Just A Few Morning Sprinkles

| February 5, 2013 @ 5:56 am

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RADAR CHECK: As expected, not much to see this morning. There are one or two areas of light rain/drizzle over the northern half of Alabama, but in most places there is barely enough rain to wet the pavement. The sky is cloudy, and temperatures are mostly in the 40s at daybreak.

We will maintain the chance of a few sprinkles this morning, but we might see a few peeks of sunshine this afternoon as the short wave axis moves east of Alabama. A good chance we reach the 60 degree mark this afternoon as temperatures begin to warm up a bit.

REST OF THE WEEK: The weather will be very changeable. Tomorrow promises to be a nice day, with ample sunshine and a high in the 65-68 degree range. But, another short wave blows in here on Thursday with periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm. No severe weather, and rain amounts should be in the one-half inch range. The rain tapers off Thursday night, and it now looks like a decent part of the day Friday will be dry; a lingering shower is not totally out of the question Friday morning, but some sun should begin to break through Friday afternoon. Looks like the high will be close to 60 Thursday, with mid 60s on Friday.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday still looks very nice; partly to mostly sunny with a high in the mid 60s. Then, later in the weekend, a major upper trough will lift out of the Southwest U.S., and showers are possible Sunday mainly over far North Alabama across the Tennessee Valley as a warm front lifts north. The latest GFS runs have suggested most of Alabama south of the Tennessee River will stay dry Sunday. And, the high Sunday will remain in the 60s.

Monday still looks very wet with good dynamic forcing; rain amounts of 1-2 inches look likely late Sunday night into Monday. Should the rain continue into Tuesday, storm totals of 2-4 inches are possible, but the 06Z GFS now shows a drier look for Tuesday.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: The weather looks colder at mid-month; the GFS hints at a little light snow around February 17; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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 a weather program today at Grace Bible Church in Rainbow City for a home school group… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!


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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