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Only on WAFF 48 News... Weather Channel Visits the Heart of the Valley

Only on WAFF 48 News...

The Weather Channel picked the Heart of the Valley to feature in a popular show that aired Monday night.

WAFF 48's Jeanie Powell spent the evening in Toney, Alabama where the crew went live on location.

It's not everyday that the Weather Channel comes to your back door, but it's not necessarily a good reason why they were here.

North Alabama was featured in Abrams and Bettes "Heat Week" because of the severe dry conditions we've encountered this summer.

Still, it was fascinating to see the crew in action, in a handful of firsts... a brand new truck, the first ever Heat Week, and a first visit to Toney, Alabama.  

They're familiar faces on the Weather Channel:  Mike Bettes and Stephanie Abrams host "Beyond the Forecast."

Half of the duo made a visit to the Valley.

Jeanie asked Bettes, "Where is your sidekick Stephanie?"

Bettes responded, "She's in the studio so we'll talk aback and forth that way."

And they did.

Abrams was back in the studio and Bettes was live on location in Toney, Alabama to tell the story of an American farmer.

That farmer, Dennis Bragg, says jokingly, "I told them I'd do the interview if they'd bring the rain over here so they owe me and inch."

It's all part of "Heat Week," where the crew spotlights different regions of the country affected by extreme conditions, one being drought.

North Alabama was an ideal location for the weather channel crew to come and visit because we've been the only area in the nation to be listed as D-4 on the drought monitor and this unusual climate for our region has definitely taken a toll on Valley farmers.

The meteorologist says, "Northern Alabama, it's extreme and what's the biggest thing that that affects?  That's farmers."

It might seem timing was a bit off...

Jeanie explained that the weather channel landed in the Valley right after we received some much needed rain.

Bettes chuckled, "It's interesting because in so many months this part of the country has been so dry.  It's pure coincidence that we're here now and the conditions have gotten better, but I don't think it's been enough."

We spent the evening at Dennis Bragg's farm... 7,000 acres home to cotton, corn, and soy beans.

Bragg says, "My years are far less than my father's and grandfathers but for every generation this will be one to remember and we wish to forget."

"Typically the farmer who is the one that's causing prices to go up doesn't has crop to sell."

Bragg shares his story hoping it will be the last time, and that soon things will turn around and the land he toils will be a happy harvest for generations to come.  

"Heat Week" will run through Friday of this week.  

For more information on this segment, you can visit www.weather.com.

 

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