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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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Eyes On The Tropics

| August 23, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have a few widely scattered showers and storms this afternoon, mainly over Northwest Alabama… moving eastward. Nothing widespread, and many places are dry…

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Temperatures are pretty close to 90 degrees in most places.

REST OF THE WEEK AND THE WEEKEND: With an upper ridge in place, we really don’t expect much day to day weather change through the weekend. Partly sunny, hot, humid days with “widely scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” each day. Highs mostly in the low 90s… a few spots could ease up into the mid 90s late this week. Way too early to be thinking about cool, crisp, autumn weather. First good front of the season usually arrives in mid to late September, about a month from now.

The weather next week will depend on the tropical weather situation, which gathers most of the attention this afternoon…

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FIONA IS FINISHED: The depression is now an open wave, and advisories are no longer being issued by NHC. We will keep eye on the “ghost of Fiona”, but odds of regeneration are small.

TROPICAL STORM GASTON: Should become a hurricane tonight or tomorrow in the eastern Atlantic. It will be gaining latitude, and should recurve into the open Atlantic, and is no threat to land.

INVEST 99L: This is the one that will produce weeping and gnashing of teeth over the next 5 to 7 days. Let’s make some important points about this wave, which is nearing the Leeward Islands this afternoon:

*There is a chance this won’t develop at all due to dry air and shear. Unlikely, but a chance.

*A hurricane hunter was in the system today, and could not find a closed circulation. This isn’t even a tropical depression now, and until it gets it’s act together, forecasting future positions and intensity is very challenging.

*Tropical models are tightly clustered; pushing the system to the Bahamas in five days.

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*Beyond that, there is little agreement in global models concerning the long term destination. The 12Z GFS (American) model basically dissipates the system around the Bahamas, with no threat to the U.S. However, the 12Z ECMWF (European) model moves it across the Florida Peninsula, and into the Gulf of Mexico, with a landfall near Gulf Shores next Tuesday night. Understand that run of the Euro is an outlier; taking the ensemble approach, a more likely track is over South Florida, with a turn to the north well east of Alabama.

*Nobody, and I mean nobody knows the ultimate destination and intensity of this, IF it develops at all. We all just need to pay attention, and forecast confidence will grow in coming days.

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Routine August Weather For Alabama; Active Tropics

| August 23, 2016 @ 6:30 am

HOT WEATHER: Just because school is back in session, that doesn’t mean that the weather magically cools down in Alabama. Keep in mind this is still August, and the weather should be hot and humid this time of the year. And, as an upper ridge begins to rebuild across the Deep South, we have some pretty classic August weather coming up in the days ahead.

Each day through Friday, expect a partly sunny sky with widely scattered showers and storms around during the afternoon and evening hours. Chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in four, and highs will be generally in the low 90s. A few spots could reach the mid 90s Thursday and Friday under the ridge.

THE WEEKEND: The synoptic pattern won’t change, and there is no real reason to change the forecast. Highs 91-95 degrees, partly sunny days, fair nights, and the risk of widely scattered showers and storms during the afternoon/evening hours, generally between 2 and 8 p.m.

And, the same general idea continues into early next week, unless by chance we have some tropical mischief around here.

TROPICAL TRIO: We still have three systems to discuss in the Atlantic basin this morning…

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIONA: This one is hanging on in the open Atlantic, and should dissipate between the U.S. coast and Bermuda over the next few days. No threat to land.

TROPICAL STORM GASTON: It is in the eastern Atlantic, and should become a hurricane soon. But, it will gain latitude and this will recurve; no threat to land.

INVEST 99L: Clearly this is the most intriguing system on the board, and is the one to watch. Some slow development is possible through mid-week, and it could become Tropical Storm Hermine by the end of the week as it moves north of Puerto Rico toward the Bahamas.

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From the position near the Bahamas, this could recurve into the Atlantic, or move westward into South Florida. The strength of the ridge north of the system will determine this, and model consistency has not been especially good. We note there has been a shift to the left in model output over the past 24 hours, and a number of the GFS and ECMWF ensemble members do indeed make this a threat to the Florida Peninsula.

One way or another, there is a high chance this turns northward before reaching Alabama, but still too early in the game to know for sure. Once the system becomes better organized, and we get better sampling of the atmosphere in the region of the storm, forecast confidence will go higher.

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

AT THE BEACH: Great weather on the Gulf Coast through the weekend; about 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily with just a few widely scattered showers and storms from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach. Highs hold in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low to mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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Dry Air Holds Over Far North Alabama

| August 22, 2016 @ 3:33 pm

RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms are moving eastward across Central Alabama… mostly south of a stalled surface front from near Hamilton to Oneonta to Heflin…

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Those north of the front, up in the Tennessee Valley, are enjoying lower humidity levels and a very pleasant day. But, muggy tropical air will push northward tonight… we all know that shots of dry, continental air don’t last long this time of the year.

The showers and storms over Central Alabama will wind down later this evening once the sun goes down.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: The upper ridge will rebuild across the Deep South, setting up some classic August weather each day. Partly sunny, hot, humid, and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms”. The storms will be widely scattered, generally speaking, than last week. Highs will be mostly in the low 90s; a few spots could reach the mid 90s late in the week.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: It’s a persistence forecast. No real change… highs 90-95, partly sunny days, with a passing shower or storm possible during the afternoon and evening hours. And, of course, the storms on summer afternoons here are very random and scattered, and there is no way of knowing in advance where and when they pop up.

The same pattern holds into next week as the upper ridge remains in place. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily on the coast through the weekend (from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores)… widely scattered showers and storms remain possible each day, but nothing widespread. Highs on the immediate coast in the upper 80s, with low to mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICAL TRIO: As you might expect, we have action in the Atlantic basin.

FIONA: This is a weakening tropical depression hanging on for dear life; it should dissipate over the next day or two over the open water of the Central Atlantic; no threat to land.

90L: This is a well organized tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic; it has a high chance of becoming Tropical Storm Gaston within the next 24 hours. But, it will be gaining latitude, and should recurve over the open water. Like Fiona, this seems to be no threat to land.

99L: This wave has a chance of slow development in coming days; it is currently fighting dry air surrounding the system. Most models bring this to a point east of the Bahamas in five days; it is simply too early to know if this will recurve over the open Atlantic, or be a threat to the U.S. Atlantic coast. Odds are high this will not impact the Gulf of Mexico.

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Drier Air Over Far North Alabama

| August 22, 2016 @ 6:19 am

ON THE MAPS: A rare August surface front is over North Alabama this morning; the dew point has dropped to a pleasant 63 degrees at Muscle Shoals, and north of the front most places are seeing temperatures in the 60s. South of the front, the weather is still humid with 70s.

Unfortunately, the front has just about run out of gas, and will hang up a little north of I-20 today. So, those of you in places like Huntsville, Cullman, Gadsden, Florence, Fort Payne, and Scottsboro will enjoy a mostly sunny and less humid day with a high in the 80s.

However, south of the stalled front, scattered showers and storms will fire up this afternoon, generally along and south of I-20. Higher coverage of storms will be over the southern half of the state, and we project a high in the 85-89 degree range for most communities.

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REST OF THE WEEK: The front will wash out, and moist air slides northward. And, as an upper ridge builds, we project some very routine August weather tomorrow through Friday. Partly sunny, hot, humid days with the risk of scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. Due to the ridge, the coverage of showers and storms each day won’t be as high as recent days, and heat levels will creep up with highs generally in the low 90s.

THE WEEKEND: No real change. Hot and humid, partly sunny days, and an afternoon shower or thunderstorm in spots. Highs 91-94; chance of any one spot getting wet Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be about one in four.

And, the overall pattern won’t change much next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Nice weather this week from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores; about 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily with just a few widely scattered showers or thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with low to mid 90s inland. Sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 88 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: As you might expect in late August, things are getting active…

FIONA: This is now a tropical depression fighting very dry air, and should dissipate in coming days far from land over the middle of the Atlantic.

90L: A well organized disturbance in the eastern Atlantic will become a tropical depression soon, and probably will be a tropical storm within 24 hours. But, this will recurve over the Atlantic and won’t be a threat to the U.S.

99L: This is a more latitude system, and could gradually develop this week. If it can get it’s act together, it will begin to gain latitude and miss the Caribbean, and should be east of the Bahamas in five days. Remains to be seen if it will turn toward the southern Atlantic coast of the U.S., or recurve into the open Atlantic. There is a high chance this won’t reach the Gulf of Mexico.

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Again, we stress there is no sign of tropical trouble for the Gulf of Mexico for the rest of August. Lots of very bad information floating around social media.

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Wet At Times This Weekend; Drier Monday

| August 19, 2016 @ 3:29 pm

RADAR CHECK: Again today we have scattered to numerous showers and storms across the great state of Alabama…. moving eastward producing heavy rain and frequent lightning.

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A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of DeKalb County, including Fort Payne… it will expire at 4:45p CT.

Showers and storms will slowly fade late tonight, but some high school football stadiums could get wet on week one of the season. I would take the rain gear for that reason.

TOMORROW/SUNDAY: Not much change over the weekend… a very moist, unstable airmass will remain parked over Alabama with a number of showers and storms around both days. Best chance of rain will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. With just a limited amount of sunshine, we project a high in the mid to upper 80s both days.

A surface front will creep into far North Alabama later in the weekend, and places like Florence, Athens, and Huntsville could get into drier air Sunday, but the rest of the state will stay rather unsettled.

NEXT WEEK: Drier, continental air slips into the northern half of the state, and we expect shower-free weather Monday and Tuesday (for North and Central Alabama) with lower humidity and cooler nights. Some of the normally cooler spots could visit the upper 50s early Tuesday for a nice preview of fall. But, moisture returns Wednesday with a risk of scattered showers and storms for the latter half of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine through early next week on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores with a few scattered showers and storms around daily. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

FIONA: The tropical storm in the open Atlantic is fighting dry air, and should weaken to a tropical depression over the weekend. It will turn northward and is no threat to land, if it survives.

INVEST 99: The system southeast of Fiona will take a more low latitude track, and has a chance of becoming Tropical Storm Gaston in coming days. Global models are not in very good agreement; remains to be seen if this will impact the U.S. See the Weather Xtreme video for much more information and all the graphics.

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

Drier Air Arrives Monday

| August 19, 2016 @ 6:23 am

UNSETTLED THROUGH THE WEEKEND: A blanket of moist, unstable air will continue to cover Alabama today and tomorrow; the sky will be occasionally cloudy with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms, most active during the afternoon and evening hours. With high precipitable water values, where storms do form they will drop lots of rain in a short amount of time, much like yesterday.

Temperatures will remain below 90 degrees in most places today and tomorrow because of the limited amount of sun.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TONIGHT: Unfortunately, summer storms tend to be very random and scattered, and there is no skill in knowing exactly when and where they will pop up in advance. The chance of any one high school stadium seeing rain tonight at kickoff time is about one in three, and in some cases lightning will be an issue. Temperatures will be generally in the low 80s at kickoff, dropping into the 70s during the second half of the games with very high humidity levels.

SUNDAY: A surface front (note, we don’t use the words “cold front” in August) will approach North Alabama; much of the state will continue to stay in a soupy airmass with a few passing showers and storms likely. But, the far northern counties of the state could very well begin to get in dry air; places like Florence, Athens, and Huntsville will see a marked decrease in the number of showers Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: A surge of drier, continental air will drop into North Alabama Monday, and we will leave showers out of the forecast through Tuesday. Humidity values will be a little lower, nights a little cooler. Some of the normally cooler spots could easily reach the upper 50s early Tuesday morning. Moisture begins to return Wednesday, and a few afternoon showers are possible, with some risk of scattered showers and storms into Thursday and Friday as well. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine over the weekend with a few scattered showers and storms from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach; pretty much the same type weather on through much of next week. Highs on the immediate coast will stay in the 87-90 degree range, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

FIONA: The tropical storm in the open Atlantic will gain latitude in coming days, and is expected to weaken to a tropical depression over the weekend due to dry air in the surrounding environment. This will likely recurve and is no threat to land.

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INVEST 99L: The wave to the east of Fiona has a chance of developing in coming days, and is expected to become Tropical Storm Gaston. It will take a more southerly track, and should be approaching the Leeward Islands in about 4-5 days. Global models, however, turn this northward before reaching the Caribbean, and for now it doesn’t look like a great for the Gulf of Mexico. Remains to be seen if this will recurve over the open Atlantic (which the ECMWF suggests) or not… see the Weather Xtreme video for all the maps and graphics.

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I am doing a safety program this morning for the Westervelt Company in Northport… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Unsettled Summer Weather Through The Weekend

| August 18, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms have become more numerous across the great state of Alabama this afternoon. Some spots are getting very heavy amounts of rain and very frequent lightning as they move east/northeast…

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We will maintain the chance of showers and storms tonight as the upper ridge continues to weaken across the Deep South, but the trend will be for fewer showers after 9 p.m.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Not much change; a rather unsettled period of weather is likely with moist, unstable air in place and the lack of a strong upper ridge. The sky will be cloudy at times each day, and we expect scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms daily. They will be move active during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out some late night or morning showers as well. Highs will be generally in the mid to upper 80s, and sunshine will be in limited supply.

Rain distribution will be uneven, but average rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely by Sunday. No organized severe weather is expected, but understand any summer storm in Alabama can produce a wet microburst (a local area of damaging straight line winds), and most of them bring a tremendous amount of lightning.

NEXT WEEK: Models continue to show a nice surge of drier, continental air dropping into Alabama Monday. We will maintain a shower-free forecast Monday through Thursday of next week, which is pretty rare for August in Alabama. Humidity levels will be lower, nights a little cooler. In fact, many of the normally cooler spots have a good chance of reaching the upper 50s early Tuesday morning for a nice touch of fall. A few showers could return late in the week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87-90 degree range, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Fiona will be gaining latitude across the open Atlantic in coming days, and is expected to stay below hurricane strength. Odds remain high this won’t impact any land mass.

Another tropical wave east of Fiona has potential to become a tropical depression or storm in a few days; it will be at a lower latitude, and will get the name “Gaston”. Something to watch in coming days…

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I had a great time today visiting with the students at West Jasper Elementary School… 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…

Showers/Storms Becoming More Numerous

| August 18, 2016 @ 6:29 am

RADAR CHECK: We have some thunderstorms on the radar early this morning over West Alabama… moving northeast…

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The pre-dawn activity in August is usually a sign that showers and storms should be pretty active later in the day, during the peak of the daytime heating process, and we do expect that today with the upper ridge over the Deep South becoming weaker. A number of showers and thunderstorms will form this afternoon; the chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in three, and the high will be close to 90 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.

TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: A very moist, unstable airmass will remain parked over Alabama. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and we will forecast scattered to numerous showers and storms each day. Best chance of rain will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out some late night or morning rain in this setup. Heat levels come down with highs generally in the mid to upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: We will stick with the idea of drier, continental air dropping down into North Alabama Monday, and it sure looks like much of the week will be dry with lower humidity and cooler nights. And, there is a good chance we will have a nice touch of fall in the air early Tuesday morning; the GFS is printing a low of 62 for Birmingham, and many cooler spots should reach the 50s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day on the Gulf Coast through Sunday, with a few scattered showers and storms. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICAL STORM FIONA: The system is packing sustained winds of 45 mph in the open Atlantic; it will most likely stay at tropical storm status in coming days as it gains latitude; still seems to be no threat to land.

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The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet for now.

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I have a weather program this morning at West Jasper Elementary School… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Showers/Storms Increasing Tomorrow/Friday

| August 17, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

RADAR CHECK: Another day with a random pattern of scattered showers and storms across Alabama… slowly moving northeast…

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Temperatures are in the low 90s, right at seasonal levels for mid-August in Alabama.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: The upper ridge over the region will weaken a bit, and we expect to see an increase in the number of scattered showers and thunderstorms. It won’t rain everywhere, but most communities will see a decent downpour or two with a mix of sun and clouds both days. Highs will be close to 90 tomorrow, with mid to upper 80s Friday.

THE WEEKEND: The sky will be cloudy at times Saturday and Sunday, with scattered to numerous showers and storms both days. Not sure I would call it a “rainy weekend”, but just be ready for some rain at times if you have something planned outdoors. Highs will be in the 85-88 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: The trend continues on global models, suggesting drier air will actually work down into the northern half of Alabama Monday and Tuesday with lower humidity and cooler nights; some of the cooler pockets could actually see upper 50s early Tuesday with a touch of fall in the air. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily through the weekend for the coast from Gulf Shores eastward to Panama City Beach with widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

FIONA FORMS: Tropical depression six has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Fiona in the Central Atlantic… it will be gaining latitude in coming days, and it no threat to the U.S… and probably no threat to land.

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The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet, although we will need to monitor a series of tropical waves expected to come off the African coast through the rest of August.

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Scattered Showers/Storms By Afternoon

| August 17, 2016 @ 6:35 am

ANOTHER DOG DAY AFTERNOON: It’s that time of the year when weather forecasting gets into a rut. Most days in August, if you say the weather will be hot and humid with the chance of an afternoon storm in spots, you will have it nailed. And that is the story today. Morning sunshine, scattered showers and storms this afternoon and early tonight. The chance of any one spot seeing a shower or thunderstorm is about one in four, and the high will be in the low 90s for most places.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: The upper ridge across the Deep South will weaken, the air aloft will be a bit colder, and the air becomes more unstable. This will mean an increase in the number of scattered showers and thunderstorms both days…. otherwise expect a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the 87 to 90 degree range.

THE WEEKEND: Not much change. Not sure I would call it a “rainy” weekend, but scattered to numerous showers and storms are likely Saturday and Sunday with a moist, unstable airmass in place. The sun will be out at times, and maximum temperatures will be in the upper 80s for most communities, which is below average for August in Alabama. Best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but some late night or morning rain can’t be ruled out.

NEXT WEEK: Global models continue the idea of drier air creeping into the northern half of Alabama early in the week. As often stated here, cold fronts rarely get this far south in August, but if by chance this idea verifies, we will see lower humidity and cooler nights by Tuesday. Still not totally convinced this happens; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend with only widely scattered showers and storms. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIX FORMS: This is in the eastern Atlantic, and should become Tropical Storm Fiona later today (bring on the Shrek jokes…). The system will be gaining latitude, and there is a high probability this won’t impact the U.S… in fact it is unlikely to impact any land mass.

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The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet, although a series of waves will be coming off the African coast in coming days that will need to be watched.

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I will be speaking to a group of retirees from the Baptist Health System this morning at Princeton Medical Center in Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!