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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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Hotter Afternoons; Isolated Showers

| 6:19 am September 2, 2015

MOISTURE LEVELS SLOWLY RISING: High resolution model data hints a few isolated showers could form during the afternoon and evening hours across Alabama today; chance of any one spot seeing one of them is about one in eight. Otherwise, today will be partly sunny with a high close to 90 degrees. Very possible Birmingham’s 17 day streak of sub-90 degree highs will come to an end.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Not much change. Partly sunny days; widely scattered afternoon and evening showers with highs close to 90 degrees. Most of the showers, where they do form, will come from about 2:00 until 8:00 p.m.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture levels will be a little higher, so afternoon and evening showers and storms should be a little more numerous, especially Sunday. Otherwise, mixed sun and clouds Saturday through Monday with highs dropping back into the mid to upper 80s. The chance of any one spot seeing a passing shower or storm will be in the 30-40 percent range, with highest odds Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Sufficient moisture will remain for the risk of a few scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers through the week… otherwise partly sunny days with highs in the 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for details and all the graphics.

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FOOTBALL WEATHER: Alabama and Auburn kick off the season Saturday with road games, and both will be played in venues where rain won’t be an issue one way or another. Auburn against Louisville; the game is Saturday at 2:30 in Atlanta in the Georgia Dome. Dry inside, but outside the dome showers are possible with afternoon temperatures in the 80s. Alabama will take on Wisconsin Saturday night at 7:00 (the game is on ABC 33/40) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas… the day will be sunny and hot in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with a high in the mid 90s.. cooling down into the 70s Saturday night. No need to bring the retractable roof over the stadium with a clear sky.

BEACH WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather on the Gulf Coast today from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores… then about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily tomorrow through the Labor Day weekend, with the usual risk of a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs stay in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures 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: Tropical Storm Fred, in the far eastern Atlantic, will dissipate in 3 to 5 days over open water, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

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I will be doing a safety program today at the Gaston Steam Plant in Wilsonville… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Mostly Dry Through Thursday; Hotter

| 3:29 pm September 1, 2015

RADAR CHECK: As expected, not a single shower on radar across North/Central Alabama this afternoon. The sky is partly to mostly sunny, and temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. Looks like today will be the 17th consecutive day with a high below 90 degrees for Birmingham.

TO THE SOUTH: The “ghost” of former Tropical Storm Erika is over the Northeast Gulf of Mexico this afternoon, but redevelopment is not likely due to harsh upper air winds, and that won’t impact us in any way.

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REST OF THE WEEK: The high tomorrow will be close to 90, with low 90s possible Thursday and Friday as an upper ridge stays in place. Days will be partly sunny, and we will mention the risk of widely scattered showers Thursday and Friday afternoon, but many communities will stay dry.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture levels will rise, and we will forecast “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” Saturday and Sunday, then becoming fewer in number Monday. Each day will feature a mix of sun and clouds, and the chance of any one spot getting wet will be about one in three Saturday and Sunday, and one in four Monday. Highs drop back into the mid to upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Things look relatively quiet; showers should be widely spaced, days partly sunny, and highs in the 80s/lows in the 60s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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FOOTBALL WEATHER: Alabama and Auburn kick off the season Saturday with road games, and both will be played in venues where rain won’t be an issue one way or another. Auburn against Louisville; the game is Saturday at 2:30 in Atlanta in the Georgia Dome. Dry inside, but outside the dome showers are possible with afternoon temperatures in the 80s. Alabama will take on Wisconsin Saturday night at 7:00 (the game is on ABC 33/40) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas… the day will be sunny and hot in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with a high in the mid 90s.. cooling down into the 70s Saturday night. No need to bring the retractable roof over the stadium with a clear sky.

BEACH WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather on the Gulf Coast tomorrow from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores… then about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily Thursday through the Labor Day weekend, with the usual risk of a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs stay in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures 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.

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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Afternoons Trending Hotter

| 6:17 am September 1, 2015

MOSTLY DRY THROUGH MID-WEEK: With an upper ridge building across the eastern part of the nation, we expect a rather quiet weather pattern for the next few days across Alabama with hotter afternoons. The high today will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, followed by low 90s tomorrow through Friday. Days will be partly to mostly sunny, nights will be mostly fair. Moisture levels will rise toward the end of the week, and we will bring in the chance of widely scattered afternoon and evening showers Friday.

Birmingham has gone 16 consecutive days with a high below 90 degrees… that streak will come to an end at some point this week, most likely tomorrow.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: We will need to mention the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” Saturday through Monday with a moist airmass in place under an upper high north of the state, otherwise a mix of sun and clouds each day with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Chance of any one spot getting wet each afternoon is about one in three, with perhaps slightly lower odds Monday.

NEXT WEEK: Looks pretty quiet; we could see a few scattered showers around, but otherwise partly sunny days, fair nights, highs in the 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEATHER: Alabama and Auburn kick off the season Saturday with road games, and both will be played in venues where rain won’t be an issue one way or another. Auburn against Louisville; the game is Saturday at 2:30 in Atlanta in the Georgia Dome. Dry inside, but outside the dome showers are possible with afternoon temperatures in the 80s. Alabama will take on Wisconsin Saturday night at 7:00 (the game is on ABC 33/40) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas… the day will be sunny and hot in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with a high in the mid 90s.. cooling down into the 70s Saturday night. No need to bring the retractable roof over the stadium with a clear sky.

BEACH WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather on the Gulf Coast today and tomorrow from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores… then about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily Thursday through the Labor Day weekend, with the usual risk of a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs stay in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures 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: Fred, in the far eastern Atlantic just northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, has weakened to a tropical storm, and should dissipate over open water in 4-5 days. The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quit.

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 will be speaking to a group of senior adults today at Ridgewood Health Care Center in Jasper… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Mostly Dry Through Mid-Week

| 3:34 pm August 31, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Showers are almost impossible to find on radar this afternoon across the great state of Alabama; a few isolated showers remain possible through the evening, but most communities will be rain-free. Temperatures are in the 80s; today is the 16th consecutive day with a high below 90 degrees at Birmingham.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: An upper ridge will build, meaning hotter afternoons and few showers. We can probably just remove any risk of rain tomorrow and Wednesday; expect a good supply of sunshine both days through scattered clouds with a high not too far from 90 degrees. Any afternoon showers or thunderstorms Thursday and Friday will be pretty widely spaced, otherwise we will have a mixture of sun and clouds both days, and the high will remain close to 90 degrees.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture levels will increase, so we will have to deal with scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday through Monday. The chance of any one spot getting wet each day will be about one in three, and afternoon highs will drop back into the mid to upper 80s. There will be some good intervals of sunshine each day, but just be ready for a passing shower or storm from time to time.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: College football begins this weekend. Auburn opens up at home against Louisville; the game is Saturday at 2:30 in Atlanta in the Georgia Dome, so we can promise no rain for the game, but outside the dome showers are possible with afternoon temperatures in the 80s. Alabama will take on Wisconsin Saturday night at 7:00 (the game is on ABC 33/40) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas… the day will be sunny and hot in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with a high in the mid 90s… cooling down into the 70s Saturday night.

NEXT WEEK: The week looks cooler, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s, with some risk of scattered showers. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather on the coast today and tomorrow from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores… then about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily Wednesday through the Labor Day weekend, along with the risk of a few scattered thunderstorms daily. No tropical storms or depressions to worry about. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 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: Hurricane Fred is in the far eastern Atlantic around the Cape Verde Islands with 85 mph winds; it will slowly weaken in coming days as it moves northeast, and is expected to dissipate over the Central Atlantic in about five days. No threat to land.

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Over in the Pacific, Hurricane Ignacio will pass north of the Hawaiian Islands in coming days..

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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 episode tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7” on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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Relatively Quiet Weather This Week

| 6:26 am August 31, 2015

STILL BELOW 90: The last time the high at Birmingham was 90 degrees or higher was back on August 15… and with a projected high today in the mid 80s, it should be the 16th consecutive day under 90 degrees. A remarkable run for August in Alabama. Yesterday’s high in Birmingham was only 74 degrees… making the coolest day of the month, and 15 degrees below average.

The upper low that brought the unsettled weather to the state over the weekend has lifted northeast of the state, so today will be drier with only widely scattered showers, mainly over the eastern counties. We will forecast a mix of sun and clouds with a high between 83 and 86 degrees. Nice way to wrap up meteorological summer.

REST OF THE WEEK: Relatively quiet weather continues, and temperatures trend hotter. Afternoon highs will rise to near 90 degrees each day; the sky will be partly sunny, and any afternoon showers or storms will be very isolated. We could begin to see an increase in the number of showers late in the week as moisture levels begin to rise.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: With moisture levels on the rise, we will have to mention scattered showers and thunderstorms each day, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. Otherwise, expect a mix of sun and clouds with afternoons highs in the mid to upper 80s Saturday through Monday. Pretty much what you expect over the Labor Day weekend in Alabama.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Yep, college football begins this weekend. Auburn opens up at home against Louisville; the game is Saturday at 2:30 in Atlanta in the Georgia Dome, so we can promise no rain for the game, but outside the dome showers are possible with afternoon temperatures in the 80s. Alabama will take on Wisconsin Saturday night at 7:00 (the game is on ABC 33/40) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas… the day will be sunny and hot in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with a high in the mid 90s… cooling down into the 70s Saturday night.

NEXT WEEK: The week looks cooler, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s, with some risk of scattered showers. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather on the coast today and tomorrow from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores… then about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily Wednesday through the Labor Day weekend, along with the risk of a few scattered thunderstorms daily. No tropical storms or depressions to worry about. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees.

TROPICS: Fred in the far eastern Atlantic is now a category one hurricane near the Cape Verde Islands… it will move northwest in coming days, and should weaken later this week as it encounters dry and and shear. No threat to the U.S.

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The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet, but over in the Pacific things are rocking with three hurricanes…

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The one closest to Hawaii, Ignacio, will pass north of the islands and slowly weaken this week.

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 on “James Spann 24/7” on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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

Scattered Showers/Storms Return

| 3:32 pm August 28, 2015

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today due to travel**

RADAR CHECK: A few small, isolated showers have formed this afternoon, mostly south and east of Birmingham.

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These showers will end soon after sunset, and most high school football stadiums won’t have any rain issues tonight.

Birmingham reports 86 degrees at 2:00… looks like today will be the 13th consecutive day with a high under 90 degrees.

THE WEEKEND: Moisture levels will deepen, and we will mention scattered showers and thunderstorms tomorrow and Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds both days. While most of the showers will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower or two. Highs over the weekend will be mostly in the mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: We expect only widely scattered showers Monday through Wednesday with partly sunny days and highs between 87 and 90 degrees. The 12Z GFS hints that showers and storms could become more numerous by Thursday and Friday with deeper moisture.

ERIKA: The tropical storm, just south of Hispaniola, remains very disorganized this afternoon.

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With continued wind shear, and interaction with the mountainous island, there is a very real chance that Erika won’t survive the next 12 hours.

If it does hang on, the ultimate track will be determined by it’s strength. If the system can get it’s act together and become better organized, it should turn northward into the Florida Peninsula by Monday, staying below hurricane strength (which is the official NHC track).

If the system remains a closed low, but stays weak and disorganized, the low level swirl will move into the Gulf of Mexico. There, the system will encounter 30 to 40 knots of deep layer shear, meaning it will most likely dissipate without bothering anyone.

One way or another this, most likely, won’t be an issue for Alabama. Here is the latest NHC track.

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We will keep an close eye on it over the weekend, of course.

GULF COAST WEATHER: We are projecting about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores through early next week with a few scattered storms possible; highs on the coast will be in the upper 80s, with sea water temperatures in the mid 80s.

A little early for a specific Labor Day weekend forecast, but for now we don’t see anything to suggest high rain coverage. No signs of any tropical issues.

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.

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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Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday… my next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here bright and early Monday morning by 7:00. Enjoy the weekend!