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Sunshine by Afternoon

| 6:45 am March 15, 2015

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Central Alabama warmed into the upper 60s yesterday in spite of the clouds. Clouds and some patchy fog continue this morning, but we should be seeing sunshine by late morning and afternoon with highs warming into the upper 60s and lower 70s across Central Alabama.

We begin the work week with dry weather as a ridge replaces the general troughiness with afternoon highs climbing into the 70s. We should stay dry until the middle of the week when a weak short wave will move out of the southern Rockies across the Lower Mississippi River Valley. The short wave trough will bring back clouds and rain chances for the latter part of Wednesday and into Thursday. Temperatures drop back a tad into the 60s for highs with lows around the 50-degree mark.

The northern stream of the flow pattern becomes a bigger player in the overall pattern by Friday and Saturday as we once again see a trough dug out across the eastern US. This should bring some cooler air back into the picture with lows dipping back into the 30s while highs stay in the 50s and lower 60s. A weak disturbance in the southern stream could bring some clouds and rain chances back into the picture especially across the Gulf Coast and South Alabama by Sunday.

Looking out into Week 2 or voodoo country, the GFS shows a substantial ridge around the 25th. A strong trough is forecast to develop and move across the Eastern US around the 28th/29th which could bring a round of strong to severe storms and another taste of winter with a substantial cold shot.

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Clouds Hanging Tough

| 3:18 pm March 14, 2015

After a rather week of weather, we are finally seeing the rain come to an end for much of the state. There remains a few very light showers this afternoon, and many of these are not even showing up on the radar. There are also a few areas of fog, with misty conditions. The clouds continue to hang tough across much of Central Alabama this afternoon, but we do note some peeks of sunshine in the area, while a mainly sunny sky is in place across southeastern portions of the state. Though parts of Alabama are seeing the sun today, I think a vast majority of the state will see the sun return tomorrow.

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After the cold air damming/wedge provided cold easterly flow into the state yesterday, our winds have shifted out of the southwest and we are seeing warmer temps throughout the state today. Much of Central Alabama has temps in the mid to upper 60s this afternoon, while in South Alabama 70s and even some 80s are showing up. Warmer temps down south are a result of a sunny sky in those areas.

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Heading into the overnight hours, we should slowly see the clouds decrease in coverage, but it does appear we will start our Sunday off with mainly cloudy conditions and areas of fog. We are expecting the sky to be clearing through the day, and by tomorrow afternoon, it appears that big orange ball of fire will finally show itself to all of us. We will start tomorrow off in the mid-50s for most locations, but we should rebound into the 70s for most locations in Central Alabama. It will certainly be a very nice end to the weekend!

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Weather Trending Drier

| 7:32 am March 14, 2015

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After what has been a long string of wet weather for Central Alabama, we are trending drier today. There is still a small risk for showers especially from Birmingham northward across the Tennessee River Valley, and with the clouds holding in we might see a little drizzle this morning. By afternoon we could see some breaks in the clouds that will allow the sun to peek through. We should also see the wedge pushed off to the east allowing temperatures to climb into the upper 60s and lower 70s.

The weather goes drier on Sunday and Monday with highs climbing into the 70s for some nice warm March days thanks in part to a fairly strong ridge aloft. But the dry weather comes to an end once again on Wednesday as a short wave kicks out of northern Mexico and comes across the Lower Mississippi River Valley. As that short wave trough moves by, we should see a chance for showers on Wednesday and Thursday. Along with the clouds and rain chances, we should see temperatures drop back into the 50s for highs with lows in the 40s.

We should dry out again on Friday as a ridge takes hold once again. But the ridge does not hold long with another short wave coming out of the southern Rockies on Saturday which promises to bring yet another chance for rain and showers. Look for highs in the 60s and lower 70s.

The weather pattern remains active with another nice ridge around the 25th of March, but that is replaced fairly quickly by another fairly deep trough over the eastern US around the 28th of March that promises a possible threat for some severe storms. But remember, this is well out into week 2 so we’re looking primarily for trends and not specifics.

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The ABC 3340 First Alert Storm Team will be at Burton Campers in Calera from 4 to 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 17th. Hope you’ll have a chance to come out and say hello, pick up some giveaways, and possibly win a bubblehead doll or weather radio. I will have the next Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Sunday morning. Godspeed.

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Slowly Improving Weather For The Weekend

| 3:36 pm March 13, 2015

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

CLOUDY, COOL, SHOWERY FRIDAY: As expected, cooler air moved into Alabama from the east today, and many communities from Birmingham east are only in the 50s, and some places near the Georgia border are barely out of the 40s with a very chilly east wind.

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Occasional showers will continue tonight; heavier storms are possible over Southwest Alabama around Mobile where SPC maintains a “marginal” risk of severe thunderstorms.

THE WEEKEND: Sure looks like most of the showers will end in the 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. time frame early tomorrow; a few breaks in the overcast are possible later in the day with a high up in the low 70s. Then, Sunday looks rain-free with a partly sunny sky along with a high in the low 70s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays dry Monday and Tuesday with highs in the 70s. Then, the 12Z GFS is pretty aggressive, moving rain back into the state Wednesday. Rain will remain possible into Thursday, before drier and colder air returns late in the week on Friday.

At this point, no sign of any late season freeze threat for the next 10-15 days, but I fully expect at least one more freeze this season. Remember, the average date of the last freeze (at Birmingham) is March 26, and we have experienced a freeze as late as April 23.

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FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Calera next Tuesday at Burton Campers. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

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Look for my next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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Rain Today; A Drier Weekend

| 6:07 am March 13, 2015

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COOL, WET FRIDAY: Our forecast will highlight periods of rain again today as a broad surface low forms west of the state, and a deep layer of moisture remains over the state. Cooler air at the surface will advect in here from the east today; some East Alabama communities will hold in the 50s all day, with highs in the 60s from Birmingham west. The cooler air means no severe weather threat, and probably no thunder.

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We do note SPC has a “marginal” severe weather risk defined today and tonight for much of Mississippi and far Southwest Alabama, around Mobile, where the air will be more unstable. Also, flash flood watches remain in effect near the Mississippi River.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A lingering shower is possible tomorrow morning, but drier air begins to arrive, and we should see some sun breaking through by afternoon with a high up in the low to mid 70s. Sunday looks rain free; partly to mostly sunny with a high also between 72 and 75 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS is trending warmer for Monday; it is now printing a high of 78 degrees for Birmingham with a good supply of sunshine. We stay dry Tuesday with a high in the 70s… the 00Z run hints clouds return Wednesday, and maybe even a touch of light rain could break out over West Alabama with a high back in the 60s. Some scattered light rain is possible Thursday and Friday with a cold front approaching from the north. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TWENTY TWO YEARS AGO THIS MORNING: Birmingham was buried by 13 inches of snow, with drifts of 5-6 feet as the great Blizzard of 1993 was winding down.

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FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Calera next Tuesday evening at Burton Campers. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

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I have weather programs today at Brookwood Forest Elementary in Mountain Brook, and South Shades Crest Elementary in Hoover. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Drier Air Arrives By Saturday Night

| 2:10 pm March 12, 2015

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are in Greensboro for the First Alert Storm Team Tour… be sure and stop by and say hello if you are close by**

WATCHING RADAR TRENDS: Showers and storms have been slow to develop so far today; we see just a few patches of light rain over North and Central Alabama. However, as low pressure develops to the west, coverage of the rain should increase tonight and tomorrow.

The Storm Prediction Center has a couple of “marginal” severe weather risk areas south of here, but no severe storms are expected over North or Central Alabama.

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Our forecast will highlight rain tonight and tomorrow, with additional amounts of 1 to 2 inches likely. Cooler air will move into the state from the east; many communities over East Alabama will hold in the cool 50s tomorrow. Birmingham’s high will be near 60, with mid 60s likely over the western side of the state. The cooler air will be stable, and I doubt if we hear much, if any, thunder.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will continue to hold on the risk of a few lingering showers Saturday morning, but expect some breaks in the overcast Saturday afternoon as drier air moves into the state. Then, we expect rain-free weather on Sunday with ample sunshine. Highs over the weekend will be pretty close to 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Dry and pleasant weather continues Monday through Wednesday, with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be in the low to mid 70s Monday and Tuesday, and in the 60s Wednesday. Still looking at some rain late in the week ahead of a cold front, which promises to bring chilly air back to the Deep South around the weekend of March 20-21. Looks like the last 10 days of the month could very well bring colder than average temperatures to our state.

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FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Greensboro this evening. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

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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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow!

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