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January 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:32
January 8, 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... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 474 5 ratings Time: 03:57 More in News & Politics
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Still In The Deep Freeze

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:31

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LONG SUB-FREEZING PERIOD: As I write this we are in the 24th consecutive hour of below freezing temperatures at Birmingham… we don’t expect to climb above 32 degrees until about 10:00 tomorrow morning, meaning a total period of 41 hours in a row with sub-freezing conditions.

Temperatures at mid-afternoon are generally in the 28-31 degree range after a bitterly cold morning. One of the coldest towns in Alabama this morning was Addison, in Winston County, with 2 degrees. It was 3 in Hamilton, 4 at Haleyville and Black Creek, and 5 and Cullman and Sand Rock.

We project a low tomorrow between 17 and 21 degrees for most North/Central Alabama communities, then we warm to near 40 degrees tomorrow afternoon with a partly sunny sky.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A new surge of colder air slips in here tomorrow night, and it looks like we will see a low early Saturday between 13 and 18 degrees; some of the traditionally colder spots across North Alabama might even visit the single digits again. Saturday will be dry with ample sunshine and a high between 38 and 41 degrees.

Clouds slowly increase Sunday, and some rain could reach our state late in the day and Sunday night as a southwest flow aloft sets up. Sunday’s high will be in the low 50s, not far from average values for January in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Expect generally cloudy conditions Monday through Wednesday; while a little scattered light rain is possible Monday and Tuesday, the rain will be most widespread on Wednesday. Afternoon highs on these three days will be well up in the 50s, so no issues with ice.

The weather then looks cool and dry Thursday and Friday; highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Sub-Freezing January Day

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:17

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SINGLE DIGIT COLD: This Arctic airmass is over performing… temperatures are a little below forecast levels. These observations (taken around 6am) are from official NWS/FAA sites, and from the ABC 33/40 Skywatcher team, who have accurate weather instruments. Remember, a phone app is not a thermometer (it uses extrapolated data), and car thermometers are not especially accurate as well.

Haleyville 4
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 4
Cullman 5
Sand Rock 5
Hartselle 6
Trussville 7
Decatur 7
Russellville 7
Birmingham 8
Bessemer 8
Hayden 8
Mountain Brook 9
Weaver 9
Gadsden 9
Montevallo 10
Cottondale 10
Auburn 10
Helena 10
Northport 11
Calera (Shelby County Airport) 11
Anniston 11
Tuscaloosa 12
Coker 12

THE DAY AHEAD: Most places in North/Central Alabama will stay below freezing all day, but at least the sun will be out in full force, and the wind will be much lighter. Tonight will be cold, but not as cold as last night. Most places will see a low between 17 and 21 degrees early tomorrow.

TOMORROW/SATURDAY: Birmingham (based on official data from the airport) went below freezing at 4:00 p.m. yesterday… we should climb above freezing around 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. Meaning, we will be below freezing for 41 consecutive hours.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, and north winds will increase as a secondary push of cold air moves in. We expect a high around the 40 degree mark.

Expect another hard freeze at daybreak Saturday. The GFS is now printing a low of 14 degrees for Birmingham, and it is very possible some of the colder spots across North Alabama could see single digit lows again. Saturday will be a mostly sunny day with a high in the low 40s.

SUNDAY INTO NEXT WEEK: Moisture levels rise, and a disturbed southwest flow aloft develops. A series of waves in that flow will bring some rain to the state; the first chance will come late Sunday and Sunday night, perhaps into early Monday morning. By then, temperatures will be well above freezing and there are no ice worries. A good chance we reach 50 degrees Sunday afternoon.

Some rain is possible Tuesday and Wednesday, but the rain won’t be continuous with some long dry periods. Temperatures rise into the upper 50s for the first half of the week. Cooler and drier air should arrive by Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:11
January 8, 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... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 1051 5 ratings Time: 05:11 More in News & Politics
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January 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:38
January 7, 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... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 935 11 ratings Time: 04:56 More in News & Politics
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Arctic Cold With An Icy Wind

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:36

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THE BIG CHILL: As forecast, the day is very windy, and very cold across Alabama. Temperatures have fallen into the 20s over the northern third of the state, and the wind chill index has dropped to 11 at Scottsboro and Huntsville with north winds of 15 to 30 mph.

The wind chill index will drop as low as -10 across the Tennessee Valley later tonight, and as low as -5 at Birmingham and other places along the I-20/59 corridor.

A few light snow flurries across North/Central Alabama will end this evening, and they will have no impact.

TOMORROW MORNING: Not much change in our forecast. Lows between 10 and 15 for Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston, with single lows to the north.

Birmingham’s record low for tomorrow (January 8) is 7 degrees set in 1942… we will be close, but the record will probably stand.

We stay below freezing all day tomorrow, but the wind will be light, and the sun will be out in full force. Then, another very significant freeze tomorrow night; the low by early Friday will be in the 16-20 degree range.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Our weather will be dry Friday and Saturday with a partly sunny sky both days and a high in the low 40s. A secondary push of colder air will drop the low down into the mid teens early Saturday as the weekend begins.

Clouds increase Sunday, but models continue to trend drier, and we will mention only a small risk of a shower late in the day, or Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: A moist airmass will be over Alabama, and some light rain is possible at times Monday and Tuesday, but the better and more widespread rain should come Wednesday with the approach of a cold front. Colder and drier air will follow for Thursday and Friday, but not as cold as the air we are dealing with now. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:20
January 7, 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... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 1174 11 ratings Time: 06:27 More in News & Politics
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The Big Chill Arrives Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:13

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INTO THE DEEP FREEZE: Strong north winds will develop across Alabama later today; averaging 15-30 mph, with gusts to 35 mph by mid afternoon. This is the result of a tight pressure gradient across the state, with a very cold 1059 mb high to the northwest over the Great Plains. Temperatures will hold in the 30s, and the wind chill index will approach zero this evening as far south as Birmingham.

TO THE NORTH: We note a few snow flurries on radar this morning over Tennessee…

Could there be a few snow flurries over North Alabama later today? Yes. Will they amount to anything? No. The air is very dry across Alabama, and most of you won’t see a flake; better chance of flurries will be over Northeast Alabama. The cold air is the big deal, not snow flurries.

HARD FREEZE TOMORROW MORNING: We are still projecting lows between 10 and 15 degrees for North/Central Alabama tomorrow morning, with single digit lows for many places north of Birmingham.

We stay below freezing all day tomorrow, but at least the wind will be much lighter, and the sky will be sunny. The low early Friday will be in the upper teens. In all, places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden can expect about 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing weather (tonight through Friday morning). To the north, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals will be below freezing for 54-60 consecutive hours (now through Friday morning).

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday will be dry with a partly sunny and a high at or just over 40 degrees. Saturday will be cold and dry; the low early in the day will be in the upper teens, followed by a high Saturday afternoon in the low 40s.

Models continue to trend drier for Sunday, and it looks like most of the day will be dry for Alabama. We will just mention the chance of a little scattered light rain Sunday afternoon; the high Sunday will be pretty close to 50 degrees. The idea of light freezing rain early Sunday morning for Northwest Alabama is pretty much off the table at this point.

Expect a better chance of rain at times on Monday, but it doesn’t look especially heavy. Then, the weather for Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan 13-14) looks rain-free with highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s, right at seasonal averages. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 6, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:53
January 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... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 923 6 ratings Time: 05:56 More in News & Politics
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Into The Deep Freeze Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:52

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HERE COMES THE COLD AIR: As expected, temperatures have reached the low 50s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon; it will be the warmest day of the week.

Strong north winds will develop tomorrow, averaging 15-30 mph, ushering in the coldest air so far this season. The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 30s, and the wind chill index will stay below freezing most of the day with a partly sunny sky. The wind chill index will drop to near zero tomorrow night.

THURSDAY MORNING: Not much change in the forecast; general lows for the I-20/59 corridor will be in the 10 to 15 degree range, with single digit lows likely north of Birmingham.

Despite sunshine in full supply, temperatures will remain below freezing all day Thursday, and we will drop into the 17-21 degree range early Friday morning. In all, places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden can expect about 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing weather (tomorrow night through Friday morning). To the north, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals will be below freezing for 54-60 consecutive hours (from tonight through Friday morning).

Be sure and check on elderly people that might not have adequate heating, and bring in the pets and critters.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: We warm to near 40 degrees Friday afternoon with sunshine through high clouds. Mid 40s are likely Saturday as the slow warming trend continues.

Short wave energy will have some potential to bring a little rain to Alabama Sunday, but forecast confidence is low. The main American model, the GFS, shows patchy light rain, with potential for a little freezing rain early Sunday morning over the northwest counties of the state. However, the primary European model, the ECMWF, shows no rain at all.

We will lean toward the wetter solution and mention some risk of light rain Sunday, with potential for some light freezing rain early in the day north of Birmingham. If we do happen to see some freezing rain (rain in liquid form that falls when surface temperatures are below 32), it doesn’t look like a high impact event, although some bridge icing will be possible.

NEXT WEEK: Just a small risk of aa stray shower Monday, and mid-week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 6, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:23
January 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... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 1220 8 ratings Time: 07:07 More in News & Politics
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Arctic Cold Arrives Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 07:16

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AT DAYBREAK: It is a clear and cold January morning across the great state of Alabama, with temperatures generally in the mid to upper 20s. This will be our “warmest” day of the week as we are predicting a high in the low 50s this afternoon with a mostly sunny sky.

INTO THE DEEP FREEZE: Strong north winds will develop tomorrow, averaging 15-30 mph, ushering in the coldest air so far this season. The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 30s, but the wind chill index will remain below freezing most of the day. Some scattered clouds will accompany the cold air, but the low levels will be very dry. A few snow flurries could be found over Tennessee, and maybe far North Alabama, but not down our way.

The wind chill index will drop to near zero tomorrow night as far south as I-20, with sub-zero wind chills for the Tennessee Valley.

THURSDAY MORNING: No change in our forecast; most North/Central Alabama communities will see a low between 10 and 15 degrees, with single digits likely for many places north of Birmingham. We stay below freezing all day Thursday, but at least the sky will be sunny, and the wind will be much lighter.

Friday morning will be cold as well with lows down in the teens.

LONG SUB-FREEZING PERIOD: For places like Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa, we expect about 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing temperatures from tomorrow evening through Friday morning. But, to the north, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals will be below freezing for 54-60 consecutive hours (from tonight through Friday morning).

I don’t like to insult your intelligence with “cold tips”, but if you happen to know an elderly person that might not have adequate heating, be sure and check on them. And, of course, bring in the dogs, cats, and husbands.

Friday will be a partly sunny day with a high at or just over 40.

SOME FREEZING RAIN OVER NORTH ALABAMA EARLY SUNDAY? Saturday still looks dry; we start the day with a low in the 16-22 degree range, followed by a high in the low 40s. Then, temperatures will drop below freezing late Saturday night over about the northern third of the state.

Short wave energy will bring some light rain into the state in the midnight to 6:00 a.m. time frame, and with sub-freezing temperatures that certainly opens the door for some freezing rain over North Alabama (rain falling in liquid form with surface temperatures below freezing).

Precipitation should be light, and temperatures warm above freezing by mid-morning, so at this time it doesn’t look like a high impact event. But we are five days away, and as always this could change, so sometime to watch closely through the rest of the week.

A cold rain will fall at times through the day Sunday with a high in the low 40s.

NEXT WEEK: A lingering shower or two is possible Monday, especially south of Birmingham, and then mid-week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Take some time to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the 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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night from the American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Phoenix.

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WeatherBrains 467: Live From AMS 2015

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:41

WeatherBrains Episode 467 is now online (January 5, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, and Rick Smith anchor the show from the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix. They interviewed an all star cast from the weather enterprise.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The data from radiosondes is absolutely critical to generating weather forecasts and for providing meteorologists with a snapshot of the condition of the atmosphere. So after a listener brought up a question about radiosondes, I decided to revisit the topic for this episode of 101 since it has been nearly 8 years since I discussed the subject. And radiosondes rank up there as one of the most crucial data for computer modeling.

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.

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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WeatherBrains 467: Live From AMS 2015

WeatherBrains - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 05:30

WeatherBrains Episode 467 is now online (January 5, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, and Rick Smith anchor the show from the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix. They interviewed an all star cast from the weather enterprise.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: The data from radiosondes is absolutely critical to generating weather forecasts and for providing meteorologists with a snapshot of the condition of the atmosphere. So after a listener brought up a question about radiosondes, I decided to revisit the topic for this episode of 101 since it has been nearly 8 years since I discussed the subject. And radiosondes rank up there as one of the most crucial data for computer modeling.

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.

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

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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Southern U.S. Fireball - Jan 5, 2015

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 22:54
Southern U.S. Fireball - Jan 5, 2015
There was a fireball just to the west of Nashville about 7:31 PM CST. Moving at 75000 mph from east to west. It burned up 30 miles above the town of New Joh... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 2590 7 ratings Time: 00:06 More in News & Politics
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January 5, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 16:49
January 5, 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... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 757 8 ratings Time: 05:55 More in News & Politics
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Arctic Blast For Alabama Wednesday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 16:45

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COLD TODAY; MUCH COLDER WEDNESDAY: Despite a sunny sky, temperatures are only in the 30s over the northern third of the state this afternoon, with low to mid 40s along the I-20/59 corridor. We will enjoy a one day warm-up tomorrow, with a sunny sky and a high in the mid 50s, which about where we should be in early January (the average high for Birmingham on January 6 is 53 degrees).

BITTERLY COLD AIR ARRIVES WEDNESDAY: A 1053 millibar high, representing very cold, Arctic air, will move south into the northern U.S., and north winds will increase across Alabama ushering in the big chill. We will see a high only in the mid to upper 30s, and a north wind of 15-30 mph will keep the wind chill index below freezing much of the day. There could be a few snow flurries near the Tennessee border, but not a flake is expected down our way.

The wind chill index Wednesday night will be close to zero, and by Thursday morning air temperatures will drop into the 10-15 degree range across North/Central Alabama. Many places north of Birmingham will see a single digit low.

Many communities will see around 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing temperatures from Wednesday night through Friday morning.

Keep in mind Friday morning will be pretty cold as well, with lows well down in the teens. Then, a slow warming trend begins Friday afternoon as we rise into the low 40s.

OUR WEEKEND: Saturday will be dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the upper 40s. Then, a few scattered showers are possible Sunday with short wave energy approaching from the southwest, but for now it looks like rain amounts will be light and rather spotty. We are expecting a high in the low 50s Sunday afternoon.

LONG RANGE: The new higher resolution GFS model is suggesting the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) will trend negative at mid-month, which could open the door for longer periods of cold weather… 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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Bitterly Cold Air Arrives Wednesday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 07:34

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COLD TODAY; MUCH COLDER WEDNESDAY: Our attention this week turns from strong thunderstorms to Arctic air. Today will be considerably colder across the great state of Alabama; we are projecting a high only in the low 40s despite a good supply of sunshine.

We get a one day warm-up tomorrow; a good chance we reach the mid 50s with a sunny sky; that is right at seasonal averages for early January. But, the warmer weather sure won’t last long.

ICY WIND WEDNESDAY: North winds will average 12-25 mph Wednesday, with gusts to 30 mph as very cold, Arctic air blows into our state. The high will be only in the upper 30s, and the wind chill index will be below zero most of the day, despite a partly to mostly sunny sky. The wind chill index will drop below zero at times over North Alabama Wednesday night.

FRIGID THURSDAY: Places like Birmingham, Anniston, Gadsden, and Tuscaloosa can expect a low between 10 and 15 degrees at daybreak Thursday, with single digit lows to the north as a very strong anticyclone settles into the Deep South. We expect to stay below freezing all day Thursday, despite sunshine in full supply.

Friday morning will also be very cold with a low in the teens. Much of North Central Alabama will go below freezing around 7 p.m. Wednesday, and stay below freezing until around 9 a.m. Friday… a total of 38 consecutive hours with sub-freezing temperatures. Today is a good time to check on elderly people or others who might not have an adequate source of heat. Take care of exposed pipes, and bring in the pets. You know the routine…

We should reach the mid 40s Friday as a slow warming trend begins. And, we should point out the cold air is dry, and there is no worry about snow or ice issues in Alabama. We will be dry for the next five days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday for now looks dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the upper 40s. Then, short wave energy will bring the chance of a few showers Sunday; doesn’t look like a big rain event at the moment. A decent chance we reach the low 50s Sunday despite the clouds and showers.

LONG RANGE: Seeing some evidence of the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) going negative at mid-month; that could suggest a colder pattern for the eastern and southern U.S. We will see…. check out the Weather Xtreme video for the 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 at 8:30 CT tonight… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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January 5, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 07:27
January 5, 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... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 1373 8 ratings Time: 06:33 More in News & Politics
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Temperatures Going Wrong Direction

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 16:56

This is one of those days when the actual high for the day occurred well before what is typically the warmest part of the afternoon thanks to the strong cold air advection which is underway across Central Alabama.

The temperature at the Birmingham Airport was at 63 degrees shortly after midnight and was down to 51 degrees just after 2 pm. Tuscaloosa was a 64 degrees just after midnight, but the temperature had fallen to 51 degrees at 8 am. A little sunshine actually saw the Tuscaloosa temperature go up a degree. Even in Anniston where the midnight temperature was 61 degrees, the temperature has been falling reaching a 2 pm value of 56 degrees.

Clouds will hang in for much of the afternoon and evening hours, but clearing should occur before sunrise on Monday. By then the mercury will be down into the 20s across Central Alabama.

More cold air coming into the Southeast US behind an Arctic front at midweek will bring the coldest air we’ve seen since January of 2014. The MOS guidance is for 10 degrees Thursday morning at the Birmingham Airport which means that some spots will see single digit values.

-Brian-

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