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Weather Changes This Weekend

| 2:19 pm September 25, 2014

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DRY WEATHER CONTINUES: Very nice conditions across Alabama today with sunshine through high clouds and temperatures mostly in the low 80s. Humidity values low, and it feels very comfortable. The weather won’t change much tomorrow; partly to mostly sunny with a high between 81 and 84 degrees for most communities.

OUR WEEKEND: Some big changes, but the daytime hours Saturday look generally dry with a mix of sun and clouds. I do think we need to mention the chance of a shower late Saturday afternoon, however, with showers and storms becoming more likely Saturday night as we get some upper support moving in from the west.

Sunday looks like a very wet day for the state. A plume of very high precipitable water values is aimed at Alabama and Georgia…

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We will highlight rain and storms Sunday with potential for heavy rain at times; rain amounts of one to two inches look likely. A strong storm can’t be ruled out, but the chance of organized severe weather at this point looks low. We won’t get out of the 70s because of clouds and rain.

NEXT WEEK: The 12Z GFS keeps rain going over the state at least part of the day Monday, but drier air moves in for Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be warm during the mid-week period with highs in the mid 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tonight and tomorrow night; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter. We will need to mention a slight risk of a shower during the second half of the game.

UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. Small risk of a shower by the fourth quarter.

TROPICS: NHC continues to identify a weak disturbance over the Central Atlantic, about halfway between the Lesser Antilles and the coast of Africa, but conditions don’t favor any development.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Lots of sunshine on the coast today and tomorrow, but scattered showers are possible Saturday, followed by a relatively wet day Sunday with occasional showers and storms. Highs will hold in the 80s; sea water temperatures are near 80 degrees.

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I enjoyed seeing all the kids this morning at Ashland Elementary School in Clay County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Rain Returns To Alabama Sunday

| 6:04 am September 25, 2014

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ANOTHER FINE FALL MORNING: Many North/Central Alabama communities are in the 50s again this morning with a clear sky and light wind. Dry, continental air continues to cover our state, and today and tomorrow will be dry with mostly sunny warm afternoons.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday looks generally dry and warm with a high in the mid 80s. We do note the NAM model tries to squeeze out a shower or two late in the day, but for now we won’t mention any significant risk of rain. But, on Sunday our weather turns wet with occasional showers and thunderstorms likely thanks to a short wave approaching from the west, and deeper moisture moving up from the south. Looks like we can expect rain amounts of around one inch, with potential for heavier amounts in a few spots. Severe storms are not expected Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The main support moves east of Alabama Monday, so while there could be a few lingering showers, the bigger rains will be over Georgia and the Carolinas. We trend toward dry weather Tuesday, although the 00Z GFS still hints at clouds over North Alabama, and maybe even a lingering shower near the Georgia border. Wednesday and Thursday look dry, with potential for another rain event at the end of the week on Friday (October 3). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tonight and tomorrow night; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle.

TROPICS: NHC identifies a weak disturbance over the Central Atlantic, about halfway between the Lesser Antilles and the coast of Africa, but conditions don’t favor any development.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Lots of sunshine on the coast today and tomorrow, but scattered showers are possible Saturday, followed by a relatively wet day Sunday with occasional showers and storms. Highs will hold in the 80s; the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 78 degrees.

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

Warm Afternoons, Pleasant Nights

| 1:29 pm September 24, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am traveling to Atlanta where I will be recording two episodes of “Weather Geeks” that will air on the Weather Channel later this month and in early October**

SUNNY DAY: Nothing but severe clear across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are headed toward the low 80s and the humidity levels will remain low. We don’t expect much change through Friday; mostly sunny warm days and fair pleasant nights with a slow warming trend. We should reach the mid 80s by Friday afternoon.

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THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday still looks warm and dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the mid 80s. But, the 12Z GFS looks pretty wet for Sunday with a nice short wave moving in from the west, and moist air moving up from the south. We will forecast occasional showers and storms Sunday with a mostly cloudy sky and a high in the mid to upper 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Energy moves east of Alabama Monday, and while a few lingering showers are possible over the eastern counties, a decent part of the day should be dry. Then, dry weather is likely for mid-week Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the low 80s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tomorrow and Friday nights; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. No threat of rain.

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

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Then, a shower is possible in a few spots Saturday, with showers and storms becoming more likely on the coast Sunday. Highs will be in the 80s with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

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I enjoyed seeing the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders today at Blountsville Elementary… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM tomorrow at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News. And, the next Weather Xtreme video will be here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Slow Warming Trend Through Friday

| 5:54 am September 24, 2014

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ANOTHER NICE MORNING: Most North/Central Alabama communities are in the 50s early this morning with a clear sky and light wind. Expect a good supply of sunshine today with a high around 80 degrees as the fie early fall weather continues.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Dry with a slow warming trend; we will be in the mid 80s by Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday is still looking warm and dry with a high in the mid 80s and a partly sunny sky, but a short wave and increasing moisture levels will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms back to the state Sunday. Some places won’t make it out of the 70s Sunday due to clouds and occasional showers.

NEXT WEEK: The 00Z GFS hints the best chance of rain will shift east of Alabama Monday, followed by dry and warm weather Tuesday through Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tomorrow and Friday nights; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. No threat of rain.

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

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GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Friday. A few scattered showers will show up this weekend, but there will still be a decent amount of sunshine. Highs will remain in the 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

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 doing a weather program this morning at Blountsville Elementary School in Blount County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

Another Cool Night Ahead

| 3:45 pm September 23, 2014

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VERY NICE: What a great afternoon across Alabama. Full sunshine, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. Most locations are around 80 degrees…

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It will be cool again tonight; most places will enjoy a low between 52 and 56 degrees early tomorrow morning. Just right for early fall.

REST OF THE WEEK: The air stays dry, so we expect mostly sunny days, fair nights, and just a slow day to day warming trend through Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a partly sunny and warm day with a high in the mid 80s, then we will mention the risk of a shower or storm in scattered spots Sunday afternoon as moist air returns to the state. The showers Sunday won’t be widespread, and global models hint the best coverage will be west of our state.

Scattered showers and storms remain possible early next week on Monday and Tuesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games Thursday and Friday nights; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. No threat of rain.

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

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Friday. A few scattered showers will show up this weekend, but there will still be a decent amount of sunshine. Highs will remain in the 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

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 had a great time today visiting with a group of students from Southview Middle School in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Fine Early Fall Weather

| 6:07 am September 23, 2014

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COOLEST SO FAR: Today is the first, full “official” day of fall, and it sure feels like it this morning. Temperatures just before daybreak…

Millport (Lamar County) 42
Cullman 46
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 47
Cottondale 48
Russellville 48
Concord 51
Haleyville 51
Tuscaloosa 54
Huffman 55
Anniston 55

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DRY DAYS: This cool, dry, continental air means rain-free weather for Alabama through Friday, with sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights. Just a slow day to day warming trend. Makes for a very easy forecast.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be warm and dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the mid 80s. Moisture levels rise Sunday, and a few scattered showers could break out Sunday afternoon. Nothing widespread, but a few neighborhoods could see a decent shower, or maybe even a thunderstorm.

NEXT WEEK: We will maintain the chance of scattered showers and storms Monday, but the weather looks relatively rain-free for the middle part of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days and fair nights from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Friday with highs in the 80s; a small risk of a shower Saturday, then a few widely scattered showers or storms are possible Sunday. Still a decent amount of sun for the weekend. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

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 doing a weather program this morning at Southview Middle School in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Cool Night Ahead As Fall Arrives

| 3:20 pm September 22, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms are confined to the far southeast part of Alabama this afternoon as cooler and drier air takes over the northern half of the state. Temperatures are only in the 70s north of Birmingham with a cobalt blue sky and low humidity.

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Tonight will be the coolest night so far this fall season; most communities around here will wind up in the low to mid 50s, but cooler pockets across North Alabama should reach the upper 40s with a clear sky and light wind. Perfect night for the equinox; fall arrives at 9:29p CT.

REST OF THE WEEK: Basically some very fine early fall weather. Sunny warm days, clear cool nights. Highs in the low 80s, lows mostly in the 50s and low 60s. No risk of rain with a very dry airmass in place.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We expect a sunny sky Saturday to kick off the weekend with a high in the low to mid 80s. Moisture returns Sunday, however, and we will mention the chance of an afternoon shower Sunday with a high around 80 with a mix of sun and clouds.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more likely Monday… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Saturday from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Highs will be in the mid 80s, and sea water temperatures are also in the mid 80s. A very nice series of days on the coast.

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.

I enjoyed seeing the second graders at Westminster School at Oak Mountain earlier today… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Fall Officially Arrives Tonight

| 6:28 am September 22, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: A broken band of showers was over Central Alabama at daybreak ahead of a cold front.

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These showers will continue to drop southward, and a cool, dry airmass will follow. Today will be beautiful for North and Central Alabama, with ample sunshine, lower humidity, a nice north breeze, and cooler temperatures. The high will be around 80 degrees for the I-20 corridor, with highs in the 70s to the north.

Perfect timing since the autumnal equinox is tonight at 9:29 p.m. CT… the “official” arrival of fall in terms of astronomy. Meteorological fall started September 1.

THE DAYS AHEAD: The coolest morning will come early tomorrow, with most communities seeing a low between 51 and 56 degrees. But, cooler valleys across North Alabama will reach the 40s for the first time this season. Look for sunny days, fair nights through Friday with only a very slow warming trend. A very pleasant week for Alabama.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday will stay dry, with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the mid 80s. But, moisture returns Sunday, and a few scattered showers or thunderstorms could break out by afternoon. Sunday’s high will be in the low to mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: A few scattered showers are possible Monday, but with no real dynamic forcing it doesn’t look like a big rain event. Keep in mind late September and October is usually the driest period of the year for our state. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Remarkably quiet for mid-September across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible along the coast today from Panama City to Gulf Shores, but look for sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through Saturday with highs in the 80s. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 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. 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 have a weather program this morning at Westminster School at Oak Mountain… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!