A Warmer Week

| February 4, 2013 @ 6:03 am

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THIS MORNING: Colder temperatures are over the northeast counties of Alabama this morning; Vic Bell, our Skywatcher at Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden), reports 25 degrees… Gadsden and Fort Payne are in the upper 20s. Most communities along I-20 are in the mid 30s, which is at average levels for early February.

The day ahead will be dry, although we will see a slow increase in clouds, with a high in the mid to upper 50s.

MID-WEEK: The last few model models have really backed off on the chance of showers tomorrow morning; a weak short wave will pass through, but with limited moisture and dynamic lift, it sure looks like most communities around here won’t see a drop. We will just mention a slight chance of a shower tomorrow morning; otherwise the day will be generally cloudy with a high in the mid 60s. Wednesday promises to be a very nice day, with ample sunshine and a high back in the mid 60s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: I get the idea most of the day Thursday will be dry, although moisture levels will begin to rise, but we will mention a chance of showers Thursday night into Friday with the next short wave. Rain amounts should be light, and the weather stays mild with a high in the 60s both days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: For now Saturday looks delightful. A good supply of sunshine with a high in the mid 60s. Then, on Sunday, a warm front begins to lift northward ahead of a major upper trough lifting out of the Southwest U.S. This means Sunday could turn out to be pretty wet, especially over the northern half of Alabama, with periods of rain. The high Sunday will remain in the 60s.

Monday and Tuesday of next week look very wet as the Southwest U.S. system approaches with periods of rain and a few thunderstorms both days. For now the severe weather risk looks low, but heavy rain and flooding could be an issue; rain amounts in the three day period Sunday through Tuesday should be in the two to four inch range. Colder and drier air returns over the latter half of next week.

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STORM ALERT 2013: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama kicks off this week; we will be at Holt High School Thursday night; the show begins at 6:30. We will share lessons learned after the April 27, 2011 generational tornado event, along with other amazing weather stories. Learn how to keep your family safe during severe weather, and have a chance to win some cool prizes as well. Here is the entire Storm Alert tour schedule for the year…

February 7 Holt – Holt High School
February 12 Jasper – CHS Community Building
February 21 Clanton – Jeff State Performing Arts Center
February 26 Ohatchee – Ohatchee High School
February 28 Clay – Clay/Chalkville High School

All shows begin at 6:30… be sure and get there early to get a good seat.

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I have weather programs today at Chelsea Park Elementary… and North Jefferson Middle School… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!


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