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Calm January Weather

| 3:43 pm January 27, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: This has turned out to be a sunny day for most of Alabama, except the northwest corner of the state where clouds linger. Temperatures are mostly in the 50s; Tuscaloosa has reached 61 degrees at mid-afternoon.

Tomorrow will be another bright, sunny day with a high in the 50s. Then, on Thursday, there will be an increase in clouds, and a clipper system passing well to the north could squeeze out a few raindrops over North Alabama late in the day or Thursday night, but rain will be very light, and very spotty. A chance we reach the low 60s Thursday afternoon.

Then, on Friday and Saturday, our weather will be rain-free with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. Colder pockets could reach the upper 20s at daybreak Saturday.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: Clouds will return late Saturday and Saturday night, and Sunday still looks like wet day for Alabama with amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch. No severe storms, and probably not much thunder. Just a rainy day.

NEXT WEEK: Colder and drier air settles in here Monday as highs drop into the 40s. A few snow flurries are possible early Monday morning over far North Alabama, but with no impact if they happen. The next wave brings more rain to the state later in the week, Wednesday night into Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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A Benign Weather Pattern For Alabama

| 5:57 am January 27, 2015

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CALM LATE JANUARY WEATHER: While places like Boston will be digging out from their big blizzard that is still raging this morning, our weather will be pretty quiet for the rest of the week. Temperatures are near the freezing mark early this morning, but we expect a high in the low to mid 50s today with a mix of sun and clouds. Tomorrow will feature sunshine in full supply with a high in the mid 50s.

A clipper will pass well north of Alabama Thursday; that might drag some clouds into the far northern part of the state, but the air will be very dry, and I really think the chance of a shower is so small that we can drop it from the forecast. Again, the high will be in the 50s Thursday afternoon.

Friday will be another dry day, with ample sunshine and a high in the mid 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: It begins with a sunny sky Saturday morning, but clouds will move in Saturday afternoon ahead of the next storm system to the west. Temperatures will reach the mid to upper 50s Saturday afternoon. Then, wet weather returns Sunday with a good chance of rain throughout the day; the high will be in the 50s once again. Looks like rain amounts of around 1/2 inch will be likely, with isolated totals to one inch. No severe weather threat, just rain.

NEXT WEEK: Colder air drops into the state Monday following the rain; a few snow flurries are not out of the question for the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama, but it looks like a no impact situation.

Another weather system could potentially bring rain back to Alabama at mid-week Wednesday or Thursday; it will be cold rain, but for now the atmosphere looks too warm for any winter weather mischief. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Rather Quiet Weather For Alabama

| 3:27 pm January 26, 2015

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THE BLIZZARD IS THE STORY: As expected, the sky has cleared over most of Alabama this afternoon, with the clouds hanging tough over the far eastern part of the state. Temperatures are mostly in the 40s. Up north, snow is increasing in intensity in New York City this afternoon… this shot is from Central Park at mid-afternoon (photo from @my_cen_parkNYC)

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Blizzard warnings remain in effect from the New Jersey shore to the coast of Maine, including New York City, Hartford, Providence, and Boston. Snow amounts around two feet are likely with winds to 50 mph at times. Airports are closing, and travel will be nearly impossible across that region tonight and tomorrow.

HERE AT HOME: A few cloudy periods are possible tomorrow, and I can’t totally rule out a little morning drizzle in spots over East Alabama, but the day will be dry with a high in the low 50s. Wednesday should be bright and sunny with a high in the mid 50s.

On Thursday, a clipper will pass well north of the state, but it could drag some clouds down into North Alabama. We will mention a small risk of a shower over the northeast counties of the state, but most communities stay dry with a high in the upper 50s Thursday afternoon.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday and Saturday will be dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Clouds begin to increase Saturday afternoon, and Sunday still looks wet with periods of rain as a significant upper trough passes through. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch look likely Sunday; no risk of severe weather, and conditions are way too warm for any winter weather mischief.

Colder and drier air returns early next week; we won’t get out of the 40s Monday with a chilly north wind.

LONG TERM: While temperatures will be below average early next week, no sign of bitterly cold air for now through mid-February.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids in the Sumter County HeadStart program; we were together at the Livingston Community Center… be watching 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….

One More Dry/Pleasant Day

| 6:07 am January 21, 2015

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RAIN ARRIVES TOMORROW NIGHT: We will squeeze out one more pleasant mid-winter day across Alabama with a partly sunny sky and a high not too far from 60 degrees this afternoon. Clouds begin to return tonight, and tomorrow will be a cloudy and cooler day with a high in the mid 50s.

Rain will impact Southwest Alabama tomorrow afternoon, but for the north/central counties the rain begins tomorrow night, and Friday looks like a cold, rainy day. We stay in the 40s all day Friday, and rain amounts of around one inch look likely for the I-20/59 corridor (places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden). Heavier rain will be over South Alabama, where some spots could see two inches as a surface low moves across the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The air Friday will be stable, so no thunder, and the rain won’t be heavy enough for any flooding issues. And, the air will be too warm for any ice or snow issues during the day.

FRIDAY NIGHT/EARLY SATURDAY: The surface low moves northeast, and as colder air drops southward there is some chance the rain could change to snow over Tennessee. Even some risk of a snow flake or two down into extreme North Alabama, but we expect no impact if that happens with surface temperatures above freezing and with the deeper moisture well to the east.

OUR WEEKEND: The sky becomes partly sunny Saturday with an afternoon high in the low 50s, and Sunday looks cool and dry with mixed sun and clouds and a high in the mid 50s.

MONDAY: An Alberta Clipper will impact Alabama along with a deep, cold upper trough. Moisture will be very limited, and these features rarely produce much precipitation in our state. We will mention a chance of some scattered light rain for now… the cold air aloft associated with the upper trough could bring enough dynamic cooling for a few snow flurries over the northern third of the state, but again no impact is expected with very little moisture and surface temperatures above freezing.

Tuesday and Wednesday of next week are looking cool and dry.

VOODOO LAND: Interesting to note the European model (ECMWF) is showing a big negative NAO/AO spike as February begins, but remains to be seen if that will verify. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be speaking at a meeting today of the Tuscaloosa Area Alabama Power Company retiree group, The Energizers… and then this evening I will be at circus at the BJCC in Birmingham on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00. Hope to produce an afternoon Weather Xtreme video, which will be posted by 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the day!

The Latest U.S. Drought Monitor

| 11:55 am January 10, 2015

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For much of the U.S., there has not been significant improvement to the drought stricken areas of the county. Much of the state of California continues to suffer from extreme and exceptional drought conditions. In Texas, and along the Red River Valley, recent rains continue to help conditions improve, but there are still exceptional drought conditions.

For Alabama, as we finished out the year 2014 and started 2015, it certainly has been very wet lately. Over the last month, many locations across the state have received 5-10 inches of rain. These rains caused a drastic improvement in the overall drought and abnormally dry conditions across the state.

In this latest issuance of the drought monitor, no areas in North, Central, or East Alabama are seeing dry/drought conditions. After all the recent rains, the abnormally dry conditions have retreated to the southwestern portions of the state. Last week at this time, 37.51% of the state was being affected by Abnormally Dry conditions. This week, that has decreased to 18.37%. There also remains a bit of moderate drought for portions of southern Mobile and Baldwin Counties. This amounts to 3.05% of the state. There is no area of severe drought anywhere in the state. So far, 2015 is starting off great for much of Alabama when it comes to rainfall. As we head out the next week, we will continue to see unsettled weather with periods of rain. We should continue to see the dry conditions improve across Southwestern Alabama.

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Showers Return Early Next Week

| 3:28 pm December 12, 2014

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SEVERE CLEAR: Another day of blue sky and sunshine across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are very close to seasonal averages, with most places in the mid to upper 50s. The air is dry, and there is no rain on radar.

The dry weather continues throughout the weekend, with sunny pleasant days and clear chilly nights. After an early morning low close to the freezing mark, we rise into the low 60s tomorrow with a sunny sky. Mid 60s are likely by Sunday afternoon as our slow warming trend continues.

NEXT WEEK: Short wave energy will bring clouds into Alabama Monday, and showers could reach the western counties during the afternoon hours. The better chance of rain statewide will come Monday night, and this still doesn’t look like a big rain event… with limited moisture rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch. There could be a little thunder in spots, but there is no risk of severe weather.

The sky becomes partly sunny Tuesday afternoon, and the high will be close to 60. Wednesday looks rain-free and pleasant as well; we might need to insert the risk of showers toward the end of the week Thursday and Friday as moist air begins to return ahead of a vigorous weather system to the west.

The core impact of that storm system should come on Saturday December 20, when rain and storms are likely statewide. This could be a heavy rain/strong to severe thunderstorm setup, at the moment it looks like the highest risk of severe storms will come over the southern part of the state, but with this event eight days away there is no way of resolving details now.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: The 12Z GFS shows a cool, dry week for Alabama with seasonal temperatures; highs mostly in the 50s and lows mostly in the 30s. The AO/NAO combination remains positive, which will make it hard to get bitterly cold air this far south. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the fifth graders at Glencoe Middle School in Etowah County; 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!

Slow Weekend Warm-Up Ahead

| 6:09 am December 12, 2014

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ANOTHER COLD MORNING: As cold as 18 degrees in Alabama this morning; that was the 6:00 a.m. temperature at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden. But, a warming trend begins later today with a good supply of sunshine as we rise into the mid to upper 50s this afternoon… that is right at seasonal averages for mid-December.

The slow warm-up continues over the weekend; the high tomorrow will be close to 60, followed by low to mid 60s Sunday. Mornings will stay chilly; many communities will see another light freeze early tomorrow morning as the weekend begins. Dry air means a sunny sky both days.

NEXT WEEK: Short wave energy will bring clouds back into the state Monday, and showers arrive late Monday afternoon over the northwest corner of the state. Looks like our best chance of showers will come from 5:00 p.m. Monday through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday… no severe weather, and probably not much thunder. And, with limited moisture rain amounts for most should be under 1/2 inch.

The sky becomes partly sunny Tuesday as drier air returns, and there is no cold air involved with this system, so the high Tuesday afternoon should be close to 60 degrees. Expect mostly sunny and pleasant weather Wednesday and Thursday with a high in the low 60s.

A dynamic weather system will bring the risk of a shower late in the week on Friday, but the main event should come the following day, on Saturday December 20. Too early to be specific, but at this point it looks like it might be a heavy rain event for Alabama with potential for strong thunderstorms.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: The Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) remain positive, which means it will be hard for bitterly cold air to invade the Deep South; temperatures for now look close to seasonal averages, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s generally speaking. The 06Z GFS shows potential for a rain event on Christmas Eve, but we all know in the “land of voodoo” that will probably vanish on the next run. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program today at Glencoe Middle School in Etowah County… then this evening I will be live from the “Bikes for Tots” event at the Walmart on Highway 150 in Hoover. The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted this afternoon by 4:00… enjoy the day…

Cold Again Tonight; A Warmer Weekend

| 3:35 pm December 11, 2014

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DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Expect another freeze early tomorrow morning across North/Central Alabama; most communities will see a low near 30, with 20s likely for colder valleys and protected areas. Then, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon as temperatures rise into the mid to upper 50s with a sunny sky.

The weekend looks very nice; ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday with afternoon highs up in the low 60s. Mornings will be chilly with lows in the mid to upper 30s. No moisture, no chance of rain.

NEXT WEEK: A short wave will bring increasing clouds to Alabama Monday, and showers are a good possibility Monday night. Still looks like the main window for rain will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, and amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch, with potential for heavier totals over the northwest corner of the state. No severe weather threat, and probably not much thunder. Drier air returns Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday and Thursday look dry with a good deal of sunshine both days along with a high near 60 degrees.

Global model consensus is good on the potential for a dynamic system around Saturday, December 20 that would bring the risk of heavy rain and maybe even strong thunderstorms.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: This is still in a period where there is very little skill in a specific forecast (beyond seven days), but for now global models hint most of the week will be dry with temperatures near or a bit below seasonal averages for late December. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham has received 44.41″ of rain since January 1; that is a deficiency of 6.47″. Bottom line is that there is a good chance we end up with a rain deficit for 2014 as the year ends in a few weeks. Tuscaloosa and Anniston have similar totals.

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