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Cold Front Arrives Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:20

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ANOTHER WARM DAY AHEAD: Yesterday gave Alabama quite the summer preview… some highs included 89 at Dothan, 88 at Troy, and 87 at Anniston and Montgomery. We project a high today in the low to mid 80s for most North/Central Alabama communities with a mix of sun and clouds; the chance of an afternoon shower for any one given spot remains small.

NORTHWEST OF ALABAMA: There is a large “enhanced” risk of severe weather from near Shreveport to Chicago…

These storms will move into the northwest corner of Alabama after midnight; SPC has that little part of Alabama (around Muscle Shoals) in the standard “slight risk” of severe storms for the potential of strong gusty winds and some hail. However, the storms should weaken as they move deeper into Alabama toward daybreak tomorrow.

FRIDAY FRONT: Models have trended a little slower with the movement of the surface front tomorrow. The day will be cloudy with a good chance of showers and a few thunderstorms; SPC has the southern third of the state in the standard “slight” risk of severe weather tomorrow afternoon as there will be a decent amount of instability. But, overall wind fields are weak and the threat looks fairly limited.

In terms of timing, with the slower movement of the front I think we need to maintain at least a chance of showers into the afternoon hours for North/Central Alabama (places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden). Showers will end during the evening as drier air drops in from the north. Tomorrow’s high will be in the mid to upper 70s.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday looks like a delightful day for the northern two-thirds of the state with ample sunshine and a high in the low to mid 70s. Humidity values will also be considerably lower. The dry air should hold in place Sunday for the northern counties, but showers will be possible from about Montgomery south Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Scattered showers and storms are possible statewide Monday as a southerly flow becomes established again, and it looks like there will be some risk of rain every day next week as the moist air stays in place. For now we don’t see any overwhelming evidence of severe weather problems in Alabama, but we always have to watch trends closely this time of the year. Highs next week will be generally in the 75-80 degree range, not far from average values for mid-April in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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April 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:57
April 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Cold Front Arrives Friday Morning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:41

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WARM APRIL AFTERNOON: As expected, it is a very warm April day across the great state of Alabama with most communities up in the low to mid 80s. Interesting to note Tuscaloosa is cooler with temperatures only in the mid 70s; a small but persistent patch of clouds has lingered right over the Druid City through the day. No rain on radar, and the chance of showers will remain very low overnight.

NORTH AND WEST OF HERE: A “moderate” severe weather risk is up for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri, and severe storms with tornadoes will remain possible in that region.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Our weather won’t change much tomorrow… mostly dry and warm with only isolated afternoon showers or storms. The surface low, partly responsible for the severe weather across the nation’s mid-section, will lift north toward Canada tomorrow night and Friday, and will drag a cold front into Alabama.

Showers and storms ahead of the front will enter far North Alabama after midnight tomorrow night, and they could pack a punch initially over the Tennessee Valley. SPC has pulled the “slight risk” of severe weather down into extreme North Alabama due to this potential; places like Muscle Shoals and Athens could see storms with some hail and strong, gusty straight line winds between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m. Friday.

Then, during the day Friday, the storms will weaken as they move southward, and severe weather is not expected for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden. The best chance of showers and storms will come during the morning hours, with drier air moving in by Friday afternoon. Friday’s high will drop back into the 70s due to the clouds and rain.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: It looks delightful for the northern two-thirds of the state, with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. The high Saturday will be in the mid 70s, and then close to 80 degrees Sunday afternoon. Morning lows will be well down in the 50s, with 40s for the colder valleys. Any showers will be confined to far South Alabama, and even there rain won’t be too widespread or heavy.

NEXT WEEK: Moisture begins to return, and we will deal with some risk of showers Monday and Tuesday, but the best dynamic support for severe weather will remain north and west of Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the second graders at East Elementary in Cullman… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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April 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:14
April 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Warm And Mostly Dry Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:12

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SUMMER PREVIEW: We are projecting a high in the mid 80s across much of North/Central Alabama today… making it one of the warmest days so far this year, and well above the average high of 72 degrees for April 8 (for Birmingham). The sky will be partly sunny, and the chance of any one spot seeing a shower this afternoon is only about one in ten.

While we enjoy the calm weather, severe storms are likely later today and tonight across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri, where SPC has defined an “enhanced” severe weather threat.

Not much change tomorrow; there is an “enhanced” severe weather threat from near Chicago down to below St. Louis, but in Alabama the day will be warm with only widely scattered afternoon showers or storms; we reach the low to mid 80s tomorrow afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds.

FRIDAY FRONT: The surface low, partly responsible for the active weather across the nation’s mid-section today and tomorrow, will move up into eastern Canada, dragging a cold front into Alabama Friday. Data from the high resolution NAM hints the main band of showers and storms ahead of the front will impact North/Central Alabama from 4:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Friday. The severe weather potential continues to look very low; SPC has a “marginal” severe weather risk defined for the southern two-thirds of the state.

Instability values are marginal, bulk shear is low, wind fields are weak, and lapse rates are not especially steep. You have to watch any thunderstorm in April in Alabama, but it just doesn’t look like a severe weather setup. Rain amounts around 1/2 inch are likely.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Global models continue to trend dry for the northern half of the state. Saturday now looks mostly sunny with a high in the 70s… any showers should be confined to far South Alabama. And, while moisture begins to return Sunday, the 00Z GFS is pretty dry with only a small threat of shower for the northern counties. The high Sunday afternoon will be close to 80 degrees.

Next week scattered showers and storms are possible Monday through Wednesday, but again the best chance of organized severe weather seems to stay well to the north and west of Alabama, where better dynamic support exists. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1998: An EF-5 tornado cut through the western suburbs of Birmingham… communities like Oak Grove, Rock Creek, Sylvan Springs, McDonald Chapel, Edgewater, and Pratt City killing 32 people. The same parent thunderstorm dropped another tornado in St. Clair County, killing two north of Pell City.

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I have a weather program this morning at East Elementary in Cullman… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Alberta Elementary KIDCAM

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:31
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April 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:17
April 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Warm Afternoons; Only Isolated Showers

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 15:11

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RADAR CHECK: As expected the weather is pretty quiet across the great state of Alabama this afternoon… only a few isolated showers are on radar up over the Tennessee Valley; most of the state is dry. Temperatures are in the 77 to 81 degree range.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Not much overall change on these two days; we project highs between 81 and 84 degrees both days with a mix of sun and clouds; the chance of rain is not zero, but most communities will stay dry. Chance of any one community getting wet tomorrow is 10 percent, and 20 percent Thursday afternoon, and any showers or storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, when the air is most unstable.

TO THE NORTHWEST: The guys at SPC has “enhanced” severe weather risks defined tomorrow and Thursday for a broad zone from Oklahoma to Illinois; a deepening surface low will run from the plains of Colorado to the Great Lakes with good support from an upper trough to the west. A few tornadoes will be possible in this region, along with storms producing hail and damaging straight line winds.

COLD FRONT MOVES IN FRIDAY: Showers and storms will increase statewide Friday as a cold front pushes into the state. The main dynamic support will pass well north of Alabama, and with marginal instability, weak wind fields, and very little bulk shear we don’t expect any severe weather issues. Rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Getting better model agreement on the resting place of the surface front… it will stop a little south of U.S. 80 (south of a line from Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika). This means the northern half of Alabama should be dry Saturday with a bit of filtered sunshine with a high in the mid to upper 70s. Showers will remain possible Saturday over the southern third of Alabama.

Then, on Sunday, the front lifts northward, and we will mention a chance of showers statewide. The 12Z run of the GFS suggests rain Sunday won’t be especially heavy or widespread, but no doubt it could rain a few times during the day, with a high in the 77-80 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms remain possible Monday, and there seems to be a setup for severe weather west of Alabama around the Ark-La-Tex region. But, dynamic support weakens as the wave lifts northeast, and for now the severe weather risk here looks low, although showers and thunderstorms could linger into Tuesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I enjoyed seeing the kindergarten kids today at Alberta Elementary in Tuscaloosa… and their new school building looks fantastic. Be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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April 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 06:22
April 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Warmer, Drier Days Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 06:19

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WARM APRIL WEATHER AHEAD: Temperatures were below average across Alabama yesterday (the average high for April 7 in Birmingham is 72) thanks to the clouds and rain, but we will see above average highs today and through mid-week as an upper ridge builds across the region. Low 80s are likely today, with mid 80s possible tomorrow and Thursday.

The warm air aloft associated with the ridge will also keep a lid on any potential showers. The chance of rain is certainly not zero today through Thursday, but any showers and storms will be very isolated, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. The chance any one spot getting a shower through Thursday is only about 15 percent.

NORTHWEST OF ALABAMA: Severe storms are likely across parts of the nation’s heartland tomorrow and Thursday… in fact there is an “enhanced” severe weather risk Thursday from near Chicago to St. Louis. A few tornadoes are possible in this region as well, but all of this really active weather remains northwest or our state.

FRIDAY FRONT: A cold front will bring a band of showers and thunderstorms to Alabama Friday, but no severe weather is expected with low instability values, very little bulk shear, and weak wind fields. The high on Friday will drop back in the 70s because of clouds and rain.

ALABAMA’S WEEKEND: The front will stall out somewhere across Central Alabama Saturday, and where the boundary stops will determine who gets rain, and who stays dry. For now we will project the front to stall just south of I-20, so from Birmingham north most of the day Saturday should be rain-free, but the southern half of the state will be wet at times. Saturday’s high will be in the 70s.

Then, on Sunday, the surface boundary will lift northward as a warm front, and we will mention a chance of showers statewide. The high Sunday will be in the upper 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Another cold front will bring showers and storms Monday, but once again the main dynamic forcing will be north of the state, meaning the severe weather threat for now looks low. Then, cooler and drier air should work into the state Tuesday and Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program this morning at Alberta Elementary School in Tuscaloosa… they are in their new building which looks fantastic; the old building was destroyed by the EF-4 tornado April 27, 2011. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 480: Fire and Brimstone

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 04:00

WeatherBrains Episode 480 is now online (April 6, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Weather Service Central Region… Mike Hudson.

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There are a number of ways to measure the atmosphere, and one of those relatively new ways is the atmospheric profiler. So what is a profiler and how does it do its job? This week on 101 we take a look at the use of profilers.

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 480:

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Picks of the Week:

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Rick Smith – Don’t Fall for Weather Hoaxes and Hype as We Head Into Tornado Season

James Spann – Weather Joke Maker

Aubrey Urbanowicz – SOS Telegram from Titanic

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

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WeatherBrains 480: Fire and Brimstone

WeatherBrains - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 04:00

WeatherBrains Episode 480 is now online (April 6, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s WeatherBrain is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Weather Service Central Region… Mike Hudson.

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

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: There are a number of ways to measure the atmosphere, and one of those relatively new ways is the atmospheric profiler. So what is a profiler and how does it do its job? This week on 101 we take a look at the use of profilers.

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 480:

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Crap apps strike again

John Scala – Two horrific but largely forgotten tornadoes:

Rick Smith – Don’t Fall for Weather Hoaxes and Hype as We Head Into Tornado Season

James Spann – Weather Joke Maker

Aubrey Urbanowicz – SOS Telegram from Titanic

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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Drier/Warmer Tomorrow Through Thursday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 15:44

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RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS: As expected, this has been a wet day across the great state of Alabama; rain continues over much of the state at mid-afternoon.

Showers/storms will begin to fade away this evening as short wave energy moves on to the east.

MID-WEEK: Expect some of the warmest weather so far this year in coming days with afternoon highs in the 81 to 85 degree range. Birmingham’s warmest temperature so far in 2015 is 85, set back on April 3. An upper ridge will build across the Deep South, proving the warm temperatures, and keeping showers and storms widely spaced. Any showers should come during the afternoon and evening hours, and the chance of any one spot getting wet tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday is only in the 10-20 percent range.

Northwest of Alabama, severe thunderstorms will likely develop in the broad area from Chicago to Dallas/Fort Worth Wednesday and Thursday; a few tornadoes are possible that region as well. But, all of this will remain northwest of Alabama and no severe weather is expected here on these two days.

FRIDAY: A deep surface low moves up into eastern Canada, well north of our state, but it will drag a cold front through with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms. We don’t expect any severe weather in Alabama Friday with limited instability, very little bulk shear, and lapse rates that are not particularly steep. The high Friday will drop back into the 70s due to clouds and showers.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Getting a little model madness making for a lower confidence forecast. The 12z runs of the GFS and the ECMWF (Euro) stall the front over Central Alabama Saturday, and showers will remain possible along and south of that front. For now we will keep a dry forecast from Birmingham north Saturday, but some rain is very possible, if not likely over the southern counties of the state.

Then, on Sunday, the front lifts northward as a warm front, and we will mention a chance of rain statewide, along with possible thunderstorms. Sunday’s high will remain in the 70s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks fairly unsettled with broad low pressure at the surface, and an upper trough remaining west of the state… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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 episode 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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I had a great time today visiting with the kindergarten students at Gardendale’s First Baptist Church… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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April 6, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 15:39
April 6, 2015 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 James Spann and the team of ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 322 4 ratings Time: 05:42 More in News & Politics
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April 6, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 06:23
April 6, 2015 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 James Spann and the team of ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 805 6 ratings Time: 05:54 More in News & Politics
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Wet At Times Today; Warmer Days Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 06:20

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EARLY THIS MORNING: We have a few scattered showers on radar across Central Alabama this morning… showers and thunderstorms become likely later today as moist air returns to the state.

It won’t rain all day, and no severe weather is expected, but a few passing showers and thunderstorms are likely with a cloudy sky and a high in the mid 70s.

TOMORROW THROUGH THURSDAY: An upper ridge builds over the region, and that should mean the warmest weather so far this year with afternoon highs up into the low, and maybe mid 80s. Moist air stays in place, but any showers and storms should be widely scattered, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours (much like summer). Each day should feature a decent amount of sunshine.

While we enjoy the summer-like weather, severe storms are likely across parts of the nation’s mid-section Wednesday and Thursday, where dynamic support is much better.

FRIDAY: A surface low will pass well to the north of Alabama; it should be over Michigan Friday… dragging a surface cold front into Alabama. This will bring an increase in the number of showers and storms, but severe weather isn’t expected with the support so far north, and very low bulk shear values and weak wind fields. The high will drop back into the 70s Friday with clouds and rain at times.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: For now it looks mostly rain-free, with partly sunny days and fair nights Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the 75-80 degree range, with lows in the 50s. The chance of rain is so small we won’t mention it in the formal forecast.

Moisture comes back early next week with a chance of showers and storms on Monday, but again the severe weather threat seems low. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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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I will do a weather program this morning for the kids in the kindergarten program at Gardendale’s First Baptist Church… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Holiday Afternoon Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 14:16

Easter egg hunts and other holiday celebrations have enjoyed decent weather on this Sunday.

Clouds were overspreading Alabama ahead of our next weather maker. That weather maker is an upper level disturbance and large area of deep moisture over the Arklatex to our west.

Temperatures in the I-20 corridor are in the lower 70s.

Drier air has been flowing in on southeasterly winds circulating around high pressure centered near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This drier air will serve to delay the arrival of precipitation this afternoon, but showers will be on the increase from the west by tonight. They should remain scattered through the overnight hours, increasing in coverage by tomorrow morning.

There will be a few thunderstorms mixed in on Monday, and some of them could be on the strong side. Any severe weather will be isolated.

After the system moves out, fairly typical late spring weather will prevail in the Tuesday through Thursday time frame even as we monitor severe weather well to our west. Activity over the Plains and Midwest will impact Alabama by Friday, possibly in the form of severe weather. Heavy rain will also be a threat through the weekend.

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Warmer; Showers Monday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:59

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After a chilly start which saw temperatures drop to freezing in Northeast Alabama with some light frost, a good supply of sunshine will see temperatures climbs into the lower 70s for the afternoon highs. Clouds increase tonight and showers return for Monday as we head back to work after the Easter weekend.

The upper air pattern features a weak ridge for the Southeast US until the end of the week with a moist, southwesterly flow. Several weak disturbances will move through the flow keeping small rain chances in the forecast, but Wednesday and Thursday will be dry for most of us. Temperatures will once again climb into the lower 80s for highs.

A strong closed upper low will come out of the Central Rockies on Thursday and produce a surface low in the Central Plains states that will be the focus for a severe weather threat for that area. The surface low moves into the Great Lakes Friday and that will drag a cold front into Central Alabama. While we are still a good distance out, the front could be strong enough to produce strong to severe thunderstorms for the Southeast US. While the models are coming into better agreement this far out, there are still some questions about the weather situation so we’ll have to keep an eye on how future model runs play out this system. SPC has outlooked an area on Thursday in the Central Plains since confidence in that scenario is fairly good.

Looks like the front will move through Central Alabama early enough on Saturday to produce good weather for the weekend, but the next system is already taking shape over the Rockies by Sunday.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny today with widely scattered showers possible Monday and Tuesday. Highs will be in the 70s. Wednesday and Thursday look great with highs near 80. Friday showers return. Sea water temperatures are in the mid to upper 60s.

Looking out into voodoo, the overall pattern remains active with another potent system coming around April 15th.

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April 5, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:59
April 5, 2015, 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 James Spann and the team of ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 548 4 ratings Time: 04:42 More in News & Politics
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Plenty of Sun, Cooler

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 15:33

The clouds from this morning continue to push south and we are seeing nothing but severe clear conditions with an abundance of sunshine this afternoon. Hard to find cloud in the sky, but it is noticeably cooler, with most locations in the mid to upper 60s across Central Alabama. Tonight, with the clear sky, look for temps to drop quickly after sunset, and we should see widespread upper 30s and lower 40s for much of Central Alabama, and even the threat of some frost in northeastern Alabama.

For our Easter Sunday, it will be a chilly start to the day, so if heading out to any sunrise services, be sure to take the jackets. However, we will see an abundance of sunshine, with dry conditions, expect plenty of sunshine and afternoon highs will climb towards the 70 degree mark. Any egg hunts planned for tomorrow afternoon will have ideal weather conditions.

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