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Rain Tonight… Ending Tomorrow

| 3:37 pm April 28, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Rain is increasing across Alabama this afternoon as an upper low lifts out of Texas…

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Tonight will be wet, with occasional rain. The air is cool and stable, so no severe weather, and probably no thunder. Even down in South Alabama the severe weather risk is small… just a “marginal risk” near the Gulf Coast this evening.

The rain will end from west to east tomorrow morning as the low pulls away, otherwise the day will be cloudy and cool with a high in the 60s. Rain totals will be in the 1/2 to 1 inch range.

Dry air returns Thursday with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the 72-75 degree range.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: No change in the forecast; it looks like delightful spring weather with sunny days, fair nights, and a warming trend. Expect low 70s Friday, upper 70s Saturday, and a high close to 80 degrees Sunday. Great weather for race weekend at Talladega.

AT THE BEACH: We expect dry weather tomorrow with a partly sunny sky and a high in the 70s… and the great weather continues through the weekend and into early next week with sunny days and fair nights. Highs on the immediate coast will stay in the 70s, and the sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is 72 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like we will enjoy warm, dry weather for the first half of the week with highs in the low to mid 80s Monday through Wednesday. No sign of any severe weather issues here for the next 7-10 days; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Rain Returns Tomorrow

| 3:42 pm April 27, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Rain continues to fall this afternoon over much of the Florida Panhandle… the MCS (mesoscale convective system) that brought winds to 100 mph to parts of Baton Rouge and New Orleans this morning is well south of the coast, over the Gulf of Mexico waters.

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On our end of the state, the sky is mostly cloudy, with temperatures generally in the 60s.

WET WEATHER AHEAD: Rain should become across North/Central Alabama tomorrow morning in the 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. time frame, and we will deal with periods of rain tomorrow, tomorrow night, and into Wednesday morning. A surface low will pass south of us, on the Gulf Coast, so there is no risk of severe weather for the northern two-thirds of the state, and there probably won’t be much thunder in the stable air.

TO THE SOUTH: There is a risk of severe thunderstorms on the Gulf Coast tomorrow… from near Gulfport over to Mobile, Panama City, and Apalachicola.

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The rain will taper off Wednesday morning; rain amounts of around one inch are likely for North and Central Alabama. Could drizzle could linger into Wednesday afternoon as the surface low reorganizes near the North Carolina coast. Temperatures will stay below average with highs in the 60s tomorrow and Wednesday. Some communities north of Birmingham could hold in the cool 50s all day Wednesday.

Drier air returns Thursday with a partly to mostly sunny sky and a high in the 67-70 degree range.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Doesn’t get any better. Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and a slow warming trend. We reach the low 70s Friday, upper 70s Saturday, and low 80s Sunday. Perfect for the races at Talladega (this is race weekend), spring sports, or doing anything outdoors.

Dry weather will likely continue into early next week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the first graders at Elvin Hill Elementary in Columbiana… 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…

Rain Arrives Late Tonight

| 3:19 pm March 18, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: Closest rain to Alabama this afternoon is over far West Mississippi; around here the sky is partly sunny, and temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 70s. Not was warm as the low to mid 80s we enjoyed yesterday, but still a bit above average for mid-March in Alabama. Clouds will thicken in coming hours, and rain will move into the state tonight.

Looks like we will have two main windows for widespread rain over the next few days…

TONIGHT/TOMORROW: The core window for widespread rain from the first wave will come from about midnight tonight through 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. Then, by mid-morning, much of the rain will be east of Alabama, and there is only an outside risk of a shower during the midday and afternoon hours. Clouds linger much of the day and the high will be around 70 degrees.

There is no chance of severe weather tonight, although a little thunder is possible in spots.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: These two days will be mostly cloudy, but I am not sure we really see that much rain around here. Some light rain, or a few showers are certainly possible, but with no major forcing it looks like rain amounts will be rather light and spotty. Afternoon highs will be in the 67 to 71 degree range.

SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY: The second widespread rain event should take place Saturday night into Sunday morning. Like the event tonight, some thunder is possible, but no severe weather is expected. Looks like only an outside risk of a stray shower Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. The high Sunday will be in the mid 60s.

NEXT WEEK: A little light rain is not totally out of the question late Sunday night or Monday morning, but nothing too widespread or heavy, and Tuesday and Wednesday look nice with ample sunshine and a high in the low 70s.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: The 12Z GFS is advertising a cold upper trough over the eastern U.S. March 28 that, if it develops, could pull down some pretty chilly air with potential for freezing temperatures one or two mornings. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 5th and 6th graders at Blountsville Elementary 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….

Pre-Dawn Monday Update

| 4:22 am February 23, 2015

NWS Birmingham has dropped the winter advisories for Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, where temperatures remain above freezing…

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And, precipitation is moving rapidly to the east, with just some freezing drizzle remaining over the northern third of the state, where the surface temperatures are below 32…

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Just be aware icy patches are possible along and north of U.S. 278 early this morning (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden).

Now we can deal with tomorrow and Wednesday as more winter weather issues are ahead. A full discussion and new Weather Xtreme video are coming up shortly.

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Sunday Night Notes

| 9:07 pm February 15, 2015

I will be on ABC 33/40 News tonight at 10:00… hope you can join us.

Not much change in the overall thinking for tomorrow (since this morning)…

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New guidance rolling still suggests the main threat of icy travel will be well to the north of Birmingham, mainly over the Tennessee Valley. We can’t rule out isolated freezing rain areas as far south as U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). Warm air advection will push us well above freezing by mid morning, and statewide we expect a soaking rain tomorrow afternoon.

This 15 hour HRRR model loop tells the story nicely.

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As the rain ends tomorrow night, there is a chance of some light snow or snow flurries in the colder air, but the chance of any precipitation looks low. A few icy patches are possible early Tuesday morning where there is standing water.

ARCTIC BLAST: One of the headlines for the week is the Arctic air blowing in here Wednesday and Thursday; the GFS is printing a low of 15 in Birmingham early Thursday, with a high of only 33. These two days look dry for now.

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Cold and Wet; A Brighter Weekend

| 6:36 am January 23, 2015

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COLD RAIN CONTINUES: Periods of rain will continue across the great state of Alabama today; temperatures won’t change much during the day with most communities holding in the 40s. Additional rain amounts of 1/2 inch are likely, which should bring storm totals into the 1-2 inch range by tonight.

SNOW FLAKES LATE TONIGHT: As the surface low, now in the northern Gulf of Mexico, moves northeast late tonight, there is a good chance the rain will change over to light snow before ending over North Alabama. The main window for this light snow will come from about 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m., so most of you will sleep right through it.

Temperatures over North/Central Alabama (places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Gadsden) should be in the mid 30s, so roads will stay just wet and there should be no travel impacts. However, up over far North Alabama’s Tennessee Valley, a few icy spots on bridges are not out of the question. But even up there widespread problems are not anticipated.

A little light accumulation is possible on grassy areas north of Birmingham, but it sure won’t stick around long.

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THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky will become mostly sunny by mid to late morning tomorrow, and the high will be close to 50 degrees. Sunday will be warmer, with ample sunshine and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

NEXT WEEK: An Alberta Clipper will pass northeast of Alabama Monday; we stay dry with a mix of sun and clouds along with a high around 50 degrees. Then, the rest of the week looks cool and dry with highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s, which is right at seasonal averages for Alabama in late January.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: There has been good consistency in the idea of a storm system impacting Alabama the following weekend, around Sunday February 1 and Monday February 2. And yes, there has been evidence of some winter weather mischief, but there is no skill in a specific forecast 10 days in advance, as long time readers fully understand. Should this system form, it also will have potential to pull down some pretty cold air once it passes as the AO/NAO combo goes negative. Take some time to see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

THREE YEARS AGO TODAY: Eleven tornadoes touched down during the pre-dawn hours on January 23, 2012; two people were killed in Jefferson County. One of the most memorable tornadoes was an EF-3 that tore through Center Point and Clay…

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I will be doing a weather program this morning at Stemley Road Elementary School in Talladega County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Here Comes The Rain

| 3:36 pm January 22, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: Rain is increasing over West Alabama this afternoon; even a few reports of sleet mixed in with the rain over Northeast Alabama. The sleet goes away soon, and the rain should be widespread across the state tonight and tomorrow as a surface low moves across the northern Gulf of Mexico, with good upper support. Not much change in the forecast thinking; rain totals of around one inch for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, with potential for two inches along the Gulf Coast at Mobile and Pensacola. No thunder, no flooding… just rain. It will be a cold rain with temperatures in the 40s all day tomorrow.

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SNOW FLAKES LATE TOMORROW NIGHT/EARLY SATURDAY? As the surface low moves northeast, there is a decent chance the rain will taper off to light snow over North Alabama before ending. The best chance of light snow is between 2:00 and 7:00 a.m. Saturday, and mostly north of a line from Vernon to Jasper to Oneonta to Gadsden. This will be a low impact situation, with surface temperatures generally above freezing, and roads just wet.

The possible exception is over far North Alabama, where temperatures could slip into the low 30s around daybreak Saturday. A touch of bridge icing is possible in places like Muscle Shoals, Athens, Huntsville, and Scottsboro, and maybe even a small amount of accumulation could be found there in grassy areas.But again, this is a low impact event.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky becomes partly sunny Saturday afternoon as drier air works into the state; the day will be cool with a high between 47 and 50 degrees. Then, Sunday looks pretty nice with ample sunshine and a high in the upper 50s.

NEXT WEEK: The Alberta Clipper will pass northeast of Alabama, and we have dropped any mention of light rain on Monday. We stay dry with a mix of sun and clouds; in fact much of the week looks cool and dry with highs mostly in the 50s, and lows mostly in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more long range details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids at Snow Rogers Elementary School near Gardendale… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Rain Getting Closer To Alabama

| 6:18 am January 22, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: No rain for Alabama this morning, but the sky has become mostly cloudy, and a large mass of rain is west of the state over parts of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Today will be cloudy cooler with a high in the mid 50s, and some rain could enter the southwest part of the state this afternoon.

COLD AND WET: Rain becomes widespread across our state tonight and tomorrow as a surface low moves through the northern Gulf of Mexico. Temperatures will stay in the 40s all day tomorrow, and rain amounts up to one inch are likely for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden. Heavier rain is possible to the south, where Mobile could see a storm total of two inches.

LATE TOMORROW NIGHT/EARLY SATURDAY MORNING: There is a decent chance the rain could briefly change to light snow on the back side of the departing system over North Alabama generally between midnight tomorrow night and 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures will be above freezing, there won’t be any accumulation, and no impact. Just the usual Alabama curiosity factor with snow flakes.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky becomes partly sunny Saturday afternoon with a high in the low 50s, and Sunday looks like a pretty decent day with ample sunshine and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

NEXT WEEK: Models continue to trend drier for Alabama Monday as the Alberta Clipper passes well to the northeast, and I think we can take out the risk of light rain. Monday should feature a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the 52-55 degree range. Then, cool and dry weather continues for the rest of the week. No sign of any bitterly cold air for Alabama through the rest of January; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program today at Snow Rogers Elementary School in Gardendale… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!