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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 492: Spritz Yourself ! !

| 5:15 am June 30, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 492 is now online (June 29, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Elie MorrisonTonight’s Guest Panelist is the mastermind behind tonight’s show. He is a regular listener and commenter and is a meteorology student at York University in Canada. Elie Morrison, welcome to Weatherbrains. It was a unit on natural disasters in school that got Elie interested in the weather.

Chris ScottTonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is Director of Meteorology for The Weather Network. He has been with the Canadian weather channel for 15 years. Chris Scott, welcome to WeatherBrains! Chris got interested in the weather from a ferocious hail storm that affected his farm.

Doug GillhamTonight’s other Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on episode 160 back in 2009! He Grew up in Canada and was Director of Distance Learning for the Mississippi State Meteorology Department. He is now the Manager of the Forecast Center for The Weather Network. Doug Gillham, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 124 at Death Valley, CA, and 34 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Heat across western Canada and smoke an issue
  • Cold front over the weekend reaching the Southeast US
  • Eastern Pacific and Atlantic tropical basins quiet
  • High amplitude pattern cooling the East with heat in the West
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer takes a look at some incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101:

    Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 492:

    The Weather Network

    Alert Ready

    Elie Morrison’s weather blog

    Environment Canada

    To subscribe to the new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Picks of the Week:

    Doug Gilliam – White Death, 77 Blizzard

    Elie Morrison – Model and Ensemble Forecast & Archive viewer and
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    Bill Murray – ducked out early

    Brian Peters – Canadian weather article with hail images

    Chris Scott – Dr. Libby Barnes

    Kevin Selle – Horseshoe vortex cloud pattern

    Rick Smith – AMS Meteorology Conference presentations

    James Spann – Picturing the Forecast

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Elephants as forecasters

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    Nice Weather to End June

    | 6:56 am June 28, 2015

    Fronts have a hard time of bringing an air mass change to the Southeast US during the summer months, but we are in the process of one now as the upper air pattern sees the establishment of a trough over the eastern US for several days. The trough and the passage of the cold front will bring some nice weather conditions to Central Alabama for June with drier air as we see dew points drop toward the 60 degree mark. With lots of sunshine as the clouds clear out we should see our afternoon highs reach the middle 80s today – a nice change from the 90s we saw last week.

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    At the beach, today will see more showers and storms. Storms become fewer in number for the week ahead, but they will remain in the forecast as the front stalls along the Gulf Coast. You can expect 6 to 8 hours of sun daily. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with lower 90s possible inland. The sea water temperature at Perdido Pass at Orange Beach was reported as 86 degrees.

    Northwesterly flow presents its own set of challenges. While the upper trough will be the prevailing feature in our pattern for much of the week ahead, embedded short waves in the flow will bring thunderstorms into the Ohio River Valley. It still looks like Monday will remain dry, but we’ll have to be vigilant on developments well to our northwest as we monitor that northwest flow. With the trough, the heat is at least temporarily abated.

    But the trough pattern begins to wane as we head into the middle and latter part of the week as moisture begins to come back putting the need to mention showers again in the forecast for Tuesday and through much of the week ahead. But even as the trough weakens, temperatures will remain close to seasonal values with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s, near our 30-year averages for late June and early July.

    SPC has outlined a marginal area for severe storms Monday in the Ohio Valley with the area just reaching extreme North Alabama, where the threat is higher. For now it looks like the threat will stay north of Central Alabama, but we’ll have to watch how conditions evolve to our north.

    And the tropical Atlantic remained quiet this morning with no tropical storm development expected for the next several days.

    By next Sunday, the upper ridge begins to develop once again to our west, so I expect to see the heat return with highs into the lower 90s. It is the ridge that become the prevailing feature as we head into voodoo country. But the GFS is once again showing the ridge pushing back to the west with more of a trough in the East as we get into the middle days of July. There’s also a hint at some action in the tropics, but we know how these features come and go this far out.

    James Spann will have the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video on Monday morning. Check back here often for weather updates.

    -Brian-

    Numerous Storms but Drier Sunday

    | 6:50 am June 27, 2015

    We’ve been talking about the pattern change for over a week now and that change is underway. With a cold front draped across the Mid-South, look for numerous showers and thunderstorms today ending into the evening hours as the front progresses southward. Even though coverage of storms will be fairly widespread, it is possible to come close and not get much rain. But with moisture levels up, most showers will produce fairly good rains with one half to one inch in many showers. Clouds will help to keep the temperature in check again today much like yesterday with highs mainly in the upper 80s. Radar was already active as I was preparing the video.

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    Isolated storms could be strong to marginally severe, but the main severe weather dynamics are east of Alabama where SPC has an enhanced risk for severe storms outlined along the Mid-Atlantic States.

    The upper trough comes by early Sunday bringing a nice change with much lower humidity as dew points plunge into the upper 50s by Sunday. Sunday and Monday mornings will be the nicest we’ve seen just about all month with lows in the 60s and some of those typically cooler spots dipping into the upper 50s.

    But moisture levels will start creeping back up on Monday and into Tuesday, so we’ll have to bring showers back into the forecast for the middle and end of the coming week. The upper air pattern maintains a trough over the eastern US, so temperatures should remain about typical for late June with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s and some daily threat of scattered showers. Another front makes a run at the Southeast toward the end of the week, but with the upper trough not quite as strong as the current trough I do not expect it to be successful.

    For those headed to the beach, you can expect about 4 to 5hours of sunshine today and Sunday on the coast from Mobile to Panama City Beach with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Storms remained scattered through next week, with about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with lower 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain in the mid 80s.

    The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week.

    While the break in the heat is not expected to last very long – a couple of days will be nice – the long range model projections bring the upper ridge back into the picture for the eastern US as we head deeper into July, so heat levels will likely go back up. After all, it is July!

    I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted here on Sunday morning. Check back on the Blog often for updates on the ever-changing Alabama weather.

    -Brian-

    WeatherBrains 491: Milk Out of My Eyeballs

    | 5:15 am June 23, 2015

    WeatherBrains Episode 491 is now online (June 22, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’ Guest WeatherBrain is the Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Weather Service. Welcoming Paul Schlatter to WeatherBrains.

    Paul Schlatter works at NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) in the Office of the Assistant Administrator, as an executive advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the NWS. In this position, he staffs the director on a wide range of policy issues and is involved with strategic and tactical discussions with the NWS Corporate Board. His one year post began in April, 2011, and in March, 2012, he transitioned to NOAA’s Program Coordination Office (PCO). As the NWS’s PCO representative, he was a liaison between NWS leadership and NOAA leadership, and staffed Dr. Jane Lubchenco (NOAA Administrator) and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (NOAA Deputy Administrator) for events related to the NWS mission. Prior to working at NWS headquarters, Paul worked for 8 years at the NWS Warning Decision Training Branch (WDTB) in Norman, OK, the first three years were as a contract employee through the University of Oklahoma/CIMMS. While with WDTB, he designed and delivered a wide range of training modules for the NWS, focusing on high impact weather warnings. He was the project lead for the dual-polarization radar operations course and was instrumental to the success of the development and current deployment of the upgrade to the nation’s fleet of 159 radars. As subject matter expert in the NWS for the operational application of dual-polarization radar products, he has presented at countless conferences, workshops, and meetings. He is an active member of both AMS and NWA. Paul graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA with a BS in Engineering Physics, and received an MS in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 116 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Boca Reservoir, CA
  • May, 2015, Wettest on Record for US
  • Tropical Storm Bill came and went late last week
  • Severe weather risk across Great Lakes area
  • Bill produced more heavy rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma
  • Pattern change coming to the eastern US in about 5 days
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: It comes around twice a year and we just passed the summer one of these. So what is a solstice, anyway? That’s the topic for this episode of WeatherBrains 101.

    Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 491:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    NWS Web Page

    NWSEO Web Page

    Capitol Weather Gang article on Senate NWS proposal

    Picks of the Week:

    Bill Murray – Use and interpretation of Doppler Radar

    Brian Peters – doubles with John Scala!

    John Scala – May 2015 Wet Month in US

    Kevin Selle – Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Data

    Rick Smith – Weather services for the Nation

    James Spann – James Spann’s roots

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Space Weather Prediction Center

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    Heat Going Up Again

    | 6:37 am June 21, 2015

    The remnants of Bill were moving off the Mid-Atlantic states this morning, and Central Alabama benefitted from Bill yesterday with some spots picking up around a third of an inch of rain in scattered showers mainly along the Interstate 20 corridor. But today begins another round of hot weather for Central Alabama as the much advertised upper ridge over the Southwest US builds into and across the Southeast US. Showers should become pretty scarce, but there could be an isolated shower or two today as highs climb into the middle 90s.

    And today marks two happenings! First, it’s Father’s Day so happy Father’s Day to all you Dads. And today marks the official start to summer as the sun has come as far north as it gets before heading back south, the summer solstice.

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    The upper ridge builds across the Southeast US for the first of the week with Tuesday and Wednesday expected to be the hottest days. It will be mainly dry as showers will be scarce and highs reach the middle and upper 90s for us. Heat indices both of these days are likely to reach the 100 to 105 degree range.

    But stay hopeful for there are changes on the horizon. The GFS begins to develop a trough over the eastern US as we head into the latter part of the week. By Friday and Saturday, the trough becomes established with a front coming southward into the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys. This trough will suppress the ridge for the Southeast US and push it back toward the western US. The northwesterly flow along with more clouds and additional showers and thunderstorms will help bring temperatures back to more typical values for late June with highs around 90 degrees – upper 80s if you want to be really optimistic.

    The trough stays with us into the weekend as it becomes a more prominent feature over the eastern US. This will probably mean a somewhat active weather pattern for the Southeast US and Central Alabama with fairly good shower possibilities as well as the anticipated break in the heat.

    Through much of next week, expect fairly typical summer weather along the northern Gulf Coast. At the beach highs will be in the upper 80s while just inland readings will be in the lower 90s. Showers and storms will be possible each day as the sea breeze develops. There will be plenty of sun for all to work on those tans, but be sure to use sunscreen since the UV index is extreme. Water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab was 87 degrees.

    The main focus for severe weather in the US will be along the Ohio River Valley and back into the northern plains states as the ridge keeps the main storm track and the traveling westerlies well north of Alabama. And the tropics remain quiet with nothing expected for the next couple of days in either the Atlantic or eastern Pacific basins.

    Peering further into the future, the long range GFS holds onto the eastern US trough as we head into the first few days of July, but as you might expect, that pattern will not last long with the ridge forecast to come back as we head into the Fourth of July and just beyond.

    James Spann is expected back from vacation tomorrow with the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video. Be sure to stay aware of the heat, be sure to stay hydrated, and when working or playing outside, don’t overdue it!

    -Brian-

    Here Comes the Ridge

    | 6:39 am June 20, 2015

    The remnants of Bill were moving eastward across the Ohio River Valley this morning, so the northern third of Alabama was seeing some effects with a few showers traversing the area. Chances for showers thanks to Bill will stay up for much of the morning and into the afternoon, but then the ridge from the Southwest US will become the major player in our weather pattern bringing heat back to Central Alabama. Todays highs will be in the lower and middle 90s with a mix of sun and clouds.

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    The upper air reflection of Bill will move off the Mid-Atlantic States on Sunday. That’s when the ridge over the Four Corners area makes its move eastward. This ridge will be the main player in our weather through the end of the week. This should bring the heat up for Monday and Tuesday with highs into the middle and upper 90s for Central Alabama. Showers will be rather scarce but an isolated storm or two will be possible with slightly better chances further south.

    Through the weekend and much of next week, expect fairly typical June weather along the beaches of the northern Gulf Coast. At the beach highs in the upper 80s, while just inland readings will be in the lower 90s. Showers and storms will be possible each day as the sea breeze moves inland each day. There will be plenty of sun for all the sunbathers to work on those tans, but sunscreen is a must as the UV index is extreme. Water temperature at Perdido Pass at Orange Beach was 88 degrees.

    By the end of the week, we can expect to see a break in the heat as a fairly substantial trough develops over the eastern half of the US. This somewhat unusual dip in the westerlies will bring temperatures back to more seasonal values and the MOS guidance was painting upper 80s for Central Alabama. That will certainly be some welcome relief from the heat.

    Severe weather today will be focused on the Mid-Atlantic states ahead of the remnants of Bill as well as the Central Plains mainly centered on Iowa. And the Atlantic Basin remains quiet with no storms expected for the next several days.

    The GFS continues the trough as we head into July, but by the time we reach the fourth of July, the westerlies should push back north with ridging across the southern tier of the US bringing some heat back into the picture.

    I’ll have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted on Sunday morning. Enjoy the day, stay cool, and Godspeed.

    -Brian-