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Cold Tonight; Then A Warm-Up Begins

| 3:37 pm March 6, 2013

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TOO COLD FOR MARCH: Temperatures are generally in the 40s across North-Central Alabama this afternoon, a good 20 degrees below average for March 6 (we should see a high in the mid 60s this time of the year). Clouds have been hanging tough over the northern third of the state; elsewhere the sky is blue and sunny.

A freeze is ahead tonight… we project lows early tomorrow in the 24-29 degree range. But, the good news, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 50s, followed by mid 60s Friday. The weekend will be very mild; the GFS is printing 70 on Saturday, and 73 Sunday afternoon for Birmingham. Lots of sun both days; just a few scattered clouds Sunday along with an increasing south wind ahead of a developing storm system over the Great Plains.

NEXT WEEK: The 12Z runs of the GFS and the ECMWF agree the next round of showers and storms for Alabama will come Monday afternoon into Monday night. Rain amounts of 1/2 to one inch can be expected, and while a strong storm is certainly possible, the lack of surface based instability for now makes the severe weather threat look low around here.

Drier air arrives Tuesday with clearing sky; the sun returns in full force on Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details, maps, and graphics….

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEATHER RADIO? We will be at Academy Sports in Tuscaloosa tomorrow evening from 3:30 until 6:30… if you need a weather radio programmed, have questions, or need to buy a weather radio, come and see us. Remember, we are now in the spring tornado season and every Alabama home, business, and church needs one.

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I had a great time today visiting the kindergarten kids at Coldwater Elementary School in Calhoun County… 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…

Dry Through The Weekend

| 5:44 am March 6, 2013

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BLUSTERY MARCH DAY: Windy and chilly weather is the story for Alabama today. I don’t think we can get out of the 40s, and a brisk north wind of 15-30 mph will make it feel colder. A good chance the clouds linger today over the northeast counties of the state, but for most of Alabama the sky will be partly to mostly sunny as dry air takes over.

We drop below freezing early tomorrow; most places will see a low in the upper 20s.

REST OF THE WEEK: A warming trend kicks in tomorrow afternoon as we rise into the upper 50s. That trend continues through the weekend; we reach the mid 60s Friday, upper 60s Saturday, and low 70s Sunday. The sky will be sunny each day, although scattered clouds will begin to show up Sunday along with a gusty south wind ahead of a storm system west of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS and the ECMWF are in good agreement; showers and storms will return to our state Monday. For now the GFS shows no surface based instability over North Alabama, and with a positive tilt upper trough the risk of severe weather looks low. Drier air returns for the middle of next week with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details, maps, and graphics.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEATHER RADIO? We will be at Academy Sports in Tuscaloosa tomorrow evening from 3:30 until 6:30… if you need a weather radio programmed, have questions, or need to buy a weather radio, come and see us. Remember, we are now in the spring tornado season and every Alabama home, business, and church needs one.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s rain total for the year is 14.83?; the surplus for the year is 4.60?. Tuscaloosa is drier; they have a deficiency of 0.44? since January 1. Anniston has a surplus of 3.71?.

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 for this week’s new episode recorded last night.

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

WeatherBrains 371: Tornado Tubes and Roach Spray

| 4:50 am March 6, 2013

WeatherBrains Episode 371 is now online (March 5, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrains was nominated by Paul Miller, a geography graduate student at Virginia Tech. Prof. Dave Carroll has been instrumental in the establishment of the meteorology program in Blacksburg, VA, and for years, he was Virginia Tech’s only meteorology faculty member, and he should provide a great perspective on meteorology education. He is an oustanding professor and has led an undergraduate stormchasing field experience every summer for years.

Prof. David Carroll, Virginia TechDavid Carroll is a native of Roanoke Virginia and studied environmental science as an undergraduate before completing his graduate work through the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State. Connections to Virginia Tech spread through his family as five other family members completed either undergraduate or graduate degrees at the university. Before joining the Department of Geography’s new meteorology degree program, Dave spent several years teaching a dual-enrollment Applied Meteorology course for accelerated high school students and undergraduates through Virginia Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He currently teaching the Weather Analysis sequence of courses, and runs the field studies in meteorology for the department. He is currently working on mobile mesonet applications for use in studying the near-storm environment of severe thunderstorms throughout the U.S. and cold-air damming events in the central Appalachians. He is accompanied tonight by other important folks from the program there in Blacksburg.

Guest panelist is Dave Williams, Chief Meteorologist from WCIV-TV in Charleston, SC.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 82 at Imperial and Ocotillo Wells, CA, and -16 at Yellowstone Lake, WY
  • Snow storm hits upper Midwest again
  • Snowing from eastern Illinois to West Virginia and Tennessee
  • 1060 millibar high near the Pole
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer, Nate Johnson, is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: In the 101 continuation of a series on dual polarization radar, this week the episode looks at the improvements in detecting hail and the products which help to unravel this element.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of March 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 371:

    Virginia Tech

    Meteorology at VT

    Virginia Tech Geography Department

    Prof. Carroll’s web page

    WCIV-TV ABC News 4

    Picks of the Week:

    JB Elliott – No Pick!

    Nate Johnson – Most Accurate Snow Map

    Bill Murray – 1. Get Well Card for Sally
    2. Kathy Bell sent a pound cake

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    Kevin Selle – 1. Haze weather app
    2. WeatherCube weather app

    James Spann – Meteorgram Generator

    Dave Williams – makes weather observation instead of pick!

    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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