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A Few Strong Storms Tonight

| 3:28 pm April 27, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers, and a few strong thunderstorms are over West Alabama this afternoon… moving northeast…

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We will maintain the chance of showers and storms across Alabama tonight, with a very low end “marginal risk” of severe storms for most of the state. Stronger storms could produce some small hail and gusty winds, but with weakening upper support, the overall severe weather threat is low. Rain amounts tonight will average 1/4 to 1/2 inch, with isolated heavier amounts.

TOMORROW: A few lingering showers and storms are possible tomorrow morning, but the rain won’t be too widespread, and amounts should be light and spotty. Then, by afternoon, the best chance of rain shifts down into the southern half of the state. SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe weather outlooked for the southern counties…

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Drier air arrives over North Alabama tomorrow afternoon with a pretty decent amount of sunshine. We stay warm with high in the 80s.

FRIDAY: The day will be warm and dry with ample sunshine and a high in the mid to upper 80s. It will be one of the warmest days so far this year.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Moisture levels increase Saturday, and we should see a few scattered showers and storms around. But, a decent part of the day should be dry with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the mid 80s.

Showers and storms will increase in coverage Sunday with the approach of a surface low, but again it won’t be a total “wash out” with some decent breaks in the rain during the day. A strong storm is possible Sunday, but the overall threat of severe weather is low. Sunday’s high will be in the 77-81 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Just a small risk of a stray shower Monday, dry Tuesday. Then, another risk of showers and storms returns on Wednesday, followed by cooler and drier air. Parts of North Alabama could see lows down in the 40s Thursday or Friday morning. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Friday will be a beautiful day with a sunny sky, and afternoon temperatures well up into the 80s. Then, on Saturday, a passing shower or storm is certainly possible at the Superspeedway, but it won’t rain all day and they should get the Sparks Energy 300 in. The high Saturday afternoon will be in the mid 80s.

The weather Sunday will be more problematic as showers and storms become more widespread. Still, it won’t rain all day, and there is a chance the GEICO 500 will run, but just be ready for delays. Sunday’s high at the Superspeedway will be close to 80 degrees.

APRIL 27, 2011 SPECIAL: Here is the one hour special on ABC 33/40 that aired last night…

AT THE BEACH: About 5 to 7 hours of sunshine on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach tomorrow and Friday with the risk of a few scattered showers or storms. Saturday will be partly to mostly sunny, then scattered storms are possible Sunday. Highs in the 70s along the immediate coast, with 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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A Few Strong Storms Today

| 6:20 am April 22, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Rain is falling in scattered pockets across Alabama early this morning…

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This will probably be the most widespread rain we see today; the morning showers will taper off during the next few hours, and a decent part of the state will be dry during the middle of the day. The sun might even break out at times, pushing temperatures into the mid to upper 70s.

A cold front will push into Northwest Alabama this afternoon, and new showers and storms should form ahead of the front. They will be pretty scattered in nature, but where storms do form they could be pretty strong. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms later today for parts of North and Central Alabama…

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The main risk from the stronger storms will come from small hail and gusty winds; and by late afternoon drier air will take over.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Delightful weather is the story with sunny warm afternoons; expect a high around 80 tomorrow, followed by low 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: While multiple severe weather days are likely across the Southern Plains down into Texas, an upper ridge will keep our weather mostly dry, with just a few scattered showers late in the week. It will easily be the warmest week so far this year, with daily highs well up into the 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: A few showers and storms are possible along the Gulf Coast through tonight from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach, but the weather will be rain-free tomorrow and Sunday with mostly sunny days and highs in the 70s (along the immediate coast). Next week looks warm and mostly dry; highs close to 80 on the immediate coast, with mid to upper 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: A passing shower or storm is possible a time or two today at the Barber Motorsports Park, but tomorrow and Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply. Today’s high will be in the upper 70s, followed by 80 degrees tomorrow, and low 80s Sunday. Get ticket information here.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: A little too early to be really specific, but the overall pattern for next weekend (April 30-May 1) looks very warm, and mostly dry. Afternoon temperatures should be in the 80s.

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I will be speaking to a group of employees from Jacksonville State University this morning in Calhoun County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Strong Storms Early Tonight

| 2:58 pm April 6, 2016

RADAR CHECK: Nothing on radar across Alabama as I write this shortly before 3:00, but a band of showers and storms is passing through Memphis…

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This activity will scoot through North Alabama early tonight, and they could be fairly strong with potential for gusty straight line winds and some small hail. SPC now has North Alabama under a “slight risk” of severe weather for this evening…

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The biggest limiting factor for severe weather is the lack of instability, dew points across North Alabama remain in the 40s and 50s; you really need those up in the 60s for big severe weather issues this time of the year. Bottom line is that this is a low end severe weather threat through about 10:00 p.m.

TOMORROW: A nice day as dry air returns; we expect a good supply of sunshine with a high in the low 70s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with sunny days and clear nights, but the weather will be cooler. By Saturday many North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 50s, and we will also be dealing with cold mornings. Saturday’s early morning low will be in the 38-42 degree range, with mid to upper 30s Sunday. The wind will be close to calm early Sunday with potential for frost, and a freeze for colder pockets. Growers and gardeners will need to keep a close eye on temperature forecasts.

A warming trend begins Sunday afternoon with a high around 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays dry Monday, but showers and storms return Tuesday and Wednesday. For now this event doesn’t look like a severe weather situation; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast through Monday from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach. Highs in the 70s, except for upper 60s on the immediate coast. The sea water temperature early this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 68 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: Storm Spotter Xtreme is coming up this Saturday, April 9 at the BJCC from 9am to 2pm. This will feature both the basic and advanced SKYWARN classes, along with a session from Kevin Laws of the Birmingham NWS office. And, if you come, you get free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, going on at the BJCC that same day. There is no cost and no need to register. Just show up with a curious mind. Kids 10 and older will also enjoy this if they love weather and want to learn more. Please help us make the severe weather warning process better!

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A Few Strong Storms Late This Afternoon

| 6:19 am April 6, 2016

BECOMING WINDY LATER TODAY: Most of Alabama is under a “wind advisory”… pressure gradient winds will ramp up this afternoon, out of the south averaging 15-25 mph, with gusts to 30 mph. Temperatures will rise from the 40s early this morning into the low 70s this afternoon, and clouds will gradually increase ahead of an approaching cold front.

A FEW STRONG STORMS: SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms late this afternoon and tonight for about the northern half of the state…

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The main limiting factor will be the instability; in fact the HRRR shows dew points still in the 40s this evening, and very little surface based instability. But, we will still watch for strong storms that could produce gusty winds and some hail as they pass through. The overall severe weather threat is pretty low.

Rain amounts for most communities should be 1/2 inch or less, and the rain should be out of the northern half of the state by midnight.

TOMORROW: Dry air returns, and it will be a nice day with ample sunshine and a high in the low 70s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Cooler air blows in here Friday, and we will experience cold mornings over the weekend. The low early Saturday will be in the 38-41 degree range, but Sunday will be colder with 30s likely. The wind will near calm early Sunday, meaning a chance of scattered frost, and a freeze for colder valleys. Growers and gardeners will need to monitor temperature forecasts, especially Sunday morning.

The air will remain dry, do we will forecast sunny days and fair nights over the weekend; the high Saturday will be in the low 60s, followed by upper 60s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The weather on Monday will stay dry, but showers and storms returns Tuesday. The latest global model data shows little upper upper support and no real significant risk of severe storms. And, a wave forms on the front keeping the chance of rain and storms going into Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: A few showers and storms are possible tonight on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through early next week with mild afternoons and cool nights. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: Storm Spotter Xtreme is coming up this Saturday at the BJCC from 9am to 2pm. This will feature both the basic and advanced SKYWARN classes, along with a session from Kevin Laws of the Birmingham NWS office. And, if you come, you get free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, going on at the BJCC that same day. There is no cost and no need to register. Just show up with a curious mind. Kids 10 and older will also enjoy this if they love weather and want to learn more. Please help us make the severe weather warning process better!

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.

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I have weather programs today at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, and Greystone Elementary in Hoover. Be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Strong Storms Late Tomorrow

| 2:18 pm April 5, 2016

CLOUDLESS SKY: Another fine spring day with a sunny sky, and temperatures in the 60s. But, some changes area ahead for the mid-week period.

STRONG STORMS POSSIBLE: A deep surface low will be over the Great Lakes tomorrow, with a trailing cold front. Showers and storms will advance into our state tomorrow afternoon, and some of those storms could be fairly strong. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms over about the northern half of the state…

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Wind fields, instability, and shear values are sufficient to support organized storms, but also suggest this won’t be a major threat. But, this is early April and we always need to watch for surprises. Main window for strong storms will come from 4:00 until 10:00… and the prime threats will come from gusty thunderstorm winds and hail.

We should also mention pressure gradient winds (not related to thunderstorms) will rise to 15-25 mph tomorrow afternoon, with gusts over 30 mph at times. The high tomorrow will be close to 70 degrees.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Thursday will be mostly sunny and pleasant with a high in the low 70s, then a cooling trend begins Friday with the high dropping into the mid 60s. The air stay dry, and Friday’s sky will feature a good supply of sunshine.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Cold nights will headline the forecast; we expect temperatures to drop into the 30s both Saturday and Sunday morning. Highest risk of frost, and a freeze for colder spots, will come early Sunday when the wind will be near calm. Growers and gardeners will need to monitor temperature forecasts in coming days.

The air will stay dry, and we expect sunshine in full supply both days. The high Saturday will be around 60, followed by upper 60s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday; the next storm system arrives Tuesday with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. New model guidance suggests this won’t be a big severe weather threat, but we all know that could change in coming days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Generally dry and pleasant weather is the story on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through early next week; the exception is tomorrow night when showers and storms are possible. Highs mostly in the 70s… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING TONIGHT: We have a basic storm spotting class at the Helena Community Center in Shelby County this evening at 6:30.

And, Storm Spotter Xtreme is coming up this Saturday, April 9 at the BJCC from 9am to 2pm. This will feature both the basic and advanced SKYWARN classes, along with a session from Kevin Laws of the Birmingham NWS office. And, if you come, you get free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, going on at the BJCC that same day. There is no cost and no need to register. Just show up with a curious mind. Kids 10 and older will also enjoy this if they love weather and want to learn more. Please help us make the severe weather warning process better!

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.

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I had a great time today visiting with the students at Hueytown Elementary… 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…

Volatile Atmosphere Over Alabama

| 2:48 pm March 31, 2016

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

MIDDAY LULL: As expected, we are getting a nice break from the rain this afternoon, and with some sunshine temperatures are rising through the 70s, making for an unstable atmosphere.

TO THE WEST: A new tornado watch has just been issued for parts of Arkansas and Mississippi until 10:00 p.m..

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Showers and storms will increase rapidly in coming hours across Mississippi and Alabama, and parameters still favor severe storms with heavy rain. Below is the forecast STP (Significant Tornado Parameter) at 8:00 p.m.. showing the highest risk of tornadoes…

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Here is our projected timing…

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All modes of severe storms will be possible tonight with the stronger storms, including hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes. A strong tornado is not out of the question in the “enhanced risk” from Birmingham north and west.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: It remains in effect tonight; additional rain amounts of 2 inches are possible.

CALL TO ACTION: Be sure you can hear severe weather watches and warnings, and know where you are going if you come under a tornado warning polygon. And, be sure and have a readiness kit in that “safe place”, including helmets. For additional information, including thoughts on apps for your phone, please see this post.

TOMORROW: Still a mystery to some degree with model madness, but no doubt the highest threat of severe weather will shift down into South Alabama.

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We will hang on to the chance of a few lingering showers tomorrow across Central Alabama; the day will be mostly cloudy with a high in the 70s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Sunny weather is the story Saturday and Sunday with chilly nights; we will get down into the upper 30s early Sunday morning, and some of the valleys and colder spots could be close to freezing with frost. Growers will need to monitor temperatures.

NEXT WEEK: We will be dry Monday through Tuesday; the new GFS run (12Z) now shows a band of showers moving through the state Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night, followed by sharply colder air Thursday and Friday. Looks like another frost/freeze threat Friday and Saturday morning. Never plant anything that will be harmed by frost or a freeze before April 15 around here.

AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms are likely on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through tomorrow, but the weekend will be drier. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: Storm Spotter Xtreme is coming up Saturday, April 9 at the BJCC from 9am to 2pm. This will feature both the basic and advanced SKYWARN classes, along with a session from Kevin Laws of the Birmingham NWS office. And, if you come, you get free admission to the Alabama International Auto Show, going on at the BJCC that same day. There is no cost and no need to register. Just show up with a curious mind. Kids 10 and older will also enjoy this if they love weather and want to learn more. Please help us make the severe weather warning process better!

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.

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Stay tuned to the blog for frequent updates tonight as storms blow through the state. The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…