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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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Warm, Humid Weather For Alabama

| 6:17 am May 17, 2016

RADAR CHECK: We do have some rain on radar as the day begins… a few moderate showers are over East Alabama in the broad zone from Anniston to Opelika.

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This will probably be the most rain we see on radar all day; a few showers are possible this afternoon, but they should be widely separated. Otherwise, today will be warm and humid with a mix of sun and clouds… the high this afternoon will be in the 81-84 degree range for most places.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Not much change. Warm, muggy weather conditions continue. Some sun both days, and just the risk of isolated showers or storms, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs mostly in the low 80s.

FRIDAY: A wave of low pressure will approach from the west, and showers and thunderstorms become widespread across the state by afternoon, continuing Friday night. This looks like a good rain event with high PWAT (precipitable water) values; totals of 1 to 2 inches look likely statewide. On the positive side, the risk of severe weather looks fairly low. A decent chance we won’t get out of the 70s Friday due to clouds and showers.

THE WEEKEND: The wave moves east of Alabama Saturday. We will forecast a clearing sky with just the chance of a lingering shower in spots. Then, Sunday looks delightful, with ample sunshine and a high between 77 and 80 along with lower humidity.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather will continue through Monday and Tuesday with highs in the 80s… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Today will be mostly cloudy with a good chance of showers and storms on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores; then about 4 to 6 hours of sunshine tomorrow and Thursday with scattered storms. Then, after relatively wet day Friday, the weekend will trend drier with increasing amounts of sunshine and fewer showers. Highs will be around 80 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club Wednesday through the weekend… A shower is possible tomorrow and Thursday, but most of those two days should be dry. The best chance of showers and storms will come on Friday, but I still expect them to get some golf in, especially during the morning. Then, the weather trends drier for the weekend; only a small risk of a shower Saturday, followed by a sunny sky Sunday. Highs will generally be in the low 80s, although upper 70s are expected Friday due to clouds and showers. Get more information about the tournament here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Coming up at the Hoover Met May 24-29… too early for a specific forecast, but in late May in Alabama average highs are in the 80s, and many days are pretty humid like summer. 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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I will be speaking at Golden Springs Baptist Church in Calhoun County today… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

WeatherBrains 539: Abandoned Ship

| 6:06 am May 17, 2016

WeatherBrains Episode 539 is now online (May 16, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s  Guest WeatherBrain is the Meteorologist in Charge at the NWS Mobile, Alabama.  Jeff Medlin, welcome to WeatherBrians. 

Jeffrey Medlin currently serves as the Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS Mobile-Pensacola. Between 1994 and 2014, he served as the Science and Operations Officer in Mobile, AL. He has worked for the following NWS Offices since 1987: Norman, OK, Charleston, WV, Cincinnati, OH and Columbia, SC. Internal to the NWS, he has devoted a great deal of his time to Intern and Forecaster Development, objective mesoanalysis, satellite and radar interpretation, thunderstorm structure, the forecast process and local modeling. He has served on numerous national and regional teams. Externally, he served as Editor in Training, Assistant Editor and Editor of the NWA E-Journal from 2007-10 and also on several regional mesonet committees since 2002. He is the author of numerous refereed publications which span a variety of mesoscale topics and has run a mesoscale model in real-time since the mid 1990s. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from NC State University in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 2001. Outside of work, Jeffrey enjoys flounder fishing, weight lifting, walking and landscaping.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Looking back at Hurricane Frederic of 1979
  • The 2016 Pensacola tornado
  • The dangers of coastal rip currents
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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Only Isolated Showers Through Wednesday

| 2:54 pm May 16, 2016

THIS AFTERNOON: The sky is generally cloudy across Alabama this afternoon, but the low levels are still rather dry, and nothing is showing up on radar as of 2:45 p.m.

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Temperatures are generally in the mid to upper 70s, still below average for mid-May in Alabama (Birmingham’s average high May 16 is 81).

TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: Afternoon temperatures will be warmer both days with highs up in the low 80s, maybe mid 80s in spots. Expect a mix of sun and clouds, and any showers or storms should be very widely spaced. The chance of any one spot getting wet tomorrow and Wednesday is in the 10-20 percent range.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Not much change Thursday; maybe a little increase in the coverage of showers with the approach of a front, but the highest rain coverage this week will come Friday and Friday night as a wave of low pressure tracks along the front draped over Alabama. No severe weather is expected, and rain amounts should be around one inch for most places.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The wave moves east of Alabama, so the best chance of rain will shift eastward as well, but clouds will most likely stick around Saturday, and few lingering showers are possible (but nothing heavy or widespread). Then, Sunday promises to be a beautiful day with ample sunshine along with a high in the low 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Warm, dry weather continues into the first part of the week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: We are forecasting about 4 to 6 hours of sunshine daily on the Gulf Coast through Saturday (from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach) with the daily risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Then, Sunday looks totally dry with sunshine in full supply. Highs will be close to 80 degrees on the immediate coast, with low to mid 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club Wednesday through the weekend… A shower is possible Wednesday and Thursday, but most of those two days should be dry. The best chance of showers and storms will come on Friday, but I still expect them to get some golf in. Then, the weather trends drier for the weekend; only a few lingering showers Saturday, followed by a sunny sky Sunday. Highs will generally be in the low 80s, although upper 70s are expected Friday due to clouds and showers. Get more information about the tournament here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Coming up at the Hoover Met May 24-29… too early for a forecast, but in late May in Alabama average highs are in the 80s, and many days are pretty humid like summer. 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 enjoyed seeing the 3rd and 4th graders today at Walker Elementary 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…

Warmer This Week; Moisture Levels Rise

| 6:03 am May 16, 2016

ANOTHER REFRESHING MORNING: Another cool May morning; both Fort Payne and Valley Head (in DeKalb County) are reporting 43 degrees just before sunrise. We will forecast a high in the upper 70s this afternoon, about ten degrees warmer than yesterday, but still below average for mid-May in Alabama.

The sky will be party sunny, and moisture levels will slowly rise during the day. We will mention the risk of a few light showers or sprinkles this afternoon and early tonight, mainly over the northwest counties of the state. Rain amounts, if any, will be light and spotty.

TOMORROW: We rise into the mid 80s as the cool air evacuates the Deep South. Expect a mix of sun and clouds, and it looks like a generally dry day with only isolated showers or storms.

REST OF THE WEEK: This is a fairly complex pattern, and timing out the round of showers will be pretty difficult, so be sure and check the blog for updates if you are planning something outdoors.

We will mention some risk of showers Wednesday, and possibly a thunderstorm, with the approach of a surface front. Best chance of rain should come late in the day, and possibly into Wednesday night.

Then, drier air creeps into North Alabama Thursday with only a small risk of a shower; highest risk of rain shifts down into the southern counties of the state. The high Wednesday and Thursday will be in the low 80s for most places.

FRIDAY: This looks like the day with the highest coverage of rain. Showers and storms are likely as a wave of low pressure forms on the surface front. Still, it won’t rain all day, and we don’t expect any severe weather issues. Temperatures could hold in the 70s all day due to clouds and showers.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather trends drier as the wave moves east of our state. We will mention just the risk of a lingering shower in spots Saturday; most of the day should be dry with intervals of sunshine and a high around 80. Then, for now, Sunday looks dry with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the low 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Warm, dry weather continues into the first part of next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: On an average basis, we expect about 4 to 6 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through Friday, and each day there will be a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the low 80s on the immediate coast, with mid 80s inland.

For the Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores this weekend, a passing shower or storm is possible Friday and Saturday (but no wash-out)… Sunday looks dry with a sunny sky. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club Wednesday through the weekend… A shower is possible Wednesday and Thursday, but most of those two days should be dry. The best chance of showers and storms will come on Friday, but I still expect them to get some golf in. Then, the weather trends drier for the weekend; only a small risk of a shower Saturday, followed by a sunny sky Sunday. Highs will generally be in the low 80s, although upper 70s are expected Friday due to clouds and showers. Get more information about the tournament here.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Coming up at the Hoover Met May 24-29… too early for a forecast, but in late May in Alabama average highs are in the 80s, and many days are pretty humid like summer. 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 have a weather program this morning at Walker Elementary in Tuscaloosa County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Weekend Cooling Trend Ahead

| 2:57 pm May 13, 2016

**No Weather Xtreme video this afternoon… I am live at the Buck Creek Festival in Helena on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6**

DRY THROUGH MONDAY: We project a sunny day tomorrow as the weekend begins; the humidity will be low, and the high will be in the upper 70s. Sunday will be even cooler with a high close to 70 with a mix of sun and clouds. Some communities over the northern third of the state won’t get out of the 60s.

And, we should mention we are expecting upper 40s at daybreak Sunday; that isn’t too far away from the record low for May 15 (for Birmingham)… 43 set in 1917.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday look dry and warmer with a high back in the low 80s. An approaching front will bring a chance of showers and storms Wednesday. The GFS continues the idea of drier air Thursday, but another round of showers/storms Friday as the front lifts northward as a warm front. For now we don’t see any significant risk of severe weather.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City through Tuesday. Highs around 80 on the immediate coast, with mid 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club May 18-22… the latest model data suggests there will some risk of showers and storms on Wednesday, and then again Friday (May 18 and May 20)… then drier conditions for the weekend (May 21-22). Highs in the 80s. Get more information about the tournament 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 had a great time today visiting with the kindergarten students at Helena Elementary… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. Monday; Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Dry Through The Weekend; Cooler

| 6:16 am May 13, 2016

DEWPOINTS DROPPING: Drier air works into Alabama today with lower humidity levels and a good supply of sunshine. We project a high today between 77 and 80 degrees for most places.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with a cooling trend; the high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 80s, and guidance continues to trend cooler for Sunday. The GFS and the NAM models are now suggesting the high will be only in the upper 60s Sunday afternoon, almost 15 degrees below average for mid May in Alabama. And, many communities will reach the upper 40s early Sunday morning.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry and warmer with a high close to 80; the latter half of the week looks rather unsettled with some risk of showers and storms on a daily basis Wednesday through Friday. We might get away with no rain on one of those days; model consistency is not good. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Just a slight risk of a shower today on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights though early next week. Highs around 80 on the immediate coast, with mid 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club May 18-22. Very hard to pinpoint the days with the highest risk of showers this far in advance, but for now it looks like we will have some risk of showers Wednesday through Friday (May 18-20), followed by a drier setup for the weekend (May 21-22). Highs will be in the 80s. Get more information about the tournament 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 have a weather program today at Helena Elementary in Shelby County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Storms This Evening; Drier Air Arrives Tomorrow

| 3:28 pm May 12, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers and strong thunderstorms continue across North/Central Alabama this afternoon…

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Heavier storms have produced small hail, but they have been well under severe limits so far. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe weather for North Alabama this evening…

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With weak dynamic support and marginal instability values/lapse rates, severe weather shouldn’t be much of an issue, but we could see a few more reports of small hail and gusty winds. Showers and storms will end from northwest to southeast tonight as a cold front passes through and dry air moves in.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. The high tomorrow will be close to 80, followed up upper 70s Saturday and mid 70s Sunday. The latest GFS suggests we could see lows in the upper 40s as far south as Birmingham early Sunday. Humidity values will be low all weekend.

NEXT WEEK: Monday looks warmer and dry; seems like the best chance of showers and storms will come on Wednesday and Thursday with a weak front just north of our state. Severe weather potential remains low… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: A few scattered showers and storms are possible tomorrow from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through early next week. Highs around 80 on the immediate coast, with mid 80s inland. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 79 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club May 18-22… looks like a risk of showers and storms Wednesday and Thursday (May 18-19), followed by drier weather Friday and over the weekend (May 20-22). Highs will be in the 80s. Get more information about the tournament 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…

A Few Storms Later Today/Tonight

| 5:28 am May 12, 2016

RADAR CHECK: We have a few small, light showers across Central Alabama as this day begins…

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Scattered showers and storms will likely develop during the midday and afternoon hours, otherwise expect a mix of sun and clouds today with a high in the mid 80s. A more organized band of showers and thunderstorms is likely tonight over North Alabama ahead of a cold front. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms for about the northern quarter of Alabama…

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The primary dynamic support will pass pretty far to the north of Alabama, so a major severe weather problem isn’t expected, but a few of the stronger storms could produce some hail, and strong gusty winds over the northern counties of the state this evening. Main window for the stronger storms will come from about 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. Rain amounts should average around 1/2 inch for most communities.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Cooler, drier air arrives late tonight, setting the stage for some really nice weather on these three days. Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. The high tomorrow will be around 80, then most places will see a high in the 70s Saturday and Sunday. Morning lows will drop into the 50s; some of the cooler spots could see 40s early Sunday morning.

NEXT WEEK: The latest GFS run hints the best chance of showers and storms should be in the Wednesday-Thursday time frame; highs will be in the 80s. Overall risk of severe weather continues to look low; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: A few scattered storms are possible tomorrow, otherwise expect mostly sunny days and fair nights from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through early next week. Highs will be around 80 on the immediate coast, with mid 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club May 18-22… early data suggests the highest risk of showers will come Wednesday and Thursday (May 18-19), followed by mostly dry weather Friday through the weekend (May 20-22). Get more information about the tournament 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!

A Few Storms Tomorrow Night

| 3:29 pm May 11, 2016

WARM MAY DAY: Temperatures are generally in the mid 80s across the great state of Alabama this afternoon, and as expected, there is very little on radar. We note one tiny shower over Chilton County as I write this at 3:15 p.m.

TOMORROW: Not much change; warm, humid weather continues with a high in the mid 80s. A few showers or storms could form by afternoon, but they will be widely spaced. But, tomorrow night, an organized band of showers and storms should move into North Alabama ahead of a surface front. SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather defined for the northwest corner of the state, with a “marginal risk” for the rest of North Alabama, north of I-20…

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The main window for stronger storms over North Alabama will come from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight, and the main threat will come from hail and gusty straight line winds. Storms will weaken as they move south, and many locations south of I-20 won’t even see enough rain to measure late tomorrow night.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Dry air takes over. These three days will be rain-free, with sunny days and clear nights. The high Friday will be close to 80 degrees, followed by upper 70s Saturday and Sunday. Morning lows will be in the 50s, and some of the traditionally colder spots could reach the 40s early Sunday morning.

NEXT WEEK: Global models continue to suggest the most organized rain events will remain north and west of our state; we could see a few showers or storms along the way, but at the moment it looks like a decent part of the week will be warm and dry. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: The weather still looks mostly dry through early next week on the Central Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, although a few scattered showers and storms are possible Friday. Highs will be near 80 on the immediate coast, with mid 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club May 18-22… Expect highs in the 80s; maybe a few scattered showers on tournament days, but for now it looks like nothing too heavy or widespread. Get more information about the tournament 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 had a great time today visiting with the 4th graders at Kitty Stone Elementary in Jacksonville… 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, Mostly Dry Again Today

| 6:12 am May 11, 2016

FEELING LIKE SUMMER: The air has a humid feel to it this morning; the dew point at Birmingham is 65 as the day begins with a temperature of 70 degrees. We rise into the mid 80s today with a mix of sun and clouds; a shower is possible, but not likely as most communities will remain dry.

TOMORROW: Not much change during the day. A shower is possible, but not especially likely, and we rise well into the 80s. A cold front will approach tomorrow night with a better chance of a showers or storms; SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms for about the northern quarter of the state…

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A few storms tomorrow night could produce small hail and gusty winds, but the overall threat looks pretty low with the main upper support to the north and marginal wind fields. And, it sure looks like the showers and storms will fizzle out as they move southward, and many places in North/Central Alabama won’t see much rain at all.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A few showers and strong storms are possible Friday over Southeast Alabama, otherwise delightful weather for the northern and central counties of the state as dry air settles in. Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. The high Friday will be close to 80, followed by upper 70s over the weekend. Morning lows will be in the 50s, and the humidity levels will be pretty low.

NEXT WEEK: Moisture levels will rise, but the GFS keeps the main chance of showers and storms a little north of here through the first half of the week. Forecast confidence is not especially high… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I should mention those maximum temperatures on the GEFS ensemble seem a little too high; highs will be mostly in the 80s over the next 15 days, with upper 70s this weekend.

AT THE BEACH: Warm and dry again today with a good supply of sunshine, but a few scattered showers and storms are possible tomorrow from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Then, expect mostly sunny days and clear nights over the weekend and early next week. Highs will be around 80 on the immediate coast, with mid 80s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 75 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will be held this year at the Greystone Golf and Country Club May 18-22… a very preliminary look suggests there will be some risk of showers Wednesday through Friday (May 18-20), followed by a mostly dry weekend (May 21-22). Highs will be in the 80s. Get more information about the tournament 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 have a weather program this morning at Kitty Stone Elementary School in Jacksonville… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!