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Phenomenal Fall Weather

| 2:28 pm October 19, 2014

Another gorgeous fall day is underway across the state, and the weather does not get much better than this in Alabama. With only high cirrus clouds in the sky, we are seeing highs climb into the lower 70s. Looking across the Southeast, it is hard to find anything to complain about in the weather world. Hardly a cloud in the sky, temps in the 60s and 70s, and light winds out of the north, which are reinforcing the fall air mass in place. Absolutely beautiful weather!

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If you like the weather this weekend, it will be continuing through the week ahead. Late tomorrow and into Tuesday, we will once again see another dry cold front move through the state, and it will once again provide another reinforcing shot of terrific fall weather. We could see some clouds with this front, but once again, no rain, and once the front moves through, look for sun-filled, blue sky, cool temps, low humidity and beautiful weather. Highs this week will be in the lower 70s, while those overnight lows will mostly be in the 40s with some 50s early in the week. It still looks as though we stay dry the rest of the month.

Early Afternoon Update

| 12:32 pm October 11, 2014

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A mix of sun and clouds this afternoon, and it remains very warm and muggy across the state. It is October, but the weather feels more like August. We should see highs in the 80s again today, with even a few locations to the south seeing 90s.

As we look at the radar, we are seeing a few showers and some storms developing across central portions of the state. Storms have developed along the Interstate 20 corridor on the eastern side of the state. There are some storms developing down towards the Interstate 85 corridor as well.

As we head through the afternoon, we can expect to see more of the same, as showers and storms will be developing. No organized severe weather is expected today in the state, but there could be an isolated severe storm or two later this afternoon. As we have seen the past few days, storms could certainly pack a punch as they will be producing tremendous amounts of lightning, heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and some hail. Not everyone will see the rain today, and the better chance for rain remains north of the I-20 corridor.

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Drought Conditions Persist

| 11:28 am October 11, 2014

A quick look at the latest drought monitor issued earlier this week, continues to show just how dry it has been across the state lately. Over 75% of the state remains abnormally dry, with moderate drought conditions affecting much of the central part of the state, as well as southeastern portions of the state. There is even an area of severe drought conditions affecting Clay and Tallapoosa counties.

Rains the last couple of days, as well as the rain forecast the impact the state the next several days, will only help conditions. October is statistically the driest month of the year for Alabama, so any rain we can get this time of year, is great news. Hopefully, when the next drought monitor is issued Thursday, we will see improving conditions across the state.

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Areal Flood Advisory Jefferson County

| 8:21 pm October 10, 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR
DRAINAGE AREAS IN…
SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…VESTAVIA HILLS…MOUNTAIN BROOK…
HUEYTOWN…HOOVER…HOMEWOOD…FAIRFIELD…BIRMINGHAM…BESSEMER…

* UNTIL 1015 PM CDT

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* AT 811 PM CDT…STORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUE MOVING
EASTWARD ACROSS JEFFERSON COUNTY. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES SHOW ONE
TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE
COUNTY. AN ADDITIONAL ONE INCH IS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT HOUR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS…
HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE
AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

Storms Approaching Birmingham Metro

| 7:24 pm October 10, 2014

Strong storms blowing into the Birmingham area currently. These storms are not severe, but they are producing gusty winds, frequent lightning, torrential rain, and likely some hail.

These storms continue to race off towards the east and should last only thirty minutes or so, before passing by your location. These storms will impact the major roadways including Interstate 65, 20/50, and 459. These storms will be causing delays with the high school games, but these games should be able to continue after a delay.

These storms are slowly weakening, but will continue to push through the Birmingham Metro.

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Some Strong Storms

| 5:59 pm October 10, 2014

We are watching a line of strong storms affecting North-Central Alabama this evening. This line of storms stretches from Cullman, down to Jasper, then to Fayette.

None of these storms are currently severe, but they are packing a punch as they produce very heavy rainfall, gusty winds, frequent and dangerous lightning, as well as some hail.

These storms are moving towards the east, and if they hold together, could affect the Birmingham Metro around 7PM. They will not last very long, but they could delay some of the high school football games around the area this evening.

Elsewhere across Central Alabama, there are a few other storms affecting Shelby and Perry counties as well as Cleburne County in East Alabama. Storms should persist the next few hours, but should begin to slowly weaken once the sun sets.

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Evening Radar Check

| 7:10 pm October 8, 2014

A boundary over the northern part of the state is the focal point for convection this evening. We have seen a few severe storms, but at this time, none of the storms are severe. However, these storms are packing a punch as they are producing intense lightning, very heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and some hail.

The storms are tracking towards the southeast, and will persist for a few more hours. The bulk of the activity has been north of Interstate 20, and that is where it will stay the next few hours, but areas east of Interstate 65 could see storms impact areas south of I-20.

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Evening Update

| 6:43 pm October 6, 2014

We continue to monitor a few strong and locally severe storms across Alabama this evening. All storms this afternoon and evening have been confined to the northern third of the state and north of the Intestate 59 corridor. Storms today have been pulsing up in intensity for a few minutes but then pulsing down. Very strong and robust updrafts have been occurring with these storms and these storms have been producing very large hail in areas they have affected. Numerous reports of hail up to the size of golf balls across portions of Wintson, Walker, and Cullman counties. Storms continue to move off towards the east to northeast rapidly.

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The SPC maintains much of North Alabama under a slight risk for severe weather through the overnight hours (areas outline in green above). Looking at the overall dynamics in the area below, there is ample CAPE in portions of Arkansas, Tennessee, and northern Mississippi. We are waiting to see if additional storms develop back to the northwest, and these will be watched carefully as instability remains robust in the areas outlined in the risk. However, as the sun sets, storm coverage and intensity should begin to diminish slowly as instability values decrease do to the loss of daytime heating. We should see storms last a few more hours, before winding down before midnight. Latest mesoscale discussion from the SPC suggest a severe weather watch will not be needed for this event across Alabama.

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