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Wet Weather Ahead For Alabama

| 3:42 pm July 17, 2014

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ANOTHER “COOL” JULY DAY: Temperatures are mostly in the 78-82 degree range this afternoon across the great state of Alabama… it doesn’t look or feel like mid-July. Mid level clouds have been increasing this afternoon, but the low levels are dry with low dew points.

RAIN ON THE WAY: Lots of rain today to the west of Alabama… there was some serious flash flooding north of Dallas/Fort Worth along I-35 earlier today, and rain is widespread around the Ark-La-Tex region this afternoon. The wave responsible for the rain is slowly moving our way, and it looks like rain and storms could very well become widespread tomorrow. Some communities across North Alabama might not make it out of the 70s tomorrow because of the clouds and rain. Some thunder is possible, but no severe weather.

OUR WEEKEND: The axis of deeper moisture stays in place, and we will continue to forecast occasional showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. There will be some decent breaks in the rain, but just understand rain is possible at any hour on both days with only a limited amount of sun. Highs over the weekend will be in the low to mid 80s. Three day rain totals (tomorrow through Sunday) will be in the 2 inch range.

NEXT WEEK: Dynamic support will weaken a bit, but moist air stays in place, so we will continue with the mention of at least scattered showers and thunderstorms Monday through Wednesday… temperatures will trend back up toward 90 degrees by mid-week. Some evidence that a surface front approaching from the north could bring another increase in the number of showers and thunderstorms late in the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: We project about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day tomorrow through Sunday from Panama City west to Gulf Shores, with the daily risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs will remain in the upper 80s along the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, but over in the western Pacific Typhoon Rammasun now has sustained winds to 140 mph, a category 4.? It will move into China in a few days, but it will be in a weakening phase by then.

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I enjoyed seeing a big group of home schoolers today at Cullman’s First Baptist Church… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM this evening on ABC 33/40 News at 6:00! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

Rain On The Way

| 3:34 pm May 8, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: Nothing showing up across the great state of Alabama this afternoon, but a band of showers and storms are moving through parts of Louisiana and Arkansas. Temperatures around here are mostly in the mid 80s.

A tornado watch is in effect for parts of the Upper Midwest through 9:00p CT…. including parts of Iowa and Minnesota.

Clouds will increase across Alabama tonight as the rain approaches from the west.

TOMORROW: Showers and thunderstorms are likely tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night; thankfully the main dynamics will weaken and lift into Canada, but we still expect rain amounts around one inch, and some thunder is likely. Very doubtful we get out of the 70s because of the clouds and rain.

SATURDAY: We will maintain the chance of a few lingering showers and thunderstorms, especially during the morning hours. Showers thin out Saturday afternoon, and the sun could break out at times. Saturday’s high will be in the low 80s.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny and warm; a high in the mid 80s, and only a slight risk of a shower during the day as the upper ridge begins to rebuild and the air becomes more stable.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks mostly dry and warm Monday, but a band of showers and thunderstorms will move through late Tuesday and Tuesday night ahead of a cold front. Then, cooler and drier settles into the state Wednesday through Friday. We will have a hard time getting out of the 60s Wednesday, and temperatures should drop into the chilly 40s early Thursday morning. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Rain and storms are likely along the coast late tomorrow and tomorrow night. Then, for the weekend, occasional showers are likely from Panama City west to Gulf Shores, with potential for a few heavy downpours along the way. A flash flood watch is in effect for Pensacola and Gulf Shores tomorrow through Sunday. There will be some decent intervals of sun on the coast Sunday, however. Highs will be mostly in the 70s along the coast, with 80s inland. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is 76 degrees.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd and 5th graders at Ohatchee Elementary School… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Clouds, Some Rain On The Way

| 2:29 pm April 17, 2014

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WEATHER CHANGES AHEAD: Most of Alabama is enjoying sunshine through scattered clouds this afternoon; temperatures are in the mid 60s in most places…. well below the average high of 75 for April 17. Clouds will thicken quickly tonight in advance of a developing storm system over the Northwest Gulf of Mexico.

RAIN AT TIMES TOMORROW: The surface low over the northern Gulf will spread rain up into Alabama after midnight tonight, and some rain is very possible as early as 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. over much of the state. We will forecast periods of rain throughout the day tomorrow, but keep in mind the heaviest and most widespread rain will fall over the southern counties of Alabama. A flash flood watch is in effect for the southeast tip of the state around Dothan, where rain amounts of over two inches are possible through Saturday. It will be a cool day with a high only in the low 60s.

SATURDAY: Unfortunately we will have to make some major forecast changes for East and South Alabama as the weekend begins. A deep upper low is forecast to be over North Florida, and the flow of Atlantic moisture will keep clouds over much of the state Saturday, and we will need now to insert the chance of rain for areas mainly east and south of Birmingham.

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For places like Anniston, Sylacauga, Ashland, Alex City, and Lake Martin, we will mention a good chance of lingering rain Saturday, especially during the morning hours. Birmingham might even see some light rain Saturday morning. North and West Alabama should be dry Saturday, but clouds could be an issue. Unfortunately now it looks like the best chance of seeing some sunshine will be near the Mississippi and Tennessee borders.

And, we will need to lower forecast highs Saturday over East and South Alabama; doubtful those parts of the state will get out of the 60s due to lingering clouds and rain. West and North Alabama should see low 70s.

EASTER SUNDAY: Confidence is high it will be a beautiful day, with ample sunshine and a high in the upper 70s.

NEXT WEEK: We will continue to mention a chance of showers on Tuesday with a weak surface front, then we should enjoy the warmest weather so far this year Wednesday through Friday with dry conditions and highs up in the middle 80s thanks to an upper ridge building over the region.

AT THE BEACH: Rain is likely tomorrow and tomorrow night from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, with potential for heavy rain, especially for communities in the Florida Panhandle. The weather begins to improve with clearing late in the day Saturday or Saturday night, and Sunday will be sunny. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 60s tomorrow, with low 70s Saturday and Sunday. A pretty decent part of next week will be dry, although a few widely scattered showers could show up Tuesday. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is 64 degrees.

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I had a great time today visiting with the first graders at Creekview Elementary in Alabaster… 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 a.m. tomorrow…

Flash Flood Watch Today

| 6:24 am April 14, 2014

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RAIN AND STORMS: Another wet Monday for Alabama. No, not as much rain as last Monday morning (thankfully), but average rain amounts of two inches are likely across North-Central Alabama, and the NWS has issued a flash flood watch for our part of the state. We do note the high resolution HRRR model, which performed very well during the last event, brings in some 4 inch rain totals near Tuscaloosa through this evening…

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So, we expect the higher rain totals today west of I-65, and that is where we will find the greatest risk of flooding. Nothing like the flash flood emergency we dealt with last Monday morning in the Birmingham metro.

SEVERE WEATHER? The severe weather threat over the northern half of Alabama is marginal at best. The big rain mass this morning will make for a stable atmosphere, it remains to be seen if the air can recover for strong or severe storms this evening ahead of the surface boundary. Clearly the best chance of severe weather will come over the southern half of the state where parameters are better, but even there the low level jet looks pretty weak this evening.

Still, SPC has much of Alabama in the standard “slight risk” of severe weather, so we will watch radar trends. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

Bad news for those hoping to see the lunar eclipse tonight; clouds are going nowhere, and they will cover Alabama through the night.

RAW, COLD DAY TOMORROW: Strong north winds of 15-30 mph will usher in much colder air into our state tomorrow. The high around here will be only in the low to mid 50s, and some North Alabama communities won’t make it out of the 40s. We will forecast gradual clearing tomorrow afternoon, but the day will be raw, windy, and cold.

WEDNESDAY MORNING FREEZE: Growers will need to protect plants and vegetation tomorrow night into Wednesday morning. The GFS is printing a low of 32 for Birmingham, while the NAM is showing 28 degrees. We all know this is not a “one number” place when it comes to forecasting lows on a clear, calm morning. We figure the actual range will be from 24 to 34 degrees, with the colder readings in valleys and protected areas. Traditionally colder places like Valley Head and Black Creek could see low 20s. Most of the larger metropolitan areas like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston will be clustered in the 28-33 degree range. Gadsden a bit colder.

A warming trend begins Wednesday afternoon with a sunny sky and a high in the mid 60s.

LATER THIS WEEK: Thursday will be sunny with a high close to 70, then clouds increase during the day Friday ahead of the next weather system.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks like we will have a chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm, Friday night into Saturday morning. With the main dynamic support so far north, we don’t expect severe weather, and rain amounts should not be too heavy (mostly under 1/2 inch). Sunday promises to be a beautiful day with lots of sun and a high in the mid 70s.

Again, see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

WEATHER RADIO HELP: We will be at Academy Sports in Tuscaloosa on Skyland Blvd. Wednesday from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. If you need your weather radio programmed, or have questions, come see us…

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I have weather programs today at Hokes Bluff Elementary School in Etowah County, and Chelsea Park Elementary School in Shelby County. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Wet Weather Returns To Alabama Tomorrow

| 3:19 pm March 5, 2014

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DECENT DAY: The sun did manage to break through the clouds over much of Alabama today, and temperatures responded nicely with most locations close to 60 degrees at mid-afternoon. Clouds will thicken tonight ahead of a short wave moving our way.

COLDER, WET TOMORROW: Tomorrow will feature a cloudy sky, and dynamic cooling from a the strong short wave will keep temperatures in the 40s most of the day. The main window for rain will come from about 12:00 noon tomorrow through 3:00 a.m. Friday. Rain amounts of 1/2 inch are likely; a few spots could see amounts to 3/4″. The air is stable and there is no risk of severe weather, and probably no thunderstorms. Just ole fashioned rain.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Leftover clouds Friday morning should give way to sunshine Friday afternoon with a high between 57 and 60. Then, Saturday promises to be a delightful day to start the weekend with ample sunshine and a high around 70 degrees. A dry cold front will pass through Saturday night, and Sunday will be a bit cooler with a high in the low 60s along with a partly sunny sky.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday are looking dry and mild with a high in the low to mid 70s, then we will bring back a chance of showers at mid-week on Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

STORM ALERT XTREME IS TONIGHT: Don’t forget will will offer the basic storm spotter class this evening at 6:30 at the Pelham Civic Complex. We need more trained storm spotters in Alabama, and this is your chance to help us. You won’t look at a storm the same way again. No age limits, no cost, no registration. Just come and be ready to learn. See you there!

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I had a great time today visiting with the 2nd graders at Floyd Elementary School in Gadsden… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

Rain At Times, Then Much Colder

| 6:17 am February 25, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: There is actually a good bit of rain on radar this morning over North Alabama, generally north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). The rain is moving to the east/southeast, and we will mention the risk of some rain at times today statewide. The sky will be cloudy, and today’s high will be in the 50s due to the clouds and rain.

Rain becomes more widespread late tonight; rain amounts of 1/2 inch are likely over the northern half of the state, with potential for one inch over the southern counties of Alabama.

SNOW FLAKES EARLY TOMORROW? Not much change in the overall thinking. There seems to be a small window when the rain could change to light snow over North Alabama before ending early tomorrow morning.

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Odds of significant accumulation continue to look very small; soil temperatures are warm (low 50s), and the deeper moisture exits as the cold air arrives. But, no doubt a few snow flakes are very possible around daybreak. We will take another look at model data later today, but for now no sign of any serious societal impact.

COLD AIR RETURNS: We will have a hard time getting out of the 30s tomorrow. The sky will be cloudy through the day, and a north breeze of 10-20 mph will make it feel colder. Rain will continue during the day over the southern half of the state.

Look for clearing tomorrow night, and we project a low near 20 degrees early Thursday morning, but the colder pockets over North Alabama should visit the mid to upper teens. That will be quite a slap in the face after the recent mild spell.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday will be a sunny day; we begin the day in the 20s, but the high will be in the mid to upper 50s. The warming trend continues into the weekend with a high Saturday in the low to mid 60s, followed by 70 degree warmth Sunday afternoon.

A short wave could bring a little scattered light rain to Alabama Friday night or Saturday, but at this point the moisture looks very shallow, and rain amounts should be very light and spotty. Much of the day Saturday should be dry, although the sky will be generally cloudy. Sunday looks rain-free with a mix of sun and clouds.

NEXT WEEK: A cold front will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday; for now the severe weather risk looks rather low. Then, much colder air moves back in here on Tuesday, and sticks around through mid-week. It can get pretty cold around here in March, you know. Take some time to see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

STORM ALERT 2014 IN CALERA TONIGHT: Our annual severe weather awareness show continues this week… we will be at Calera High School tonight, and Oxford High School Thursday night. The shows begin at 6:30; doors open at 5:00. Come meet the ABC 33/40 Weather Team, get some cool free stuff, see some great weather stories, and learn how to keep your family safe during the tornado season. Keep in mind the spring tornado season begins in just a few days (March, April, May). Hope to see you there.

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Busy day ahead… I am doing a weather program this morning at Matthews Elementary School in Northport, then I will be speaking to a business group at Vestavia Hills Country Club. Then, on to Calera High School for tonight’s Storm Alert 2014. Will do my best to generate a new Weather Xtreme video this afternoon by 4:00 p.m… enjoy the day!

Cold Rain Today; A Little Snow Tonight

| 6:31 am November 26, 2013

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MISERABLE WEATHER: Widespread rain is falling across Alabama this morning. It is a cold, soaking rain with temperatures generally in the 36-44 degree range across North/Central Alabama. Our Skywatcher in Coker, just west of Tuscaloosa, reports 2.38″ of rain so far, and an additional one to two inches of rain are likely. A great day to stay indoors and get a good nap, but that won’t work for most of us.

Temperatures won’t go anywhere today, they might climb 3 to 5 degrees if we are lucky. Cold and wet.

SNOW FLAKES TONIGHT: Not much overall change in our thinking tonight. The rain should change to light snow late tonight over North/Central Alabama, but we don’t expect any major accumulation.

The main window for snow will come from about 11:00 tonight through 4:00 a.m. tomorrow, meaning most of you will sleep through it and never know it happened.

The ground will be very, very wet, so much of snow will simply melt initially as it hits the ground. But, with one to two hours of light snow possible, there could be some light accumulation on grassy areas over Northeast Alabama. Higher terrain over Jackson and DeKalb Counties could see 1/2 to 1 inch of snow on the grass. Some spots in Madison, Marshall, Cullman, Blount, Etowah, Cherokee, and Calhoun counties might see 1/4 inch on grass. But, roads will be just wet and travel issues related to snow are not expected. However…

WATCH FOR A FEW ICY SPOTS: With some parts of Alabama getting over three inches of rain by tonight, no doubt there will be some standing water, and with temperatures expected to go down into the 20s early tomorrow, there is a very real chance there will be a few patches of “black ice”. This is not due to snow, but to the leftover moisture from the rain. So, if you are driving early tomorrow, take it easy and understand some icy patches are very possible, mainly on bridges and overpasses.

Take a few minutes and watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

The day tomorrow will feature a clearing sky with sunshine returning, but it will be windy and cold. We don’t get out of the 30s, and some places north of Cullman will have a hard time getting above freezing. Strong north winds of 12-25 mph will keep the wind chill index below freezing most of the day across all of North/Central Alabama.

TRAVELERS: The attached map shows the various winter storm advisories, watches, and warnings up for the eastern U.S. through tomorrow.

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Winter weather advisories have been issued for parts of middle and eastern Tennessee for some light snow tonight. I don’t think there will be major issues, but clearly slick spots are possible over that part of Tennessee late tonight and tomorrow morning. The really big snows will come well to the northeast, over states like West Virginia, western parts of Pennsylvania, and on up into update New York.

Wind and rain will create major issues for the big airports from Washington up through New York City and Boston. Expect major delays on the busiest travel day of the year.

THANKSGIVING DAY: Thanksgiving morning will be very, very cold. The average low will be around 20 degrees at daybreak Thursday, with many of the colder places down in the teens. But, the sky will be sunny, and the high Thursday afternoon will be in the mid 40s.

FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Expect sunny cool days and clear cold nights. Highs finally warm into the 50s; some places might approach 60 degrees Sunday afternoon.

IRON BOWL: No change in our thinking; the weather will be perfect for football at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday. A sunny sky at kickoff (2:30p CT) with the temperature near 55 degrees, falling to near 50 by the final whistle.

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

Weekend Forecast Adjustments

| 3:54 pm June 7, 2013

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RADAR UPDATE: The heavier storms have pushed to near the Georgia border this afternoon… some light rain still lingers to the west, including a few new showers over the western half of Alabama. The showers will end this evening, and the sky should clear late tonight as drier air temporarily works into the state. We believe most of the showers should be over by 9:00 p.m.

WEEKEND FORECAST CHANGES: Tomorrow still looks generally dry, with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the mid 80s. A few showers are certainly possible, but they will be few and far between. The chance of any one spot getting wet tomorrow is only about 10 percent.

However, on Sunday, 12Z models have come in with a much higher moisture content, and we will need to raise the chance of showers and storms, mainly Sunday afternoon and into the evening hours. The 12Z NAM comes in with a robust 69% chance of rain for any given point Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: A surface boundary will approach from the north Monday, so we will keep a pretty decent chance of showers and storms in the forecast. New data shows the front stalling out north of Alabama and dissipating, meaning we stay in moist air. For this reason, we will need to mention the standard risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, a short wave could enhance the coverage of showers and storms on Thursday.

Late next week, a strong upper high forms over Oklahoma, which will represent the center of hot air. This will try and nose into Alabama from the west, so we should see highs at or over 90 degrees by Friday of next week if this solution is correct.

See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

ANDREA: This system is becoming extra-tropical over South Carolina this afternoon on the journey northeast. Raleigh, NC has measured over 4 inches of rain today, and a tornado watch remains in effect for parts of the Mid-Atlantic Coast region. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet for now.

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Brian Peters is out of town, so we won’t have videos over the weekend, but Bill Murray and Ryan Stinnett will have frequent blog updates. My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted bright and early Monday morning by 7:00 a.m…. enjoy the weekend…