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Archive for January 4th, 2012

Face In The Sky

| 7:32 pm January 4, 2012

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

| 5:57 pm January 4, 2012

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

Warming Trend Ahead

| 3:05 pm January 4, 2012

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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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Frozen Photographer

| 11:56 am January 4, 2012

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

| 10:13 am January 4, 2012

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:

ALABAMA
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)

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

SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS
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

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

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)

VALDEZ
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

| 6:10 am January 4, 2012

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.

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