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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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Mostly Dry Through Sunday

| 2:08 pm July 1, 2016

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live in Centreville for a Fourth of July event on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms are almost impossible to find across Alabama this afternoon with relatively dry air in place. Dewpoints are in the 50s, and humidity values are generally in the 30 percent range, making the 90s feel as comfortable as possible.

THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Not much change tomorrow and Sunday. Understand the chance of an afternoon shower or storm is not zero, but most communities will stay dry as any showers will be few and far between. Days will be partly sunny; nights mostly fair. Highs will be up in the mid 90s both afternoons.

We do expect to see an increase in the number of showers and storms Monday, but they will still be scattered and it won’t rain everywhere. Chance of any one spot seeing a shower or storm Monday afternoon is about one in three, and most of the showers will come from 2:00 until 9:00 p.m. The GFS is printing a high of 92 Monday afternoon at Birmingham.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: We expect pretty routine summer weather, with partly sunny days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be generally in the 90-95 degree range.

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TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected at least over the next five days across the Atlantic basin.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through early next week with a few scattered storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

AIR QUALITY ALERT: A “code orange” air quality alert has been issued for the Birmingham metro (Jefferson and Shelby Counties) again tomorrow due to the potential of ground level ozone.

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My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted Monday morning… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Storms Stay Few And Far Between Through Sunday

| 6:22 am July 1, 2016

PLEASANT MORNING: A number of communities have dropped into the 50s on this first morning of July… temperatures at sunrise include:

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 56
Cullman 57
Fort Payne 57
Valley Head 57
Coker 58
Concord 58
Russellville 59
Center Point 61

Just for the fun of it, I checked the observations up north, and noticed Crane Lake, Minnesota dropped to 36 degrees at 6:00 a.m. CT. How about that for July 1.

HOT HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Alabama’s weather won’t change much through Sunday. The stalled surface front over the middle of the state will gradually wash out, meaning humidity levels slowly rising. While a shower or thunderstorm will be possible each day during the afternoon and evening hours, odds of any one spot getting rain will remain pretty small, in the 10-20 percent range.

Temperatures will creep up into the mid 90s; a few spots could see upper 90s Sunday afternoon. Expect partly to mostly sunny days and fair nights.

NEXT WEEK: We do expect to see an increase in the number of scattered showers and thunderstorms Monday as a weak surface front approaches, and the air aloft becomes a little colder. No wash-out, but just understand a passing storm is very possible Monday, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Most of the showers should be over by fireworks time at 9:00.

Then, for the rest of the week, expect pretty typical summer weather with partly sunny days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be mostly in the low 90s… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: All remains quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with the risk of a few scattered storms daily. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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I will be live at an event in Bibb County this afternoon, so just one Weather Xtreme video today. But I will post fresh forecast notes here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Dry Air Over North Alabama

| 3:28 pm June 30, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As expected, all of the showers and storms are over the southern half of Alabama this afternoon…

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North Alabama is in very dry air; the dew point at Huntsville has dropped to 45 degrees at 3:00… the relative humidity there is only 20 percent.

Tonight will be fair and pleasant; cooler pockets will drop into the 50s tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: The stalled surface front over Central Alabama will slowly wash out, but the air will still be pretty dry, and any showers or storms during the afternoon and evening hours across the north/central counties of Alabama will be few and far between. Chance of any one spot getting wet each afternoon is only about one in five; most of the scattered storms will remain over South Alabama. The high tomorrow will be in the low 90s, followed by mid 90s Saturday and Sunday. Days will be partly to mostly sunny, and nights mostly fair.

MONDAY: A surface front will approach, and with rising moisture levels we expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to become more numerous across the state. It won’t rain all day, but a passing shower or storm is a pretty good possibility, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Monday’s high will be close to 90 degrees.

The rest of next week should feature pretty routine July weather; hot humid days with the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

DEVELOPING DROUGHT: A decent part of Northeast Alabama is now in “severe drought” conditions…

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AIR QUALITY ALERT: A code orange air quality alert has been issued for Jefferson and Shelby Counties tomorrow due to ground level ozone. Defer using gas-powered engines. Walk, bike, carpool, or use transit if possible. Link errands into one trip. Conserve energy.

TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected through the holiday weekend across the Atlantic basin.

AT THE BEACH: Expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through the Fourth of July weekend on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores; there will be a risk of a few scattered storms daily. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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Showers Few And Far Between Through Sunday

| 6:23 am June 30, 2016

CALM SUMMER WEATHER: On the maps this morning a surface boundary is near U.S. 80 (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika)… drier air is over North Alabama, and temperatures have reached the upper 50s at places like Cullman and Fort Payne. Our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, reports 58 degrees at daybreak. Accordingly, the best chance of a pop up afternoon storm today will be south of that front, over the southern counties of Alabama.

The chance of a shower for North Alabama is not zero, but the risk is so small for any one given point that we won’t mention it in the forecast. The high today will be at or just over 90 degrees in most spots with a partly to mostly sunny sky.

TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: The surface boundary over Central Alabama will slowly lose it’s identity, but the air over the northern half of the state will remain pretty dry for early July. We will mention “isolated storms” during the afternoon and evening hours, but many communities will remain dry on these three days. The chance of any one spot getting wet each afternoon is about one in five. Heat levels will creep up, with highs in the 92-96 degree range.

MONDAY: Another surface front will approach from the north, and we expect an increase in the number of scattered showers and storms for Independence Day. Still, no “wash-out”… just be ready for a passing storm if you have something planned outside.

And, the rest of next week looks pretty routine with hot, humid days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms”. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is still very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the holiday weekend.

AT THE BEACH: Pretty standard summer weather for the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through the weekend; about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland.

To clear up confusion, there is no “flesh eating bacteria” in the Gulf waters of Northwest Florida or South Alabama… please read this well written article by Jeremy Pate of WJHG-TV in Panama City that explains the situation very clearly.

See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Quiet Weather Through Friday

| 3:14 pm June 29, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As expected, most of the showers and storms are over the southern half of Alabama this afternoon…

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The storms are moving slowly southward, and will dissipate later tonight. Temperatures are mostly in the 89-92 degree range, and lower dew points are slipping into the northern counties.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: While the chance of rain is not zero, most of North/Central Alabama will be dry on these two days; early mornings will be a bit cooler thanks to the drier air. Some of the valleys could reach the upper 50s early tomorrow and Friday morning; most places will be in the 60s. The high tomorrow will be close to 90, followed by low 90s Friday afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms will be mostly confined to the southern half of the state, and even there they should be widely scattered.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Not much change Saturday and Sunday. Partly sunny days with the risk of widely scattered afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms; afternoon highs will be in the 91-95 degree range. We do expect to see an increase in the number of scattered thunderstorms Monday (July 4) with the approach of a surface front; Monday’s high will be in the low 90s. No “wash-out”, but a passing storm is a decent possibility Monday, especially during the afternoon hours.

The rest of next week should feature rather typical summer weather with hot humid days, and the risk of scattered storms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet; no tropical storm formation is expected through the holiday weekend.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through the Fourth of July with the usual risk of scattered showers and storms each day. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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Drier Air Slowly Works In From The North

| 6:25 am June 29, 2016

QUIET WEATHER: Dewpoints will slowly drop over the northern half of Alabama over the next 24 hours, meaning the air will be drier and more stable. Accordingly, we expect most of the scattered showers and storms to come over the southern half of the state each day through Friday.

Understand the chance of a shower over North Alabama is not zero, but the chance of any one spot seeing rain is so small we won’t mention it in the forecast. Days will be partly to mostly sunny, nights mostly fair. The high today and tomorrow will be close to 90, with low 90s Friday afternoon.

Down across South Alabama, showers and storms are possible, but they will be pretty widely spaced.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Moisture levels will slowly rise, and we will mention the chance of widely scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. Otherwise, partly sunny, hot, humid weather will be the story with highs in the 92-95 degree range. We do expect to see an increase in the coverage of scattered showers and storms Monday as a surface front approaches from the north. Still, Monday won’t be a “wash-out”.

Then, the rest of next week looks like we will deal with very routine summer weather. Partly sunny days with the risk of afternoon/evening storms in scattered spots. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the holiday weekend.

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Interesting to note the Northern Hemisphere has been hurricane-free since Jan 16, the second time on record (since 1950) this has occurred.

AT THE BEACH: Pretty standard summer weather continues on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through the Fourth of July weekend. About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

Photo below was taken early this morning at Navarre Beach from @cindiglenn

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I have a weather program this morning at Stephens Elementary in Alexander City… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Mostly Dry Tomorrow Through Friday

| 3:25 pm June 28, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As expected, the majority of showers and storms across Alabama this afternoon are south of I-20; drier air is filtering into the northern counties. Heat levels are way down; temperatures are in the 80s in most places thanks to a persistent cloud cover.

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Tonight will be mostly fair; showers over Central and South Alabama will end soon after dark.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: These days will be generally shower-free over the northern half of the state; we expect mostly sunny days and fair nights; highs will be generally in the low 90s, and humidity values will be a bit lower tomorrow and Thursday. Any showers will be confined to the southern counties of the state, and even there they will be pretty widely scattered.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Not much change Saturday and Sunday; moisture levels will slowly rise, and a few afternoon showers or storms could pop up, but they should be few and far between. Days will be partly to mostly sunny with a high in the low 90s. Scattered showers and storms will be a little more numerous on Monday (July 4), but even then it won’t be a “wash-out”.

Then, for the rest of next week we expect very routine summer weather with partly sunny, hot, humid days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s, close to average values for July in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: All remains quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the Fourth of July weekend.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach with the daily threat of scattered thunderstorms. Highs will be close to 90 on the immediate coast, with low to mid 90s inland. Very typical weather for late June and early July. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 87 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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Drier Air Arrives Tonight

| 6:17 am June 28, 2016

RADAR CHECK: We have a few light showers over North Alabama as the begins… moving east…

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We will maintain the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms today, but by afternoon, drier air will cover the northern third of the state, and the highest coverage of showers and storms will shift down into the areas south of I-20.

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The high today will be close to 90 degree, but come places won’t get out of the 80s since showers are forming earlier in the day.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Dry air will cover the northern half of the state on these three days, and we expect generally shower-free conditions with partly to mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be close to 90 tomorrow and Thursday, with low 90s Friday. Showers will be confined to the southern part of the state, and even there they should be pretty widely spaced.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Moisture slowly returns, but it still looks Saturday and Sunday will be mostly dry with only widely scattered afternoon showers. Scattered showers and storms should be a little more numerous on Monday (July 4), but even then it certainly won’t be a “wash out”. Temperatures will be seasonal for early July with highs in the low to mid 90s.

Then, the rest of next week looks very routine for mid-summer with hot, humid days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation it not expected through the holiday weekend.

AT THE BEACH: Routine summer weather continues through the Fourth of July weekend on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores. About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily with the risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with low to mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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I will be doing a safety meeting for ALAGASCO today in Gadsden… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Drier Air Arrives Wednesday

| 3:36 pm June 27, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Another afternoon of scattered, strong, slow moving storms across Alabama. Some spots are getting very heavy rain…

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But, of course, some are getting no rain at all. Pretty much feast or famine when it comes to rain on summer afternoons in Alabama. Away from the storms, temperatures are in the low 90s. Showers and storms will fade away later tonight.

TOMORROW: A surface front will push into North Alabama; the best chance of showers and storms will be along and south of U.S. 278, or south of a line from Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden. We can’t promise rain for everyone, but like recent days some communities will see a heavy downpour. Best chance of a shower or thunderstorm will come during the afternoon and evening hours, and the high will be close to 90 degrees.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRDIAY: Dry air drops in from the north, and the chance of showers on these three days for the northern half of the state is very small. Scattered storms are still possible over South Alabama, but even there they should be pretty widely spaced. Highs will be close to 90 degrees Wednesday and Thursday with slightly lower humidity values; low 90s are likely Friday. Days will be mostly sunny, nights mostly fair.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Moisture levels will slowly rise, setting up a very routine mid-summer weekend. Partly sunny, hot, humid days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” Saturday through Monday with highs in the 91 to 95 degree range. Chance of any one spot getting wet each afternoon will be about one in three, with potentially higher chances Monday.

TROPICS: All is quiet across the vast Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

AT THE BEACH: We project about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily this week on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with the chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm from time to time. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a warm 87 degrees.

Too early to be specific about next week, but for now we don’t see anything out of the ordinary. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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Scattered Strong Storms Later Today

| 6:38 am June 27, 2016

BACK IN THE SADDLE: Thanks to my associates for filling in last week; it was a vacation week that was much appreciated.

HOT, MUGGY WEATHER: The overall weather situation won’t change much for Alabama today. Hot, humid, more scattered strong, slow moving storms this afternoon and early tonight. SPC has the northern half of the state in a “marginal risk” this afternoon; like recent days the main threat will come from wet microbursts (localized areas of damaging straight line winds) and small hail.

We note the precipitable water values are expected to be over 2 inches over North Alabama this afternoon; this means storms will dump very heavy amounts of rain, and due to their lack of motion, some flooding is very possible.

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At this early hour, there is no meteorologist, computer model, or phone app that knows exactly when and where the storms will fire this afternoon. They pop up in rather random, scattered locations. Your neighbor might see 2 inches of rain, and you won’t get a drop (or vice versa). Main window for storms will come from about 2:00 until 9:00 p.m.

We note Birmingham soared to 100 degrees yesterday; first time a 100 degree high has been recorded officially since August 23, 2013. We expect a high in the low 90s for most places today as heat levels begin to fall a bit.

TOMORROW: A surface front will push slowly through North Alabama. Highest coverage of scattered storms should be along and south of I-20, and the high will be close to 90 with a mix of sun and clouds.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Drier air will cover the northern two-thirds of Alabama on these days, meaning mostly sunny days, fair nights, and slightly lower humidity values. Showers will be confined to the southern part of the state, and even there they should be widely spaced. Afternoon highs will be close to 90 Wednesday and Thursday, with low 90s likely Friday.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Moisture levels will slowly rise, and it looks like a very typical early July weekend in Alabama. Partly sunny, hot, humid days, and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs should be in the 91 to 95 degree range Saturday through Monday, and the chance of any one spot getting wet each day will be about one in three.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

AT THE BEACH: We project about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily this week on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with the chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm from time to time. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a warm 87 degrees.

Too early to be specific about next week, but for now we don’t see anything out of the ordinary. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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 at 8:30 CT… you can watch it live here.

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