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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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Little Change Through The Weekend

| 3:27 pm May 26, 2016

FEELS LIKE SUMMER: This afternoon temperature has reached 90 degrees officially at Birmingham for the first time this year. Muscle Shoals reports 92….

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Nothing on radar, and the sky is mostly sunny. And, like recent days, big storms have formed across the nation’s mid-section.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: An upper ridge will mean little change in our weather through Monday. A weakening trough could bring a slightly higher coverage of scattered showers Saturday, but otherwise we expect partly to mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated showers or thunderstorms. Afternoon highs will remain in the 87-90 degree range for most communities.

NEXT WEEK: We will roll with a persistence forecast. The ridge will prevent widespread rain; just the risk of a few isolated afternoon showers or storms each day. Highs remain 87 to 90 degrees with a good supply of sunshine each day. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: NHC now gives a 60 percent chance of tropical storm formation off the South Atlantic coast of the U.S. in coming days. This will probably be more of a hybrid system, or a “sub-tropical” storm. Models bring the system into the coast of South Carolina over the weekend, where breezy and wet weather is likely.

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One way or another this system will not impact Alabama or the Gulf Coast directly.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through Memorial Day. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the low 80s, with upper 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: The weather won’t change much in Hoover through the end of the tournament Sunday. Mostly sunny hot afternoons, clear nights, and only isolated showers. Afternoon highs will remain in the 87-90 degree range. Get information about the big event here.

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Summer Pattern Remains In Place

| 5:15 am May 26, 2016

HOT AFTERNOONS: Official highs across Alabama yesterday included 90 at Huntsville, 89 at Birmingham and Calera, and 88 at Tuscaloosa and Anniston.

We project afternoon highs back in the 87 to 90 degree range today and tomorrow with hazy sunshine. And, with rising moisture levels, we can’t rule out an afternoon/evening shower, but they will be widely scattered, and most places will stay dry. The big storms will remain across the nation’s heartland from Texas up through the Great Plains.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: The overall weather just won’t change much. If anything, there could be a slight increase in the coverage of showers and storms Saturday with a weakening trough approaching from the west, but still no expectation of widespread rain. A few isolated showers or storms are possible Sunday and Monday, but most places will be dry. Afternoon highs will hold in the 85-90 degree range with a decent amount of sunshine daily.

NEXT WEEK: No real change through the week; very warm, humid days with just isolated showers. We could see an increase in the number of showers and storms by Friday and Saturday (June 3-4) with an upper trough setting up to the west; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A disturbance east of the Bahamas has a chance of becoming a hybrid sub-tropical storm over the Memorial Day weekend with potential for some impact on the coast of the Carolinas.

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If by chance this gets a name, it will be called “Bonnie”. No direct impact one way or another on Alabama or the Gulf Coast.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated showers from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the holiday weekend. Highs in the low 80s on the immediate coast, with upper 80s inland. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab early this morning is 79 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: The weather continues to look good for the event going on through Sunday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Mostly sunny, hot, hazy days and fair nights with only isolated afternoon/evening showers. Highs will remain in the 87 to 90 degree range. Get information about the big event here.

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

Summer Preview Continues Through The Weekend

| 3:19 pm May 25, 2016

RADAR CHECK: At mid-afternoon we note strong storms near Memphis, and about 40 miles west of the northwest corner of Alabama…

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No rain is in progress across Alabama, and those showers and storms over Tennessee aren’t expected to impact our state. Temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s this afternoon with hazy sunshine.

REST OF THE WEEK: Not much change tomorrow and Friday; partly to mostly sunny days, fair nights, with only a very small risk of an afternoon shower over the far northern counties. Highs 87 to 90 degrees, about five to eight degrees above average for late May.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: It’s pretty much a persistence forecast. Partly sunny, muggy days with only isolated afternoon showers, and highs in that 87 to 90 degree range. All of the organized rain/storms areas will remain to the north and west of Alabama thanks to an upper ridge overhead.

Some chance we could see a little higher coverage of showers toward the end of next week…see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A disturbance east of the Bahamas has a chance of becoming a hybrid, sub-tropical storm in a few days. It will drift northwest toward the South Carolina coast; if by chance this does develop it won’t impact Alabama or the Gulf Coast directly.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through Memorial Day. Highs on the immediate coast in the low 80s, with upper 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: It continues through Sunday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; the weather looks fantastic with mostly sunny days and fair nights. We will mention a small risk of an afternoon shower or storm Saturday and Sunday, but rain should pose no big issues. Highs stay in the 87-90 degree range. Get information about the big event 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 enjoyed speaking to the Calhoun County master gardeners today in Anniston… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Summer-Like Weather Through Memorial Day

| 6:20 am May 25, 2016

DRY PATTERN CONTINUES: The overall weather pattern won’t change much; most of the big rain/storm action will remain in the zone from Texas up through the Great Plains and into the Upper Midwest in coming days. Around here, today will be another sunny and warm day with a high between 87 and 90 degrees this afternoon…. about five to eight degrees above average for late May in Alabama.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Humidity levels will slowly rise, and we could see a few afternoon showers or storms by Friday and the weekend, but they will be few and far between, and most communities will stay dry. Temperatures will remain above average with highs in the 87 to 90 degree range. Pretty much a persistence forecast thanks to upper ridging across the region.

TROPICS: Hurricane season in the Atlantic basin officially begins one week from today (also the beginning of meteorological summer), but we are watching a disturbance east of the Bahamas. There is a chance this could become a hybrid type tropical low in coming days as it drifts toward the South Atlantic coast of the U.S. If this happens to develop, it should have no direct impact on Alabama or the Gulf Coast.

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NEXT WEEK: Global models hint there could be a gradual increase in the chance of showers toward the end of next week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Memorial Day from Gulf Shores east to Panama City Beach. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the low 80s, with upper 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: It continues through Sunday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; the weather looks fantastic with mostly sunny days and fair nights. We will mention a small risk of an afternoon shower or storm Saturday and Sunday, but rain should pose no big issue. The weather will heat up with highs in the 87-90 degree range most afternoons. Get information about the big event 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 am speaking to Calhoun County Master Gardners today in Anniston… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Mostly Dry Through Memorial Day

| 3:30 pm May 24, 2016

FLIRTING WITH 90: An upper ridge will keep our weather pretty stagnant through the upcoming holiday weekend with little day to day change. Most of the big storms will remain well to the west of our state, across Texas, the Great Plains, and the Upper Midwest.

Expect the warmest weather so far this year, with afternoon highs in the 87 to 90 degree range on a daily basis. These values are about 5-8 degrees above average for late May in Alabama.

Humidity levels will slowly rise in coming days, and we could see a few isolated afternoon showers or storms by Friday and the weekend, but the chance of any one community seeing rain will be generally 20 percent or less.

And, even into early next week the pattern just doesn’t seem to change. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: A sub-tropical storm could form this weekend off the South Atlantic coast of the U.S… if this happens we expect no direct impact on Alabama.

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AT THE BEACH: This pattern will bring some perfect weather conditions to the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores through the Memorial Day weekend. Mostly sunny days, fair nights. Highs in the low 80s on the immediate coast, with upper 80s inland.

Sunrise photo below is from Orange beach this morning… taken by @cahabadave

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See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: It is starting this afternoon at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; the weather looks fantastic with mostly sunny days and fair nights through at least Friday. We will mention a small risk of an afternoon shower or storm Saturday and Sunday, but rain should pose no big issues. The weather will heat up with highs in the 87-90 degree range most afternoons. Get information about the big event 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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Summer Preview; Dry Weather Continues

| 6:22 am May 24, 2016

HEATING UP: With a mostly sunny sky today, we project a high between 86 and 89 degrees for most Alabama communities today; the average high for May 24 (for Birmingham) is 83. Dewpoints will hold in the 50s today, so the humidity won’t be too bad.

REST OF THE WEEK: We are forecasting highs pretty close to 90 degrees tomorrow through Friday with a good supply of sunshine each day. Humidity levels will creep up, so nights won’t be quite as pleasant. And, I guess we could mention a slight risk of a shower Friday afternoon as the air will be a tad more unstable, but the risk for any one spot seeing rain is so small I don’t think it is worth the mention for now.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Not much change. An upper ridge will keep Alabama mostly dry with only isolated afternoon showers. The chance of any community seeing a shower is only in the 10-20 percent range, and daily highs will be in the 86-90 degree range.

Birmingham has measured only 0.12″ of rain since May 13, and soil moisture will continue to decrease as we get into early June. Unfortunately there is nothing now to suggest a big, widespread rain event over the next 10 days.

HURRICANE SEASON: It kicks off next Wednesday, June 1. Keep in mind we had a rare January tropical system earlier this year, Hurricane Alex, so the first named storm this summer will be “Bonnie”. When Alex became a hurricane January 14, it marked only the second recorded hurricane formation in January, with the other being Hurricane One in 1938.

We note global models continue to hint at a hybrid low forming near the South Atlantic coast late this weekend; some chance it could be a “sub-tropical storm”. One way or another it won’t directly impact Alabama weather. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through the Memorial Day weekend from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the low 80s, with upper 80s inland. Sea water temperatures are generally between 77 and 81 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: It begins today at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; the weather looks fantastic with mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday. We will mention a small risk of an afternoon shower or storm Saturday and Sunday, but rain should pose no big issues. The weather will heat up with highs in the 87-90 degree range most afternoons. Get information about the big event 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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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Summer Preview This Week

| 3:19 pm May 23, 2016

HEATING UP: Temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s across Alabama this afternoon, but dewpoints are in the 40s, so the warmth is pretty comfortable. The sky is sunny.

REST OF THE WEEK: Active weather stays well to the west of Alabama; around here we expect mostly sunny days and fair nights with rising afternoon temperatures and humidity levels. We reach the upper 80s tomorrow, and the high will be very close to 90 degrees Wednesday through Friday. There could be sufficient moisture and instability for a few isolated afternoon showers Thursday and Friday, but the chance of any one spot seeing rain is very low.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Not much change. Partly sunny days, fair nights, highs between 87 and 90. A afternoon shower or storm is possible, but they will be very widely separated and most communities will stay dry Saturday through Monday.

We do note global models show some type of hybrid low just off the South Atlantic coast this weekend; some chance it becomes a “sub-tropical storm”. But, no impact on Alabama is expected one way or another. Hurricane season (for the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico) begins next Wednesday, June 1.

See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, clear nights through the Memorial Day weekend from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores. Highs in the low 80s on the immediate coast; 87-90 degrees inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: It begins tomorrow at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; the weather looks fantastic with mostly sunny days and fair nights through at least Friday. We will mention a small risk of an afternoon shower or storm Saturday and Sunday, but rain should pose no big issues. The weather will heat up with highs in the 87-90 degree range most afternoons. Get information about the big event 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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I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd graders at Riverchase 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…

Warmest Weather So Far This Year Ahead

| 6:21 am May 23, 2016

COOL MORNING: Feels good across the great state of Alabama early this morning… come of the coolest temperatures include 46 at Fort Payne, 47 at Cullman and Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden), 48 at Haleyville, and 49 at Concord. For many places, next time we see 40s could be in late September.

DRY DAYS: Today will be sunny with a big warm-up; we wind up in the mid 80s this afternoon. Sunny weather continues tomorrow with a high in the upper 80s. Dewpoints/humidity values will remain fairly low both days.

Then, later in the week, heat and humidity levels will rise. We project a high very close to 90 degrees each afternoon Wednesday through Friday, and the higher dewpoints will sure make it feel like summer. An upper ridge will keep it dry.

Birmingham’s rain total for the month of May is only 1.38″, so we could use a good rain event, but it won’t happen this week.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Not much change; mostly dry and hot weather is the story Saturday through Monday, with partly sunny days and fair nights. We will mention the risk of “widely scattered afternoon and evening showers and storms” Sunday and Monday, but the chance of any one spot getting wet remains pretty small.

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AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, clear nights through the Memorial Day weekend from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores. Highs in the low 80s on the immediate coast; 87-90 degrees inland. Sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 78 degrees. Photo below was taken late yesterday at Panama City Beach from Trent Penny.

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See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: It begins tomorrow at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; the weather looks fantastic with mostly sunny days and fair nights through at least Friday. We will mention a small risk of an afternoon shower or storm Saturday and Sunday, but rain should pose no big issues. The weather will heat up with highs in the 87-90 degree range most afternoons. Get information about the big event 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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I will do my last weather program for the 2015-16 school year today at Riverchase Elementary School… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Storms Tonight; Dry Over The Weekend

| 3:22 pm May 20, 2016

THIS AFTERNOON: A couple of large thunderstorm masses have moved over the Gulf Coast over the past 18 hours, disrupting the flow of moisture up into North and Central Alabama, and producing a rather chaotic wind field across the state. Accordingly, showers so far have been light and scattered. But, showers and storms will increase over the next few hours with the approach of a low pressure wave and upper trough.

SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe storms defined for North Alabama over the next few hours; storms that form will be capable of producing some hail and strong, gusty winds…

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Showers and storms this evening will be scattered in nature, so rain amounts will be variable. Average totals will be close to one inch, but some spots will see more, some less. Showers and storms should be mostly over by 10:00 p.m.

THE WEEKEND: We could see a lingering stratus cloud deck tomorrow morning, but the sky becomes partly to mostly by late morning. Sunday will feature sunshine in full force and lower humidity…. the high both days will be pretty close to 80 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like the warmest week so far this year with highs rising into the 87-90 degree range by Wednesday as an upper ridge takes over. There could be a few isolated afternoon showers late in the week, but nothing heavy or widespread. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: After a very stormy day today, expect mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through early next week from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores; great weather for the rest of the Hangout Music Festival after a wet start. Highs on the immediate coast will be close to 80 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: Mostly sunny and warm weather at Greystone tomorrow and Sunday with afternoon highs around 80 degrees. A great weekend for golf. Get more information about the tournament here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Coming up at the Hoover Met May 24-29… the weather looks pretty good during the tournament; there could be a few isolated afternoon showers toward the end of next week, but nothing widespread. Heat levels crank up with afternoon highs in the 87-90 degree range on most days. Get information about the big event 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 3rd and 4th graders at Hamilton Elementary School in Marion County… 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 Monday morning by 7:00 a.m… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Wet At Times Today; A Dry Weekend

| 6:29 am May 20, 2016

RADAR CHECK: A large MCS (mesoscale convective system) has been moving across the southern half of the state during the pre-dawn hours, and new showers and storms are forming over North Alabama at daybreak.

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Our friends at the Storm Prediction Center have much of the state in a “marginal risk” of severe weather…

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The good news is that the early morning storm mass over South Alabama has disrupted wind fields across Alabama, and that should lessen the risk of severe storms this afternoon. And, it should also mean lowered rain amounts since the inflow from the Gulf has been cut off for a while. Still, heavier storms later today could produce small hail and gusty winds as they pass through during the peak of the daytime heating process.

Showers and storms today will be more scattered than earlier thought, but still most communities should see around 1/2 inch of rain, with isolated amounts to one inch where heavier storms develop. Showers and storms will taper off early tonight as drier air begins to work into the state.

THE WEEKEND: We could see some lingering clouds early tomorrow morning, otherwise we expect mostly sunny, warm weather tomorrow and Sunday with high temperatures close to, or just over 80 degrees. Humidity levels will be a bit lower, and we should drop into the 50s early Sunday morning.

NEXT WEEK: Warm, dry weather continues Monday and Tuesday… then we will mention just the risk of widely scattered afternoon showers Wednesday through Friday; nothing to suggest anything really heavy widespread. Highs will be in the 80s… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: The Hangout Music Festival is this weekend at Gulf Shores… they had some big storms early this morning, and a few additional showers and storms are possible later today and early tonight. But, it won’t rain all day, and the sun will break out at times. Then, the sky will be mostly sunny tomorrow and Sunday. Highs will be close to 80 on the immediate coast; the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 79 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: Despite occasional showers and storms today, they should be able to get some golf in at Greystone. Better chance of a stronger storm comes this afternoon, and the high will be in the 77-80 degree range. The weather will be fine tomorrow and Sunday with ample sunshine and highs close to 80 degrees. Get more information about the tournament here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Coming up at the Hoover Met May 24-29… for now the weather looks warm and dry Tuesday, then we will mention warm, humid conditions Wednesday through the weekend (May 25-29) with only widely scattered afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Highs will be in the 80s. Get information about the big event 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 have a weather program this morning at Hamilton Elementary School in Marion County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!