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The Morning After

| April 28, 2011 @ 5:49 am | 13 Replies

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

GENERATIONAL TORNADO OUTBREAK IS OVER: We still do not know how many people were killed across our state yesterday, but CNN has just reported the death toll is 123. Hundreds more were injured and as the sun comes up there will be so many heart breaking scenes. It will take days for NWS survey teams to complete their assessment of the day yesterday, but needless to say, it was a weather day of historic proportion. The death toll has surpassed the April 3-4, 1974 superoutbreak, and it will be comparable to the March 21, 1932 event which is our tornado outbreak of record.

I will attempt later today to put together some video highlights from yesterday; the tornadoes captured by our SKYCAM network and Skywatchers in the field were breathtaking. Our helicopter will be up at the first light of day, so be sure and watch ABC 33/40 throughout the day for news coverage. You can see thousands of images and videos on our Flickr feed here.

THE DAYS AHEAD: We will write much more about the outbreak later, but this discussion is designed to let you know what the weather will be in coming days, and the news is good. Cooler and drier air has moved into Alabama, meaning today will feature a good supply of sunshine with a cool breeze and much lower humidity. The high will be in the low 70s in most spots. Tomorrow will stay sunny, and after a low around 50, we rise into the upper 70s by afternoon.

OUR WEEKEND: Look for a high in the low 80s Saturday with a good supply of sunshine, and the latest global models are keeping Sunday dry, although a shower might invade the state late Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: A slow moving cold front will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms to the state Monday and Tuesday; the good news is that we are not expecting any significant risk of severe weather with the main dynamics well to the north. Then, drier air returns to the state Wednesday and Thursday.

LONG RANGE/VOODOO LAND: See the Weather Xtreme video for long range ideas, but thankfully we are not seeing any signs of a big severe weather threat for the next 15 days. But, remember, tornado season runs through May and that could change.

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.

FOLLOW ALONG: Here are our weather team Twitter accounts….

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I have a weather program today at Shades Mountain Christian School… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 3:30 this afternoon. Enjoy the day and count your blessings.


Category: Alabama's Weather

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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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