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Drier Air Arrives Tonight

| 6:18 am July 30, 2015

SURFACE FRONT ON THE WAY: Note we don’t call them “cold fronts” in late July in Alabama, but a surface boundary will drop into North Alabama today, and accordingly we believe the highest coverage of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon will be south of I-20 (south of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston). Chance of any one spot getting wet today in that part of the state will be about one in three, but the odds are much lower north of Birmingham, where dew points will begin to fall this afternoon as the drier air arrives. Most communities will see a high up in the mid 90s again today.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: The GFS is suggesting dew points will drop into the upper 50s as far south as Birmingham tomorrow, and this dry means showers will be few and far between across the northern half of the state; scattered storms will be primarily over the southern quarter of Alabama. We reach the mid 90s tomorrow, but the lower humidity levels will make the heat a little more tolerable.

Some North Alabama communities could reach the mid 60s early Saturday morning for a little touch of fall.

Then, for the weekend, not much change. Mostly sunny days and fair nights for the northern half of the state with only a very small risk of any one spot seeing a shower or storm. Scattered storms remain possible across South Alabama. Highs stay in the 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Showers remain very isolated over North/Central Alabama Monday and Tuesday, with a slow increase in coverage over the latter half of the week as deeper moisture returns. Highs will stay in the 90s next week, which is what we expect in early August in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily through the weekend on the Central Gulf Coast with a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. Sea water temperatures remain in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: A disturbance east of Jacksonville, Florida will move northeast, and no development is expected. And, out in the far East Atlantic, a tropical wave emerged off the coast of Africa yesterday… just a small chance of slow development in coming days as it moves westward. Dry air will be a problem for this wave.

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Big Storms Across Alabama

| 3:51 pm July 29, 2015

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

RADAR CHECK: Strong to severe storms have been moving southward across much of Alabama today, with strong gusty winds, very frequent lightning, and torrential rain.

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These showers and storms will die down once the sun goes down later this evening.

TOMORROW: A surface boundary will push into North Alabama, and it could trigger a few storms, but not as many as today, and the more numerous ones will be south of I-20. Where they do form, however, they could be strong, as SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather threat for much of the state. The high tomorrow afternoon should be in the mid 90s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Dry air slips into the northern half of the state, meaning these three days will be mostly dry with only a very small risk of any one spot seeing a shower or storm. We expect mostly sunny days, fair nights, and slightly lower humidity values. The best chance of scattered storms over the weekend will be over the southern quarter of the state. Highs will remain in the mid 90s, but the lower dew points will make the heat a little more tolerable.

And, the first part of next week looks mostly rain-free with mostly sunny weather continuing Monday and Tuesday; just a slight risk of any one spot getting a storm.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily through the weekend from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach, but you will have to deal with a few passing thunderstorms from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will stay in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: A tropical wave has emerged off the coast of Africa in the far East Atlantic; no development expected over the next few days as it moves to the west.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Pickens County

| 3:46 pm July 29, 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

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* AT 343 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
ETHELSVILLE…OR 8 MILES NORTH OF PICKENSVILLE…MOVING SOUTH AT 25
MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALICEVILLE…CARROLLTON…PICKENSVILLE…MCMULLEN…BEVILL LOCK AND
DAM…GARDEN…GAINESVILLE LAKE CAMPGROUND…GEORGE DOWNER
AIRPORT…PINE GROVE…DILLBURG…COCHRANE AND OWENS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Lamar/Pickens Counties

| 3:19 pm July 29, 2015

The storm over Lamar County is moving south, and capable of producing damaging winds. Also, it is putting out a remarkable amount of cloud to ground lightning…

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 400 PM CDT

* AT 317 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF VERNON…MOVING SOUTH AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
VERNON…REFORM…MILLPORT…CARROLLTON…PICKENSVILLE…KENNEDY…
ETHELSVILLE…CODY…PINE GROVE…HIGHTOGY…NORTH PICKENS
AIRPORT…MCSHAN…FOREST…MELBORNE…SHAW…STAR AND OWENS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Jefferson/Shelby

| 2:39 pm July 29, 2015

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The storm moving the southern part of the Birmingham metro could produce winds of 50 mph or higher…

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 237 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM BIRMINGHAM TO NEAR WESTOVER…MOVING SOUTH AT 30
MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…ALABASTER…BESSEMER…
HOMEWOOD…PELHAM…MOUNTAIN BROOK…HELENA…HUEYTOWN…
IRONDALE…CALERA…FAIRFIELD…CHELSEA…MONTEVALLO…
COLUMBIANA…WILSONVILLE…MIDFIELD…BRIGHTON AND INDIAN SPRINGS
VILLAGE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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Storms More Numerous Today

| 6:30 am July 29, 2015

RADAR CHECK: We have a few showers and storms on radar early this morning across Central Alabama… moving to the southeast.

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When you see early morning storms in summer, that is a pretty good sign the atmosphere is unstable and not capped, and that often means scattered to numerous showers and storms later in the day during the peak of the daytime heating process. The chance of any one spot seeing a storm today is about 50/50, and some of them could be strong. SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for much of Alabama today…

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The prime risk will come from “wet microbursts”, or local areas of strong straight line winds. And, of course, all summer storms pack gobs of lightning. Most communities will see a high in the low to mid 90s today with a mix of sun and clouds.

TOMORROW: A surface boundary (notice we don’t call them “cold fronts” in late July) will move down into North Alabama, and will probably trigger more thunderstorms. I don’t think the coverage of the storms will be as high as today, but where they do form, they could be strong again, and SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather threat for much of the state tomorrow. The high tomorrow afternoon will be in the mid 90s with a mix of sun and clouds.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Drier air will filter into the northern half of Alabama, meaning slightly lower humidity levels, slightly cooler nights, and very few showers on these three days. The best chance of scattered storms will be over the southern third of the state. Highs will be in the 90s, but many North Alabama communities will enjoy lows in the 60s over the weekend because of the drier air and lower dew points.

The weather for the first few days of next week looks pretty calm with only isolated storms… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores east to Panama City Beach through the weekend, with a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICAL WEATHER: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend. The peak of the season usually comes in August and September, and it ends on the last day of November.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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