 3, 2017 What is a wake low?  Recall that low pressure systems are areas of rising air, and high pressure systems are areas of sinking air. When large swaths of heavy rain move through a region, the rain […]

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    Where is winter?!! Colder air arrives after the start of 2017

    Finishing off the year with a record-breaking Christmas, many people are asking “Where is winter?” Well, it may be right around the corner! A blast of arctic air is expected to filter in the Valley next Wednesday afternoon through next Saturday morning. Daytime highs will struggle to climb out of the 30s Friday and Saturday afternoons, and overnight lows will drop back into the upper teens to 20s. A note of caution about any “snow” forecasts on weather apps and on […]

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    After the rain, Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds spotted in Morgan County

    Check out the waves in the clouds over Morgan Co. near Hartselle from David Graves. Looks like gravity waves & Kelvin-Helmholtz. #valleywx — Jason Simpson (@simpsonwhnt) December 27, 2016 After a good, soaking rain, the clouds can produce interesting features, including the ones spotted Tuesday afternoon over Morgan County by David Graves (above). Two such features are gravity waves and Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds, as noted by Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson in his tweet of David’s photo. Gravity Waves Gravity waves […]

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    Another Christmas in the record books for the Tennessee Valley

    The Tennessee Valley is no stranger to extreme weather on Christmas Day, and 2016 is no exception. Thermometers at Huntsville International Airport as well as Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals reached the upper 70s Sunday afternoon, effectively smashing the daily high temperature records for Christmas Day. Christmas Day temperatures in Muscle Shoals also tied the overall highest temperature for the month of December for the city, which reached 78 degrees on December 27, 2015. Huntsville’s temperature was just shy of […]

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    Forget Dreaming – Is A White Christmas Even Possible in the Tennessee Valley?

    Yes, it’s the South, but if you listen to Bing Crosby enough, you can’t help but start dreaming of a White Christmas. And given the recent arctic blast that has frozen over the Tennessee Valley, it seems like it’s definitely cold enough for a White Christmas this year, right? Well… If you look at the graph above, historical probabilities indicate that the chance for a White Christmas in northern Alabama/southern Tennessee are slim to none. Keep in mind, though, the technical […]

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    NWS: Two tornadoes touched down Saturday night in northwest Alabama

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville has determined that two tornadoes touched down in northwestern Alabama late Saturday, December 17. They also found tree and power pole damage conducive of 65 mph thunderstorm winds in Waterloo [2pm Mon] Survey teams have found brief EF-0 tornadoes in Vina (Franklin Co. AL) and Riverton (Colbert Co.). More details to come. #HUNwx — NWS Huntsville (@NWSHuntsville) December 19, 2016 Below are the official Public Information Statements from the National Weather Service regarding the tornadoes. […]