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Hattiesburg Tornado Now Rated EF-4

| 4:55 pm February 11, 2013

National Weather Service damage survey teams initially reported that the tornado that struck Hattiesburg late yesterday afternoon was a high end EF3, but damage indicators that they found near Oak Grove in Lamar County justified upgrading it to EF-4 with max winds of 170 mph.

Meteorologist in Charge Alan Gerard will join us tonight live on WeatherBrains at 8:30 p.m. Here is Alan meeting with a survivor of the tornado today.

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Image from NWS Jackson

For those of you who took pictures of the HBG tornado, the NWS Jackson is seeking images that you will allow us to use for outreach/research purposes.

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Another Day Of Rain Ahead

| 3:27 pm February 11, 2013

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.

RADAR CHECK: Rain has been falling all day along the I-20 corridor… Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston… heaviest rain statewide has been down over the far southeast corner, where serious flash flooding issues were reported earlier over Geneva and Houston Counties. The rain has stopped north of a line from Fayette to Cullman to Fort Payne for now.

Looks like rain tonight, while still possible, will be a little more scattered across North-Central Alabama. Temperatures should hold in the 50s all night with low clouds going nowhere.

MORE RAIN TOMORROW: A surface wave will develop on the front over Texas tomorrow morning, and as the wave moves east rain will increase during the day. We could see some heavy rain at times tomorrow afternoon into the evening hours; additional amounts of one to two inches are likely here, and the NWS continues a flash flood watch for Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston (I-20) south since the ground is totally saturated.

Finally, the rain ends Wednesday morning as the wave moves on to the northeast. The sky will clear Wednesday night as drier air works into the state, and we will finally enjoy two bright, mostly sunny days Thursday and Friday. Afternoon highs should be in the mid to upper 50s, exactly where they should be in mid-February.

ARCTIC SHOT ON SATURDAY: Not much change in our thinking for the weekend. The GFS and the ECMWF are in very good agreement; very cold, Arctic air invades our state Friday night, and it sure looks like we won’t get out of the 30s Saturday with a chilly north wind. And, as a deep upper trough moves overhead, we will have a chance of snow flurries or snow showers during the day, even as far south as Montgomery. Moisture will be very limited, and I doubt if we see any really significant accumulation, but the heavier snow showers could bring a dusting to a few communities.

Sunday morning will be cold, with lows in the 18-23 degree range for most places. Then, we warm nicely during the day Sunday with a high in the low 50s for most spots along with a good supply of sunshine.

We stay dry early next week with a slow warming trend.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: The 12Z GFS shows an active pattern for the latter half of the month, with rain/storm events around Feb 19, Feb 22, and Feb 26. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

STORM ALERT 2013 COMES TO JASPER TOMORROW NIGHT: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama continues through February. 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 are the remaining Storm Alert tour dates…

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. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 p.m… you can watch live here.

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Look for the 6th graders from Irondale Middle School today at 5:00, and the 3rd graders from Greystone Elementary School at 6:00 on the Pepsi KIDCAM on ABC 33/40 News… the next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

NWS Open House This Saturday!

| 2:43 pm February 11, 2013

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The NWS Birmingham will be hosting its annual severe weather awareness open house from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. this Saturday, February 16th.

Come meet NWS Mets, EMA personnel and first responders. Tour the NWS office and emergency equipment that will be on display. There will be weather presentations throughout the day.

More info here.

Early Afternoon Weather Notes

| 1:00 pm February 11, 2013

12:45 PM NOTES:
…rain increasing across Alabama and Mississippi again
…Moderate rain now between Birmingham and Montgomery and also all across Central Mississippi
…that is one reason the National Weather Service/Birmingham extended the Flash Flood Watch through tomorrow
…no severe thunderstorms mixed in with any of this–in fact none at all
…100,000 homes/business still without power in the Great Blizzard in the Northeast
…small town in extreme south Conn., got 40 inches of snow–one of the heavier amounts
…growing number of negative reactions about The Weather Company naming winter storms/blizzards!

Flash Flood Watch From I-20 South

| 6:08 am February 11, 2013

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.

TOO MUCH RAIN: The NWS in Birmingham is continuing a flash flood watch for Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston (the I-20 corridor) and points south through tomorrow night as periods of rain will continue thanks to a stalled front nearby. We don’t expect any severe weather over the northern two-thirds of the state, just rain at times with a little thunder in the mix. Even down in far South Alabama the severe weather risk is somewhat marginal tomorrow and tomorrow night.

Additional rain amounts of one to two inches are likely for our part of the state (I-20 corridor), with heavier amounts, possibly to three inches, down south over the southern counties of Alabama. The heaviest rain, most likely, comes tomorrow into tomorrow night as a surface wave of low pressure moves along the stalled front.

The rain will finally end Wednesday morning as the wave moves northeast of the state, but clouds should linger all day Wednesday.

BRIGHTER DAYS: Thursday and Friday will feature a good supply of sunshine, with temperatures where they should be in mid-February. Highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s.

ARCTIC BLAST SATURDAY: A strong northern stream disturbance will bring a shot of very cold, Arctic air into Saturday to kick off the weekend. I figure we won’t get out of the 30s with a very chilly north wind. And, yes, strong upward motion from the upper trough will bring the risk of a few show flurries or showers to the state, but moisture is very limited and really significant accumulation doesn’t look likely for now. The one thing to watch for is the potential for convective snow showers across the northern third of the state due to very cold air aloft; those can make the ground white pretty quickly, but they should be scattered and move along quickly.

Sunday morning will be very cold. As the sky clears and the wind dies down, we project lows in the 18-23 degree range. Then, during the day Sunday we expect a good supply of sunshine, and a warming trend begins with a high around 50 degrees. Dry weather should linger into Monday.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: The GFS hints at another cold shot with some potential for a little snow Feb 19-20… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

STORM ALERT 2013 IN JASPER TOMORROW NIGHT: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama continues through February. 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 are the remaining Storm Alert tour dates…

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. We will produce tonight’s show at 8:30 p.m. CST…

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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I have a weather program this morning at Irondale Middle School…. be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!