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Cooler Tonight; Dry Through Tomorrow

| 3:48 pm April 20, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Nothing showing up across Alabama this afternoon despite a cold core upper trough passing overhead; looks like the air is too dry to support any isolated showers. However, just east of Alabama severe storms have formed over East Georgia and parts of South Carolina, where a number of tornado warnings have been required.

The image below was captured from the top of the Weather Channel building in North Atlanta by meteorologist Wayne Verno; a tornado warning was in effect at the time.

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COOL, DRY AIR: Tonight will be clear and cooler; many locations will drop into the mid 40s early tomorrow morning. Then, tomorrow promises to be a beautiful spring day, with ample sunshine and a high in the low 70s.

MOIST AIR RETURNS: While the weather stays dry Wednesday morning, we will need to introduce the chance of showers late in the day Wednesday as moisture levels rise. Then, we will have a chance of occasional showers and thunderstorms Thursday and Friday as that moist airmass stays in place. Afternoon highs on these three days should be in the low to mid 70s. The rain won’t be continuous, but it could come at any hour of the day or night.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Global models suggest the chance of showers and storms will continue into the beginning of the weekend on Saturday. A surface low will move along I-40 from Oklahoma City to Memphis, and we could be dealing with a few strong storms Saturday in that kind of setup. However, there is little bulk shear, and wind fields are not especially strong, so a major severe weather issue doesn’t look likely. Showers will likely end Saturday night, and Sunday looks dry with lower humidity and a good supply of sunshine. The high Saturday will be close to 80, but back in the low 70s Sunday.

Then, showers will return early next week as moisture levels rise again.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s total for the year is 21.14″… a surplus of 3.71″. The total for April is 8.21″, but not close to the record rain total for April; 13.79″ recorded in 1979. Of course, we still have 10 more days to go this month.

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Calmer Weather For Alabama Today

| 6:15 am April 20, 2015

STORMS ARE OUT OF HERE: The batch of noisy, pre-dawn thunderstorms that moved through North Alabama is over into Northeast Georgia, and moving away from us. Thankfully there were very few reports of wind damage early this morning in our state, and the day ahead will be much calmer than the past 48 hours.

This lightning photo from early this morning was taken at Snead, in Blount County, by Jake King…

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We expect a mix of sun and clouds today, and this afternoon we will mention just the risk of isolated showers as the upper trough axis passes overhead. Most of the moisture is gone, so any rain will be light and spotty, and many communities will be dry today. The high will be in the low to mid 70s this afternoon.

Tomorrow promises to be a beautiful day with low humidity and a cool morning. We begin with an early morning low in the mid 40s, then we climb into the low 70s with sunshine in full supply.

MOISTURE RETURNS WEDNESDAY: Wednesday looks like a partly sunny day, and we will mention the risk of a few afternoon showers as moisture begins to return. Showers and storms become more likely Thursday and Friday ahead of another upper trough lifting out of the Southwest U.S. Highs will remain in the 70s.

STRONG STORMS? A surface low is forecast to be northwest of Alabama by Friday night, and the GFS is hinting that strong, possibly severe storms could be an issue Friday night into Saturday morning with decent upper support. Really too early to define the specific risk.

THE WEEKEND: The forecast for Saturday is low confidence due to model madness. The GFS hints the rain will be gone by midday Saturday, but the European model (ECMWF) keeps a chance of showers and storms through the day. We should have better clarity in coming days, but for now we will lean toward the wetter ECMWF solution and keep rain in the forecast. But, Sunday looks very nice with ample sunshine and lower humidity levels. Saturday’s high will be in the 77-80 degree range, but back in the low 70s Sunday.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s rain total for the year is 20.41″, and the surplus is 2.98″. The total so far for the month of April is 7.48″. FYI… this is not close to a record… our wettest April on record was in 1979 when we recorded 13.79″ for the month.

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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 episode tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I have a weather program this morning at St. Clair County High School in Odenville… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: NE Blount Co.

| 2:33 am April 20, 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN BLOUNT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 245 AM CDT

* AT 232 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER
BROOKSVILLE…OR 8 MILES SOUTH OF ARAB…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55
MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SNEAD…STRAWBERRY…MCLARTY AND BROOKSVILLE.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Cullman County

| 1:55 am April 20, 2015

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Strong to severe thunderstorms with a history of producing wind damage are moving across western Cullman County at this time. They will be approaching I-65 shortly. Be in a safe place as these dangerous storms approach.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSON (FOR HUNTSVILLE) HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 245 AM CDT

* AT 154 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR HELICON…OR
7 MILES EAST OF ARLEY…MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
DODGE CITY AROUND 205 AM CDT.
GOOD HOPE AROUND 210 AM CDT.
CULLMAN AND HANCEVILLE AROUND 215 AM CDT.
HOLLY POND AROUND 225 AM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE
BREMEN…WALTER…LOGAN…WEST POINT…GARDEN CITY…BALDWIN…CRANE
HILL…JONES CHAPEL…PHELAN AND BAILEYTON.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Walker and Winston

| 1:17 am April 20, 2015

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The good news is that the storms are definitely weaker and the warnings will be allowed to expire soon.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 215 AM CDT

* AT 116 AM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES NORTH OF LYNN TO 6 MILES SOUTH OF GLEN
ALLEN…MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS POSSIBLE. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE

TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
JASPER…CARBON HILL…LYNN…ARLEY…DOUBLE SPRINGS…ADDISON…
KANSAS…NAUVOO…ELDRIDGE…SARDIS…CAMP MCDOWELL…CURRY…
HELICON…BRUSHY LAKE…SMITH LAKE…ASHBANK…INMANFIELD…POPLAR
SPRINGS…FALLS CITY AND CORINTH REC AREA.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Lamar County

| 1:16 am April 20, 2015

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 145 AM CDT

* AT 114 AM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR CALEDONIA TO NEAR BLOOMING GROVE…MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…MINOR TREE DAMAGE IS POSSIBLE.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
VERNON…SULLIGENT…BEAVERTON…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…BEDFORD…
LAMAR COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE…STAR AND HIGHTOGY.