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Archive for November 16th, 2012

Long Dry Spell; Cool Days, Chilly Nights

| 2:46 pm November 16, 2012

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

CALM PATTERN CONTINUES: No real change in the weather for Alabama through Thanksgiving week. Mostly sunny days, fair chill nights with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s. Don’t see any need to mention any risk of rain for the next seven days, which is pretty amazing for November, which tends to be a wild month of weather around here.

TRAVEL WEATHER: Below is the forecast for midday Wednesday (12 noon CST) if you are on the road or flying… as you can see a large part of the U.S. will also enjoy calm weather…

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looks great for the high school playoff games tonight; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 52 at kickoff into the 40s by the second quarter.

Alabama will host Western Carolina tomorrow morning at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (11:21 a.m. kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny, with temperatures rising from near 60 at kickoff to 64 at the final snap. Auburn hosts Alabama A&M at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon… there will be a good supply of sunshine during the game; the kickoff temperature will be near 63 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter as the sun goes low on the horizon.

Very similar weather for the UAB/Memphis game tomorrow afternoon at Legion Field (1:00 kickoff); lots of sunshine with a kickoff temperature near 64 degrees, but falling into the 50s late in the game as darkness nears.

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.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 6th graders at Brookwood Forest Elementary School in Mountain Brook… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! Brian Peters will have the Weather Xtreme videos over the weekend… my next one will be posted bright and early Monday morning. Enjoy the weekend!

WWAW – Winter Weather Safety

| 9:00 am November 16, 2012

This is Winter Weather Awareness Week (WWAW) in Alabama. The focus today is on winter weather safety.

-Brian-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
544 AM CST FRI NOV 16 2012

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN ALABAMA...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE ALABAMA STATE EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY HAVE PROCLAIMED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 12TH THROUGH
NOVEMBER 16TH, 2012 AS WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN ALABAMA.
WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR BEING PREPARED
FOR THE POTENTIAL DANGERS OF A SEVERE WINTER WEATHER EPISODE.

...WINTER WEATHER SAFETY...

KEEP AHEAD OF A WINTER STORM BY LISTENING TO THE LATEST WEATHER
WARNINGS AND BULLETINS ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL RADIO AND TV
STATIONS OR CABLE TV SUCH AS THE WEATHER CHANNEL FOR UPDATES. BE
ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND AVOID UNNECESSARY TRAVEL.

CHECK BATTERY POWERED EQUIPMENT BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES. YOU MAY
HAVE TO DEPEND ON A PORTABLE RADIO OR TV FOR WEATHER INFORMATION.
ALSO CHECK EMERGENCY COOKING FACILITIES AND FLASHLIGHTS.

CHECK YOUR SUPPLY OF HEATING FUEL.

CHECK YOUR FOOD AND STOCK AN EXTRA SUPPLY FOR AT LEAST A COUPLE OF
DAYS. YOUR SUPPLIES SHOULD INCLUDE FOOD THAT REQUIRES NO COOKING
OR REFRIGERATION IN CASE OF POWER FAILURE.

PREVENT FIRE HAZARDS, INCLUDING CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING, DUE TO
OVERHEATED COAL OR OIL BURNING STOVES, FIREPLACES, HEATERS OR
FURNACES.

STAY INDOORS DURING STORMS AND COLD SNAPS UNLESS YOU ARE IN PEAK
PHYSICAL CONDITION. AVOID OVEREXERTION, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHOVELING
SNOW.

MAKE NECESSARY TRIPS FOR SUPPLIES BEFORE THE STORM DEVELOPS OR DON'T
GO AT ALL. ARRANGE FOR EMERGENCY HEAT IN CASE OF POWER FAILURE.

DRESS TO FIT THE SEASON. WEAR LAYERED LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING. WEAR
A HAT, SCARF AND MITTENS.

GET YOUR CAR WINTERIZED BEFORE THE STORM SEASON BEGINS. MAINTAIN A
CHECKLIST OF THE PREPARATION REQUIRED. KEEP WATER OUT OF YOUR FUEL BY
KEEPING YOUR GAS TANK FULL.

CARRY A WINTER STORM CAR KIT. ESPECIALLY IF YOU PLAN CROSS COUNTRY
TRAVEL OR IF YOU ANTICIPATE TRAVEL IN THE NORTHERN STATES.

IF THE STORM EXCEEDS OR EVEN TESTS YOUR LIMITATIONS, SEEK AVAILABLE
SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. PLAN YOUR TRAVEL AND SELECT PRIMARY AND
ALTERNATE ROUTES.

CHECK THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION BEFORE DEPARTING AND DRIVE
CAREFULLY AND DEFENSIVELY.

WINTER WEATHER DRIVING SAFETY...

NO ONE SHOULD DRIVE DURING SEVERE WINTER WEATHER. IF A SEVERE WINTER
STORM INTERRUPTS YOUR TRAVEL PLANS, LET THE WEATHER WIN FOR YOUR
SAFETY. HOWEVER, SOMETIMES BUSINESS OBLIGATIONS OR HOLIDAY PLANS
MAKE WINTER TRAVEL NECESSARY. WHEN THE PLANS CANNOT BE CHANGED OR
DELAYED, USE GOOD COMMON SENSE TO MAKE YOUR TRIP SAFE. HERE ARE
SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN TRAVELING DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

BE SURE YOUR CAR IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND PROPERLY SERVICED. SNOW
TIRES OR CHAINS ARE A MUST FOR WINTER TRAVEL. PLAN YOUR TRIP
CAREFULLY. LISTEN TO WEATHER FORECASTS AND KEEP UP-TO-DATE ON THE
LATEST WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES FOR YOUR ROUTE OF TRAVEL. PLAN AN
ALTERNATE ROUTE SHOULD WEATHER BECOME A PROBLEM. BE SURE TO LET
SOMEONE KNOW YOUR PLANNED AND ALTERNATE ROUTES. TRAVEL BY DAYLIGHT
USING MAJOR HIGHWAYS WHERE POSSIBLE. NEVER TRAVEL ALONE. KEEP YOUR
GAS TANK AS NEARLY FULL AS POSSIBLE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN TRAFFIC OR
THE WEATHER MAY SLOW YOU DOWN OR BRING YOU TO A STOP. EVEN IF YOU
RESTRICT YOUR WINTER DRIVING, CERTAIN SUPPLIES CAN HELP IN AN
EMERGENCY. KEEP BASIC ITEMS ON HAND AND AVAILABLE SUCH AS A
WINDSHIELD SCRAPER, BATTERY BOOSTER CABLES, A BAG OF SAND OR GRAVEL
AND A FLASH LIGHT. FOR LONGER TRIPS YOU MIGHT WANT TO ADD A PORTABLE
RADIO (AND DON'T FORGET EXTRA BATTERIES), A FIRST AID KIT, ROAD MAPS,
SOME NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS SUCH AS NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, AND/OR
CANDY AND A BLANKET OR QUILT.

DRIVE CAREFULLY AND DEFENSIVELY. DON'T TRY TO SAVE TIME BY TRAVELING
FASTER THAN ROAD AND WEATHER CONDITIONS ALLOW. IF WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS BEGIN TO TEST YOUR ABILITY AND ENDURANCE, DON'T HESITATE
TO SEEK SHELTER.

IF YOU SHOULD GET CAUGHT ON THE ROAD DURING A WINTER STORM, KEEP
CALM. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP WITH YOUR SAFETY.

GIVE SOME INDICATION YOU ARE IN TROUBLE BY TURNING ON YOUR CAR'S
FLASHERS. RAISE THE CAR HOOD OR TIE A CLOTH TO AN ANTENNA OR DOOR
HANDLE. STAY IN THE CAR. DO NOT TRY TO WALK FROM THE CAR UNLESS YOU
CAN SEE SHELTER WITHIN A REASONABLE DISTANCE.

FOR HEAT, TURN ON THE CAR ENGINE FOR BRIEF PERIODS. TO AVOID
DEADLY CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING, ALWAYS LEAVE A DOWNWIND WINDOW
OPEN SLIGHTLY. ALSO, BE SURE THE EXHAUST PIPE OF THE VEHICLE IS
CLEAR OF DEBRIS SUCH AS SNOW WHEN THE ENGINE IS RUNNING.

EXERCISE FROM TIME TO TIME BY CLAPPING YOUR HANDS AND MOVING YOUR
ARMS AND LEGS. DO NOT STAY IN ONE POSITION TOO LONG. DO NOT
OVEREXERT YOURSELF EITHER BY TRYING TO SHOVEL SNOW OR BY PUSHING THE
CAR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

    JIM STEFKOVICH
    METEOROLOGIST IN CHARGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    BIRMINGHAM, AL
    205-664-3010

OR VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/BMX.

$$

Cool, Calm Weather Pattern

| 5:50 am November 16, 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.

NICE AND QUIET: Usually in mid-November, some part of the U.S. is being slammed by a winter storm or severe weather outbreak, but not today. A calm pattern continues for much of the continental U.S. including Alabama.

We project sunny cool days and clear cold nights through the weekend, with highs in the 61-65 degree range, and morning lows between 32 and 40. You might see a few high, cirrus clouds from time to time, but the low levels will remain very dry with dewpoints in the 20s and 30s.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: Not much change as the benign weather continues. Mostly sunny days, fair nights. Highs in the 60s, lows generally in the 40s. A short wave will impact the state Tuesday, but no moisture means hardly any chance of rain.

TRAVEL WEATHER: Wednesday is the biggest travel day of the year according to some, and most of the U.S. will enjoy pleasant weather with no major airport delays due to weather. The most inclement weather in the nation will be over the Pacific Northwest… lots of rain for places like Seattle and Portland with interior snow.

VOODOO LAND: The 06Z GFS hints our weather might get more interesting in the November 26-December 2 time frame with a couple of strong cold fronts. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details and graphics.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looks great for the high school playoff games tonight; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 52 at kickoff into the 40s by the second quarter.

Alabama will host Western Carolina tomorrow morning at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (11:21 a.m. kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny, with temperatures rising from near 60 at kickoff to 64 at the final snap. Auburn hosts Alabama A&M at 1:00 tomorrow afternoon… there will be a good supply of sunshine during the game; the kickoff temperature will be near 63 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter as the sun goes low on the horizon.

Very similar weather for the UAB/Memphis game tomorrow afternoon at Legion Field (1:00 kickoff); lots of sunshine with a kickoff temperature near 64 degrees, but falling into the 50s late in the game as darkness nears.

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 have a weather program today at Brookwood Forest Elementary School in Mountain Brook… be looking for the next discussion here by 4 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!