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Most Areas Dry

| 3:18 pm September 13, 2014

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As expected today, the bulk of the unsettled weather is across southern portions of the state. We continue to see a mix of sun and clouds today, but we are seeing most locations staying dry. The radar returns in Central Alabama are mostly just ground clutter and it is not raining in the areas.  The main shower and storm activity is over the southeastern counties.

There is a wide range of temperatures across the Central Alabama today. Locations to the north are in the lower 70s, while down south, where the front has not pushed through yet, upper 80s and lower 90s are showing up. For the rest of today, we should see the cloud cover continue to thin out, and the sky should be partly cloudy overnight. There is only a slight chance of a shower for locations north of the U.S. 80 corridor.

Midday Radar Check

| 12:16 pm September 6, 2014

We continue to be under a very moisture rich air mass across the state today. We are seeing a mix of sun and clouds, with very warm and humid conditions. As the atmosphere heats up, and instability builds, showers and storm begin bubbling up across the state. Looking at the radar, we are seeing scattered to numerous showers across the Alabama landscape.

There are a few storms mixed in with the showers, but overall we are just seeing showers. The general movement of today’s convection is towards the south. A weak frontal boundary is sagging south into the state, and that is also helping provide a little bit of extra uplift which is helping showers develop as well.

Heading through the rest of the afternoon, expect more of the same. A mix of sun and clouds, with showers and storms. Storms should continue into the evening hours before winding down once the daytime heating is lost.

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Storms Over Alabama

| 4:46 pm August 30, 2014

We continue to see widespread convection this afternoon. The last few hours, the bulk of the activity has been over western portions of the state, as the storms became somewhat linear. Storms today are producing quite a bit of lightning, gusty winds, and torrential rainfall. The general motion continues to be towards the north.

Over the next several hours, storms will persist as they lift north. The more intense storms at this time are affecting Winston, Walker, Fayette, Bibb, and Chilton counties. Storms should be approaching the Birmingham Metro during the next hour or so. Where it is raining, we are seeing much cooler temps down in the 70s, but where it is not, still 90s.

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Showers Developing

| 12:13 pm August 30, 2014

A very soupy air mass is in place across the state today. Dew points have climbed back into the 70s, and that is making it feel very humid out there this afternoon. Add in a little daytime heating, and uplift provided by a shortwave trough approaching from the west, and we are looking at some unsettled weather the next couple of days.

Late this morning, showers began developing across the state. With a strong southerly flow across the state, general movement of today’s activity is from south to north. For the rest of today, with such a moist and unstable air mass in place, convection will continue to develop and we will see widespread and numerous showers and storms. It will not be continuous rain, but there could be several rounds of showers to impact your specific location.

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Update on Cristobal

| 4:00 pm August 24, 2014

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The latest data from the NHC has Cristobal moving north. The official track from the NHC now keeps Cristobal well off the East Coast of the U.S.

…CRISTOBAL MOVING NORTHWARD…
…HEAVY RAINFALL AFFECTING THE TURKS AND CAICOS AND THE
SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS…

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…24.5N 73.0W
ABOUT 155 MI…250 KM ENE OF LONG ISLAND
ABOUT 185 MI…300 KM ENE OF GREAT EXUMA ISLAND
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES

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Afternoon Radar Check

| 3:31 pm August 24, 2014

It continues to be very hot and humid across the state today. Unlike yesterday, where just a few storms developed, there are many more showers and storms this afteroon. The bulk of the activity is over eastern portions of the state, and this activity is drifting towards the south-southwest. The U.S. 431 Highway is be impacting up and down the eastern side of the state, as several areas of storms are producing very heavy rainfall and dangerous lightning. A few storms could be producing gusty winds and small hail as well.

There is another batch of activity from Bibb County down through Perry, Dallas, and Lowndes County. Once again, all activity is moving towards the south-southwest. The storms out there now, will persist through the afternoon and evening hours, before the begin to weaken after sunset. Where it has rained, temps have dropped into the 70s and 80s as seen in DeKalb and Shelby counties. Where the rain has not fallen, it is very hot as mid to upper 90s continue across many areas of the state.

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Some Afternoon Storms

| 12:42 pm August 24, 2014
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It is another hot afternoon across the state as most locations have once again climbed into the 90s. The ridge over the state has retrograded back to the west today, and that will allow for showers and storms to develop and move from north to south or northeast to southwest across the state today.

Early this afternoon, we already see a few storms south of Interstate 20 and east of Interstate 65, and these storms are moving towards the southwest. Portions of Talladega, St. Clair, Jefferson, Shelby, and Coosa counties are being impacted at this time. With these storms, there will be very heavy rainfall, intense lightning, gusty winds, and there could even be some hail. There could be a few strong storms today, but overall the best thing about these storms is they will provide some temporary heat relief.

Heading through the afternoon, expect scattered to numerous showers and storms across the Alabama landscape. After the sun sets this evening, and daytime heating is lost, today’s convection should begin to wind down.

Tropical Storm Cristobal

| 9:03 am August 24, 2014

Earlier this morning, tropical depression four was named Tropical Storm Cristobal. Over the next few days, Cristobal will continue to intensify and is expected to reach hurricane strength off the Southeast Coast. Looking at the satellite imagery, Cristobal is a healthy looking system, with decent inflow and outflow. Being in favorable environmental conditions, there should be no reason why Cristobal will not continue to get better organized through the afternoon and first part of the week.

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Latest specifics on the storm.

…CRISTOBAL RE-FORMS A LITTLE TO THE NORTHEAST…
…STILL MOVING NORTHWESTWARD NEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS…

SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…23.0N 73.0W
ABOUT 40 MI…60 KM N OF MAYAGUANA ISLAND
ABOUT 135 MI…215 KM ESE OF LONG ISLAND
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 9 MPH…15 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES

Now the most important question, where is Cristobal heading? Most of the computer models are pulling the system away from the U.S. mainland. No worries for the Gulf of Mexico, and it should stay far enough away from the East Coast to cause no major issues. It look as though the island of Bermuda will certainly need to be on guard as the models show Cristobal moving very close to the island.

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