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Archive for November 30th, 2012

Mild Weekend Ahead

| 3:23 pm November 30, 2012

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

This afternoon’s forecast discussion courtesy of J.B. Elliott, the great American weather legend…

A PLEASANT WEEKEND TO START WINTER: Yes, winter officially begins on December 1 which is tomorrow. As usual, we pay little attention to any change in weather based on just one day. In fact, we look for mostly sunshine Saturday and Sunday and no chance of rain or storms until the middle of next week. Let’s go ahead and discuss that. We do expect a good chance of showers and some thunderstorms on Tuesday continuing Tuesday night. We could get about ½ inch of much needed rain with those followed by clearing and cooler next Wednesday. We will have another cool night tonight, but not quite as cool a last night. We expect lows in the mid-40s and some patchy fog may develop. Looking at the weather maps we will have a southeast wind flow Saturday and Sunday, but again we will have another front approaching from the northwest next Tuesday which will give us those chances of showers and storms later in the day and at night. Cooler air will move into the state on Wednesday followed by some clearing weather.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: There may still be some high school play-off games tonight. The weather looks good with temperatures in the 50s at kickoff and maybe some upper 40s by the final whistle. Saturday is a big day. Alabama will be in Atlanta to play the University of Georgia in the Georgia Dome. The weather will be excellent in Atlanta on Saturday whether you are driving over or attending the game. The high temperature will be about 65 and in the 50s toward the end of the game. Of course, the temperature will be steady inside the dome.

THE GREAT WESTERN STORMS: The West is really catching it, somewhat like the Eastern Seaboard did earlier this year. This includes extremely heavy rain in parts of California with massive flash flooding. Meanwhile further north there will be some historic snowstorms. For example, 3 feet of snow is expected in the next 24 hours above 8,000 feet in the Tetons and other west-facing mountains. Extremely high winds will cause some historic drifting. Gusts may exceed 80 mph. Travel will become impassable on Teton Pass and other higher elevations.

OTHER USA NOTES: The warmest in the nation yesterday was 83 at El Centro, California. The low this morning in the lower 48 was 2 below zero at Saranac Lake in Upstate New York. It was a bitter cold 44 below at Northway, Alaska where there is 12 inches of snow on the ground.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids at St. Frances Xavier Catholic School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40! Brian Peters will have the Weather Xtreme video updates tomorrow and Sunday… my next one will be here early Monday by 7:00 a.m. Enjoy the weekend!

Mild Start To December

| 6:04 am November 30, 2012

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WARM-UP CONTINUES: Temperatures are not as cold as recent mornings across the great state of Alabama; most places are in the 37-42 degree range at daybreak. We warm into the low to mid 60s today with a good supply of sunshine.

METEOROLOGICAL WINTER BEGINS MILD: Meteorological winter is December 1 through February 28… but in terms of astronomy the winter season begins December 21 at 5:12 a.m. CST. We are still projecting a high around 70 degrees tomorrow and Sunday with a partly to mostly sunny sky both days. Early morning lows will be in the 47-52 degree range. Doesn’t get much better this time of the year.

NEXT WEEK: We stay dry and mild Monday… a cold front will pass through Tuesday night with a decaying band of showers; the latest GFS hints at rain totals under a quarter of an inch. Then, slightly cooler air follows the front Wednesday through Friday, but highs will still be very pleasant, mostly in the 60s.

VOODOO COUNTRY: Still no sign of any long lasting cold weather around here; the big omega block over the Bering Sea is keeping the pattern from becoming too amplified over the continental U.S. at least through mid-December. We do note the CFSv2 (Climate Forecast System) shows a large snow cover over much of the U.S. the week of Christmas, but that is about as voodoo as you can get. See the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tonight’s high school playoff games, the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 50s during the games. For tomorrow’s SEC championship game in Atlanta, we can promise no rain since the game is indoors at the Georgia Dome, but the weather outside looks great as well with a partly sunny sky and afternoon temperatures peaking in the upper 60s.

HURRICANE SEASON ENDS TODAY: The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season was one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. An interesting aspect of the season was its early start, with two tropical storms, Alberto and Beryl, developing in May before the season officially began. Also, this is the seventh consecutive year that no major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) have hit the United States. The only major hurricane this season was Hurricane Michael, a Category 3 storm that stayed over the open Atlantic. Several storms this year were short in duration, weak in intensity, and went largely unnoticed by the general public because they stayed out over the Atlantic. A persistent jet stream pattern over the eastern portion of the nation helped steer many of this season’s storms away from the United States. The number of named storms and hurricanes was higher than predicted in NOAA’s pre-season outlook, in large part because El Niño – which likely would have suppressed overall storm activity – never materialized as predicted by many climate models.

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 have a weather program today at St. Frances Xavier Catholic school in Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so. Enjoy the day!