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Chilly Night Ahead

| 3:10 pm October 22, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live in Leeds at the Atrox haunted house on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

COOL NIGHT: The coolest temperature so far this season, based on data from the Birmingham Airport, is 42 degrees measured on October 5. Look for a low very close to that early tomorrow, and as you might expect, we will see 30s across the color valleys of North Alabama. Places like Valley Head and Black Creek might even see a light freeze. The sky will be clear, and the wind will be light.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Not much change; a very dry airmass stays in place, and we will forecast sunny days and clear nights with a slow warming trend. The high tomorrow will be in the upper 60s, followed by low 70s Friday, and upper 70s Saturday and Sunday.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games Friday night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: Still looks dry; more than likely our next significant rain event will come in early November.

TROPICS: Tropical Depression Nine could become Tropical Storm Hanna before making landfall on the Yucatan coast early tomorrow. This system will move eastward, and should emerge into the western Caribbean this weekend. Remains to be seen if it can survive the journey over land, but we will keep an eye on it.

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GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s, lows mostly in the 50s and low 60s.

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I enjoyed seeing the kids today at God’s House Kindergarten at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Cooler Air Moving Into Alabama

| 6:20 am October 22, 2014

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THIS MORNING: Temperatures are generally in the 40s across North/Central Alabama as we begin the day; coldest spot I can find is Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, where Vic Bell reports 36 degrees with some light frost. The sky is clear and the air is dry. Today will be a cooler day for the state, with a high in the mid to upper 60s for most communities thanks to a new surge of cool air dropping in from the north.

Tonight will be one of the coolest nights so far this fall season; most communities will see a low between 38 and 42 degrees. Colder valleys across North Alabama could drop very close to freezing by daybreak tomorrow.

Sunny weather continues tomorrow and Friday with a slow warming trend.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: More dry, pleasant weather. Sunny days, fair nights. Highs 74-78… lows 48-53.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games Friday night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: Still no sign of rain for our state; still looks like it will be sometime in early November before wet weather returns. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE: It formed last night over the Bay of Campeche in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico. The system will move eastward across the Yucatan Peninsula in coming days, and if it survives it will end up in the western Caribbean this weekend. The GFS model wants to turn it northward toward the southern Gulf of Mexico; the 00Z operational run of the GFS shows ultimate landfall north of Tampa on Halloween. This, of course, is voodoo, but we will keep an eye on it in coming days. One way or another it should have no impact on Alabama weather.

If by chance this develops into a tropical storm, the name will be Hanna.

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Today I will be speaking to the pre-school kids at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church, and this evening I will be live on ABC 33/40 News from the Atrox haunted house in Leeds at 4, 5, and 6:00. Look for the next discussion here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Dry Through The Weekend

| 3:39 pm October 21, 2014

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TONS O’ SUN: Another delightful October day across Alabama, with a sunny sky and temperatures generally in the mid 70s, right at seasonal levels. No rain on radar.

A new surge of cooler air drops into the state tonight, and our high tomorrow will drop into the 67 to 70 degree range. By daybreak Thursday we expect a low down in the low 40s, with upper 30s likely for colder pockets across North Alabama. No rain for the rest of the week with sunny days and clear nights.

OUR WEEKEND: No real change. Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. Highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games Friday night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: A weak cold front will pass through Wednesday, but for now it looks like moisture will be too limited for any really significant chance of rain. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A disturbance over the Bay of Campeche will move eastward over the Yucatan peninsula in coming days, emerging into the Caribbean later his week. If it survives, it will move northward, and could impact the southern tip of Florida in about a week with potential for heavy rain. No issues for Alabama.

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I enjoyed being in Hackleburg this morning; their rebuilding process is coming along very nicely after the horrible EF-5 tornado there April 27, 2011. Here is a look at the new Hackleburg High School under construction…

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Mild Afternoons, Cool Nights

| 6:01 am October 21, 2014

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DRY PATTERN HANGS ON: Today will be the 7th consecutive day with no rain across the great state of Alabama, and there is no sign of any significant rain here through the end of the month. Today will feature ample sunshine with a high in the mid 70s.

A new surge of cooler air drops in here tonight; the high tomorrow should slip back into the upper 60s, and Thursday morning looks pretty cool with lows in the 39-43 degree range. Friday should feature a sun filled sky with a high in the low to mid 70s.

OUR WEEKEND: No real change; sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. Highs over the weekend will be in the 70s, with lows between 48 and 53. Picture perfect weather for football or anything else you want to do outdoors.

Next week a cold front will pass through on Wednesday, but moisture levels look too low for any significant chance of rain. Sure looks like it will be sometime in early November before we see another rain event.

TROPICS: A disturbance in the Bay of Campeche, in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico, has some chance of development over the next week; it will move eastward across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and into the Caribbean late this week; the GFS then turns it northward toward Cuba, and possibly the southern tip of Florida before a right turn into the Atlantic. No impact on Alabama; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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GULF COAST WEATHER: Fantastic fall weather through the weekend with sunny days and clear highs; highs 75-80 with lows in the 50s and 60s.

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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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This morning I will be speaking to the Extension Disaster Education Network group, meeting in Hackleburg, the community hit by an EF-5 tornado April 27, 2011. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

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WeatherBrains 456: NWA 2014

| 4:01 am October 21, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 456 is now online (October 20, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week Bill Murray, Rick Smith, Dr. John Scala, and Nate Johnson join us from the 2014 National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Our team is joined by an assortment of great guests from across the weather enterprise.

Our email bag officer brings us the latest in incoming messages from our listeners. Always informative and interesting!

Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

Web Sites from Episode 456:

National Weather Association web site

NWA Conference web site

Picks of the Week:

John Scala – NOAA Winter Outlook

James Spann – Spann’s reaction to the NOAA Winter Outlook

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Wreckhouse Wind Warning

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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Dry October Days

| 3:28 pm October 20, 2014

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QUIET FALL WEATHER PATTERN: Nothing on the radar as you might expect on this beautiful fall day. Lots of sun; temperatures are generally in the low 70s at mid-afternoon.

REST OF THE WEEK: Not much change as the dry pattern continues. A fresh surge of cooler and dry air arrives Wednesday; we project sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights through Friday with just a few passing high cirrus clouds from time to time.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry air stays in place, and the weather looks fantastic. Mostly sunny days, fair nights. Highs in the 70-75 degree range; lows 45 to 50 degrees. You could not ask for better weather for the Magic City Classic or anything else you want to do outside Saturday and Sunday.

And, in the longer range, still no evidence of any significant chance of rain here through the end of October. Our next shower/thunderstorm event comes sometime in November.

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TROPICS: A disturbance over the Bay of Campeche has a chance of getting better organized in coming days; seems like this will move eastward over the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Caribbean late this week, followed by a northward turn toward Cuba and the southern tip of Florida. This should not impact Alabama in any way; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps and graphics.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, clear nights thorough the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs 77-81; lows mostly in the 60s. Sea water temperatures are generally in the low 70s.

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. We will produce this week’s show tonight live from the National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. We begin earlier than usual; 6:45p CT. Watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I enjoyed seeing the 6th graders today at Parrish Elementary School in Walker County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow… enjoy the day…

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Fine Fall Weather Continues

| 6:12 am October 20, 2014

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DRY OCTOBER DAYS: If you enjoyed the weather over the weekend, you should enjoy the weather this week, and for the rest of October.

We are starting off this day with temperatures in the 40s, although Vic Bell up at Black Creek, near Gadsden, reports 38 degrees ay daybreak. The sky will be sunny today with a high in the low 70s. The average high today (for Birmingham) is 74.

A new surge of cooler, dry air arrives Wednesday, and that will keep us rain-free through Friday with mostly sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No change. Lots of sunshine both days; highs in the 70s and lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. Another great weekend for football or anything else you enjoy outdoors.

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The GFS model really does’t show any significant rain event for our state through Halloween as the dry pattern continues. Keep in mind our fall tornado season comes in November and December; that is a time when the weather tends to get more active with occasional stormy periods.

TROPICS: A disturbance near the Mexican coast in the far southwest Gulf of Mexico has come chance of becoming better organized later this week; some models push this toward the southern tip of Florida. One way or another, it won’t have any impact on our weather in Alabama.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores over the next seven days. Highs 75-80; lows mostly in the 60s. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 70 degrees.

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. This week we will be live from the National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. We will produce the show tonight; the start time is earlier than usual… we begin at 6:45 CT. Watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I will be going a weather program this morning at Parrish Elementary School in Walker County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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NWA Digital Seal 001D

| 3:26 pm October 19, 2014

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The Internet is a great equalizer. Website and blogging platforms have given everyone a voice. Social media is a powerful megaphone that is accessible to anyone. But the explosion of information on the web has become a double edged sword. One recent example is the Boston Marathon bombing. Photos released on the Internet within hours of the bombing wrongly implicated innocent people and made the job of finding the real perpetrators difficult for investigators.

In no area has this double edged sword reared its ugly side more than in the dissemination of weather information. The general public now has access in real time to nearly every piece of weather information available to professional meteorologists. It has become readily apparent that the other side of the sword can be detrimental when weather information is shared irresponsibly. One of the most common forms this takes is when a single model solution is represented as an absolute forecast and shared and re-shared as such. With many different models and resolutions, you can find a solution for any solution you can imagine. When those model solutions are extreme, the social media universe can quickly catch fire with the information.

The result is that National Weather Service meteorologists and broadcasters find themselves increasingly spending their time to combat misleading or incorrectly interpreted or labeled information.

The National Weather Association, the leading organization for operational meteorologists, recognized the need o provide leadership in this area. Miles Muzio, the Chair of the Broadcast Meteorology Committee has championed the cause of a Seal of Approval for Digital Weathercasters.

The organization has a rich history of producing nearly one thousand Broadcaster Seals for TV Weathercasters. The NWA Broadcaster Seal of Approval is a trusted indicator of that the sealholder has passed a rigorous comprehensive examination and had his or her on air work evaluated by a group of experienced meteorologists.

The NWA approached the idea of a sister seal to the Broadcast Seal very deliberately, debating the merits, procedures, guidelines and ongoing monitoring of introducing such a program. All of the information received intense scrutiny from the National Weather Association Council.

This morning, at the 39th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association, the Digital Seal program was laid out.

I am very thrilled and honored to be the holder of the very first National Weather Association Digital Weather Seal.

Miles Muzio with me and Mike Mogil on stage this morning

Miles Muzio with me and Mike Mogil on stage this morning

I am part of the “Pioneer 3″ as Miles calls the first three recipients, joining the heady company of Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang and Mike Mogil of How the WeatherWorks. We all three passed the same rigorous exam that Broadcast Seal recipients must pass and had our work evaluated according to the Qualifications and Procedures developed by the Broadcast Meteorology Committee. The comprehensive test includes general meteorology, radar meteorology, satellite meteorology, synoptic meteorology, severe weather, climatology and technology/terminology.

We all will be re-certified every three years and our work will be constantly monitored to make sure that it upholds the values of this important distinction.

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I will proudly serve as the Digital Seal Manager.

It was a an incredible moment for me this morning. I look forward to proudly displaying the NWA Digital Seal on Alabama WX. Thank you for the opportunity to share weather information with you, the greatest weather savvy audience on the planet, on a regular basis!

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