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Mid Afternoon Spot Reports From Snowy Northeast

| 4:12 pm November 7, 2012

Yes, another coastal Nor’Easter only a week after Hurricane Sandy that played havoc in the area only a week ago. These reports are from official weather reporting stations as of mid-afternoon:

Central Park, NY…temperature 34, wind chill 23, visibility 1/4 mile, heavy snow, gusts to 21mph

LaGuardia Airport…steady snow, visibility 1/2 mile, north wind gusts 28 mph, temperature 34

Newark Airport…visibility 1/2 mile, steady snow. temperature 33, wind chill 21, wind north gusts to 28

Islip (out on Long island)…visibility 1/2 mile, steady snow, temperature 33, wind north, gusts 40, windchill 20

Nantucket Island (Mass.)…temperature43 degrees, cold rain, wind NE gusts 55 mph.

Entrance to New York Harbor…temperature 38, wind north, gusts 42 mph, 13 foot waves every 12 seconds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Small Hail/Graupel This Afternoon

| 3:39 pm November 7, 2012

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RADAR CHECK: Despite limited moisture, a strong impulse rotating through the base of the deep upper trough over the eastern third of the nation has managed to squeeze out a few showers over the eastern half of the state this afternoon. Due to very cold air aloft (500 mb temps at -20 C), there have been a number of reports of small hail and graupel (soft hail) with these showers. Birmingham reports 55 degrees at 3:00, but to the north Decatur reports only 45 degrees with a north wind gusting to 25 mph. A very raw day there.

These showers will end soon, and the sky will clear this evening as drier air continues to work into the state. Most places will be in the mid to upper 30s by daybreak tomorrow.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Expect sunshine in full supply both days. Friday morning will be cold with a low in the 30s, but we see a high near 60 tomorrow, followed by upper 60s Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Still looks dry and mild, with afternoon highs in the 70 to 73 degree range Saturday and Sunday along with a good supply of sunshine both days. Winds will begin to increase Sunday as the pressure gradient tightens up across the state ahead of a major storm system pushing out of the Great Plains. This has the potential to bring some severe weather to parts of the nation’s heartland over the weekend.

STORMY MONDAY: The 12Z GFS is a little more robust with the storm event late Monday and Monday night. Still looks like a squall line with potential for strong, maybe damaging wind in spots. Still too early to be specific, but based on the latest data it looks like the main window for storms will come from about 3:00 p.m. Monday through 3:00 a.m. Tuesday. Then, colder and drier air blows in here Tuesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for all of the details and graphics.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looks great. Clear and cool for the high school playoff games tomorrow and Friday nights… temperatures will fall through the 50s.

For Saturday’s Alabama/Texas A&M game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, the sky will be mostly sunny with a temperature near 72 degrees at kickoff, falling into the 60s during the second half. Auburn will host Georgia Saturday evening at 6:00 at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 66 degrees, falling into the 50 during the second half.

STORM ALERT XTREME IS SATURDAY: Our annual storm spotter training is coming up this Saturday at the BJCC, as part of the Alabama International Auto show. We begin at 9:00, and you will be done at 2:00. And, as a “thank you”, you will get free admission into the car show. There is no cost, and no need to register, just show up. Brian Peters will be the trainer, and we ask all existing and potential Skywatchers to attend. We are excited that Kevin Laws of the NWS Birmingham will be conducting a session on using dual-pol radar. See you there!

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I had a great time today visiting with the 2nd and 3rd graders at Cornerstone School in Woodlawn… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Big Apple in Trouble Again–Another Coastal Storm

| 10:40 am November 7, 2012

Not as bad as Hurricane Sandy but still troublesome. The mayor of NYC has ordered parks, playgrounds and beach areas closed in anticipation of the second coastal storm which is already getting underway. He also asks people who are hanging on the the worst hit communities from Sandy to evacuate. Here is the latest official forecast based on Central Park where NYC’s official records are tabulated: The forecast is about the same for JFK and LGA Airports where many flights have already been cancelled. and other nearby areas..

NYZ072-072130- 
NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)- 
934 AM EST WED NOV 7 2012 
...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST THURSDAY... 
...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM EST 
THURSDAY...

.TODAY...CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW LATE THIS MORNING...THEN RAIN AND 
SNOW THIS AFTERNOON. WINDY WITH HIGHS IN THE LOWER 40S. NORTH WINDS 20 
TO 30 MPH.  GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH...INCREASING TO 60 MPH THIS AFTERNOON. 
CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT. 
.TONIGHT...RAIN AND LIGHT SLEET. LITTLE OR NO SLEET ACCUMULATION. WINDY 
WITH LOWS IN THE MID 30S. NORTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH...
DECREASING TO 50 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 90 PERCENT. 
.THURSDAY...CLOUDY. RAIN LIKELY...MAINLY IN THE MORNING. WINDY WITH HIGHS 
IN THE MID 40S.  NORTH WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH. 
CHANCE OF RAIN 60 PERCENT. 
.THURSDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING...THEN CLEARING. BREEZY WITH 
LOWS IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH IN 
THE EVENING. 
.FRIDAY...SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID 50S. NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP
TO 25 MPH. 
.FRIDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING...THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS
IN THE LOWER 40S. 
.SATURDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S. .SATURDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY 
CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE UPPER 40S. 
.VETERANS DAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S. 
.SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING...THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. 
LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S. 
.MONDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE
 LOWER 60S. CHANCE OF
RAIN 30 PERCENT. 
.MONDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOWS IN 
THE MID 50S. 
.TUESDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING. HIGHS IN THE
 UPPER 50S. CHANCE OF RAIN 30 PERCENT.

Windy And Cool Wednesday

| 5:58 am November 7, 2012

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ON THE MAPS: Yet another nor’easter is developing as forecast this morning just off the mid-Atlantic coast, with a sub-1000 millibar low southeast of the New Jersey coast. Here in Alabama, gusty north winds today will average 12-22 mph, making for a rather blustery day with temperatures not getting past the mid 50s. We will forecast gradual clearing, although the clouds could hang tough most of the day over the northeast counties of the state where a few sprinkles are possible. All of the state goes clear tonight, and we should be in the 30s early tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: These days will feature ample sunshine and chilly mornings, with lows in the 30s. The high tomorrow will be near 60, followed by upper 60s Friday.

WEEKEND FORECAST: Temperatures rise into the 70-73 degree range Saturday and Sunday, and we stay rain-free, although winds will begin to pick up Sunday ahead of a major system over the middle of the nation. That could bring strong to severe storms over parts of the Great Plains this weekend, and we will watch with great interest.

SEVERE STORMS MONDAY? The latest GFS runs suggest a much lower severe weather threat for our state with a weaker upper trough, and the best dynamic support well to the north. Still, a line of strong storms will pass through Monday afternoon or Monday night with potential for gusty winds. And, we are still several days away from this event and things could change, so stay tuned for updates. Breezy and cooler air follows the line of storms on Tuesday with a clearing sky. See the Weather Xtreme video for details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looks great. Clear and cool for the high school playoff games tomorrow and Friday nights… temperatures will fall through the 50s.

For Saturday’s Alabama/Texas A&M game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, the sky will be mostly sunny with a temperature near 72 degrees at kickoff, falling into the 60s during the second half. Auburn will host Georgia Saturday evening at 6:00 at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 66 degrees, falling into the 50 during the second half.

STORM ALERT XTREME IS SATURDAY: Our annual storm spotter training is coming up this Saturday at the BJCC, as part of the Alabama International Auto show. We begin at 9:00, and you will be done at 2:00. And, as a “thank you”, you will get free admission into the car show. There is no cost, and no need to register, just show up. Brian Peters will be the trainer, and we ask all existing and potential Skywatchers to attend. We are excited that Kevin Laws of the NWS Birmingham will be conducting a session on using dual-pol radar. See you there!

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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I will be doing a weather program at Cornerstone School in Woodlawn this morning… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!