Archive for January 4th, 2012

Face In The Sky

| January 4, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

These images were taken this morning around 10:00 by one of our viewers along I-59 in the Birmingham metro. Can you see the face????

January Sunset

| January 4, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

Quite a view from the ABC 33/40 Alfa SKYCAM network this evening across the great state of Alabama…

Warming Trend Ahead

| January 4, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

NICE REBOUND: Be sure and scroll down for J.B.’s long list of lows across Alabama this morning. The very dry air, as expected, has heated very effectively today, and most places are in the low 50s this afternoon. An approaching upper trough is bringing a band of mid and high clouds into the state this evening, and should make for a spectacular sunset.

Tonight won’t be as cold as last night; most places will see a low in the low to mid 30s, although some of the colder valleys across Northeast Alabama will probably reach the 20s.

TOMORROW AND FRIDAY: The warming process continues, with mid 50s tomorrow, and mid 60s Friday. A few clouds will begin to show up Friday, but we should stay dry.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK: The models are in better agreement. The sky will be generally cloudy on Saturday and Sunday, and we are going to go ahead and mention some risk of scattered light rain both days. But, nothing heavy, and nothing really continuous. The weather will stay mild with highs in the low to mid 60s both days.

NEXT WEEK: We will stay generally cloudy Monday through Wednesday as a moist flow continues. We might see a little light rain Monday, but the better chance of rain, and maybe even a thunderstorm, will come Tuesday and Wednesday with a strong upper low rolling through the Deep South. Then, that upper feature will phase with a northern branch trough, and bring in more very cold air by Thursday and Friday. The cold air intrusion will be dry, and won’t last more than a couple of days, very similar to the cold snap that is ending now. See the Weather Xtreme video for details.

LONG RANGE: Still no sign of the NAO going strongly negative, but just about every winter we have at least one major pattern change, so for those wanting a more extended period of cold, unsettled weather, just a reminder the season is far from over. Just getting started, in fact.

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

Frozen Photographer

| January 4, 2012 @ 11:56 am

Skip Baumhower is a professional photographer in Tuscaloosa that has sent us some amazing images over the years. Guess ole Skip stayed out in the cold too long last night…

Even Colder Than Yesterday

| January 4, 2012 @ 10:13 am

If we thought yesterday morning was cold, it waseven colder this morning. We believe that every square mile of Alabama was below freezing and colder than yesterday morning..Here is a complete list of lows this morning not only in Alabama, but from Georgia, the Southern Mountains plus USA extremes and some reports from Alaska:

12 Broomtown
13 Hamilton
15 Talladega, Black Creek
16 Centreville, Valley Head, Kimberly
17 Snead, Anniston, Cedar Bluff, West Trussville, Cullman Ag, Scottsboro, Sylacauga, Addison
18 Troy, Eufaula, Scottsboro, Weaver, Alexander City, Concord, Moulton, Dora, Crossville, Russellville, Coker
19 Fayette, Montgomery, Alexander City, Addison, Ozark, Russellville, Ft. Payne, New Market, Helena, Hanceville
20 Muscadine, Muscle Shoals, Huntsville, Decatur, Haleyville, Tuscaloosa, Bessemer, Vernon, Greenville
21 Calera, Auburn, Evergreen, Cullman Airport, Scottsboro
22 Birmingham, Guntersville, Boaz, Hytop
23 Anniston, Guntersville, Center Point
24 Dothan
25 Mobile Regional Airport
26 Marion
30 Atop Mt. Cheaha (credit that to a temperature inversion)

17 Augusta, Rome
18 Macon
16 Peachtree City
22 Atlanta, Valdosta

2 above zero Beech Mountain, NC with 1 inch of snow
11 Boone, NC, 1 inch of snow
7 below zero, Mt. Mitchell, NC, 3 inches of snow
14 Gatlinburg
12 Gades Cove
4 below zero, Mt. LeConte, 1 inch of snow

A hot 91 yesterday at Riverside, California
17 below zero this morning Saranac Lake, New York
53 below zero at Tanana and McGrath, Alaska

(All below zero)
49 below at Bettles
53 below McGrath
31 below Deadhorse
47 below Notak
53 below Tanana
42 below Goldstream Creek
42 Chicken Coop (yes, there is such a place)
45 below Clear Sky (yep, another unusual place)

They have received 155 inches of snow since December 1 and 227 inches so far this season.

* Remember, we get more than one report from some locations.

Nice Warm-Up Today

| January 4, 2012 @ 6:10 am

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

FRIGID MORNING: Some early morning temperatures across Alabama from our team of Skywatchers include…

Broomtown 12
Black Creek 15
Kimberly 16
Snead 17
Coker 18
Helena 19
Fayette 19
Concord 19
Bessemer 20
Center Point 23

I am sure J.B. will run down a long list of lows here later this morning since it is our coldest morning so far this season. We have learned that the community of Broomtown, in far north Cherokee County, near the Georgia border, is often Alabama’s ice box on these clear, calm nights. D.L. Powell has a very good set of instruments and we always are interested to see “how low it goes” there.

WARM-UP BEGINS THIS AFTERNOON: Temperatures will rise into the low 50s in most places later today with very dry air and a strong January sun. The warm-up continues through the rest of the week, with mid 50s tomorrow, and low to mid 60s by Friday. We will see some clouds showing up Friday, but the chance of rain looks tiny with limited moisture.

A FEW WEEKEND RAINDROPS: We will maintain some risk of showers Saturday and Saturday night, but rain amounts should be very light and spotty, generally under a quarter of an inch. For now we will forecast dry weather Sunday, in agreement with the ECMWF. Watch the Weather Xtreme video and you will see the 06Z GFS tries to keep some risk of light rain going on Sunday, but we will reject that solution for now. The weather stays mild with a high in the mid 60s Saturday, and close to 60 Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Model madness makes it hard to get the exact timing down, but confidence is high in the general idea. We will have a rain event at mid-week, in the Tuesday- Wednesday time frame, followed by another shot of very cold air at the end of the week by Friday. The cold snap late in the week looks very similar to what we are dealing with this morning; colder spots down in the teens, with low 20s elsewhere on the coldest mornings. And, the cold air will be dry meaning no risk of winter weather mischief. Again, see the video for details.

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. Scroll down for the show notes on this week’s new episode.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 3:30 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

WeatherBrains 310: Ghost Riders in JB’s Eye

| January 4, 2012 @ 1:55 am

WeatherBrains Episode 310 is now online (January 3, 2012). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s show is an idea from listener Dan Goff. In August, he wrote, “I think it would be great if you guys had someone from the NWS IMET program on the show. Fire weather experts are definitely in high demand these days. Even if it’s not a glamorous as severe weather, it’s a crucial part of operational meteorology.” Quite right.

So it’s another two for one on WeatherBrains as we head into 2012. First up on the guest menus is Jaret Rogers. Jaret is a Mesoscale Assistant Forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Part of his routine duties include issuing fire weather forecasts, convective outlooks, and mesoscale discussions. Prior to working at SPC, Jaret worked at the Phoenix, Arizona, weather forecast office as a meteorologist intern. Jaret holds a M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University in 2007, and a B.S. degree in Geography from Arizona State University in 2005. Some of his research interests include boundary interactions in the local storm environment, the relationship between tornadoes and thunderstorm mergers, and the Southwest Monsoon.

And number two guest WeatherBrain is Joseph Goudsward. Joseph is a Senior Forecaster and Incident Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Little Rock, AR. He is a graduate of Lyndon State College in Vermont. He did television weather in Wausau, WI, before entering the NWS. He caught the fire weather big during a fire camp in Great Falls, MT, where he worked at the NWS for a time. He jumped at the chance when an IMET position opened in Little Rock in 2001 and has been there since. Many thanks to Renee Fair, the MIC at Little Rock and Jim Stefkovich, the Birmingham MIC, for recommending Joseph.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Coldest in the lower 48 – minus 19 at Embarrass, MN
  • Warmest in the lower 48 – 91 at Riverside, CA
  • National radar picture shows only a few showers in Northwest and some snow in Great Lakes
  • Bitter cold in South
  • and more!
  • Our email officer always has some sort of excuse about the mail bag, but he usually comes through with all the news that our listeners write to us about.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Surface observations help to lay out the picture of what weather is happening to us. But how are these observations taken? Are they machine or human, real or Memorex? This episode of 101 takes a look at the ASOS system.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of January 3rd. Tornadoes in January? Yes, plus ice in Hawaii? Another affirmative. The week also featured some snow events and a big wind gust.

    Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 310:

    NWS Little Rock, AR

    SPC, Norman, OK

    12 Billion Dollar Disasters in 2011

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – Earth Science Picture of the Day – snow crystals

    Bill Murray – ESPN3

    Brian Peters – National NWS Radar Site

    Kevin Selle – Gets the horn! !

    James Spann – Google+ Weather

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Kevin Selle, Bill Murray, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.