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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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Hot Afternoons; Only Isolated Showers

| 3:15 pm May 27, 2016

RADAR CHECK: A glance of the radar at 3:00 this afternoon showers only one shower in the entire state, near Cullman. Otherwise, we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures mostly in the upper 80s. A isolated showers will remain possible through the evening hours.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Not much change. While a few isolated showers are possible, many communities will remain dry through Monday with partly sunny days and fair nights. The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 80s, and very close to 90 Sunday and Monday.

NEXT WEEK: Guidance is trending hotter for Tuesday and Wednesday, with low 90s likely thanks to the upper ridge. But, the chance of rain should increase toward the end of the week and the following weekend (June 4-5) as a fairly deep upper trough forms west of the state. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICAL UPDATE: The disturbance northeast of the Bahamas is now Tropical Depression Two… it will bring showery and breezy weather to the Carolinas this weekend along with rip tides. This system will have no impact on Alabama or the Gulf Coast. If it gets a name, it will be “Bonnie”.

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

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Most of the weekend will be dry; just a chance of isolated showers in Hoover. Partly sunny days, fair nights, highs 87-90 degrees. Get information about the big event here.

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Look for my next Weather Xtreme video here Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the long weekend!

Summer-Like Weather Continues

| 6:18 am May 27, 2016

HOLIDAY WEEKEND: A rather stagnant weather pattern continues across Alabama, and our weather just won’t change much through the Memorial Day weekend. Partly to mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated showers or storms. The chance of any one spot actually getting wet each day is only 10-20 percent; highest odds will be tomorrow, but most places stay dry. Afternoon highs will remain in the 87 to 90 degree range. We note Birmingham reached 90 degrees officially yesterday for the first time this year.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays the same through the first half of the week, but the GFS continues to suggest we will see higher rain chances by Thursday and Friday with the approach of an upper trough. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

WE NEED RAIN: Today will be the 6th consecutive day without rain for Birmingham, and the total over the last 15 days is only 0.14″.

TROPICS: A sub-tropical storm is expected to form off the South Atlantic coast of the U.S. today or tomorrow; it will head for the coast of the Carolinas where breezy and wet weather is likely.

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No direct impact on Alabama or the Gulf Coast.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through early next week; showers will be very hard, if not impossible to find. Highs will be in the low 80s on the immediate coast, with upper 80s to near 90 degrees inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Afternoon highs will remain in the 87-90 degree range in Hoover through Sunday… only a few isolated afternoon showers around. Otherwise, mostly sunny days and fair nights… a great weekend for baseball at the Hoover Met. Get information about the big event here.

ON THIS DATE IN 1973: A violent, long track F4 tornado touched down northeast of Demopolis and traveled northeastward. The tornado produced extensive damage that Sunday evening in Greensboro, Brent, Centreville, Montevallo, Columbiana, Wilsonville, Childersburg and many areas in between. The tornado lifted near Mount Cheaha. 72 people were injured and one person was killed in Greensboro. 90% of the town of Brent was destroyed killing 5 people and injuring 56. 216 buildings were destroyed, 570 buildings were damaged, 97 mobile homes were destroyed, and 45 businesses were damaged or destroyed. More than 12,000 acres of timber was destroyed.

The old National Weather Service WSR-57 radar site just west of Brent was destroyed; learn more and see pictures on this great site put together by John Brasher.

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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.

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 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.

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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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.

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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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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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!