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Dry May Days; Heating Up

| 6:05 am May 21, 2014

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WARMEST SO FAR THIS YEAR: As an upper high builds into Alabama from the west, the warming trend will continue in coming days. We project a high in the upper 80s today, and tomorrow we should reach 90 degrees for the first time since September 12, 2013. Lots of sunshine both days.

FRIDAY: A weak back door front could bring a brief shower or thunderstorm to the northeast corner of the state; otherwise the day should be dry and hot with a high around 90 degrees.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Not much overall change. A large majority of Alabama will be rain-free Saturday and Sunday with a high around 90… just a few isolated afternoon showers over the far northern counties of the state. Moisture levels will deepen a bit Monday, so a few isolated afternoon showers or storms could fire up, but the chance of any one spot getting wet Monday is only about one in five.

Not much change into the middle of next week; warm, humid days with some risk of widely scattered afternoon storms Tuesday through Thursday. Another words, just like summer. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights through Sunday from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Highs on the immediate coast around 80, and closer to 90 inland. Sea water temperatures remain mostly in the upper 70s. A few widely scattered showers could show up down there early next week, but no sign of any widespread rain.

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Dry, Warmer Weekend

| 3:29 pm May 2, 2014

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DRY DAYS: Nothing on radar across Alabama this afternoon, but we do have scattered clouds around thanks to an upper trough passing overhead.

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Tonight will be fair and cool; most communities will wind up in the mid to upper 40s early tomorrow.

WARMING TREND: The weekend will feature a sunny sky both days; we reach the upper 70s tomorrow, and mid 80s Sunday.

And, at this point, it looks like Alabama will stay rain-free all next week with sunny warm days and fair nights. Highs mostly in the mid 80s, with early morning lows around 60 degrees. A nice stretch of calm weather.

TORNADO COUNT: Looks like the Birmingham NWS office has identified 14 tornadoes from Monday and Monday night… see the storm survey results here. While there were no “strong/violent” tornadoes, there was some EF-3 damage in a couple of spots.

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I enjoyed seeing the third graders today at Alexandria Elementary School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted bright and early Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

No Rain For A While

| 5:57 am May 2, 2014

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DRY MAY DAYS: An upper trough will move through the state today, but the air is just too dry over the northern two-thirds of the state for any rain. Showers will be confined to the far southeast counties, and even there rain will be light and spotty. We expect a mix of sun and clouds around here with a high in the low 70s, below the average high of 78 for May 2.

WARMER WEEKEND: Doesn’t get any better. Sunshine in full supply tomorrow and Sunday with a warming trend. We reach the upper 70s tomorrow, followed by mid 80s Sunday. A perfect weekend for racing at Talladega.

NEXT WEEK: Looks warm and dry Monday through Thursday with sunny days and fair nights; highs will be up in the mid 80s. Showers and storms could return late in the week on Friday; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Some rain at times today for the Florida Panhandle, but the weekend and most all of next week looks excellent with sunny days and fair nights from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 70s, with 80s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 70 degrees.

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I will be doing a weather program this morning at Alexandria Elementary School in Calhoun County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Dry May Days

| 3:32 pm May 1, 2014

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QUIET DAY IN THE OFFICE: Nice and calm today; we have a partly sunny sky with temperatures generally in the 60s, well below the average high of 78. Tonight will be fair and cool, and we fall back into the 40s early tomorrow.

An upper trough axis will pass overhead tomorrow, but the air is very dry and we won’t have anything other than scattered clouds. Any rain should be confined to the far southeast corner of our state around Dothan. Tomorrow’s high will be in the low 70s.

WARMING UP THIS WEEKEND: Nothing but a sunny sky Saturday and Sunday; we reach the upper 70s Saturday, followed by low to mid 80s Sunday. Delightful weather for race weekend at Talladega.

The warm, dry weather continues through much of next week. Toward the end of the week, a large scale upper trough will be moving out of the western U.S., and that will most likely bring our next round of showers and storms in about 9 to 10 days. Remains to be seen if it will pose a severe weather threat; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Showers are possible tomorrow across the Florida Panhandle, then look for sunny days and fair nights this weekend, and through much of next week from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the low 70s; look for 80s just a few miles inland late this weekend and into next week. Sea water temperatures are generally in the low to mid 70s.

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I had a great time today visiting with the first graders at Montevallo Elementary School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 tomorrow….

Long Dry Spell Ahead

| 5:49 am May 1, 2014

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WELCOME TO MAY: The average high in Birmingham will rise from 78 today to 84 by the end of the month. The average rain for the month is 4.83?, and it is the final month of the spring tornado season. Hottest temperature recorded during the month of May is 99 degrees, measured May 28, 1962, and May 29, 1898. Coldest on record for May is 36 degrees, recorded on May 4, 1971.

TODAY/TOMORROW: We expect a mix of sun and clouds today and tomorrow; today’s high will be around 70, with low 70s tomorrow. The far southeast tip of the state (around Dothan) could see some rain tomorrow, but the northern half of the state will be dry.

WARMER WEEKEND: After a chilly morning early Saturday with lows in the low to mid 40s, we expect a high in the mid 70s Saturday, followed by low to mid 80s Sunday. Should be hard to find a cloud in the sky over the weekend.

TALLADEGA WEATHER: Needless to say, perfect weather for race weekend. No rain through Sunday with cool nights and comfortable afternoons. Lows most mornings will be in the 40s, but by Sunday afternoon temperatures will reach the 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues; sunny warm days and fair nights with highs generally in the 80s. Long range guidance from the GFS hints our next chance of showers and storms will come around May 11. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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I have a weather program today at Montevallo Elementary School in Shelby County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video this afternoon by 4:00. Enjoy the day!

Severe Clear

| 2:35 pm April 9, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are in Oxford programming NOAA Weather Radio receivers at the Publix; come see us if you need help… we will be here until 6:30 p.m.**

CHILLY NIGHT: Most communities will wind up in the low 40s early tomorrow with a clear sky and light wind, but keep in mind some of the traditionally colder spots will see a low in the mid to upper 30s with a touch of light frost possible. Nothing widespread or really damaging.

SPECTACULAR SPRING WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better; we expect sunny mild days and clear cool nights through Sunday. Highs in the mid 70s tomorrow, and upper 70s Friday and over the weekend. Some places could touch 80 degrees Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

STORMS RETURN EARLY NEXT WEEK: The 12Z GFS continue the idea of a band of showers and storms moving into Alabama Monday…

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This will be a dynamic system, and we will monitor it in coming days for potential for heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. Colder and drier air will follow the rain Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Red Flag Warning for Much of Alabama Today

| 10:20 am February 28, 2014

Many of the counties in Central and South Alabama are under a Red Flag Warning today. Red Flag Warning criteria is different for each weather office, but all counties in the NWS Birmingham CWA, most of the Alabama counties covered by NWS Mobile, as well all Alabama counties covered by NWS Tallahassee have met the criteria for a warning today.

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A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS AND OR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO
EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.

DRY AIRMASS WILL RESULT IN CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED…ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE FIRE CONDITIONS…PLEASE
CONTACT THE ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION AT
WWW.FORESTRY.ALABAMA.GOV.

* LOCATIONS: MARION…LAMAR…FAYETTE…WINSTON…WALKER…BLOUNT…ETOWAH…CALHOUN…
CHEROKEE…CLEBURNE…PICKENS…TUSCALOOSA…JEFFERSON…SHELBY…ST. CLAIR…
TALLADEGA…CLAY…RANDOLPH…SUMTER…GREENE…HALE…PERRY…BIBB…CHILTON…
COOSA…TALLAPOOSA…CHAMBERS…MARENGO…DALLAS…AUTAUGA…LOWNDES…ELMORE…
MONTGOMERY…MACON…BULLOCK…LEE…RUSSELL…PIKE…BARBOUR…CHOCTAW…CLARKE…
WILCOX…MONROE…CONECUH…BUTLER…CRENSHAW…ESCAMBIA…COVINGTON…COFFEE…DALE…
GENEVA…HENRY AND HOUSTON COUNTIES.

Showers By Friday; Storms This Weekend

| 3:32 pm December 17, 2013

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SEVERE CLEAR: Nothing but blue sky and sunshine across Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 60s. Colder air will slip in here tonight, and we expect another freeze early tomorrow with a low between 28 and 32 degrees for most communities.

The high tomorrow will drop back into the mid 50s, but the sky will stay sunny thanks to a very dry airmass. Another sunny day is likely Thursday, with a high in the low 60s.

MOISTURE RETURNS FRIDAY: We will introduce the chance of scattered showers Friday afternoon as moisture levels rise. The high Friday afternoon will be in the low to mid 60s, and the sky will be generally cloudy during the day.

TO THE WEST: A deep upper low will be over the far northern Gulf of California Friday, and how that behaves after it lifts out will determine the weather for much of the central and eastern U.S.

WEEKEND STORMS: A surface low Saturday will form over Southwest Arkansas, with a warm front extending to the east. We will forecast a good chance of showers and storms Saturday, but it won’t rain all day, and the sun might break through a time or two. The warm front should be north of here by afternoon, and the GFS is printing a high of 75 degrees Saturday. If this verifies, it will be a new record high for December 21, beating the old record of 73 set in 1923.

The new model set this morning still shows a considerable difference between the American global model (the GFS), which is faster and more aggressive with severe weather parameters, and the European model (the ECMWF) which is slower with a less than impressive severe weather setup.

The GFS continues to show the potential for severe weather across Alabama Saturday night into early Sunday morning, with a strong low level jet in excess of 60 mph (winds at 5,000 feet), surface dew points into the mid to upper 60s, and low bulk shear of 40 knots. The ECMWF shows a weaker line of storms Sunday evening as the main upper support lifts away from Alabama.

We will pretty much take the compromise for now, and forecast the main window for strong to severe storms from midnight Saturday night through early Sunday afternoon. We will be much more specific on the magnitude of the threat and the modes of severe weather to expect early tomorrow morning. For now there is no formal severe weather risk defined by the Storm Prediction Center due to the model conflicts.

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CHRISTMAS WEEK: Monday will be dry, but breezy and colder with a high in the 49-53 degree range. Tuesday and Christmas Day will be dry and cool; highs in the low 50s, lows around freezing. Just about what you expect in late December in Alabama based on seasonal averages.

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I will be live at Southern Legacy BBQ on Highway 150 in Hoover on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, 6, and 10:00 as we kick off our annual 26 hour Toys for Tots drive to end the campaign. Please bring a new unwrapped toy by sometime tonight or tomorrow; we still need about 25,000 toys to meet the demand. There are so many families in need across Alabama. The U.S. Marines will deliver the toys next week.

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