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WeatherBrains 446: The Impact of Ubiquitous Data Availability and Social Media

WeatherBrains - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:00

WeatherBrains Episode 446 is now online (August 11, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week’s guest weather brain is Rachael Witter, chief meteorologist at WUTR-TV in Utica, NY, and developer of a new app called “Updraft”. Software engineer Aaron Nelsen joins us as well. “Updraft” is a version of the BUFKIT analysis tool that can be run on a tablet or phone.

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at a weather term that has one rather universal meaning but a slightly different meaning in the field of weather.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 11th.

Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

Web Sites from Episode 446:

Updraft App

BUFKIT for Mac

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – The AMS journals page

John Scala – Ocean Prediction Center

Rick Smith – The Vane blog

James Spann – Iowa State online BUFKIT tool

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Clay/Talladega until 5:30 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 17:01

A severe thudnerstorms is moving southeast through Talladega County and will be entering Clay Count. Along with frequent lightning and very heavy rainfall, this storm is capable of producing hail and damaging winds. State highways 9, 21, and 77 will be impacted by this storm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CENTRAL TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 500 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR SYCAMORE…
OR 8 MILES NORTHEAST OF SYLACAUGA…AND MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CHANDLER SPRINGS…ROSELLE…CLEVELAND CROSSROADS AND SPRINGHILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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August 11, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:30
August 11, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: abc3340 Views: 237 3 ratings Time: 05:00 More in News & Politics
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Drier Air Moves In Tomorrow Night

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:27

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.

RADAR CHECK: Scattered strong storms, as expected, have formed across the great state of Alabama this afternoon. Some of the heavier ones at mid-afternoon were over Blount and St. Clair Counties in East Alabama, and over Marengo and Hale Counties of West Alabama. Storms are producing lots of lightning, gusty winds, and very heavy rain as they move east/southeast.

A flash flood watch was issued earlier for the Auburn/Opelika areas of Lee County, where over three inches of rain produced flooding making some roads impassable for a while.

We will maintain the risk of showers and storms across the state tonight, ahead of a cold front.

TOMORROW: The weather trends drier. We will still mention a chance of widely scattered showers and storms, but as dew points fall the chance of organized rain gets smaller; the high tomorrow will be in the 87-90 degree range.

DRY DAYS WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Sure looks like four consecutive days with no chance of rain for the northern two-thirds of Alabama as dry air settles in. We expect a good supply of sunshine each day Wednesday through Saturday with lower humidity and cooler nights. The low will drop into the low 60s early Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, with potential for upper 50s across cooler valleys of North Alabama. Yet another very nice preview of fall. Highs will remain between 87 and 90 degrees.

We will introduce a small risk of a shower or storm Sunday afternoon as moisture returns, but widespread rain is not expected.

NEXT WEEK: We go back into a wetter pattern early next week with tropical moisture returning, and short wave energy move in from the west. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine tomorrow with a few scattered storms from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, then mostly sunny days and fair nights with only a slight risk of a shower Wednesday through Saturday. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: The disturbance in the far eastern Atlantic will have a pretty hard time in coming days as it moves west/northwest due to very dry air. If it happens to develop, most likely this one will pass north of the Leeward Islands and won’t be a Gulf of Mexico threat. Again, see the maps and graphics on the Weather Xtreme video.

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. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Flash Flood Warning Lee County until 5PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:59

For several hours, very heavy rainfall has been falling across Lee County. Flash flooding is now becoming a concern as several inches of rain have fallen over the same locations. This warning does include the cities of Auburn and Opelika, as well as the campuses of Southern Union and Auburn University.

Travel along Interstate 85 and U.S. 280 could be impacted. Remember if you encounter flooded roadways…TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 158 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.
DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES SHOW TWO TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN
IN THE OPELIKA AND MOUNT JEFFERSON AREAS.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
AUBURN…OPELIKA…AUBURN UNIVERSITY…BEANS MILL…BEAUREGARD AND
GRIFFEN MILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Drier Air Arrives Wednesday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 06:15

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.

SCATTERED STORMS THROUGH TOMORROW: Moist, unstable air continues to cover Alabama this morning, and we project more scattered thunderstorms later today and early tonight. Forecasting the placement, coverage, and intensity of storms on a summer afternoon in Alabama is always a challenge due to their scattered and rather random nature, but the chance of any one spot getting wet later today is about 4 in 10. Some of the storms will pack a punch with lots of lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rain. The best chance of seeing a storm will come from about 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Otherwise, expect a mix of sun and clouds today with a high around 90 degrees.

A cold front will move into North Alabama late tomorrow, and a few more storms are possible, but the coverage of the storms most likely won’t be as great.

A CHANGE TO DRIER WEATHER: Drier air moves down into North Alabama tomorrow night, and the stage is set for shower-free weather across most of Alabama Wednesday through Friday with mostly sunny days, lower humidity, and cooler nights. Early morning lows will drop into the 60-65 degree range early Thursday and Friday morning, with potential for upper 50s for some of the cooler pockets. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, pretty comfortable for the middle of August in Alabama.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks like the dry air will stay with us Saturday with a good supply of sunshine, then we will mention just an outside risk of a shower or thunderstorm Sunday afternoon as moisture slowly returns. Highs over the weekend will be at, or just over 90 degrees.

Scattered showers and storms become more likely early next week as the moisture deepens across the state. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: The weather looks pretty good on the Gulf Coast this week from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, with about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day and just a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Very similar conditions for the weekend. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICAL WEATHER: A disturbance in the far eastern Atlantic, south of the Cape Verde Islands, has some potential for slow development later this week as it moves west/northwest. Way too early to determine if this will be an issue for the Caribbean or the Gulf.

The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.

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. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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I will be speaking at the annual broadcast meteorology program summer workshop this morning at Mississippi State University in Starkville… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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August 11, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 06:11
August 11, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: abc3340 Views: 440 6 ratings Time: 05:21 More in News & Politics
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Clouds Hold Back Storms…For Now

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:25

A moist airmass continues across Alabama on this Sunday.

But thick cloud cover has kept temperatures below the convective temperature, or the temperature at which showers and storms form. But highs should top out in the middle to upper 80s this afternoon, allowing showers and storms to eventually form.

That was starting to happen around over southern Tennessee and northwestern Alabama where instabilities are greater due to more sunshine.

These storms will push southeastward into Central Alabama even as other storms form. Not much change is expected tomorrow either as the moist airmass and disturbances remain in place.

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Morning Fog; Afternoon Storms

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:12

No Weather Xtreme Video this morning due to intermittent Internet connectivity issues. Here’s the discussion for the weather changes coming in the week ahead.

After the widespread showers Saturday afternoon, fog developed and became dense in spots prompting the issuance of a dense fog advisory until 9 am for much of the southern two-thirds of Alabama. Fog should burn off or rise into a cloud deck by 8 to 9 am. With lots of low level moisture in place, a few showers were evident on radar, too, so I expect to see our unsettled weather pattern continue today and Monday with widespread numerous showers and thunderstorms forming by early afternoon. Temperatures will once again climb to near 90 for our highs and could then nose dive into the 70s if you encounter a shower or thunderstorm nearby.

The overall upper air pattern with a deepening trough promises to bring us another instance of a summertime front with drier and cooler air by midweek. This will keep us unsettled until about Wednesday when the drier, cooler air arrives.

The deep trough maintains a position over the eastern US into the end of the week as it weakens slightly. With the northwesterly flow aloft, the GFS suggests some embedded short waves that could produce mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) over the Central Plains that will ride the flow southeastward into the Southeast US. There is no skill to forecast that specific event this far in advance, so we’ll want to keep a wary eye on the possibility of such a development. Awareness of this potential will allow quick adjustment to the forecast should an MCS develop.

With the drier and cooler air in place, we should see morning lows dip into the upper 50s Thursday and Friday morning. These will feel great once again, but the likelihood of setting new record low temperatures is not high since the records for those dates in Birmingham stand at 54 degrees set in 2004.

Moisture levels come back up once again as we head into next weekend, so showers mainly driven by afternoon heating return to the forecast as highs climb into the 89 to 92 range.

Beach goers will encounter scattered showers and storms for the next several days, but nothing to ruin the whole day. Each afternoon you can expect to see highs in the upper 80s. The Gulf water temperature remain very mild – balmy in fact – with lower and middle 80s common from Dauphin Island east to Panama City.

Tropical Atlantic has been quiet for a number of days, but a disturbance has moved just off the African continent. Any development of this system will be slow to occur, but we are getting into the climatological period for the development of long track/long lasting tropical systems, so this one will bear watching.

For voodoo country followers, the GFS has flipped once again. The eastern US trough maintains a presence through about the 19th of August before it undergoes a change to a big ridge over the eastern half of the country. Right! We’ll see how that comes along as forecast confidence in the extended forecast takes another plunge.

And you can follow news and weather updates from ABC 33/40 on Twitter here. Stay in the know by following the whole gang – here’s the list…

James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

I’ll be filling in for Meaghan Thomas on ABC 3340 at 5 and 10 pm this evening, so be sure to catch the latest weather forecast then. James Spann will have the next Weather Xtreme Video on Monday morning. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Stormy Saturday Afternoon

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 14:40

Strong, and currently non-severe storms are impacting many locations across Central Alabama. Storms are producing very heavy, but beneficial rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. Main complex of storms is along the Interstate 20 corridor and we continue to see the bulk of the activity pushing off towards the southeast. The showers and storms will persist through the afternoon and into the evening hours before slowly winding down later tonight.

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Radar Getting Active

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 12:12

As expected today, we are seeing showers and storms across Alabama, and at this time, additional storms are developing throughout the state. The very warm and moist air mass in place across the state is providing ample fuel for today’s convection. Through the rest of the afternoon, we will be seeing numerous showers and storms develop and impact Central Alabama.

Though no storms are currently severe, some are packing a punch. Expect heavy rain, a lot of lightning, gusty winds, and very loud thunder. We are watching these storms today as some will be strong, and there is a possibility of an isolated severe cell. The storms today are being driven by northwest flow, and that means the convection today is generally moving from northwest to southeast.

Click image to enlarge.

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August 9 Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:45
August 9 Weather Xtreme Video
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: abc3340 Views: 3 0 ratings Time: 06:12 More in News & Politics
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Stormy Weekend for Central Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 06:45

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.

The weather for Central Alabama this weekend can best be described as unsettled with numerous showers and thunderstorms possible today, Sunday, and Monday. Yesterday we saw some marginally severe storms which downed trees in a few spots, and while there remains potential for that again today, I think the risk is down somewhat. But there will be a good deal of lightning with the storms, too, so be sure to stay safe when lightning is nearby.

Birmingham hit 98 for the high yesterday, but additional clouds and numerous thunderstorms should keep highs for the next couple of days in the range of 88 to 92. Morning lows will still dip back to near 70, a few upper 60s in places.

Not much change to the pattern for us through the first of the week, so we go into Monday with showers likely again. Changes begin to take place then as the eastern US trough once again becomes a dominant player in the pattern. This should again force another cold front into the Southeast US and bring humidity levels down again. MOS guidance suggests dew points dropping into the lower 60s, so at least for now, I’m not expecting to see any record lows. The drier air at mid-week should feel nice with highs around 90 which is about dead on for seasonal values for early to mid August.

Moisture is expected to come back by the end of next week and into the weekend, so showers return to the forecast with highs about typical in the lower 90s.

Beach goers will encounter scattered showers today becoming more numerous Sunday and Monday. Look for 4 to 6 hours of sunshine along with some passing showers. Highs on the coast running in the upper 80s with Gulf water temperature running in the lower 80s.

Atlantic basin is quiet and expected to stay that way for a few days. Hurricane Julio is forecast to weaken as it passes north of the Hawaiian Islands during the next several days.

Voodoo country showing some subtle change. We saw a complete flip of the pattern last Wednesday, but a flip back in the next run. The current long range outlook keeps the trough pattern but shifts the trough axis more into the middle of the country. That would keep us somewhat unsettled with good moisture, but it would lessen the chances for these summer time fronts to reach us.

And you can follow news and weather updates from ABC 33/40 on Twitter here. Stay in the know by following the whole gang – here’s the list…

James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

Headed out for a talk with the Central Alabama Mensa group this morning, and then to ABC 3340 to fill in for Meaghan Thomas this weekend. Stay dry and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:39

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

WUUS54 KBMX 082239
SVRBMX
ALC015-027-029-111-121-082330-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.W.0109.140808T2239Z-140808T2330Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
539 PM CDT FRI AUG 8 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CENTRAL TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT

* AT 535 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 8
MILES EAST OF OXFORD LAKE TO LOGAN MARTIN DAM…AND MOVING
SOUTHEAST AT 5 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALPINE…MOUNT CHEAHA…WALDO…WINTERBORO…DELTA…SYCAMORE…
FOSTERS CROSS ROADS AND CAMP MAC.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 185 THROUGH 191…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

&&

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

LAT…LON 3347 8541 3321 8622 3332 8637 3334 8637
3335 8634 3338 8635 3338 8638 3339 8638
3344 8632 3366 8567
TIME…MOT…LOC 2238Z 312DEG 6KT 3356 8569 3337 8629

$$

08

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:26

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

WUUS54 KBMX 082125
SVRBMX
ALC051-123-082215-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.W.0108.140808T2125Z-140808T2215Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
425 PM CDT FRI AUG 8 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 515 PM CDT

* AT 425 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR KENT…OR 7
MILES NORTH OF TALLASSEE…AND MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MARTIN DAM…TALLAPOOSA CITY…STILL WATERS RESORT…YATES DAM…
REELTOWN AND BLUE CREEK MARINA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

&&

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

LAT…LON 3271 8568 3269 8570 3260 8570 3259 8571
3258 8572 3258 8579 3253 8581 3252 8601
3269 8608 3282 8565 3271 8566
TIME…MOT…LOC 2125Z 258DEG 14KT 3264 8592

$$

77/GLEASON

WWWW

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Big Summer Storms

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 16:03

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.

STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS: Another day with very big summer thunderstorms across Alabama in scattered spots. A number of severe thunderstorm warnings have been required for North Alabama counties due to the potential for wet microbursts again today (localized areas of damaging straight line winds).

Storms are moving east/northeast, and all of them are producing lots of lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds. They will slowly calm down late tonight.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Moist, unstable air stays in place, and with a wavy, zonal flow the risk of showers and thunderstorms will continue. We will forecast scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms tomorrow and Sunday; the best chance of rain will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. And, like today, some of the storms will be strong with gusty winds and lots of lightning. Highs for the weekend will be in the 88-92 degree range with a limited amount of sunshine both days.

NEXT WEEK: The chance of showers and storms will continue Monday and Tuesday, but the GFS continues to hint at drier air moving into North Alabama Wednesday thanks to an upper trough over the eastern third of the nation. This would mean lower humidity and cooler nights over the latter half of next week; we might make a run at lows down around 60 degrees early Thursday and Friday morning, with potential for upper 50s across the cooler valleys. Maybe even close to record lows again. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through early next week from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week. The Pacific remains active; Tropical Storm Iselle is fading fast over Hawaii, but it did produce very heavy rain, some flooding, and tree and power line damage. Hurricane Julio will weaken and pass well north of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend.

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.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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Twitter
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My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted bright and early Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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August 8, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:59
August 8, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: abc3340 Views: 244 3 ratings Time: 04:47 More in News & Politics
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Warnings for the Montgomery Area; Storms Elsewhere

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:46

Thunderstorms are increasing in coverage and intensity across Alabama in a soupy, unstable summertime airmass.

Storms in the Montgomery area have become severe and there is still a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for part of DeKalb County.

The NWS Birmingham issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Elmore, Macon and Montgomery Counties till 4:30 PM CDT.

Storms are strongest over Northeast, South Central and West Central Alabama as you can see from this radar grab just before 3:40.

Additional strong storms are over Mississippi and will be entering Northwest Alabama soon.

Other storms are in the Birmingham area right now, but they are not especially heavy.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:39

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

WUUS54 KBMX 082038
SVRBMX
ALC051-087-101-082130-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.W.0107.140808T2038Z-140808T2130Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
338 PM CDT FRI AUG 8 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 338 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR AUBURN UNIVERSITY IN
MONTGOMERY…OR 6 MILES EAST OF MONTGOMERY…AND MOVING EAST AT 15
MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MOUNT MEIGS…EMERALD MOUNTAIN…WAUGH…TYSONVILLE…
VICTORYLAND…SHORTER…BRASSELL AND WARE.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 4 THROUGH 22…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

&&

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

LAT…LON 3259 8597 3234 8587 3229 8623 3243 8629
TIME…MOT…LOC 2038Z 252DEG 12KT 3238 8617

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77/GLEASON

Categories: Weather

Higher Rain Chances Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:10

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BIG STORMS FOR SOME YESTERDAY: A number of Alabama communities saw big summer storms late yesterday, on what will probably be the hottest day of the summer for our state. A flash flood warning was needed for parts of Marshall County, and there was extensive tree and power line damage north of Gadsden atop Lookout Mountain, and on Sand Mountain near Boaz and Albertville due to wet microbursts.

THE DAYS AHEAD: A wavy, zonal flow will bring a series of waves into Alabama through early next week, meaning scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and while the best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t totally rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs will drop into the 88-92 degree range through Sunday, considerably lower than the 99 degree high we saw in Birmingham yesterday.

For those planning outdoor events this weekend, due to the scattered nature of summer storms there is no way to tell you the exact start/stop times for rain at any given location, just be prepared for a shower or storm at any time. And, like yesterday, the storms will be pretty strong with potential for localized flooding and lots of lightning. But, the sun will be out at times, and the rain won’t be continuous.

We all know rain distribution in summer is not even, but on an average basis many Alabama communities will see two inches of rain between now and Wednesday.

LATE NEXT WEEK: The GFS is hinting that another summer “cold front” will move down into South Alabama, with potential for lower humidity and cooler nights for North Alabama by Thursday and Friday. We will have to wait and see on that idea. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through early next week along the Gulf Coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs will remain in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 86 degrees.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, but the Pacific is rocking and rolling. Iselle continues to weaken, and moved into the Big Island of Hawaii this morning as a tropical storm. Flooding remains the primary threat with this system…

And, to the east, Hurricane Julio will pass north of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend as it weakens. Again, see all the maps on the Weather Xtreme video.

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