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Archive for November 21st, 2012

Wednesday Evening Forecast Notes

| 4:06 pm November 21, 2012

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are on a holiday schedule through Sunday**

MILD THANKSGIVING DAY: Not much change in the short term thinking. Tomorrow will be a mostly sunny Thanksgiving Day with a mild afternoon; the high will be very close to 70 degrees. The high Friday will be in the mid to upper 60s with a mix of sun and clouds; a cold front will pass through in mostly dry fashion… there could be a few sprinkles over the northern quarter of the state along the front Friday afternoon, but measurable rain is not likely.

COLD WEEKEND: Saturday will be a windy and cold day, but at least the sky will be sunny. The 12Z GFS is printing a high of only 51… below is a look at the projected temperatures over the eastern half of the nation at 12:00 noon (CST) Saturday via the 12Z NAM…

We will drop into the 20s early Sunday, and it still looks like the coldest morning so far this season. The day Sunday will be cool and dry with lots of sun and a high in the upper 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Friday night will be dry and cold for the remaining high school playoff games; the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling into the 40s during the games with a north breeze of 10-15 mph.

Then, the biggest game of the year in our state is Saturday, and the weather will be cold and dry for the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa (2:30 p.m. kickoff). The sky will be clear; the kickoff temperature will be around 51 degrees, falling into the 40s by halftime, and possibly into the upper 30s by the final whistle. A brisk north wind of 10-20 mph will make it feel colder.

SEVERE WEATHER NEXT TUESDAY? The 12Z GFS is painting a severe weather setup for the northern half of Alabama if instability values can sufficiently rise…

We will keep an eye on it in coming days… colder air returns after the storms Wednesday.

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I will produce a fresh Weather Xtreme video at some point during the day tomorrow… Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Mild Afternoons Through Friday; Much Colder Saturday

| 6:48 am November 21, 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.

We are going to a holiday schedule… so one Weather Xtreme video will be posted daily through Sunday.

SUNNY AND MILD THANKSGIVING WEATHER: Delightful weather is the story for Alabama through tomorrow; the sky will be sunny, and after cool mornings with lows in the 40s, the afternoon high will be very close to the 70 degree today and on Thanksgiving Day. Doesn’t get much better.

The sky will be partly sunny on Friday, and we stay mild with a high in the 67 to 70 degree range. A strong cold front will pass through late in the day, and there could be a few sprinkles or patches of light along the front over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama, but down this way we don’t expect any measurable rain since the air will be so dry.

COLD WEEKEND: Saturday will be a different kind of day. We will have a hard time getting out of the 40s despite a sunny sky, and a north wind of 10-20 mph will make it feel colder. Then, Sunday should be the coldest morning so far this season, with lows generally in the mid 20s. Some of the colder valleys across North Alabama might even make a run at the upper teens. Sunday will be cool and dry with a high in the mid to upper 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Friday night will be dry and cold for the remaining high school playoff games; the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling into the 40s during the games with a north breeze of 10-15 mph.

Then, the biggest game of the year in our state is Saturday, and the weather will be cold and dry for the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa (2:30 p.m. kickoff). The sky will be clear; the kickoff temperature will be around 51 degrees, falling into the 40s by halftime, and possibly into the upper 30s by the final whistle. A brisk north wind of 10-20 mph will make it feel colder.

TRAVEL WEATHER: This is the busiest travel day of the year according to those that should know these things. The good news is that a large percentage of the nation will enjoy quiet, calm weather, much like Alabama today. The main trouble area is the Northwest U.S… where valley rain and mountain snow will continue over states like Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and northern California. There will be no weather related delays at the major airport hubs over the eastern half of the U.S.

NEXT WEEK: The 06Z GFS shows a favorable setup for strong thunderstorms around here on Tuesday, but it remains to be seen if the air can sufficiently destabilize for a severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details. Much colder air will follow that round of storms over the latter half of the week.

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The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here tomorrow morning…. enjoy the day and have a blessed Thanksgiving!