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Archive for February 5th, 2013

Dense Fog Forms

| 9:56 pm February 5, 2013

NWS offices in Huntsville and Birmingham have issued Dense Fog Advisories for much of North and Central Alabama…

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The combination of a clear sky, light wind, wet ground, and temperatures dropping to the dewpoint will keep the fog very thick overnight… take it easy if you are driving…

Drier Air Working Southward

| 3:34 pm February 5, 2013

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MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS: Quite the mixed bag of weather across Alabama this afternoon. Up north, north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden), the sky is sunny with temperatures in the 60s. But, a persistent band of clouds sticking around I-59/20 has kept temperatures in the 50s, although big breaks in the overcast are opening up at mid-afternoon. Then, to the south, Montgomery has enjoyed some sunshine today and they have reached the low 70s. The few patches of light rain on radar have pretty much vanished.

REST OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow promises to be a nice day, with a good supply of sunshine and high in the 64-67 degree range. But, clouds return tomorrow night, and wet weather returns Thursday with occasional rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Rain amounts should average around one-half inch, with some spots possible getting heavier totals, especially over South Alabama. Temperatures will hold in the 50s much of the day Thursday due to clouds and rain. No severe weather is expected.

Then, on Friday, the sky becomes partly sunny as drier air works back into the state. The high Friday afternoon will be in the low 60s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much change in the overall thinking. Saturday looks delightful, with lots of sun and a high between 65 and 68 degrees; clearly the best day to get things done over the weekend. Clouds will increase Sunday as low level moisture surges northward ahead of a developing storm system over the Southern Plains. While we might see a shower Sunday afternoon, the most widespread rain Sunday should be north and west of here. The weather stays mild Sunday with a high in the low to mid 60s.

Rain and storms will become likely Sunday night into Monday as the main system gets closer. The threat of heavy rain and strong storms will be in play, but SPC does not have any severe weather risk defined at this point due to the uncertainty in how the upper trough lifts out of the Southwest U.S. Rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely, and some spots could see more.

Drier air arrives on Tuesday, with sharply colder weather toward the end of next week. And, out in the land of voodoo, the GFS is still hinting at some snow threat for parts of the Mid-South in the 2/17-18 time frame, but the latest runs show the highest risk north of Alabama. All pure speculation for now.

See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

STORM ALERT 2013: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama kicks off this week; we will be at Holt High School Thursday night; the show begins at 6:30. We will share lessons learned after the April 27, 2011 generational tornado event, along with other amazing weather stories. Learn how to keep your family safe during severe weather, and have a chance to win some cool prizes as well. Here is the entire Storm Alert tour schedule for the year…

February 7 Holt – Holt High School
February 12 Jasper – CHS Community Building
February 21 Clanton – Jeff State Performing Arts Center
February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School

All shows begin at 6:30… be sure and get there early to get a good seat.

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I had a great time today seeing a big home school group at Grace Bible Church in Rainbow City… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News… the next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Just A Few Morning Sprinkles

| 5:56 am February 5, 2013

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RADAR CHECK: As expected, not much to see this morning. There are one or two areas of light rain/drizzle over the northern half of Alabama, but in most places there is barely enough rain to wet the pavement. The sky is cloudy, and temperatures are mostly in the 40s at daybreak.

We will maintain the chance of a few sprinkles this morning, but we might see a few peeks of sunshine this afternoon as the short wave axis moves east of Alabama. A good chance we reach the 60 degree mark this afternoon as temperatures begin to warm up a bit.

REST OF THE WEEK: The weather will be very changeable. Tomorrow promises to be a nice day, with ample sunshine and a high in the 65-68 degree range. But, another short wave blows in here on Thursday with periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm. No severe weather, and rain amounts should be in the one-half inch range. The rain tapers off Thursday night, and it now looks like a decent part of the day Friday will be dry; a lingering shower is not totally out of the question Friday morning, but some sun should begin to break through Friday afternoon. Looks like the high will be close to 60 Thursday, with mid 60s on Friday.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday still looks very nice; partly to mostly sunny with a high in the mid 60s. Then, later in the weekend, a major upper trough will lift out of the Southwest U.S., and showers are possible Sunday mainly over far North Alabama across the Tennessee Valley as a warm front lifts north. The latest GFS runs have suggested most of Alabama south of the Tennessee River will stay dry Sunday. And, the high Sunday will remain in the 60s.

Monday still looks very wet with good dynamic forcing; rain amounts of 1-2 inches look likely late Sunday night into Monday. Should the rain continue into Tuesday, storm totals of 2-4 inches are possible, but the 06Z GFS now shows a drier look for Tuesday.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: The weather looks colder at mid-month; the GFS hints at a little light snow around February 17; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

STORM ALERT 2013: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama kicks off this week; we will be at Holt High School Thursday night; the show begins at 6:30. We will share lessons learned after the April 27, 2011 generational tornado event, along with other amazing weather stories. Learn how to keep your family safe during severe weather, and have a chance to win some cool prizes as well. Here is the entire Storm Alert tour schedule for the year…

February 7 Holt – Holt High School
February 12 Jasper – CHS Community Building
February 21 Clanton – Jeff State Performing Arts Center
February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School

All shows begin at 6:30… be sure and get there early to get a good seat.

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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I have a weather program today at Grace Bible Church in Rainbow City for a home school group… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

WeatherBrains 367: Changing the World

| 5:00 am February 5, 2013

WeatherBrains Episode 367 is now online (February 4, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Jeff BerardelliTonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the Jeff Berardelli, President and Founder of Zoom Radar. He is a New York City native and a graduate of Cornell University. Before accepting a job at WFOR-TV in March, 2007, he was the morning meteorologist for WCBS-TV in New York City and fill-in weather presenter on CBS Network’s The Early Show for three years. In addition to his television work in New York City, the native Staten Islander served as a professor of weather, climate and climate change at the College of Staten Island. Before that, he served as a meteorologist on the Tampa, Florida, CBS affiliate WTSP-TV, where he worked for three years. Prior to his employment there, he worked for the Florida equvilant of NY1, Bay News 9, for three years. He is also a Professor of Meteorology at the University of Miami.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 88 at McAllen, TX, and -39 at Embarrass, MN
  • Widespread severe weather has lessened
  • Significant snow Friday and Saturday western and southern Wyoming
  • Wind chill advisory North Arctic Coast of Alaska with values to 50 below
  • Next winter storm Thursday and Friday, snow levels lover to 3500 feet in Yosemite
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is so efficient. While he isn’t here, he has prepared an audio file, something totally new in the operations of the email officer.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The series on dual polarization radars continues this week with a look at the radar product know as KDP, or Differential Phase Shift.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of February 4th.

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 367:

Zoom Weather Radar

CBS4 Miami, FL, Weather Page

Picks of the Week:

Jeff Berardelli – model differences

Bill Murray – Homeless People Anchor the Weather

Brian Peters – History of Ground Hog Day

Kevin Selle – Chasing Ice, iceberg calving

James Spann – Review of Windscape for iOS

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, 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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