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Cold Front On The Way

| 6:24 am October 28, 2014

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NOT AS WARM TODAY: Anniston established a new record high yesterday for October 27 with 87 degrees… Birmingham’s high was 86, and Tuscaloosa reached 85. The average high is 71.

Today won’t be as warm; most places will see a high in the upper 70s with a partly sunny sky. And, we should mention today is the 13th consecutive day with no rain for Alabama.

SHOWERS ARRIVE LATE TONIGHT: A band of showers and thunderstorms ahead of a cold front should move into the northwest corner of the state late tonight; it will then move slowly southward. For places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, the main window for rain will come from about 3:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon tomorrow.

For most communities, rain amounts will be under 1/2 inch with limited moisture. And, while some thunder is possible, there is no risk of severe weather. The sky will clear tomorrow afternoon, and the day will be noticeably cooler with a high in the 60s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will be cool and dry with a good supply of sunshine; the high Thursday will be in the upper 60s, followed by low 70s Friday. Lows will be generally in the 40-45 degree range, although some of the colder valleys could see upper 30s.

WEEKEND CHILL: The coldest air so far this season blows in here; we won’t get out of the 50s Saturday, and by early Sunday we project lows in the 33-38 degree range for most communities with a good chance of frost. Colder spots will see a freeze. The air over the weekend will be dry, and the sky will be sunny both days.

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FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be clear and very cool with temperatures falling through the 50s, possibly reaching the 40s by the final whistle.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 55 degrees at kickoff into the mid 40s by the fourth quarter. Perfect cool, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like we have potential for a decent rain event around Wednesday November 5… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Hanna moved into Central America last night and is dissipating; the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet for now.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible tomorrow afternoon from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, otherwise dry weather continues through the weekend with sunny days and fair nights. The weekend will be very cool on the coast, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s Saturday and Sunday.

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I have a weather program today at Hayden Elementary School in Blount County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Cooler Days Ahead For Alabama

| 3:37 pm October 27, 2014

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WARM OCTOBER DAY: Here a few 3p CT temperatures across the great state of Alabama…

Montgomery 89
Anniston 86
Tuscaloosa 85
Birmingham 85
Hunstville 85
Gadsden 82

Birmingham is three degrees away from the record high for October 27, 88 set in 1940. The average high today is 71. The sky is blue, and there is no rain on radar.

CHANGES AHEAD: Tomorrow won’t be quite as warm; the high will drop back into the 70s for most communities with a partly sunny sky. Then, a cold front will bring a band of showers down into North Alabama late tomorrow night into Wednesday morning. The high resolution NAM hints the main window for showers for North/Central Alabama (places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden) will come from 3:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Wednesday.

This won’t be a big rain event; rain totals should be well under one-half inch, and some communities south of I-20 will miss the showers completely. Wednesday will be much cooler with a high in the 60s.

THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather will be cool and dry on these four days. Thursday’s high will be close to 70, with low to mid 70s Friday, but a new push of cool air blows in here for the weekend. The 12Z run of the GFS model suggests it will be the coolest air so far this season; some communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 50s, and lows will be in the 30s early Saturday and Sunday morning. Colder valleys and protected areas have a decent chance of seeing a light freeze early Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Another cold front will bring a chance of rain around Wednesday November 5, but we have seen varied solutions concerning the amount of rain to expect. Just too early to call; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Hanna formed quickly this morning near the coast of Central America; it is moving inland this afternoon, and will drift into Nicaragua with potential for heavy rain. Another wave is east of the Leeward Islands; just a small risk of development there, and if by chance anything does organize it will move north, and northeast across the open Atlantic.

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GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible Wednesday on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend. Highs will be in the 70s through Friday, but will drop into the 67-70 degree range Saturday and Sunday. Early morning lows could reach the upper 40s on the coast over the coming weekend.

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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I had a great time today visiting with the 4th graders at Walker Elementary School in Tuscaloosa County… 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….

Warm Today; Cooler Air By Mid-Week

| 6:09 am October 27, 2014

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CHECKING THE RECORD BOOKS: Birmingham’s record high for today (October 27) is 88 degrees, set in 1940. I don’t think we get that warm, but low to mid 80s are likely this afternoon as the unseasonably warm weather continues across the great state of Alabama. Today’s average high is 71. The air is dry, and the sky will remain mostly sunny as an upper ridge is overhead.

We also should mention today is the 12 consecutive day without rain for the state.

TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: We stay dry tomorrow with a partly sunny sky; the high will drop back into the upper 70s. Then, a cold front will bring the risk of showers late tomorrow night and during the day Wednesday. The main window for showers for North-Central Alabama will come from about 10:00 p.m. tomorrow through 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. This will not be a big rain event due to limited moisture; amounts will be generally under 1/2 inch, and many places will see totals under 1/4 inch. A little thunder is possible, but it will be mostly rain showers.

Wednesday will be much cooler with a high only around 70 degrees.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will be cool and dry; great weather for high school football and trick or treating. The high both days will be in the 67-70 degree range, with morning lows in the 40s.

OUR WEEKEND: Cool, dry weather continues as we begin the month of November. Expect a sun filled sky Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 60s, and lows well down in the 40s. Colder pockets should visit the 30s both mornings.

We stay dry early next week; the GFS hints at a decent rain event around Wednesday November 5. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend; the one exception is Wednesday when there will be a few cloudy periods with a risk of scattered showers. Highs will be mostly in the 70s, with lows in the 60s. Cooler nights are likely by the end of the week and the weekend with lows down in the 50s by then.

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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I will be doing a weather program this morning at Walker Elementary School in Tuscaloosa County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Sun Filled Alabama Sky

| 3:05 pm October 24, 2014

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FINE FALL DAY: Temperatures are little below average today; highs are generally between 68 and 71 degrees at mid afternoon (today’s average high is 72). We have a cobalt blue sky and low humidity.

OUR WEEKEND: Sunny days, fair nights, and a slow warming trend. We rise well into the 70s tomorrow, and a few spots could reach the low 80s Sunday afternoon as an upper ridge noses in from the west.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tonight; temperatures will fall from the mid 60s at kickoff into the low 50s by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina tomorrow evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville tomorrow (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays warm and dry Monday and Tuesday; we will mention the risk of a few widely scattered showers Wednesday and Thursday with a surface front approaching from the north, but there is little upper support, and moisture will be very limited. Rain amounts on these two days should be light and spotty. Cooler and drier air moves in on Halloween, Friday October 31. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: All is quiet and tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin over the weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through most of next week from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs generally in the 77-81 degree range, with lows in the 60s.

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 early Monday morning by 7:00. Enjoy the weekend!

Slow Weekend Warm-Up

| 6:01 am October 24, 2014

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DRY DAYS: Today will be the ninth consecutive day with no rain across the great state of Alabama, and the dry spell continues into the weekend with mostly sunny days and fair nights. We project a high in the low 70s today, mid to upper 70s tomorrow, and low 80s Sunday.

The average high for Birmingham today is 72; the average low is 48. Temperatures over the past few days have been below average, and over the weekend they will be above average.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tonight; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina tomorrow evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville tomorrow (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: We stay dry with warm afternoons (highs around 80) Monday and Tuesday. We will mention a small risk of a shower Wednesday and Thursday with a surface front just to the north, but the front has little upper support, and moisture will be very limited, so many places won’t see any rain. Slightly cooler air filters into the state at the end of the week, but the idea of a deep surge of colder air for now is off the table. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and complete details.

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TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Excellent weather through early next week from Panama City to Gulf Shores, with sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be in the 75-80 degree range, with lows mostly in the 60s. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has cooled to 68 degrees.

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!

Slow Warming Trend Ahead

| 2:24 pm October 23, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today: I am in Oneonta for live weather on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

A FEW HIGH CLOUDS: A layer of high, thin cirrus clouds is moving into North Alabama this afternoon; these clouds are thin, and up at 20,000-25,000 feet. I don’t think they will be too much of an issue for the partial solar eclipse that begins at 4:54 this afternoon… in fact those cirrus clouds should give the sky a very nice texture for the unique sunset with an partial eclipse in progress.

See this site from NASA on ways of safety viewing the eclipse.

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TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Sunny days, fair nights, and no rain with a slow warming trend. The high Sunday will be close to 80 degrees.

We stay dry Monday and Tuesday of next week, but a few scattered showers could show up Wednesday and Thursday ahead of a cold front. Doesn’t look like a major rain event, and a new surge of cool, dry air arrives at the end of the week on Friday (October 31). Some hints from the GFS model it could be the coolest air so far this season.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tomorrow night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s, and lows in the 50s and 60s. Low 80s are possible by the weekend.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet; tropical depression nine dissipated last night over the Yucatan Peninsula.

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 enjoyed seeing the residents at Victorian Manor assisted living in Hanceville today, and look forward to being in downtown Oneonta this evening. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Partial Solar Eclipse Late Today

| 6:54 am October 23, 2014

The sun will look like this in the western sky late this afternoon…

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Partial eclipses occur when the moon blocks part of the sun from view. This one begins around 5pm CT. Maximum eclipse comes at 5:57p CT as the sun is setting on the horizon. The sky should be clear.

Remember, never look at the sun with the naked eye… see this from NASA on ways of viewing this event…

Slow Warming Trend Ahead

| 6:05 am October 23, 2014

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COLD OCTOBER MORNING: Here are some temperatures across Alabama as the sun rises…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 31
Fort Payne 37
Valley Head 37
Coker 39
Chelsea 41
Gadsden 41
Anniston 41
Bessemer 43
Birmingham 44
Concord 46 (was down to 40 there earlier this morning)

Expect a bright sunny sky again today with a high in the upper 60s.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Sunny days, clear nights, and a slow warming trend. Expect a high in the low 70s tomorrow, mid 70s Saturday, and around 80 degrees Sunday afternoon.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tomorrow night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.\

NEXT WEEK: A cold front will approach Alabama at mid-week, and we will introduce the risk of a few showers Wednesday or Thursday, but for now it doesn’t look like a big rain event. And, at the end of the week (and the end of the month) on Friday, the 00Z GFS brings some really chilly air down into Alabama as a deep upper trough sets up over the eastern third of the nation. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

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TROPICS: Tropical Depression Nine fizzled out last night over the Yucatan Peninsula, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet this morning.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, clear nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs 75-80, lows mostly in the 50s and 60s.

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 will be speaking to a senior adult group this morning in Hanceville, and then I will be live from downtown Oneonta this evening on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00. I will post new forecast notes here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!