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STORM ALERT 2012 BEGINS TONIGHT: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama will kick off tonight at Central High School in Tuscaloosa at 6:30. Needless to say, it will be a pretty powerful show this year as we look back at the generational tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011. If you have kids that are afraid of storms or tornadoes, I suggest your bring them. Information can be very powerful, and while they will see some hard images, you have to remember they have been exposed to it all anyway, and we will reinforce things in a very positive way. The information they get tonight will go a long way in mitigating fears. I suggest you get there early; Central High School is on 15th Street, adjacent to the EF-4 tornado path through Tuscaloosa.
Also, I should mention due to the travel schedule and our 4:00 news, I won’t be able to produce an afternoon discussion or video, but the weather will be nice and quiet today.
THE ALABAMA WEATHER STORY: Morning fog and clouds will give way to a partly sunny and warm Groundhog Day. Temperatures will rise into the 67 to 70 degree range this afternoon, about 15 degrees above average for early February.
TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Clouds increase tomorrow, and a few showers could break out late in the day. Then, we will have to dodge occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two over the weekend as an upper low sets up northwest of Alabama, and we sit in an axis of deep moisture. Severe weather shouldn’t be a problem, and rain over the weekend should be in the one-half to one inch range. The rain won’t be continuous, and the sun might even break out at times. But, a shower could come at any time Saturday and Sunday. The weather stays mild with highs in the 60s.
NEXT WEEK: We will hang on to some risk of showers on Monday, especially during the morning hours. Then, Tuesday will be dry, but not really cooler as once again the upper air winds over North America will keep the really cold air well to the north. The latest GFS, and to some degree the ECMWF, surge moist air right back in here Wednesday and Thursday with a chance of more rain. And, still no sign of any really cold air, or winter weather mischief through mid-month. See the Weather Xtreme video for all of the graphics and details.
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The next Weather Xtreme video will be produced early tomorrow morning… enjoy the day, and hope to see you tonight in Tuscaloosa!
Category: Alabama's Weather