A Calmer Day

| March 19, 2013 @ 5:59 am

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WILD MONDAY: The Alabama EMA office reports major damage in 18 Alabama counties; damage was especially significant across Walker, Etowah, and Calhoun Counties where hundreds of trees were uprooted and some structural damage was reported. Etowah County EMA reports 8 injuries including one that had to be transported to a Birmingham hospital. Large hail fell in many places; baseball sized hail was reported just south of downtown Clanton. Most of the damage was consistent with straight line winds; the NWS will have survey teams out today.

See a list of school closings and delays here.

See damage/storm pictures on our Flickr feed here.

SUNSHINE RETURNS: The sky will be sunny across Alabama today as drier air has returned; the high will be in the mid 60s. The weather will be cool and dry tomorrow and Thursday; we are forecasting a late season freeze early Thursday morning with a low in the 27-32 degree range. We won’t get out of the 50s Thursday afternoon despite a partly to mostly sunny sky.

WET WEEKEND: Clouds return Thursday night, and rain will begin during the day Friday as moist air returns to the state. We will mention periods of rain Friday night and Saturday as an upper trough slowly approaches. The last few runs of the GFS suggest we could very well have some thunder, but for now the severe weather risk looks low with a stable airmass in place. This is tornado season, of course, and we always have to keep an eye on any system that moves through the time of the year.

The 00Z GFS hints the rain will end by midday Sunday, with some chance of a little sunshine Sunday afternoon as a dry slot works into the state from the west. If the sun does break out Sunday afternoon, we could reach the low 70s.

NEXT WEEK: A shot of colder air moves in here by Tuesday and Wednesday, and I still believe the door is open for at least one morning with sub-freezing temperatures. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: No rain on the Gulf Coast (Panama City west to Gulf Shores) through Thursday with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Showers and a few storms will return Friday and Saturday; just a slight risk of a stray shower Sunday. Highs will be in the 66-70 degree range along the immediate coast, and the sea water temperatures are still running around 60 degrees.

VERNAL EQUINOX: The first “official” day of spring is tomorrow; the new season arrives at 6:02 a.m. CDT. We will have twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of darkness as the sun will be directly over the equator.

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I will be doing a weather program this morning down at Eutaw in Greene County… be looking 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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