Brighter And Warmer Weather Ahead

| April 14, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

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CLOUDS OVER NORTH ALABAMA: Watch the Weather Xtreme video, and you will see that our friends over the southern half of the state are basking in sunshine this afternoon, while clouds hang tough over the northern counties. Accordingly, temperatures are pretty cool at 2:00… Birmingham is reporting 54 degrees at 2:00 with a northwest wind averaging 13 mph. Not exactly a “Chamber of Commerce” spring afternoon, but it sure beats dealing with severe storms. The clearing will continue this evening, and everyone should be clear late tonight.

THE DAYS AHEAD: Most communities will be in the 40 to 45 degree range early tomorrow, but some of the colder spots could dip into the mid to upper 30s with a little light frost possible. Nothing to really worry about for the growers. Then, expect sunny weather tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday with a warming trend. We head for the upper 60s tomorrow, low 70s Thursday, and mid 70s Friday.

THE WEEKEND: Still looks like the best chance of rain will come on Sunday. I think we will need to mention at least some risk of a shower Saturday afternoon over the western half of the state, but it looks like the most widespread rain Saturday will be west of here. The 12Z GFS keeps the surface low over South Alabama, meaning minimal severe weather problems for the northern counties of Alabama if that model is correct. But, some pretty decent rain amounts are likely on Sunday, and there could be some thunder involved.

NEXT WEEK: A deep upper trough shows up over the eastern U.S. Monday; that would mean cool and unsettled weather here with clouds, a little light rain at times, and temperatures only in the 50s during the day. Then, dry weather looks likely Tuesday and Wednesday.

VOODOO LAND: The trend continues of the severe storm machine slowing down during the last week of the month as the mid-latitude westerlies shift a bit to the north. That also suggests warmer temperatures here as well.

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I enjoyed speaking to the UAB International Women’s group this morning… I would imagine all foreign newcomers to our state can be baffled a bit by the wild weather we experience this time of the year. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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