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Long Winter Ahead?

41 min 29 sec ago

No, I am not talking about a “long winter” due to excessive cold/snow/ice, etc… but due to the extra work that will be required of us putting down bad information that is spread around on social media. It has already started, and it isn’t even November.

PARTIALLY OUR FAULT: Let me say up front that the problem is partially ours. The weather community, as you well know, missed the forecast on January 28, when a “dusting” turned into two inches, and “no major travel issues” turned into a traffic nightmare.

I don’t blame people for not trusting winter forecasts for a while; it will take time to earn that trust. Who cares what James Spann or the National Weather Service says? They were wrong last year, so rogue posts on Facebook are in fair play. I understand the temptation to share wild “worst case” winter forecasts. But, the point of this post is asking you NOT to do that for reasons I will explain.

YESTERDAY: I was about to leave for live weather on ABC 33/40 from Disney on Ice at the BJCC yesterday afternoon, when social media was lightning up about “James Spann forecasting a big snow for Alabama”. After some quick investigation, turns out this was floating around Facebook, and spreading like wildfire…

This, of course, was a forecast from a snow event we had back in February, and has absolutely nothing to do with current weather.

I honestly don’t know who started it; one person reported Facebook was pushing it into people’s newsfeed as a “related story” after a current post from me. Seems like folks just couldn’t resist the share button, and I spent considerable time setting the record straight.

AND… to make matters worse, another blog posted some rogue computer model run yesterday morning that suggested snow could fall over parts of Northeast Alabama as the weekend begins. This somehow came back later in the day to me as “James Spann is forecasting a snow storm this weekend in Alabama”.

Here is a piece from the Washington Post on this problem from 2013…

This is another topic for another day, to be discussed within the weather enterprise, but after the January 28 snow “bust”, you won’t see any outliers like that posted from me on social media. Generally speaking, when I show model data that seems like it won’t verify, it is on my daily Weather Xtreme video, which has been produced for over 10 years twice daily, and long time viewers understand that product goes deep into the weather forecast explanation and how to use the products I show. You can watch it anytime here, and it doesn’t take very long.

MY PLEA: Simply think before sharing extreme weather forecasts you see on social media. Many “click bait” forecasts are produced by people that have no weather training, and honestly could care less what happens. They just want the clicks, which they turn into revenue. Our team spends long, hard hours producing content for this blog; you can basically see our heart and soul here with the discussions and video products. If you see some extreme snow/ice forecast, I just ask you check the blog before sending it on to your friends.

Yep, we have been wrong before, and we will be wrong again. Our skill in handling winter weather events is not as high as severe weather forecasting, but you might be surprised at the winter weather accuracy. People will always remember the bad ones, however, which is just human nature.

Let’s all take a deep breath and get through the winter weather season with good, solid information. Think before you hit that “share button”…

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Freezing Temps Possible By Daybreak Saturday

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CHILLY MORNING: Phase one of the cool down is here; these are temperatures across Alabama at daybreak:

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 34
Fort Payne 34
Valley Head 36
Haleyville 37
Cullman 37
Gadsden (Noccalula Falls) 37
Concord 38
Coker 40
Anniston 42
Tuscaloosa 43
Birmingham 43

The day ahead will be sunny with a high in the mid to upper 60s.

EVEN COLDER AIR: Our weather will stay dry tomorrow with a high in the mid 60s, but look for a big increase in north winds during the afternoon into tomorrow night; that wind will usher in the coldest air so far this season.

It will be blustery and cold for the trick or treaters tomorrow night; temperatures will fall quickly into the 40s during the evening hours, with a north wind of 12-22 mph making it feel colder.

FREEZE POTENTIAL: We are still projecting lows between 30 and 35 degrees by daybreak Saturday, but the coldest morning for most should come early Sunday when the wind becomes calm. Widespread frost is likely Sunday morning, and colder valleys and protected areas will reach the 20s.

The weekend will be dry with a sunny sky both days; the high Saturday will be only in the low to mid 50s, then closer to 60 Sunday.

TO THE NORTHEAST: Winter storm watches are up for the mountains of East Tennessee and western North Carolina, where almost a foot of snow is possible for the higher elevations.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tomorrow night’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible over Northeast Alabama.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A perfect chilly, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: We will be dry Monday and Tuesday, but showers are possible Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. For now it doesn’t look like a major rain event, and no severe weather is expected. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be going a weather program this morning at Vernon Intermediate School, and then this evening I will be live from the Birmingham Zoo on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00 for “Boo at the Zoo”… look for updated forecast notes here by 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the day!

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Freezing Temps Possible By The Weekend

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:09

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live at the opening night of “Disney on Ice” at the BJCC; part of tonight’s proceeds will go to our annual Toys for Tots campaign**

CLEARING: The clearing process is proceeding on schedule; much of North Alabama is enjoying blue sky and sunshine, and the clouds to the south will be gone soon.

Temperatures, as expected, are cooler with readings mostly in the 60s.

Tomorrow will be a sunny day with high in the upper 60s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The coldest air so far this season will drop into the Deep South. North winds will pick up late Friday afternoon and Friday night, gusting to 25 mph at times. Temperatures will plunge quickly Friday night, and we project a low between 30 and 35 degrees at daybreak Saturday.

Clouds will invade the northeast part of Alabama Friday night, and a sprinkle or two is not out of the question as the cold air rushes into the state.

Saturday and Sunday will be cool, but dry with a mostly sunny sky both days. The high Saturday will be only in the low 50s, and some communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 40s with a cool north wind of 10-20 mph.

Sunday morning will feature another freeze in many places, with a low between 28 and 34. Widespread frost is likely early Sunday with a clear sky and light wind. The high Sunday will be in the upper 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be windy and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 40s. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder. A few sprinkles are possible over Northeast Alabama.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 48 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. A perfect cool, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Expect a slow warming trend, and some rain is possible by mid-week, but model guidance is keeping the heavier and most widespread rain west of Alabama.

TROPICS: A disturbance just northeast of the Leeward Islands could develop slowly in coming days, but it is moving north, and will not impact the U.S.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few showers are likely on the coast this afternoon from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but expect sunny days and clear nights tomorrow through the weekend. It will be sharply colder on the coast Saturday and Sunday with highs around 60, and lows in the upper 40s.

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 the senior adults today at Southside… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Rain Ends Later This Morning; Cold Weekend Ahead

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:15

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RADAR CHECK: Rain, with embedded thunderstorms, is moving through North/Central Alabama at daybreak.

Nothing severe, and rain amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch. The rain will end from northwest to southeast during the late morning hours.

Expect a clearing sky this afternoon, and the weather turns cooler as most communities will hold in the 60s today.

Tomorrow will be a bright, sunny, pleasant fall day with a high in the upper 60s.

COLD AIR ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND: North winds will really pick up across Alabama late Friday and Friday night as the coldest air so far this season blows into the state. It will be blustery for the trick or treaters Friday evening with falling temperatures, and a north wind of 12-22 mph.

Temperatures will drop to near the freezing mark by daybreak Saturday, easily the coldest morning so far this season.

We project a high Saturday only in the 50-55 degree range, with a gusty north wind making it feel colder. But, the air will be dry and the sky will be sunny.

Sunday morning’s lows will range from 28 to 34 degrees with widespread frost likely as the wind goes calm. Then, Sunday will be sunny with a high in the mid to upper 50s. At least the wind will be relatively light, unlike Saturday.

NORTHEAST OF ALABAMA: Places like Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia should see their first snow flakes of the season as a coastal low forms near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be clear, windy, and sharply colder with temperatures falling through the 50s, reaching the 40s by the second half of the games. North winds will gust to 25 mph at times, making it feel colder.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 50 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. Perfect cool, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Expect dry weather Monday and Tuesday with a slow warming trend; the latest GFS run has backed off on the Wednesday rain event; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

TROPICS: A disturbance just northeast of the Leeward Islands could develop slowly in coming days, but it is moving north, and will not impact the U.S.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few showers are likely on the coast this afternoon from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but expect sunny days and clear nights tomorrow through the weekend. It will be sharply colder on the coast Saturday and Sunday with highs around 60, and lows in the upper 40s.

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 speaking this morning to a senior adult group in Southside, in Etowah County, and this evening I will be live from opening night of Disney on Ice at the BJCC, which is also the kickoff for our annual Toys for Tots drive. I will post updated forecast notes here later this afternoon… enjoy the day…

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Rain, Cooler Air On The Way

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 15:43

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THIS AFTERNOON: As expected, temperatures are not as warm across Alabama today with readings mostly in the 70s. The sky is generally cloudy, but there is no rain in our state. But, to the west, showers and storms are over West Tennessee and North Mississippi, with some of the heaviest rain south of Memphis.

This band of showers and storms will move into the northwest corner of Alabama tonight, and slowly move through the state tomorrow morning.

For Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/Anniston/Gadsden, it looks like the main window for rain will come from 3:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon tomorrow, with amounts generally less than 1/2 inch. Some thunder is possible, but no severe weather is expected.

The sky will clear tomorrow afternoon as cooler and drier air enters our state; the high will drop back into the 60s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: On these days expect a good supply of sunshine; the high Thursday will be in the mid to upper 60s, followed by a high around 70 degrees Friday. Early morning lows will be in the 40s.

WEEKEND CHILL: The coolest air so far this season blows into the Deep South Friday night, setting up a chilly weekend. The latest model data suggests highs only in the low to mid 50s Saturday, with morning lows not too far from freezing Sunday morning. Looks like we will have widespread frost early Sunday, with many North/Central Alabama communities seeing their first freeze of the fall season, effectively ending the 2014 growing season. The air will be dry and we expect a sunny sky both days.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be clear and very cool with temperatures falling through the 50s, reaching the 40s by the final whistle. A north wind will gust up to 15/20 mph at times.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 52 degrees at kickoff down to near 40 degrees by the fourth quarter. Perfect cool, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS model continues to advertise a pretty decent rain event around the middle of the week, on Wednesday November 5. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A disturbance east of the Leeward Islands has some potential for slow development, but it will move northward across the open Atlantic, and is no threat to the U.S.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible on the coast tomorrow from Panama City west to Gulf Shores, then sunny days and fair nights Thursday through the weekend. It will be much cooler on the coast this weekend, with highs dropping into the 60s, and lows in the upper 40s.

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 3rd and 4th graders at Hayden Elementary School in Blount County… 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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Cold Front On The Way

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 06:24

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NOT AS WARM TODAY: Anniston established a new record high yesterday for October 27 with 87 degrees… Birmingham’s high was 86, and Tuscaloosa reached 85. The average high is 71.

Today won’t be as warm; most places will see a high in the upper 70s with a partly sunny sky. And, we should mention today is the 13th consecutive day with no rain for Alabama.

SHOWERS ARRIVE LATE TONIGHT: A band of showers and thunderstorms ahead of a cold front should move into the northwest corner of the state late tonight; it will then move slowly southward. For places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, the main window for rain will come from about 3:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon tomorrow.

For most communities, rain amounts will be under 1/2 inch with limited moisture. And, while some thunder is possible, there is no risk of severe weather. The sky will clear tomorrow afternoon, and the day will be noticeably cooler with a high in the 60s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will be cool and dry with a good supply of sunshine; the high Thursday will be in the upper 60s, followed by low 70s Friday. Lows will be generally in the 40-45 degree range, although some of the colder valleys could see upper 30s.

WEEKEND CHILL: The coldest air so far this season blows in here; we won’t get out of the 50s Saturday, and by early Sunday we project lows in the 33-38 degree range for most communities with a good chance of frost. Colder spots will see a freeze. The air over the weekend will be dry, and the sky will be sunny both days.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For Friday night’s high school games, it will be clear and very cool with temperatures falling through the 50s, possibly reaching the 40s by the final whistle.

Auburn will be on the road; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford Saturday evening (kickoff 6p CT). The sky will be clear, temperatures will fall from 55 degrees at kickoff into the mid 40s by the fourth quarter. Perfect cool, crisp night for football.

UAB is also on the road; they play at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, FL Saturday evening (5p CT kickoff). Again, a clear sky is likely with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff to the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like we have potential for a decent rain event around Wednesday November 5… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Hanna moved into Central America last night and is dissipating; the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet for now.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible tomorrow afternoon from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, otherwise dry weather continues through the weekend with sunny days and fair nights. The weekend will be very cool on the coast, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s Saturday and Sunday.

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 have a weather program today at Hayden Elementary School in Blount County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 457: Don’t Pull My Ears

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 457 is now online (October 27, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on show number 300 in 2011. He is an educator at the Warning Decision Training Branch in Norman, OK. He trains meteorologists on how to use radar and satellite data so they may produce more accurate forecasts and warnings. He develops new techniques for combining satellite and radar data. Jim LaDue, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’ Guest Panelist is also a repeat offender. Tonight marks her fourth appearance on the show. She is a graduate of Florida State University. She just recently got a job as a Meteorologist at WHAG in Washington, DC. Congratulations and welcome back to the show Raquel Nicora.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Big Spring, TX, and 8 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Hanna formed today and will move ashore tonight in Central America
  • Kevin is out starting his new job
  • Bill is headed for Calgary
  • Relatively quiet weather across the Nation
  • Some really cold air coming
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: The days are getting longer and there has been a bit of a nip in the air in some spots. So this episode we take a look at frost, specifically hoar frost.

    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 457:

    Raquel’s Station web site

    Warning Decision Training Branch

    Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science Department at FSU

    International Space Station Spotting

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – NWA Spotify comments

    Jim LaDue – Operational High Resolution Rapid Refresh Training

    Raquel Nicora – Making weather into music

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    John Scala – NWS damage assessment viewer

    James Spann – Storm Prediction Center Outlook Change Page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – spaceweather.com sun spots

    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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    Cooler Days Ahead For Alabama

    Mon, 10/27/2014 - 15:37

    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.

    WARM OCTOBER DAY: Here a few 3p CT temperatures across the great state of Alabama…

    Montgomery 89
    Anniston 86
    Tuscaloosa 85
    Birmingham 85
    Hunstville 85
    Gadsden 82

    Birmingham is three degrees away from the record high for October 27, 88 set in 1940. The average high today is 71. The sky is blue, and there is no rain on radar.

    CHANGES AHEAD: Tomorrow won’t be quite as warm; the high will drop back into the 70s for most communities with a partly sunny sky. Then, a cold front will bring a band of showers down into North Alabama late tomorrow night into Wednesday morning. The high resolution NAM hints the main window for showers for North/Central Alabama (places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden) will come from 3:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon Wednesday.

    This won’t be a big rain event; rain totals should be well under one-half inch, and some communities south of I-20 will miss the showers completely. Wednesday will be much cooler with a high in the 60s.

    THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather will be cool and dry on these four days. Thursday’s high will be close to 70, with low to mid 70s Friday, but a new push of cool air blows in here for the weekend. The 12Z run of the GFS model suggests it will be the coolest air so far this season; some communities north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 50s, and lows will be in the 30s early Saturday and Sunday morning. Colder valleys and protected areas have a decent chance of seeing a light freeze early Sunday.

    NEXT WEEK: Another cold front will bring a chance of rain around Wednesday November 5, but we have seen varied solutions concerning the amount of rain to expect. Just too early to call; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    TROPICS: Tropical Storm Hanna formed quickly this morning near the coast of Central America; it is moving inland this afternoon, and will drift into Nicaragua with potential for heavy rain. Another wave is east of the Leeward Islands; just a small risk of development there, and if by chance anything does organize it will move north, and northeast across the open Atlantic.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible Wednesday on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend. Highs will be in the 70s through Friday, but will drop into the 67-70 degree range Saturday and Sunday. Early morning lows could reach the upper 40s on the coast over the coming weekend.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. 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 had a great time today visiting with the 4th graders at Walker Elementary School in Tuscaloosa County… 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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    Hanna Forms

    Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:53

    The remnant low from Tropical Depression #9, which formed over the southwestern Caribbean last week and moved across the Yucatan into the northwestern Caribbean has developed into Tropical Storm Hanna this morning.

    It is very near the coast of Nicaragua and will move into that country today. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect along the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras.

    Top winds are 40 mph. Heavy rains of 10-15 inches will be the main problem with life threatening landslides likely.

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    Warm Today; Cooler Air By Mid-Week

    Mon, 10/27/2014 - 06:09

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    CHECKING THE RECORD BOOKS: Birmingham’s record high for today (October 27) is 88 degrees, set in 1940. I don’t think we get that warm, but low to mid 80s are likely this afternoon as the unseasonably warm weather continues across the great state of Alabama. Today’s average high is 71. The air is dry, and the sky will remain mostly sunny as an upper ridge is overhead.

    We also should mention today is the 12 consecutive day without rain for the state.

    TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: We stay dry tomorrow with a partly sunny sky; the high will drop back into the upper 70s. Then, a cold front will bring the risk of showers late tomorrow night and during the day Wednesday. The main window for showers for North-Central Alabama will come from about 10:00 p.m. tomorrow through 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. This will not be a big rain event due to limited moisture; amounts will be generally under 1/2 inch, and many places will see totals under 1/4 inch. A little thunder is possible, but it will be mostly rain showers.

    Wednesday will be much cooler with a high only around 70 degrees.

    THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will be cool and dry; great weather for high school football and trick or treating. The high both days will be in the 67-70 degree range, with morning lows in the 40s.

    OUR WEEKEND: Cool, dry weather continues as we begin the month of November. Expect a sun filled sky Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 60s, and lows well down in the 40s. Colder pockets should visit the 30s both mornings.

    We stay dry early next week; the GFS hints at a decent rain event around Wednesday November 5. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend; the one exception is Wednesday when there will be a few cloudy periods with a risk of scattered showers. Highs will be mostly in the 70s, with lows in the 60s. Cooler nights are likely by the end of the week and the weekend with lows down in the 50s by then.

    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 be doing a weather program this morning at Walker Elementary School in Tuscaloosa County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    Gorgeous Sunday

    Sun, 10/26/2014 - 11:45

    Well, the Perfect Weather Warning for yesterday certainly verified across Central and North Alabama with plentiful sunshine, light winds and perfect temperatures.  High on Saturday ranged from 76F at Anniston to 77F at Birmingham/Calera to 80F at Tuscaloosa.  You usually can’t beat October weather in our great state and Saturday was no exception.

    TODAY AIN’T BAD EITHER:  Another gorgeous day is in progress across the area.  Most areas woke up in the 50s with a few 40s across the Tennessee Valley, including 48F at Fort Payne, 40F at Courtland and the state’s icebox, Valley Head, checked in with 38F.   A little patchy fog was around in spots, mainly around bodies of water that were warmer than the air temperature.  Fog was pretty dense and long lasting in the major river valleys.  You can clearly see it on visible satellite imagery this morning.

    Temperatures were well on their way to afternoon highs in the lower 80s by the noon hour.  Only the higher spots in Northeast Alabama will qualify for a Perfect Weather designation today, where highs will remain in the upper 70s.  But the rest of our weather is nothing to be ashamed of.

    TONIGHT:  Under mostly clear skies tonight, temperatures will drop in the 50s rather uniformly, with 40s limited to those normally colder locations.

    WORKWEEK AHEAD:  Monday looks ideal as well with highs in the 80s.  Tuesday will feature an approaching cold front, with rain pushing into Northwest Alabama late Tuesday night.  But he system will be weakening and rain chances will going down as the front pushes southeastward., For the I-20/59 corridor, the best chances will be during the day on Wednesday with Wednesday night activities going off without a weather hitch.   After the front makes it through Thursday, a cool down will push temperatures back to seasonable levels.  Highs Wednesday through Thursday will be around 70F with lows in the 40s.

    WEEKEND SNEAK PEEK: A  reinforcing shot of cooler air will bring highs back to around 60F for Saturday and there is a chance some spots won’t get out of the 50s Saturday and Sunday.  Lows will drop back into the 30s and 40s.  No rain is expected.

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    Gradual Warm-up Continues

    Sun, 10/26/2014 - 06:58

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    The warming trend is expected to continue today with lots of sunshine after the morning fog across North Alabama dissipates. If you have early morning travel plans that take you north, there were dense fog advisories until mid-morning for the Tennessee Valley, Middle and West Tennessee, and the southern sections of Kentucky. By afternoon we should see highs climb into the 79 to 82 range, somewhat warmer than our typical high for late October which runs about 73 degrees.

    The upper ridge along with the surface high pressure center will keep us dry into the first of the work week. Come Tuesday a strong trough moving through the Great Lakes will bring a cold front down into the Middle Mississippi River Valley. The front is forecast to affect Central Alabama primarily on Wednesday. Moisture does return in a fairly narrow band, so showers that develop will be scattered meaning that not everyone will see some rain. Greatest rain threat should come Wednesday.

    The upper trough moves off quickly by Thursday but another impulse will dive southeastward across the Central Plains states Thursday. It should be enough to push the frontal system further south into the Gulf Coast area drying us out. This sets up a trough along the East Coast and brings another shot of colder air into the Southeast US for the weekend.

    Right now it appears likely that Halloween will be dry for trick or treating as we transition to some colder temperatures for the weekend as highs drop back into the 60s. Another ridge will transition across the eastern US late next weekend and into the first part of next week, bringing a return of some warmer temperatures.

    Tropics are still fairly quiet. NHC is watching the one area, remnants of TD 9, in the western Caribbean, but this area of disorganized showers should be slow to develop as it treks eastward. An area of showers in the Eastern Pacific off Central America will be moving into an area where conditions favor some additional development in the next few days.

    Looking out into voodoo country, the overall pattern remains fairly progressive with troughiness along the East Coast giving way to another strong ridge around November 7th. Another strong trough pushes across the US around the 10th of November, but that trough does not appear as deep as we saw on yesterdays model run.

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    James Spann will be back with the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Monday morning. Enjoy this wonderful warm Fall weather while we can. Have a great day and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Gorgeous Fall Day

    Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:55

    The weather does not get much better in Alabama as it is today. All locations are seeing a clear blue sky with ample sunshine. It was a cool start to the day, but under the sun-filled sky, temps are warming nicely. All locations will see highs climbing into the 70s this afternoon. There is no humidity and it is down-right comfortable. Any outdoor plans you have today or this evening, whether it be fall festivals or football games, will have no issues with the weather.

    Tonight, though we will maintain a clear sky, temps will not cool off as much as this morning. Widespread 40s will be replaced with upper 40s and lower 50s. Tomorrow will be a near repeat of today, but we will see temps a few degrees warmer, and 80s will return to several locations. If you have the opportunity, make sure you get out and enjoy this phenomenal fall weather.

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    Warm Weekend for Us

    Sat, 10/25/2014 - 07:15

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    The weather for Central Alabama is looking great with a general warm-up in store for us. But this morning started the weekend on a brisk note with morning lows dipping into the 30s in some spots across the area. Our Skywatcher in Black Creek reported a morning low of 36 degrees. With clear skies today we should see temperatures warm nicely into the middle 70s.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Great weather for a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled for the 2:30 pm kickoff; 76 degrees at kickoff, with upper 60s by the final whistle. Auburn hosts South Carolina this evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30 pm kickoff), the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter. Alabama is on the road at Knoxville where they take on the Tennessee Volunteers with a 6:30 pm kickoff. The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

    The surface high pressure system will slide eastward Sunday and Monday taking up a position centered over the Southeast US coast by Monday afternoon. Aloft an upper ridge will gradually move eastward, too, locating along the eastern seaboard of the US by Monday afternoon. This should continue the dry weather with temperatures warming with a morning low around 60s and a high in the lower 80s by Monday.

    That’s when we begin to see a strong trough moving out of the Rockies bump the ridge eastward into the Atlantic Ocean. This should bring a surface low across the Great Lakes with a cold front trailing southwestward into Arkansas. So clouds will increase Tuesday into Wednesday and with the front in our vicinity by Wednesday we should see some scattered showers as the moisture increases with the surface high off to the east allowing a southerly surface flow. The front moves through slowly before another strong impulse digs into the trough pushing the front out of the area and bringing another shot of cold air with a strong ridge just to our west.

    The tropics are relatively quiet with the remnants of TD 9 in the western Caribbean with no expectations of any development in the near term.

    Looking out into voodoo country, early November looks dry and relatively warm with an strong upper ridge in place, but the GFS is taking on a cold and somewhat stormy look around the 7th and 8th of November.

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    You can find the next Weather Xtreme Video here on Sunday morning by 8 am or so. Enjoy the lovely day and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Sun Filled Alabama Sky

    Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:05

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    FINE FALL DAY: Temperatures are little below average today; highs are generally between 68 and 71 degrees at mid afternoon (today’s average high is 72). We have a cobalt blue sky and low humidity.

    OUR WEEKEND: Sunny days, fair nights, and a slow warming trend. We rise well into the 70s tomorrow, and a few spots could reach the low 80s Sunday afternoon as an upper ridge noses in from the west.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tonight; temperatures will fall from the mid 60s at kickoff into the low 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Tomorrow is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

    Auburn will host South Carolina tomorrow evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

    UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville tomorrow (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

    NEXT WEEK: The weather stays warm and dry Monday and Tuesday; we will mention the risk of a few widely scattered showers Wednesday and Thursday with a surface front approaching from the north, but there is little upper support, and moisture will be very limited. Rain amounts on these two days should be light and spotty. Cooler and drier air moves in on Halloween, Friday October 31. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

    TROPICS: All is quiet and tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin over the weekend.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through most of next week from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs generally in the 77-81 degree range, with lows in the 60s.

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

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    Slow Weekend Warm-Up

    Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:01

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    DRY DAYS: Today will be the ninth consecutive day with no rain across the great state of Alabama, and the dry spell continues into the weekend with mostly sunny days and fair nights. We project a high in the low 70s today, mid to upper 70s tomorrow, and low 80s Sunday.

    The average high for Birmingham today is 72; the average low is 48. Temperatures over the past few days have been below average, and over the weekend they will be above average.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tonight; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Tomorrow is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

    Auburn will host South Carolina tomorrow evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

    UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville tomorrow (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

    NEXT WEEK: We stay dry with warm afternoons (highs around 80) Monday and Tuesday. We will mention a small risk of a shower Wednesday and Thursday with a surface front just to the north, but the front has little upper support, and moisture will be very limited, so many places won’t see any rain. Slightly cooler air filters into the state at the end of the week, but the idea of a deep surge of colder air for now is off the table. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and complete details.

    TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Excellent weather through early next week from Panama City to Gulf Shores, with sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be in the 75-80 degree range, with lows mostly in the 60s. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has cooled to 68 degrees.

    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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    Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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    Slow Warming Trend Ahead

    Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:24

    **No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today: I am in Oneonta for live weather on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

    A FEW HIGH CLOUDS: A layer of high, thin cirrus clouds is moving into North Alabama this afternoon; these clouds are thin, and up at 20,000-25,000 feet. I don’t think they will be too much of an issue for the partial solar eclipse that begins at 4:54 this afternoon… in fact those cirrus clouds should give the sky a very nice texture for the unique sunset with an partial eclipse in progress.

    See this site from NASA on ways of safety viewing the eclipse.

    TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Sunny days, fair nights, and no rain with a slow warming trend. The high Sunday will be close to 80 degrees.

    We stay dry Monday and Tuesday of next week, but a few scattered showers could show up Wednesday and Thursday ahead of a cold front. Doesn’t look like a major rain event, and a new surge of cool, dry air arrives at the end of the week on Friday (October 31). Some hints from the GFS model it could be the coolest air so far this season.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tomorrow night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

    Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

    UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s, and lows in the 50s and 60s. Low 80s are possible by the weekend.

    TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet; tropical depression nine dissipated last night over the Yucatan Peninsula.

    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 the residents at Victorian Manor assisted living in Hanceville today, and look forward to being in downtown Oneonta this evening. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    Partial Solar Eclipse Late Today

    Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:54

    The sun will look like this in the western sky late this afternoon…

    Partial eclipses occur when the moon blocks part of the sun from view. This one begins around 5pm CT. Maximum eclipse comes at 5:57p CT as the sun is setting on the horizon. The sky should be clear.

    Remember, never look at the sun with the naked eye… see this from NASA on ways of viewing this event…

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    Slow Warming Trend Ahead

    Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:05

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    COLD OCTOBER MORNING: Here are some temperatures across Alabama as the sun rises…

    Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 31
    Fort Payne 37
    Valley Head 37
    Coker 39
    Chelsea 41
    Gadsden 41
    Anniston 41
    Bessemer 43
    Birmingham 44
    Concord 46 (was down to 40 there earlier this morning)

    Expect a bright sunny sky again today with a high in the upper 60s.

    TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Sunny days, clear nights, and a slow warming trend. Expect a high in the low 70s tomorrow, mid 70s Saturday, and around 80 degrees Sunday afternoon.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tomorrow night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

    Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

    UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.\

    NEXT WEEK: A cold front will approach Alabama at mid-week, and we will introduce the risk of a few showers Wednesday or Thursday, but for now it doesn’t look like a big rain event. And, at the end of the week (and the end of the month) on Friday, the 00Z GFS brings some really chilly air down into Alabama as a deep upper trough sets up over the eastern third of the nation. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

    TROPICS: Tropical Depression Nine fizzled out last night over the Yucatan Peninsula, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet this morning.

    AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, clear nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs 75-80, lows mostly in the 50s and 60s.

    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 speaking to a senior adult group this morning in Hanceville, and then I will be live from downtown Oneonta this evening on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00. I will post new forecast notes here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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    Chilly Night Ahead

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:10

    **No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live in Leeds at the Atrox haunted house on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

    COOL NIGHT: The coolest temperature so far this season, based on data from the Birmingham Airport, is 42 degrees measured on October 5. Look for a low very close to that early tomorrow, and as you might expect, we will see 30s across the color valleys of North Alabama. Places like Valley Head and Black Creek might even see a light freeze. The sky will be clear, and the wind will be light.

    TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Not much change; a very dry airmass stays in place, and we will forecast sunny days and clear nights with a slow warming trend. The high tomorrow will be in the upper 60s, followed by low 70s Friday, and upper 70s Saturday and Sunday.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games Friday night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

    Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

    Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

    UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

    NEXT WEEK: Still looks dry; more than likely our next significant rain event will come in early November.

    TROPICS: Tropical Depression Nine could become Tropical Storm Hanna before making landfall on the Yucatan coast early tomorrow. This system will move eastward, and should emerge into the western Caribbean this weekend. Remains to be seen if it can survive the journey over land, but we will keep an eye on it.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s, lows mostly in the 50s and low 60s.

    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 the kids today at God’s House Kindergarten at Altadena Valley Presbyterian 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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