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Vote for ” THE UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST OF BEST PLACES TO EAT ON THE ALABAMA GULF COAST “

| 5:17 pm March 12, 2013

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This nice sunny day makes me think of the beach … and when I am at the beach that means food … so I decided it was time again for us to make ” THE UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 LIST OF BEST PLACES TO EAT ON THE ALABAMA GULF COAST ” … in the comments section below name the spots or spots you think have the best food on the Alabama Gulf Coast ( Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan ) …. On Thursday we will tally up the score for your favorite places and give you the results … just in time for Spring Break !!!!

My niece, Elyssa Jacobs, had both a heart transplant and bone marrow transplant so I decided to let her go first in the voting…. she selected El Potro Mexican Restaurant …  Please like her FB page if you get a chance at

http://www.facebook.com/athirdchanceforellah

Thanks,

John Oldshue

Windy And Cooler Tomorrow; Still Dry

| 3:29 pm March 12, 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.

SEVERE CLEAR: What a fine March day across Alabama. A cloudless sky for the northern counties, with temperatures generally in the 50s at mid-afternoon. Tonight will be clear and chilly with a low in the mid 30s early tomorrow.

COOL BREEZE: The sky will stay sunny tomorrow, but the day will be windy and cool with a high in the low to mid 50s; a gusty northwest wind of 15-25 mph will make it feel colder. Then, as the wind dies down tomorrow night, a freeze is likely by early Thursday; most places will see a low in the 28-32 degree range.

We warm to near 60 Thursday afternoon, followed by 70 degrees Friday.

MILD WEEKEND: Still looks like we will enjoy the warmest weather so far in 2013 this weekend, with highs generally in the mid 70s Saturday and Sunday. The sky will be partly sunny both days, and while I guess we might consider the mention of a shower over far North Alabama Sunday afternoon, it sure looks like most of the state will be dry.

NEXT WEEK: A few showers could show up Monday and Tuesday, but the GFS shows a weak system with limited dynamic support and limited moisture, so rain won’t be heavy at all, and there is no risk of severe weather.

Take a few minutes and watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, details, and more long range ideas.

BLIZZARD ANNIVERSARY: Be sure and scroll down for the post about the 20th anniversary of the great Blizzard of 1993… it started twenty years ago this evening.

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 episode tonight at 8:30 p.m. CDT… you can watch it live here.

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I enjoyed speaking to the Georgia Tech AMS local chapter this morning in Atlanta… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Twenty Years Ago Today…

| 5:41 am March 12, 2013

Alabama’s greatest snow storm on record… the Blizzard of 1993 started. From Friday afternoon, March 12, 1993, through Saturday morning, March 13, the snow came down in a remarkable way. Winds gusted to hurricane force on ridge tops, and convective snow was widespread complete with thunder and lightning.

Birmingham’s official total was 13 inches, but some spots had almost two feet across North Alabama. Power was out for many days for some, and travel was nearly impossible with snow drifts you would expect to see in Buffalo or Chicago.

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Below are pictures you submitted to us in recent days… keep in mind digital photography was very rare in 1993; these are mostly scanned prints. But, they tell the story very well.

You can see all of these images on our Flickr feed here.

And, thanks to Mike Wilhelm for posting video coverage of the event… Kevin Collins (who decided to use his real name later in his career, Kevin Selle) was working that famous hat in the middle of the storm. Dan Satterfield was also with me at the time… that was a great weather team.

So… what are your memories????

Dry Through The Weekend

| 5:20 am March 12, 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.

BLUE SKY AND SUNSHINE: We begin this day with temperatures in the 30s, and we will warm to near 60 this afternoon with sunshine in full supply.

Tomorrow will be sunny, but breezy and cooler with a gusty northwest wind averaging 12-22 mph, gusting to 30 mph at times as the pressure gradient becomes tighter. The high will drop into the mid 50s, and the wind will make it feel cooler.

THURSDAY MORNING FREEZE: We are projecting a low early Thursday in the 27-32 degree range. Way, way too early to think about planting anything that will be harmed by frost or a freeze. To really be safe, I always suggest waiting until April 15 since an early April cold snap is just about a given around here.

We warm to near 60 Thursday afternoon as we enjoy another sunny day.

DELIGHTFUL WEEKEND: The warming trend will continue into the weekend. Friday’s high will be around 70, with low to mid 70s Saturday and Sunday. A few scattered clouds will show up over the weekend, but a good supply of sunshine will get through. Sure looks great, and it should be the warmest weekend so far in 2013.

NEXT RAIN: The 00Z GFS is a little faster with the next rain producer; it shows a chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm on Monday of next week, but no severe weather threat for now.

VOODOO LAND: The 00Z GFS is somewhat more aggressive with rain events later this month, showing good rains here around March 25 and March 27. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY: The great Blizzard of 1993 started… see the blog for memories, pictures, and details.

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 episode tonight at 8:30 p.m. CDT… you can watch it live here.

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

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I will be speaking to the local AMS (American Meteorological Society) this morning at Georgia Tech in Atlanta… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!