Find us on Google+
Central Alabama 7 Day Forecast

Tag: "rain"

Periods Of Rain Tonight

| 3:40 pm December 19, 2014

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

WET FRIDAY NIGHT: Rain is falling over much of West Alabama this afternoon, and that rain mass will overspread most of North and Central Alabama tonight. The air is cool and stable, so no severe weather threat, and most likely there will be no thunder. Rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely, and the rain will end pretty early tomorrow. Most communities will be rain-free by 8:00 a.m.

REST OF THE WEEKEND: We could see a little sunshine tomorrow afternoon as drier air works into the state; we expect a high in the mid 50s. Then, the daytime hours Sunday will be rain-free with a high in the low 60s. Some sun is possible Sunday.

A low pressure wave will move northeast out of the Gulf of Mexico as the weekend ends, and has potential to bring a little light rain to the state late Sunday night and Monday morning. The highest chance of rain will be east of I-65, and amounts should be generally 1/4 inch or less.

NEXT WEEK: The weather turns mild Monday and Tuesday; the 12Z GFS is printing a high of 65 Monday and 69 Tuesday for Birmingham. Look for developing showers Tuesday, and thunderstorms are likely Tuesday evening ahead of a well defined front. A few strong storms are possible ahead of the front, but for now the overall severe weather threat looks low for North and Central Alabama.

Wednesday will be breezy and colder; clouds linger much of the day with a chilly north wind of 10-20 mph, and there is a good chance we won’t get out of the 40s. Then, Christmas Day on Thursday looks very nice, with ample sunshine and a high in the 50s after starting the day at or just below freezing.

Next chance of rain will come around Saturday December 27… and the pattern favors colder weather for Alabama the week after Christmas, and possibly into the first few days of the New Year. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

KBHM_2014121906_min_max_16

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Instagram

My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted early Monday morning by 7:00 a.m…. Brian Peters will have the video updates here tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Rain Moving In Later Today

| 6:35 am December 19, 2014

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

WET START TO THE WEEKEND: We are starting the day with mostly cloudy and cold conditions across the great state of Alabama; as cold as 28 degrees at daybreak up at Fort Payne. We project a high around 50 degrees today with a cloudy sky, and short wave energy approaching from the west will bring rain in here later in the day.

Rain will move into Southwest Alabama this morning, and it should reach the I-20 corridor by 3:00-5:00 p.m. We will forecast periods of rain tonight; the rain probably won’t be too heavy over the northern half of the state with amounts generally under 1/2 inch. No risk of severe weather, and with a stable airmass I don’t expect any thunder.

The rain will end early tomorrow; it will be over by 6:00-8:00 a.m. for most places.

REST OF THE WEEKEND: The sun might break out a bit tomorrow afternoon as drier air works back into the state; the high tomorrow will be in the upper 50s. Then, for Sunday, the sky will be occasionally cloudy with a high up in the low 60s. A wave of low pressure forming down in the Gulf will bring the risk of some light rain back in here by Sunday night; best chance of rain will be south of I-20, and east of I-65. That light rain will end pretty early in the day Monday.

MILD AFTERNOONS EARLY NEXT WEEK: The GFS is printing a high of 64 Monday, and 68 degrees Tuesday for Birmingham as we enjoyed two mild December days. We will mention a chance of showers Tuesday, and as a cold front approaches, showers and storms will become more widespread Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night. If temperatures do reach the upper 60s, there could be some surface based instability and we could very well see a few strong thunderstorms Tuesday evening. Not a classic severe weather setup, but always something to watch this time of the year.

COLDER CHRISTMAS EVE: The rain will move out very early Wednesday morning (probably in the pre-dawn hours), and the day Wednesday will be breezy and colder with lingering clouds; a decent chance we won’t get out of the 40s. The sky will clear late in the day.

Christmas Day looks wonderful with a good supply of sunshine. We start the day Thursday near freezing, and then we rise well into the 50s by afternoon. The 00Z GFS hints we could touch 60 degrees Thursday afternoon.

LONG RANGE: Seems like the ingredients are coming together for a colder pattern for the Deep South as we approach the beginning of the new year with the AO (Arctic Oscillation)/NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) combo trending negative; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

KBHM_2014121900_min_max_16

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Instagram

Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon…. enjoy the day!

Rain, Cooler Air On The Way

| 3:43 pm October 28, 2014

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

THIS AFTERNOON: As expected, temperatures are not as warm across Alabama today with readings mostly in the 70s. The sky is generally cloudy, but there is no rain in our state. But, to the west, showers and storms are over West Tennessee and North Mississippi, with some of the heaviest rain south of Memphis.

This band of showers and storms will move into the northwest corner of Alabama tonight, and slowly move through the state tomorrow morning.

For Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/Anniston/Gadsden, it looks like the main window for rain will come from 3:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon tomorrow, with amounts generally less than 1/2 inch. Some thunder is possible, but no severe weather is expected.

The sky will clear tomorrow afternoon as cooler and drier air enters our state; the high will drop back into the 60s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: On these days expect a good supply of sunshine; the high Thursday will be in the mid to upper 60s, followed by a high around 70 degrees Friday. Early morning lows will be in the 40s.

WEEKEND CHILL: The coolest air so far this season blows into the Deep South Friday night, setting up a chilly weekend. The latest model data suggests highs only in the low to mid 50s Saturday, with morning lows not too far from freezing Sunday morning. Looks like we will have widespread frost early Sunday, with many North/Central Alabama communities seeing their first freeze of the fall season, effectively ending the 2014 growing season. The air will be dry and we expect a sunny sky both days.

KBHM_2014102812_min_max_16

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be clear and very cool with temperatures falling through the 50s, reaching the 40s by the final whistle. A north wind will gust up to 15/20 mph at times.

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 52 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. 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: The GFS model continues to advertise a pretty decent rain event around the middle of the week, on Wednesday November 5. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A disturbance east of the Leeward Islands has some potential for slow development, but it will move northward across the open Atlantic, and is no threat to the U.S.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible on the coast tomorrow from Panama City west to Gulf Shores, then sunny days and fair nights Thursday through the weekend. It will be much cooler on the coast this weekend, with highs dropping into the 60s, and lows in the upper 40s.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Instagram

I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd and 4th graders at Hayden Elementary School in Blount 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…

Wet Weather Ahead For Alabama

| 3:42 pm July 17, 2014

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

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.

capitalweather_2014-Jul-17

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Instagram

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

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

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.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Instagram

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

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

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.

nam_z500_uv_vort_se_19

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.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Instagram

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

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

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…

hrrr_rain

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…

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30p CT… you can watch it live on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Instagram

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

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

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!

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus
Instagram

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….