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Colder Air Drops Into Alabama

| 6:27 am December 10, 2014

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CHILLY DECEMBER DAY: Despite a good supply of sunshine through scattered clouds, we won’t get out of the 40s today thanks to a surge of colder air moving in from the north. This is about ten degrees below average for mid-December, and by early tomorrow we project a low in the 25-29 degree range for most North/Central Alabama communities.

Cool weather continues tomorrow with a high around 50 degrees, but a warming trend begins Friday afternoon as we rise into the upper 50s. Dry air means no rain, and a sunny sky both days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry air stays in place, and we expect a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday. The high Saturday will be close to 60, followed by low to mid 60s Sunday. Early morning lows will be in the mid to upper 30s.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS continues to suggest our next chance of rain will come Monday night, in the general time frame from 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. Data continues to show rain amounts of under 1/2 inch, and while some thunder is possible, severe weather is not expected. The middle of the week will be dry, and another wet weather system shows up at the end of the week around Friday December 19.

CHRISTMAS FORECAST? No, there is no real skill in a specific forecast beyond seven days, so nobody knows what the weather will be like on Christmas Day in Alabama this year, but global model output still doesn’t show any “Arctic blast” potential at this point. On an average basis, temperatures will be close to seasonal values for December through December 25…

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I will be helping with the ABC 33/40 “Home for the Holidays” Habitat for Humanity house build this morning in Clay… then on to Mount Laurel Elementary in Shelby County. Then, this evening I will be live at the Walmart on Highway 150 in Hoover for a Toys for Tots event. Will try and squeeze in a new Weather Xtreme video by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Colder Air Arrives Tomorrow

| 3:25 pm December 9, 2014

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ALABAMA THIS AFTERNOON: The sky is generally sunny over Central and South Alabama, but clouds are a bit more prevalent over the Tennessee Valley, where a new push of colder air is entering the state. Muscle Shoals is only in the mid 40s this afternoon with a mostly cloudy sky, while Birmingham reports 60 with a good supply of sunshine.

The colder air moves deeper into the state tomorrow, and we are expecting a high only in the mid to upper 40s for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden with a mix of sun and clouds. Looks like our coldest morning will come early Thursday with most places reaching the 25-30 degree range. Thursday will be another cool and dry day, with ample sunshine and a high close to 50 degrees.

WARMING TREND BEGINS FRIDAY: With sunshine in full supply, we will project a high in the upper 50s Friday as a warming trend begins. Then, the weekend looks delightful with lots of sunshine Saturday and Sunday; the high Saturday will be close to 60, with low 60s likely Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: A short wave will bring the next chance of rain to Alabama early in the week; the 12Z run of the GFS continues to suggest the primary chance of rain will come Monday night. No severe weather threat, and probably not much thunder. Rain amounts, for now, look to be under 1/2 inch. The GFS also hints at a chance of rain toward the end of week, around Friday December 19.

Still no sign of any extremely cold air for the state for the next 15 days or so; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

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GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: The Geminid meteor shower peaks Saturday December 13th. This is one of the year’s most active and a great one to experience. The downside, a nearly quarter moon rising around midnight. The upside, Geminids have been seen as early as last week, this shower has gotten stronger over time, so this could be a good one! Geminids are different than other showers because they come from an asteroid rather than a comet meaning more solid debris and easier to spot meteors. Best viewing is away from city lights. Give your eyes 15-20 minutes to adjust to the dark to see the most meteors. Look anywhere in the sky, not just the constellation Gemini. Good viewing starts around 10pm, best viewing is after 2am. You might see a few over the next few nights, even though the peak is still a few days away.

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I will be at the Comedy Club in Hoover at the Stardome tonight for a special Toys for Tots event, live on ABC 33/40 at 4, 5, and 6:00… be sure and tune in to find out more about the event and a way you can help out families in need. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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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I will post a new Weather Xtreme video tomorrow afternoon, and forecast notes earlier in the day. Happy Thanksgiving to your family!

Colder Air Arrives Tonight

| 3:54 pm November 24, 2014

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COMFORTABLE AFTERNOON: Doesn’t get much better; lots of sunshine this afternoon with temperatures in the 70s east of a cold front, that is passing through in dry fashion. However, northwest Alabama is considerably cooler with upper 50s there behind the surface front.

Tonight will be mostly fair and colder; most communities will see a low between 36 and 40 degrees early tomorrow. Tomorrow will be cool and dry with a mix of sun and clouds and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

SOME LIGHT RAIN TOMORROW NIGHT: A strong upper trough will bring the risk of some light rain to our state tomorrow night, mainly between 8:00 p.m. tomorrow and 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. The best chance of significant rain will come over the eastern half of the state, and even there amounts will be generally under 1/4 inch. Higher rain totals statewide will come around Dothan, in the southeast corner of Alabama.

Wednesday will be cool and dry with a high in the 55-60 degree range along with a good supply of sunshine.

TRAVELERS BEWARE: A nor’easter will bring the threat of snow and rain to the East Coast Wednesday, the biggest travel day of the year. Expect airport delays Wednesday in Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

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THANKSGIVING DAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The weather looks very nice; expect sunshine in full supply Thursday and Friday with highs in the 50s. Coldest morning will come early Friday with upper 20s and low 30s. Saturday feature a partly sunny sky with a high in the low 60s, and on Sunday mid to upper 60s are likely with a mix of sun and clouds. We will mention a small risk of a shower over far North Alabama Sunday afternoon ahead of a cold front that will become stationary over Tennessee.

IRON BOWL: A perfect night for football in Tuscaloosa Saturday (6:45p CT kickoff)… mostly fair with upper 50s at kickoff, and low 50s by the final whistle. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: December begins with very pleasant, dry weather with highs in the 60s. The 12Z GFS hints the next risk of rain will come around December 5-6. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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Big Change To Cold Weather Ahead

| 3:31 pm November 11, 2014

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LAST MILD DAY FOR A WHILE: Temperatures are up in the low 70s across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; Tuscaloosa is up to 75 at 3:00. But, the long discussed Arctic front is very close. Memphis is down to 49 degrees at mid-afternoon, and the leading edge of that cold air will be entering Northwest Alabama soon.

TONIGHT: A little scattered light rain is likely along the front tonight, but amounts should be generally under 0.05″, and many places won’t get enough to measure.

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BIG TIME COLD FOR NOVEMBER: We will struggle to reach the low 50s tomorrow; the sky will be cloudy the morning, but a few intervals of afternoon sunshine are possible.

Then, for Thursday and Friday, we project highs only in the 40s, with lows down in the 20s. The air will be dry, and the sky will be partly to mostly sunny both days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday morning will be another very cold one with lows down in the mid 20s. During the day, we project a high in the low 50s with a mix of sun and clouds. Clouds increase Saturday night, and Sunday still looks like cold and wet day with periods of rain and a high only in the mid 40s. Average rain amounts of 1/2 inch are likely, but some places south of Birmingham could see up to one inch.

As the rain begins early Sunday, there is a chance we see a little sleet in the mix, but that shouldn’t last long as the day should feature mostly rain.

WINTER WEATHER MISCHIEF SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING? The GFS continues to advertise a surface low south of Mobile Bay Sunday, then moving to a point off the mid-Atlantic coast Monday. This will pull another surge of cold, Arctic air into Alabama, and there is some chance the rain could change to light snow before ending over about the northern third of Alabama.

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The better chance of seeing any signifiant accumulation for now is up around the Tennessee border, and even there amounts probably won’t be that high. But, understand this is five days out, and things will change as we get closer.

No need to buy mild and bread, or YooHoos and Twinkies. No need to stock up for a blizzard, and no need to run down the street screaming “it is going to snow”. This is just to let you know of the potential, and we will be able to be much more specific later this week.

NEXT WEEK: After the precipitation ends Monday morning, more cold air arrives. Parts of North Alabama might have a hard time getting out of the 30s Tuesday; most places around here will see highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s early in the week before a slow warming trend begins.

Take some time to see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games Friday night, we project a kickoff temperature around 40 degrees, then falling through the 30s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in Tuscaloosa Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the upper 20s, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 52 degrees with a partly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect a party cloudy sky with a temperature near 46 degrees at kickoff, then dropping slowly through the 40s during the game.

LOOK BACK AT SNOWJAM 2014: The January 28th Winter Storm earlier this year will be legendary for decades across Central Alabama. Keith Stellman, the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service Atlanta will talk about the event’s impact and meteorology at the Central Alabama National Weather Association Meeting this coming Monday, November 17th. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in room F at the Medical Forum Building in the BJCC Downtown. The meeting is free to NWA Chapter members, visitors are $10 For more information, see Bill’s blog post below.

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A Few Showers; Then Much Colder

| 6:24 am October 31, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: A little light rain is moving through North Alabama just before daybreak…

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Otherwise, it is a quiet and cool morning with temperatures in the 40s. The sky will be occasionally cloudy today, and we should reach the mid 60s before the coldest air so far this season begins to arrive late this afternoon. Strong north winds will develop late in the day, and temperatures will fall quickly tonight. It will be pretty chilly and blustery for the trick or treaters this evening with a north wind of 12-22 mph.

We will maintain the chance of a little light rain in scattered spots today and early tonight, but all of that should be over by 10:00 p.m.

FREEZING TEMPS: We are projecting early morning temperatures around 30 degrees tomorrow; for Birmingham it will be our first freeze since April 16. The wind chill index will be in the 20s as the north wind continues. Tomorrow will feature a cloudless sky, but the weather stays windy and cold with a high only around 50 degrees; communities north of Birmingham won’t make it out of the 40s.

Another freeze is likely early Sunday, with lows between 28 and 34 for most places, and as the wind goes calm widespread frost is likely. Then, we rise into the 57-60 degree range Sunday afternoon as a warming trend begins.

FYI… the average date of the first freeze in Birmingham is November 9, so we are getting it this year about a week early.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tonight’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible during the first half of the games.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford tomorrow evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A chilly, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL tomorrow evening (6p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: We stay dry Monday and Tuesday with a gradual warming trend… a few showers are possible at mid-week Wednesday night, but for now it looks like rain will be very light and spotty. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

We should note Birmingham has received only 0.36″ of rain over the past 15 days.

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First Freeze Of The Season Ahead

| 3:00 pm October 30, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… I am live from “Boo at the Zoo” at the Birmingham Zoo on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

FINE FALL DAY: What a delightful day across Alabama; ample sunshine and temperatures mostly in the 60s this afternoon. The average high for Birmingham on October 30 is 70.

HERE COMES THE COLD AIR: Look for increasing north winds across North Alabama tomorrow afternoon, and clouds will increase over the northern third of the state. Tomorrow night will be windy and sharply colder, setting up a blustery and chilly Halloween evening.

We will be right at the freezing mark by daybreak Saturday, and the north wind will push wind chill index values down in the 20s. During the day Saturday, the sky will be sunny, but conditions will remain windy and cold with a high only around 50 degrees; many communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s.

Sunday morning should feature widespread frost as the wind goes calm; lows early Sunday will range from 28 to 34 degrees for most places. The sky will stay sunny Sunday with a high not too far from 60 degrees as a warming trend gets underway.

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FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tomorrow night’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible over Northeast Alabama.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A perfect chilly, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like our next chance of rain comes late Wednesday and Wednesday night; for now it doesn’t look to be a major rain event with amounts generally under 1/2 inch.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, clear nights through early next week, but the weekend will be chilly from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Highs this weekend will be near 60, with lows potentially reaching the upper 40s.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 4th graders at Vernon Intermediate School in Lamar County; 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…

Freezing Temps Possible By The Weekend

| 3:09 pm October 29, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live at the opening night of “Disney on Ice” at the BJCC; part of tonight’s proceeds will go to our annual Toys for Tots campaign**

CLEARING: The clearing process is proceeding on schedule; much of North Alabama is enjoying blue sky and sunshine, and the clouds to the south will be gone soon.

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Temperatures, as expected, are cooler with readings mostly in the 60s.

Tomorrow will be a sunny day with high in the upper 60s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The coldest air so far this season will drop into the Deep South. North winds will pick up late Friday afternoon and Friday night, gusting to 25 mph at times. Temperatures will plunge quickly Friday night, and we project a low between 30 and 35 degrees at daybreak Saturday.

Clouds will invade the northeast part of Alabama Friday night, and a sprinkle or two is not out of the question as the cold air rushes into the state.

Saturday and Sunday will be cool, but dry with a mostly sunny sky both days. The high Saturday will be only in the low 50s, and some communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s with a cool north wind of 10-20 mph.

Sunday morning will feature another freeze in many places, with a low between 28 and 34. Widespread frost is likely early Sunday with a clear sky and light wind. The high Sunday will be in the upper 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible over Northeast Alabama.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A perfect cool, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Expect a slow warming trend, and some rain is possible by mid-week, but model guidance is keeping the heavier and most widespread rain west of Alabama.

TROPICS: A disturbance just northeast of the Leeward Islands could develop slowly in coming days, but it is moving north, and will not impact the U.S.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few showers are likely on the coast this afternoon from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but expect sunny days and clear nights tomorrow through the weekend. It will be sharply colder on the coast Saturday and Sunday with highs around 60, and lows in the upper 40s.

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I enjoyed seeing the senior adults today at Southside… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…