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Mild Weekend Ahead; Storms Return Monday

| 3:02 pm November 9, 2012

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FINE FALL DAY: As forecast, it is a delightful afternoon across Alabama with ample sunshine a temperatures mostly in the upper 60s. Tonight will be cool, but not as cold as recent nights. Low early tomorrow should be in the 37-43 degree range.

MILD WEEKEND: Afternoon temperatures will rise into the low to mid 70s tomorrow and Sunday. The sky will remain mostly sunny tomorrow, but clouds will begin to increase a bit Sunday ahead of a major storm system over the middle of the nation.

SPC maintains the standard “slight risk” of severe weather Sunday for much of Arkansas, and the adjacent states to the west. But, they do not have any formal risk here on Monday as the system sweeps through Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: The 12Z GFS continues the idea of the band of showers and storms sweeping through the state during the day Monday. Forecast wind fields, instability, and helicity values remain very marginal for severe weather, although a few strong storms are certainly possible in the line. Rain amounts of about 1/2 inch are likely.

Much cooler air follows the storms, with highs dropping into the 50s Tuesday and Wednesday, and we should be pretty close to freezing at daybreak Wednesday. The rest of the week will be dry with a warming trend.

VOODOO LAND: The 12Z GFS shows a severe weather setup for Alabama two days before Thanksgiving; see the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: A great night ahead for the first round of the high school playoffs; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 50s during the games. Some North Alabama stadiums could see 40s before the final whistle.

Tomorrow, Alabama will host Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa (2:30 p.m. kickoff)… the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 73 degrees, then falling into the 60s during the second half as the sun sets. Auburn will host Georgia tomorrow evening (6:00 p.m. kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 68 degrees at kickoff into the 50s during the second half.

In Birmingham, UAB will host Marshall tomorrow afternoon (3:30 p.m. kickoff)… under a sunny sky the kickoff temperature will be near 71 degrees, falling into the low 60s by the fourth quarter.

STORM ALERT XTREME IS TOMORROW: Our annual storm spotter training is coming up tomorrow 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 pre-school at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! And, hope to see you at Storm Alert Xtreme tomorrow for our annual training event!

Spotter Training Is Tomorrow!

| 6:15 am November 9, 2012

Here at ABC 33/40, we only have one spotter training event every year, and that event is tomorrow!

Storm Alert Xtreme will be at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center tomorrow beginning at 9:00. If you are a current ABC 33/40 Skywatcher, or a volunteer storm spotter, you need to be there for “re-training”. Yes, we learn something new every year and share our knowledge at this event.

And, if you have never been trained, and want to help us during severe weather, you need to be there as well. Remember, the radar beam can be 5,000 feet off the ground or higher; the only way we really know what is happening at ground level is through the eyes of trained spotters. And, we need many more.

Brian Peters is our trainer; he is one of the best in the business. Brian was the Warning-Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) of the National Weather Service Birmingham before joining our team. I will lead a session on social media, live streaming, and communication techniques during severe weather. And, we are delighted to announce that Kevin Laws of the National Weather Service in Birmingham will lead a session on using dual-pol radar data.

If you have kids that love weather, bring them. If you want to make the Alabama severe weather warning process better, you need to come. And, after we are through, you will gain free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, which is going on in the same building.

There is no need to register, and no cost. Just show up by 9:00.

See you tomorrow!

A Mild Weekend Ahead

| 6:00 am November 9, 2012

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ANOTHER COLD MORNING: Some 5:00 a.m. observations around the great state of Alabama…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 29
Russellville 30
Valley Head 30
Gadsden 30
Concord 31
Bessemer 32
Chelsea 32
Haleyville 32
Cullman 32
Anniston 33

And, like yesterday, we have patches of dense fog around the state. Once the fog burns off, today will be delightful with sunshine in full supply and a high in the upper 60s.

MILD WEEKEND: We still project highs in the 71 to 74 degree range over the weekend with lots of sunshine both days. Winds will begin to pick up Sunday ahead of a major weather system over the nation’s mid-section. That will bring some risk of severe weather to areas west of Alabama Sunday; SPC has much of Arkansas and parts of the adjacent states under the standard “slight risk” of severe weather Sunday afternoon.

MONDAY COLD FRONT: The cold front associated with the storm system will pass through Alabama Monday, and will bring a line of showers and thunderstorms. Forecast shear and instability values remain pretty marginal for severe weather, although the stronger storms along the line could produce gusty winds. We note the 00Z GFS is faster, pushing the storms through here during the day Monday, followed by sharply colder air Monday night and Tuesday.

The middle of next week will be cool and dry; we won’t get out of the 50s Tuesday, and a freeze is possible early Wednesday morning.

LONG RANGE: The GFS hints at a chance of showers and storms around Saturday 11/17, but the severe weather threat would be low. And, a zonal upper flow over the U.S. around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend means no extremely cold air around here. See the Weather Xtreme video for details and graphics.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: A great night ahead for the first round of the high school playoffs; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 50s during the games. Some North Alabama stadiums could see 40s before the final whistle.

Tomorrow, Alabama will host Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa (2:30 p.m. kickoff)… the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 73 degrees, then falling into the 60s during the second half as the sun sets. Auburn will host Georgia tomorrow evening (6:00 p.m. kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 68 degrees at kickoff into the 50s during the second half.

In Birmingham, UAB will host Marshall tomorrow afternoon (3:30 p.m. kickoff)… under a sunny sky the kickoff temperature will be near 71 degrees, falling into the low 60s by the fourth quarter.

STORM ALERT XTREME IS TOMORROW: Our annual storm spotter training is coming up tomorrow 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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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon…. enjoy the day!