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Warmer Days Ahead

| 3:48 pm November 27, 2014

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CHILLY THANKSGIVING AFTERNOON: Birmingham’s average high for November 27 is 61… we aren’t even close to that level today. In fact, some North Alabama communities aren’t out of the 30s at mid-afternoon… Haleyville and Fort Payne are reporting 39 degrees at 2p CT. We are seeing mostly mid 40s elsewhere; clouds have been hanging tough over the northern half the state, while South Alabama has enjoyed a sunny sky.

A freeze is likely tonight; we project a low somewhere between 25 and 30 degrees early tomorrow… some of the coldest valleys could see low 20s. Tomorrow will be another cool day; expect a good supply of sunshine with a high in the low 50s.

WARMER WEEKEND: Expect a weekend warm-up… we reach the low 60s Saturday, and upper 60s are likely Sunday. No rain Saturday, and while a front will be north of Alabama Sunday, the air looks too dry for any significant chance of rain at this point.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Mild weather continues through the week with highs generally in the 60s. A stalled front north of Alabama should mean the best chance of showers will be over Arkansas and Tennessee… just a small risk of a shower over far North Alabama early in the week. The GFS has taken the idea of a late week rain event off the table; it shows just a weak front moving through on Saturday December 6 with a few showers. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Sunny But Cold Thanksgiving Day

| 6:23 am November 27, 2014

**I will produce a Weather Xtreme video later today; we are on a holiday schedule so just one video per day through the weekend**

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: We begin the day with temperatures mostly in the 30s, and despite a sunny sky today we don’t expect to get out of the 40s with a chilly north breeze. A freeze is likely tonight; the low early tomorrow will be in the 25 to 29 degree range for most North/Central Alabama communities.

Tomorrow will be cool and dry with ample sunshine and a high in the low 50s; keep in mind we should be in the low 60s in late November based on long term averages.

WARMER WEEKEND: A nice warm-up begins this weekend; we project a high in the low 60s Saturday, and then mid to upper 60s Sunday. A few scattered clouds show up Sunday, but the weather stays dry.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Mild weather continues; the high will be in the 65-70 degree range for the first half of the week with a mix of sun and clouds each day. We might consider a small risk of a shower Monday for areas north of Birmingham, but most communities stay dry. Earlier global model runs suggested a rain event at the end of the week, but the GFS has trended drier with an upper ridge holding in place across the Deep South.

No sign of any harshly cold air around here for the next 15 days.

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Cold, Dry Weather For Thanksgiving

| 3:18 pm November 26, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are on a holiday schedule through Sunday, so just one video per day**

RADAR CHECK: We note a few echoes on radar this afternoon over Northwest Alabama, but that isn’t reaching the ground because the air is so dry. This clipper type feature has the potential to bring a sprinkle or two to the northern third of the state tonight, but most Alabama communities stay dry. Temperatures this afternoon are mostly in the 50s.

NORTHEAST U.S. STORM: The snow/rain event across the Northeast U.S. will wind down late tonight… At mid-afternoon FlightAware reports more than 3,000 flights delayed and more than 600 canceled.

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THANKSGIVING DAY: Colder air blows in here late tonight, and we are still foresting a sunny but cold Thanksgiving Day, with a high only in the 45-49 degree range; that is about fifteen degrees below average for late November. Then, tomorrow night, a freeze is likely with temperatures dropping into the mid to upper 20s at daybreak Friday.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The weather stays dry. Friday will be cool with a sunny sky and a high in the low 50s, but we expect low 60s Saturday, and mid to upper 60s Sunday as a nice warming trend begins.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays mild with afternoon temperatures well up in the 60s for the first half of the week; we might consider a slight risk of a shower Monday north of Birmingham. A decent rain event is shaping up toward the end of the week (around Friday December 5) with thunderstorms possible.

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I will post a new Weather Xtreme video tomorrow afternoon, and forecast notes earlier in the day. Happy Thanksgiving to your family!

Cool Thanksgiving Weather

| 6:50 am November 26, 2014

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QUIET WEATHER FOR ALABAMA: A strong upper trough brought rain to parts of East and Southeast Alabama last night, but all of that is well east of our state this morning, and we project a cool, dry day with a partly to mostly sunny sky along with a high in the mid to upper 50s.

EAST COAST MESS: The long awaited pre-Thanksgiving storm is unfolding as forecast this morning; snow is likely today west of I-95, with rain close to the coast. This means travel headaches including potential for significant airport delays at Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

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THANKSGIVING DAY: Cold and dry weather for our state; we start the day in the 30s, an the high will be only in the mid to upper 40s, almost 15 degrees below average for November 27. Dry air means maximum available sunshine.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Friday morning will be cold; we project a low between 27 and 32 degrees for most North/Central Alabama communities. Then, a warming trend begins Friday afternoon with a high in the low 50s. Then, we project low 60s for Saturday, and upper 60s Sunday as a nice warming trend continues. The weather should be generally dry on these three days; we might consider a small risk of a shower Sunday afternoon over North Alabama with a front to the north, but the air will be pretty dry and stable, and for now we will keep the forecast dry.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry and mild Monday through Wednesday with a high well up in the 60s. Rain returns at the end of the week; the 06Z GFS suggests the biggest threat of rain will come on Friday December 5. Some thunderstorms could be involved, but at the moment it doesn’t look like a big severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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We are now on a holiday schedule through Sunday, so just one Weather Xtreme video per day, but I will post fresh forecast notes by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day… and be safe if you are traveling!

A Little Light Rain Tonight

| 3:29 pm November 25, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: Rain is falling across Southeast Alabama this afternoon, and clouds are beginning to thicken over the rest of the state. We will maintain the chance of a little light rain tonight, especially along and east of I-65. Main window for light rain for our part of the state will come from 6:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. tomorrow; all of the rain will be long gone by the time the run rises.

NORTHEAST U.S. SNOW TOMORROW: A signifiant storm system will bring lots of rain and snow to the Northeast U.S. tonight and tomorrow; the heavier snow will be west of I-95, with mostly rain close to the coast. Expect airport delays at Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

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TOMORROW AND THANKSGIVING DAY: The weather will be dry and cool both days with a good supply of sunshine; Thursday’s high will be only in the upper 40s, followed by mid 50s Friday. These temperatures are well below the average of 61.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY: We stay dry with a warming trend. Partly sunny both days; low 60s Saturday, followed by mid to upper 60s Sunday. A very comfortable weekend.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays mild with highs well into the 60s Monday through Wednesday. The 12Z GFS continues to hint the next chance of rain for the state will come on Thursday December 4… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Some Light Rain Possible Tonight

| 6:27 am November 25, 2014

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AT DAYBREAK: Colder air is in place over Northwest Alabama this morning, where we are seeing low 30s; there are some clouds showing up from roughly I-20 south, and we note rain on radar just below Dothan from near Panama City, Florida to Tifton, Georgia. The daytime hours today should be rain-free, with a mix of sun and clouds along with a high in the upper 50s.

SOME RAIN TONIGHT: We still expect some light rain tonight as a strong upper trough rotates through; rain amounts should be generally under 1/4 inch. The main window for light rain will come from 6:00 this evening through 4:00 a.m. tomorrow. All of the rain will be in Georgia and points east by daybreak.

Tomorrow will be cool and dry; the sky partly to mostly sunny with a high in the mid to upper 50s.

TRAVELERS BEWARE: A significant rain/snow event is likely tomorrow, on the busiest travel day of the year, up through the Northeast U.S. The heaviest snow will come along and west of I-95, with more rain than snow for some of the bigger cities. One way or another, expect major airport delays at Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. Patience is the key tomorrow for fliers.

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THANKSGIVING DAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Thursday will be sunny but cool with a high only in the 47-50 degree range; keep in mind the average high in Birmingham on November 27 is 61 degrees. We drop below freezing late Thursday night, and by early Friday morning we expect a low between 28 and 32.

We expect a slow warming trend Friday through Sunday; mid 50s Friday, low 60s Saturday, and mid to upper 60s Sunday. No rain on these three days; just a few scattered clouds over the weekend.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week looks dry and mild with temperatures well up in the 60s. The 00Z GFS suggests the next decent rain event for Alabama will be around Thursday December 4; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Colder Air Arrives Tonight

| 3:54 pm November 24, 2014

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COMFORTABLE AFTERNOON: Doesn’t get much better; lots of sunshine this afternoon with temperatures in the 70s east of a cold front, that is passing through in dry fashion. However, northwest Alabama is considerably cooler with upper 50s there behind the surface front.

Tonight will be mostly fair and colder; most communities will see a low between 36 and 40 degrees early tomorrow. Tomorrow will be cool and dry with a mix of sun and clouds and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

SOME LIGHT RAIN TOMORROW NIGHT: A strong upper trough will bring the risk of some light rain to our state tomorrow night, mainly between 8:00 p.m. tomorrow and 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. The best chance of significant rain will come over the eastern half of the state, and even there amounts will be generally under 1/4 inch. Higher rain totals statewide will come around Dothan, in the southeast corner of Alabama.

Wednesday will be cool and dry with a high in the 55-60 degree range along with a good supply of sunshine.

TRAVELERS BEWARE: A nor’easter will bring the threat of snow and rain to the East Coast Wednesday, the biggest travel day of the year. Expect airport delays Wednesday in Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

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THANKSGIVING DAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The weather looks very nice; expect sunshine in full supply Thursday and Friday with highs in the 50s. Coldest morning will come early Friday with upper 20s and low 30s. Saturday feature a partly sunny sky with a high in the low 60s, and on Sunday mid to upper 60s are likely with a mix of sun and clouds. We will mention a small risk of a shower over far North Alabama Sunday afternoon ahead of a cold front that will become stationary over Tennessee.

IRON BOWL: A perfect night for football in Tuscaloosa Saturday (6:45p CT kickoff)… mostly fair with upper 50s at kickoff, and low 50s by the final whistle. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: December begins with very pleasant, dry weather with highs in the 60s. The 12Z GFS hints the next risk of rain will come around December 5-6. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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Becoming Windy; Colder Air Arrives Tonight

| 6:29 am November 24, 2014

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AT DAYBREAK: It is a very pleasant morning with temperatures in the in the 60s; no rain is showing up on radar, and we don’t expect any today. It will be windy day with west winds averaging 12-22 mph, gusting at times over 25 mph. Dew points will drop steadily during the day as drier air works into the state; the sky should be partly sunny.

MID-WEEK: Tomorrow will be dry and cooler with a mix of sun and clouds along with a high in the upper 50s. Then, tomorrow night, a strong upper trough will rotate over the state, and will bring clouds, and some risk of light rain. The best chance of rain will be south of I-59, and east of I-65 from about 7:00 p.m. tomorrow through 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. Rain amounts will be very light, and most people will sleep right through it.

Then, the day Wednesday will be dry in Alabama with a decent amount of sunshine and a high in the 50s.

TRAVELERS BEWARE: A nor’easter will bring wind, rain, and snow to the east coast region Wednesday, which many say is the biggest travel day of the year. The rain/snow line will be very close to Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, and one way or another airport delays are likely. Potential for some big delays, in fact.

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THANKSGIVING DAY/BLACK FRIDAY/IRON BOWL SATURDAY: Looking very nice. For Thursday, we begin the day with temperatures down in the low to mid 30s, and the high will be in the low 50s. Sunshine in full supply. Pretty much the same story Friday; cool and dry with a high in the mid 50s.

Then, we hit the low 60s Saturday afternoon with a partly sunny sky.

IRON BOWL FORECAST: For the biggest football game in the state of Alabama, the weather looks perfect. Mostly fair when the game kicks off at 6:45 Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa; the temperature will fall from near 57 at kickoff into the low 50s by the final whistle. No chance of rain.

SUNDAY AND NEXT WEEK: A cold front will approach the Alabama/Tennessee border late in the weekend, and we will mention a chance of showers Sunday, mainly north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). The upper air pattern won’t allow this front to move into the state, however, and it looks like we will enjoy highs in the 60s at least for the first half of next week.

Model data from the GFS suggests the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) will remain positive for the next 10-15 days, which should prevent any seriously cold air from invading the Deep South. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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