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3rd Coldest Day of 2016

| December 10, 2016 @ 7:15 am

According to the latest 5-minute data from the observation equipment at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport, the low this morning was 21 degrees. Based on the climate data published by the National Weather Service (NWS), that makes December 10th the third coldest day of 2016 tied with January 18th. Here are the other cold days in Birmingham for 2016:

19 on Jan. 19
20 on Jan. 11 & 24
21 on Jan. 18

Bundle up if you are headed out early. Probably see the temperature go above freezing by about 10 am.



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Chilly Again But Warmer Sunday

| December 10, 2016 @ 6:59 am

A crystal clear sky overnight allowed temperatures across Alabama to plummet with a combination of cold air advection and great radiational cooling. Temperatures this morning were at or below freezing across ALL of Alabama – even Mobile with 30 degrees at this writing. Across northern Alabama some of the normally colder valley locations were in the range of 15 to 19 degrees. Black Creek in Etowah County had gone as cold as 15 at last check with what the observer described as “a monster frost.” The high pressure over the Ohio River Valley will keep our weather sunny today but it is going to remain relatively cold as the highs today only reach the upper 40s – still a tad warmer than yesterday’s highs. The high at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport was a nippy 42 degrees which is 15 degrees below our 30-year average for the first half of December (57).

Looking for the beach forecast? It’s going to be sunny and chilly along the beaches through the weekend. From Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach highs are going to be in the lower 50s today warming into the 60s Sunday with lower 70s returning early next week. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here.

As you might expect with cold gripping a good portion of the Nation, there are actually no areas of severe weather expected. In fact, thunder will be confined to a narrow sliver of the Northwest US coast for Day 1. Days 2 and 3 will still be free of severe weather with thunder a possibility in the Lower Mississippi River Valley.

The surface high moves east Sunday allowing us to warm up. At least most of us will warm up. The position of the high center along the northeast coast of the US will likely set up cold air damming – known as the wedge – across north Georgia extending into Northeast and East Central Alabama. This will keep temperatures a little cooler in those areas by at least a few degrees while the rest of North and Central Alabama warm well into the 50s – middle and upper 50s for most.

While the upper flow goes nearly zonal for several days, a new weather system takes shape across the Plains States late Sunday and into Monday. This will increase our clouds late in the day on Sunday. By Monday, the approach of a cold front will ramp up rain chances as temperatures climb a little high into the range from the upper 50s to lower 60s. Due to the nearly zonal flow aloft, the front is going to become stationary across the Southeast US, so we’ll see rain chances stick around with showers a possibility for Tuesday and Wednesday. Rainfall with this round of weather should be fairly light, mainly in the range of one half to one inch. Better chances for rain come on Monday for most of us. Temperatures won’t be changing much with mostly cloudy weather. Look for highs in the lower 60s and lows in the lower and middle 50s.

A surface high over Iowa on Thursday along with a slight northwesterly flow aloft should bring a cooler day for Thursday along with dry weather. Highs will only be in the lower 50s with lows in the middle 30s. Moisture increases especially aloft on Friday and Saturday as the upper flow takes on a southwesterly trajectory with an upper ridge building over the eastern half of the country. This will spell warmer weather for the end of the week and into the weekend with highs potentially edging to near 70 while rain chances stay fairly small as we get into Saturday. But rain chances may be ramping up as we move into Sunday.

Looking into voodoo country, the name we give to week 2 of the forecast, the upper flow remains primarily in an upper ridge, so it looks like we should stay fairly warm. It could be wet, though, with a deep trough and eventually a closed low over the Southwest US which would pump Pacific moisture into the southern states. By 348 hours or Christmas Eve, the GFS kicks out what appears to be a very potent upper closed low. This pattern would suggest a major storm coming into the Plains States which would have a significant impact on travel right before Christmas. This could also produce a wet and stormy day for the Southeast US on Christmas Day. But we know how voodoo land can be – here today, gone tomorrow.

I will be filling in for Meaghan Thomas this weekend, so you can catch the latest weather forecast at 6 and 10 pm this evening. I’ll have the next Weather Xtreme Video here first thing on Sunday morning. Stay warm and Godspeed.



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Rain Returns Early Next Week

| December 9, 2016 @ 2:37 pm

FRIGID AIR: Despite a sunny sky, temperatures are only in the 30s over the northern quarter of Alabama this afternoon, with low 40s along the I-20 corridor (Tuscaloosa/Birmingham/Anniston). The average high for today for Birmingham is 57.

Tonight will feature another very significant freeze; most of the official reporting stations will drop into the low 20s, but the colder spots will see teens thanks to radiational cooling (clear sky, light wind). It will be our coldest night since February 10.

THE WEEKEND: The sky will stay sunny tomorrow; most places will see a high in the upper 40s. Then, we turn warmer Sunday; we reach the upper 50s with a partly sunny sky. Clouds increase Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week will feature a mostly cloudy sky with some chance of rain at times Monday through Wednesday. Highest coverage of showers should come Monday and Wednesday, and afternoon highs will be in the 60s. Some spots might even touch 70 degrees Tuesday afternoon. For now it looks like rain amounts will be 1/2 to 3/4″, with a few spots seeing one inch over the three days. No risk of severe weather, and I doubt if we see much thunder.

Then, an Arctic front moves through late Wednesday, followed by another shot of very cold air Thursday and Friday, with highs dropping into the 40s on these two days. Not totally out of the question we see a few snow flurries over North Alabama Wednesday night or early Thursday, but it will have no impact. Coldest morning will come early Friday (one week from today) with a low in the mid 20s.

LONG RANGE: This is an active, complex pattern, and there is absolutely no skill in forecasting weather for the Christmas weekend so far out. Apps with a “20 day” or “90 day” forecast are pretty much worthless… it is hard enough getting it right out to seven days.

POLAR VORTEX: Our friends in the national news media throw out this term with very little understanding of what it actually means. See the graphic below for the real story.

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 3rd graders at Shades Mountain Elementary in Hoover… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here bright and early Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!


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A Mighty Cold Midday Across Central Alabama

| December 9, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

Maximum Sunshine But Mighty Cold
A sky that is crystal clear out there across Central Alabama with maximum sunshine is not helping it feel any warmer. Temperatures across the area at 12:30 PM range from the mid 30s in the northern parts of the area to the mid 40s in the southern parts of the area. With winds blowing out of the north to northwest at 6-12 MPH, this makes the wind chills out there in the low to mid 30s. Be sure to bundle up out there.

It will pretty much be the same story for the remainder of the afternoon and evening hours. Skies will be clear, with north-northwesterly winds at 6-12 MPH keeping the wind chill values colder than the current temperature. Afternoon highs are only expected to be a few degrees warmer than they are at this time, in the low to mid 40s from north to south across the area. Some spots in the north may not break out of the upper 30s, while some in the extreme southern parts may get close to 50 degrees. For the evening and overnight hours, the winds will die down which will allow the wind chill values to be near the actual temperature. Lows will be in the low to mid 20s across the area, with the colder spots hitting the teens.

Birmingham’s Climatology And Records
The normal high for December 9th is 57, while the normal low is 36. The record high for today was set back in 1946 at 74. The record low was set back in 1917 at 9.

A Cold Saturday To Start Off The Weekend
Another day filled with maximum sunshine, but cold temperatures will be the main story once again. After temperatures start off in the 20s for most at daybreak, afternoon highs will warm into the mid 40s to near 50 degrees from north to south across the area, with low 50s in the extreme southern parts of the area.

National Extremes
Opa Locka Florida, recorded the warmest high temperature for Thursday at 86 degrees. The coldest low temperature for last night into the early morning hours today was recorded in Hohnholz Range Colorado at -27 degrees.

On This Day In 1989
A strong storm produced wind gusts of 40 to 65 mph from the Alaska Peninsula to the North Gulf Coast of Alaska. Southeasterly winds gusted to 75 mph in the Anchorage hillside. Gusty winds associated with a strong cold front caused a power outage across much of the island of Hawaii.

Beware Of The “Fake Weather” News
It is important to note there is no firm evidence here of any snow or ice problems for Alabama for the next 7 to 10 days. It is very easy to find dozens of “weather pages and forecast centers” across social media that will give you a snow forecast one to two weeks in advance ANYTIME in every winter season… that is how they get their likes, shares, and clicks. We giggle at the concern over “fake news” these days… we have been dealing with “fake weather” sites for a long time. Welcome to our world.

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This is the weekly netcast that’s all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists at ABC 33/40. This week, the panel talked about water, something that we have learned to appreciate even more in the past few weeks. You can listen anytime on the web, or on iTunes. You can find it here.

Forecaster: Scott Martin (Twitter: @scottmartinwx)


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Alabama NewsCenter Keeps Our Spirits Bright With More Good News Stories!

| December 9, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

This week’s good news stories delight us with holiday food, fun, and festive events, while keeping our spirits bright with success stories from across our state. Brought to us by our Alabama NewsCenter friends, here are a few of our favorites!

Create a holiday memory you won’t forget in Can’t Miss Alabama

Alabama captures five of seven SEC honors; Auburn and Arkansas win one each

Go to Talladega’s Christmas on the Square for holiday fun, food and shopping this weekend

Alabama gymnastics hosts annual Stallings RISE Center holiday party

Birmingham’s Velocity Accelerator program unveils its inaugural class

UAB’s Parcak to receive Smithsonian’s 2016 American Ingenuity Award

Whillard’s BBQ & Grill’s hamburgers makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

Alabama Maker brings leather, loyalty to downtown Opelika

Miss Alabama, UAB’s Gift of Sight program bring early presents for low-income residents

UAH researcher patents green carbon fiber process for rocket nozzles

Innovate Birmingham partnership creates pathway to tech jobs

Birmingham Business Alliance makes Innovation District its top priority

Could a Tuscaloosa County operation be Alabama’s next publicly traded company?

Alabama Christmas tree farms stay evergreen despite drought

Aspiring Birmingham actor gets the most amazing of Christmas gifts

Playwright Audrey Cefaly comes home to Alabama for world premiere at Terrific New Theatre

Birmingham’s Maria Taylor on new CD and new song, ‘If Only,’ on NBC show, ‘This is Us’

Top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide to face No. 4 Washington Huskies in first round of the playoff

Auburn to face Oklahoma in Sugar Bowl; Troy will play in Mobile’s Dollar General Bowl

Muschamp, Weist talk being back in Alabama, Birmingham Bowl

Alabama Super 7 football games set attendance record

Salvation Army bell ringer Arthur Scott spreads cheer and joy, brightens lives

Take Action: Check Dr. Josh’s list for less stress, more happiness this holiday season

How Pearl Harbor and WWII changed a future Alabama historian’s life

Mercedes-Benz all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win for 2016

Jasper spec building ready to lure new industrial prospects


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Cold December Day

| December 9, 2016 @ 6:13 am

ARCTIC AIR SETTLES IN: The average high for December 9 in Birmingham is 57… we will be about 15 degrees below that level today as Arctic air continues to settle into the state.

We are starting the day with temperatures in the 20s, and with a north wind of 5-10 mph wind chill indices are lower. At 6:00 this morning, Birmingham reports 26 degrees with a north wind of 6 mph, making the wind chill index 19.

Later today, despite sunshine in full force, we won’t get past the low 40s. Many communities over the northern quarter of the state will hold in the 30s all afternoon.

Tonight will feature another very significant freeze; the wind falls off to near calm, and the colder spots across North/Central Alabama will have a chance to reach the teens. Most of the official reporting stations will be in the low 20s early tomorrow.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and slightly warmer with a high in the upper 40s. Then, Sunday will feel much better as temperatures reach the upper 50s by afternoon with a partly sunny sky. Clouds increase Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: A complex and active pattern sets up across the Deep South. We will mention a chance of rain showers Monday; the warming trend continues with temperatures rising well into the 60s. For now it looks like the best chance of showers Tuesday will come over the southern counties of the state, but rain should increase again statewide Wednesday with the approach of another Arctic cold front. The latest GFS run suggests highs will hold in the 60s Tuesday and Wednesday, and rain amounts for the first first half of the week will be around 1/2 inch.

Much colder air begins to spill into the state Wednesday night, and Thursday and Friday for now are looking dry and cold with highs in the 40s.

I guess it is conceivable a few snow flurries are possible Wednesday night over North Alabama as the cold air moves into the state, but it wouldn’t be anything meaningful. It is important to note we see no issues with snow or ice across North or Central Alabama for the next 7 to 10 days despite these occasional shots of cold air.

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…

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I have a weather program this morning at Shades Mountain Elementary in Hoover… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!


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