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Humid Holiday Weekend; Scattered Storms

| 3:28 pm July 2, 2015

RADAR CHECK: The radar is strangely quiet this afternoon; storms have formed all around us today, including a few severe storms over the northeast corner of the state during the lunch hour.

In this type of environment we will need to maintain the chance of developing showers and storms through tonight, and SPC maintains a “marginal” risk of severe weather over the northern half of the state, so where thunderstorms do form, they could pack a punch.

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FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The synoptic scale won’t change much; a broad upper trough over the eastern U.S. will keep a northwest flow aloft over the state, and at the surface a warm, moist airmass will stay in place. Expect a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow through Sunday with the daily risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. While the best chance of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning storm in this kind of setup.

There will be some good breaks in the rain all three days, and the sun will be out at times… just be ready for the occasional passing thunderstorm. And, where the storms form, they could be strong as SPC keeps the “marginal” severe weather risk in place through Saturday.

NEXT WEEK: No major changes… partly sunny days with the risk of scattered showers and storms, but they should be a little fewer in number by the middle of the week as an upper high builds slowly. Highs should reach the low 90s by Wednesday and Thursday… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through the weekend along the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees.

TROPICS: No risk of a tropical storm or hurricane across the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

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Muggy Days With Sun And Storms

| 6:24 am July 2, 2015

AT DAYBREAK: Nothing showing up on radar early this morning across the great state of Alabama; the sky is mostly cloudy with temperatures generally in the low 70s.

The overall synoptic scale hasn’t changed much… we have a hot upper ridge over the western half of the U.S., with a trough over the eastern states. And, another MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) is northwest of the state this morning.

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New showers and storms will form later today on the outflow of the activity north of Memphis, and like yesterday, heavier thunderstorms will be capable of producing very frequent lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Looks like we had a wet microburst near Calera early last night producing wind damage and knocking out power. SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up today and tonight for far North Alabama, with a “marginal risk” down into the central counties of the state.

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The high today will be in the mid to upper 80s.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Not much change for tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Each day will feature a mix of sun and clouds with the risk of a few passing showers and thunderstorms. No way to give specific start/stop times of the rain… the majority of the storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but with a northwest flow aloft pattern, we sure can’t rule out a late night or morning shower.

On the positive side, there will be some very nice breaks in the rain, the sun will be out at times, and heat levels won’t be bad at all for July, with highs holding in the mid to upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: We expect a very slow trend toward increasing amounts of sunshine, hotter afternoons, and fewer showers and thunderstorms as upper ridging returns to the Deep South. A good chance we reach the low 90s by mid-week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily for the Central Gulf Coast through the holiday weekend from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores, with the standard risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: A vast amount of dry air continues to cover the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected over the next five days.

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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James Spann App Update

| 9:22 pm July 1, 2015

Again, I apologize to all of you who have not been able to access weather data from the James Spann 24/7 app over the past 48 hours. Here is the situation….

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*Unfortunately, the James Spann 24/7 app is going away. Functionality will not return.

*The developer was sold, and they opted not to support the app, and to take it offline yesterday. Nothing we can do.

*On the positive side, we have decided to roll out one new app for ABC 33/40. No more separate apps for James Spann, weather, news, and sports… just one very clean app. All of the content that was available on old James Spann 24/7 app, and the old ABC 33/40 weather app, will be there. It has been submitted to Apple and Google for their app stores, and we are just waiting for approval.

I do believe this will make it easier for all of us, but we are so sorry James Spann 24/7 went offline before the new one hits the app stores.

FOR NOW: This is how to get all of the various products that are on the old James Spann 24/7 app…

WEATHER BLOG: If you are reading this, then you are on the blog. I post two detailed meteorological discussions daily here, and during active weather the blog is updated very frequently. Our posts are written by meteorologists that understand Alabama weather, and the needs of the people that live here. We work long hours keeping this updated.

SEVEN DAY FORECAST: Our seven day is available on the blog anytime here.

WEATHER XTREME VIDEO: This twice daily video is embedded in the blog discussions I write. You can also see the video via YouTube here. And, we also offer this video as a video podcast… just search for Weather Xtreme video in your favorite podcast app. Here is a link to the iTunes version.

WEATHERBRAINS: Our weekly show all about weather has a video and an audio version. For the audio podcast, just search for “Weatherbrains” in your favorite podcast app; here is a link to the audio files from our provider, Libsyn. For the video version, here is the YouTube link.

And, for show notes and more details on the show, just see the Weatherbrains web site. We produce the show most weeks Monday night at 8:30 CT… here is a link to the live stream and chat room. You can also watch it on our digital weather channel, “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state.

SUMBIT PICTURES/VIDEO: One of the great parts of the app was the ability to do this easily. You can send pictures or video to me anytime via email directly.

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I will let you know the minute the new app is available. And again, thank you for your patience!

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Strong Storms Affecting SE Walker, Northern Jefferson

| 4:59 pm July 1, 2015

The NWS has issued a Significant Weather Alert for southeastern Walker and northern Jefferson Counties.

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Strong storms from Dora and Sumiton over to Morris and Kimberly will push east southeast, affecting Pinson, Gardendale and Center Point.

Heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds will accompany the storm. They do not show signs of becoming severe for now.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Calhoun County

| 3:34 pm July 1, 2015

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Strong thunderstorms moving from Etowah County into Calhoun County have intensified and are now considered to be severe.

They extend from Hokes Bluff to Ohatchee to Ragland.

Areas in the path include Piedmont, Wellington, Jacksonville, Weaver and northern parts of Anniston.

Damaging winds are the primary threat, but frequent lightning, torrential rains and some hail will accompany the storm as well.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 333 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NEELY HENRY
LAKE…OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF RAINBOW CITY…MOVING EAST AT 30
MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

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Strong Storms Over North Alabama

| 3:30 pm July 1, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Strong storms with frequent lightning, and winds gusting to 45 mph continue to move eastward through North/Central Alabama this afternoon…

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Storms will settle down late tonight.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The overall weather pattern won’t change much. Intervals of sunshine each day, and the risk of a few passing showers or storms each day. Thunderstorms are most likely during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower or storm with a persistent northwest flow aloft. Afternoon highs will be generally in the mid to upper 80s, below average for the Fourth of July in Alabama.

Due to the scattered and random nature of the storms, we can’t give you specific start/stop times of rain for specific locations… if you have something planned outside, just be ready for a passing thunderstorm from time to time.

We also note SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up again tomorrow for North Alabama, so where thunderstorms develop, they will be strong.

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All summer storms pack very frequent lightning, and some of them tomorrow could produce strong, gusty winds.

NEXT WEEK: We expect a slow trend toward hotter afternoons, more sunshine, and fewer thunderstorms by mid-week as an upper ridge begins to build. Highs go back in the low 90s…. see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Pretty decent weather along the Gulf Coast through the Fourth of July weekend…. about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next five to seven days.

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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