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Freeze Tonight

| 3:17 pm March 13, 2013

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COLD NIGHT FOR MARCH: Winds will die down across Alabama this evening, and with a clear sky the stage is set for a late season freeze for the northern half of Alabama late tonight and early tomorrow. Most communities will see a low in the 25-30 degree range. Cold, but nowhere near the record low for March 14… 2 degrees set in 1993 when we had one foot of snow on the ground after the great Blizzard of 93.

Tomorrow will be sunny with a high in the upper 50s.

BIG WARM-UP FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The GFS and the NAM are now printing a high of 74 degrees for Birmingham Friday with a sunny sky… that will bring out some serious cases of spring fever. We stay in the mid 70s Saturday and Sunday… moisture will begin to increase Sunday, but showers should remain north of here closer to a surface front near I-40.

NEXT CHANCE OF RAIN: The 12Z GFS has come in a little deeper with the upper trough northwest of Alabama early next week; that will push a cold front through here, and we will mention a chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm, Monday through Monday night. Still, the best dynamic lift will be north of Alabama, and for now the severe weather threat still looks low.

Drier air slightly cooler air moves in Tuesday with returning sunshine and a high in the low 60s.

We also note the 12Z GFS brings in another chance of rain by Thursday of next week (March 21)… see the Weather Xtreme video for details, maps, and graphics…

AT THE BEACH: Dry through the weekend with sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be mostly in the 60s, although 70 degrees is possible over the weekend. The cool ocean water will limit how high the air temperature can get along the immediate coast; the sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is only 60 degrees.

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I had a great time today visiting with the sixth graders at Hueytown Middle School… 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…

A Cool Breeze; Still Sunny

| 5:47 am March 13, 2013

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DRY AIR STAYS IN PLACE: Today will be another sunny day across Alabama, but temperatures will be about ten degrees below average for mid-March; the high will be in the mid 50s with a very cool northwest breeze averaging 12-25 mph. The wind will die down tonight, and we expect temperatures to drop into the sub-freezing range early tomorrow, with most places seeing a low between 26 and 32 degrees. Then, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon as we rise into the upper 50s.

VERY MILD WEEKEND: Friday will be much warmer with a sunny sky and a high around 70 degrees. Then, we project a high in the mid 70s Saturday and Sunday a partly sunny sky both days. To the north, showers are possible over the weekend across parts of Tennessee and Kentucky thanks to a stalled surface boundary, but those should not impact our region. It should be the warmest weekend so far in 2013.

NEXT WEEK: A strong low will pass well to the north of Alabama early in the week, and moist air moves northward up into Alabama. An approaching cold front will bring the risk of a few showers, and maybe even a thunderstorm, to the state Monday into Tuesday morning, but with limited dynamics we figure rain will be rather light and spotty, and there seems to be no significant risk of severe weather. Drier air slips into the state Tuesday night and Wednesday. And, we stay very mild with highs in the low to mid 70s at least through the first half of the week.

Out in the land of voodoo, the GFS gives us a wet look during the weekend of March 23-24; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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

WeatherBrains 372: Category Two Hair

| 4:00 am March 13, 2013

WeatherBrains Episode 372 is now online (March 12, 2013). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University. Steve LaNore is a 6-time award-winning broadcaster with nearly three decades of television experience, including stints in Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin. He has served as Chief Meteorologist at KXII-TV in Sherman since 2006.

Steve LaNore, Chief Meteorologist, KXII News 12Steve first stepped in front of the camera in 1984. Part-time jobs while a student at Texas A&M then led to his first full-time position as Chief Meteorologist in Victoria, Texas, in 1986. From there, he took on the Chief Meteorologist role in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he covered the stormy skies of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas for three years.

LaNore then covered the flash-flood prone climate of San Antonio, Texas, for nine years before assuming the role of Chief Meteorologist at KDAF in Dallas in 1998. Steve’s most recent work before coming to KXII was a six-year stint at the CBS affiliate in Austin, Texas. He joined the KXII-TV News12 team in 2006.

Steve has received “Best Weathercast” awards five times in his career; three times from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters (OAB) and twice from the Associated Press.

LaNore enjoys sharing his love for science with others and in 2012 he released his first book entitled “Weather Wits & Science Snickers”. It combines humor and facts for a fun and interesting read. It is available online at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.

Steve is married to Gera LaNore and has an adult stepson, Geraed (pronounced “Jared”). He graduated from Pottsboro High School in 2009 and is now studying computer programming. Steve’s varied interests include music, writing, travel, history, philosophy, and, of course, science! Steve and Gera especially enjoy traveling as time permits.

LaNore serves on the board of the Texoma Regional Blood Center and encourages all who can to give.
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    Web Sites from Episode 372:

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    JB Elliott – Southeast Severe Storms Symposium – Mississippi State

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    Bill Murray – Univ of Georgia Researchers Analyze Debris After Tornadoes

    Kevin Selle – Boston.com winter weather images

    James Spann – RadarScope 2.0 for iPhone

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like JB Elliott, Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, and Kevin Selle. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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