Author Archive: Brian Peters

Brian Peters is one of the television meteorologists at ABC3340 in Birmingham and a retired NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist. He handles the weekend Weather Xtreme Videos and forecast discussion and is the Webmaster for the popular WeatherBrains podcast.

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WeatherBrains 600:  Hiding Behind a Hoodie

WeatherBrains 600: Hiding Behind a Hoodie

| July 20, 2017 @ 6:28 am

WeatherBrains Episode 600 is now online (July 17, 2017). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you! Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the recently selected Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Storm Prediction Center. His Masters and Ph.D. in meteorology are from the University of Oklahoma. His undergraduate is from the […]

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Is It Lightning, Lighting, or Lightening

Is It Lightning, Lighting, or Lightening

| July 18, 2017 @ 6:45 am

If I could nominate a word in the field of meteorology for king of the most misspelled category, my nomination would be lightning. I along with most meteorologists just absolutely cringe when we see the word used and misspelled.

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Storms Remain a Good Bet

Storms Remain a Good Bet

| July 16, 2017 @ 6:59 am

Showers and thunderstorms remain likely for much of North and Central Alabama today, but we trend lower in number and coverage of storms as we head toward the middle of the week. Unfortunately some of the hottest weather for us so far this summer appears on the horizon for the latter part of the week ahead.

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Storms Once Again Today

Storms Once Again Today

| July 15, 2017 @ 7:16 am

A weak frontal boundary that should be sagging into Central Alabama this weekend will keep the weather somewhat unsettled with fairly high chances for showers and thunderstorms each day. Some drier air may bring an end to shower chances by mid-week.

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Two Dry Days for a Change

Two Dry Days for a Change

| July 9, 2017 @ 6:47 am

Thanks to a weak front Central Alabama is set to experience two days of drier air advecting into our area from the north. Showers will be confined to South Alabama and Northwest Florida today and Monday. Tuesday moisture levels come back up enough for isolated showers driven by afternoon heating.

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Showers Today; Dry Sunday

Showers Today; Dry Sunday

| July 8, 2017 @ 7:31 am

Numerous showers anticipated again today as another weak frontal boundary sags into Alabama. This front should reach South Alabama later tonight before stalling, but it is forecast to bring a brief shot of drier air to North and Central Alabama for a couple of days, mainly Sunday and Monday.

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Showers Numerous Today; Less by Sunday

Showers Numerous Today; Less by Sunday

| July 7, 2017 @ 6:58 am

An upper air trough axis will move through North and Central Alabama today and early Saturday providing somewhat better dynamics for numerous showers and thunderstorms. Some drier air Sunday and Monday promises a little relief from the showery pattern.

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Uptick in Showers/Storms

Uptick in Showers/Storms

| July 6, 2017 @ 6:58 am

The stationary frontal boundary to our north is expected to drift southward later this afternoon and evening aiding in the production of additional thunderstorms late today and into Friday. There is a marginal risk for severe weather, primarily damaging wind, along and north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Talladega.

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WeatherBrains 598:  James Needs Lots of Fiber

WeatherBrains 598: James Needs Lots of Fiber

| July 5, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

The trio of guests on WeatherBrains discusses a big issue of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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Showers a Bit More Numerous Next Couple of Days

Showers a Bit More Numerous Next Couple of Days

| July 5, 2017 @ 6:47 am

Humidity levels will increase over the next couple of days and with the presence of a weak frontal boundary in our area, shower and thunderstorm chances will rise as they become a bit more numerous for North and Central Alabama.

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Isolated Showers Again Today

Isolated Showers Again Today

| July 4, 2017 @ 6:51 am

Slightly drier air aloft across Central and South Alabama will help to keep thunderstorms fairly isolated today while the primary focus for storms will lie across the Tennessee River Valley counties.

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Showers Sticking with Us

Showers Sticking with Us

| July 3, 2017 @ 6:37 am

A few showers and storms will affect the area today through the Fourth of July with a lull on Wednesday. But don’t worry, outdoor activities today and tomorrow won’t be washed out by the weather.

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Shower, Showers, Showers

Shower, Showers, Showers

| July 2, 2017 @ 6:58 am

The weather pattern keeps Alabama and the Southeast US in a somewhat unsettled pattern with a moisture-rich air mass contributing to shower production during afternoon heat. A cluster of storms moving across southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana this morning may hold together to bring some heavy rain to parts of Central Alabama later today.

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Weather Remains Unsettled

Weather Remains Unsettled

| July 1, 2017 @ 6:38 am

A flash flood watch is in effect today from Birmingham northeastward into the northwest corner of Georgia. Afternoon heating will play a big role in generating showers and thunderstorms along with boundaries in place from a large thunderstorm complex over southern Arkansas. Some thunderstorms may be severe with damaging wind the most likely occurrence.

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WeatherBrains 597: They’re Like Roaches

WeatherBrains 597: They’re Like Roaches

| June 28, 2017 @ 5:30 am

WeatherBrains talks with professional photographer Mike Olbinski about shooting weather to get great images.

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Drier Air Arriving This Afternoon

Drier Air Arriving This Afternoon

| June 25, 2017 @ 6:46 am

Moisture remains this morning at the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere over the Southeast US, so you can expect to see some patchy light rain and sprinkles. Drier air arrive this afternoon, so the first half of the week ahead looks to be very nice as temperatures stay slightly below the 30-year averages for late June.

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Fairfield Tornado an EF-1

Fairfield Tornado an EF-1

| June 24, 2017 @ 3:43 pm

The tornado that occurred in Fairfield on June 22, 2017, was initially considered to be an EF-2, however, with additional survey work performed today, the NWS has decided a high-end EF-1 rating is more appropriate. See the details of their reasoning here.

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One More Wet One!!

One More Wet One!!

| June 24, 2017 @ 7:00 am

More rain fell overnight across parts of the area and additional rain is possible today before a front moves through later today.

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Uncertainty Abounds

Uncertainty Abounds

| June 19, 2017 @ 7:00 am

There is no lack of uncertainty in what the weather will do over the next week in Central Alabama. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are forecast today as a cold front sags into the area and begins to wash out. Meanwhile, a weak tropical system that is expected to become better organized as it moves into the Gulf will help to determine just how wet the rest of the week will be.

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Complex Pattern for Week Ahead

Complex Pattern for Week Ahead

| June 18, 2017 @ 7:24 am

Complexity fills the forecast for the next week for Alabama with a cold front on Monday and the potential for a tropical system by midweek. Take a look a the Weather Xtreme Video for a complete look at all the various possibilities in our weather ahead.

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Showers, Showers, and Showers

Showers, Showers, and Showers

| June 17, 2017 @ 7:36 am

The weekend and next week will be fairly typical with a mixture of some sunshine along with daily chances for showers and storms. Chances for rain go up on Monday, but we’re also going to have to deal with the potential for a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico.

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WeatherBrains 595:  Unified Message Mania

WeatherBrains 595: Unified Message Mania

| June 14, 2017 @ 5:30 am

In this episode of the original weather podcast, the WeatherBrains gang talks with Lan Rothfusz from the National Severe Storms Laboratory about a variety of topics including some of the latest on warn on forecast.

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Showers Becoming More Numerous

Showers Becoming More Numerous

| June 12, 2017 @ 11:57 am

Showers along with the embedded thunderstorms were not acting in a typical fashion today with a weak upper flow that was steering these storms with a motion from east to west.

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Heading into an Unsettled Spell

Heading into an Unsettled Spell

| June 11, 2017 @ 7:04 am

Moisture levels continue to rise, so the week ahead is looking a good deal unsettled due to a weak upper level disturbance along with moisture levels and afternoon heating.

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Weekend Dry and Warm; Showers Return Next Week

Weekend Dry and Warm; Showers Return Next Week

| June 10, 2017 @ 6:46 am

The temperatures will be on the rise this weekend, but the weather is expected to remain dry. Moisture levels rise for the work week bringing showers into the forecast for each day.

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