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Mix of Sun & Clouds

| 3:09 pm November 29, 2014

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We continue to see a mix of sun and clouds, but temperatures have slowly warmed today. There is quite the range in temps across the state with lower 50s in Northeast Alabama, and lower 70s down in the Wiregrass Region. In Central Alabama we are seeing upper 50s and lower 60s.

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The clouds present will be acting like a blanket tonight and should keep temps in the upper 40s and lowers 50s tonight. Overall, temps will be about ten degrees warmer tonight.

For Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds, highs will be in the upper 60s, and look for some 70s to show up on the maps in Central Alabama. It will be a very nice last day of November for the entire state of Alabama.

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Let the Warmup Begin

| 6:54 am November 29, 2014

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A bit of chill in the air this morning as temperatures across Central Alabama were in the 30s. Some spots dipped into the 20s with the Skywatcher at Black Creek reporting a heavy frost with a low of 23. Quite a range of temperatures this morning with readings running all the way from that 23 to 42 at the Birmingham airport. Moisture was evident in clouds across the western sections of Alabama. Those clouds will mix out later this morning with a mostly sunny day for us as highs climb into the 60s.

For football fans, terrific weather today if you are heading to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. Tailgating will have no weather woes with a sunny sky and temperatures in the 60s. By the time the games kicks off, 6:45 pm, a partly cloudy sky will see the temperature around 58 slowly drop through the 50s by the fourth quarter.

In the upper atmosphere, we have a nearly zonal flow in place with the main storm track displaced well north for this time of year. This will keep us in generally good weather for the week ahead with temperatures warmer than we usually see for late November. Our 30-year average highs run about 61 with lows about 40. We should stay above those values for the week ahead.

A short wave trough moving through the nearly zonal flow will bring a cold front into the Tennessee Valley by Monday and Tuesday. Rain chances will be fairly small as the front loses its southward push and gradually washes out. With a ridge in place over the western Gulf, we will have to wait until late next weekend before we see our next shot at some rain as a strong system digs into the Southwest US. This verges on voodoo country, so timing may have to be adjusted on precisely when this system takes shape.

Looking out into Week 2, looks like a wet system and some colder weather around the 11th of December. That should be followed by a fairly quick warm up.

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Weekend Warm-Up Ahead

| 6:35 am November 28, 2014

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COLD START: Here are some temperatures at daybreak across the great state of Alabama…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 21
Sycamore 23
Fort Payne 23
Russellville 23
Cullman 24
Coker 26
Gadsden (Noccalula Falls) 26
Anniston 27
Birmingham 28
Lake View (Tuscaloosa County) 28
Tuscaloosa 28

Temperatures will remain below average today; most places will see a high between 47 and 52 degrees… the average high (for Birmingham) for November 28 is 60.

THE WEEKEND: We warm into the low 60s tomorrow with a good supply of sunshine. Dew points and moisture levels begin to rise Sunday, so there should be a slow increase in cloud cover. And, we might consider mentioning the risk of a shower during the day, but for now we have left the forecast dry. Sunday’s high be in the upper 60s as the warming trend continues.

IRON BOWL: Very nice weather for the state of Alabama’s biggest game tomorrow night in Tuscaloosa (6:45p CT kickoff)… most fair with upper 50s at kickoff, and low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: A well defined cold front will be just north of Alabama Monday, and showers could drift down into the Tennessee Valley. But, down our way the chance of rain continues to be pretty small, and the weather stays mild with a high in the 60s. The front washes out to the north, and we are looking at dry and pleasant weather Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. A weak surface front will bring a chance of showers at the end of the week on Friday (December 5), but it sure doesn’t look like a big rain event for now. And, we see no sign of any severe weather issues for the next 10-15 days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

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We are on a holiday schedule… so my next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here bright and early Monday morning by 7:00. Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday… enjoy the weekend!

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Warmer Days Ahead

| 3:48 pm November 27, 2014

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CHILLY THANKSGIVING AFTERNOON: Birmingham’s average high for November 27 is 61… we aren’t even close to that level today. In fact, some North Alabama communities aren’t out of the 30s at mid-afternoon… Haleyville and Fort Payne are reporting 39 degrees at 2p CT. We are seeing mostly mid 40s elsewhere; clouds have been hanging tough over the northern half the state, while South Alabama has enjoyed a sunny sky.

A freeze is likely tonight; we project a low somewhere between 25 and 30 degrees early tomorrow… some of the coldest valleys could see low 20s. Tomorrow will be another cool day; expect a good supply of sunshine with a high in the low 50s.

WARMER WEEKEND: Expect a weekend warm-up… we reach the low 60s Saturday, and upper 60s are likely Sunday. No rain Saturday, and while a front will be north of Alabama Sunday, the air looks too dry for any significant chance of rain at this point.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Mild weather continues through the week with highs generally in the 60s. A stalled front north of Alabama should mean the best chance of showers will be over Arkansas and Tennessee… just a small risk of a shower over far North Alabama early in the week. The GFS has taken the idea of a late week rain event off the table; it shows just a weak front moving through on Saturday December 6 with a few showers. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Sunny But Cold Thanksgiving Day

| 6:23 am November 27, 2014

**I will produce a Weather Xtreme video later today; we are on a holiday schedule so just one video per day through the weekend**

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: We begin the day with temperatures mostly in the 30s, and despite a sunny sky today we don’t expect to get out of the 40s with a chilly north breeze. A freeze is likely tonight; the low early tomorrow will be in the 25 to 29 degree range for most North/Central Alabama communities.

Tomorrow will be cool and dry with ample sunshine and a high in the low 50s; keep in mind we should be in the low 60s in late November based on long term averages.

WARMER WEEKEND: A nice warm-up begins this weekend; we project a high in the low 60s Saturday, and then mid to upper 60s Sunday. A few scattered clouds show up Sunday, but the weather stays dry.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Mild weather continues; the high will be in the 65-70 degree range for the first half of the week with a mix of sun and clouds each day. We might consider a small risk of a shower Monday for areas north of Birmingham, but most communities stay dry. Earlier global model runs suggested a rain event at the end of the week, but the GFS has trended drier with an upper ridge holding in place across the Deep South.

No sign of any harshly cold air around here for the next 15 days.

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I will post a new discussion, and today’s Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. I hope you and your family enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving Day…

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Cold, Dry Weather For Thanksgiving

| 3:18 pm November 26, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are on a holiday schedule through Sunday, so just one video per day**

RADAR CHECK: We note a few echoes on radar this afternoon over Northwest Alabama, but that isn’t reaching the ground because the air is so dry. This clipper type feature has the potential to bring a sprinkle or two to the northern third of the state tonight, but most Alabama communities stay dry. Temperatures this afternoon are mostly in the 50s.

NORTHEAST U.S. STORM: The snow/rain event across the Northeast U.S. will wind down late tonight… At mid-afternoon FlightAware reports more than 3,000 flights delayed and more than 600 canceled.

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THANKSGIVING DAY: Colder air blows in here late tonight, and we are still foresting a sunny but cold Thanksgiving Day, with a high only in the 45-49 degree range; that is about fifteen degrees below average for late November. Then, tomorrow night, a freeze is likely with temperatures dropping into the mid to upper 20s at daybreak Friday.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The weather stays dry. Friday will be cool with a sunny sky and a high in the low 50s, but we expect low 60s Saturday, and mid to upper 60s Sunday as a nice warming trend begins.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays mild with afternoon temperatures well up in the 60s for the first half of the week; we might consider a slight risk of a shower Monday north of Birmingham. A decent rain event is shaping up toward the end of the week (around Friday December 5) with thunderstorms possible.

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Cool Thanksgiving Weather

| 6:50 am November 26, 2014

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QUIET WEATHER FOR ALABAMA: A strong upper trough brought rain to parts of East and Southeast Alabama last night, but all of that is well east of our state this morning, and we project a cool, dry day with a partly to mostly sunny sky along with a high in the mid to upper 50s.

EAST COAST MESS: The long awaited pre-Thanksgiving storm is unfolding as forecast this morning; snow is likely today west of I-95, with rain close to the coast. This means travel headaches including potential for significant airport delays at Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

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THANKSGIVING DAY: Cold and dry weather for our state; we start the day in the 30s, an the high will be only in the mid to upper 40s, almost 15 degrees below average for November 27. Dry air means maximum available sunshine.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Friday morning will be cold; we project a low between 27 and 32 degrees for most North/Central Alabama communities. Then, a warming trend begins Friday afternoon with a high in the low 50s. Then, we project low 60s for Saturday, and upper 60s Sunday as a nice warming trend continues. The weather should be generally dry on these three days; we might consider a small risk of a shower Sunday afternoon over North Alabama with a front to the north, but the air will be pretty dry and stable, and for now we will keep the forecast dry.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry and mild Monday through Wednesday with a high well up in the 60s. Rain returns at the end of the week; the 06Z GFS suggests the biggest threat of rain will come on Friday December 5. Some thunderstorms could be involved, but at the moment it doesn’t look like a big severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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We are now on a holiday schedule through Sunday, so just one Weather Xtreme video per day, but I will post fresh forecast notes by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day… and be safe if you are traveling!

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A Little Light Rain Tonight

| 3:29 pm November 25, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: Rain is falling across Southeast Alabama this afternoon, and clouds are beginning to thicken over the rest of the state. We will maintain the chance of a little light rain tonight, especially along and east of I-65. Main window for light rain for our part of the state will come from 6:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. tomorrow; all of the rain will be long gone by the time the run rises.

NORTHEAST U.S. SNOW TOMORROW: A signifiant storm system will bring lots of rain and snow to the Northeast U.S. tonight and tomorrow; the heavier snow will be west of I-95, with mostly rain close to the coast. Expect airport delays at Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

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TOMORROW AND THANKSGIVING DAY: The weather will be dry and cool both days with a good supply of sunshine; Thursday’s high will be only in the upper 40s, followed by mid 50s Friday. These temperatures are well below the average of 61.

SATURDAY/SUNDAY: We stay dry with a warming trend. Partly sunny both days; low 60s Saturday, followed by mid to upper 60s Sunday. A very comfortable weekend.

IRON BOWL: Doesn’t get much better. For the 6:45p CT kickoff in Tuscaloosa Saturday, we project a fair sky with temperatures in the upper 50s, falling slowly into the low 50s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays mild with highs well into the 60s Monday through Wednesday. The 12Z GFS continues to hint the next chance of rain for the state will come on Thursday December 4… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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

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