Murray was factory designed to be a meteorologist. Born
with an avid interest in all things meteorological,
ironically, he spent the first twelve years of his life
scared to death of the weather.
That all changed on the night of April
3, 1974, when a total of 148 tornadoes tore across the
American landscape. Alabama was one of the hardest hit
states in that outbreak, with over 80 people killed.
“The night seemed like the end of the
world to me,” said Murray. “The next morning, I set out
collecting clippings of the event, and have been totally
hooked on weather every since.
J.B. Elliot was Bill’s mentor in high
school Murray spent many of his Saturday mornings as high
school student at the National Weather Service office on
West Oxmoor Road.
A 1980 graduate of Huffman High School,
Murray’s scientific claim to fame came when he created a
science project that stopped hurricanes. In May 1979, his
science project entitled “Using Monomolecular Sea Surface
Polymer Films to Suppress Tropical Cyclone Development” went
to the 20th International Science and Engineering
Fair in San Antonio, Texas where it won several awards.
Deciding against a weather career,
Murray moved up the ladder with a Birmingham based hotel
management company, going from Front Desk Clerk, to
President of the company within 13 years. But weather was
still a big part of his life.
In 1991, Murray was selected to be the
weekend meteorologist at WBMG-TV42. He also did a morning
weather segment with Bob Gambaccurta on radio station WCEO.
He was able to do this until 1996, when he had to quit
because of the demands of his hotel job.
In 1993, Murray and John Oldshue
partnered to create The Weather Source. The company
produced a one page weather fax that was marketed to hotels
to give to their guests. The program was extremely
successful. It was sold to a major private weather
forecasting firm in April 1996.
In 1998, Murray became involved with a
new venture, called The Weather Company, along with James
Spann, J.B. Elliott, John Oldshue, David Black and Bill
Hardekopf. . He has been producing weather forecasts for
The Weather Company since 2001.
In 2002, Murray produced a weather
stories calendar that was picked up for publication by
Accord Publishing. He is now writing his fifth edition
(2007.) He markets the calendars at
Murray also owns a hotel management
company that manages 32 hotels across the country from New
Mexico to Baltimore. His work with Integral Hospitality
Solutions takes him all over the country, which leads to
some interesting settings for his forecasts. He has even
created forecast packages for The Weather Company from an
AMTRAK train on several occasions.
Murray lives in Trussville with his
wife Sally and three boys, Will, Nick and Chris.