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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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Showers/Storms South Of I-20

| 3:19 pm July 30, 2015

DRIER AIR MOVING INTO NORTH ALABAMA: As expected, dew points are falling across the northern part of Alabama this afternoon as drier air moves into the state. Scattered showers and thunderstorms have formed, but they are mostly south of I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston).

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Showers and storms across Central and South Alabama will settle down later tonight once the sun goes down.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Understand the chance of a shower is not zero, but most of North Alabama will be dry. Tomorrow will actually be fairly pleasant for the last day of July; we project a mostly sunny sky with a high in the low 90s, and lower humidity levels making the heat a little more tolerable. Any showers or storms will be confined mostly to South Alabama.

We are expecting temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s early Saturday, and some of the normally cooler pockets across North Alabama might be close to 60 for a little hint of fall. Then, for the weekend the sky will stay mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs up in the mid 90s. Scattered showers and storms will remain over far South Alabama; the chance of any one spot getting wet Saturday and Sunday over the northern third of the state is only 2 percent.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change Monday and Tuesday, but showers and storms could increase later in the week around Thursday with a surface front approaching from the north. Highs will hold in the 90… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Not much change; about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily on the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through early next week, with an occasional passing storm a good possibility. Highs on the coast will hold in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: A weak surface low east of Georgia is moving northeast in the Atlantic, and development is not expected. A tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, is disorganized, but some slow development is possible over the next few days as it moves to the west. Dry air will hinder things, however.

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I will be taking a few days off… Bill Murray will cover the Weather Xtreme video production through early next week… enjoy tomorrow and the weekend!

Drier Air Arrives Tonight

| 6:18 am July 30, 2015

SURFACE FRONT ON THE WAY: Note we don’t call them “cold fronts” in late July in Alabama, but a surface boundary will drop into North Alabama today, and accordingly we believe the highest coverage of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon will be south of I-20 (south of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston). Chance of any one spot getting wet today in that part of the state will be about one in three, but the odds are much lower north of Birmingham, where dew points will begin to fall this afternoon as the drier air arrives. Most communities will see a high up in the mid 90s again today.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: The GFS is suggesting dew points will drop into the upper 50s as far south as Birmingham tomorrow, and this dry means showers will be few and far between across the northern half of the state; scattered storms will be primarily over the southern quarter of Alabama. We reach the mid 90s tomorrow, but the lower humidity levels will make the heat a little more tolerable.

Some North Alabama communities could reach the mid 60s early Saturday morning for a little touch of fall.

Then, for the weekend, not much change. Mostly sunny days and fair nights for the northern half of the state with only a very small risk of any one spot seeing a shower or storm. Scattered storms remain possible across South Alabama. Highs stay in the 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Showers remain very isolated over North/Central Alabama Monday and Tuesday, with a slow increase in coverage over the latter half of the week as deeper moisture returns. Highs will stay in the 90s next week, which is what we expect in early August in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily through the weekend on the Central Gulf Coast with a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. Sea water temperatures remain in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: A disturbance east of Jacksonville, Florida will move northeast, and no development is expected. And, out in the far East Atlantic, a tropical wave emerged off the coast of Africa yesterday… just a small chance of slow development in coming days as it moves westward. Dry air will be a problem for this wave.

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Big Storms Across Alabama

| 3:51 pm July 29, 2015

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

RADAR CHECK: Strong to severe storms have been moving southward across much of Alabama today, with strong gusty winds, very frequent lightning, and torrential rain.

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These showers and storms will die down once the sun goes down later this evening.

TOMORROW: A surface boundary will push into North Alabama, and it could trigger a few storms, but not as many as today, and the more numerous ones will be south of I-20. Where they do form, however, they could be strong, as SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather threat for much of the state. The high tomorrow afternoon should be in the mid 90s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Dry air slips into the northern half of the state, meaning these three days will be mostly dry with only a very small risk of any one spot seeing a shower or storm. We expect mostly sunny days, fair nights, and slightly lower humidity values. The best chance of scattered storms over the weekend will be over the southern quarter of the state. Highs will remain in the mid 90s, but the lower dew points will make the heat a little more tolerable.

And, the first part of next week looks mostly rain-free with mostly sunny weather continuing Monday and Tuesday; just a slight risk of any one spot getting a storm.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily through the weekend from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach, but you will have to deal with a few passing thunderstorms from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will stay in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: A tropical wave has emerged off the coast of Africa in the far East Atlantic; no development expected over the next few days as it moves to the west.

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Storms More Numerous Today

| 6:30 am July 29, 2015

RADAR CHECK: We have a few showers and storms on radar early this morning across Central Alabama… moving to the southeast.

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When you see early morning storms in summer, that is a pretty good sign the atmosphere is unstable and not capped, and that often means scattered to numerous showers and storms later in the day during the peak of the daytime heating process. The chance of any one spot seeing a storm today is about 50/50, and some of them could be strong. SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for much of Alabama today…

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The prime risk will come from “wet microbursts”, or local areas of strong straight line winds. And, of course, all summer storms pack gobs of lightning. Most communities will see a high in the low to mid 90s today with a mix of sun and clouds.

TOMORROW: A surface boundary (notice we don’t call them “cold fronts” in late July) will move down into North Alabama, and will probably trigger more thunderstorms. I don’t think the coverage of the storms will be as high as today, but where they do form, they could be strong again, and SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather threat for much of the state tomorrow. The high tomorrow afternoon will be in the mid 90s with a mix of sun and clouds.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Drier air will filter into the northern half of Alabama, meaning slightly lower humidity levels, slightly cooler nights, and very few showers on these three days. The best chance of scattered storms will be over the southern third of the state. Highs will be in the 90s, but many North Alabama communities will enjoy lows in the 60s over the weekend because of the drier air and lower dew points.

The weather for the first few days of next week looks pretty calm with only isolated storms… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores east to Panama City Beach through the weekend, with a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICAL WEATHER: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend. The peak of the season usually comes in August and September, and it ends on the last day of November.

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Classic Mid-Summer Weather

| 6:26 am July 27, 2015

AT DAYBREAK: It is a warm, humid Monday morning across the great state of Alabama; sunrise shot below comes from the Gilmer Dairy Farm in Lamar County…

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Temperatures are in the 70s, and project a high back in the mid 90s for most communities today, with a partly sunny sky and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Chance of any one spot getting wet later today is about one in three… very classic weather for late July in Alabama.

REST OF THE WEEK: Not much change. Hot, humid days, highs in the low to mid 90s, and the risk of scattered showers and storms, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. We do expect an increase in the number of showers and storms by Thursday and Friday as a surface front approaches North Alabama and stalls out somewhere around here.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The GFS suggests the stalled front will be across Central Alabama, with drier conditions for the northern counties Saturday and Sunday. But, surface fronts have a very hard time making it that far south in early August, so I will “believe it when I see it”… we will broad brush the weekend forecast with partly sunny, hot days and the risk of an afternoon thunderstorm in scattered spots. Looks like highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low 90s… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny weather today and tomorrow on the coast from Gulf Shores west to Panama City Beach… then for Wednesday through Friday about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with scattered thunderstorms possible. Highs on the immediate coast will hold in the upper 80s, with low to mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 80 degrees. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: Broad low pressure is over the Florida Peninsula where showers and storms are likely today, but tropical development is not expected there, or anywhere else across the Atlantic basin this week.

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Only one Weather Xtreme video today and tomorrow due to travel (I will be in St. Louis)… Meaghan Thomas will be filling in for me on ABC 33/40 News this evening at 4, 5, 6, and 10:00… enjoy the day!

Heat Levels Rising This Weekend

| 3:27 pm July 24, 2015

RADAR CHECK: We have a few showers and thunderstorms across North and Central Alabama this afternoon, but they are widely scattered.

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Showers are moving southeast, and will dissipate after dark. Birmingham’s high so far today (as of 3:00) is 88… very possible today will be the second day in a row with a high below 90.

BRING ON THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge, centered west of Alabama, will strengthen and expand eastward, so we are still expecting hotter afternoons, and fewer showers and thunderstorms tomorrow and Sunday. Chance of any one spot seeing a storm both days is about one in five, and most of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be generally in the mid 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change Monday and Tuesday, partly sunny both days with a high in the mid 90s, and only widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Then, later in the week showers and storms will increase as the upper ridge weakens again. Looks like highs could very well drop into the 80s by Friday July 31 with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine tomorrow through early next week along the stretch from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores, with an occasional passing thunderstorm. Highs on the coast in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet; we do note unsettled weather over the Florida Peninsula due to a broad surface low… if something happens to develop there in coming days it will move northeast and not impact Alabama.

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I enjoyed seeing the kids today at Pump It Up in Trussville… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! Bill Murray will be handling the Weather Xtreme videos here tomorrow and Sunday… enjoy the weekend!