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James Spann

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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Wet At Times Today; Drier This Weekend

| 5:32 am July 23, 2015

RADAR CHECK: We have patchy light rain across Alabama as the day begins; the sky is mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 70s.

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The air will be rather unstable today, and we expect scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for much of the state… like yesterday the primary threat with the stronger storm will be microburst potential (local areas of strong winds, enough in come cases to knock down trees and power lines).

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Birmingham has recorded a high of 90 degrees or higher for the past 16 consecutive days; some places could hold in the 80s all day today due to clouds and showers.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge begins to rebuild, and the air becomes more stable. Still, scattered, mostly afternoon storms are possible tomorrow with a high from 91 to 94. Then, by Saturday and Sunday, we expect a good supply of summer sunshine both days with highs up in the mid 90s. Understand we always have the risk of a thunderstorm on a summer afternoon in Alabama, but they should be pretty widely spaced over the weekend.

NEXT WEEK: Pretty typical mid-summer weather is likely… partly sunny days, fair nights, and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the 90s, and lows in the 70s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Not much change; about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily along the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the weekend with the standard chance of a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain 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: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through Saturday.

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

Strong Storms Moving Across Alabama

| 3:24 pm July 22, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Scattered, strong thunderstorms are moving eastward across Alabama; the heavier storms are capable of producing a wet microburst (a small area of straight line winds high enough to knock down trees and power lines).

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The storm below is near Vance at 3:15 p.m… photo from @dontrellchillis

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SPC maintains a “marginal” risk of severe storms for much of Alabama through tonight, and tomorrow as well. The primary threat will come from strong straight line winds, but of course, all summer storms have gobs of lightning and heavy rain.

Temperatures today are mostly in the upper 80s and low 90s, but where storms have formed those communities are only in the 70s because of the rain cooled air.

TOMORROW: Interesting to note that both the NAM and GFS models keep Birmingham in the 80s all day; the sky will be cloudy at times, and again we project scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. While most of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a morning shower. Highs will be in the 88-91 degree range for most places.

FRIDAY: The upper ridge begins to rebuild; the sky will be partly sunny, and thunderstorms will be scattered, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. Chance of any one spot getting a storm Friday afternoon will be about one in three.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: With a stronger ridge, we expect a good supply of summer sunshine both Saturday and Sunday, with only widely scattered afternoon storms. Highs will rise up into the mid 90s.

And, pretty typical mid-summer weather is expected next week. Hot, humid, a few scattered afternoon storms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily through the weekend from Gulf Shores west to Panama City Beach, and of course, you will deal with an occasional passing storm. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are 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: The Atlantic basin remains quiet. Global models continue to hint at some develop off the U.S. South Atlantic coast by Sunday or Monday, but if that happens, it won’t have any impact on Alabama.

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Scattered To Numerous Showers/Storms

| 5:37 am July 22, 2015

UNSETTLED THROUGH FRIDAY: The heat ridge across the Deep South is weaker today, and accordingly the air aloft is colder, and the atmosphere more unstable. That should open the door for a higher coverage of scattered showers and storms each day, along with lower heat levels.

The best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but in this pattern we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. And, some of the storms could be strong; the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has much of North and Central Alabama under a “marginal” severe weather risk today and tonight.

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The main risk will come from strong, gusty winds, but all summer storms bring lots of lightning along with heavy rain.

Afternoon highs will be at or just over 90 in most places, although a few communities could hold in the 80s all day where showers form early.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The upper ridge begins to rebuild, so we expect rising heat levels, and fewer scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. Highs go back in the mid 90s with a pretty decent amount of sun both days.

Not much change into early next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily along the coast from Gulf Shores east to Panama City Beach, with a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will hold in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 86 degrees.

TROPICS: No tropical storm formation is expected in the Atlantic basin through the rest of the week, although we do note the GFS suggests a tropical system could form just off the South Atlantic coast of the U.S. over the weekend, or early next week. If this happens, it will move northeast, and will have no impact on Alabama or the Central Gulf Coast. See the video for more details on this.

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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.

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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.

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

Strong Storms Over North/Central Alabama

| 3:33 pm July 21, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Strong thunderstorms with frequent lighting, gusty winds, and heavy rain are moving eastward across North/Central Alabama this afternoon…

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Most of these will die down this evening, although we can’t rule out a storm late tonight thanks to a surface boundary north of the state.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Our weather will be rather unsettled on these three days as the upper ridge weakens, the air aloft becomes colder, and the atmosphere will be more unstable. While the sun will be out at times, we expect scattered to numerous showers and storms each day, with a high around 90 degrees. Some spots might have a day when they stay in the 80s.

While the best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t totally rule out a late night or morning thunderstorm in this pattern. SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for much of the state tomorrow; we might have a wet microburst or two (local areas of winds strong enough to knock down trees and power lines) with the heavier thunderstorms.

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THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge begins to rebuild, so the weather will be a bit hotter Saturday and Sunday with showers and storms becoming more widely scattered. Partly sunny both days with a high in the mid 90s. Best chance of a passing storm will come during the afternoon and evening hours.

And, typical summer weather will continue into early next 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 from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet; no tropical storm formation 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.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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.

Heat Levels Slowly Backing Down

| 6:18 am July 21, 2015

WARM SUMMER MORNING: Birmingham reports 80 degrees at daybreak with a dew point of 75… must be the middle of summer in Alabama. Birmingham’s official high yesterday was 98; Tuscaloosa peaked at 100 degrees… we project a high in the mid 90s today with a mix of sun and clouds. And, during the heat of the day, scattered storms will develop again this afternoon. Best chance of a passing storm will come from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Pretty classic late July weather.

REST OF THE WEEK: The heat ridge is weakening across the Deep South, this will open the door for scattered showers and thunderstorms to become more numerous tomorrow and Thursday. And, accordingly, heat levels will come down with the high close to 90 on both days; some communities would hold in the 80s. We also note that SPC has much of Central Alabama in a “marginal” severe weather risk both days, so storms that form could produce strong gusty winds, and maybe a wet microburst or two (local areas of high wind, enough to knock down trees and power lines).

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Scattered showers and storms remain likely Friday with a partly sunny sky, but they should begin to thin out a bit with a high back up in the low to mid 90s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The ridge rebuilds, so heat levels will rise, and the coverage of scattered showers and storms will decrease Saturday and Sunday. Highs in the mid 90s both days with hazy sunshine and widely scattered storms both afternoons.

Similar weather early next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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GULF COAST WEATHER: Looking good through the weekend along the coast from Gulf Shores east to Panama City Beach; about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily with the risk of a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. Sea water temperatures are 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: The classic El Nino pattern continues; very quiet in the Atlantic basin and tropical storm formation is not expected 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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I will be speaking at the Hoover Newcomers Club today at the Hoover Country Club… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

WeatherBrains 495: Smoking Bedbugs

| 6:17 am July 21, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 495 is now online (July 20, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a long time, renowned storm chaser, father of three brilliant children, husband to an amazing wife, erstwhile stand-up comedian, and contemporaneous Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. He worked at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, until December, 2011, until returning to the Plains with an appointment at the University of Colorado in January, 2012 where he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Jason Persoff, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’s Guest Panelist, Troy Kimmel , started doing tv weather back in 1978 in Bryan/College Station before moving to Austin when he graduated from Texas A&M. He was the Chief at KTBC and KEYE. He was the Chief at a group of radio stations in Austin. He has been teaching at the University of Texas since 1988 where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Issues related to storm chasing
  • 2011 Joplin tornado aftermath
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • Hot weather nationwide
  • and more!

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From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Professor Peters is taking a few weeks off but will return soon!

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Web Sites from Episode 495:

Jason Persoff Website

Troy Kimmel Website

Full Troy Kimmel biography

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James Spann – Important Message from Children’s Hospital

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Waterspouts over Chesapeake Bay

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The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, 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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