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Muggy Fourth Of July Weekend

| 3:12 pm July 3, 2015

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… we are on a holiday schedule**

RADAR CHECK: As you might expect on a summer day, rain totals have varied greatly across the great state of Alabama. Some northern counties have been under clouds and in rain much of the day, while the southern part of Alabama has enjoyed a mostly sunny sky. New storms are forming in the region where there is a good temperature gradient from clouds and rain to the north, and sun to the south.

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SPC maintains the standard “slight risk” of severe weather across North Central Alabama through tonight; storms that form could produce strong, gusty winds, some small hail, and lots of lightning. Hail below fell in Talladega around 1:30 this afternoon (photo from Joseph Swindall)…

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And, we should point out the National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a flash flood watch for the counties in their County Warning Area (CWA) through tomorrow.

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REST OF THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Expect a few passing showers or thunderstorms tomorrow and Sunday as the moist air stays in place. While most of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning storm, much like today. And, where storms form they will be strong.

On the plus side, the sun will be out at times, and there will be some good breaks in the rain. And, heat levels not bad at all for July in Alabama with highs in the 80s.

FIREWORKS SHOWS: As you know in summer, storms tend to be very random and scattered, so there is no way to tell you exactly who will get rain at 9:00 tonight and tomorrow night when the shows start, but a majority of the venues should be dry with temperatures in the 70s.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through much of next week with the risk of an occasional passing thunderstorm from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores. Highs will remain in the mid to upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin through next week; dry air covers much of the deep tropics.

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Look for my next Weather Xtreme video here by Monday morning at 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Wet Morning For North Alabama

| 6:39 am July 3, 2015

RADAR CHECK: A large mass of rain and storms is parked over North Alabama at daybreak. The rain has been heavy in spots, and parts of Marion and Cherokee Counties are under flash flood warnings. Radar is suggesting parts of Marion County has seen over three inches of rain as of 6:30 a.m.

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Showers and storms are sagging southward, so needless to say we will be wet at times today. And, SPC maintains a “slight risk” of severe storms over North Alabama today.

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The rain won’t last all day, and the sun could break out at times later. The high today will be in the mid 80s.

REST OF THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Not much change in the overall pattern; moist, unstable air remains in place with a northwest flow aloft. We will deal with scattered showers and storms tomorrow and Sunday… they are most likely during the afternoon and evening hours, but like today we can’t rule out a late night or morning storm. Remember, summer storms are random and scattered, and there isn’t a way of giving specific start/stop times for the rain at any given location. Just be ready for a passing storm at any time.

On the positive side, there will be some good breaks in the rain and the sun will be out occasionally. And, heat levels not bad at all for early July with highs remaining in the 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Scattered showers and storms remain possible through the week, but they should be fewer in number Wednesday through Friday as an upper ridge begins to slowly build across the Deep South. And, afternoons will be hotter with low 90s possible over the latter half of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day along the Central Gulf Coast (Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores) through early next week with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees.

TROPICS: All is quiet across the vast Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through next week. Very dry air covers the Deep Tropics.

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We are on a holiday schedule, so just one video today, but we will have updates throughout the day, and I will have another forecast discussion here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Muggy Days With Sun And Storms

| 6:24 am July 2, 2015

AT DAYBREAK: Nothing showing up on radar early this morning across the great state of Alabama; the sky is mostly cloudy with temperatures generally in the low 70s.

The overall synoptic scale hasn’t changed much… we have a hot upper ridge over the western half of the U.S., with a trough over the eastern states. And, another MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) is northwest of the state this morning.

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New showers and storms will form later today on the outflow of the activity north of Memphis, and like yesterday, heavier thunderstorms will be capable of producing very frequent lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Looks like we had a wet microburst near Calera early last night producing wind damage and knocking out power. SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up today and tonight for far North Alabama, with a “marginal risk” down into the central counties of the state.

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The high today will be in the mid to upper 80s.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Not much change for tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Each day will feature a mix of sun and clouds with the risk of a few passing showers and thunderstorms. No way to give specific start/stop times of the rain… the majority of the storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but with a northwest flow aloft pattern, we sure can’t rule out a late night or morning shower.

On the positive side, there will be some very nice breaks in the rain, the sun will be out at times, and heat levels won’t be bad at all for July, with highs holding in the mid to upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: We expect a very slow trend toward increasing amounts of sunshine, hotter afternoons, and fewer showers and thunderstorms as upper ridging returns to the Deep South. A good chance we reach the low 90s by mid-week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily for the Central Gulf Coast through the holiday weekend from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores, with the standard risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: A vast amount of dry air continues to cover the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected over the next five days.

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

Strong Storms Over North Alabama

| 3:30 pm July 1, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Strong storms with frequent lightning, and winds gusting to 45 mph continue to move eastward through North/Central Alabama this afternoon…

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Storms will settle down late tonight.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The overall weather pattern won’t change much. Intervals of sunshine each day, and the risk of a few passing showers or storms each day. Thunderstorms are most likely during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower or storm with a persistent northwest flow aloft. Afternoon highs will be generally in the mid to upper 80s, below average for the Fourth of July in Alabama.

Due to the scattered and random nature of the storms, we can’t give you specific start/stop times of rain for specific locations… if you have something planned outside, just be ready for a passing thunderstorm from time to time.

We also note SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up again tomorrow for North Alabama, so where thunderstorms develop, they will be strong.

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All summer storms pack very frequent lightning, and some of them tomorrow could produce strong, gusty winds.

NEXT WEEK: We expect a slow trend toward hotter afternoons, more sunshine, and fewer thunderstorms by mid-week as an upper ridge begins to build. Highs go back in the low 90s…. see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Pretty decent weather along the Gulf Coast through the Fourth of July weekend…. about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next five to seven days.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Mix Of Sun And Storms

| 3:44 pm June 30, 2015

RADAR CHECK: Most of the really active weather has shifted down into far South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle this afternoon; the morning storms have stabilized the atmosphere over the northern half of the state, and the weather around here is pretty quiet with only a few isolated showers at mid-afternoon over the Tennessee Valley.

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We will maintain the risk of a few scattered showers tonight, but no heavy storms are expected since the morning round of storms really worked over the atmosphere. We note there was a pretty good bit of tree and power line damage in parts of the southern Birmingham metro this morning between 7:00 and 8:00… the damage below is from Homewood.

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TO THE SOUTH: Strong storms with high winds moved through the Alabama Gulf Coast earlier this afternoon…. video below from @abieeleee is when the gust front hit…

REST OF THE WEEK: A moist, unstable airmass will cover Alabama through Friday, meaning each day will have the chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms. While the best chance of storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning storm, like today. One the positive side, there will be some very nice intervals of sunshine and breaks in the rain along the way. Afternoon highs will remain mostly in the mid to upper 80s, not bad at all for early July in Alabama.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: No real change. Mixed sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday, with the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. It is simply impossible to give start/stop times of the rain for any specific location, just be ready for a passing storm from time to time. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Heights begin to rise, meaning showers and storms should be a little fewer in number, and heat levels a little higher next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the holiday weekend, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are generally in the mid 80s.

VENUS/JUPITER CONJUNCTION: Let’s hope we have some breaks in the clouds so see Venus and Jupiter appearing together in the western sky soon after sunset. Learn more here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids in the summer program at Oxmoor Valley Elementary School in Birmingham this morning… 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…

Showers/Storms Return

| 6:44 am June 30, 2015

RADAR CHECK: As expected, moist air has returned to Central Alabama this morning, and the radar is pretty active just after daybreak. Some of the heavier storms are north of Tuscaloosa, and near Demopolis… and are producing heavy rain, frequent lightning, and some small hail as they move east. The NWS in Birmingham has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Marengo County until 7:15 am…

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We will maintain the risk of scattered showers and storms today and tonight; some could be pretty strong… the Storm Prediction Center has most of the state in the standard “slight risk” of severe weather. The main threat will come from “wet microbursts”, or small areas of strong straight line winds that could bring down a few trees or power lines. And, of course, all summer storms feature gobs of lightning.

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It won’t rain all day, and the sun should be out at times… the high this afternoon will be in the mid to upper 80s.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Not much change. Mixed sun and clouds; scattered showers and thunderstorms both days; best chance will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs will be mostly in the 87 to 90 degree range.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Very similar weather Friday through Sunday. Expect about 3 to 5 hours of sunshine each day, but there will be a good chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms along the way. Due to the random and scattered nature of the storms, no way we can give you start/stop times of the rain for any specific location… just be ready for a downpour at times. Highs over the weekend will remain generally in the 87 to 90 degree range… not bad for early July in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Seems like an upper high will try and build across the region, meaning a trend toward fewer showers and storms and hotter afternoons… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Very typical summer weather through the holiday weekend from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores; about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

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

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I will be doing a weather program today for the kids in the summer program at Oxmoor Valley Elementary in Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!