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Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Randolph County

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:48

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT

* AT 545 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER WEDOWEE…
MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 5 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROANOKE…WEDOWEE…LAKE WEDOWEE…MALONE…CRYSTAL LAKE…
DICKERT…OFELIA…TENNANT…ROCK STAND AND R.L. HARRIS DAM.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM…AND MAY LEAD TO
FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning : Calhoun/Cleburne/Talladega

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:18

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 515 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER BLUE
MOUNTAIN…OR OVER ANNISTON…MOVING SOUTH AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ANNISTON…OXFORD…COBB TOWN…SAKS…FORT MCCLELLAN…WEST
END-COBB TOWN…WEAVER…MUNFORD…HOBSON CITY…OXFORD LAKE…BLUE
MOUNTAIN…ANNISTON REGIONAL AIRPORT…MOUNT CHEAHA…BYNUM…
CHALAFINNEE…JENIFER…CHOCCOLOCCO…DEARMANVILLE…CAMP MAC AND
HOLLIS CROSSROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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Another Hot & Humid Day

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 06:01

James is in St. Louis on this Tuesday, so we will operate with an abbreviated video schedule today. Just one Weather Xtreme video today. We will return to regular schedule tomorrow when James gets back.

FOR YOUR TUESDAY: It will be very similar to Monday across the state. Highs today will climb well into the 90s and there will be a mix of sun and clouds. As we saw yesterday, a weak moisture axis along the Intestate 20 corridor allowed shower and storms to develop and they produced heavy rainfall across the Birmingham Metro. The Birmingham Airport received 1.26″ of rain yesterday, while other portions of the Metro area stayed dry. The moisture axis shifts a little farther south today, so the main convection is expected to be between the Intestate 20 and Interstate 85 corridors. These storms will be only heat relief today, so if you see the rain, consider yourself lucky.

TODAY’S SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK: Our friends at the SPC have issued a “slight” risk of severe storms today across the Upper Midwest, which is surrounded by the standard “marginal” risk that includes the rest of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and Central Plains. There is also a “marginal” risk for much of New England. The main threat will come from damaging winds, and hail but a few tornadoes may be possible with the storms in the Midwest. For Alabama, we are highlighted in a general thunderstorm outlook, which is what we expect most days this time of year.

TOPIC TROPICS: We are still watching a a broad area of low pressure along the west coast of Florida just north of Tampa. We know from history, that the longer an area of low pressure sits somewhere, the better the chances of it developing. However, the NHC is not expecting any tropical cyclone development over the next 48 hours. Of course, we will be watching to see if this by chance becomes Danny later this week, but as of now, the NHC is not overly concerned. This feature and the associated unsettled weather are making for rather wet weather across much of the Florida Peninsula this week…Stay tuned!!!

AT THE BEACH: For today, expect fantastic beach weather to continue. It will be another hot day with afternoon highs climbing into the lower 90s, but just a few miles inland, highs will climb into the mid and upper 90s. Rain chances will remain rather low today, but an isolated storm or two will be possible, but most of the beaches will stay dry today. After today, the weather will begin to change some as rain chance will be increasing some and those isolated storms become more numerous and scattered. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here . The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY: Rain chance will be in the way up for the second half of the week. We are forecasting hot & very humid days, highs in the low to mid 90s, and the risk of scattered showers and storms, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. We do expect an increase in the number of showers and storms by Thursday, as a surface front approaches the state and then stalls out somewhere likely near the Interstate 85 corridor. This front will be enhancing the uplift across the region and this will certainly help for more widespread shower and thunderstorm activity. By Friday, we should see a bulk of the convection pushing towards the south. QPF output over the next five days has much of Central Alabama receiving anywhere from one half to one inch of rain.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Depending how far south the boundary makes it will determine the weather for your location this weekend. Model data shows the boundary stalling out near the Interstate 85 corridor. To the north of the boundary, dry and sunny weather, while along and south of the boundary, expect rainy conditions. A summer frontal boundary is hard to forecast for the Deep South this time of year as they are rare and because we are not exactly sure how far south it will make it. Going with model persistence, expect more sun than clouds for North-Central Alabama and highs should be in the lower 90s.

James will be back with the regular morning and afternoon videos on Wednesday. Stay cool!

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Classic Mid-Summer Weather

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 06:26

AT DAYBREAK: It is a warm, humid Monday morning across the great state of Alabama; sunrise shot below comes from the Gilmer Dairy Farm in Lamar County…

Temperatures are in the 70s, and project a high back in the mid 90s for most communities today, with a partly sunny sky and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Chance of any one spot getting wet later today is about one in three… very classic weather for late July in Alabama.

REST OF THE WEEK: Not much change. Hot, humid days, highs in the low to mid 90s, and the risk of scattered showers and storms, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. We do expect an increase in the number of showers and storms by Thursday and Friday as a surface front approaches North Alabama and stalls out somewhere around here.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The GFS suggests the stalled front will be across Central Alabama, with drier conditions for the northern counties Saturday and Sunday. But, surface fronts have a very hard time making it that far south in early August, so I will “believe it when I see it”… we will broad brush the weekend forecast with partly sunny, hot days and the risk of an afternoon thunderstorm in scattered spots. Looks like highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low 90s… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny weather today and tomorrow on the coast from Gulf Shores west to Panama City Beach… then for Wednesday through Friday about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with scattered thunderstorms possible. Highs on the immediate coast will hold in the upper 80s, with low to mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 80 degrees. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: Broad low pressure is over the Florida Peninsula where showers and storms are likely today, but tropical development is not expected there, or anywhere else across the Atlantic basin this 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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Only one Weather Xtreme video today and tomorrow due to travel (I will be in St. Louis)… Meaghan Thomas will be filling in for me on ABC 33/40 News this evening at 4, 5, 6, and 10:00… enjoy the day!

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I-59 Showers

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 14:25

The semi-permanent subtropical high over the Atlantic Ocean that we usually see near Bermuda in mid-summer is displaced to the east on this July Sunday. There is a surface high over the Atlantic to the east of New England. That high is ridging down the East Coast of the U.S.. There is a trough of low pressure eating into the southwestern side of the high.

Over Alabama, you can see the effects of the trough, which contains drier air, extending into Southeast Alabama. The rest of the state has fairly normal summer time moisture over it.

As a result, in all parts of the state expect for the Wiregrass of Southeast Alabama, a beautiful field of fair weather cumulus clouds have formed. Temperatures are hot, in the 90s at all first order observing stations across the state except over the higher elevation of Northeast Alabama. It is 82F at Fort Payne and 86F at Valley Head. Readings range from 90F at Auburn and Alexander City to 96F at Huntsville. It was 91F at Calera and Birmingham and 94F at Anniston and Tuscaloosa.

The cooler temperatures over Northeast Alabama are thanks to developing showers and thunderstorms. At 2:20 p.m., showers covered much of DeKalb County in northeast Alabama and were developing around Decatur. We still expect a fairly good coverage of showers and storms within about a 120 mile wide band on either side of I-59. The chance you will get a cooling shower is about 1 in 3 this afternoon. They will die out quickly after sunset.

Showers should be few and far between tomorrow and Tuesday, but will start to increase again by midweek. Temperatures will continue to be summerlike with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s.

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A Hot July Sunday

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 10:37

Sorry for the scheduling mishap this morning that has made us late, but here is your Weather Extreme video and narrative for Sunday, July 26th.

Saturday was a dry day across Central Alabama with very few isolated light showers. I finally got a reprieve after eight consecutive days of rainfall in Vestavia Hills and was able to stain my deck. Moisture has returned today and there should be enough around to scare up a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, despite the presence of high pressure at the surface and aloft. High temperatures this afternoon will top out well into the middle 90s with a few upper 90s thrown in for effect.

Not much change in the thinking this morning about how the week will go. The GFS is still bullish on the idea of increased showers and storms by next weekend as a front drifts down into Alabama, producing over 2 inches of rain for the area. The European does not buy this wet concept for Central Alabama, spotting out only .4 inches of rain.

One interesting development in the Euro output is the development of a surface low over northern Florida that retrogrades, or moves westward, back along the north Gulf Coast. That could spell more showers and storms for beachgoers along the beautiful beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida, but it remains to be seen if that will pan out.

It will be just a tad hotter than normal this week across Central Alabama, with highs in the middle and upper 90s. Heat index values could flirt with heat advisory levels through midweek, but nothing we aren’t used to here in Alabama. Temperatures will back off a bit by the weekend, especially if the GFS is right about the rainfall.

James will be back with the next edition of the Weather Xtreme video on Monday.

Have a great Sunday and try to stay cool!

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Mid-Summer Saturday

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 13:58

The weather is hot and humid today. We are seeing mainly sunny conditions, and all locations across Central Alabama are seeing temperatures in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Drier air continues to settle into the state from the north, for this reason, most locations will stay dry. We are seeing a few a showers and storms on the radar this afternoon, mainly over South Alabama, but overall, it is just a typical late July Saturday across the state.

Heading into the evening and overnight hours, expect fairly balmy and humid conditions. Any storms that develop will wind down once the sun sets this evening and we should see overnight lows into the mid-70s.

Expect plenty of sunshine on Sunday and a very hot day as the ridge continues to strengthen. Rain chances are lower tomorrow and we will see highs into the mid-90s with even some upper 90s in some locations of the state. It should be a great day to hit the local waterways or a pool to cool off.

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Fewer Showers

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:12

Temperatures will be trending to hotter across the area through the weekend and into the workweek thanks to fewer showers and storms.

FEWER SHOWERS TODAY: First, the much advertised reduction in showers and storms has finally started to happen. It has rained for 8 straight days at my home in Vestavia. At the Airport, it has only rained for three straight. It seems that the rain gods have known that I have been trying to stain my deck all week! Although some areas received heavy rains again Friday afternoon, the coverage was less than Thursday.

And today, you should see a dramatic reduction in the coverage. We won’t be able to eliminate them completely from the forecast, especially south of I-59, but they will be widely scattered in nature. The chance of any one spot seeing an afternoon shower is about 10% north of I-59. 10-15% south of I-59 and about 20% south of US-80. Highs today will be in the middle and upper 90s, with an emphasis on upper. There will be a few 100 degree readings in the black Belt down around Demopolis and Selma.

THE REASON BEHIND the reduction in showers and storms is drier air. The precipitable water values over North Central Alabama have dropped from over 2 inches yesterday to nearly half of that this morning.

RINSE, REPEAT: Sunday land Monday look like they will be a lot like today, but with even fewer showers and storms and more hot temperatures. Highs should be in the middle and upper 90s both days with rain chances coming in at nearly zilch.

RAIN CHANCES RAMP BACK UP: By midweek, we will be watching an approaching cool front to the northwest. Look for scattered showers to return to your local radar on Wednesday, increase a bit on Thursday and by Friday, rain will be likely. Look for highs Friday not to get out of the 80s. Those rain chances will remain high through the weekend and temperatures will remain on the more comfortable side.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A trough of low pressure will lie across the northern Gulf of Mexico through the weekend and into the early part of the new work week. This means lots of showers and storms out over the Gulf. But the beaches should be mainly dry through midweek before an approaching front ramps up shower and thunderstorm chances along the beautiful beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida. But if this is your week to head to the beach, take heart. Even late in the week, it won’t rain all day and there will be decent periods of sunshine each day. The rip current threat should be fairly low all week. The water temperature at Pensacola is a toasty 87F. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

DANNY A THREAT TO THE EAST COAST? Look for low pressure to develop over the coast of the Carolinas by Tuesday. This system will be tropical in nature and should become Hurricane Danny as it skirts the Outer Banks and heads northeast. The most likely path looks like it will carry it just east of Long Island and Cape Cod, staying far enough at sea to preclude serious impact for the Northeast and New England, but recent runs of the operational European have included an impact on Long Island and eastern Massachusetts. We will be watching.

WEATHERBRAINS:. Fantastic show this week with Dr. Jason Persoff, a Medical Doctor from Denver who is an accomplished storm chaser. He gave a riveting account of his experience in Joplin, Missouri during the deadly tornado from 2011. Check out the weekly netcast that’s all about weather at www.WeatherBrains.com. You can also subscribe on iTunes. You can watch the show live at live.bigbrainsmedia.com. You can also see the show on the James Spann 24×7 weather channel on cable or directly over the air on the dot 2 feed.

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Heat Levels Rising This Weekend

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 15:27

RADAR CHECK: We have a few showers and thunderstorms across North and Central Alabama this afternoon, but they are widely scattered.

Showers are moving southeast, and will dissipate after dark. Birmingham’s high so far today (as of 3:00) is 88… very possible today will be the second day in a row with a high below 90.

BRING ON THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge, centered west of Alabama, will strengthen and expand eastward, so we are still expecting hotter afternoons, and fewer showers and thunderstorms tomorrow and Sunday. Chance of any one spot seeing a storm both days is about one in five, and most of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be generally in the mid 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change Monday and Tuesday, partly sunny both days with a high in the mid 90s, and only widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Then, later in the week showers and storms will increase as the upper ridge weakens again. Looks like highs could very well drop into the 80s by Friday July 31 with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine tomorrow through early next week along the stretch from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores, with an occasional passing thunderstorm. Highs on the coast in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet; we do note unsettled weather over the Florida Peninsula due to a broad surface low… if something happens to develop there in coming days it will move northeast and not impact Alabama.

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 Pump It Up in Trussville… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! Bill Murray will be handling the Weather Xtreme videos here tomorrow and Sunday… enjoy the weekend!

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Interesting Alabama NewsCenter Articles

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:50

Here are some of our favorite recent stories from our partners over at Alabama NewsCenter.  You can find Alabama WX forecasts there as well as many great stories and videos telling the good news of Alabama.

Peaches pack prosperity potential for Chilton County.  

World Cup champions to play at Legion Field Sept. 20.

United States’ Carli Lloyd (10) chases down the ball during the first half of the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship against Japan in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, July 5, 2015. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

SEC Football Media Days: From Skywriters Tour to unimagined new heights.

Power restored before hottest temperatures arrive in Birmingham.

Monroeville celebrates ‘Go Set a Watchman’.

It’s time to beat the heat in Alabama

Other recent articles from Alabama NewsCenter include the following:

Scammers don’t take a summer vacation – This quick guide will show you how to avoid becoming a victim.

Preteen poets: Middle schoolers embrace creative writing – “I am lightning.  My brother is thunder.  My sister is rain.  I am a symbol of speed, of power, of pain.”  (by Jordan from Montevallo Middle School)

The domino effect tells about the 2015 World Championship Domino Competition in Andalusia, Alabama.

Coach Pearl and the pros delight, enlighten at Barbasol Junior Clinic tells about how students learn lessons about golf and the game of life.

Alabama Power seeking up to 500 megawatts of renewable generation, including solar explains how a boost in renewable power options would allow Alabama Power to offer its customers more solar power than it has ever offered before.

Vestavia Hills home to young rising fashion design star tells of a local 14-year-old’s early successes, including winning first prize on the LifeTime Channel’s “Project Runway: Threads.”

Sloss Fest is latest note in Alabama music scene’s long resonance explores the rich musical heritage in Alabama and showcases some of the recent performers.

Gov. Bentley said new incentives are already spurring economic development activity:  “Creating jobs always should be our number one goal.”

Alabama poised to grow in the distribution center industry – See why the state’s unique location boasts a number of benefits.

Alabama Commerce Department adding new division, revising state economic development plan – “This is about meeting the needs of business and industry.”

Carla Davis: Turning disability into ability – “She’s a good example of someone who focuses on abilities and not disabilities.”

Homes for Our Troops benefits Noah Galloway and other veterans in Alabama.

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Our RSS Feeds Have Changed

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 13:26

The audience for AlabamaWX continues to grow and grow. We thank each and every one of you for turning to us for weather information.

We know that many of you use RSS readers, apps and widgets to follow the blog. We have made a made in our feed server today, which may necessitate you changing the address that you follow.

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Please adjust your feed settings and get ready for lots of exciting new content on AlabamaWX.

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Trending Hotter/Drier Over The Weekend

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:09

OCEAN OF HUMIDITY: We have a few scattered showers over West Alabama at daybreak… otherwise the sky is mostly cloudy with areas of dense fog.

The showers are moving southeast, and with rich low level moisture in place, we will maintain the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, although the rain won’t be as extensive as yesterday. Some rain totals Thursday include 2.37? at Helena, 1.69? at Lake View, 1.61? at Montgomery, 1.40? at Coker, and 1.17? at Bessemer.

We project a high today close to 90 degrees in most places with intervals of sunshine away from the scattered showers.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The upper ridge begins to rebuild, so the weather trends hotter and drier. Still, no doubt we will have a few storms around both days, but they will be much more scattered in nature. Expect a good supply of sunshine tomorrow and Sunday with a high back up in the mid 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms stay widely scattered, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours Monday and Tuesday… then increasing again over the latter half of the week as the ridge weakens. Highs well up in the 90s Monday and Tuesday, but by Friday of next week many places will see a high only in the 80s because of clouds and showers. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: We project about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through early next week, with a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning is 85 degrees. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: Still no sign of any tropical storm formation across the Atlantic basin through the 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.

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

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Good Summer Rain For Alabama

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 15:26

Anyone remember the song by Johnny Rivers?

“Summer rain taps at my window
West wind soft as a sweet dream
My love warm as the sunshine
Sittin’ here by me, she’s here by me”

We have enjoyed some very beneficial summer rain across the great state of Alabama today…

Photo below is a storm approaching Birmingham from @chinaski

Stronger storms this evening will produce heavy rain, frequent lightning, and gusty winds as they move southeast. Showers and storms will diminish tonight.

Birmingham’s high today was only 87 degrees… the first day below 90 since July 6.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge will begin to rebuild; the air aloft will be warmer, and our weather will trend hotter and drier. Tomorrow thunderstorms will be more scattered, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours; temperatures go back up into the low 90s.

We project mid 90s Saturday and Sunday with a good supply of sunshine both days. Understand storms are certainly possible over the weekend, but they will be widely spaced, and mostly during the peak of the daytime heat.

NEXT WEEK: Hot, humid weather continues early next week with a decent amount of summer sun, and a few scattered storms each afternoon. The upper ridge weakens again later in the week, with an increase in showers and storms likely by Thursday and Friday (July 30-31). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores west to Panama City Beach through the weekend, with a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Maximum temperatures will stay in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s; See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet. Global models have hinted at lower pressure just off the South Atlantic coast of the U.S. in a few days, but little development. If anything happens to form there, it won’t impact Alabama.

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 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Storms in Birmingham Metro

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:19

Thunderstorms on the southern edge of a rain shield are dropping into the Birmingham Metro right now.

Storms with heavy rain and frequent lightning, but not severe, are across the northern parts of Jefferson County and over St. Clair County from Ragland to Pell City.

Everything is pushing east, but developing southward as well. Areas from eastern Jefferson across much of St. Clair, Talladega, Calhoun, Cleburne, as well as northern Clay and Randolph Counties can expect this activity to move over them over the next couple of hours.

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Proud To Be From Birmingham!

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:26

Magical things are happening in Birmingham right now. The re-urbanization of the City Center is well underway and gaining momentum. The Uptown Entertainment District is a huge success and a critical asset to attracting bigger and better conventions to our city. Other entertainment districts like Lakeview and Avondale are happening organically. Railroad Park and Regions Field have been game changers.

I recently answered a question on Trippy about what there was to do with a group coming to Birmingham in September. The answers just flowed!

Our very own Lynn Oldshue has recently written an excellent article for her website The Southern Rambler. If you are from Birmingham, it will make you proud.

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Wet At Times Today; Drier This Weekend

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 05:32

RADAR CHECK: We have patchy light rain across Alabama as the day begins; the sky is mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 70s.

The air will be rather unstable today, and we expect scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for much of the state… like yesterday the primary threat with the stronger storm will be microburst potential (local areas of strong winds, enough in come cases to knock down trees and power lines).

Birmingham has recorded a high of 90 degrees or higher for the past 16 consecutive days; some places could hold in the 80s all day today due to clouds and showers.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge begins to rebuild, and the air becomes more stable. Still, scattered, mostly afternoon storms are possible tomorrow with a high from 91 to 94. Then, by Saturday and Sunday, we expect a good supply of summer sunshine both days with highs up in the mid 90s. Understand we always have the risk of a thunderstorm on a summer afternoon in Alabama, but they should be pretty widely spaced over the weekend.

NEXT WEEK: Pretty typical mid-summer weather is likely… partly sunny days, fair nights, and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the 90s, and lows in the 70s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Not much change; about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily along the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the weekend with the standard chance of a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain mostly in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

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

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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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Central Montgomery, W Macon & SE Elmore Counties

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 20:44

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 930 PM CDT

* AT 841 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM ECLECTIC TO NEAR EMERALD MOUNTAIN TO SNOWDOUN…
MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MONTGOMERY…TUSKEGEE…TALLASSEE…MILSTEAD…PIKE ROAD…
SHORTER…FRANKLIN…MOUNT MEIGS…EMERALD MOUNTAIN…AUBURN
UNIVERSITY IN MONTGOMERY…WAUGH…SNOWDOUN…HARDAWAY…EASTDALE
MALL…LIVERPOOL…HOPE HULL…VICTORYLAND…PINEDALE…TYSONVILLE
AND HYUNDAI MOTORS OF ALABAMA.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Elmore County

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 18:40

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

* AT 637 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER WETUMPKA…
MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
WETUMPKA…SANTUCK…BLUE RIDGE…DEXTER…JORDAN LAKE…CLAUD…
WALLSBORO AND JORDAN DAM.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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Strong Storms Approaching Parts of Birmingham Metro

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 18:13

Strong thunderstorms over over western Jefferson and northeastern Tuscaloosa Counties at this hour. Areas from Short Creek down to north of Brookwood are under the gun right now with strong gusty winds, deadly lightning and torrential rains.

The strongest winds are over western Jefferson County west of Rock Creek.

Tops on the western Jefferson County cell are over 50,000 feet indicating a powerful storm.

The storm over northeastern Tuscaloosa County northwest of lake View is intensifying rapidly.

This activity will push southeast, affecting areas from Mulga and Fairfield down to Rock Creek and Hueytown to North Johns, Brookwood, Lake View, Peterson and Holt will be affected.

Elsewhere across Central Alabama, strong storms are west of Eutaw, south of Centreville, south of Clanton and over I-85 near Tuskegee.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Randolph/Clay

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:05

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT

* AT 403 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LINEVILLE…
MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROANOKE…LINEVILLE…ASHLAND…WEDOWEE…LAKE WEDOWEE…WADLEY…
MALONE…CRYSTAL LAKE…PARAN…MOTLEY…TENNANT…ROCK MILLS…
CLEVELAND CROSSROADS…R.L. HARRIS DAM…BIG SPRINGS…DICKERT…
CRAGFORD…OFELIA…ROCK STAND AND ROANOKE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.

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