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Mid-Summer Saturday

| 1:58 pm July 25, 2015

The weather is hot and humid today. We are seeing mainly sunny conditions, and all locations across Central Alabama are seeing temperatures in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Drier air continues to settle into the state from the north, for this reason, most locations will stay dry. We are seeing a few a showers and storms on the radar this afternoon, mainly over South Alabama, but overall, it is just a typical late July Saturday across the state.

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Heading into the evening and overnight hours, expect fairly balmy and humid conditions. Any storms that develop will wind down once the sun sets this evening and we should see overnight lows into the mid-70s.

Expect plenty of sunshine on Sunday and a very hot day as the ridge continues to strengthen. Rain chances are lower tomorrow and we will see highs into the mid-90s with even some upper 90s in some locations of the state. It should be a great day to hit the local waterways or a pool to cool off.

Fewer Showers

| 8:12 am July 25, 2015

Temperatures will be trending to hotter across the area through the weekend and into the workweek thanks to fewer showers and storms.

FEWER SHOWERS TODAY: First, the much advertised reduction in showers and storms has finally started to happen. It has rained for 8 straight days at my home in Vestavia. At the Airport, it has only rained for three straight. It seems that the rain gods have known that I have been trying to stain my deck all week! Although some areas received heavy rains again Friday afternoon, the coverage was less than Thursday.

And today, you should see a dramatic reduction in the coverage. We won’t be able to eliminate them completely from the forecast, especially south of I-59, but they will be widely scattered in nature. The chance of any one spot seeing an afternoon shower is about 10% north of I-59. 10-15% south of I-59 and about 20% south of US-80. Highs today will be in the middle and upper 90s, with an emphasis on upper. There will be a few 100 degree readings in the black Belt down around Demopolis and Selma.

THE REASON BEHIND the reduction in showers and storms is drier air. The precipitable water values over North Central Alabama have dropped from over 2 inches yesterday to nearly half of that this morning.

RINSE, REPEAT: Sunday land Monday look like they will be a lot like today, but with even fewer showers and storms and more hot temperatures. Highs should be in the middle and upper 90s both days with rain chances coming in at nearly zilch.

RAIN CHANCES RAMP BACK UP: By midweek, we will be watching an approaching cool front to the northwest. Look for scattered showers to return to your local radar on Wednesday, increase a bit on Thursday and by Friday, rain will be likely. Look for highs Friday not to get out of the 80s. Those rain chances will remain high through the weekend and temperatures will remain on the more comfortable side.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A trough of low pressure will lie across the northern Gulf of Mexico through the weekend and into the early part of the new work week. This means lots of showers and storms out over the Gulf. But the beaches should be mainly dry through midweek before an approaching front ramps up shower and thunderstorm chances along the beautiful beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida. But if this is your week to head to the beach, take heart. Even late in the week, it won’t rain all day and there will be decent periods of sunshine each day. The rip current threat should be fairly low all week. The water temperature at Pensacola is a toasty 87F. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

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DANNY A THREAT TO THE EAST COAST? Look for low pressure to develop over the coast of the Carolinas by Tuesday. This system will be tropical in nature and should become Hurricane Danny as it skirts the Outer Banks and heads northeast. The most likely path looks like it will carry it just east of Long Island and Cape Cod, staying far enough at sea to preclude serious impact for the Northeast and New England, but recent runs of the operational European have included an impact on Long Island and eastern Massachusetts. We will be watching.

WEATHERBRAINS:. Fantastic show this week with Dr. Jason Persoff, a Medical Doctor from Denver who is an accomplished storm chaser. He gave a riveting account of his experience in Joplin, Missouri during the deadly tornado from 2011. Check out the weekly netcast that’s all about weather at www.WeatherBrains.com. You can also subscribe on iTunes. You can watch the show live at live.bigbrainsmedia.com. You can also see the show on the James Spann 24×7 weather channel on cable or directly over the air on the dot 2 feed.

Heat Levels Rising This Weekend

| 3:27 pm July 24, 2015

RADAR CHECK: We have a few showers and thunderstorms across North and Central Alabama this afternoon, but they are widely scattered.

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Showers are moving southeast, and will dissipate after dark. Birmingham’s high so far today (as of 3:00) is 88… very possible today will be the second day in a row with a high below 90.

BRING ON THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge, centered west of Alabama, will strengthen and expand eastward, so we are still expecting hotter afternoons, and fewer showers and thunderstorms tomorrow and Sunday. Chance of any one spot seeing a storm both days is about one in five, and most of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be generally in the mid 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change Monday and Tuesday, partly sunny both days with a high in the mid 90s, and only widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Then, later in the week showers and storms will increase as the upper ridge weakens again. Looks like highs could very well drop into the 80s by Friday July 31 with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms. 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 tomorrow through early next week along the stretch from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores, with an occasional passing thunderstorm. Highs on the coast in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet; we do note unsettled weather over the Florida Peninsula due to a broad surface low… if something happens to develop there in coming days it will move northeast and not impact Alabama.

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I enjoyed seeing the kids today at Pump It Up in Trussville… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! Bill Murray will be handling the Weather Xtreme videos here tomorrow and Sunday… enjoy the weekend!

Interesting Alabama NewsCenter Articles

| 1:50 pm July 24, 2015

Here are some of our favorite recent stories from our partners over at Alabama NewsCenter.  You can find Alabama WX forecasts there as well as many great stories and videos telling the good news of Alabama.

Peaches pack prosperity potential for Chilton County.  

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World Cup champions to play at Legion Field Sept. 20.

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United States’ Carli Lloyd (10) chases down the ball during the first half of the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship against Japan in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, July 5, 2015. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

SEC Football Media Days: From Skywriters Tour to unimagined new heights.

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Power restored before hottest temperatures arrive in Birmingham.

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Monroeville celebrates ‘Go Set a Watchman’.

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It’s time to beat the heat in Alabama

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Other recent articles from Alabama NewsCenter include the following:

Scammers don’t take a summer vacation – This quick guide will show you how to avoid becoming a victim.

Preteen poets: Middle schoolers embrace creative writing – “I am lightning.  My brother is thunder.  My sister is rain.  I am a symbol of speed, of power, of pain.”  (by Jordan from Montevallo Middle School)

The domino effect tells about the 2015 World Championship Domino Competition in Andalusia, Alabama.

Coach Pearl and the pros delight, enlighten at Barbasol Junior Clinic tells about how students learn lessons about golf and the game of life.

Alabama Power seeking up to 500 megawatts of renewable generation, including solar explains how a boost in renewable power options would allow Alabama Power to offer its customers more solar power than it has ever offered before.

Vestavia Hills home to young rising fashion design star tells of a local 14-year-old’s early successes, including winning first prize on the LifeTime Channel’s “Project Runway: Threads.”

Sloss Fest is latest note in Alabama music scene’s long resonance explores the rich musical heritage in Alabama and showcases some of the recent performers.

Gov. Bentley said new incentives are already spurring economic development activity:  “Creating jobs always should be our number one goal.”

Alabama poised to grow in the distribution center industry – See why the state’s unique location boasts a number of benefits.

Alabama Commerce Department adding new division, revising state economic development plan – “This is about meeting the needs of business and industry.”

Carla Davis: Turning disability into ability – “She’s a good example of someone who focuses on abilities and not disabilities.”

Homes for Our Troops benefits Noah Galloway and other veterans in Alabama.

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| 1:26 pm July 24, 2015

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Trending Hotter/Drier Over The Weekend

| 6:09 am July 24, 2015

OCEAN OF HUMIDITY: We have a few scattered showers over West Alabama at daybreak… otherwise the sky is mostly cloudy with areas of dense fog.

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The showers are moving southeast, and with rich low level moisture in place, we will maintain the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, although the rain won’t be as extensive as yesterday. Some rain totals Thursday include 2.37? at Helena, 1.69? at Lake View, 1.61? at Montgomery, 1.40? at Coker, and 1.17? at Bessemer.

We project a high today close to 90 degrees in most places with intervals of sunshine away from the scattered showers.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The upper ridge begins to rebuild, so the weather trends hotter and drier. Still, no doubt we will have a few storms around both days, but they will be much more scattered in nature. Expect a good supply of sunshine tomorrow and Sunday with a high back up in the mid 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms stay widely scattered, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours Monday and Tuesday… then increasing again over the latter half of the week as the ridge weakens. Highs well up in the 90s Monday and Tuesday, but by Friday of next week many places will see a high only in the 80s because of clouds and showers. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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GULF COAST WEATHER: We project about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through early next week, with a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning is 85 degrees. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: Still no sign of any tropical storm formation across the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

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