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Archive for March 8th, 2013

Spring-Like Weekend Ahead

| 3:19 pm March 8, 2013

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SEVERE CLEAR: Not a single complaint about Alabama’s weather today. A cloudless sky, low humidity, and temperatures generally in the 60s this afternoon Doesn’t get much better. Some high clouds move into the state tonight, but the weather stays dry, and it won’t be as cold as recent nights; most places will see a low around 40 degrees early tomorrow morning.

SPRING-LIKE WEEKEND: The NAM is printing a high of 70 tomorrow, and 73 Sunday. Quite the contrast to last weekend when temperatures were nearly 30 degrees below average. We will have some high clouds around tomorrow, but there should be a decent amount of sunshine getting through. Then clouds slowly thicken Sunday, and we will have an increasingly gusty south wind ahead of a storm system to the west.

Showers and storms will likely move into West Alabama Sunday night; the window for rain seems to open up around 9:00 p.m.

WET DAY MONDAY: A slow moving band of showers and storms will move through late Sunday night and Monday. Rain amounts of around one inch are likely, and while a strong storm or two is possible, the overall severe weather threat still looks very limited thanks to a fairly stable airmass.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry for the rest of the week; the sky will clear Tuesday with a slight change to cooler temperatures (the high will be in the upper 50s). We rise to near 70 Wednesday, followed by low 70s Thursday and Friday.

LONG RANGE: The weather still looks fairly stable and dry for the latter half of March, a little unusual for this time of the year. After Monday’s rain event, the GFS shows the next chance of rain about 10 days later… around March 21. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details, maps, and graphics.

TIME CHANGE: Yep, we lose an hour of sleep this weekend. Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed tomorrow night as we go back on Daylight Saving Time.

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I had a great time today visiting with the second graders at Edgewood Elementary in Homewood… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted bright and early Monday morning by 7:00 a.m…. Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Nice Weekend Warm-Up

| 5:46 am March 8, 2013

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ANOTHER COLD START: Another sub-freezing morning; Cullman has dropped to 25 degrees early this morning; Birmingham reports 32 degrees just before sun-up. But, later today our warming trend resumes as temperatures will rise into the mid 60s this afternoon with a bright sunny sky.

FINALLY A SPRING-LIKE WEEKEND: Expect a high in the upper 60s tomorrow as we kick off the weekend; the sky will be partly to mostly sunny as dry air remains in place. To the west, SPC has parts of Texas along the I-35 corridor in a “slight risk” of severe weather, and some high clouds from those storms could advance into the state, but the low levels will remain very dry.

The GFS is printing a high of 72 degrees Sunday afternoon. The day will be breezy with an increase in clouds as the storm system to the west gets closer. The 06Z GFS is a little faster, hinting that showers or storms could move into Alabama Sunday night. But, the daytime hours Sunday will stay dry.

RAIN RETURNS: Showers and storms are likely Monday. Still no real surface based instability across the northern half of Alabama, and the risk of severe weather, for now, still seems low. The main window for showers and storms based on the latest GFS runs will come from about 3:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday, and rain amounts of one-half to one inch are likely.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: The sky will clear Tuesday, but temperatures will be only slightly cooler with a high in the upper 50s. The rest of the week will be dry and mild; the GFS is showing low 70s again by Thursday and Friday.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: The pattern actually looks pretty quiet considering this is March. After Monday, the next rain event doesn’t show up until March 20, and there is no real severe weather setup on the board here over the next 15 days. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

LOOKING AHEAD: The average date of the last freeze in Birmingham is April 5, but keep in mind we have had a freeze as late as April 23 (in 1986). If you want to be reasonably sure a freeze won’t damage your plants, you should hold off until April 15 (tax day). When we begin to warm up in March, the temptation is great, but cold snaps are common here into early April.

WE LOSE SOME SLEEP THIS WEEKEND: We go back on Daylight Saving Time this weekend; turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. The sun will set Sunday evening at 6:51 p.m. CDT.

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 this morning at Edgewood Elementary School in Homewood… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 3:30 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!