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Sunny Days, Clear Cool Nights

| 5:55 am October 16, 2014

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DRY OCTOBER WEATHER PATTERN: This is a month known for comfortable, dry weather, and that pretty much sums up our weather for at least the next seven days, and probably longer. Thankfully we had the big rain event earlier this week, so we can enjoy it.

We expect sunshine in full supply today and tomorrow; today’s high will be close to 70, and then we warm to near 80 tomorrow afternoon. The humidity will be low, and the visibility will be excellent.

OUR WEEKEND: A fresh supply of cool, dry air arrives Saturday, and that will knock highs back into the low to mid 70s. Coolest morning should come early Sunday, with the low will be in the mid to upper 40s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky tonight and tomorrow night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 75 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is a major hurricane (category four) in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 150 mph, and the eye is expected to pass just west of Bermuda tomorrow. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

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Over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana could become a minimal hurricane briefly before passing just south of the Big Island of Hawaii this weekend.

REST OF OCTBER: The GFS really shows no significant chance of rain for the rest of the month here. It continues to develop a tropical system in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico next week, which moves northeast, perhaps impacting southern Florida. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be speaking to the Birmingham Chapter of the Case Management Society of America this morning in Vestavia Hills… and this evening I will be live at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so…

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Delightful Fall Weather Ahead

| 3:51 pm October 15, 2014

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THIS AFTERNOON: A deck of stratocumulus clouds is over the northern third of Alabama this afternoon, where temperatures are barely out of the 50s in spots along with a cool west breeze. But, South Alabama is in full sunshine with temperatures in the 70s. We will maintain the risk of a few showers over Northeast Alabama this evening as the upper trough axis rotates overhead, but rain amounts there will be light and spotty.

FINE FALL WEATHER: A dry, stable, continental airmass will cover Alabama and the Deep South tomorrow through the weekend, setting the stage for sunny days and fair nights. The high tomorrow will be close to 70 degrees, but on Friday we warm into the upper 70s. Some spots could see 80 degrees Friday afternoon, but a new surge of cooler air blows in here over the weekend. We project highs in the 70s Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the 40s and 50s.

The dry, pleasant weather will likely continue into early next week.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 75 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is a major hurricane (category four) in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 130 mph, and the eye is expected to pass just west of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s (although the high Friday will be in the low 80s), with lows in the 60s.

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Some Scattered Light Rain Possible

| 6:17 am October 15, 2014

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ON THE MAPS: A deep, cold core upper trough axis will rotate over Alabama today, bringing breezy and cool weather to the state with cloudy periods over the northern counties.

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We will continue to mention the chance of scattered light rain this afternoon and early tonight, mainly north of I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston). Rain amounts will be light and spotty, and the showers will be out of here by midnight. Highs today will be in the 60s; some communities near the Tennessee border might hold in the cool 50s all day.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Fine fall weather, with sunny days and clear nights. The high tomorrow will be in the 67-70 degree range, but we then warm into the upper 70s Friday. Then, a fresh supply of cooler air arrives for the weekend. For Saturday and Sunday, we project highs in the 70s, and lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. Delightful.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 76 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 72 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo has become a major hurricane in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 125 mph, and is expected to pass very close to the island of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

LONG RANGE: The GFS, famous for developing bogus tropical systems in the medium range (days 7-15) that never happen, is again latching on to the idea of a tropical storm in the Gulf October 26-26, but we remain skeptical. But, do keep in mind the Gulf has not been touched by a tropical system this season and there is lots of latent heat energy available. See the video for the maps.

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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I will be doing a program this morning for the patients at Children’s of Alabama in downtown Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 455: I Generate My Own Backlight

| 5:15 am October 15, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 455 is now online (October 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight we talk Weather Apps. But joining us as a guest is Dr. Kevin Kloesel, University Meteorologist at Oklahoma University.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Arvin, CA, and 16 at 1 mile east of Dillon, CO
  • Gonzalo becomes a major hurricane
  • Severe weather delayed WeatherBrains last night with severe weather in the Carolinas
  • Millions in path of severe storms
  • Great Fall weather coming in behind this system
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer brings the latest information coming from our listeners. And we appreciate hearing from listeners!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Next week we see the implementation of some changes to the severe weather outlooks prepared by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, so for this episode of 101 we take a look at those changes and the definitions of some new terms like “marginal” and “enhanced.”

    Listener SurveyListener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 455:

    Protecting Large Outdoor Campus Events from Weather

    Apps Discussed on This Episode (list may not show all of the apps discussed)

    RadarScope My-Cast Weather
    WeatherGeekPro QuickWeather
    Raindar NWS Mobile Site
    SPC Mobile Site mPing
    MyWarn.com WeatherBug
    ABC 3340 Weather App James Spann 24/7 Weather App
    AlertFM RainAware
    WeatherUnderground AeroWeather
    TweetBot Soundings by WeatherWary
    Outsider App WindScape

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – King of Click

    Kevin Kloesel – Houston/Galveston NWS Office

    Brian Peters – No Pick – gets the fog horn!

    John Scala – Arctic Seas Ice Low But Antarctic High

    Rick Smith – Tagboard for NWA

    James Spann – Tsunami Information

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weather of Christopher Columbus

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    Breezy and Cool October Weather

    | 3:32 pm October 14, 2014

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    THIS AFTERNOON: The rain is now east of Alabama, but a deep, cold upper trough is still west of the state, and that is allowing only limited intervals of sunshine this afternoon. Temperatures are in the 60s with a gusty west wind.

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    A deep, cold upper trough will rotate through our state tonight and tomorrow, keeping the sky cloudy at times over the northern counties of the state. We will mention the risk of showers tomorrow primarily along and north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). Rain amounts there should be fairly light, and the weather from I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston) south should be dry. The day tomorrow will be breezy and cool with a high in the mid to upper 60s.

    THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will feature delightful fall weather conditions. Sunshine in full supply, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. Highs will be in the 70s, and lows will be in the mid to upper 40s for most locations.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry, stable air stays in place, and the weather won’t change much. Sunny days, fair nights, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Perfect weather for race weekend at Talladega, or anything else you want to do outside. The kind of weather you expect in October.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

    Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 76 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

    The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 72 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

    TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is packing sustained winds of 110 mph north of Puerto Rico this afternoon; it is expected to strengthen into a category three storm tonight or tomorrow, and pass very close to the island of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

    AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows in the 60s. Perfect fall weather.

    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 show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it live on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    I enjoyed seeing a big group today at Englewood Elementary School in Tuscaloosa…. be looking for them o the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News… the first graders from Oliver Elementary in Birmingham will be on at 5:00. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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    Cooler Days Ahead For Alabama

    | 6:16 am October 14, 2014

    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.

    RADAR CHECK: At daybreak a narrow line of heavier showers was pushing into East Alabama; the big rain/storm mass we saw last night is over the eastern half of Georgia.

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    Showers will end across Alabama later this morning, and the day will be breezy and much cooler with temperatures hovering in the upper 60s and low 70s. West winds will average 10-20 mph; the sun might break through the afternoon in a few spots.

    TOMORROW: A deep upper low will be north of Alabama, and this feature will keep clouds in place over the Tennessee Valley much of the day; for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, we project a mix of sun and clouds. The day will be breezy and cool with a high between 66 and 69 degrees for most places; low 70s are possible to the south.

    A lobe of energy rotating around the upper low could bring a touch of light rain or drizzle to the northern quarter of the late tomorrow or tomorrow night; best chance of a few raindrops will be north of a line from Muscle Shoals to Gadsden to Spring Garden.

    THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Picture perfect fall weather for the great state of Alabama, with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs mostly in the 70s, lows down in the upper 40s and low 50s. The weather could not be better for the races at Talladega this weekend, and this week no rain issues for high school or college football games around here. The dry weather will continue into early next week.

    TROPICS: Gonzalo is now a hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph, just northeast of Puerto Rico. This is expected to pass very close to Bermuda Friday, then moving out to sea. It is no threat to the U.S., but interests in Bermuda will need to pay very close attention to forecasts.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: The sky becomes partly sunny on the coast today, with storms ending over the Florida Panhandle this morning. Then, sunny days, fair nights tomorrow through the weekend. Highs around 80, lows in the 50s and 60s.

    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 show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    I will be doing a weather program today at Englewood Elementary School in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

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    Watch County Notification

    | 3:13 am October 14, 2014

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    This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

    WWUS64 KBMX 140812
    WCNBMX

    WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 543
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    312 AM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

    ALC005-011-017-081-087-113-123-140915-
    /O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0543.000000T0000Z-141014T1100Z/

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 543 FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 7 COUNTIES

    IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    CHAMBERS LEE MACON
    RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA

    IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

    BARBOUR BULLOCK

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…AUBURN…EUFAULA…
    LANETT…OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…TUSKEGEE…
    UNION SPRINGS AND VALLEY.

    $$

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    Watch County Notification

    | 1:24 am October 14, 2014

    Aliant Bank is a proud sponsor of AlabamaWX.com!

    This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

    WWUS64 KBMX 140623
    WCNBMX

    WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 543
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    123 AM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

    ALC037-051-101-109-140730-
    /O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0543.000000T0000Z-141014T1100Z/

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 543 FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 4 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    COOSA ELMORE MONTGOMERY

    IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

    PIKE

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…ROCKFORD…
    TROY AND WETUMPKA.

    $$

    ALC005-011-017-081-087-113-123-141100-
    /O.CON.KBMX.TO.A.0543.000000T0000Z-141014T1100Z/

    TORNADO WATCH 543 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 6 AM CDT EARLY THIS MORNING
    FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES

    IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    CHAMBERS LEE MACON
    RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA

    IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

    BARBOUR BULLOCK

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…AUBURN…EUFAULA…
    LANETT…OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…TUSKEGEE…
    UNION SPRINGS AND VALLEY.

    $$

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