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Cold Front Brings Cool Down

| 7:14 am October 18, 2014

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Dry and pleasant weather is expected to fill the forecast for the next seven days. In fact, we might go all the way to November before the next good rain event for Central Alabama.

A cold front was making its way through Alabama this morning and will usher in some cooler and drier air once again. Highs yesterday made it into the lower 80s for most locations, but the cold front will keep temperatures in check today with highs in the middle 70s.

In the Atlantic, Gonzalo has moved by Bermuda will continue to weaken as it accelerates northeast across the northern Atlantic. In the Pacific, Trudy was along the western coast of Mexico and weakening as it moved slowly ashore.

For those heading to football events today, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa with a 2:30 pm kickoff. The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. And the UAB Blazers are on the road playing Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro (2:30 pm kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff to near 62 by the final whistle.

And for the races at Talladega, sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through the weekend. Afternoon highs today and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

The weather is expected to stay dry for the week ahead, but the weather pattern remains pretty active. The upper trough responsible for bringing the dry cold front through the state today will move briskly off the Atlantic coast by Sunday. But another trough is forecast to drop in right behind the first one. This one is forecast to close off over the Mid-Atlantic states Wednesday which keeps us on the dry side with a cool, but not especially cold, northwesterly flow. Look for another dry cold front around Wednesday which will drop temperatures back into the lower 70s for highs.

The upper closed low moves off on Friday and Saturday leaving behind troughiness over the Southeast US. So all in all, it looks like dry weather for the week ahead as temperatures warm a little for the middle of the week and then cool off again back to seasonal values for the latter part of the week.

Looking out into voodoo country, the GFS maintains a broad ridge over the eastern half of the country which should keep us dry until early November.

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Cooler Air Arrives Tomorrow

| 3:01 pm October 17, 2014

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TONS O’ SUN: What a delightful afternoon across the great state of Alabama. A sunny sky, low humidity, and temperatures in the 78-82 degree range.

Over the weekend, a new surge of cool air drops in here, giving us a gentle cooling trend and keeping our weather rain-free. We project a high in the low 70s tomorrow, and close to 70 Sunday afternoon with sunshine in full supply both days. The coolest morning will come early Sunday when temperatures drop into the mid 40s; some of the colder valleys could reach the upper 30s.

No real change in our weather next week as moisture is cut off from the region, yet another surge of cooler, drier continental air arrives Wednesday. As we discussed this morning, our next good rain event could very well come in early November.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games tonight. A clear sky with temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs tomorrow and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonzalo is packing sustained winds of 125 mph (category three) this afternoon, and the eye is nearing the small island of Bermuda…

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And, over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana is packing sustained winds of 70 mph, and could become a minimal hurricane tonight. It will pass west and south of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: No rain for the next seven days from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with sunny days and clear nights. Highs will be mostly in the 75 to 80 degree range, with lows generally in the 60s.

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Calm October Weather Pattern

| 6:07 am October 17, 2014

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MORNING CHILL: We are starting the day down in the 40s across the great state of Alabama; our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, is reporting 42 degrees at daybreak… most communities are in the mid to upper 40s with a clear sky.

The day ahead will be sunny with a big warm-up… the high will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

THE WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK: A fresh supply of cooler air will arrive tomorrow; the day will be sunny and breezy at times with a high in the low 70s. Sunday morning will be pretty chilly with mid 40s like; some of the colder pockets over Northeast Alabama will dip into the upper 30s. The day Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply with a high close to 70 degrees.

The air stays dry next week, meaning more great fall weather with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. It would very well be early November before our next really significant rain event in Alabama.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games tonight. A clear sky with temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs tomorrow and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Gonzalo is a major hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph, it will pass very close to Bermuda late today. Then, it recurves into the North Atlantic, with no impact on the U.S. mainland.

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In the Pacific… Tropical Storm Ana should become a minimal hurricane today; it is expected to pass south and west of the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: An easy forecast; sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through next week. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows mostly in the 60s from Panama City over to Gulf Shores.

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No Rain Through Next Week

| 2:50 pm October 16, 2014

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DRY DAYS: What a beautiful afternoon; a sunny sky with temperatures mostly in the upper 60s and low 70s. Dry air, no rain. Tomorrow will be another mostly sunny day with a warmer afternoon; the high will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

OUR WEEKEND: A new surge of cooler air arrives Saturday, and will set a really nice weekend with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs over the weekend will be mostly in the low 70s, with temperatures early Sunday reaching the mid 40s. Some of the cooler pockets over Northeast Alabama might reach the upper 30s.

The pleasant fall weather continues into early next week; in fact the GFS model really doesn’t show a decent chance of rain through the rest of October. This is our driest month of the year, so long dry spells are not that unusual.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky tonight and tomorrow night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Gonzalo is a dangerous, category four hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph, it will pass very close to Bermuda during the daytime hours tomorrow. Then, it recurves into the North Atlantic, with no impact on the U.S. mainland.

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In the Pacific… Tropical Storm Ana could become a minimal hurricane tomorrow; it is expected to pass south of the Big Island of Hawaii Saturday.

GULF COAST WEATHER: An easy forecast; sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through next week. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows mostly in the 60s from Panama City over to Gulf Shores.

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Sunny Days, Clear Cool Nights

| 5:55 am October 16, 2014

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DRY OCTOBER WEATHER PATTERN: This is a month known for comfortable, dry weather, and that pretty much sums up our weather for at least the next seven days, and probably longer. Thankfully we had the big rain event earlier this week, so we can enjoy it.

We expect sunshine in full supply today and tomorrow; today’s high will be close to 70, and then we warm to near 80 tomorrow afternoon. The humidity will be low, and the visibility will be excellent.

OUR WEEKEND: A fresh supply of cool, dry air arrives Saturday, and that will knock highs back into the low to mid 70s. Coolest morning should come early Sunday, with the low will be in the mid to upper 40s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky tonight and tomorrow night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 75 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is a major hurricane (category four) in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 150 mph, and the eye is expected to pass just west of Bermuda tomorrow. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

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Over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana could become a minimal hurricane briefly before passing just south of the Big Island of Hawaii this weekend.

REST OF OCTBER: The GFS really shows no significant chance of rain for the rest of the month here. It continues to develop a tropical system in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico next week, which moves northeast, perhaps impacting southern Florida. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be speaking to the Birmingham Chapter of the Case Management Society of America this morning in Vestavia Hills… and this evening I will be live at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so…

Delightful Fall Weather Ahead

| 3:51 pm October 15, 2014

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THIS AFTERNOON: A deck of stratocumulus clouds is over the northern third of Alabama this afternoon, where temperatures are barely out of the 50s in spots along with a cool west breeze. But, South Alabama is in full sunshine with temperatures in the 70s. We will maintain the risk of a few showers over Northeast Alabama this evening as the upper trough axis rotates overhead, but rain amounts there will be light and spotty.

FINE FALL WEATHER: A dry, stable, continental airmass will cover Alabama and the Deep South tomorrow through the weekend, setting the stage for sunny days and fair nights. The high tomorrow will be close to 70 degrees, but on Friday we warm into the upper 70s. Some spots could see 80 degrees Friday afternoon, but a new surge of cooler air blows in here over the weekend. We project highs in the 70s Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the 40s and 50s.

The dry, pleasant weather will likely continue into early next week.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 75 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is a major hurricane (category four) in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 130 mph, and the eye is expected to pass just west of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s (although the high Friday will be in the low 80s), with lows in the 60s.

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Some Scattered Light Rain Possible

| 6:17 am October 15, 2014

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ON THE MAPS: A deep, cold core upper trough axis will rotate over Alabama today, bringing breezy and cool weather to the state with cloudy periods over the northern counties.

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We will continue to mention the chance of scattered light rain this afternoon and early tonight, mainly north of I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston). Rain amounts will be light and spotty, and the showers will be out of here by midnight. Highs today will be in the 60s; some communities near the Tennessee border might hold in the cool 50s all day.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Fine fall weather, with sunny days and clear nights. The high tomorrow will be in the 67-70 degree range, but we then warm into the upper 70s Friday. Then, a fresh supply of cooler air arrives for the weekend. For Saturday and Sunday, we project highs in the 70s, and lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. Delightful.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 76 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 72 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo has become a major hurricane in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 125 mph, and is expected to pass very close to the island of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

LONG RANGE: The GFS, famous for developing bogus tropical systems in the medium range (days 7-15) that never happen, is again latching on to the idea of a tropical storm in the Gulf October 26-26, but we remain skeptical. But, do keep in mind the Gulf has not been touched by a tropical system this season and there is lots of latent heat energy available. See the video for the maps.

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I will be doing a program this morning for the patients at Children’s of Alabama in downtown Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Breezy and Cool October Weather

| 3:32 pm October 14, 2014

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THIS AFTERNOON: The rain is now east of Alabama, but a deep, cold upper trough is still west of the state, and that is allowing only limited intervals of sunshine this afternoon. Temperatures are in the 60s with a gusty west wind.

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A deep, cold upper trough will rotate through our state tonight and tomorrow, keeping the sky cloudy at times over the northern counties of the state. We will mention the risk of showers tomorrow primarily along and north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). Rain amounts there should be fairly light, and the weather from I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston) south should be dry. The day tomorrow will be breezy and cool with a high in the mid to upper 60s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will feature delightful fall weather conditions. Sunshine in full supply, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. Highs will be in the 70s, and lows will be in the mid to upper 40s for most locations.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry, stable air stays in place, and the weather won’t change much. Sunny days, fair nights, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Perfect weather for race weekend at Talladega, or anything else you want to do outside. The kind of weather you expect in October.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 76 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 72 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is packing sustained winds of 110 mph north of Puerto Rico this afternoon; it is expected to strengthen into a category three storm tonight or tomorrow, and pass very close to the island of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows in the 60s. Perfect fall weather.

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 it live on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I enjoyed seeing a big group today at Englewood Elementary School in Tuscaloosa…. be looking for them o the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News… the first graders from Oliver Elementary in Birmingham will be on at 5:00. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….