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Welcome to July!

| 4:00 pm July 1, 2016

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July is known around these parts as the hottest month of the year, and that is completely expected. For the month, the average daytime high is 90.8ºF, with the average overnight low at 71.4ºF. The temperature reaches 90ºF or above on average in July. The hottest day ever in Birmingham was recorded on July 29, 1930, as the thermometer soared to a sweltering 107ºF. On 16 occasions, the high for Birmingham has reached 105ºF or higher, with eleven of those times observed in the month of July. The coolest reading ever observed in Birmingham during the month was back on July 15, 1967, when the low reached a cool 51ºF.

July is not known to be the sunniest month of the year, with only 59% of possible average sunshine. There are six months that actually average more sunshine. On 13.7 days of the month, rain is usually observed in Birmingham, with 11.7 of those days involving thunderstorms, both tops for the year. On average, 4.80 inches of rain falls during the month of July, but it can be a lot wetter or a lot drier. The most ever for July was observed back in 1916 when 20.12 inches fell, making it the wettest month ever in the history of Birmingham. In 1983, only a whopping 0.30 inches of rain was observed, which is the driest month on record for Birmingham.

Hope that you get acquainted with this weather, because it will be with us for a while. There really isn’t that much difference on average between July and August.

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Mostly Dry Through Sunday

| 2:08 pm July 1, 2016

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live in Centreville for a Fourth of July event on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms are almost impossible to find across Alabama this afternoon with relatively dry air in place. Dewpoints are in the 50s, and humidity values are generally in the 30 percent range, making the 90s feel as comfortable as possible.

THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Not much change tomorrow and Sunday. Understand the chance of an afternoon shower or storm is not zero, but most communities will stay dry as any showers will be few and far between. Days will be partly sunny; nights mostly fair. Highs will be up in the mid 90s both afternoons.

We do expect to see an increase in the number of showers and storms Monday, but they will still be scattered and it won’t rain everywhere. Chance of any one spot seeing a shower or storm Monday afternoon is about one in three, and most of the showers will come from 2:00 until 9:00 p.m. The GFS is printing a high of 92 Monday afternoon at Birmingham.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: We expect pretty routine summer weather, with partly sunny days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be generally in the 90-95 degree range.

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TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected at least over the next five days across the Atlantic basin.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through early next week with a few scattered storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

AIR QUALITY ALERT: A “code orange” air quality alert has been issued for the Birmingham metro (Jefferson and Shelby Counties) again tomorrow due to the potential of ground level ozone.

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.

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My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted Monday morning… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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Bringing Us Bama’s Best – Good News Stories From Alabama NewsCenter

| 12:51 pm July 1, 2016

Bama bikes, beautiful beaches, Birmingham Barons, B&B, Brexit and Bentley were in this week’s good news from Alabama NewsCenter. And that was just the B’s! Check out the rest of the alphabet and the stories that made us feel good about our state.

Spirit of America Festival a 50-year red, white and blue bonanza in Decatur

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Alabama ranked eighth-most patriotic state in the nation

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Have a booming, fantastic Fourth of July with Can’t Miss Alabama

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Alabama motorcycles take the spotlight on Norman Reedus show

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley visits Hyundai assembly line after production begins on Santa Fe SUV

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Phillip West keeps Alabama’s beaches beautiful

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Class dismissed: Preston Goldfarb directs his final Birmingham-Southern soccer camp

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Mr. Spivey’s neighborhood: University of South Alabama graduate gets local

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How Birmingham’s Southern Research cancer advances changed a life

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University of Alabama looks to do for sports technology what Crimson Tide has done for football

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Mobile’s B&B Pet Stop reigning with cats, dogs and more

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9 fireworks safety tips from UAB

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Andalusia aims to make Candyland even sweeter in its second year

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Dr. Frank Gravlee’s Farrier’s Formula takes the world by stampede

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UAB physician uses telehealth to replace face-to- face visit for home dialysis patients

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Jefferson County officials battle anthrax at school as part of training scenario

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Alabama Power to limit water releases from dams in response to dry conditions

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Could U.S. real estate markets benefit from Brexit?

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Birmingham Barons fans go nuts over Peanut-Free Night

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Colorful detergent pods more likely to cause poison injuries in children

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23 years after ‘Crazy in Alabama,’ Mark Childress comes home to celebrate it

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Alabama Public Television earns Murrow Award for ‘Jeremiah’

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Seasick Records joins SlossFest, adding fourth stage to the mix

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Sylvan Esso

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Ghostland Observatory

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Joy Formidable

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: JR. JR.

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Struts

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Danny Brown

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Washed Out

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King Neptune’s Royal Red Shrimp reigns on list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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May home sales in Mobile up 12 percent over same period last year

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Montgomery year-to- date home sales through May up 7 percent over same period last year

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Huntsville May home sales up 13 percent over same period a year ago

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Gulf Coast condo sales rose 13 percent in May over last year

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Lake Martin waterfront May home sales up from April

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Tuscaloosa home sales in May up 16 percent over the same period last year

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Cullman May home sales up 16 percent over 2015

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Lee County year-to- date home sales through May up 9 percent over same period in 2015

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Baldwin County May home sales hold steady compared to prior year

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Gadsden home sales rise 18 percent in May over 2015

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Lake Martin May home sales up from April

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Phenix City year-to- date home sales through May up 6 percent over last year

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May home sales in Marshall County up 14 percent over 2015

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Shoals area home sales in May unchanged compared to 2015

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May home sales in Athens rise sharply compared to 2015

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Wiregrass May home sales 14 percent above the same period last year

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Calhoun County May home sales up from the same period in 2015

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Midday Nowcast: Hot Today, Hotter Than A Firecracker This Weekend

| 11:43 am July 1, 2016

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What a great morning that we have experienced so far in Central Alabama. Clear skies, and one of the coolest early morning lows (64ºF) we have seen on July 1st in Birmingham since 2000. As Bill posted earlier this morning, it was the 16th coolest July 1st on record and 6ºF below normal for Birmingham. There were even cooler readings from other communities in Central Alabama, with the coolest being 56ºF in Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden).

At this hour, Central Alabama is still crystal clear outside, and with these lower dewpoints, it sure does feel nice out there. The only activity showing up on the satellite image and radar at this time is located down in the southeastern part of the state. Scattered showers are dotting the radar in Barbour, Pike, Henry, Dale, Coffee, Houston, Geneva, and Covington counties.

TEMPERATURES AT THIS HOUR: Most locations in Central Alabama are up in the mid to upper 80s at this time. Here is a list of temperature observations from around the state:

Muscle Shoals: 86
Huntsville: 88
Birmingham: 86
Anniston: 88
Tuscaloosa: 85
Alexander City: 86
Montgomery: 87
Dothan: 84
Mobile: 88

TODAY’S WEATHER: Skies should stay generally clear throughout the remainder of the day, with a few clouds moving into the northern counties after sunset. As with usual summertime weather, there is a small risk for an isolated shower for Central Alabama, but that chance is really small and most communities will stay dry. Afternoon highs will be in the low to mid 90s. Overnight lows tonight will be in the low 70s, with a few places in the 60s.

CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY: The Air Quality Index for the Birmingham Metropolitan Area will be in the “Code Orange” for ozone. People with lung or heart disease, children and older adults, or people who are active outdoors should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

TODAY’S CLIMATOLOGY FOR BIRMINGHAM: The normal high for July 1st is 90, while the normal low is 71. The record high for today was set back in 1954 at 103. The record low was set back in 1950 at 54.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND WEATHER: Not much change for this weekend’s weather. The surface front that is located over the middle of the state will dissipate, allowing for humidity levels to start to creep back up for Central Alabama. Even with that, shower and thunderstorm chances will remain pretty small, maybe a 10-20 percent chance each day. Days will be partly to mostly sunny and fair nights. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 90s, with a few places reaching the upper 90s especially on Sunday.

HEADED TO THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

GULF WATERS: To clear up any confusion, there is “no flesh eating bacteria” in the Gulf waters of Northwest Florida or South Alabama. Please read this well written article by Jeremy Pate of WJHG-TV in Panama City that explains the situation very clearly.

THE TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the holiday weekend.

WEATHERBRAINS: This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists at ABC 33/40. Last night, we talked Oklahoma weather with the folks from OK First. You can listen anytime on the web, or on iTunes. You can find it here.

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Satellite Sheldon’s Holiday Weekend Update

| 11:09 am July 1, 2016

Most everybody without a garden or lawn and something to do outside will like this holiday weekend forecast…except if it rains Monday during fireworks time. The chance of that is very small.

Stay safe and enjoy the Holiday weekend!

– Sheldon Kusselson

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Oh What A Beautiful Morning

| 7:45 am July 1, 2016

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You just don’t get many July 1st mornings across Central Alabama where you just want to have breakfast outside, but this was one of them.

The 64F this morning at the Birmingham Airport ranks as the 16th coolest on record and is 6 degrees below normal.

Listing of the 20 coolest July 1sts on record in Birmngham

Listing of the 20 coolest July 1sts on record in Birmngham

It is also just ten degrees off the record low for the date. It was 54F on the date in 1950, and 57F in the cool summer of 1979.

It has not been this cool on July 1st since 2000.

Add in dewpoints in the upper 50s and you have a pleasant backdrop for outdoor activity early this morning.

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Storms Stay Few And Far Between Through Sunday

| 6:22 am July 1, 2016

PLEASANT MORNING: A number of communities have dropped into the 50s on this first morning of July… temperatures at sunrise include:

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 56
Cullman 57
Fort Payne 57
Valley Head 57
Coker 58
Concord 58
Russellville 59
Center Point 61

Just for the fun of it, I checked the observations up north, and noticed Crane Lake, Minnesota dropped to 36 degrees at 6:00 a.m. CT. How about that for July 1.

HOT HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Alabama’s weather won’t change much through Sunday. The stalled surface front over the middle of the state will gradually wash out, meaning humidity levels slowly rising. While a shower or thunderstorm will be possible each day during the afternoon and evening hours, odds of any one spot getting rain will remain pretty small, in the 10-20 percent range.

Temperatures will creep up into the mid 90s; a few spots could see upper 90s Sunday afternoon. Expect partly to mostly sunny days and fair nights.

NEXT WEEK: We do expect to see an increase in the number of scattered showers and thunderstorms Monday as a weak surface front approaches, and the air aloft becomes a little colder. No wash-out, but just understand a passing storm is very possible Monday, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Most of the showers should be over by fireworks time at 9:00.

Then, for the rest of the week, expect pretty typical summer weather with partly sunny days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be mostly in the low 90s… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: All remains quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with the risk of a few scattered storms daily. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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.

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I will be live at an event in Bibb County this afternoon, so just one Weather Xtreme video today. But I will post fresh forecast notes here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Dry Air Over North Alabama

| 3:28 pm June 30, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As expected, all of the showers and storms are over the southern half of Alabama this afternoon…

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North Alabama is in very dry air; the dew point at Huntsville has dropped to 45 degrees at 3:00… the relative humidity there is only 20 percent.

Tonight will be fair and pleasant; cooler pockets will drop into the 50s tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: The stalled surface front over Central Alabama will slowly wash out, but the air will still be pretty dry, and any showers or storms during the afternoon and evening hours across the north/central counties of Alabama will be few and far between. Chance of any one spot getting wet each afternoon is only about one in five; most of the scattered storms will remain over South Alabama. The high tomorrow will be in the low 90s, followed by mid 90s Saturday and Sunday. Days will be partly to mostly sunny, and nights mostly fair.

MONDAY: A surface front will approach, and with rising moisture levels we expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to become more numerous across the state. It won’t rain all day, but a passing shower or storm is a pretty good possibility, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Monday’s high will be close to 90 degrees.

The rest of next week should feature pretty routine July weather; hot humid days with the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

DEVELOPING DROUGHT: A decent part of Northeast Alabama is now in “severe drought” conditions…

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AIR QUALITY ALERT: A code orange air quality alert has been issued for Jefferson and Shelby Counties tomorrow due to ground level ozone. Defer using gas-powered engines. Walk, bike, carpool, or use transit if possible. Link errands into one trip. Conserve energy.

TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected through the holiday weekend across the Atlantic basin.

AT THE BEACH: Expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through the Fourth of July weekend on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores; there will be a risk of a few scattered storms daily. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Midday Nowcast: Full Sunshine and Lower Dewpoints Today

| 12:15 pm June 30, 2016

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A beautiful day and not as uncomfortable as a cold front has pushed through much of the state and has brought with it lower dewpoints and drier air. On the latest visible satellite image, all of north and central Alabama are enjoying clear skies and full sunshine. Cloud cover is pretty much confined to the southern counties of the state.

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On the radar, the only places in the state receiving any rainfall at the moment are the southern-most counties above the Florida Panhandle. These are developing along and ahead of the cold front. These showers may be drifting very slowly to the northeast, but for the most part they are stationary.

TEMPERATURES AT THIS HOUR: Most locations in Central Alabama are up in the low to mid 80s, and dewpoints are lower as well as drier air is moving in from the north. Here is a list of temperature observations from around the state:

Birmingham: 83
Anniston: 85
Tuscaloosa: 84
Muscle Shoals: 81
Huntsville: 84
Alexander City: 88
Montgomery: 89
Dothan: 82
Mobile: 84

TODAY’S WEATHER: As the drier air continues to make the temperatures feel not so bad, skies will remain generally clear and we’ll have a full supply of sun. As with summertime weather, the chance of rain today is not completely zero, but it is so small that its not worth mentioning. Afternoon highs will be at or just over 90 degrees, but with lower dewpoints, it won’t feel all that bad.

CODE YELLOW AIR QUALITY: The Air Quality Index for the Birmingham Metropolitan Area will be in the “Code Yellow” (moderate range) for ozone and particulate matter. People who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.

TODAY’S CLIMATOLOGY FOR BIRMINGHAM: The normal high for June 30th is 90, while the normal low is 68. The record high for today was set back in 1931 at 104. The record low was set back in 1923 at 53.

FRIDAY’S WEATHER: Pretty much a carbon copy of today. The surface boundary in South Alabama will weaken and dewpoints will start to slowly rise again, back at or just over 60. Skies will be generally clear and afternoon temperatures will be in the low 90s, with a few places reaching the mid 90s. There is a slight risk for an isolated afternoon shower or storm, but most communities in the area will remain dry.

HEADED TO THE BEACH: Pretty standard summer weather continues on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through the Fourth of July weekend. About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

GULF WATERS: To clear up any confusion, there is “no flesh eating bacteria” in the Gulf waters of Northwest Florida or South Alabama. Please read this well written article by Jeremy Pate of WJHG-TV in Panama City that explains the situation very clearly.

THE TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the holiday weekend.

WEATHERBRAINS: This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists at ABC 33/40. Last night, we talked Oklahoma weather with the folks from OK First. You can listen anytime on the web, or on iTunes. You can find it here.

ADVERTISE WITH US: Deliver your message to a highly engaged audience by advertising on the AlabamaWX.com website. The site enjoyed 10.2 MILLION pageviews in the past 12 months. Don’t miss out! We can customize a creative, flexible and affordable package that will suit your organization’s needs. Contact me, Bill Murray, at (205) 687-0782 and let’s talk.

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Showers Few And Far Between Through Sunday

| 6:23 am June 30, 2016

CALM SUMMER WEATHER: On the maps this morning a surface boundary is near U.S. 80 (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika)… drier air is over North Alabama, and temperatures have reached the upper 50s at places like Cullman and Fort Payne. Our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, reports 58 degrees at daybreak. Accordingly, the best chance of a pop up afternoon storm today will be south of that front, over the southern counties of Alabama.

The chance of a shower for North Alabama is not zero, but the risk is so small for any one given point that we won’t mention it in the forecast. The high today will be at or just over 90 degrees in most spots with a partly to mostly sunny sky.

TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: The surface boundary over Central Alabama will slowly lose it’s identity, but the air over the northern half of the state will remain pretty dry for early July. We will mention “isolated storms” during the afternoon and evening hours, but many communities will remain dry on these three days. The chance of any one spot getting wet each afternoon is about one in five. Heat levels will creep up, with highs in the 92-96 degree range.

MONDAY: Another surface front will approach from the north, and we expect an increase in the number of scattered showers and storms for Independence Day. Still, no “wash-out”… just be ready for a passing storm if you have something planned outside.

And, the rest of next week looks pretty routine with hot, humid days and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms”. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is still very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the holiday weekend.

AT THE BEACH: Pretty standard summer weather for the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through the weekend; about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with 90s inland.

To clear up confusion, there is no “flesh eating bacteria” in the Gulf waters of Northwest Florida or South Alabama… please read this well written article by Jeremy Pate of WJHG-TV in Panama City that explains the situation very clearly.

See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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