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Archive for November 27th, 2012

Sunshine Returns Tomorrow

| 3:28 pm November 27, 2012

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RAIN OUT; COLDER AIR IN: Low clouds have been hanging tough over North Alabama this afternoon as expected, and temperatures are cold. Most communities reached their high early this morning, with readings falling into the 40s this afternoon. Haleyville is reporting a chilly 42 degrees at 2:00… Birmingham is at 49.

The sky will clear quickly tonight, and by daybreak tomorrow temperatures will be very close to freezing. The sky will be sunny tomorrow with a high near 60 degrees.

Dry weather continues Thursday and Friday; we reach the low to mid 60s Thursday, followed by mid 60s Friday. Thursday morning will be cold again with a low near freezing, but the low early Friday will be closer to 40 degrees.

MILD WEEKEND: We will see a high very close to 70 degrees Saturday and Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds both days. Low level moisture levels will increase a bit, but there is no trigger for rain and we won’t mention any chance of showers in the forecast for now. Early morning lows this weekend will be in the 48-53 degree range as we begin meteorological winter with a mild spell.

NEXT WEEK: We stay unseasonably mild Monday and Tuesday… then a cold front will pass through Wednesday (December 5) with a chance of showers and storms, followed by colder weather Thursday and Friday. For now the mid-week system doesn’t look like a severe weather setup, although some of the storms along the front could contain some gusty winds.

Out in the longer range, the “land of voodoo” as we call it in the weather business, the GFS hints at rain events around December 9 and December 12, but still no classic severe weather looks. See the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details.

RAIN TOTALS: A few totals from last night and this morning from the ABC 33/40 SKYCAM Network…

Parrish 0.53″
Trussville 0.47″
Jasper 0.47″
Downtown Birmingham 0.34″
Tuscaloosa 0.30″
Montevallo 0.29″
Gadsden 0.15″
Clanton 0.10″
Haleyville 0.08″
Cheaha State Park 0.04″

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids at Floyd Elementary School in Gadsden… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Some Much Needed Rain

| 6:14 am November 27, 2012

The showers and thunderstorms continue to push off to the southeast this morning. Most of the action is to the southeast of Interstate 20/59 now. Even though these storms have been non-severe, a couple of them have had some very impressive lightning and very loud thunder. Some beneficial rains are falling with these storms and are helping our rainfall deficits across the state. Many areas have received from a quarter of an inch to around a half an inch of rain this morning and that seems to be totals that many of our skywatchers are reporting. Higher rain totals  have been reported especially from Jefferson County back to the west.

The rain is ending off to the northwest of Birmingham and will be ending from northwest to southeast across the state through the morning. Cold front is pushing through the state today too which will bring us some cooler weather for a couple of days, but will we return to very mild conditions for the weekend. We may get enough clearing today that we see the sun this afternoon. Clear skies tonight will allow for many areas to drop toward the low to mid 30s by tomorrow morning.

 

 

Rain Ending From West To East

| 5:47 am November 27, 2012

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WET START: A band of showers and storms is moving through Alabama early this morning. As I write this (around 5:30), the rain is in a broad area from Demopolis to Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden. The rain has already ended over Northwest Alabama, and the rain will end from west to east during the next few hours. Clouds will linger through the day, and we won’t get out of the 50s as cooler air slips in from the north.

The sky will clear tonight, and by daybreak tomorrow many communities over North Alabama will be very close to freezing.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: These three days will feature a good supply of sunshine with warmer afternoons. The high tomorrow will be near 60, followed by mid 60s Thursday and Friday. We will be well down in the 30s again early tomorrow and Thursday morning, but the low Friday morning will be closer to 40.

MILD START TO DECEMBER: The GFS is printing a high of 71 degrees Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as we begin meteorological winter. Looks like a fabulous weekend with a mix of sun and clouds both days. There will be some increase in low level moisture, but for now the chance of a shower looks so small it isn’t worth mentioning in the formal forecast. Nights will be warmer as well; the low will be in the low 50s early Saturday and Sunday morning.

NEXT WEEK: A cold front is expected to pass through Alabama Wednesday (Dec 5) with a band of showers and storms, followed by colder air Thursday and Friday (Dec 6-7). Out in the land of voodoo, the GFS shows a very cold airmass moving into the state around December 12, but we all know that can and probably will change. See the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details.

CONSISTENTLY COLD? I often hear people ask “When will it turn cold and stay cold?”… the answer is NEVER in Alabama! This is a low latitude state; our average high never drops below 52, and the average low never drops below 32. If you are looking for long term cold weather, you need to head north…

THIS WINTER: I also have people asking me often about the “winter outlook”. I am not a big fan of seasonal outlooks… there isn’t much skill in that, and I don’t even try. Having said that, I figure this winter won’t be as mild as last year, and not as cold and snowy as 2010-11. I guess an “average” winter might describe it meaning lots of changes, occasional shots of really cold air, and one or two decent snow or winter storm threats. We will see.

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

Heavy Non-Severe Thunderstorms

| 4:59 am November 27, 2012

Waking up this morning to some heavy thunderstorms moving through Central Alabama. Heavy rain and frequent lightning are accompanying these storms, but none of them are severe. The heaviest activity is along Interstate 20/59 from near Vance through Birmingham to about Springville.

Behind these initial storms, heavy rain is falling in Jasper, Tuscaloosa and Aliceville. These storms will continue to push to the southeast this morning as the cold front works across the state.

WeatherBrains 357: Dropping Like Flies

| 4:55 am November 27, 2012

WeatherBrains Episode 357 is now online (November 26, 2012). If you are really nuts about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Dr. Tony LupoTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of listener Ken Hoglund. He is an alum, having appeared on show number 249 in November, 2010, not one of his greatest claims to fame. He is the Department Chair and Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Missouri. Tonight we welcome Dr. Tony Lupo back to the show.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 87 at Corpus Christi, Killeen, and Junction, TX, and -11 at Fosston, MN
  • Tranquil across the Southeast recently
  • Severe weather threat tonight in Louisiana and East Texas
  • Alaska -36 at Northway
  • and more!

Our email bag officer has come up with a big excuse to turn the reins back to Kevin who is conveniently out (one of those flies!!). So who knows if anyone is handling the mailbag tonight?

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: This week is part two of a three part series on precipitation types. With winter just around the corner and some pretty cold days occurring across the vast fruited plain, it seems appropriate to look into the frozen types. And there are several.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of November 26th.

Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

Web Sites from Episode 357:

School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri

Dr. Lupo’s Home Page

CPC El Nino Page

Picks of the Week:

JB Elliott – Lightning Photo from the USS Eisenhower

Bill Murray – Where have the tornadoes gone?

Brian Peters – Online Cloud Atlas

James Spann – USGS Earthquake Hazards Map

JP Spann – Alabama Tornado Outbreak from November, 2001

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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