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Southern U.S. Fireball - November 6, 2014

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 22:20
Southern U.S. Fireball - November 6, 2014
Just past 6:45 PM Central time November 6, 2014, a 5 pound piece of an asteroid entered the atmosphere 54 miles above the town of Sales Creek, TN. It moved n... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 2240 6 ratings Time: 00:11 More in News & Politics
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November 6, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 16:37
November 6, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 474 3 ratings Time: 05:11 More in News & Politics
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Cooler Tomorrow; Dry Weekend Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 16:34

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SUNNY FALL AFTERNOON: Temperatures are close to 70 degrees across North/Central Alabama this afternoon with bright sunshine. Some clouds linger over South Alabama, but those will be gone soon.

Tomorrow, our sky will remain sunny, but the day will be cooler with a high back in the mid 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We kick things off with a very cold morning Saturday; most places will see a low between 30 and 35 degrees with a clear sky and light wind. Then, expect a good supply of sunshine during the day Saturday, and Sunday as well with a high in the 60-65 degree range both days.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cold weather is the story for the high school playoff games tomorrow night; temperatures will be dropping into and through the 40s.

Auburn hosts Texas A&M Saturday at 2:30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge (7:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly fair; temperatures will fall from near 60 at kickoff into the mid 50s during the second half.

UAB will host Louisiana Tech at Birmingham’s Legion Field Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… a sunny sky with 58 degrees at kickoff, and low 60s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Our weather will be dry and relatively mild Monday and Tuesday with a high close to 70 both days. Then, a cold front will bring the risk of showers Tuesday night or early Wednesday, but it won’t be a big rain event.

ARCTIC BLAST: The coldest air so far this season arrives by the end of next week; we are still projecting highs in the 40s, and lows in the 20s by Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 14, 15, and 16. The entire eastern half of the nation will be in Arctic cold, and many records will most likely be broken.

We will be much more specific about this in coming days, but just be prepared for mid-winter type cold late next week.

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.

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I enjoyed seeing a group of home schoolers today at Life Church in Rainbow City… 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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November 6, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:13
November 6, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 700 2 ratings Time: 05:13 More in News & Politics
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Sunshine Returns Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 11/06/2014 - 07:10

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RADAR CHECK: A narrow band of showers is moving through Central Alabama at daybreak, and moving south.

As expected, rain amounts overnight were light, generally 1/4 inch or less for most communities. Drier air is moving into North Alabama, and the sky becomes sunny today as we rise into the upper 60s.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be sunny, but cooler. We start the day in the 30s, and the high will be in the mid 50s. Then, expect very nice autumn weather for the weekend with sunny cool days, and clear and cold nights. Highs over the weekend will range from 60 to 65, with lows in the 35-40 degree range. Colder pockets over North Alabama could see a light freeze early Saturday morning.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cold weather is the story for the high school playoff games tomorrow night; temperatures will be dropping into and through the 40s.

Auburn hosts Texas A&M Saturday at 2:30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge (7:00p CT kickoff).. the sky will be mostly fair; temperatures will fall from near 60 at kickoff into the mid 50s during the second half.

UAB will host Louisiana Tech at Birmingham’s Legion Field Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… a sunny sky with 58 degrees at kickoff, and low 60s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: A cold front will bring a few showers to the state Tuesday night and Wednesday, and then we will deal with the coldest air so far this season. The cold air won’t rush into the state; instead it will seep in here from the north Thursday and Friday (November 13-14). By the following weekend (November 15-16), we could very well see highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Only a small risk of a shower today from Panama City to Gulf Shores, otherwise sunny days and clear nights through the weekend. Highs around 70, lows mostly in the 50s on the immediate coast. The Atlantic basin also remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected anytime soon.

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.

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I will be in Rainbow City today speaking to a home school group… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Rain Creeping Into North Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:31

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RADAR CHECK: The sky is cloudy over the great state of Alabama this afternoon, and some very light rain is falling over the northern counties at mid-afternoon.

Light rain will work southward tonight; the best chance of rain for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden will come from 8:00 tonight through 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. We are still projecting light rain amounts, mostly under 1/4 inch for most places. It won’t be a big rain event.

TOMORROW AND FRIDAY: The sky should clear tomorrow, with sunshine out in full force by afternoon with a high in the mid to upper 60s. Then, Friday will be sunny and cooler with a high in the 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather stays cool and dry Saturday and Sunday, with a good supply of sunshine both days. Afternoon highs will be in the low 60s, with morning lows between 37 and 42.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cold weather is the story for the high school playoff games Friday night; temperatures will be dropping into the 40s.

Auburn hosts Texas A&M Saturday at 2:30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge (7:00p CT kickoff).. the sky will be mostly fair; temperatures will fall from near 60 at kickoff into the mid 50s during the second half.

UAB will host Louisiana Tech at Birmingham’s Legion Field Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… a sunny sky with 58 degrees at kickoff, and low 60s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Many signs continue to point to the coldest air so far this season arriving toward the end of the week. We will mention a risk of showers Tuesday night ahead of the cold front, otherwise the week will be dry. By Friday and Saturday (November 14-15), there is a chance highs drop into the 40s, and lows in the 20s over North Alabama thanks to a strongly negative AO (Arctic Oscillation) and a negative NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation).

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.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kindergarten students at Alexandria Elementary School in Calhoun County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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November 5, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:30
November 5, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 482 2 ratings Time: 05:53 More in News & Politics
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Showers Arrive Tonight, Then Cooler

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 07:16

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INCREASING CLOUDS: The sky will be generally cloudy across Alabama today with a high in the low 70s for most communities; it will be our warmest day of the week. A cold front will push a band of showers into the northwest corner of the state at some point this afternoon; rain is likely around Florence and Muscle Shoals by 5 p.m.

SHOWERS TONIGHT: The band of showers will drop southward tonight, and some rain is likely for Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, but the models have been trending drier, and unfortunately it now looks like rain amounts for this part of the state will be generally under 1/4 inch. The best chance of showers for North/Central Alabama will come from 9:00 tonight through 7:00 a.m. tomorrow.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: The sky will become mostly sunny tomorrow afternoon as drier air works back into Alabama; the high will be in the upper 60s, very close to the average high of 68 for November 6. Friday will be a cooler day, expect a sunny sky with a high in the upper 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Cool and dry weather continues Saturday and Sunday with a good supply of sunshine both days. We begin the weekend with a low in the upper 30s early Saturday, but we rise into the low 60s Saturday afternoon. The latest guidance has backed down somewhat on the surge of colder air for Sunday; looks like the high will be in the 57-60 degree range Sunday afternoon.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cold weather is the story for the high school playoff games Friday night; temperatures will be dropping into the 40s.

Auburn hosts Texas A&M Saturday at 2:30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge (7:00p CT kickoff).. the sky will be mostly fair; temperatures will fall from near 60 at kickoff into the mid 50s during the second half.

UAB will host Louisiana Tech at Birmingham’s Legion Field Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… a sunny sky with 58 degrees at kickoff, and low 60s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Sure looks like we will have the coldest air so far this season by the middle of the week, as the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) go strongly negative. We are seeing evidence that highs will drop into the 40s, and lows in the 20s by Thursday and Friday…

And, we should mention the latest guidance also hints at the risk of a few showers Tuesday ahead of the Arctic front.

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.

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I will be doing a weather program today at Alexandria Elementary School in Calhoun County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video this afternoon by 4:00…

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November 5, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 07:15
November 5, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 679 4 ratings Time: 07:05 More in News & Politics
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November 4, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 16:41
November 4, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 311 3 ratings Time: 06:34 More in News & Politics
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Rain Returns Tomorrow Night

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 16:40

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AWESOME AUTUMN DAY: We are enjoying sunshine through a thin veil of high altitude cirrus clouds this afternoon with temperatures very close to 70 degrees. The high clouds are actually coming from a weakening eastern Pacific tropical system called Vance near the Mexican coast. The low levels remain dry and there is no rain around here.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Clouds will thicken tomorrow, and rain will creep into the northwest corner of our state during the afternoon hours. Then, rain becomes likely through North/Central Alabama tomorrow night ahead of a cold front. The latest model data suggests the main window for rain will come from about 8:00 p.m. tomorrow through 8:00 a.m. Thursday. Rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely, and while there could be a little thunder there is no risk of severe weather.

The sky should begin to clear Thursday afternoon as cooler and drier air moves into Alabama.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Our weather will be cool and dry on these three days. Friday will be mostly sunny and breezy at times with a high in the mid to upper 50s.

On Saturday we begin the day in the 30s, and the high will be up in the low 60s with a bright sunny sky. A new surge of cooler arrives Sunday with a gusty north wind; Sunday will be sunny with a high in the 50-55 degree range. Then, a freeze is likely by daybreak Monday with a low down in the low 30s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cold weather is the story for the high school playoff games Friday night; temperatures will be dropping through the 40s with a north wind of 7-14 mph.

Auburn hosts Texas A&M Saturday at 2:30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge (7:00p CT kickoff).. the sky will be mostly fair; temperatures will fall from near 60 at kickoff into the mid 50s during the second half.

UAB will host Louisiana Tech at Birmingham’s Legion Field Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… a sunny sky with 58 degrees at kickoff, and low 60s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND: Much of next week for now looks cool and dry. And, we still project colder than average temperatures for the rest of November as the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) go strongly negative. This pattern tends to flush colder air out of the Arctic/Polar regions, and down into the eastern half of the U.S.

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.

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I enjoyed seeing the senior adults this morning at Briarwood Presbyterian Church… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Warming Trend Continues Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 07:19

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WARMER IN THE SHORT TERM: We will warm to near 70 degrees across the great state of Alabama today with a good supply of sunshine as the warming trend continues. The weather begins to change tomorrow as clouds increase during the day, ahead of a weather system that will produce rain over much of Texas today.

OUR NEXT RAIN: Rain should move into far Northwest Alabama late tomorrow afternoon, with the rain expanding southward tomorrow night. For North/Central Alabama, places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden will see their main window for rain from near 9:00 p.m. tomorrow through 9:00 a.m. Thursday. The NAM is printing 0.45″ for Birmingham, and we expect rain totals near, or a little under 1/2 inch. A little thunder is possible in spots, but there is no chance of severe weather.

Thursday will be a cooler day with a high in the mid 60s; the sky clears Thursday night, and we will drop into the upper 30s by Friday morning.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Cool and dry weather is the story. Friday’s high will be in the mid to upper 50s with a cool north breeze, and early morning lows for the weekend will be in the 30s. The high Saturday will be close to 60, but another shot of colder air arrives Sunday as the high will drop back into the mid 50s with a cool north wind.

We start next week with a freeze early Monday morning; most communities will drop into the low 30s.

NEXT WEEK: For now the week is looking cool and mostly dry, but the GFS continues to advertise a significant rain event around Saturday November 15. This, of course, is voodoo for now, but model consistency in the idea has been good. That is a big football Saturday, so we will keep an eye on trends. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet, but over in the eastern Pacific Vance is a rapidly weakening hurricane off the coast of Mexico; high altitude moisture from this system is streaming up into Texas toward the Great Lakes. This should enhance rain over parts of Texas today, where it is really needed.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cold weather is the story for the high school playoff games Friday night; temperatures will be dropping through the 40s with a north wind of 7-14 mph.

Auburn hosts Texas A&M Saturday at 2:30 at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge (7:00p CT kickoff).. the sky will be mostly fair; temperatures will fall from near 60 at kickoff into the mid 50s during the second half.

UAB will host Louisiana Tech at Birmingham’s Legion Field Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… a sunny sky with 58 degrees at kickoff, and low 60s by the fourth quarter.

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.

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

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I will be speaking to the senior adults at Briarwood Presbyterian Church this morning… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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November 4, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 07:15
November 4, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 473 3 ratings Time: 06:47 More in News & Politics
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WeatherBrains 458: Banner Boy

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:26

WeatherBrains Episode 45? is now online (November 3, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode of WeatherBrains is Lee Hutchinson from Ars Technica and Eric Berger, who is the science writer for the Houston Chronicle.

WeatherBrains 101: After clearing up a goof in last week’s 101 episode, we’ll take a look at lake effect snow. Seems like an appropriate topic with winter just around the corner and the big snow that fell in the southern Appalachians over the weekend.

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 458:

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Nate gets the FOGHORN!

John Scala – Genesis and maintenance of a long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell thunderstorm

Rick Smith – 2014 National Weather Association Annual Meeting Tagboard

James Spann – Bill Belichick Rips Meteorologists Everywhere

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 458: Banner Boy

WeatherBrains - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 05:24

WeatherBrains Episode 45? is now online (November 3, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us for this episode of WeatherBrains is Lee Hutchinson from Ars Technica and Eric Berger, who is the science writer for the Houston Chronicle.

WeatherBrains 101: After clearing up a goof in last week’s 101 episode, we’ll take a look at lake effect snow. Seems like an appropriate topic with winter just around the corner and the big snow that fell in the southern Appalachians over the weekend.

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 458:

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Nate gets the FOGHORN!

John Scala – Genesis and maintenance of a long-track EF5 tornado embedded within a supercell thunderstorm

Rick Smith – 2014 National Weather Association Annual Meeting Tagboard

James Spann – Bill Belichick Rips Meteorologists Everywhere

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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November 3, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 16:25
November 3, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 346 3 ratings Time: 05:50 More in News & Politics
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Rain By Wednesday Night/Thursday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 16:19

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.

FINE FALL DAY: Hardly a cloud in the Alabama sky this afternoon, with temperatures mostly in the 60s. Tonight’s weather won’t be as cold as recent nights… the sky will stay clear, and most communities will see a low between 37 and 43 degrees.

Tomorrow will feature a good supply of sunshine with a high around 70 degrees as our wearing trend continues. Mid 70s are possible Wednesday afternoon; and that should be our warmest day of the week.

RAIN RETURNS TO ALABAMA: Keep in mind we have seen only 0.36″ here during the past 19 days, so some rain is needed, and we will have a decent change of getting some Wednesday night and Thursday. For North/Central Alabama, the latest guidance hints our main window for rain comes from about 12:00 midnight Wednesday night though 12:00 noon Thursday. Rain amounts should be generally 1/2 inch or less, and while some thunder is possible, no severe weather is expected.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday will be sunny and much cooler with a high in the 55-59 degree range. No rain for the weekend; the sky remains sunny Saturday and Sunday. We begin the weekend with lows in the 30s early Saturday; the high Saturday afternoon will be close to 60. Then, another shot of colder air arrives Sunday as the high drops into the 50-55 degree range with a cool north wind, and another freeze looks likely by Monday morning of next week with a low between 28 and 32 degrees for most communities.

LONG RANGE: The Arctic Oscillation and the North Atlantic Oscillation are trending negative through mid-month, which supports a mean eastern U.S. upper trough, and that should keep temperatures here below average through at least the middle of November.

See 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 tonight at 8:30 CST.. 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 had a great time today visiting with the 6th graders at Berry Middle School in Hoover… 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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Warmer This Afternoon

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:10

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.

ANOTHER COLD START: Here are some of the colder temperatures at daybreak across the great state of Alabama…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 28
Cottondale 29
Gadsden (Noccalula Falls) 30
Fort Payne 30
Concord 31
Montevallo 32
Anniston 33
Coker 33
Lake View 35

WARMING TREND: Today’s high will be in the mid 60s with a good supply of sunshine as we dig out of the deep freeze, and a good chance we see 70 degrees tomorrow.

MID-WEEK RAIN: An upper trough west of the state will set up a beneficial rain event for much of Texas and Oklahoma in coming days, and some of that rain should creep into Northwest Alabama Wednesday afternoon. The better chance of rain comes Wednesday night and Thursday for our state; for now it looks like rain amounts will be 1/2 inch or less for most communities. A little thunder is possible, but no risk of severe weather.

MORE COLD AIR: As the rain moves out late Thursday, another shot of colder air moves in Thursday night. But, this air won’t be as cold as what we just experienced over the weekend. Friday will be sunny with a high in the 55-59 degree range, and we will be in the low to mid 30s by daybreak Saturday as the weekend begins.

The weekend will be dry, with sunny cool days and clear cold nights. Highs 57-61; lows in the 30s again early Sunday.

The first half of next week will be dry with temperatures generally below average for early November…

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores today though Wednesday with highs moving up into the 70s. Showers are likely Thursday, then sunny days and fair nights Friday through the weekend. Highs over the weekend will be in the 60s, with lows in the chilly 40s.

TROPICS: The hurricane season runs through the end of November, but no sign of any tropical mischief anytime soon in the Atlantic basin.

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 doing a weather program this morning at Berry Middle School in Hoover… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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November 3, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:07
November 3, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 522 7 ratings Time: 04:29 More in News & Politics
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Sunny Sunday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 16:46

Looking at the weather maps today, we see surface high pressure dominating the eastern half of the U.S. That 1033 millibar high (translation=pretty strong) is centered from southern Kentucky to Central Mississippi. In the mid levels and upper levels of the atmosphere, we see a big wave pattern, with a trough over the eastern U.S., a ridge in the middle and a trough in the West. Clouds that were moving in from the northwest earlier have dried out as they pushed across Arkansas and western Tennessee into northern Mississippi. Hence they will not have much of an impact on our skies through the evening.

FIRST FREEZE OF SEASON AT BIRMINGHAM: It was a cold morning across Alabama with freezing temperatures generally north of I-59 and a few thrown in down into Southwest Alabama. Birmingham fell to 28F, while Calera was 6 degrees warmer at 34F. Tuscaloosa checked in with 30F and Anniston measured 29F. Interestingly, North Alabama readings were not substantially colder. Russellville won the cold weather lottery with 25F. The 28F at Birmingham was the coldest since March 26th and the first freeze since April 16th. Most folks should stay above freezing for the next few days with the exception of Eastern Alabama, where some freezing readings will likely drop below 32F tonight.

GETTING DARK EARLY TODAY: Sunset will come much earlier today because of the Daylight Saving Time change that occurred early this morning. Hopefully you weren’t an hour early for church or brunch! Highs this afternoon will rise into the upper 50s across the area. As mentioned early, most folks will be above freezing, in the 30s tonight, except for places like Gadsden, Fort Payne and Anniston in East Alabama. But look for frost still across much of the area anyway as grass and exposed automobiles fall to below freeze after dew forms.

SUNSHINE AHEAD: Plenty of sun in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday. And that surface high will slide east, giving us southerly surface winds by morning. That means moderating temperatures. With lots of sunshine, highs on Monday will be in the middle 60s with upper 60s to near 70F by Tuesday.

MIDWEEK WET WEATHER SYSTEM: Showers and storms will enter Northwest Alabama ahead of a cold front Wednesday night and will push southeastward through the state overnight. It should be weakening as it pushes toward I-59, but it will bring a soaking rain to the area late Wednesday night and early Thursday. Don’t look for great amounts of rainfall. Average amounts should be around a quarter of an inch. The GFS is a little slower with the system’s exit , keeping rain in the forecast deeper into the day on Thursday. Expect a high near 70F on Wednesday, but readings will fall back into the lower 60s on Thursday and be limited to the 50s on Friday. Lows will drop to around 40F by Friday morning.

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