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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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A Few Storms Late Today And Tonight

| 6:38 am April 27, 2016

QUIET MORNING: Temperatures are mostly in the 60s across North/Central Alabama early this morning, and the radar is quiet.

We rise into the 80s again today with a partly sunny sky. We will mention the risk of a shower or storm this afternoon or tonight, but the short range mesoscale models are really struggling with this pattern. The HRRR model brings in an organized batch of storms this afternoon, while the 4km NAM keeps it mostly dry. I get the idea most of today will be dry, but we will certainly mention that chance of a shower or thunderstorm this afternoon and tonight. SPC has defined a “slight risk” of severe storms for the far northwest corner of the state, with a “marginal risk” elsewhere; this outlook runs through 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Stronger storms could produce some small hail and gusty winds, but the overall severe weather threat is low through tonight.

TOMORROW: We will need to maintain some risk of showers/storms through tomorrow, but drier air begins to flow into North Alabama during the morning, and by afternoon the best coverage of rain will shift down into the southern half of the state. Instability values rise to very high levels tomorrow afternoon ahead of the surface front (CAPE values to 4,000 j/kg), but dynamic support will weaken during the day.

SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe storms defined for most of Central and South Alabama; again small hail and gusty winds are the main issues.

FRIDAY: The day will be warm and dry with a good supply of sunshine; we rise into the mid to upper 80s by afternoon. It will be one of the warmest days so far this year.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another storm system west of the state will organize, and moisture moves northward Saturday with some risk of showers. But, a decent part of the day should be dry, and temperatures once again will rise into the 80s by afternoon.

Showers and storms become more numerous Sunday as the weather system to the west gets closer. It won’t rain all day, but no doubt it will be wet at times. A strong storm is possible, but the overall severe weather threat looks rather low, and rain amounts should be in the 1/2 to 3/4″ range for most places. The high Sunday will be close to 80 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Just a few lingering showers Monday, but the weather trends drier and cooler. Tuesday looks bright and sunny with lower humidity and a high in the 70s. A chance we see early morning lows down in the 40s later in the week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Not much change in our thinking. Friday will be a beautiful day with a sunny sky, and afternoon temperatures well up into the 80s. Then, on Saturday, a passing shower or storm is certainly possible at the Superspeedway, but it won’t rain all day and they should get the Sparks Energy 300 in. The high Saturday afternoon will be in the mid 80s.

The weather Sunday will be more problematic as showers and storms become more widespread. Still, it won’t rain all day, and there is a chance the GEICO 500 will run, but just be ready for delays. Sunday’s high at the Superspeedway will be close to 80 degrees.

AT THE BEACH: About 5 to 7 hours of sunshine on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach each day through Friday with the risk of a few scattered showers or storms. Saturday will be partly to mostly sunny, then scattered storms are possible Sunday. Highs in the 70s along the immediate coast, with 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

APRIL 27 2011 SPECIAL: You can watch our one hour special here. It was on this date five years ago that 62 tornadoes killed 252 people in our state during a generational tornado outbreak.

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Active Weather Ahead

| 3:35 pm April 26, 2016

ON THE MAPS: A large scale upper trough is lifting out of the western U.S., interacting with a very volatile airmass across the nation’s heart land. A significant outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes is likely over the next 8 hours from Nebraska south through parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Severe storms are also possible in the broad zone from St. Louis to Philadelphia near a surface warm front.

IN ALABAMA: It is a dry and warm afternoon so far with temperatures in the 80s; so far no showers have formed… but we will maintain the risk of isolated showers for the rest of the afternoon and tonight.

To the north, we are watching a cluster of severe storms just east and south of St. Louis; if this holds together it could push into far North Alabama late tonight, but it will be weakening. Most of the state will be dry tonight.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: For Alabama another warm day with a high in the low to mid 80s; a few showers or storms could pop during the afternoon and evening hours, but they should be widely scattered. But, tomorrow night and Thursday we expect a slow increase in the number of showers and thunderstorms ahead of the upper trough and surface front. SPC has defined a “slight risk” of severe storms for far West Alabama, from Muscle Shoals down to Hamilton and Cuba (in Sumter County), and a “marginal risk” for much of the rest of the state in their “Day 2” outlook, which runs through 7:00 a.m. Thursday.

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Model consistency has not been good, making for a lower confidence forecast. We will need to broad brush the chance of a few strong storms from about midnight tomorrow night through the daytime hours Thursday. Showers and storms should diminish from northwest to southeast during the afternoon hours Thursday as drier air slips into the state.

Understand the rain won’t be too widespread, but just be ready for a few showers or strong storms. The main threats will come form small hail and gusty winds. The tornado threat is very low, but not zero.

The high Thursday will be in the 82-85 degree range.

FRIDAY: This day looks warm and dry; a decent chance we see upper 80s in spots by afternoon, making it one of the warmest days so far this year.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather stays warm Saturday with a high in the mid 80s; the day will feature a mix of sun and clouds, and a few scattered showers or storms are possible, but a decent part of the day should be dry.

Then, we expect an increase in the number of showers and storms Sunday. It won’t rain all day, but rain is likely at times. A strong storm is certainly possible, and we will need to monitor atmospheric conditions for severe weather potential. It is very difficult to be specific this far in advance with such a complex pattern. Sunday’s high will be in the 78-81 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Forecast confidence remains low, but we will maintain the chance of lingering showers Monday, but drier and cooler air drops in here Tuesday and Wednesday. Some spots could reach the 40s by early Wednesday or Thursday morning… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Friday will be a beautiful day with a sunny sky, and afternoon temperatures well up into the 80s. Then, on Saturday, a passing shower or storm is certainly possible at the Superspeedway, but it won’t rain all day and they should get the Sparks Energy 300 in. The high Saturday afternoon will be in the mid 80s.

The weather Sunday will be more problematic as showers and storms become more widespread. Still, it won’t rain all day, and there is a chance the GEICO 500 will run, but just be ready for delays. Sunday’s high at the Superspeedway will be close to 80 degrees.

AT THE BEACH: Just a few widely scattered showers or storms tomorrow and Thursday, otherwise dry weather through Saturday with highs in the 70s on the immediate coast, with 80s inland. Showers and storms will arrive Sunday… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

APRIL 27, 2011 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Join us this evening at 6:00 on ABC 33/40 for a one hour special as we look back at the generational tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011 that killed 252 people in Alabama. You will see some very powerful stories.

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From Austin, With Love

| 7:00 am April 26, 2016

This is a guest essay from a native Alabamian now living in Texas.

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I didn’t sense any danger on April 27 until I tried to pry the Regions Bank door open and noticed the handwritten note – “Closed due to inclement weather.”

My mom had called that morning from her job at Children’s Hospital to warn me of the storms headed our way from Mississippi and the seriousness of the events ahead of us. I listened, but didn’t feel the need to cancel the frozen yogurt date with my future roommate I had set for later that afternoon.

I didn’t feel concern during class later that day, or at the late, celebratory lunch at Newk’s with my friend Hannah as we acknowledged our last public speaking class had finally come to an end.

But here at the campus branch of Regions Bank, a brief wave of concern hit me when I realized I needed to get serious about the impending weather headed toward us that day.

I canceled the afternoon’s roommate date and immediately called my boyfriend, Adam, who didn’t answer. He must be napping, I thought.

Growing up in Alabama, I was among those that felt fairly comfortable at the beginning of that bright, Tuscaloosa day. I had stayed up many a night in my family’s basement back in Birmingham, the neon light from our old, deep-set TV blaring as James Spann walked across the screen in a stark white button down and suspenders. I knew the drill.

Remember sitting in the hallway as kindergarteners, learning the actual tornado drill? Knees up, head down. Concrete cinder blocks against your back.

When the power went out at Adam’s Alberta apartment, I got very anxious. I wasn’t in my parents’ underground basement with our go-to, window-less spot steps away from me.

So when I felt my nervous system kicking into gear, I ran out onto the second floor, wrap-around porch at Arlington Square Apartments and observed the sky, not realizing the tornado James Spann had just spotted in downtown Tuscaloosa was only minutes from where I stood.

Thankfully, I spied a group of students running out of their house below me, headed toward a cellar door around the backside of the old, one-story building. One of them saw me and yelled, “It’s behind you!” I called out for Adam and we ran down the steep wooden steps toward our newfound, one-time-use, go-to spot.

I remember Adam trying to lock-up the apartment before we ran to join the others. Today, I find that funny.

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Five years ago, April 27 began – and went – very differently for each of us. You may have been a student in class when things got serious for you, or listening to James Spann in the comfort of your go-to spot, or working through the storms with only snippets of information about the disaster that rocked our state (and much of the South) that day.

Regardless of your individual, very real experience, I believe we are all bound by the tragedy of it all. No matter if you experienced “real” loss that day, we all had our world as we knew it changed. If only by a little bit.

What I hope and wish for all of us as I reflect on that day is that each of you feel more whole today than you did five years ago. I know for some, especially those experiencing loss of a loved one, that may still seem impossible. And that’s okay.

On this poignant anniversary day, I believe it’s important to pause and reflect. Remember the moments that are forever penned in our minds. Moments of sadness, shock and fear; with moments of gratefulness, love and hope intermingled.

Being away from Alabama today is very difficult for me. Even though I am no longer a resident of Alabama the Beautiful, I carry the spirit of all of us Alabamians with me always. Being a Crimson Tide fan, I’ve always felt pride. But, after 4/27/11, I have felt a sense of connection to the state and its residents that I have never felt before. Today, I feel a great need to send my sincerest thanks to those named and nameless that touched mine and Adam’s heart that day, and in the fragile time following that somber life event.

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I was always taught to send a prompt thank-you note after someone did something nice for me as a child. This one is five years late, so apologies in advance for the belatedness –

Dear Alabama,

I’m writing to thank you – and your courageous residents – for the overwhelming help you sent mine and Adam’s way five years ago. Knowing you were going through quite a rough time yourself, the sincere gestures mean the world to us.

I will try to shy away from naming any specific individuals for fear of missing a special someone, but I would like to at least call out the following groups in gratitude:

To Mr. James Spann, you saved both ours and many others’ lives five years ago. Words truly cannot express the amount of appreciation we have for you and ABC 33/40 for the in-depth coverage and preparation you gave us. Also, Texas needs you, Mr. Spann. My expectations for meteorologists have been set far too high.

To Adam’s neighbors, thank you for inviting us into your go-to spot that terrifying afternoon. You could have easily focused on the safety of yourself and your friends, but you called out to me. You were our heroes that day, and for that I am eternally thankful. I would also like to apologize for not sending this thank-you to each of you sooner.

To the deaf couple I spent most of my post-tornado moments with, thank you for reminding me what matters most in a time when we both needed it the most. I will never forget either of you, or the love you showed me. I’m so glad I was able to see you a few days after the tornado when you ventured back to the spot that forever changed our lives with your family from Florida. I hope you’re both doing well. You deserve the world.

To the first responders, you are the true heroes of April 27. I saw so many putting their own lives on the line to save another that day. And I heard of many more in the days following. I am humbled by your acts of sincere love and kindness. Thank you.

To the Crimson White, thank you for covering this important event for our university and town. Two of your best reporters were some of the first people we saw after leaving our disaster area that day, and your coverage of our story helped aide our healing process. Thank you for doing the difficult thing that day and being true journalists when some of you were suffering from loss yourselves.

To The University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa (one in the same, in my heart), thank you for treating each student as family in the days, weeks and months of recovery that year. I would like to specifically call-out the Advertising and Public Relations Department, as well as, the School of Engineering for being our places of refuge in our remaining years at UA. You treated us as normal students and made our previous dreams still a reality for us despite the setbacks felt following such a traumatic event. Thank you also to Mayor Maddox and the leadership at UA for your efforts to pull our town back together as smoothly, and thoughtfully, as possible.

To the volunteers and donors, thank you for sacrificing your time and showing us and many other strangers such generosity. Thanks to UA for setting up the UA Acts of Kindness fund that contributed to Adam’s needs not covered by FEMA. Thanks to the out-of-towners that spent their spring break helping piece together our state, too.

To the Prattville couple we never met, thank you for gathering Adam’s childhood keepsakes you found scattered around the rubble. I’ll never forget the day we drove up to the site and saw the pile neatly gathered and set aside for us to find.

To our families, thank you for the love and support you still give us as we deal with the trauma of April 27. To Adam’s family specifically, thank you for providing us a temporary home as we shuffled back and forth with your borrowed cargo van to gather remnants of our things. Thank you also for replacing Adam’s FJ Cruiser. Seeing his face lit-up with the replacement of this specific item lost still brings me much joy.

To the 2011-2012 Alabama Football team, I know we get teased for our unwavering obsession with you, but I don’t care. I truly believe you gave so many people the hope they were looking for as you soared through an incredible season and breathed life into a town hurting so deeply. I cried when we lost to LSU, and cried when we beat them in the game that counted the most.

I would also like to thank three groups of friends – the friends I abandoned, the friends that helped me piece through life immediately following 4/27/11, and the new friends that support me today. I still don’t fully know how I truly was the summer and year after April 27. I was not very aware of myself – I only knew I felt very little pleasure as I grappled with fear, guilt and depression. To my current and future roommates at the time, I apologize for straight-up abandoning you as I clung to Adam for support. I know that was not what you signed-up for and I’m sorry. To the Avanti orientation team at UA that worked with me every day that summer, I’m sorry for being the least-dedicated, emotionally numb team member. I thank you for understanding my need for space, random spouts of neediness and tears, and the low-level anger I felt every day. Thank you specifically to those that helped me in the week Adam was out of town competing with his engineering team at NASA. It’s silly to think about it now, but I truly didn’t know how to cope with being away from him that week. The day-trip to Six Flags was literally one of the happiest moments of my summer and I thank you for treating me with extra care as I had a mini-panic attack when we almost drove past Alberta on the way home to UA. To my new Austin friends, thank you for the support and encouragement. Thank you for always having an open heart when I rant about random things as I continue to struggle with doubt, anxiety and fear. Thank you especially to my therapist, Priscilla, for helping me be courageous.

Lastly, to my husband Adam, thank you for being my strength in this winding road to recovery. For turning April 27, 2012 into a day of possibility. For taking April 30, 2011 off to ensure we celebrated my birthday, even though you missed meeting the President visiting your apartment.

Roll Tide, War Eagle, etc.

Yours forever,
Jessica

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Jessica Melton lives in Austin, Texas and would like to send a special thank you to Taylor Holland and her entire Austin family for the encouragement and support in writing this piece.

Complex Forecast Through The Weekend

| 6:42 am April 26, 2016

ANOTHER WARM DAY: Temperatures rise into the low to mid 80s across Alabama later today with a partly sunny sky. Moisture levels will increase a bit, and we note the high resolution HRRR model shows a few isolated, small showers across the northern half of the state this afternoon. We will amend the forecast to include the risk of a few showers this afternoon and into the evening hours, maybe even some thunder in spots. But, many communities will stay dry.

TO THE WEST: A major severe weather situation develops from southern Nebraska down into Texas; a “moderate risk” is defined for this zone, where storms late today and tonight could produce large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. A few violent, long track tornadoes are not out of the question based on the projected combination of instability and shear.

TONIGHT IN ALABAMA: A thunderstorm complex (MCS) will approach Alabama from the north, we will insert a risk of showers and storms for late tonight, mainly over the northern third of the state. These storms should be weakening and severe weather is not expected. The sky will be mostly fair for the southern two-thirds of the state tonight.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: The big weather system over the Central U.S. will get closer, but a decent part of the day should be dry and warm; temperatures again will reach the 80s by afternoon. Any showers during the day will be few and far between, but showers and storms become more likely late tomorrow night into Thursday morning. We do note that SPC has pulled the standard “slight risk” of severe weather into the northwest corner of our state, with a “marginal risk” along and west of a line from Scottsboro to Clanton to Jackson…

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There should be a weakening trend as the storms move into Alabama, but some hail is possible along with gusty winds late tomorrow night into early Thursday. The main window for storms will be from about 12:00 midnight tomorrow night through 12:00 noon Thursday; rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely.

Drier air arrives Thursday afternoon with a clearing sky.

FRIDAY: For now the day looks warm and dry; with a good supply of sunshine we rise into the mid to upper 80s by afternoon… it should be one of the warmest days so far this year.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another spring storm system to the west will approach. We will need to mention the risk of a passing shower or storm Saturday, but it certainly won’t rain all day, and the sun should be out at times. Just about impossible to give you a specific time a shower or storm will pass through your neighborhood. Expect a high in the mid 80s Saturday afternoon.

Showers and storms become more widespread Sunday. And, models are a little more aggressive with the dynamic support, meaning we will have to watch for potential for strong, maybe severe thunderstorms by afternoon. In a complex pattern like this, there is no way we can resolve details now, but no doubt the day could very well be stormy at times.

NEXT WEEK: The latest GFS runs keep the weather unsettled Monday and Tuesday with a chance of showers and storms both days, followed by much cooler air over the latter half of the week. Looks like we will get a morning or two with lows down in the 40s; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Friday will be a beautiful day with a sunny sky, and afternoon temperatures well up into the 80s. Then, on Saturday, a passing shower or storm is certainly possible at the Superspeedway, but it won’t rain all day and they should get the Sparks Energy 300 in. The high Saturday afternoon will be in the mid 80s.

The weather Sunday will be more problematic as showers and storms become more widespread. Still, it won’t rain all day, and there is a chance the GEICO 500 will run, but just be ready for delays. Sunday’s high at the Superspeedway will be close to 80 degrees.

AT THE BEACH: Just a few widely scattered showers or storms tomorrow and Thursday, otherwise dry weather through Saturday with highs in the 70s on the immediate coast, with 80s inland. Showers and storms will arrive Sunday… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

APRIL 27, 2011 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Join us this evening at 6:00 on ABC 33/40 for a one hour special as we look back at the generational tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011 that killed 252 people in Alabama. You will see some very powerful stories.

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 to the senior adults at First Baptist Church of Sylacauga today… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Summer Preview Continues

| 3:22 pm April 25, 2016

WARM SPRING DAY: The average high for Birmingham on April 25 is 76 degrees… we are about five degrees above that level in most places this afternoon with a sunny sky. Warm weather will stick around for the rest of the week with highs in the 80s.

TOMORROW: While Alabama will stay warm and dry, a major severe weather event is likely from the Great Plains southward into Texas…

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A few violent, long track tornadoes are possible in the “moderate risk” area from southern Nebraska down through parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: Severe storms are possible in the broad zone from St. Louis to Houston; around here most of the day will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds; we rise into the 82-85 degree range by afternoon. A shower or storm is possible late in the day, but the better chance of rain comes Wednesday night into Thursday. The good news is that the overall system will weaken considerably, and we don’t expect any severe weather issues in our state Thursday. Rain amounts should be in the 1/2 inch range.

FRIDAY: Our weather looks generally dry and very warm, with potential for upper 80s in spots. The sky will be partly sunny.

THE WEEKEND: A few widely scattered showers or storms is possible Saturday, but a decent part of the day should be dry with a high in the mid 80s. Then, showers and storms will become more numerous Sunday as the next weather system approaches from the west. Like the one Thursday, dynamic support will be weakening, and the chance of severe weather looks small at this point.

NEXT WEEK: Cooler, drier air begins to arrive, and global models are now coming into agreement that a period of below average temperatures are likely by the middle of next week.. some North Alabama communities could drop into the 40s by Wednesday morning. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Friday looks dry with a good supply of sunshine; it will be a warm day with a high in the mid 80s. A few scattered showers or storms are possible Saturday, but still a decent part of the day should be dry; the high Saturday afternoon will be hold in the mid 80s. Then, showers and storms become more widespread Sunday. It won’t rain all day Sunday, but delays are a very real possibility. Sunday’s high will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, and fair nights for Gulf Shores and the zone over to Panama City Beach with highs in the 70s on the immediate coast, with 80s inland. A few scattered showers or storms are possible this weekend. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast 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 8:30p CT… you can watch it live here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the students at Trinity Christian Academy in Oxford… 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…

Warmest Week So Far This Year

| 6:30 am April 25, 2016

ANOTHER DRY DAY: Alabama’s weather will stay warm and dry today, with ample sunshine along with a high up in the low to mid 80 this afternoon. You might see a few fair weather cumulus clouds later today, but there is no risk of rain.

TOMORROW: A very active severe weather day is likely tomorrow across the nation’s heartland…

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The good news is that for Alabama, all of this stays well to the west, and we will enjoy another warm and dry day with a high up in the mid 80s. The sky will be partly to mostly sunny.

WEDNESDAY: The risk of severe weather creeps closer to Alabama, in a broad zone from St. Louis down to Houston…

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The morning will be dry Wednesday; we will mention just the chance of shower or storm Wednesday afternoon or Wednesday night, but no severe weather is expected in Alabama for now.

THURSDAY: The system that is responsible for the severe weather threats west of Alabama will weaken and lift out. Showers and storms are a good possibility for our state Thursday, but with weakening dynamic support severe weather is not expected to be an issue. Thursday’s high will be close to 80 degrees.

FRIDAY: For now it looks dry, and very warm. The GFS is printing a high of 88 degrees for Birmingham, which means this will most likely be one of the warmest days so far this year (we did reach 88 on March 15).

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will introduce the risk of widely scattered showers Saturday afternoon, but a a decent part of the day will be dry. Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the mid to upper 80s as the summer preview continues. Then, the chance of showers and storms will increase on Sunday as another disturbance approaches from the west. While a strong storm is not totally out of the question, the severe weather risk Sunday looks low. The high Sunday will drop to near 80 due to clouds and showers.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like we will need to maintain some chance of rain for the first half of the week, followed by cooler temperatures. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Friday promises to be a very nice day at the Talladega Superspeedway, with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the 86-89 degree range. Saturday should be mostly dry with only a few widely scattered showers to deal with; the high Saturday will be well up in the 80s. But, Sunday could be a problem with a good chance of showers and storms. It won’t rain all day, and they certainly have a chance of getting the race in, but be ready for delays. Sunday’s high will be close to 80 degrees.

AT THE BEACH: Just a few isolated showers today from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday. Highs will be in the 70s along the immediate coast, with 80s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 74 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY: Watch ABC 33/40 tomorrow evening at 6:00 for a one hour special as we look back at the generational tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011 that killed 252 people in our state.

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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. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch online here.

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I will be speaking at Trinity Christian Academy in Oxford today… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Beautiful Weekend Ahead

| 2:45 pm April 22, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As advertised this morning, we have scattered showers and a few strong storms across Alabama this afternoon. They are producing some creepy clouds, but as I write this are well under severe limits.

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Heavier storms over the next few hours could produce some small hail and gusty winds, but the overall severe weather risk remains low. And, showers will end from northwest to southeast as drier air arrives following a surface front.

THE WEEKEND: Picture perfect spring weather. Sunny warm days, clear nights. The high tomorrow will be near 80 degrees, followed by low 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: While a very active severe weather pattern is setting up for North Texas and the Southern Plains, Alabama will be generally dry and very warm thanks to an upper ridge. We could see a few showers toward the end of the week, but nothing heavy or widespread. Highs will be well up in the 80s, and we might even see a few places touching 90 degrees for the first time this year. Summer must be getting close. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Look for mostly sunny days and fair nights on the Gulf Coast tomorrow through early next week with highs in the 70s on the immediate coast (80s inland). Sea water temperatures are mostly in the low 70s… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Perfect weather at the Barber Motorsports Park tomorrow and Sunday with sunny weather both days; 80 is the forecast high tomorrow, followed by low 80s. Get ticket information here.

TALLADEGA RACE WEEKEND: Too early to be specific, but the pattern favors warm and mostly dry weather for race weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway (April 29-May 1).

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 my next Weather Xtreme video here Monday morning by 7:00 a.m…. Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

A Few Strong Storms Today

| 6:20 am April 22, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Rain is falling in scattered pockets across Alabama early this morning…

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This will probably be the most widespread rain we see today; the morning showers will taper off during the next few hours, and a decent part of the state will be dry during the middle of the day. The sun might even break out at times, pushing temperatures into the mid to upper 70s.

A cold front will push into Northwest Alabama this afternoon, and new showers and storms should form ahead of the front. They will be pretty scattered in nature, but where storms do form they could be pretty strong. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms later today for parts of North and Central Alabama…

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The main risk from the stronger storms will come from small hail and gusty winds; and by late afternoon drier air will take over.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Delightful weather is the story with sunny warm afternoons; expect a high around 80 tomorrow, followed by low 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: While multiple severe weather days are likely across the Southern Plains down into Texas, an upper ridge will keep our weather mostly dry, with just a few scattered showers late in the week. It will easily be the warmest week so far this year, with daily highs well up into the 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: A few showers and storms are possible along the Gulf Coast through tonight from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach, but the weather will be rain-free tomorrow and Sunday with mostly sunny days and highs in the 70s (along the immediate coast). Next week looks warm and mostly dry; highs close to 80 on the immediate coast, with mid to upper 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: A passing shower or storm is possible a time or two today at the Barber Motorsports Park, but tomorrow and Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply. Today’s high will be in the upper 70s, followed by 80 degrees tomorrow, and low 80s Sunday. Get ticket information here.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: A little too early to be really specific, but the overall pattern for next weekend (April 30-May 1) looks very warm, and mostly dry. Afternoon temperatures should be in the 80s.

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I will be speaking to a group of employees from Jacksonville State University this morning in Calhoun County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Scattered Showers/Storms Through Tomorrow

| 3:11 pm April 21, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As expected, rain amounts across Alabama today have been light and spotty. Rain showers continue to move northeast this afternoon…

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We will maintain the risk of a few passing showers or storms tonight as the upper trough slowly approaches.

TOMORROW: SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for that part of Alabama along and south of a line from Scottsboro to Birmingham to Demopolis…

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Surface based CAPE values will rise to near 2,000 j/kg over the southern half of the state tomorrow afternoon, so storms that form could produce some hail and gusty winds. But, the dynamic support will be weakening, and the overall severe weather threat is low.

Otherwise, tomorrow will feature a mix of sun and clouds with a few scattered showers and storms. A decent part of the day will be dry, and the high will be in the 77-79 degree range for most communities. The sky becomes fair tomorrow night as drier air works in from the northwest.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Sunny weather is the story Saturday and Sunday; the high Saturday will be close to 80, with low 80s likely Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge will keep our state warm and generally dry through the week with highs in the 80s. There could be a day or two with a few isolated showers, but the big rains will come well to the west, where severe storms will threaten parts of the Texas and the Southern Plains Tuesday through Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms remain possible tomorrow from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, but the weekend looks great with sunny days Saturday and Sunday… the weather will stay dry through a pretty decent part of next week. Highs along the immediate coast will hold mostly in the 70s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: A few widely scattered showers or storms are possible at the Barber Motorsports Park tomorrow, but a decent part of the day will be dry and I think they get some racing in. Then, perfect weather Saturday and Sunday with sunny warm days. Highs for the weekend will be at or just over 80 degrees. Get ticket information here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students at Hueytown Elementary School… 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…

Scattered Shower/Storms Return

| 6:20 am April 21, 2016

MOISTURE LEVELS RISING: The upper low/trough that has been over the western U.S., part of the “omega block” pattern earlier this week, is beginning to lift northeast, and accordingly showers should return to Alabama today and tonight.

The rain won’t be too widespread or heavy, but a few thunderstorms could be involved. Rain amounts will be less than 1/2 inch for most, and no severe weather is expected. Temperatures reach the 77-80 degree range this afternoon with a generally cloudy sky (although the sun could peek out at times).

TOMORROW: While showers and storms remain possible, it looks like they will be pretty scattered in nature, and a decent part of the day will be dry. But, where storms do form tomorrow afternoon, they could be strong. SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for areas south of a line from Demopolis to Hoover to Anniston…

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The main threat will come from small hail and gusty winds in the storms tomorrow afternoon over the southern two-thirds of the state. Expect a high temperature between 77 and 80 degrees, and showers will end from northwest to southeast during the afternoon as drier air arrives.

THE WEEKEND: Could not be better. Sunny warm days, clear at night. Saturday’s high will be close to 80, followed by low 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Warm is the word; highs will be in the 80s all week as ridging develops across the Southeast U.S. We will probably have a day or two with scattered showers, but the big action will be well to the west, where there will be multiple days with severe weather threats in a broad zone from Texas to Missouri and Iowa; SPC has risks defined now for days 6 through 8 (Tuesday through Thursday). 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 through tomorrow with some sun breaking through at times, Then, expect mostly sunny days and fair nights Saturday through early next week. Highs from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores will be mostly in the 70s… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: A few widely scattered showers or storms are possible at the Barber Motorsports Park tomorrow, but a decent part of the day will be dry and I think they get some racing in. Then, perfect weather Saturday and Sunday with sunny warm days. Highs for the weekend will be at or just over 80 degrees. Get ticket information 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 Hueytown Elementary… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!