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| December 2, 2016 @ 11:31 am

From the festive events to football championships, from community outreach to scientific advances, and from building businesses to building relationships, our friends at Alabama NewsCenter bring us good news stories from across Alabama. Here are a few of our favorites!

There is something for everyone this holiday season in Can’t Miss Alabama

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Crimson Tide and Gators face off for SEC title while Alabama high schools vie for championships

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Topgolf Birmingham tees up the the next round of growth around the BJCC

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Mobile focuses on tech sector with innovative initiatives

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Longtime Auburn barber retires after 56 years

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Business is popping for Alabama Makers Kettle Bros

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Atlanta’s Georgia Dome is the Crimson Tide’s ‘dome’ away from home

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Selma to Montgomery trail leads to Alabama, national history

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Do college football refs have it in for your team?

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Birmingham’s Boutwell Auditorium hosts 77th annual Christmas concert

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Take Action: Stay on your feet and off the stretcher with Dr. Josh’s fall prevention tips

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Wenonah, Ramsay reach Alabama football championships055-wenonah-ramsey-dragons-7

Birmingham Salvation Army serves last Thanksgiving meal at downtown location

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UAB, Jefferson County offer free eye exams, glasses to low-income patients

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Birmingham’s Southern Research conducting high throughput Zika screening for NIH

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UAB study finds yoga is relatively safe, but know your limits

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Birmingham’s Southern Research has been targeting AIDS for 30 years

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Sun To The Max At Midday Across Central Alabama, But Rain Is On Its Way

| December 2, 2016 @ 10:59 am

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SUNNY AND COOL AT MIDDAY, BUT RAIN IS ON ITS WAY
Maximum sunshine and cool temperatures is the story across Central Alabama at the 11 o’clock hour, but the main focus will be on the beneficial rain that we’ll receive during the next few days starting tomorrow. Temperatures across the area at this time are mainly in the 50s, with Troy being the warm spot at 59 degrees, and Pell City as the cool spot at 52 degrees.

BIRMINGHAM’S CLIMATOLOGY AND RECORDS
The normal high for December 2nd is 59, while the normal low is 38. The record high for today was set back in 1991 at 76. The record low was set back in 1960 at 20.

FOR THE REST OF TODAY
A sun filled sky and cool temperatures will be the story for the remainder of the afternoon hours. Afternoon highs will top out in the low to mid 60s across the area, which is actually just a couple of degrees above normal for this time of year. Cloud cover will start to move in during the late evening and increase during the overnight hours. Lows will stay above freezing for the most part due to the increase in cloud cover, with mid to upper 30s expected. A few of the colder spots may dip below 32 for an hour or two.

Latest GFS Run: Total Rainfall Up To Midnight Tomorrow Night

Latest GFS Run: Total Rainfall Up To Midnight Tomorrow Night

SATURDAY’S FORECAST
The morning will start of with mostly cloudy skies across Central Alabama, and rain may start to fall in the western counties of the area during the late morning hours. As the day progresses, rain chances will increase from the west to the east, and rain will be likely for everyone in the area by the late evening hours. Afternoon highs will mainly be in the 50s, with a few locations in the southeastern parts of the area touching the low 60s. Rain totals will vary throughout the area, with heavier amounts to the west, and lighter amounts to the east. Latest model guidance has Birmingham receiving around 1/4 inch of rain by midnight.

HEADED TO THE BEACH
Sunny skies and windy today across the beaches of Fort Morgan all the way over to Panama City Beach, with highs in the 60s. Rain and thunderstorms likely through Monday, with gusty winds and highs in the 60s and 70s. Mostly sunny skies with a few scattered showers through Thursday, with highs near 70 for Tuesday and Wednesday, and dropping into the 50s on Thursday. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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THE TROPICS
Good news, the tropics are all quiet at this time, and development is not expected for the next 5 days. This will be the last update on the tropics until late Spring of 2017, unless something develops. The Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season runs from June 1st to November 30th.

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 90
The warmest high temperature across the nation was recorded in Stuart Florida when the mercury soars to an unseasonably warm temperature of 90 degrees.

ON THIS DAY IN 1925
A late season hurricane caused extensive damage across the Florida peninsula, then moved off the Georgia coast crossing Cape Hatteras as a tropical storm. The storm produced whole gales along the Middle Atlantic and Southern New England coast. Winds gusted to 60 mph at Block Island RI, and reached 64 mph at Atlantic City NJ.

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This is the weekly netcast that’s all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists at ABC 33/40. This week, the “Brains” chatted with Mike Wolfinbarger, from RadarScope. You can listen anytime on the web, or on iTunes. You can find it here.

Forecaster: Scott Martin (Twitter: @scottmartinwx)

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Another Big Rain Event Begins Tomorrow

| December 2, 2016 @ 6:35 am

COLD MORNING: Temperatures are below freezing in most places across North/Central Alabama early this morning; we expect another sunny day ahead with a high in the low 60s this afternoon. We stay above freezing tonight as clouds return.

WET, VERY COOL WEEKEND: Models continue to trend faster with the next weather system, and we will need to bring in a chance of rain tomorrow, maybe even starting tomorrow morning over the western counties of the state. The rain will slowly spread eastward during the day, otherwise tomorrow will be cloudy and cool with a high in the 50s.

Widespread rain is likely tomorrow night and Sunday; a warm front will remain over far South Alabama, so we stay in cool air. In fact, many communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s Sunday with rain falling.

STRONG STORMS EARLY NEXT WEEK? The warm front over South Alabama will lift northward during the day Monday, and there is a chance North Alabama could be in the “warm sector” of the storm by Monday night as a surface low develops and passes just northwest of here. The latest GFS run in house (06Z) shows dew points into the mid 60s as far north as I-20, so we will have potential for strong, maybe severe storms late Monday, Monday night, and very early Tuesday morning.

Rain and storms will end by mid-morning Tuesday as we get into a dry slot; some clearing is possible Tuesday afternoon with a high in the 60s.

Rain totals from tomorrow through Tuesday morning are expected to be in the 3-4 inch range for much of Alabama; some spots could see even more. And, some flooding issues could crop up by Monday night. No, this won’t end the drought, but it will sure continue to put a dent in it. About a third of the state remains in an “exceptional” drought…

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ARCTIC AIR BLAST LATE NEXT WEEK: The “gates to the Yukon” will open up next week, and very cold, Arctic air will flood much of the continental U.S. by Thursday and Friday. Looks like the Arctic front will come through, most likely, in dry fashion Wednesday, and we will go into the deep freeze after its passage.

We won’t get past the low 40s Thursday, and a strong north wind will make it feel much colder. Then, on Friday, the high will only in the upper 30s, and by Saturday morning most places around here have a good chance of dropping into the teens. Birmingham’s record low for December 10 is 13 set in 1995… I don’t think it gets that cold, but we should be within 5 degrees or so.

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See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

STORM SURVEYS: NWS Birmingham has identified 11 tornadoes so far from the severe weather event Tuesday night and Wednesday… NWS Huntsville survey teams have reported 6 tornadoes, for a total so far statewide of 17. That number could still go higher.

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I will be doing a weather program this morning at Oak Grove Elementary in Jefferson County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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More Wet Weather By Saturday Night

| December 1, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

BLUE SKY: As advertised, this is a cool, dry day across the great state of Alabama with ample sunshine and temperatures generally in the mid to upper 50s this afternoon. The average high for December 1 (for Birmingham) is 60.

Tonight will be clear and cold; most communities will see a low near the freezing mark early tomorrow, with 20s for the colder spots. And, tomorrow will stay mostly sunny with a high in the low 60s.

RAIN RETURNS OVER THE WEEKEND: Clouds return to Alabama Saturday ahead of the next weather system to the west in this active pattern, and some rain could creep into West Alabama by afternoon. Then, expect periods of rain Saturday night and Sunday. A warm front will be to the south, so it will be a chilly rain with many North Alabama communities holding in the 40s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: A deepening surface low will move from near Lake Charles to Memphis Monday and Monday night, and the warm front lifts northward, putting much of Alabama in the warm sector. Showers are likely during the day Monday, and then we will have the chance of strong thunderstorms late in the day, Monday night, and into early Tuesday morning. Pretty hard to be specific this far in advance, but for now it looks like severe storms could be an issue again for the state Monday night. We will keep a close eye on severe weather parameters as the event gets closer.

Rain and storms will end Tuesday morning as we get into a dry slot. On the positive side, rain amounts from Saturday night to Tuesday morning will be in the 2 to 4 inch range again for most of the state, very beneficial.

COLDEST AIR SO FAR: An Arctic front will move through Wednesday with a chance of some light rain, and then we will see a shot of very cold air dropping southward from the Yukon. I would expect by Thursday and Friday we will have a hard time getting out of the 30s, and lows could reach the upper teens by Friday or Saturday morning (December 9-10).

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HURRICANE SEASON IS OVER: The 2016 Atlantic basin hurricane season ended yesterday. Tthis was the first above-normal season since 2012. The Atlantic saw 15 named storms during 2016, including 7 hurricanes (Alex, Earl, Gaston, Hermine, Matthew, Nicole, and Otto), 3 of which were major hurricanes (Gaston, Matthew and Nicole). NOAA’s updated hurricane season outlook in August called for 12 to 17 named storms, including 5 to 8 hurricanes, with 2 to 4 of those predicted to become major hurricanes.

Five named storms made landfall in the United States during 2016, the most since 2008 when six storms struck. Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Matthew struck South Carolina. Tropical Storms Colin and Julia, as well as Hurricane Hermine, made landfall in Florida. Hermine was the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005.

Several Atlantic storms made landfall outside of the United States during 2016: Tropical Storm Danielle in Mexico, Hurricane Earl in Belize, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas, and Hurricane Otto in Nicaragua.

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I had a great time today visiting with kindergarten students at Striplin Elementary in Gadsden, and with 4th graders at Kitty Stone Elementary in Jacksonville… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 4:00 and 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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May Need A Windbreaker For This Beautiful Midday Weather

| December 1, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

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A BEAUTIFUL & COOL MIDDAY ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA
Welcome to the first day of Meteorological Winter. Yes in the meteorology world, December 1st is the first day of Winter. For everyone else who goes my the calendar, the Winter Solstice takes place at 4:44 AM CST on December 21st.

Across Central Alabama at the noon hour, skies are absolutely clear. Not only for the area, but for nearly the entire southeast. A few clouds left over from the system that moved through yesterday are hiding the sun down on the eastern panhandle of Florida.

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Temperatures across Central Alabama are rather cool at the noon hour as well, with just about everyone in the 50s. The warm spot in the area is Montgomery at 61 degrees, with the cool spot being Cullman at 52 degrees.

BIRMINGHAM’S CLIMATOLOGY AND RECORDS
The normal high for December 1st is 60, while the normal low is 38. The record high for today was set back in 1991 at 75. The record low was set back in 1965 at 17.

FOR THE REST OF TODAY
Skies will continue to be absolutely clear throughout the remainder of the day and evening time, with afternoon highs reaching the mid to upper 50s north of I-20 & I-20/59, and upper 50s to low 60s south of that. Winds will be out of the north averaging between 5-10 MPH. For those who will be attending Christmas parades later this evening, like the great one that is put on by the city of Gardendale, temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s at 6PM and dropping into the low to mid 40s by 9PM. Overnight lows will mainly be in the 30s, with a few of the colder spots dropping down into the 20s.

FRIDAY’S FORECAST
Another beautiful and cool day across Central Alabama for the first Friday of the month. The sun will be out in full force and afternoon highs are expected to be in the low 60s across much of the area with a few locations making it into the mid 60s. Clouds will start to move into the western counties of the area close to midnight tomorrow night and skies will become partly to mostly cloudy by the time you wake up early on Saturday morning. Overnight lows will be in the 30s and 40s.

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 11.35
Even though the storm totals from yesterday’s storms were impressive, at 2.07 inches, we are still deficient in our rain for the year by 11.35 inches (measured at the Birmingham airport).

ON THIS DAY IN 2011
Wind speeds as high as 102 MPH were measured in Centerville, Utah and surrounding cities. Damage was reported throughout Weber and Davis counties ranging from South Ogden down to Bountiful. More than 400 trees were down at the Davis Golf course alone due to the winds. Up to 54,000 residences were without power throughout the day and into the evening. Train service between Layton and Salt Lake City was suspended due to damaged train stations, debris on the train tracks, and power outages. Cleanup costs totaled $8 million in Centerville alone. No injuries were reported from the wind, but a number of injuries were reported from those helping with the cleanup effort.

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Forecaster: Scott Martin (Twitter: @scottmartinwx)

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December: An Introduction To Winter

| December 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am

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Welcome to the month of December, considered the start of “meteorological Winter,” even though on the calendar the Winter Solstice is at 4:44 AM CST on December 21st. Its hard to believe that we are already on the 12th month of the year, and before you know it, 2017 will be here.

On average for the city of Birmingham, December ranks as the second coolest month. Average daytime highs start off at 60 degrees at the beginning of the month, and drops down to 54 degrees by New Years Eve. Average lows start the month off at 39 degrees, and finishes the month off at 34 degrees.

As far as all-time record temperatures for the month of December for the city of Birmingham, the warmest December high occurred on December 7, 1951, when the mercury reached an amazing 80 degrees in the Magic City. The coolest low ever for Birmingham was at 1 degree, and that occurred twice (12/13/1962 & 12/23/1989).

December ranks comes in at number 2 as the month that has the least amount of sunshine. The month’s 46% possible sunshine average is only beaten by January, whose average possible sunshine is at 42%. It normally rains on 10.4 days in the month, with 1 inch or more on 1.4 of those days. Snowfall average for the month is 1/10th of an inch, but one of the most memorable snowfall events in Birmingham occurred on New Years Eve in 1963, when 8 inches blanketed the city… the most ever for December.

December ranks as the seventh wettest month with an average rainfall amount of 4.47 inches for the month. The wettest December ever recorded for Birmingham was back in 1961 when 13.98 inches of rain fell. The wettest single December day on record for the Magic City was December 27, 1942, when an amazing 7.7 inches of rain drenched the city.

As you know in Central Alabama, our primary severe weather season is in the Spring during the months of March, April, and May. Most people do not realize that we also have a secondary severe weather season in the Fall, which typically runs during the months of November and December. Sometimes we are fortunate to experience a quiet season where there is little to no severe activity, but we may also see our fair share of destructive tornadoes and other severe events. During the last 66 years (from 1950 to 2015), the state of Alabama had at least one documented tornado in the month of November or December in 46 of those years, which equates to 70%.

Just within the last 14 years (not including data from November 2016), 21% (175) of all documented tornadoes (822) occurred during November and December. In that same period, 6% (18) of the tornado-related fatalities (283), and 10% (262) of the tornado-related injuries (2730) occurred in November and December. If you remove the number of fatalities from just April 27, 2011, the percentage of deaths that occurred during November and December is around 40%.

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