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More Strong Storms in Western Alabama, Heads Up Fayette & Lamar Counties

| 1:25 pm July 30, 2016

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Strong thunderstorms are moving through Northwestern Fayette and Central Lamar Counties, with the strongest ones located over Lamar County Airport and Sulligent. These storms are moving eastward at 30 MPH. The NWS has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for Northwestern Fayette and Central Lamar Counties until 2:00 PM for the threat of pea-size hail, wind gusts in excess of 50 MPH, and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning. If you are in the path of these storms, please stay indoors until it they pass. Communities in the path of these storms are listed below:

WINFIELD…FAYETTE…VERNON…SULLIGENT…GLEN ALLEN…BEAVERTON…GU-WIN…
LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…BLOOMING GROVE…BLUFF…CREWS…WAYSIDE AND HUBBERTVILLE.

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Strong Storm Moving Into Northeastern Blount County

| 12:42 pm July 30, 2016

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Strong thunderstorms are moving into Northeastern Blount County, with the strongest ones located near Holly pond and Cullman. These storms are moving eastward at 20 MPH. The NWS has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for Northeastern Blount County until 1:30 PM for the threat of pea-size hail, wind gusts in excess of 40 MPH, and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning. If you are in the path of these storms, please stay indoors until it they pass. Communities in the path of these storms are listed below:

BLOUNTSVILLE…ALTOONA…SNEAD…SUSAN MOORE…WALNUT GROVE…STRAWBERRY…
MCLARTY…BROOKSVILLE…CHAMBLEES MILL…HENDRIX AND FOWLER SPRING.

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Storms Pushing Through Jefferson County, Soon Into St. Clair County

| 12:36 pm July 30, 2016

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Strong thunderstorms are continuing to push through Jefferson County, with the strongest ones lined up from near Clay to Birmingham to Ensley. These storms were still moving eastward at 25 MPH. The NWS has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for Northeastern Jefferson and Southwestern St. Clair Counties until 1:15 PM for the threat of pea-size hail, wind gusts in excess of 40 MPH, and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning. If you are in the path of these storms, please stay indoors until it they pass. Communities in the path of these storms are listed below:

BIRMINGHAM…VESTAVIA HILLS…HOMEWOOD…MOUNTAIN BROOK…TRUSSVILLE…
GARDENDALE…IRONDALE…LEEDS…MOODY…FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…
SPRINGVILLE…ODENVILLE…CENTER POINT… PLEASANT GROVE…CLAY…
PINSON…TARRANT…MARGARET AND ARGO.

There are more storms building back to the west of these, and each contain copious amounts of rainfall along with dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning. All of these are moving to the east. Much of the northern parts of Central Alabama will should receive decent amounts of rain today.

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Strong Storms In Walker County Pushing Into Blount & Jefferson Counties

| 11:57 am July 30, 2016

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Strong storms are located in northeastern parts of Walker County near Lynns Park and near Cordova are pushing eastward at 20 MPH, and will soon enter the southwestern part of Blount County and the north central part of Jefferson County. NWS has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for these storms until 12:30 PM. Pea-size hail, wind gusts in excess of 40 MPH, and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning can be expected. If you are in the path of these storms, please stay indoors until they pass. Here is a list of communities in the path of these storms:

JASPER…GARDENDALE…SUMITON…CORDOVA…DORA…WARRIOR…KIMBERLY…MORRIS…
TRAFFORD…HAYDEN…SIPSEY…COUNTY LINE…BLOUNT SPRINGS…ROCKY HOLLOW…
BELOIT…ARKADELPHIA…LYNNS PARK…SAYRE…POWELLVILLE AND SMOKE RISE.

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Strong Thunderstorms in the Northwestern Parts of the Area

| 11:23 am July 30, 2016

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Showers and thunderstorms are forming west of I-65 and north of I-20. A few of these are pretty strong, putting down copious amounts of rain along with dangerous cloud-to ground lightning. The strongest storm in the state is located in Eastern Winston County, where the NWS has issued a Significant Weather Advisory until 11:45 AM. Storm is located near Moreland and Camp McDowell and is moving to the east at 25 MPH. 40 MPH wind gust can be expected with this storm. Places in the path of this storm should stay indoors until it passes.

There are other showers and storms out there at this moment along the I-20 corridor in the eastern part of the state, and a few more down in the southeastern part of the state. None of these are particularly strong right now. These will definitely bring some relief from the heat.

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Scattered Showers Each Day

| 6:55 am July 30, 2016

A fairly typical summer-type weather pattern will produce scattered showers once again across North and Central Alabama. Surface high pressure will help to keep things warm with highs in the range of 89 to 92. The upper air pattern continued to show weak troughiness along the Mississippi River, but this will gradually weaken with time as the upper ridge to our west becomes stronger and pushes into the eastern US.

Typical summer weather will persist for the beaches of the Northern Gulf Coast. More sun than clouds, but there will be a few passing storms from time to time. Highs will be around 90 on the beaches while just inland you can expect low to mid 90s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

SPC has designated a small slight risk area in Southwest South Dakota and Northwest Nebraska for Day 1. Day 2 and Day 3 feature only a couple of marginal risk areas in the Central and North Central US.

The tropical Atlantic is still quiet with just the two areas of concern. The first one was located near 50W and the second one was near 25W. Both are showing primarily westerly tracks, but the chances for further development appear more likely for the second system. The spaghetti plots on both areas suggest some potential for the disturbed areas to reach the Caribbean, but that is still days away.

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The latest GFS model run at 06Z has become much more bullish on the strength of the upper ridge. The ridge starts out over the Southwest US, but as the upper troughiness along the Mississippi River weakens and moves east, the upper ridge pushes eastward eventually stretching from coast to coast by midweek. The ridge maintains a position over the Lower Mississippi River Valley from Wednesday through next Saturday. This means that our weather should remain hot and humid with daily chances for showers and thunderstorms. There will probably be some daily variations in thunderstorm chances, but those are likely to be driven by small scale features that are close to impossible to predict more than a few hours in advance. Temperatures for Central Alabama will remain in the lower and middle 90s for highs while our morning lows will be in the 70s. The latter half of the week ahead may see heat indices approach the 105-degree mark, so a heat advisory may be required later next week.

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The bullishness of the GFS on the upper ridge carries over into voodoo country. In fact, all of Week 2 is dominated by the upper ridge centered primarily over the Central US. Interesting to note that the closed upper low the GFS had yesterday is only a memory today.

I expect to post the next Weather Xtreme Video here around 7 am or so on Sunday. Check the blog often for updates on the Alabama weather picture. Enjoy your day, and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Midday Nowcast: Decent Rain Chances Today Through The Weekend

| 1:31 pm July 29, 2016

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Skies are partly cloudy for the northern parts of Central Alabama at this hour, with the southern part of the area enjoying a little more sunshine with partly to mostly clear skies. On the radar, we do have some scattered showers mainly across the northeastern parts of the area, especially east of I-65 and west of I-59. There are a few more spotty showers out there across the area, but a good bit of the state remains dry at this moment.

TEMPERATURES AT THIS HOUR: You can tell by the list below where the clouds are holding the temperatures back, and where the location is in sunshine. Here is a list of temperature observations from across the area:

Birmingham 86
Tuscaloosa 87
Gadsden 85
Anniston 90
Cullman 83
Hamilton 83
Clanton 89
Alexander City 88
Montgomery 92

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR TODAY: Once again, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy across Central Alabama, and with a weakness in the upper ridge across the deep south, we’ll have a better chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to just above 90 degrees. Not everyone will get rainfall, but the odds of any one spot getting rainfall will be around 50/50.

CODE YELLOW AIR QUALITY: The Air Quality Index for the Birmingham Metropolitan Area will be in the “Code Yellow” for ozone and particulate matter 2.5. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.

TODAY’S CLIMATOLOGY FOR BIRMINGHAM: The normal high for July 28th is 91, while the normal low is 70. The record high for today was set back in 1930 at 107. The record low was set back in 1994 at 60.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK: Not much change for the weekend as the weakness in the upper ridge across the deep south will keep a decent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast throughout the weekend. Odds for any one place getting rainfall will be about 50/50. Otherwise, expect a mix of sun and clouds with afternoon highs in the low to mid 90s. Heat index values will reach the low 100s on both days, so please use common sense while outside.

HEADED TO THE BEACH: Expect scattered showers and storms along the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida. Rain chances will ratchet up just a bit by midweek next week. Highs will be around 89 with morning lows in the upper 70s. Waves will generally be running less than one foot, except around thunderstorms, so the rip current threat should be low. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

THE TROPICS: The tropical Atlantic has become a bit more active with two disturbances under the watchful eye of the National Hurricane Center. Both are a long way from threatening any land areas, and they will stay that way for several days to come.

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Dive Into Some Good News From Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends!

| 12:05 pm July 29, 2016

From bats to Barney Fife to bikes for some special children with some G Mommas cookies for dessert, there are plenty of smiles to be found in this week’s good news from Alabama NewsCenter.

Birmingham area waterways to benefit from Five Star grants

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Birmingham Community Service Officer Heather Campbell offers plenty of compassion, courtesy

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‘Now, Andy!’: Fort Payne man brings Barney Fife to life in Alabama

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Nonprofit sets wheels in motion for special Alabama children

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Chasing butterflies with Alabama artist Butch Anthony

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World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament expected to be a $1.5M ringer for Montgomery

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Clang! World Horseshoe Pitching Tournament underway in Montgomery

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Saban almost rivals the Bear in turning out head coaches

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Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers hope to see new faces make an impact this season

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This Alabama Maker wants G Mommas cookies to taste like a million

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Alabama Commerce chief: 2015 will be hard to beat, but 2016 looking good

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Alabama workforce initiatives aim to address key economic development issue

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Blue Water Park is a scuba diving treasure in central Alabama

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Footprints in Stone: Fossils of Coal Age animals attract global visitors

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Experts from across Southeast swarm into Alabama for Bat Blitz and festival

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UAB awarded three maternal and infant health grants

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Ballerinas, bowling, bats, botanical garden bring fun before school year

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Birmingham’s Uptown welcomes two new restaurants

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Seafood platter from Wolf Bay Lodge is a fried feast worthy of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama

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Chronic fatigue syndrome flare-ups caused by straining muscles and nerves

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International companies complete successful pilot test in Wilsonville

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USS Alabama commander shares about life on a nuclear submarine

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Back-to- school spending set to rise 11 percent as confidence grows

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UAB optometrist improves treatment and care for patients with dry eye

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Time to digitize those VHS tapes; the VCR is officially no more

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Montgomery June home sales rose 6 percent over same period last year

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Huntsville June home sales up 9 percent over same period last year

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Athens year-to- date home sales through June up 9 percent over last year

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Lake Martin June waterfront home sales rise from May

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June home sales in Calhoun County continue to rise

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Lee County June home sales up 18 percent over a year ago

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Lake Martin home sales dip slightly in June from May

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Baldwin County June home sales up 9 percent over last June

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Gulf Coast condo sales in June rose 7 percent over last year

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Marshall County June home sales up from last June

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Cullman year-to- date home sales through June up 4 percent over last year

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Showers Numerous Today

| 7:08 am July 29, 2016

The early morning satellite image showed cloudy skies across about the northern half of Alabama, and radar was even picking up on areas of some sprinkles or very light rain. The upper air flow has been slow to change so the overall weakness in the 500 millibar pattern should help to keep us in more numerous showers once again today. Those more prevalent showers along with the widespread cloud cover should help to keep temperatures in check for one more day with highs in the upper 80s. The high in Birmingham yesterday was only 88 degrees, that’s 3 degrees below average. Very hard to call this a cold spell, but when we are in late July and the highs only reach the upper 80s, I’ll take it!

Beachgoers can expect scattered showers and storms along the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida. Rain chances will ratchet up just a bit by midweek next week. Highs will be around 89 with morning lows in the upper 70s. Waves will generally be running less than one foot, except around thunderstorms, so the rip current threat should be low. You can find a detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

The tropical Atlantic has become a bit more active with two disturbances under the watchful eye of the National Hurricane Center. Both are a long way from threatening any land areas, and they will stay that way for several days to come.

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Severe weather risk for the next several days remains low, too. SPC has an area in an arc through the Central Plains running from southern Indiana in an arc through Oklahoma and then north into Southwest South Dakota. Days 2 and 3 have only small areas of marginal risk.

The GFS model is going to hold the weakness in our area today, but for the weekend and into Monday it looks like it weakens and moves eastward. This should result in a drop in the number and coverage of showers as highs climb back into the lower 90s. By Tuesday the upper heat ridge to our west begins to push into the Lower Mississippi River Valley and by Wednesday it has arrived. This keeps us in those daily chances for showers with highs in the lower and middle 90s.

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Thursday and Friday an easterly wave appears in the 500 millibar flow, and that wave could help to push up shower chances some and knock a couple of degrees off the highs. It will still be fairly hot with highs in the lower 90s.

The long range forecast – also known as voodoo country – had a bit of a surprise for us yesterday. Well, there’s another surprise today – and it’s not the same surprise. Yesterday the GFS was hinting at something tropical in the western Gulf. That feature is gone today – is that a real surprise to anyone? But in its place the GFS is developing a deep trough along the East Coast of the US and closing off a low that is forecast to migrate west. While not out of the question, this pattern looks a little suspicious.

Just a reminder that while James Spann is on vacation I’ll be maintaining a one-a-day Weather Xtreme Video. So I plan to have the next one posted here around 7 am or so on Saturday. Enjoy the day, and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Midday Nowcast: Scattered to Numerous Showers Out There Today

| 12:10 pm July 28, 2016

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At this hour, skies across Central Alabama are mostly cloudy to cloudy over the much of the area, with the extreme southern parts of the area with mostly clear skies. We have shower activity pushing into the state from Mississippi, giving some communities some much needed rainfall.

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On the radar, we see showers in the northwestern part of the state, especially in Northern Marion, Southern Franklin, and Southern Lawrence counties. These are moving to the east at about 20 MPH. Another area of showers are located in Southern Bibb County, stretching back to the west through extreme Southern Tuscaloosa County, Northern Greene and Hale counties, and through Southern Sumter and Northern Choctaw Counties back into Mississippi. Otherwise, there are a few smaller scattered showers located throughout the area.

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We could definitely use what rain will fall, as much of the northern-half of the state is consistent with some level of drought condition.

TEMPERATURES AT THIS HOUR: Cloud cover over most of the area is holding back temperatures for where they would normally be at this hour. Here is a list of temperature observations from across the area:

Birmingham 82
Tuscaloosa 83
Gadsden 82
Anniston 82
Cullman 79
Hamilton 79
Clanton 85
Alexander City 85
Montgomery 89

WHAT TO EXPECT FOR TODAY: Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies over the area with an increased chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Not everyone will get rain today, but the odds for any one spot getting rain will be about 50/50. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to just over 90 for most spots in Central Alabama. Even though high temperatures will be down a little, the higher dew points will not make it feel any cooler. Overnight lows will be in the 70s.

CODE GREEN AIR QUALITY: The Air Quality Index for the Birmingham Metropolitan Area will be in the “Code Green” for ozone and particulate matter 2.5. No actions needed for today.

TODAY’S CLIMATOLOGY FOR BIRMINGHAM: The normal high for July 28th is 91, while the normal low is 70. The record high for today was set back in 1952 at 105. The record low was set back in 1911 at 60.

FRIDAY’S OUTLOOK: Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy across Central Alabama, and with a weakness in the upper ridge across the deep south, we’ll have a better chance of showers and thunderstorms. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to just above 90 degrees. Not everyone will get rainfall, but the odds of any one spot getting rainfall will be around 50/50.

HEADED TO THE BEACH: Look for 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Dauphin Island through the weekend with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast 87 to 90 with low to mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

THE TROPICS: The Tropical Atlantic remains quiet with just the one one area of disturbed weather way out in the Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands. The GFS is not doing much with that system.

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