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Cool, Wet Weather

| 3:41 pm April 3, 2013

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HIGH WINDS ON THE GULF COAST: A wake low on the back side of a large MCS (mesoscale convective system) in the northern Gulf of Mexico has been producing high winds on the Gulf Coast this afternoon; our SKYCAM at Gulf Shores reported a wind gust of 44 mph; we have one report from an oil platform just off the Louisiana coast of 79 mph winds. The NWS reports wind gusts to 53 mph at Mobile Regional Airport and 66 mph at Brookley Field.

These winds were responsible for the Carnival Triumph breaking loose from the port at Mobile… tow boats are on the scene working to move the ship back to BAE Ship Systems where it was undergoing repairs.

UP THIS WAY: Patchy light rain is falling across North/Central Alabama, and temperatures are only in the 40s and 50s (model forecasts of a high in the 60s were way too warm, needless to say). Our weather will stay cool and wet through tomorrow with periods of rain. Additional rain amounts of about one inch are likely, with the heavier totals over the southern half of the state thanks to a surface low passing just south of Mobile Bay. Tomorrow won’t be any warmer; we won’t get out of the 50s with clouds and rain.

The weather improves Friday; any lingering rain should end early in the day, and the sky should begin to clear Friday afternoon as drier air begins to work into the state.

SUNNY WEEKEND: While we will start the weekend with a cool morning Saturday, with lows around 40 degrees, we warm quickly into the mid 70s Saturday afternoon with sunshine in full supply. Sunday will be delightful as well, with a high in the mid 70s.

WARMEST SO FAR: Still looks like we will see our first 80 degree warmth of 2013 next week… especially on Tuesday (the GFS is printing a high of 81). A dynamic storm system will lift out of the Southwest U.S., and will bring the threat of strong to severe storms to Alabama and the Deep South over the latter half of the week. It is way too early to speculate on the severe weather modes, timing, and magnitude of the event with every model run looking a little different on details. Just something to watch closely in coming days. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details, maps, and graphics.

AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms are likely tonight and tomorrow, but sunshine returns Friday, and the weekend looks great along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs will be mostly in the low to mid 70s… the sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 66 degrees.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEATHER RADIO? We will be at the Publix in McCalla, near McAdory High School tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. If you have questions, need your radio programmed, or need to buy one, come and see us. Now is the time to get ready for severe weather since the core of the season is just ahead.

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I had great visits today to see kids at Mount Pleasant Christian School in Susan Moore, and Rocky Ridge Elementary School in Hoover… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

On This Date In 1974…

| 6:18 am April 3, 2013

At the time it was the greatest outbreak of tornadoes on record in the U.S. The famous “superoutbreak” of tornadoes started… A total of 148 tornadoes swept across 13 states in roughly a 24 hour time frame. From Illinois to North Carolina and from Michigan to Alabama, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms killed 335 people and injured over 6,000. Over 15,000 homes, businesses and farm buildings were destroyed and another 17,000 buildings were damaged. Here in our state, 86 persons were killed, 949 were injured, and damages exceeded $50 million. Sixteen counties in the northern part of the State were hit the hardest. The town of Guin, in Marion County, was just about wiped out by a massive F5 tornado.

Our own J.B. Elliott at the time was working for the National Weather Service, and was on duty that night. We put this story together several years ago…

Warnings like this were issued that night…

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I was a senior in high school in April 1974, and I spent several days away from school serving as an amateur radio volunteer in some of the hardest hit areas. That experience would change my life, and set the stage for the long career in weather.

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Read more about the event here.

Wet Weather Returns To Alabama

| 5:49 am April 3, 2013

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RADAR CHECK: A big MCS (mesoscale convective system) is over the western Gulf of Mexico, while around Alabama we see just a few scattered sprinkles early this morning. The sky is cloudy, and temperatures are mostly in the 40s at daybreak.

WET: We will mention a chance of scattered light rain today with a cloudy sky and a high only in the low 60s. Rain will increase tonight and tomorrow as a deepening surface low passes just south of Mobile Bay. It will be a cool rain with stable air; we won’t get out of the 50s tomorrow, so no severe weather threat. Rain amounts of around one inch are likely here, with potential for two inches over South Alabama.

We should mention there is a risk of severe weather tomorrow, mainly along and south of I-10 in the warm sector; places like Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, and Daytona could see a few severe storms, and an isolated tornado is possible there is well.

Clouds will linger into Friday, and a touch of light rain is still possible in spots Friday morning. But, the sky will clear late Friday afternoon into Friday night.

SUNNY WEEKEND: Saturday and Sunday look fantastic, with sunny mild days along with highs in the mid 70s. It will be cool early Saturday morning with a low in the 39-43 degree range, but we warm quickly during the morning hours.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday should bring our warmest weather so far this year, with a high not too far from 80 degrees. But, a powerful storm system moving out of the Southwest U.S. seems poised to bring the risk of strong to severe thunderstorms to the Deep South Wednesday, and possibly into early Thursday. Way too early to define the magnitude of the event, and the specific risks, but the idea is clearly on the table.

And, we should mention the 00Z GFS pulls down colder air in the wake of the mid-week system, and even hints at some risk of lows in the 30s toward the end of next week. Just about the time we wanted to give the growers an “all-clear” from a frost risk. Take a few minutes to watch the Weather Xtreme video to see the latest graphics, maps, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms are likely today and Thursday, but sunshine returns Friday, and the weekend looks great along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs will be mostly in the low to mid 70s… the sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 66 degrees.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEATHER RADIO? We will be at the Publix in McCalla, near McAdory High School tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. If you have questions, need your radio programmed, or need to buy one, come and see us. Now is the time to get ready for severe weather since the core of the season is just ahead.

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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A busy today ahead… I have weather programs today in Blount County, and at Rocky Ridge Elementary… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!