Archive for March 14th, 2013

Big Warm-Up Ahead For The Weekend

| March 14, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today due to travel; we are at the Publix in Oxford today programming NOAA Weather Radio receivers**

This afternoon’s discussion is from the great American weather legend, J.B. Elliott….

ANOTHER DAY WHEN YOU CAN SEE FOREVER! Well, not quite. The air is clear as a bell with a real sparkle. Another day that if I could climb the highest TV tower on Red Mountain, I could easily see Mt. Cheaha in East Alabama, the state’s highest elevation. However, halfway up the TV tower I most surely would lose my grip and I would be no more.

BACK TO REALITY: It was another cold early morning in our state—below freezing in some areas. Examples: 24 Black Creek, NE of Gadsden, 26 Fayette, 27 Haleyville and Russellville, 29 Center Point and Lake View (the latter in Tuscaloosa County) 30 in Dothan, 30 Birmingham Airport and 32 in Trussville. Will not be near that cold tonight—in fact, we do not expect any temperatures that low for the next seven nights. How about that!

A QUICK WEATHER MAP DISCUSSION: (My favorite discussion of the day.) A very large high-pressure area stopped and spent the night last night squarely over Alabama and several other southeast states. Of course, the wind went to sleep also and the wind went calm and that’s why we had some nice cold temperatures. That high is actually a part of a huge ridge of high pressure extending from the Yukon Territory to the Southeast U.S. It has been stationary for a couple of days. Most of the time we fear that the bitter cold arctic air in that high will crank up and move southeast and give us a big headache. We don’t think so this time. The air is not quite as cold as it was. By tomorrow morning, the southeast high will drift down over the Gulf of Mexico and a milder west wind will set up across Alabama. We can’t do forever without another cold front. By next Monday a new one will be pushing into the southeast and down into North Florida next Tuesday. That will bring us some more winter-like temperatures.

USA NOTES: The warmest (make that hottest) temperature in the USA yesterday was 97 at Thermal and Ocotillo Wells, California. Mind you, that is almost 100-degree heat. Cold spots this morning included 9 below zero at Land O Lakes, Wisconsin and 33 below at Eagle, Alaska. There is still 50 inches of snow on the ground at Valdez.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights through Sunday. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the 60s, but 70s are likely inland. The sea water temperatures remain around 60 degrees. I still suggest the hotel pool…

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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Again, if you need some help with your weather radio and live in the Anniston/Oxford area, come see us at the Publix. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…


| March 14, 2013 @ 10:07 am

With over 500 Votes being recorded here it is …..


The Original Oyster House
Sea N Suds
The Shrimp Basket
Tacky Jack’s
Desoto’s Seafood Kitchen
Wolf Bay Lodge
Bahama Bob’s

Honorable Mentions …. These restaurants were just edged out of the Top 10 but I believe they deserve mention as they are new or off the beaten path and deserve a try if you are trying to form your own list of favorites…

Felix’s Fish Camp on the Causeway near the USS Alabama in Mobile – absolutely awesome food and service … can not be missed…good stop on your trip down just off I-10

The Tin Top Restaurant in Bon Secour about 10 minutes from Gulf Shores

Cosmos – Canal Road – locals favorite

Cobalt Restaurant just across Perdido Pass bridge – seafood is wonderful and setting on water is top notch watching boats go in and out of Perdido pass

The Gulf – brand spanking new right before you go across the Perdido Pass bridge, made out of shipping containers … outside seating on water can’t be beat

Franco’s Italian Restaurant – next to Bruno’s in Orange Beach – when it is time for something other than seafood this is the spot…

I hope this helps everybody on their next trip to the beach …. if  we missed a place or you have your own opinion on the best then let everybody know in the comments…

Hope to see you soon on Alabama’s Gulf Coast and remember to give my niece Elyssa Jacobs, who had a heart and bone marrow transplant, a “like” on FB if you enjoyed this … she started it off….

Thanks – John Oldshue


Big Warm-Up For The Weekend

| March 14, 2013 @ 5:58 am

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.

FRIGID MARCH MORNING: Here are some pre-dawn temperatures reported from our Skywatchers and the official observation stations across Alabama…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 24
Cullman 26
Fayette 26
Haleyville 27
Russellville 27
Center Point 29
Lake View (Tuscaloosa County) 29
Birmingham 30
Trussville 32

We warm into the mid to upper 50s today with sunny sky. Won’t be as windy as yesterday.

VERY MILD WEEKEND: Looks like we will enjoy highs in the 73-77 degree range tomorrow through Sunday; it will be the warmest weekend so far in 2013. The sky will be mostly sunny tomorrow and Saturday; some clouds will show up Sunday, but some sun should still get through at times. Showers on Sunday should stay north of here, closer to a surface boundary over Tennessee.

STRONG STORMS MONDAY? The GFS is printing a high of 78 degrees for Birmingham Monday, and the air becomes unstable with surface based CAPE values rising to levels over 500 j/kg by afternoon. This is more than sufficient for strong storms this time of the year, but thankfully the main dynamic support with the next system will remain pretty far north of here, and the big shear values remain up north as well. Still, a strong storm or two is certainly possible Monday evening into Monday night along the front, so we will watch parameters closely in coming days. Rain amounts of about 1/2 inch look likely.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be dry and slightly cooler with highs back into the 60-65 degree range. Then, the weather looks unsettled Thursday through Saturday (March 21-23) with moist air returning and a front just to the north. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Look for sunny days and fair nights through Sunday. Highs will be in the 60s today and tomorrow, and close to 70 over the weekend. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a very cool 56 degrees; that will limit the ability of the air to warm much along the immediate coast. Next week, at first glance it looks like showers are possible Monday night, followed by mostly dry weather for the mid-week period.

NEED SOME HELP WITH YOUR WEATHER RADIO? We will be at the Publix in Oxford this afternoon from 3:30 until 6:30… if you need your weather radio programmed… have questions, or need to buy a new one, then come see us.

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.

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

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I will be speaking this morning at First Baptist Church of Columbiana… and then I head over to Oxford to program weather radio receivers at the Publix. Won’t be able to produce an afternoon Weather Xtreme video, but I will have some forecast notes here. Enjoy the day!