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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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Showers/Storms Increase Over The Weekend

| September 16, 2016 @ 3:23 pm

RADAR CHECK: All is quiet across Alabama this afternoon; not a drop of rain showing up over the northern half of the state with temperatures in the low to mid 90s. A few showers and storms are over Southwest Alabama; in fact earlier today parts of Mobile and Baldwin Counties were under a flash flood warning.

THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge across the Deep South will weaken a bit, and a surface front will approach. This means a slow increase in the number of scattered showers and thunderstorms. We can’t promise rain for everybody, but most communities stand a good chance of seeing at least one or two decent downpours. Highest coverage of showers tomorrow will be over the western half of the state, and all of Alabama will have scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms Sunday. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and highs over the weekend will be back in the 80s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Mostly fair weather for the high school games across North/Central Alabama tonight with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M tomorrow evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… a shower or storm is possible during the game, but not especially likely. Temperatures will fall from near 85 degrees at kickoff into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be partly sunny, and a passing shower or storm is very possible during the game. Temperatures will hover in the mid to upper 80s, and humidity levels will be high.

NEXT WEEK: Dry air returns Monday, and we expect mostly sunny days and fair nights Monday through Wednesday with highs around 90. A few widely scattered showers are possible later in the week by Thursday and Friday… 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 tomorrow and Sunday on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach with a few scattered storms around. Highs upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Julia will loop around in the Atlantic off the South Carolina coast this weekend, is it being sheared and should dissipate early next week. Most of the rain associated with this will remain well offshore.

Tropical Storm Karl in the eastern Atlantic is fighting dry air and shear; if it survives it could become a hurricane by the middle of next week, but it is expected to recurve well before reaching the U.S. mainland.

Former Tropical Storm Ian is now “post tropical” in the North Atlantic.

A new wave is coming off the coast of Africa; some chance of slow development in coming days as it moves west/northwest.

And, a wave in the far western Gulf of Mexico is moving onto the upper Texas coast this evening.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kindergarten students at DeArmanville Elementary in Oxford… 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 bright and early Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Showers/Storms Increase Sunday

| September 16, 2016 @ 6:20 am

HOT FOR SEPTEMBER: Yesterday’s official high in Birmingham was 98 degrees… 13 degrees above average for September 15, and within 4 degrees of the record high of 102, set in 1927. The upper ridge holds today, and we will be in the 90s again; today’s high should be in the 92-95 degree range. The sky will be partly sunny, and like yesterday a few widely scattered showers or storms could form during the peak of the heat.

THE WEEKEND: The ridge will weaken slightly, but showers and storms tomorrow afternoon should remain widely scattered across Alabama with a high between 88 and 91 degrees. Chance of any one spot getting wet tomorrow afternoon is one in four, and the sky will be partly sunny.

It sure seems like Sunday will offer the best chance of getting rain for most places as a surface front approaches from the north. The sky will be occasionally cloudy with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. We can’t promise rain for everybody, but this will be the best chance out of the next seven days. We won’t get out of the 80s because of clouds and showers.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Mostly fair weather for the high school games across Alabama tonight with only a small risk of a shower around kickoff. Temperatures will fall through the 80s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… we can’t totally rule out a shower or storm during the first half, otherwise the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling from near 86 degrees at kickoff into the upper 70s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be partly sunny, and a passing shower or storm is very possible during the game. Temperatures will hover in the mid to upper 80s, and humidity levels will be high.

NEXT WEEK: Drier air moves into the state Monday, and the weather looks generally dry through Wednesday with mostly sunny days, fair nights, and highs close to 90 degrees. The chance of widely scattered showers or storms will return later in the week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

LONG RANGE: Still seeing signs of a pattern change late in the month that will finally bring down some cooler air into the Deep South.

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TROPICS: We have three ongoing tropical storms in the Atlantic basin…

JULIA: This is a weak tropical storm off the coast of South Carolina; it will be milling around in pretty much the same spot for several days, and should begin to dissipate next week. It will remain far enough offshore to prevent any serious impact on the South Atlantic coast other than rough surf.

IAN: This is a high latitude system in the Atlantic that will become post-tropical over the next 24 hours. No threat to land.

KARL: This is the newest system on the board in the eastern Atlantic; it will move to the west/northwest over the next five days, and is expected to become a hurricane early next week. But, long range model guidance suggests this will recurve, and won’t be a threat to the U.S.

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A new wave is coming off the coast of Africa, with potential for development in coming days, and a weak disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico will move into Texas tonight.

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

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I will be doing a weather program this morning at DeArmanville School in Calhoun County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

A Few Showers/Storms Over North Alabama

| September 15, 2016 @ 3:38 pm

**No afternoon edition of the Weather Xtreme video today due to travel; I am back on the regular production schedule tomorrow (I am back in Alabama)**

RADAR CHECK: On this hot September afternoon we have a few showers and storms that have popped up… they are moving little and will dissipate once the sun goes down later this evening.

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Away from the showers, temperatures are well up in the 90s; Birmingham reports 97 degrees at 3:00. That is 12 degrees above average for September 15, and within five degrees of the record high today, 102 set way back in 1927.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Not much change; the upper ridge will stay in place, but we will mention the chance of widely scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms, perhaps a little more numerous on Sunday. Partly sunny days, highs generally in the low 90s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Mostly fair weather for the high school games across Alabama Friday night with only a very small risk of a shower around kickoff. Temperatures will fall through the 80s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… looks like a great night for football; the sky will be mostly fair with only a small risk of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall from near 86 degrees at kickoff, to near 80 by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be partly sunny, and a passing shower or storm is possible during the game. Temperatures will hover in the 87 to 90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Prospects for widespread rain just don’t look good; the ridge holds, and the air will be fairly dry, so nothing more that widely scattered afternoon showers will be in the forecast. And, no cool air yet as highs will remain between 88 and 93 on most days. We do see evidence of the upper ridge breaking down later in the month, which is when we usually get the first good Canadian front of the season.

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through early next week with only widely scattered storms. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Julia will meander off the coast of South Carolina over the next five days as the steering currents are pretty much non existent.

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Tropical Depression 12 in the eastern Atlantic could become Tropical Storm Karl in 3 to 5 days… it is moving westward and it remains to be seen if this will impact the U.S. mainland.

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A disturbance over the western Gulf of Mexico will move into the Texas coast tomorrow; development is not likely.

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Another Hot September Afternoon Ahead

| September 15, 2016 @ 5:44 am

DRY WITH A HOT AFTERNOON: With a tropical system to the east pulling down drier air, looks like most of Alabama will be rain-free today with ample sunshine. Temperatures will soar into the mid 90s this afternoon; both the GFS and the NAM models are printing a high of 95 degrees for Birmingham. If that verifies, it will be 10 degrees above the average high of 85, but nowhere close to the record high of 102 degrees, set on September 15, 2015. Yes, it can be very hot well into September in Alabama.

Not much change tomorrow, although we will mention the risk of a few isolated afternoon and evening showers. Chance of any one spot getting wet is only about 10 percent, and the high will be in the 91-94 degree range with a partly to mostly sunny sky.

THE WEEKEND: A weak surface front will be a little north of Alabama, and we will mention “widely scattered, mostly afternoon and evening thunderstorms” both days, but widespread rain is not expected. Days will be partly sunny, and highs will be pretty close to 90 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Mostly fair weather for the high school games across Alabama Friday night with only a very small risk of a shower around kickoff. Temperatures will fall through the 80s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… looks like a great night for football; the sky will be mostly fair with only a small risk of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall from near 86 degrees at kickoff, to near 80 by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be partly sunny, and a passing shower or storm is possible during the game. Temperatures will hover in the 87 to 90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: The overall pattern won’t change much. An upper ridge in place, a relatively dry airmass. Mostly sunny days, fair nights, any afternoon showers widely spaced, and afternoon temperatures above average with highs close to 90. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Julia is now a tropical depression off the coast of South Carolina. Steering currents have collapsed, and this thing will pretty much just hang around for the next five days. Heaviest rain should remain just offshore. No impact on Alabama.

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Tropical Storm Ian remains in the middle of the Atlantic, far from land, and will become post-tropical tomorrow as it gains latitude.

And, Tropical Depression 12 is in the eastern Atlantic; it has a chance of becoming Tropical Storm Karl in 3 to 5 days as it moves westward. The GFS ensemble mean suggests it will be north of Puerto Rico early next week, it remains to be seen if this will be a threat in the longer term to the U.S. Just something to watch for now.

And, a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico is not expected to develop as it moves toward the Texas Coast.

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

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

No Widespread Rain Here Anytime Soon

| September 14, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am speaking at a weather function in Minnesota… I return home tomorrow**

RADAR CHECK: Showers have been almost impossible to find across Alabama this afternoon, and unfortunately with Tropical Storm Julia to the east, we are on the “dry side” of the storm, and prospects for a good rain look small through the weekend. Expect partly to mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday with only isolated afternoon and evening showers. Chance of any one spot getting wet each day is only about one in ten. And, we will to bump afternoon highs up into the 91-94 degree range.

THE WEEKEND: Initially we expected an increase in the number of scattered showers and storms Saturday and Sunday, but the latest model data continues to come in drier. We will still hang on to some risk of widely scattered afternoon/evening showers, but it sure looks like most of the weekend will be dry with highs pretty close to 90 degrees. The sky will stay partly to mostly sunny.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Mostly fair weather for the high school games across Alabama Friday night with only a very small risk of a shower around kickoff. Temperatures will fall through the 80s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… looks like a great night for football; the sky will be mostly fair with only a slight risk of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall from near 86 degrees at kickoff, to near 80 by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be partly sunny, and a passing shower or storm is possible during the game, but not likely. Temperatures will hover in the 87 to 90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Same story. Any showers look few and far between through the week as the upper ridge holds across the Deep South. Highs around 90 degrees with a good supply of sunshine each day.

TROPICAL STORM JULIA: The storm is packing sustained winds of 40 mph, and is centered just east of Savannah, Georgia. It won’t move much over the next 3 to 5 days with very weak steering currents; main issue will be potential for heavy rain and flooding on the South Carolina coast.

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION 12: A new depression has formed in the eastern Atlantic, just west of the Cape Verde Islands. It will move westward across open water in coming days, and could be upgraded to Tropical Storm Karl at some point. Remains to be seen if this will be a threat to the U.S. or any land mass…

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

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Tropical Storm Julia Forms To The East

| September 14, 2016 @ 6:09 am

ALABAMA’S WEATHER TRENDING DRIER: With a tropical system to the east, and with Alabama being on the “dry side” of the circulation, looks like the coverage of afternoon showers will be smaller in coming days unfortunately. And, afternoon temperatures will need to be bumped up just a bit; we now project a high in the low 90s each day through Friday. The sky will be partly sunny, and the chance of any one spot getting wet will be only about one in five.

THE WEEKEND: With the ridge a little weaker, and a surface front north of the state, the coverage of scattered showers and thunderstorms will be a little higher, but again the tropical system east of the state complicates the situation, and overall the risk of rain will be lower than forecast earlier this week. Still, we will have a few showers and storms around both days, but they will be widely scattered. Expect a mix of sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with afternoon highs remaining close to 90 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: The chance of a storm Friday night during the high school games is now lower. Still some risk of a shower or storm during the first half of the games, but they will be pretty isolated, meaning most stadiums will be dry. Temperatures will fall through the 80s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… a shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game, but not especially likely. Temperatures will fall from near 84 degrees at kickoff, into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be mostly cloudy, and a passing shower or storm is possible during the game. Temperatures will hover in the mid to upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge holds, and the late summer pattern won’t change much. Unfortunately we see no really widespread, beneficial rain for now… just widely scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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JULIA: Advisories were initiated last night by the National Hurricane Center; the system is far Southeast Georgia, and drifting slowly to the north. Top winds are 40 mph, and the main threat will come from heavy rain and flooding, and a few isolated tornadoes in the broad zone from Savannah up to Charleston.

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No direct impact on Alabama.

Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian in the Central Atlantic is moving north, and is no threat to land. A wave in the far eastern Atlantic near the Cape Verde Islands has some chance of slow development in coming days; just something to watch for now.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with scattered showers and storms around through the weekend. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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

Warm, Humid, Scattered Storms

| September 13, 2016 @ 3:57 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have the classic case of totally random, scattered showers and storms on a late summer afternoon across Alabama. Some spots getting heavy rain, many spots with nothing….

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Showers and storms are moving slowly to the west, and will dissipate after the sun goes down tonight.

REST OF THE WEEK: Not much change; if anything the new model runs were a little drier, but we will still mention “widely scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms” tomorrow through Friday with partly sunny days and a high not too far from 90 degrees. Again, this is pretty standard late summer weather in Alabama.

THE WEEKEND: The coverage of scattered showers and storms should be a little higher Saturday and Sunday as the upper ridge weakens a bit, and a surface front approaches from the north. I certainly wouldn’t call it a “rainy weekend”, but a few passing showers and storms are a pretty good possibility. The sun will be out at times, and highs should be in the 80s both days.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: A few storms are possible Friday evening during the first half of the high school games across Alabama; a lightning delay or two is not out of the question. Temperatures will fall from the 80s into the upper 70s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… a shower or thunderstorm will be possible during the game with a mostly cloudy sky. Temperatures will fall from near 84 degrees at kickoff, into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be mostly cloudy, and a passing shower or storm is likely during the game. Temperatures will hover in the mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Drier air should slip into North Alabama early in the week, meaning the best chance of scattered showers and storms should over the southern counties of the state Monday through Wednesday. Highs will be mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: The disturbance near Daytona Beach, Florida has become better organized today, and it looks like a tropical depression could be forming there. NHC tells us they will not initiate advisories this afternoon, but it is possible later tonight or tomorrow if the organization continues to improve. One way or another, the effects will be the same… heavy rain at times for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the rest of the week. Looks like the main impact of this will remain east of Alabama…

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Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Ian is in the middle of the Atlantic with 45 mph winds, it is moving northward and is no threat to land. And, a new wave in the far eastern Atlantic could show some slow development in coming days.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with scattered showers and storms around through the weekend. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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Typical Late Summer Weather

| September 13, 2016 @ 6:17 am

SCATTERED AFTERNOON STORMS: Alabama’s weather won’t change much for the rest of the week. An upper ridge stays in place; the surface front that was across the central part of the state yesterday has dissipated. We will forecast partly sunny days along with the daily risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Afternoon highs will be generally in the 86 to 90 degree range, and the odds of any one spot getting wet are about one in three.

Of course, the storms that form during the afternoon/evening hours will be random, and no way of knowing in advance exactly when and where they pop up. Pretty classic late summer weather.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The ridge weakens a bit, and with a surface front approaching we figure the coverage of the scattered showers and storms will be a little higher Saturday and Sunday. Not what I would call a “wash out”, but keep in mind a few passing showers or thunderstorms are a pretty good possibility. Otherwise, we will forecast a mix of sun and clouds both days with highs in the 80s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: A few storms are possible Friday evening during the first half of the high school games across Alabama; a lightning delay or two is not out of the question. Temperatures will fall from the 80s into the upper 70s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… a shower or thunderstorm will be possible during the game with a mostly cloudy sky. Temperatures will fall from near 84 degrees at kickoff, into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be mostly cloudy, and a passing shower or storm is likely during the game. Temperatures will hover in the mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS continues the idea of drier air slipping into North Alabama early in the week, with most of the scattered storms moving down into the southern counties. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores, with scattered showers and storms possible. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Ian in the Atlantic will stay far from land. A new wave has emerged off the coast of Africa with some potential for slow development in coming days. And, a weak low pressure wave is near West Palm Beach, Florida… this could bring some good rain to the Florida Peninsula through mid-week, but tropical development is not likely.

Over in the western Pacific, Super Tyhpoon Meranti is packing sustained winds of 180 mph, it will clip the southern tip of Taiwan, and then head for China while weakening. A very impressive visible satellite image this morning.

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I will be traveling today to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I will be speaking tomorrow. I hope to be able to crank out an afternoon Weather Xtreme video… enjoy the day!

WeatherBrains 556: Dr. John and the Swami Hat

| September 13, 2016 @ 5:53 am

WeatherBrains Episode 556 is now online (September 12, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week’s show is all about the 2016 NWA Annual Meeting!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • NWA Annual Meeting
  • Dr. Brian Neudorff makes an appearance
  • Todd Lericos, Lead Met at NWS Las Vegas
  • 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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Scattered Storms Daily Through Friday

| September 12, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

RADAR CHECK: A surface front bisects Alabama this afternoon; the northern counties of the state are in dry air, and we see no rain along and north of I-20. South of the front thunderstorms with heavy rain and lots of lightning are scattered across South Alabama.

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Temperatures are generally in the upper 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.

REST OF THE WEEK: The front across Central Alabama will dissipate, and moist air moves northward. Accordingly, we will mention some risk of scattered showers and storms daily, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. The chance of any one spot getting wet each day will be about one in four. Otherwise, partly sunny days with highs between 86 and 90 degrees for most places. Early morning lows will be mostly in the low 70s.

THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge weakens a bit, and with the approach of a surface front, scattered storms should be a little more active across the state Saturday and Sunday. Expect a mix of sun and clouds both days, and the best chance of showers and storms will come from about 2:00 until 9:00 p.m. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… a shower or thunderstorm will be possible during the game with a mostly cloudy sky. Temperatures will fall from near 84 degrees at kickoff, into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be mostly cloudy, and a passing shower or storm is likely during the game. Temperatures will hover in the mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Drier air will try and work into North Alabama with the best chance of scattered storms shifting down into the southern counties of the state. Highs will be generally in the 80s… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Tropical Storm Ian has formed in the Central Atlantic today, but it will move northward over open water, and is no threat to land. Over in the western Pacific, Super Typhoon Meranti will approach Taiwan later this week with flooding rain and damaging winds.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine on the Gulf Coast (Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores) this week with a few scattered storms. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

WEATHER ON THIS DATE IN 1979: Hurricane Frederic smashed into Mobile Bay packing 125 mph plus winds. Winds gusts to 145 mph were reported as the eye of the hurricane moved over Dauphin Island. Frederick produced a fifteen foot storm surge near the mouth of Mobile Bay. The hurricane was the costliest in U.S. history at the time, causing 2.3 billion dollars damage.

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