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James Spann

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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Showers/Storms Increasing Across Alabama

| 3:14 pm July 27, 2016

RADAR CHECK: A number of showers and thunderstorms have formed across North/Central Alabama this afternoon… Moving northeast…

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Heavier storms are producing heavy rain; they are moving northeast, and will diminish late tonight. On the positive side, heat levels are down as expected; most communities are in the upper 80s at mid-afternoon.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: A general weakness in the upper ridge will bring scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms across the great state of Alabama. We can’t promise rain for everybody, but most communities will see one or two good downpours. Best chance of rain comes during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out late night or morning showers. Highs will be in the upper 80s tomorrow, and close to 90 degrees Friday afternoon.

THE WEEKEND: Not much change; a mix of sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with scattered showers and storms, most active from 1:00 until 9:00 p.m. Highs will be in the 90-93 degree range, right at seasonal levels for late July.

NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge should strengthen early in the week, so showers and storms could become a little fewer in number Monday and Tuesday; highs will stay in the low 90s. Then, some evidence showers and storms increase again late in the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A tropical wave now emerging off the coast of Africa has some chance of development over the next five days as it moves west/northwest. Way too early to determine if this will impact U.S. or any land area; just something to keep an eye on…

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with low to mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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I will be taking a few days off… Brian Peters will have the next Weather Xtreme video here tomorrow morning…

Showers/Storms Slowly Increase In Number

| 5:24 am July 27, 2016

HEAT LEVELS DOWN; SHOWER COVERAGE UP: We expect this trend for the rest of the week as the upper ridge across the Deep South weakens a bit. Understand this still doesn’t mean it will rain everywhere, but the coverage of scattered showers and storms should be higher through Friday. The chance of any one spot getting wet today is in the 30-40 percent category, rising to 50-55 percent tomorrow and Friday. Best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t totally rule out a late night or morning shower. I do think many communities will see at least one decent downpour over the next three days.

Afternoon highs will be generally in the 87-90 degree range through Friday, which is below average for late July in Alabama. Of course, dewpoints will remain sky high, so I am not sure “cooler” is the right word… Perhaps we should say “not as hot”.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Expect a mix of sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with scattered showers and storms around both days, mostly during the 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. time frame. Highs 89-92 for most places.

NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge seems to strengthen a bit, meaning showers and storms should be a little more widely scattered for the first half of the week with highs up in the low 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Still no sign of any tropical mischief across the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine on the coast through the weekend with a passing storm from time to time from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach; highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with low to mid 90s inland. 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.

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I will be speaking at a senior adult function this morning at Millerville in Clay County… Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Showers/Storms More Numerous Tomorrow

| 3:27 pm July 26, 2016

RADAR CHECK: The most active thunderstorms on radar this afternoon are over the Black Belt region of West Alabama… The storms are moving northwest, and are producing heavy rain and gusty winds…

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Additional showers and storms are possible through the evening hours in the tropical air over Alabama. Temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 90s.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: The upper ridge over Alabama will weaken slightly, and the air aloft will be a little colder, making the air more unstable. Accordingly, we will expect to see an increase in the number of showers and storms each day. Most of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. And, due to the increase in the number of showers and storms, heat levels come down a bit. Many North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 80s; with 90s confined to the southern half of the state.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: An ocean of humidity will continue to cover the Deep South, and we will continue to deal with scattered showers and storms Saturday and Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds both days. Best chance of storms will come from 1:00 until 10:00 p.m., and highs will be at or just over 90 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: We begin August with some pretty routine mid-summer weather. Hot humid days, scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms. Highs in the low 90s… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Dry air continues to cover the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend, and you will deal with an occasional passing shower or thunderstorm. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with low to mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

Rainbow photo below was this morning at Panama City Beach… Photo from Ashlie Halbrook…

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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 have a Tuesday night special tonight at 8:30 CT… You can watch it live here

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I had a great time today seeing the kids in the summer program at Lake View Elementary… 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…

Muggy Days, Scattered Showers And Storms

| 6:31 am July 26, 2016

TROPICAL MOISTURE: Not much overall change in Alabama’s weather today. Partly sunny, hot, humid weather continues with scattered showers and storms around this afternoon and early tonight. The high will be in the 92-95 degree range, and the chance of any one spot getting wet today is about one in four. Just what you expect in late July.

REST OF THE WEEK: The upper ridge weakens a bit, and with instability values increasing we expect general increase in the number of scattered showers and storms tomorrow through Friday. We still can’t promise rain for everyone, but most communities should see a decent downpour on one or more of these days. And, with the increase in clouds and showers, temperatures will back off a bit. In fact, some places won’t get out of the 80s. The NAM model is printing a high of only 86 for Birmingham tomorrow and Thursday. We will keep it close to 90 in the forecast.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No real change. Mixed sun and clouds, scattered showers and thunderstorms, highs around 90 Saturday and Sunday. Of course, in summer, there is no way of knowing in advance when and where storms pop up since they are random and scattered, but the best chance of one will come during the afternoon and evening hours. But, with a weaker ridge and potential for a few small scale boundaries around, we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower.

NEXT WEEK: The persistence forecast is the best idea. Partly sunny days, scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms with highs in the low 90s. No sign of any triple digit heat issues for the next 10-15 days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through the weekend… with an occasional passing thunderstorm just to make it interesting. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with low to mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

Here is a nice look at an early morning offshore storm at Fort Morgan… photo from @seshau

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

Sun, Heat, Scattered Storms

| 3:21 pm July 25, 2016

TIS THE SEASON: While many in the national media are pushing “dangerous heat”, “heat domes”, and “heat emergency” type verbiage, around here we just call it summer. Temperatures are generally in the low 90s this afternoon, right at seasonal averages. The sky is partly sunny, and a few showers and storms have developed, but they are fewer in number compared to recent days…

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REST OF THE WEEK: The upper ridge over Alabama will weaken slightly in coming days, opening the door for an increase in the number of scattered showers and storms, especially Wednesday through Friday. Otherwise, the classic mid-summer pattern continues with partly sunny days and highs at or just over 90 degrees. Best chance of showers and storms will come from about 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m… and we can’t rule out a few late night or morning showers late in the week.

And, of course, in summer there is no way of knowing in advance exactly when or where the storms pop up. You just have to keep an eye on radar.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We continue to roll with a persistence forecast. Mixed sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with scattered showers and storms, most active during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs generally in the low 90s.

And, next week, as we begin August, the weather just won’t change much. No reason to depart from the routine summer forecast. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quietly, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the week.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily through the weekend from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach, and of course you will deal with a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

Photo below is from Panama City Beach… via @lhinton125

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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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I enjoyed seeing the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Alabama in Hueytown today… 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…

Muggy Summer Days/Scattered Storms

| 6:17 am July 25, 2016

AN OCEAN OF HUMIDITY: Alabama’s weather won’t be changing much this week. After all, it is late July, so you know it will be hot, humid, and we will deal with scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours.

Today we project a partly sunny sky, a high in the mid 90s, and the best chance of a shower or storm between the hours of 1 and 8 p.m. Chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in four, and the high resolution HRRR model suggests the highest coverage of afternoon showers will be east of I-65 (but, one could pop up anywhere).

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: The upper ridge is forecast to weaken slightly, meaning a gradual increase in the coverage of scattered showers and storms, and heat levels a bit lower. In fact, the GFS model is suggesting highs in the upper 80s here Thursday and Friday, but considering this is the end of July, and the typical peak of summer heat, we will keep highs in the low 90s. Thankfully no sign of any triple digit heat for us.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Mixed sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday, scattered showers and storms (mainly during the afternoon and evening hours), and highs at or just over 90 degrees.

And, no reason to change this “persistence forecast” into next week. Classic mid-summer weather here across the Deep South. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: We are getting closer to the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season (August and September), but things remain very quiet due to a large amount of dry air. Tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

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GULF COAST WEATHER: It will be the usual summer setup this week on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach. About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily, but a passing thunderstorm is likely from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 86 degrees. 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 8:30p CT… you can watch it live here.

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I will be speaking this morning at an event in Clanton, and later today at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alabama in Hueytown. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

The Heat Is On

| 3:24 pm July 22, 2016

How about this one from Glenn Frey?

“The heat is on, on the street
Inside your head, on every beat
And the beat’s so loud, deep inside
The pressure’s high, just to stay alive
‘Cause the heat is on

Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
Caught up in the action I’ve been looking out for you
Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
The heat is on, the heat is on, the heat is on
Oh it’s on the street, the heat is on”

Heat levels are actually down today; clouds this morning have helped. We have mostly low 90s this afternoon, and once again scattered showers and storms are on radar…

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Storms are moving south, and will continue into the nighttime hours. Where storms develop, they will be strong with potential for wet microbursts. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms for much of Alabama.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: It’s a persistence forecast. Hot, humid weather continues tomorrow and Sunday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Best risk of storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but I can’t totally rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs 90-95 degrees, pretty much what we expect in late July around here.

NEXT WEEK: New week, old forecast. The overall synoptic pattern just won’t change; we will be on the eastern periphery of a heat ridge, so hot, humid summer weather continues with the daily round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the low 90s, lows in the 70s. Just impossible to forecast the small scale day to day changes that impact placement and coverage of the summer storms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin through next week. Lots of dry air.

AT THE BEACH: About 8-10 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through next week with a passing storm from time to time. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with mid 90s inland. 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.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids in the summer program at Pinson Elementary today… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Lazy, Hazy Summer Days

| 6:24 am July 22, 2016

How about this one from Nat King Cole?

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies
Then lock the house up, now you’re set
And on the beach you’ll see the girls in their bikinis
As cute as ever but they never get ’em wet”

NEW DAY, OLD FORECAST: You probably know what we are going to forecast for today and the weekend… after all, this is late July in Alabama. Our weather will continue to be hot and humid, and scattered showers and thunderstorms will bubble up during the heat of the day. We project a high in the mid 90s in most places today, and with the high dewpoints (well up in the 70s) the heat index will exceed 100 in many spots, and a “heat advisory” remains in effect for much of the state.

Where storms form this afternoon, they will be strong; SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe weather up for much of the state.

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Most of the storms will come from 2:00 until 10:00 p.m… and biggest threats will come from lightning, and wet microbursts (local areas of straight line winds high enough to knock down trees and power lines). Chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in three, and there is no way of knowing in advance exactly when and where they form.

NEXT WEEK: No reason for much change. Hot, humid days, a mix of sun and clouds, and “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs generally in the low 90s. There will be day to day variations in the coverage and placement of the storms, but no way of knowing them now, so it is just a broad brush forecast.

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TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected in the Atlantic basin through next week.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and an occasional passing thunderstorm for the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through next week. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

I have a summer weather program today at Pinson Elementary… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Summertime Blues

| 3:19 pm July 21, 2016

How about this song by Eddie Cochran?

“I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler
About a workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar
Every time I call my baby, and try to get a date
My boss says, “No dice son, you gotta work late”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues”

RADAR CHECK: Scattered, strong storms are moving slowly southward across Alabama this afternoon producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning…

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On the positive side, the storms break the heat temporarily for some communities. But, away from the storms, temperatures are mostly in the mid 90s. Birmingham was reporting 97 degrees at 3:00, with a dewpoint at 71 for “heat index” of 104. The NWS did issue a “heat advisory” for parts of Alabama for the afternoon.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather won’t change much. Hot humid days, highs 93-96, and the daily round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. No way of knowing exactly when and where they will pop up in advance; best chance of them will come from about 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. Very typical for late July in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: No real change. Highs 92-95; hot humid days, and again the risk of scattered thunderstorms during the peak of the daytime heating process each day. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and the occasional passing thunderstorm through next week for the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: A very calm pattern continues, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend across the Atlantic basin.

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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I had a great time today seeing the kids at the Mountain Brook YMCA… 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…

Hot Fun In The Summertime

| 6:25 am July 21, 2016

Anyone remember this one from Sly and the Family Stone?

“End of the spring and here she comes back
Hi, hi, hi, hi, there
Them summer days, those summer days

That’s when I had most of my fun back
High, high, high, high there
Them summer days, those summer days

I cloud nine when I want to
Out of school, yeah
County fair in the country sun
And everything, it’s true, ooh, yeah

Hot fun in the summertime”

And, you know when I start posting song lyrics about heat and summer, you know we are indeed in the dog days of summer. A time of the year when the weather just doesn’t change much. At least you can get a new song every day.

TODAY/TOMORROW: We project highs in the 95-99 degree range for most, with the heat index over 100. But, thankfully the worst of the heat ridge will stay a little west and northwest of Alabama. Excessive heat warnings are up for much of the Midwest, but we have no advisories here in our state. Days will be partly sunny, and we will have scattered showers and storms around during the afternoon and evening hours. Stronger storms today will be over East and South Alabama, where SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe weather defined…

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THE WEEKEND: Not much change. Partly sunny, hot, humid days, the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”, and highs in generally in the mid 90s. Most of the storms that form will come between 2:00 and 9:00 p.m., and the chance of any one spot getting wet will about one in three.

NEXT WEEK: A persistence forecast remains the best idea. The upper ridge will weaken a bit, so highs drop into the low 90s, and the coverage of scattered showers and storms should be a little higher each day. 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 the weekend.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through next week with just an occasional passing thunderstorm. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 87 degrees. 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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I have a program this morning at the Mountain Brook YMCA… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!