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Mostly Dry Tomorrow; Showers Return Saturday

| 3:37 pm August 28, 2014

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SUNNY LATE AUGUST DAY: Mostly sunny weather is the story across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; nothing on radar, and temperatures are mostly in the low 90s. Dewpoints/humidity levels remain relatively low, so it feels pretty comfortable for a “low 90s” kind of day.

Tomorrow will be generally dry, but moisture levels will begin to rise, and I will mention the risk of widely scattered showers during the late afternoon and evening hours. The sky will be partly sunny with a high in the low 90s.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: A moist, unstable airmass will move in here late tomorrow night, and we will continue to mention a chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday. We still see considerable model differences; the GFS is wet and the NAM is much drier, so confidence in the timing and placement of rain is not especially high. The sky will feature more clouds than sun, and we will have the risk of a few passing showers or thunderstorms during the day. The rain won’t be continuous, and the sun should be out at times. The high Saturday should be in the mid to upper 80s.

For Sunday and Monday, showers and storms are still possible, but they should be fewer in number, and more scattered in nature. Expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with a high in the 89-92 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge builds again for mid-week, meaning hot early September weather for mid-week with only widely scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms; highs will be in the low to mid 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: No rain for the high school games tonight… only a small risk of a shower tomorrow evening; the sky will be mostly fair with kickoff temperatures in the upper 80s.

Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear in case a shower wants to roll through the Plains.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly cloudy with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

AT THE BEACH: About 3-6 hours of sun tomorrow and Saturday with a few passing thunderstorms. Sunshine will be a bit more plentiful Sunday and Monday with storms becoming more widely spaced. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is moving toward the North Atlantic with sustained winds of 75 mph; no threat to land. A weak disturbance is moving into South Texas with no development; otherwise the tropics are pretty quiet. Quite a contrast to 9 years ago today, when Hurricane Katrina reached category five status over the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened to a category three by landfall the the following day, but the large size of the system resulted in a storm surge of 24 and 28 feet on the Mississippi coast.

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Showers/Storms Return Saturday

| 3:34 pm August 27, 2014

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DRY SUMMER AFTERNOON: The sky is mostly sunny across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; nothing on radar and temperatures are pretty close to 90 degrees. Tonight will be clear and pleasant; most communities will drop back into the mid 60s early tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: A dry airmass remains in place, and we expect a partly to mostly sunny sky both days with a high between 90 and 93 degrees. We might consider mentioning a slight risk of a shower Friday afternoon, but if any form they should be few and far between.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist air surges northward, and with the approach of an upper trough showers and storms enter the Alabama weather scene Saturday. No all day rain, no severe storms, but the sky will feature more clouds than sun, and there is a pretty good chance of a passing shower or storm anywhere in our state during the day. No way of knowing now exactly when and where it will rain, but if you have something planned outdoors, just be aware that you will have to dodge raindrops from time to time. The high will be in the 80s.

Showers and storms should be fewer in number and more scattered in nature Sunday and Monday with a mix of sun and clouds both days; highs will range from 87 to 90 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: No rain for the high school games tomorrow night… only a small risk of a shower Friday evening; the sky will be mostly fair with kickoff temperatures in the upper 80s.

Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly cloudy with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days through Friday with only a small risk of a shower or storm. Then, on Saturday, the sky will be occasionally cloudy with showers and storms becoming more numerous, but it won’t rain all day, and the sun should be out at times. Then, for Sunday and Monday, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine both days with a few scattered storms around. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with sea water temperatures mostly in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is between the coast of the U.S. and Bermuda in the Atlantic, and will move northeast into the open North Atlantic in coming days… not threat to land. A low level swirl is in the western Gulf of Mexico; hurricane hunters actually went into that today and found nothing significant. It will drift into the southern tip of Texas within the next 36 hours; no impact here. The wave nearing the Leeward Islands remains weak and disorganized. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Dry Through Thursday

| 3:28 pm August 26, 2014

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NICE LATE SUMMER DAY: Under a sunny sky, temperatures are generally in the 87 to 91 degree range across the great state of Alabama this afternoon. Birmingham reports 88 degrees at 2p CT with a dew point of 61, which is very comfortable for late August in our state.

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Tonight will be pleasant; most communities will see a low in the mid 60s early tomorrow, but some of the cooler pockets across Northeast Alabama could see upper 50s.

Looks like we stay dry tomorrow through Friday with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs in the low 90s, lows in the 60s. Models keep trending dry on Friday, so we have taken out that small risk of an afternoon shower for now. Looks like rain-free weather for the high school football games across the state Thursday and Friday night.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture returns, and we will mention the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday through Monday with a mix of sun and clouds each day. Highs 87 to 90, and the risk of any one spot getting wet each day is in the 30-40 percent range. No wash-out, but just be aware a passing shower or storm is possible if you have something planned outdoors.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be partly sunny, and there is about a one in three risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 88, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a brief shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy State at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… partly sunny with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Thursday. Then, for Friday and the holiday weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87-90 degree range, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is packing sustained winds of 75 mph, and will pass west of Bermuda tomorrow on the journey to the North Atlantic. No threat to land. We will watch a disturbance over the NW Gulf of Mexico and the Central Atlantic, but both are very disorganized for now and immediate development is not expected. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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Dry Air Settles Into Alabama

| 3:30 pm August 25, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: Nothing showing up on the radar at mid-afternoon across the great state of Alabama. We will maintain the risk of scattered storms over the western counties through the evening hours, but drier air continues to work here from the east, and will set the stage for rain-free weather through mid-week.

Heat levels, as expected, are considerably lower across the state today, with readings mostly in the 85 to 90 degree range.

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MID-WEEK: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and lower humidity levels tomorrow through Thursday. Highs around 90; lows in the 60s. Coolest morning will come early Wednesday with mid 60s for most communities; cooler pockets over Northeast Alabama might make a run at the upper 50s.

FRIDAY AND THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture levels begin to rise Friday, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Then, for the holiday weekend, we are forecasting a mix of sun and clouds each day Saturday through Monday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. This won’t be a “wash out”, but if you have something planned outdoors just be aware that you will deal with a passing shower or storm from time to time, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Thursday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Then, for Friday and the Labor Day weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. The only potential fly in the ointment is the disturbance over the northern Gulf of Mexico; for now it is very disorganized, but we will keep an eye on it.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Cristobal looks very unhealthy with the circulation center pretty much exposed; it is just east of the Bahamas. It will move north, and then northeast, staying away from the U.S. this week, but NHC still expects it to become a minimal hurricane by Wednesday between the U.S. Atlantic coast and Bermuda.

A disturbance in the Atlantic between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles has some potential for slow development later this week, but dry air surrounds the system and it looks very disorganized for now. It should be near, or north of Puerto Rico this weekend. Too early to determine if this will recurve into the open Atlantic, or keep trucking toward the Southeast U.S.

Over in the East Pacific, Hurricane Marie is packing sustained winds of 140 mph, but will weaken as it moves northwest. Still, swells and rough surf will impact the coasts of Baja California and Southern California later this week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps and graphics concerning the tropical weather situation.

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Pleasant Tonight; Hotter Afternoons Ahead

| 2:55 pm August 14, 2014

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ANOTHER DANDY DAY: Temperatures remain well below average this afternoon across Alabama, with temperatures generally in the mid 80s at mid-afternoon…

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Tonight will be much like last night, and just like fall with temperatures falling into the 58-62 degree range at most locations. The coolest observation around here this morning was a refreshing 52 degrees at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden in Etowah County.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: As you might expect, heat and humidity levels will be on the rise; this is mid-August after all. Tomorrow and Saturday will be mostly sunny; the high tomorrow will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with low 90s possible Saturday afternoon. We will introduce the risk of a few isolated showers or thunderstorms Sunday afternoon, but for now it looks like they will be few and far between.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms will be more likely Monday and Tuesday as moisture deepens, but they thin out again Wednesday through Friday thanks to an upper ridge building across the region. Highs will be around 90 Monday and Tuesday, but mid 90s are likely over the latter half of the week… a good reminder we still have some hot weather left this summer.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather continues on the coast tomorrow and Saturday with only a slight risk of a shower from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Then, Sunday through much of next week expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with a few scattered storms around. Highs remain in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: A healthy wave is emerging off the African coast in the far eastern Atlantic, but due to dry air development is not likely, and tropical storm formation is not expected in the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

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Just Like Fall This Morning

| 5:59 am August 14, 2014

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AUGUST, OR OCTOBER? Here are some temperatures around the great state of Alabama at daybreak…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 52
Fort Payne 54
Valley Head 54
Cullman 55
Russellville 55
Noccalula Falls/Gadsden 56
Concord 57
Haleyville 57
Fayette 58
Gadsden Airport 59
Anniston 60
Tuscaloosa 62
Birmingham 63

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Our weather won’t change much today with a very dry airmass in place; a sunny sky, low humidity, and a high in the mid to upper 80s.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with a good supply of sunshine tomorrow and Saturday; heat levels creep up slowly with a high around 90 tomorrow, followed by low 90s Saturday. Moisture begins to return Sunday, and an afternoon shower or storm could pop up in a few places, but we note the 00Z GFS came in pretty dry for Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more numerous Monday with an increase in moisture and a weak front approaching from the north. Showers and storms begin to thin out a bit Tuesday, and then our weather trends dry Wednesday through Friday. The drying trend it not due to cooler and drier air moving in from the north, but due to an upper high expected to build across the region, which means rising heat levels. We should be up in the mid 90s over the latter half of next week with very few cooling showers around. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Sunday from Panama City to Gulf Shores with only a slight risk of a shower. A few scattered showers and storms are possible early next week, but we still expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Highs will be in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

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More Like September

| 6:26 am July 29, 2014

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FALL PREVIEW: Sure feels good this morning with cooler, drier air in place. Fort Payne, Valley Head, and Russellville have all dropped to 59 degrees right at daybreak, with low to mid 60s in most other communities. The sky is clear, and the humidity is low.

In the core of the cool air up north, Ann Arbor, Michigan has dropped to 44 degrees early this morning. Quite a chill for late July.

Delightful weather will continue through tomorrow with sunny days, low humidity, and a cool night tonight. We figure most places will enjoy a low between 57 and 61 degrees early tomorrow, and many new record lows are likely across Alabama. Birmingham’s record low for July 30 is 61 degrees, set in 1994.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Moisture begins to return on these two days. We will mention the chance of a shower Thursday afternoon, and showers and thunderstorms are likely at times on Friday. Highs remain in the 80s; in fact some North Alabama communities might not get out of the 70s Friday due to clouds and showers.

OUR WEEKEND: Moist air will stay in place, so a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue Saturday and Sunday. The sky will be occasionally cloudy both days with highs in the 80s. The rain won’t be continuous, but if you have something planned outdoors this weekend be ready for a passing shower at any time.

The risk of scattered showers and storms will continue into early next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunshine in full supply today and tomorrow from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with highs in the 80s. A few scattered showers and storms will return Thursday through the weekend with about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees.

TROPICAL UPDATE: A well organized tropical wave in the Atlantic, between and coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles, should become a tropical depression soon, and ultimately Tropical Storm Bertha. The persistent upper trough over the eastern U.S. should force Bertha northward before impacting the U.S. mainland, and it doesn’t look like a threat to the Gulf of Mexico.

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I will be doing a weather program today for the kids at Covenant Classical School in Pelham… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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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