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Good Soaking Beginning Friday Afternoon

7 hours 55 min ago

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VARIABLE CLOUDS: Some North/Central Alabama communities are in bright sunshine this afternoon with temperatures in the low 50s, some places are dealing with a cloud over with temperatures in the 40s. No rain on radar, and the low levels remain dry.

Not much change in our weather tomorrow; mixed sun and clouds with a high in the low 50s for most communities. We might consider a small risk of a shower as moisture levels begin to slowly rise.

RAIN RETURNS: A rather dynamic weather system will impact Alabama as the weekend begins. Rain will spread into the state from the southwest Friday afternoon, becoming widespread Friday night. SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe weather up for the western and central Gulf Coast, but even there instability values are marginal. No severe weather is expected over the northern two-thirds of Alabama, although some thunder is certainly possible.

The rain will end from west to east during the midday hours Saturday; rain amounts will average one inch, with potential for a little more over West Alabama. Then, we expect partial clearing Saturday night as drier air works into the state.

SUNDAY/MONDAY: These two days look dry and pleasant with a partly sunny sky both days and a high close to 60 degrees.

ACTIVE PATTERN BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Clouds thicken on Tuesday, and we will forecast a good chance of rain by Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night as a strong cold front approaches. The new high resolution parallel GFS model has a 993 mb low near Nashville Tuesday night, suggesting we might even have some risk of strong thunderstorms; that will all depend on the amount of instability available, which is always questionable this time of the year. We will watch model trends in coming days.

Then, on Wednesday (Christmas Eve), the weather turns sharply colder and blustery in the wake of the cold front. The day looks mostly cloudy, windy, and cold with temperatures having a hard time getting out of the low to mid 40s. A very deep surface low (960 mb) is forecast to form just north of Buffalo, and moisture wrapping around that could squeeze out a few flurries or sprinkles during the day Wednesday. If we do see flurries, they shouldn’t amount to anything significant with surface temperatures well above freezing and very limited moisture.

CHRISTMAS DAY: For Alabama, the day looks dry. We begin with a morning low down in the upper 20s, followed by an afternoon high in the low 50s with a good supply of sunshine. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be at the Tots for Tots campaign wrap-up this evening at Legacy BBQ on Highway 150 in Hoover… on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5 and 6:00… then back in the studio at 10:00. The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Rain Moves Back In By Friday Afternoon

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COOL AND DRY: Not much change in the Alabama weather situation today; temperatures will be a little cooler with a high between 50 and 55 degrees for most places. The air stays dry, and we will enjoy a decent amount of sunshine through scattered clouds. Pretty much the same situation tomorrow; we might consider a slight risk of a shower during the afternoon as moisture levels rise, but for now we won’t mention it in the forecast.

WET WEATHER RETURNS: A significant storm system will bring rain into Alabama as the weekend begins. Rain will move in from the southwest Friday afternoon, and a widespread, soaking rain is likely Friday night. The guys at SPC has a “marginal” severe weather risk defined for the Gulf Coast region just south of the projected surface low track, but we do not expect any severe weather problems for the northern two-thirds of Alabama.

The rain will end from west to east during the midday hours Saturday; average rain amounts of one inch are likely, with potential for heavier totals in a few places. The sky will clear Saturday night as dry air returns to the state, and Sunday will be a dry, pleasant day with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the upper 50s.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: Monday will stay rain-free with a high well into the 50s, but a cold front will bring rain back into the state late Tuesday and Tuesday night. A little thunder is possible, but again no severe weather is expected with a stable airmass in place.

Colder air blows into the state on Christmas Eve (Wednesday); the last few global model runs have come in colder, but this is not cross-polar air. We project a high in the mid 40s Wednesday with a chilly north wind of 10-20 mph. There could be a few snow flurries Wednesday morning over the northern quarter of Alabama in the colder air, but the deeper moisture will be long gone, and for now it doesn’t look like anything significant (sorry, for those of you dreaming of a you know what).

Christmas Day on Thursday looks dry with a cold morning… temperatures should be in the 20s early in the day, then we rise into the low 50s  by afternoon with a partly to mostly sunny sky.

Another shot of colder air will arrive Friday, and for now it looks like that surface front will come with no rain. Take some time to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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TOYS FOR TOTS MARATHON: I will be live at Legacy BBQ on Highway 150 in Hoover today on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00 as we wrap up the annual 26 hour Toys for Tots marathon… please consider coming by at any time today and bringing a new, unwrapped toy. The U.S. Marines will be delivering the toys to families in need next week. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Rain Returns Late In The Week

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:15

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COOL AND DRY THROUGH MID-WEEK: Alabama’s weather won’t change much through Thursday. Dry and cool; highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s, right at seasonal averages for the middle part of December. We expect a mix of sun and clouds both days; we might consider a slight risk of a shower Thursday afternoon as moisture begins to return, but for now the chance of any one spot getting wet looks very small.

NEXT RAIN EVENT: Clouds will thicken during the day Friday, and rain will move into Alabama from the southwest Friday afternoon. That rain becomes widespread Friday night and into at least a part of the day Saturday as a surface low moves across South Alabama. At this time we expect rain amounts close to one inch, and no threat of severe weather. The rain will end from west to east Saturday afternoon as the low moves northeast into Georgia. Afternoon highs Friday and Saturday should remain in the 50s.

Sunday will be a dry day for the state, with sunshine through scattered clouds and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday with a partly sunny sky and a high between 55 and 60. A cold front will pass through the state late Tuesday and Tuesday night, but with limited moisture it looks like rain amounts will be very light and spotty; the system is a “clipper” that originates in Canada, and rarely brings deep moisture.

Wednesday looks colder and dry with a high between 45 and 49 degrees, then for Christmas Day on Thursday expect a partly sunny sky with a high in the 50s. For now we see no reason to forecast any chance of precipitation; sorry snow fans. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TOYS FOR TOTS: Our annual 26 hour final drive begins this evening; we are at Legacy BBQ on Highway 150, just west of the Galleria; please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy by to help local families in need. It all wraps up tomorrow at 6:00… I will be there at 4, 5, 6, and 10:00 live on ABC 33/40 tonight.

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Dry And Cool Through Mid-Week

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 07:18

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DRIER AIR RETURNS TO ALABAMA: Showers this morning are now generally east of I-65, and south of I-85, with a clearing sky over the northern half of the state.  We project a partly sunny sky today and tomorrow with highs in the 50s, right at seasonal averages for mid-December in Alabama. Moisture levels begins to rise Thursday, and we will bring in a small risk of a shower, but much of the day should be dry.

NEXT RAIN EVENT: It comes as the weekend begins. A fairly vigorous wave will push rain in Alabama Friday afternoon, becoming widespread Friday night into Saturday morning. The latest GFS moves the surface low through South Alabama, meaning no severe weather worries for the northern two-thirds of the state. But, it should be a good rain event with amounts around one inch likely; some spots could see a little more. The rain will end from west to east during the midday hours Saturday, followed by drier air Saturday night and Sunday. Highs stay in the 50s over the weekend.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: The weather here looks pretty quiet for now. A cold front will pass through Tuesday night or early Wednesday (December 23-24), and that might bring a shower or two, but at this moment it doesn’t look like a big rain event. Most of Christmas Eve looks dry, but chilly with a high in the mid to upper 40s. And, Christmas Day on Thursday (December 25) looks dry with a high in the 50s. Sorry, snow fans. See the Weather Xtreme video for a day to day walk through of the weather we expect next week.

It does look like the southern stream will be pretty active over the last week of the month; the 06Z GFS shows a significant rain/storm event here around December 27.

ON THIS DATE 14 YEARS AGO: An EF-4 tornado tore through the southern part of the city of Tuscaloosa, killing 11 people and injuring many more.

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WeatherBrains 464: Lift My Parcels

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 06:15

WeatherBrains Episode 464 is now online (December 15, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

We don’t have one guest WeatherBrain, nor two guest WeatherBrains, but three guest WeatherBrains.

First is James Aydelott, Chief Meteorologist from KOKI, Fox23, in Tulsa, OK. James grew up in Tulsa and is a fourth generation Okie. His great grandparents moved into Indian Territory before 1900 and his grandfather was born in Howe. His parents were both teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. James has always been fascinated by the severe weather that seems to hit Tulsa with fearsome regularity. James’s dad piled the family in the station wagon and toured the damage after each round of severe weather, and all that destruction made quite an impression on him. After graduating from Tulsa’s East Central High School, James headed to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in meteorology.

James has worked in Sherman, TX, Savannah, GA, Wichita, KS, Dallas, TX, and Tulsa, OK, seeing and forecasting everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to blizzards. He has years of tornado chasing experience and is a severe weather and Doppler radar expert. James is an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys flying his Cessna Cardinal. James and his wife Robyn have two children and golden retriever, Mia, who also loves to fly. He also likes to cook and has even been a celebrity chef in Tulsa’s own Chef Fest. James is involved in Tulsa’s Iron Gate Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, and Tulsa’s Restore Hope Ministry.

Guest WeatherBrain number 2 is Steve Piltz, Meteorologist in Charge of the Tulsa NWS office. Steve has been with the NWS for over 26 years, the last 13 years as MIC at the Tulsa office. The Tulsa office covers 25 counties in Oklahoma and seven in Arkansas.

And Guest WeatherBrain number 3 is Shelby Hays. Shelby is a WB Alum, having appeared on shows 443, 423, and 403. Shelby joined the KOCO 5 First Alert weather team in November, 2014, where she will be the weekend meteorologist. She is a native Oklahoman who grew up wanting nothing more than to be a meteorologist. From a very young age Shelby was fascinated by storms. It began with fear but grew into a passion for learning about the weather. One of the reasons she loved weather so much was that it’s always changing. She knew this would provide for a rewarding career. Shelby pursued her dream at one of the finest meteorology schools in the world, the University of Oklahoma. She spent her time in college studying weather and also studying the television business. Shelby completed internships in both Oklahoma City and Nashville, TN. She graduated from OU with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. She also spent time in New York City at Good Morning America learning from ABC Meteorologist Ginger Zee. Shelby began her broadcast career at KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, AR, as the weekend morning meteorologist. The chance to come home to Oklahoma City was a dream come true for Shelby.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 84 at Edinburg, TX, and 3 at Conrad, MT
  • Storm system moving through Great Lakes area
  • Another cold wave coming down the eastern side of the Rockies
  • Weather relatively quiet, but tornado in Oklahoma on Sunday
  • Small tornado in southern Mississippi today
  • 2014 may go into the records as a low end year for tornadoes
  • and more!
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    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re going to go full tilt into the topic of tilted troughs in this episode of WeatherBrains 101. You’ve got three kinds of tilted troughs, neutral, positive, and negative. Be sure to listen to see which one is the most ominous.

    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 464:

    KOKI-TV Fox 23 Weather web page

    NWS Tulsa, OK, web page

    KOCO-TV Weather web page

    Doswell and Lemon 1979 paper on thunderstorm evolution

    Doswell paper on human in forecasting

    Picks of the Week:

    Shelby Hays – KOCO-TV Weather App

    Nate Johnson – A Day at the Weather Channel

    Bill Murray – No Pick this week

    Brian Peters – Weather forecasts for Rose Bowl

    John Scala – Localized snow event in Chicago, IL

    Kevin Selle – No Pick of the Week

    James Spann – Mike Smith Blog post on Ginger Zee story

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Capital Weather Gang Tweet on Gemini meteor shower

    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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    Rain At Times Through Tonight

    Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:27

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    RADAR CHECK: Showers are little ahead of schedule this afternoon; much of Central and West Alabama are wet at mid-afternoon…

    Occasional showers will continue tonight, ending after midnight in most places with rain amounts generally under 1/2 inch. Then, the sky will become partly sunny during the day tomorrow as drier air enters the state.  We expect a high tomorrow in the mid to upper 50s, about average for mid-December in Alabama.

    WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: Wednesday will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds, and a high in the mid 50s. Clouds thicken Thursday as moist air begins to return, and we will mention just a chance of a shower Thursday afternoon; nothing especially widespread. The high Thursday afternoon will hold in the mid 50s.

    WET WEATHER RETURNS AS THE WEEKEND BEGINS: A significant storm system in the southern branch of the jet stream will impact Alabama with rain, beginning at some point during the day Friday. The rain become more widespread Friday night, and should end during the day Saturday as a surface low moves away from the state. The forecast surface low track, right across Central Alabama, suggests there will be no risk of severe weather, although some thunder is certainly possible. Rain amounts should average one inch, with potential for more in a few spots, especially over Northwest Alabama.

    Drier air returns Saturday night, and Sunday will be rain-free with a partly sunny and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

    CHRISTMAS WEEK: A wave of low pressure is expected to form in the western Gulf of Mexico Sunday night; the 12Z GFS keeps the rain with this feature south of the Gulf Coast, over the Gulf. One way or another it should not impact North or Central Alabama, and at this point our weather looks dry Monday and Tuesday with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.

    An active southern branch of the jet stream is expected to set up later in the week, and a number of global model runs have suggested we might have some rain to deal with on Christmas Eve, Wednesday December 24, followed by a cold and dry Christmas Day. But, there is no way to resolve timing this far in advance. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

    It does look like colder weather will impact the Deep South over the final week of December.

    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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    Showers Move Into Alabama Tonight

    Mon, 12/15/2014 - 07:27

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    COLD START: Another sub-freezing morning for East Alabama; Vic Bell at Black Creek reported a low of 23 degrees early this morning; places like Anniston, Gadsden, and Fort Payne are in the upper 20s at daybreak. Most communities over the western two-thirds of the state are in the 30s.

    Clouds will slowly increase today ahead of a storm system across the Southern Plains, and a few showers could enter West Alabama this afternoon with temperatures rising into the 60s. The best chance of showers will come tonight, from roughly 6 p.m. through 4 a.m. tomorrow. Moisture is limited, and the air is stable, so rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch for most places. No risk of severe weather, and probably not much thunder.

    TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: The sky becomes partly sunny tomorrow as drier air works into the state. The weather will be a bit cooler, with a high in the mid to upper 50s. Wednesday will stay dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the low to mid 50s.

    LATER THIS WEEK: We will introduce the risk of a shower during the day Thursday as moisture begins to return, but rain amounts should be pretty light and spotty. A significant wave will bring the next band of organized rain into our state late Friday, Friday night, and early Saturday. The main window for the most widespread rain will come from roughly 6:00 p.m. Friday through 9:00 a.m. Saturday as a surface low moves right over North Alabama. This system will have good upper support, but at the moment it looks like the air will be too stable for any real severe weather threat.

    It certainly has the potential to bring a significant amount of rain; for now we figure most of North/Central Alabama will see one inch, with potential for more in spots, especially over the northwest counties of the state.

    REST OF THE WEEKEND: Drier air begins to work into the state Saturday afternoon, and we might see a little sun with a high close to 60 degrees. And, at this point, Sunday looks dry with a mix of sun and clouds and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

    CHRISTMAS WEEK: The GFS shows a southern stream system that has potential to bring rain to the Gulf Coast region early in the week; best chance of wet weather Monday will be south of Montgomery, and especially near the coast. For now it looks like the rain will stay south of places like Birmingham, Anniston, Tuscaloosa, and Gadsden.

    Global models are also hinting at some potential for another wet weather system on Christmas Eve; snow lovers love the 06Z GFS which hints at wintry precipitation for parts of North Alabama, but this is nothing but pure voodoo at this point. Take a few minutes and watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details on long range ideas. Seems like a pattern change is very possible toward the end of the month, but nobody knows the details for now.

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    Clouds and Sun Today

    Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:20

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    Some low clouds moved into northern Alabama overnight creating an interesting temperature contrast across Central Alabama. Near sunrise, there was a 21 degree difference in temperatures from Tuscaloosa at 47 and Anniston at 26. Vic Bell reported a low of 23 at Black Creek for the coldest reading I could find. This makes the temperature forecast today a bit difficult. I think the clouds will stick around this morning but we should see some sunshine by afternoon. The clouds will hold temperatures down some so I’m only expecting the upper 50s for most areas, perhaps lower 60s south of the Birmingham area.

    The surface high in place this morning will slide to the east today with the next weather system taking shape to our west. As the high slides east, a trough kicks our of the southern Rockies on Monday taking the surface low into the middle Mississippi River Valley and bringing a front across the lower portion of the Mississippi Valley. Clouds should increase Monday with the showers and rain holding off until the very late afternoon and evening.

    This system zips by briskly so I think much of the rain chances will be confined to the nighttime hours. By Tuesday at midday the trough has moved into the eastern Great Lakes area and the front has cleared the area. We should see the rain end for most folks by daybreak though it might linger a little beyond that for the eastern section of Central Alabama. We’ll cool down some for Wednesday and Thursday as the coldest air remains well to our north, but our highs should fall back into the 50s.

    Wednesday and Thursday will be dry with another weak ridge influencing our weather. The next system, however, will be taking shape Thursday and bringing us some wet weather for Friday and the first half of Saturday. Friday is likely to be a fairly warm day as a warm front moves north and good southerly flow is established. The upper storm system opens up and moves by on Saturday afternoon, so that should bring an end to the rain by the middle of the day on Saturday. Sunday should be dry and colder once again with highs dropping back into the middle 50s.

    Rainfall with the first system is expected to be fairly light with a half inch or less for most locations. The next system for Friday and Saturday could bring a bigger rain event to the area.

    And voodoo country has a somewhat different look to it on this run – so what’s new? Yesterday it looked like a warm and dry Christmas for Central Alabama, but the run today continues to show a fairly warm pattern but it could be wet with a strong weather system coming across the Southern Plains. And the pattern will remain active with another system ab out three days later bringing more wet weather for the 28th and 29th. But maybe all this will change in the next few model runs.

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    Sunny, For Most Spots

    Sat, 12/13/2014 - 14:16

    Most locations across the state are basking in an abundance of sunshine this afternoon. Where the sun is out, temps are into the 50s and 60s, making it a beautiful Saturday across the state. However, this is not the case for all locations in the state. An area of cloud cover has moved into the Tennessee Valley as well as portions of West Alabama. Where the clouds are present, temps are hanging in the 40s this afternoon. Most locations in Central Alabama will continue see the mainly clear conditions today.

    Heading into the overnight hours, look for those temps to drop back down into the lower to mid-30s in Central Alabama. As we head into the second half of the weekend, we are expecting plenty of sun. Highs for tomorrow should be in the 60s for all of Central Alabama.

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    Warmer & Dry for the Weekend

    Sat, 12/13/2014 - 07:18

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    If you are looking for really cold weather, you won’t find it around here this weekend. Sure, we’re starting the day off on a rather nippy note with readings in the 20s across the Tennessee River Valley and Northeast Alabama while much of Central Alabama was around 30 degrees. With a good supply of sunshine expected our afternoon highs should climb to around the 60s degree mark.

    We stay dry on Sunday as the upper ridge builds across the eastern half of the country. Sunday will also be a tad warmer with highs in the lower and middle 60s.

    Our next shot at rain comes Monday night and early Tuesday. This is a relatively fast moving system so the timing on the rain and showers should be between about 6 pm Monday and 9 am Tuesday. Rainfall amounts are expected to be less than half an inch since we don’t really establish a good moisture return with this system.

    An upper ridge will dominate the pattern in the middle of the week with dry weather Wednesday and Thursday and highs returning to the 60s. By Friday, a strong trough will be edging closer to us out of the southern Rockies, so Friday will be warm with rain chances and clouds returning. That trough moves by Saturday, so our weather should be improving as the rain moves out in the morning and early afternoon. Highs will drop back into the 50s, but there is not any extreme cold with this system.

    The weather pattern this time of year is typically pretty fast and we are seeing that. Looks wet for the 23rd of December, but dry for us for Christmas day. The upper air pattern suggests Christmas day could be quite warm. But another chill down and wet weather are projected for the 27th-28th or so.

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    Off to Helena United Methodist Church for the Festival of Three Kings. I get to be that jolly fellow from well north of here. Then it’s off to Cahaba Heights UMC for a rehearsal for their Sunday Christmas program, followed by an evening with friends at a Christmas party! I’m already tired and the day has just begun! I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video by 8 am or so on Sunday. Enjoy this lovely weekend as the Christmas holiday looms closer. Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Showers Return Early Next Week

    Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:28

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    SEVERE CLEAR: Another day of blue sky and sunshine across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are very close to seasonal averages, with most places in the mid to upper 50s. The air is dry, and there is no rain on radar.

    The dry weather continues throughout the weekend, with sunny pleasant days and clear chilly nights. After an early morning low close to the freezing mark, we rise into the low 60s tomorrow with a sunny sky. Mid 60s are likely by Sunday afternoon as our slow warming trend continues.

    NEXT WEEK: Short wave energy will bring clouds into Alabama Monday, and showers could reach the western counties during the afternoon hours. The better chance of rain statewide will come Monday night, and this still doesn’t look like a big rain event… with limited moisture rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch. There could be a little thunder in spots, but there is no risk of severe weather.

    The sky becomes partly sunny Tuesday afternoon, and the high will be close to 60. Wednesday looks rain-free and pleasant as well; we might need to insert the risk of showers toward the end of the week Thursday and Friday as moist air begins to return ahead of a vigorous weather system to the west.

    The core impact of that storm system should come on Saturday December 20, when rain and storms are likely statewide. This could be a heavy rain/strong to severe thunderstorm setup, at the moment it looks like the highest risk of severe storms will come over the southern part of the state, but with this event eight days away there is no way of resolving details now.

    CHRISTMAS WEEK: The 12Z GFS shows a cool, dry week for Alabama with seasonal temperatures; highs mostly in the 50s and lows mostly in the 30s. The AO/NAO combination remains positive, which will make it hard to get bitterly cold air this far south. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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    I had a great time today visiting with the fifth graders at Glencoe Middle School in Etowah County; be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted bright and early Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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    Slow Weekend Warm-Up Ahead

    Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:09

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    ANOTHER COLD MORNING: As cold as 18 degrees in Alabama this morning; that was the 6:00 a.m. temperature at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden. But, a warming trend begins later today with a good supply of sunshine as we rise into the mid to upper 50s this afternoon… that is right at seasonal averages for mid-December.

    The slow warm-up continues over the weekend; the high tomorrow will be close to 60, followed by low to mid 60s Sunday. Mornings will stay chilly; many communities will see another light freeze early tomorrow morning as the weekend begins. Dry air means a sunny sky both days.

    NEXT WEEK: Short wave energy will bring clouds back into the state Monday, and showers arrive late Monday afternoon over the northwest corner of the state. Looks like our best chance of showers will come from 5:00 p.m. Monday through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday… no severe weather, and probably not much thunder. And, with limited moisture rain amounts for most should be under 1/2 inch.

    The sky becomes partly sunny Tuesday as drier air returns, and there is no cold air involved with this system, so the high Tuesday afternoon should be close to 60 degrees. Expect mostly sunny and pleasant weather Wednesday and Thursday with a high in the low 60s.

    A dynamic weather system will bring the risk of a shower late in the week on Friday, but the main event should come the following day, on Saturday December 20. Too early to be specific, but at this point it looks like it might be a heavy rain event for Alabama with potential for strong thunderstorms.

    CHRISTMAS WEEK: The Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) remain positive, which means it will be hard for bitterly cold air to invade the Deep South; temperatures for now look close to seasonal averages, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s generally speaking. The 06Z GFS shows potential for a rain event on Christmas Eve, but we all know in the “land of voodoo” that will probably vanish on the next run. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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    I have a weather program today at Glencoe Middle School in Etowah County… then this evening I will be live from the “Bikes for Tots” event at the Walmart on Highway 150 in Hoover. The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted this afternoon by 4:00… enjoy the day…

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    Cold Again Tonight; A Warmer Weekend

    Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:35

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    DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Expect another freeze early tomorrow morning across North/Central Alabama; most communities will see a low near 30, with 20s likely for colder valleys and protected areas. Then, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon as temperatures rise into the mid to upper 50s with a sunny sky.

    The weekend looks very nice; ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday with afternoon highs up in the low 60s. Mornings will be chilly with lows in the mid to upper 30s. No moisture, no chance of rain.

    NEXT WEEK: A short wave will bring increasing clouds to Alabama Monday, and showers are a good possibility Monday night. Still looks like the main window for rain will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, and amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch, with potential for heavier totals over the northwest corner of the state. No severe weather threat, and probably not much thunder. Drier air returns Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday and Thursday look dry with a good deal of sunshine both days along with a high near 60 degrees.

    Global model consensus is good on the potential for a dynamic system around Saturday, December 20 that would bring the risk of heavy rain and maybe even strong thunderstorms.

    CHRISTMAS WEEK: This is still in a period where there is very little skill in a specific forecast (beyond seven days), but for now global models hint most of the week will be dry with temperatures near or a bit below seasonal averages for late December. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham has received 44.41″ of rain since January 1; that is a deficiency of 6.47″. Bottom line is that there is a good chance we end up with a rain deficit for 2014 as the year ends in a few weeks. Tuscaloosa and Anniston have similar totals.

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    Cool, Dry December Day

    Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:24

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    SUB-FREEZING START: Here are some temperatures across the great state of Alabama at daybreak…

    Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 21
    Valley Head 23
    Gadsden 25
    Concord 25
    Fort Payne 25
    Anniston 26
    Center Point 26
    Haleyville 27
    Birmingham 28
    Tuscaloosa 28
    Coker 28
    Northport 29

    DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Despite sunshine in full supply today, we won’t get past the 50 degree mark, and another light freeze is likely early tomorrow. Then, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon… we expect a high in the upper 50s with a good supply of sunshine. The weather looks wonderful for the weekend, with ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday along with a high in the low 60s both afternoons.

    NEXT WEEK: Clouds will return to the state Monday, and we will forecast a good chance of showers Monday night with a short wave moving in from the west. Moisture will be limited, so rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch, and while a little thunder is possible, severe weather is not expected. The main window for rain will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

    Drier air returns during the day Tuesday, and rain-free weather is likely Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will remain comfortable, with highs generally in the low 60s through mid-week.

    LONG RANGE THOUGHTS: The GFS and the ECMWF are in very good agreement, showing a significant storm system impacting Alabama around Saturday December 20. This looks like a rather dynamic feature, and will need to monitored in coming days for severe weather potential. Then, dry and cool weather seems to be the story for the following week, including Christmas Day. Of course, this is out in the “land of voodoo”, and this could easily change. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    WILD WEATHER DAY FOR CALIFORNIA: Heavy rain is moving into the San Francisco Bay area this morning; they will see 3-5 inches of rain over the next few days, and winds today could gust to 40/50 mph at times.

    This will be case, however, where the positives could outweigh the negatives; this is beneficial rain for a state that is in severe drought conditions.

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    Cold Tonight; Warmer By The Weekend

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:19

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    CHILLY DAY: Despite a decent amount of sun today, temperatures across North/Central Alabama are only in the upper 40s at mid-afternoon, about ten degrees below average values for mid-December. We expect a pretty decent freeze tonight; lows early tomorrow between 25 and 29 degrees are expected with a clear sky and light wind.

    DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Cool air stays in place tomorrow with maximum sunshine and a high around 50, then we warm into the mid 50s Friday, and low 60s Saturday and Sunday. Dry air means no rain, and sunny days and clear nights.

    NEXT WEEK: A wave will bring the next chance of rain to Alabama Monday night; still looks like the main chance of wet weather will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday; moisture will be limited so at the moment it looks like rain amounts will be generally under 1/2 inch, and there is no threat of severe weather with weak dynamic forcing and very little surface based instability. The sky becomes partly sunny Tuesday afternoon, and highs hold in the 50s with no real cold air behind the system.

    The GFS continues to suggest the next rain event comes around Friday December 19, or Saturday December 20.

    CHRISTMAS? Way too early to be specific about weather on Christmas Day; global ensembles hint we could see a change to colder temperatures by then, still no firm evidence of any bitterly cold air at this point. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

    VERY QUIET YEAR FOR TORNADOES: Our friend Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center released data yesterday showing US tornado numbers for 2014 are among lowest in recorded history…

    Not that anyone is complaining…

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    Colder Air Drops Into Alabama

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:27

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    CHILLY DECEMBER DAY: Despite a good supply of sunshine through scattered clouds, we won’t get out of the 40s today thanks to a surge of colder air moving in from the north. This is about ten degrees below average for mid-December, and by early tomorrow we project a low in the 25-29 degree range for most North/Central Alabama communities.

    Cool weather continues tomorrow with a high around 50 degrees, but a warming trend begins Friday afternoon as we rise into the upper 50s. Dry air means no rain, and a sunny sky both days.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry air stays in place, and we expect a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday. The high Saturday will be close to 60, followed by low to mid 60s Sunday. Early morning lows will be in the mid to upper 30s.

    NEXT WEEK: The GFS continues to suggest our next chance of rain will come Monday night, in the general time frame from 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. Data continues to show rain amounts of under 1/2 inch, and while some thunder is possible, severe weather is not expected. The middle of the week will be dry, and another wet weather system shows up at the end of the week around Friday December 19.

    CHRISTMAS FORECAST? No, there is no real skill in a specific forecast beyond seven days, so nobody knows what the weather will be like on Christmas Day in Alabama this year, but global model output still doesn’t show any “Arctic blast” potential at this point. On an average basis, temperatures will be close to seasonal values for December through December 25…

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    I will be helping with the ABC 33/40 “Home for the Holidays” Habitat for Humanity house build this morning in Clay… then on to Mount Laurel Elementary in Shelby County. Then, this evening I will be live at the Walmart on Highway 150 in Hoover for a Toys for Tots event. Will try and squeeze in a new Weather Xtreme video by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    Colder Air Arrives Tomorrow

    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:25

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    ALABAMA THIS AFTERNOON: The sky is generally sunny over Central and South Alabama, but clouds are a bit more prevalent over the Tennessee Valley, where a new push of colder air is entering the state. Muscle Shoals is only in the mid 40s this afternoon with a mostly cloudy sky, while Birmingham reports 60 with a good supply of sunshine.

    The colder air moves deeper into the state tomorrow, and we are expecting a high only in the mid to upper 40s for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden with a mix of sun and clouds. Looks like our coldest morning will come early Thursday with most places reaching the 25-30 degree range. Thursday will be another cool and dry day, with ample sunshine and a high close to 50 degrees.

    WARMING TREND BEGINS FRIDAY: With sunshine in full supply, we will project a high in the upper 50s Friday as a warming trend begins. Then, the weekend looks delightful with lots of sunshine Saturday and Sunday; the high Saturday will be close to 60, with low 60s likely Sunday.

    NEXT WEEK: A short wave will bring the next chance of rain to Alabama early in the week; the 12Z run of the GFS continues to suggest the primary chance of rain will come Monday night. No severe weather threat, and probably not much thunder. Rain amounts, for now, look to be under 1/2 inch. The GFS also hints at a chance of rain toward the end of week, around Friday December 19.

    Still no sign of any extremely cold air for the state for the next 15 days or so; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

    GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: The Geminid meteor shower peaks Saturday December 13th. This is one of the year’s most active and a great one to experience. The downside, a nearly quarter moon rising around midnight. The upside, Geminids have been seen as early as last week, this shower has gotten stronger over time, so this could be a good one! Geminids are different than other showers because they come from an asteroid rather than a comet meaning more solid debris and easier to spot meteors. Best viewing is away from city lights. Give your eyes 15-20 minutes to adjust to the dark to see the most meteors. Look anywhere in the sky, not just the constellation Gemini. Good viewing starts around 10pm, best viewing is after 2am. You might see a few over the next few nights, even though the peak is still a few days away.

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    I will be at the Comedy Club in Hoover at the Stardome tonight for a special Toys for Tots event, live on ABC 33/40 at 4, 5, and 6:00… be sure and tune in to find out more about the event and a way you can help out families in need. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    November Climatological Notes

    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:13

    December, 2014, began on a warm note for Central Alabama, that in sharp contrast to what we saw during November. November was quite cold across Central Alabama, in fact, the National Weather Service in Birmingham said it was the coldest November experienced since 1976 in many places.

    So, just how cold was November for Central Alabama? In Birmingham, the average temperature was 48.9 degrees. This value was 5.5 degrees below the 30-year average and was the eighth coldest November since 1896. It was also the coldest November since 1995 when the average temperature was 47.9 degrees. The coldest November on record for Birmingham occurred in 1976 when the average for the month was 45.4 degrees.

    In Anniston, the average November temperature was 47.6 degrees, which was 5.9 degrees below the 30-year average. This was the fifth coldest November in Anniston since 1903, and the coldest since 1976. Anniston’s coldest November occurred in 1976 when the average temperature was 45.4 degrees.

    Tuscaloosa’s average temperature in November was 49.2 degrees, or 5.8 degrees below the 30-year average. This was Tuscaloosa’s fourth coldest November since 1948, and the coldest since 1976. Tuscaloosa’s record cold November occurred in 1976 when the average temperature was 46.8 degrees.

    Further south, Montgomery also had a cold November, with an average temperature of 51.0 degrees, which was 5.5 degrees below the 30-year average. This was Montgomery’s fourth coldest November since 1872, and the coldest since 1976. Montgomery experienced it’s coldest in November, 1976, when the average temperature was only 48.0 degrees.

    You may recall that the record cold of November, 1976, was followed by a very cold winter season in Central Alabama. Could that happen again this year? The current outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicate that the first half of December is likely to be rather mild, but there are indications that the second half of the month could trend colder. And the even longer range outlook for January through March projects increased chances for below seasonal temperatures across all of Central Alabama.

    And the winter of 1977 also included two snow events, both in January. Looking at the most recent cold November, 1995, it was followed by two snow events in Central Alabama, one in January, 1996, and one in February, 1996. So if you like snow, there is some cause that we could see a couple of snow events as we go into 2015.

    -Brian-

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    Windy, Cool December Day

    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:18

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    TEMPERATURES REMAIN BELOW AVERAGE: The average high for December 9 (in Birmingham) is 57 degrees; we are projecting low to mid 50s today despite a mostly sunny sky. As the pressure gradient tightens, we expect a north wind of 10-20 mph this afternoon, which will make it feel cooler.

    Tomorrow will be about 5-10 degrees colder, but the sky will remain mostly sunny as dry air holds.The high tomorrow afternoon for most will be in the upper 40s, and our coldest morning should come early Thursday with the low will be in the 26-30 degree range. Then, during the day Thursday, expect another sunny and cool day with a high close to the 50 degree mark.

    WARMING TREND: Alabama’s weather will stay dry Friday and through the weekend with warmer afternoons; the high Friday will be somewhere between 57 and 60, and a good chance we enjoy low 60s Saturday and Sunday. Dry air stays in place, we so we expect mostly sunny days and clear nights.

    NEXT WEEK: The last few runs of the GFS model have shown a weaker and faster system impacting Alabama early in the week; looks like the main window for showers will come late Monday afternoon and Monday night, with drier air moving back in Tuesday. Suggested QPF is under 1/2 inch for North/Central Alabama. But, let’s remember the last weather system ( this past Friday night and early Saturday) greatly overperformed model guidance, so we will keep an eye on it. One way or another it certainly doesn’t look like a severe weather threat.

    CHRISTMAS? Long time readers know there is very little skill in a specific weather forecast beyond seven days, but we can often gather ideas about trends in the 7 to 15 day period. Still no sign of the Arctic Oscillation (AO) or the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) flipping negative for now, and it looks like temperatures will be close to average values. Doesn’t bode well for those dreaming of a White Christmas. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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    I have a weather program today at the Lula Brown Head Start program in Attalla, and this evening I will be live at the Comedy Club in Hoover for a special Toys for Tots event on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    WeatherBrains 463: Football Brains

    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 06:15

    WeatherBrains Episode 463 is now online (December 8, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Kathryn Miles is an award-winning science writer and the author of three books: Adventures With Ari, All Standing, and Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, which was published by Dutton earlier this year. Her essays and articles have appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays, Ecotone, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, and Popular Mechanics. Miles holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and currently serves as a faculty member for the graduate programs at Green Mountain College and Chatham University.

    Gary Szatkowski began his career with the National Weather Service in 1980 after graduating from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Gary has worked at duty stations for the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma City, OK and Washington, DC. Since 1997, Gary has been the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Mt. Holly, NJ. The Mt. Holly office provides weather forecast and warning services for the residents of New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and northeast Maryland. As Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Mt. Holly office, he is responsible for all products and services provided by that office. Gary is a member of the American Meteorological Society & the National Weather Association. Gary has been recognized as a ‘Hurricane Sandy Hero’ by the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper and received the Weather Hero Award for 2012 from the Weather Research Center for his work during Hurricane Sandy.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 82 at Corona, CA, & Yorba Linda, CA, and -19 at Masardis, ME
  • Another shot of cold air moving through the Central US
  • Wet in Northwest and along Mid-Atlantic States
  • Bill, John, and Aubrey out for this show
  • Snow in the some of the mountain areas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out working the early morning shift – sleep is for sissies, Aubrey. Look for the complete email bag next week. But James handles an email that came in during the show.

    And Nate has some weather news, brief as it is.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There have been a slew of sun dog pictures from listeners thanks to the cirrus across the Southeast US yesterday. Since sun dogs are one of my favorite sights, I figured it would be a great time to talk about them even though they were the topic back in May, 2007.

    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 463:

    Link for Kathryn Miles books

    Mt. Holly, NJ, NWS web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Why Did NORAD Track Santa

    Brian Peters – Sun Dog & Moon Dog photo gallery

    Kevin Selle – Twitter picture of foggy tower cam

    Rick Smith – Snow crystal information

    James Spann – CIMSS GOES Realtime Derived Products

    Gary Szatkowski – BAMS article on hurricane risk

    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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