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Mix Of Sun And Storms

| 3:44 pm June 30, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Most of the really active weather has shifted down into far South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle this afternoon; the morning storms have stabilized the atmosphere over the northern half of the state, and the weather around here is pretty quiet with only a few isolated showers at mid-afternoon over the Tennessee Valley.

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We will maintain the risk of a few scattered showers tonight, but no heavy storms are expected since the morning round of storms really worked over the atmosphere. We note there was a pretty good bit of tree and power line damage in parts of the southern Birmingham metro this morning between 7:00 and 8:00… the damage below is from Homewood.

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TO THE SOUTH: Strong storms with high winds moved through the Alabama Gulf Coast earlier this afternoon…. video below from @abieeleee is when the gust front hit…

REST OF THE WEEK: A moist, unstable airmass will cover Alabama through Friday, meaning each day will have the chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms. While the best chance of storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning storm, like today. One the positive side, there will be some very nice intervals of sunshine and breaks in the rain along the way. Afternoon highs will remain mostly in the mid to upper 80s, not bad at all for early July in Alabama.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: No real change. Mixed sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday, with the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. It is simply impossible to give start/stop times of the rain for any specific location, just be ready for a passing storm from time to time. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Heights begin to rise, meaning showers and storms should be a little fewer in number, and heat levels a little higher next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the holiday weekend, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are generally in the mid 80s.

VENUS/JUPITER CONJUNCTION: Let’s hope we have some breaks in the clouds so see Venus and Jupiter appearing together in the western sky soon after sunset. Learn more here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids in the summer program at Oxmoor Valley Elementary School in Birmingham this morning… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 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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Cullman Storms Moving into Blount

| 9:01 am June 30, 2015

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The NWS in Birmingham has issued a Significant Weather Alert for northern Blount County for the warned storm that is moving across Cullman County.

It will bring winds up to 50 mph, deadly lightning, torrential rains and hail to the siz e of nickles as it moves into Blount County. Areas from Garedn City to Cleveland and Oneonta up to Snead and Holly Pond will be impacted.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

| 8:38 am June 30, 2015

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The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County. There is likely hail with the storms moving into Cullman County.

Storms have rapidly weakened as they passed east of Birmingham. There are reports of trees down in Vestavia, Homewood, and Mountain Brook.

Despite the fact that activity is weakened, it is expected to intensify later this morning as it moves into Georgia. As we get heating during the day, the atmosphere will destabilize and a severe thunderstorm watch may be posted later into Georgia.

There are still storms over Northern Jefferson County around Fultondale, Tarrant, and Centerpoint and over Northeast Shelby County around Harpersville.

Other storms are in South-Central Alabama over Bibb, Chilton, Perry, Dallas, Marengo, and Sumter Counties.

Storms are strongest from Meridian to Butler and Southwest of Clanton. Clanton area will receive heavy rain and lightning over the next thirty minutes.

Additional showers and storms moving out of Northeast Mississippi are weakening, but could bring lightning and thunder to places like Hamilton and Vernon.

A few additional storms and showers will form this afternoon across the area, but they should not be as widespread as this morning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 AM CDT

* AT 837 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES WEST OF
GOOD HOPE…OR 8 MILES WEST OF CULLMAN…MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…DODGE CITY…BALDWIN…GARDEN
CITY…LOGAN…CRANE HILL…BREMEN AND WALTER.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for St. Clair, Talladega and NE Shelby

| 7:48 am June 30, 2015

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Storms that have produced scattered reports of hail and even some wind damage in the Birmingham Metro are moving into the St. Clair and Talladega Counties at this time.

There are reports of trees down across Vestavia Hills, Homewood and Mountain Brook, with some damage to homes.

Expect deadly lightning, torrential rain, strong winds and even some hail.

Be indoors until the storm passes.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 AM CDT

* AT 747 AM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM SHOPS OF GRAND RIVER TO NEAR VANDIVER TO CHELSEA…
MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TALLADEGA…PELL CITY…LEEDS…MOODY…CHILDERSBURG…
SPRINGVILLE…ODENVILLE…WILSONVILLE…LINCOLN…MARGARET…
ARGO…ASHVILLE…RIVERSIDE…VINCENT…RAGLAND…HARPERSVILLE…
WESTOVER…TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY…BRANCHVILLE AND LOGAN MARTIN
LAKE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Birmingham Metro

| 7:16 am June 30, 2015

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LATE REPORT 7:29
John Talbot reports via scanner that there is a tree down on a power line at Oxmoor Road and Seminole Drive in Homewood.

Pea sized hail in Inverness as the storms approach the US-280 corridor. Hail was also reported in Hoover.

ORIGINAL POST
Strong thunderstorms are moving across the Birmingham Metro just in time for rush hour. They are just reaching I-65.

They have torrential rain, sharp lightning, some hail and the potential to produce damaging winds of 50-60 mph.

Try to be off the roads as the storms pass through. Do not pull under overpasses and block traffic!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CENTRAL SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 AM CDT

* AT 715 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER HELENA…
MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…ALABASTER…BESSEMER…
HOMEWOOD…PELHAM…MOUNTAIN BROOK…TRUSSVILLE…HELENA…
HUEYTOWN…IRONDALE…LEEDS…MOODY…FAIRFIELD…CHELSEA…
FULTONDALE…CHILDERSBURG…WILSONVILLE AND CENTER POINT.

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Showers/Storms Return

| 6:44 am June 30, 2015

RADAR CHECK: As expected, moist air has returned to Central Alabama this morning, and the radar is pretty active just after daybreak. Some of the heavier storms are north of Tuscaloosa, and near Demopolis… and are producing heavy rain, frequent lightning, and some small hail as they move east. The NWS in Birmingham has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Marengo County until 7:15 am…

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We will maintain the risk of scattered showers and storms today and tonight; some could be pretty strong… the Storm Prediction Center has most of the state in the standard “slight risk” of severe weather. The main threat will come from “wet microbursts”, or small areas of strong straight line winds that could bring down a few trees or power lines. And, of course, all summer storms feature gobs of lightning.

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It won’t rain all day, and the sun should be out at times… the high this afternoon will be in the mid to upper 80s.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Not much change. Mixed sun and clouds; scattered showers and thunderstorms both days; best chance will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs will be mostly in the 87 to 90 degree range.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Very similar weather Friday through Sunday. Expect about 3 to 5 hours of sunshine each day, but there will be a good chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms along the way. Due to the random and scattered nature of the storms, no way we can give you start/stop times of the rain for any specific location… just be ready for a downpour at times. Highs over the weekend will remain generally in the 87 to 90 degree range… not bad for early July in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Seems like an upper high will try and build across the region, meaning a trend toward fewer showers and storms and hotter afternoons… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Very typical summer weather through the holiday weekend from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores; about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: All is very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend across the vast Atlantic basin.

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I will be doing a weather program today for the kids in the summer program at Oxmoor Valley Elementary in Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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