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Cooler Air Returns Tomorrow

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 16:59

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MILD WINTER DAY: Temperatures, as expected, have reached the 60s across much of North and Central Alabama this afternoon; Tuscaloosa has actually hit 70 degrees at 3:00 p.m. There is some filtered sunshine, and no rain on the radar. We will maintain a small risk of a shower early tonight with a cold front passing through, but many communities won’t see a drop.

TOMORROW/SATURDAY: The weather will be noticeably cooler tomorrow with a high close to 50 degrees, but the sky will be bright and sunny. Saturday will be dry, with a partly sunny sky and a high in the mid 50s. Clouds begin to thicken late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night ahead of the next storm system in the southern branch of the jet stream.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: We will forecast periods of rain statewide, and maybe even a thunderstorm or two as a surface low passes just to the north. The latest QPF numbers have come down a bit; totals of 1/2 inch are likely, with isolated amounts to one inch. Sunday’s high will be in the low 50s.

COLDER AIR MONDAY: A sharp change to colder weather is likely Monday following the rain; some places north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 30s with strong north wind, and we will maintain the chance of snow flurries Monday morning over the northern third of Alabama. The flurries should be a low or no impact event with surface temperatures above freezing, and the deeper moisture east of Alabama by then.

NEXT WEEK: Tuesday will be dry with a cold morning; lows will be in the 20-25 degree range. Then, clouds return Tuesday night, and more rain is likely Wednesday. Again we see evidence that a few snow flurries are possible as the rain ends late Wednesday night over North Alabama, but no significant impact is expected. Another shot of colder air arrives Thursday.

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I enjoyed seeing the kids today at Knollwood Christian School in Sylacauga… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Warmer With A Few Scattered Showers

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:15

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RADAR CHECK: We have a few showers over Northwest Alabama at daybreak… moving east ahead of a surface cold front. Temperatures are mostly in the 40s, and we should rise into the low 60s this afternoon… making for a rather comfortable late January day. Showers will move through the Tennessee Valley this morning, and a few more could develop later today or early tonight over Central Alabama, but moisture is very limited, and rain will be very light and spotty. Many North/Central Alabama communities won’t see a drop.

TOMORROW/SATURDAY: These two days will be cool and dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky. We expect a high in the low 50s tomorrow, and mid 50s Saturday afternoon. It will be cold early Saturday morning with temperatures in the upper 20s to start the day. Clouds begin to return late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: Sunday continues to look like a wet day, with a cloudy sky and periods of rain. Some thunder is possible, but there is no risk of severe weather with no real surface based instability. Still looks like rain amounts of around one inch will be likely for the northern half of Alabama, with temperatures reaching the low 50s during the afternoon.

SHARPLY COLDER EARLY NEXT WEEK: Model guidance is trending colder for early next week; the 00Z GFS run is printing a high of only 39 degrees for Birmingham Monday. And, we should note there is a chance of snow flurries on the back side of the departing system during the morning hours over the northern counties of the state, but temperatures should be a little above freezing, and with the deeper moisture off to the east it looks like a little to no impact situation for now.

Tuesday morning will feature a significant freeze, with a low between 20 and 25 degrees. Then, we expect a high in the upper 40s Tuesday afternoon with a bright, sunny sky.

We will mention a chance of rain statewide Wednesday, although the most widespread rain could very well come over the southern half of the state.

VOODOO LAND: In the “land of voodoo” (looking at weather beyond seven days, where there is little skill in a specific forecast), the AO (Arctic Oscillation)/NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) combination seems to want to hang in negative territory, which suggests somewhat cold and unsettled weather for the eastern and southern U.S. into mid-February. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program this morning at Knollwood Christian School in Sylacauga, and then at midday I will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Birmingham Federal Executive Association in downtown Birmingham. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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A Few Showers Tomorrow

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:36

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SUNNY WINTER DAY: It has been a day of maximum sunshine across Alabama today; temperatures are mostly in the mid 50s this afternoon, right at average values for late January.

Clouds will increase across the state tomorrow with a clipper passing to the north, dragging a cold front through here tomorrow night. Ahead of the front, temperatures should reach the low 60s. A few showers will break out during the afternoon and nighttime hours, but they will be widely scattered and rain amounts will be light.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: These two days will be cool and dry; lots of sunshine Friday with a high in the low 50s, followed by a partly sunny day on Saturday with mid 50s. Saturday morning will be cold with a low in the 27-32 degree range.

SUNDAY: Clouds will thicken across the state Saturday night, and wet weather returns to Alabama Sunday. Curiously, the 12Z GFS run is drier, but I expect a pretty good rain event state wide with periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm or two as a surface low passes northwest of Alabama. Rain amounts of around inch are likely.

NEXT WEEK: Colder and drier air returns Monday; a few lingering snow flurries are possible early Monday morning over the northern third of the state with little or no impact. The sky will clear during the day with a steady north breeze and a high in the 40s. Tuesday looks cold and dry with a high near 50 degrees.

Later in the week, a southern stream system promises to bring more rain to the state by Wednesday or Thursday, and the GFS is hinting at some risk of winter weather mischief for parts of the Deep South toward the end of the week. Needless to say, there is no way to resolve details at this stage of the game; just something to watch for now. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I enjoyed seeing the 3rd graders today at Gwin Elementary in Hoover… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! Also, a big thanks to those in the Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama Gadsden center… I enjoyed the visit at midday today. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Snow Reports from Boston

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:21

For all of us snowfall enthusiasts, here is a rather long but interesting Public Information Statement from the Boston NWS office with a summary of snowfall observations from a variety of sources. Let there be no mistake that the area served by the Boston NWS office experienced blizzard conditions in this storm.

-Brian-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT SPOTTER REPORTS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 803 AM EST WED JAN 28 2015 THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 24 HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED TO SKYWARN SPOTTERS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...MEDIA AND HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON ********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL******************** LOCATION STORM TOTAL TIME/DATE COMMENTS SNOWFALL OF /INCHES/ MEASUREMENT CONNECTICUT ..HARTFORD COUNTY MARLBOROUGH 22.0 448 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER MANCHESTER 19.0 1143 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NEWINGTON 15.0 1231 PM 1/27 NONE WEST HARTFORD 13.0 1132 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO WETHERSFIELD 12.5 650 PM 1/27 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS FARMINGTON 12.3 100 PM 1/27 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS GLASONBURY 12.0 846 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO SOUTHINGTON 11.2 835 AM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER SOMERS 11.0 820 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO AVON 10.0 652 PM 1/27 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS WINDSOR 10.0 850 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ENFIELD 9.7 841 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO GRANBY 9.0 842 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO HARTLAND 8.5 1120 AM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER EAST FARMINGTON HEIG 8.0 1110 AM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER EAST GRANBY 8.0 653 PM 1/27 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS 1 WNW WINDSOR LOCKS 7.8 1200 AM 1/28 AIRPORT NEW BRITAIN CITY 6.0 847 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTH GRANBY 4.5 336 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ..TOLLAND COUNTY STAFFORDVILLE 23.0 901 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER TOLLAND 21.5 713 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER COLUMBIA 16.5 212 PM 1/27 NONE STAFFORD SPRINGS 16.5 332 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER SOMERS 16.4 607 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER COVENTRY 15.0 448 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER UNION 15.0 225 PM 1/27 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS VERNON 14.8 227 PM 1/27 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS ELLINGTON 14.0 1111 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO BOLTON 13.5 1120 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..WINDHAM COUNTY THOMPSON 33.5 647 PM 1/27 MEDIA PUTNAM 30.0 650 PM 1/27 DEPT OF HIGHWAYS MOOSUP 25.0 1220 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO EAST KILLINGLY 24.2 418 PM 1/27 NONE DAYVILLE 23.0 156 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC HAMPTON 22.5 1016 AM 1/27 COOP OBSERVER DANIELSON 22.3 1050 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO POMFRET CENTER 22.0 758 AM 1/28 NONE SOUTH KILLINGLY 21.0 1226 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO POMFRET 20.0 1116 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ASHFORD 18.5 1219 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO PLAINFIELD 15.0 917 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO MASSACHUSETTS ..BARNSTABLE COUNTY WEST HARWICH 28.5 955 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER HYANNIS 27.0 748 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO EAST FALMOUTH 24.8 1000 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER WEST YARMOUTH 24.0 250 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO HARWICH 23.0 749 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO CENTERVILLE 21.0 700 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER SOUTH DENNIS 18.2 728 PM 1/27 EMERGENCY MANAGER ORLEANS 17.6 547 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER WELLFLEET 17.5 136 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO BREWSTER 14.0 308 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..BRISTOL COUNTY EAST FREETOWN 26.0 458 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO SOMERSET 24.0 1235 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO FALL RIVER 23.1 805 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ACUSHNET 22.2 605 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NEW BEDFORD 21.0 808 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO TAUNTON 20.8 700 AM 1/28 NWS OFFICE MANSFIELD 19.8 548 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER FAIRHAVEN 19.0 629 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTH ATTLEBORO 18.9 306 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTH DIGHTON 18.4 558 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO SOUTH DARTMOUTH 17.5 921 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTH ACUSHNET 16.0 806 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO WEST ACUSHNET 14.3 1229 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..DUKES COUNTY OAK BLUFFS 27.0 237 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO EDGARTOWN 16.0 905 AM 1/27 CO-OP OBSERVER ..ESSEX COUNTY METHUEN 31.5 900 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC IPSWICH 28.0 600 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER SWAMPSCOTT 27.1 707 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC PEABODY 27.0 819 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO GEORGETOWN 26.5 835 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER TOPSFIELD 26.5 630 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER HAVERHILL 25.6 1159 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NAHANT 25.0 923 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER SALEM 24.0 345 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ROCKPORT 23.5 855 PM 1/27 MEDIA GLOUCESTER 23.0 453 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER MARBLEHEAD 22.0 546 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ANDOVER 22.0 626 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO DANVERS 21.5 221 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..FRANKLIN COUNTY NORTHFIELD 7.2 240 PM 1/27 NONE LEYDEN 5.5 819 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ASHFIELD 5.0 828 AM 1/27 NONE HEATH 5.0 412 PM 1/27 NONE SHELBURNE FALLS 4.0 820 AM 1/27 SOCIAL MEDIA ..HAMPDEN COUNTY WALES 16.0 810 PM 1/27 BROADCAST MEDIA LUDLOW 14.0 729 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER EAST LONGMEADOW 12.5 1206 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO LONGMEADOW 12.0 1215 PM 1/27 NONE AGAWAM 10.9 1100 AM 1/27 CWO HAMPDEN 10.5 919 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO SPRINGFIELD 7.3 930 AM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER WESTFIELD 6.8 222 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER SOUTHWICK 4.5 108 PM 1/27 NONE HOLYOKE 4.0 816 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..HAMPSHIRE COUNTY WARE 8.0 840 AM 1/27 BROADCAST MEDIA WESTHAMPTON 6.2 113 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER AMHERST 6.0 430 PM 1/27 NONE ..MIDDLESEX COUNTY HUDSON 36.0 400 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC NORTH BILLERICA 34.0 1146 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ACTON 34.0 1014 PM 1/27 NONE LITTLETON 34.0 600 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER CHELMSFORD 33.8 925 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO FRAMINGHAM 33.5 540 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO WESTFORD 33.0 1004 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER LOWELL 33.0 952 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER TYNGSBORO 32.8 711 AM 1/28 GENERAL PUBLIC NORTH CHELMSFORD 32.5 813 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO DUNSTABLE 32.0 330 PM 1/27 NONE WINCHESTER 30.0 530 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER MARLBOROUGH 29.5 152 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTH READING 29.0 825 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER WAKEFIELD 29.0 758 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER GROTON 29.0 449 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER LEXINGTON 27.8 558 AM 1/28 GENERAL PUBLIC DRACUT 27.2 532 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC ASHBY 27.0 1229 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO PEPPERELL 26.5 513 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER BILLERICA 26.0 232 PM 1/27 MEDIA TEWKSBURY 25.6 603 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NATICK 25.5 745 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER WEST NEWTON 25.0 1240 AM 1/28 GENERAL PUBLIC BEDFORD 25.0 1021 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER AYER 24.0 1054 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO WOBURN 24.0 302 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER MELROSE 23.0 841 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC SUDBURY 23.0 245 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO WILMINGTON 23.0 1032 AM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC WESFORD 22.5 145 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO SOMERVILLE 22.3 308 AM 1/28 GENERAL PUBLIC STOW 22.0 255 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO TOWNSEND 21.6 528 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER CONCORD 21.5 1108 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER HOLLISTON 21.5 618 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO READING 21.5 220 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTH WOBURN 21.0 115 PM 1/27 NONE NEWTON 20.0 953 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO WAYLAND 20.0 428 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO BURLINGTON 19.5 805 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO SHERBORN 19.4 857 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO STONEHAM 17.0 849 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO MEDFORD 15.0 1034 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO MEDFIELD 12.5 1108 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO MALDEN 12.0 820 AM 1/27 SOCIAL MEDIA ..NANTUCKET COUNTY NANTUCKET 12.0 411 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..NORFOLK COUNTY MILTON 29.7 727 PM 1/27 COOP OBSERVER SHARON 29.0 546 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC BRAINTREE 26.0 407 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC BLUE HILLS 25.5 100 PM 1/27 CO-OP OBSERVER WALPOLE 24.6 619 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO QUINCY 24.5 840 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC SOUTH WEYMOUTH 24.0 907 PM 1/27 MEDIA WEYMOUTH 23.0 404 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO RANDOLPH 23.0 1003 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER FOXBORO 22.0 624 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORWOOD 22.0 623 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO WRENTHAM 22.0 1249 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO NEEDHAM HEIGHTS 21.0 312 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NORFOLK 20.0 1251 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO SHERBORN 19.4 907 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO MEDFIELD 19.0 430 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO COHASSET 18.3 235 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER WEST WALPOLE 18.0 1107 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO STOUGHTON 17.0 429 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO MILLIS 16.5 620 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO HOLBROOK 16.0 832 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO DOVER 14.0 825 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..PLYMOUTH COUNTY PLYMOUTH 30.7 1139 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC KINGSTON 28.0 526 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER HANOVER 24.0 736 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC MARSHFIELD 24.0 238 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER HULL 23.5 817 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO PEMBROKE 23.0 432 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO ROCKLAND 22.0 913 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER BROCKTON 22.0 1135 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER WEST WAREHAM 21.5 230 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER CARVER 21.3 900 PM 1/27 NWS EMPLOYEE HANSON 20.0 605 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO HALIFAX 13.8 959 AM 1/27 NONE BRIDGEWATER 12.5 954 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..SUFFOLK COUNTY SOUTH BOSTON 31.0 100 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER BOSTON 26.0 300 PM 1/27 NONE 1 N EAST BOSTON 24.6 700 AM 1/28 AIRPORT WINTHROP 24.6 700 AM 1/28 NONE CHELSEA 20.0 854 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO BOSTON CITY 17.6 534 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..WORCESTER COUNTY AUBURN 36.0 947 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER LUNENBURG 36.0 717 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER 3 WNW WORCESTER 34.5 1200 AM 1/28 AIRPORT CLINTON 34.1 419 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC WEST BOYLSTON 33.5 730 PM 1/27 COCORAHS WORCESTER 32.0 421 PM 1/27 NONE HOLDEN 32.0 546 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER UPTON 31.5 754 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER SHREWSBURY 30.9 740 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER MILFORD 30.7 833 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER WHITINSVILLE 30.0 503 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER FITCHBURG 30.0 305 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NORTHBOROUGH 29.3 217 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER STERLING 29.3 352 PM 1/27 NONE SPENCER 29.0 735 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NORTH GRAFTON 29.0 805 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER LEOMINSTER 29.0 437 PM 1/27 NONE LANCASTER 28.5 302 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO BOYLSTON 28.0 534 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER LEICESTER 27.0 222 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTHBORO 27.0 1217 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO HARVARD 27.0 910 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER BERLIN 26.5 1102 AM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC BOLTON 26.0 318 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO GRAFTON 25.0 1042 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ROCHDALE 24.0 1041 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTH WORCESTER 24.0 914 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO DOUGLAS 24.0 312 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER MENDON 23.0 249 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO SOUTHBRIDGE 22.3 700 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER SOUTHBORO 22.1 1133 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO MILBURY 21.0 856 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTHBRIDGE 19.0 844 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO OAKHAM 18.0 301 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO WESTMINSTER 15.0 617 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO HUBBARDSTON 13.0 223 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO BARRE 11.0 910 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ASHBURNHAM 10.0 426 PM 1/27 CO-OP OBSERVER RHODE ISLAND ..KENT COUNTY WEST WARWICK 20.5 954 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER 2 NNW WARWICK 19.1 1200 AM 1/28 AIRPORT GREENE 18.0 351 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ..NEWPORT COUNTY TIVERTON 19.0 807 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO MIDDLETOWN 16.0 738 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER PORTSMOUTH 15.0 820 AM 1/27 SOCIAL MEDIA LITTLE COMPTON 13.0 835 AM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ..PROVIDENCE COUNTY BURRILLVILLE 28.5 731 AM 1/28 GENERAL PUBLIC WEST GLOCESTER 25.6 714 AM 1/28 TRAINED SPOTTER GLENDALE 23.5 254 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO NORTH FOSTER 20.7 546 PM 1/27 CO-OP OBSERVER PROVIDENCE/NORTH PRO 18.5 709 AM 1/28 GENERAL PUBLIC SMITHFIELD 18.0 913 PM 1/27 HAM RADIO CUMBERLAND 18.0 213 PM 1/27 NWS EMPLOYEE N. CIMBERLAND 18.0 1221 PM 1/27 NONE CRANSTON 17.0 338 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC PROVIDENCE 17.0 622 PM 1/27 MEDIA NORTH PROVIDENCE 16.0 1215 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER 1 W PROVIDENCE 15.5 509 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER PAWTUCKET 15.5 350 PM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC EAST PROVIDENCE 14.5 837 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ..WASHINGTON COUNTY WESTERLY 21.0 624 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER HOPE VALLEY 18.5 527 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER NORTH KINGSTOWN 16.0 1208 AM 1/28 FINAL HOPKINTON 14.5 203 PM 1/27 NONE SAUNDERSTOWN 12.0 1145 AM 1/27 GENERAL PUBLIC RICHMOND 11.0 834 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ***********************PEAK WIND GUST*********************** LOCATION MAX WIND TIME/DATE COMMENTS GUST OF MPH MEASUREMENT MASSACHUSETTS ..ANZ250 8 SSE BASS ROCKS 67 804 AM 1/27 BUOY 44029 ..BARNSTABLE COUNTY CHATHAM 75 926 AM 1/27 CHH UPPER AIR CENTERVILLE 72 915 AM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER SOUTH DENNIS 64 1240 PM 1/27 EMERGENCY MANAGER EAST FALMOUTH 47 455 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ..ESSEX COUNTY ROCKPORT 64 1253 PM 1/27 MEDIA ..NANTUCKET COUNTY NANTUCKET 56 924 AM 1/27 NOS NTKM3 ..PLYMOUTH COUNTY PLYMOUTH 72 1039 AM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER 4 SW PLYMOUTH 65 1002 AM 1/27 ASOS MARSHFIELD 61 1110 AM 1/27 HAM RADIO ..WORCESTER COUNTY NORTHBOROUGH 52 220 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER RHODE ISLAND ..NEWPORT COUNTY MIDDLETOWN 48 740 PM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER ***********************SUSTAINED WIND*********************** LOCATION WIND TIME/DATE COMMENTS SPEED OF MPH MEASUREMENT MASSACHUSETTS ..BARNSTABLE COUNTY 2 NE HYANNIS 45 957 AM 1/27 ASOS CENTERVILLE 44 915 AM 1/27 TRAINED SPOTTER EAST FALMOUTH 28 1254 PM 1/27 NONE ..ESSEX COUNTY ROCKPORT 41 1014 AM 1/27 MEDIA 5 WNW BEVERLY 33 343 PM 1/27 ASOS ..NANTUCKET COUNTY NANTUCKET 40 1006 AM 1/27 NOS NTKM3 ..WORCESTER COUNTY 3 WNW WORCESTER 31 1141 AM 1/27 ASOS RHODE ISLAND ..ANZ236 3 ENE KIEFER PARK 39 812 AM 1/27 NOS QPTR1 ..WASHINGTON COUNTY NARRAGANSETT 37 900 AM 1/27 POTTERS COVE NAXR1
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Sunny Mid-Winter Day

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 07:05

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COLD START: Temperatures are in the 28-32 degree range across the great state of Alabama early this morning; with a dry airmass we expect a good supply of sunshine today with a high in the mid 50s this afternoon.

TOMORROW: Clouds return to the state tomorrow as a clipper passes well to the north; it will drag a cold front through here tomorrow night, and this could bring a few scattered showers to the northern counties during the afternoon and evening hours. Rain amounts will be light and spotty, and before the showers temperatures will rise up into the low 60s… it will be warmest day of the week.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Friday will be mostly sunny and cooler with a high in the low 50s; some places north of Birmingham could hold in the 40s through the afternoon. Then, on Saturday as the weekend begins, the weather stays dry, but clouds begin to increase during the afternoon hours ahead of an approaching storm system. The high Saturday will be in the mid 50s.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: A deepening surface low, supported by an upper trough, will pass northwest of Alabama, setting the stage for widespread rain. Looks now like there will be enough dynamic forcing for some thunderstorms to be involved, although severe weather isn’t expected. Rain amounts of around one inch look likely through Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: Much colder air blows into Alabama Monday, and there is the risk of a few snow flurries over the northern counties of the state during the morning hours, but with little or no impact. Look like we won’t get past the mid 40s Monday afternoon with a strong north wind to make it feel colder. And, significant freeze is likely by early Tuesday with a low down in the mid 20s.

Another weather system will bring more rain to the state by Wednesday and Thursday… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, details, and graphics. Looks like temperatures will be generally below average for the first 7-10 days of February.

ONE YEAR AGO: Snow Jam, Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, whatever you want to call it. Two inches of snow (which we forecast to be a dusting) turned into a winter weather nightmare for much of North/Central Alabama, and Birmingham was especially hard hit.

Read my detailed review event here…. and a sincere apology for a bad forecast here.

Needless to say, I feel the pain my colleagues are experiencing this week in New York City and Boston.

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I have weather programs today at Gwin Elementary in Hoover, and the University of Alabama Center in Gadsden. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon…. enjoy the day!

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Calm January Weather

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 16:43

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RADAR CHECK: This has turned out to be a sunny day for most of Alabama, except the northwest corner of the state where clouds linger. Temperatures are mostly in the 50s; Tuscaloosa has reached 61 degrees at mid-afternoon.

Tomorrow will be another bright, sunny day with a high in the 50s. Then, on Thursday, there will be an increase in clouds, and a clipper system passing well to the north could squeeze out a few raindrops over North Alabama late in the day or Thursday night, but rain will be very light, and very spotty. A chance we reach the low 60s Thursday afternoon.

Then, on Friday and Saturday, our weather will be rain-free with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. Colder pockets could reach the upper 20s at daybreak Saturday.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: Clouds will return late Saturday and Saturday night, and Sunday still looks like wet day for Alabama with amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch. No severe storms, and probably not much thunder. Just a rainy day.

NEXT WEEK: Colder and drier air settles in here Monday as highs drop into the 40s. A few snow flurries are possible early Monday morning over far North Alabama, but with no impact if they happen. The next wave brings more rain to the state later in the week, Wednesday night into Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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A Benign Weather Pattern For Alabama

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 06:57

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CALM LATE JANUARY WEATHER: While places like Boston will be digging out from their big blizzard that is still raging this morning, our weather will be pretty quiet for the rest of the week. Temperatures are near the freezing mark early this morning, but we expect a high in the low to mid 50s today with a mix of sun and clouds. Tomorrow will feature sunshine in full supply with a high in the mid 50s.

A clipper will pass well north of Alabama Thursday; that might drag some clouds into the far northern part of the state, but the air will be very dry, and I really think the chance of a shower is so small that we can drop it from the forecast. Again, the high will be in the 50s Thursday afternoon.

Friday will be another dry day, with ample sunshine and a high in the mid 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: It begins with a sunny sky Saturday morning, but clouds will move in Saturday afternoon ahead of the next storm system to the west. Temperatures will reach the mid to upper 50s Saturday afternoon. Then, wet weather returns Sunday with a good chance of rain throughout the day; the high will be in the 50s once again. Looks like rain amounts of around 1/2 inch will be likely, with isolated totals to one inch. No severe weather threat, just rain.

NEXT WEEK: Colder air drops into the state Monday following the rain; a few snow flurries are not out of the question for the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama, but it looks like a no impact situation.

Another weather system could potentially bring rain back to Alabama at mid-week Wednesday or Thursday; it will be cold rain, but for now the atmosphere looks too warm for any winter weather mischief. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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WeatherBrains 470: I’d Rather Be Here

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 05:37

WeatherBrains Episode 470 is now online (January 26, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our special guest panelist this week is Dr. Marshall Shepherd, host of “Weather Geeks” on The Weather Channel, and a professor at the University of Georgia. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of listener Barry in Rochester (MN not NY)… John Wetter, who is the Technical Services Manager with Hopkins (MN) Public Schools.

We also spend some time analyzing the “Blizzard of 2015″, in progress on the upper Atlantic coast of the U.S.

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

WeatherBrains 101: We all know that the wind changes direction and speed with height. But what does the change in direction mean for forecasting the weather? This week we explore the backing and veering nature of the wind and what it means.

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.

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Conference on broadcast meteorology

Bill Murray – Ensemble prediction systems

Dr. Marshall Shepherd – Low level wind streamlines

Brian Peters – A Wind Tree?

John Scala – January 2011 Northeast U.S. winter storm

Kevin Selle – Funny or Die Weather

Rick Smith – Tornado Forecasting Workshop Announcement

James Spann – Ten things every Oklahoman should know about snow forecasts

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weatherwise Magazine – The Intertropical Convergence Zone

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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Rather Quiet Weather For Alabama

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:27

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THE BLIZZARD IS THE STORY: As expected, the sky has cleared over most of Alabama this afternoon, with the clouds hanging tough over the far eastern part of the state. Temperatures are mostly in the 40s. Up north, snow is increasing in intensity in New York City this afternoon… this shot is from Central Park at mid-afternoon (photo from @my_cen_parkNYC)

Blizzard warnings remain in effect from the New Jersey shore to the coast of Maine, including New York City, Hartford, Providence, and Boston. Snow amounts around two feet are likely with winds to 50 mph at times. Airports are closing, and travel will be nearly impossible across that region tonight and tomorrow.

HERE AT HOME: A few cloudy periods are possible tomorrow, and I can’t totally rule out a little morning drizzle in spots over East Alabama, but the day will be dry with a high in the low 50s. Wednesday should be bright and sunny with a high in the mid 50s.

On Thursday, a clipper will pass well north of the state, but it could drag some clouds down into North Alabama. We will mention a small risk of a shower over the northeast counties of the state, but most communities stay dry with a high in the upper 50s Thursday afternoon.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday and Saturday will be dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Clouds begin to increase Saturday afternoon, and Sunday still looks wet with periods of rain as a significant upper trough passes through. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch look likely Sunday; no risk of severe weather, and conditions are way too warm for any winter weather mischief.

Colder and drier air returns early next week; we won’t get out of the 40s Monday with a chilly north wind.

LONG TERM: While temperatures will be below average early next week, no sign of bitterly cold air for now through mid-February.

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Birmingham’s Coldest Period

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:30

On the morning of January 26, 1940, Alabama and the Deep South were in the deep freeze. And had been for over a week. Headlines on the Birmingham Age-Herald were dominated by the cold and additional snow that had fallen the day before.

But there were also disturbing news from Europe, where the Nazis were threatening to attack Romania for their oil. And the British were planning defense against Nazi air raids. Closer to home, a serious coal shortage was leading to negotiations between the governor and miners for increased production through suspension of work rules.

The forecast for the 26th was for partly cloudy and not as cold conditions. But Friday the 26th would be just as cold as the day before, when the high was 20F. And lows by Saturday morning the 27th would again be 1F.

At 7 a.m., Birmingham Weather Bureau Chief E.C. Horton measured the temperature on the thermometer his observation shelter at 1.2F. There was still 7 inches of snow on the ground. The airport reading, the official location now, was –5F, but the max/min thermometer showed a minimum reading of -6F.

Across North Alabama, temperatures were below zero, including -6F in Florence and -2F in Huntsville.

Horton saw no relief in sight, and called for lows to drop to below zero over northern sections the coming night, with overnight lows foro the coming night between 6F and 22F.

The cold had been unprecedented in its duration. It had arrived on the night of January 18th as temperatures plummeted from 34F that afternoon to 2F the following morning. The ercury would not go above freezing until the afternoon of the 21st, and then only to a high of 37F.

The next day would see a high of 42F, but snow would fall much of the night of the 22nd and day of the 23rd, until .5 inches had fallen and a total of 10 inches was on the ground. The thermometer would not recover for the next week. Between the 23rd and 28th, the warmest it would get in Birmingham was 34F.

By the 26th, Skaters were actually able to skate on the frozen surface of the Black Warrior River west of Birmingham, where ice was siz inches thick near the banks. Nineteen inches of snow was on the ground at Berry in Fayette County, a record that still stands. An unheard of event!

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Cool Alabama Day; Some Afternoon Sun

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 07:37

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THIS MORNING: Clouds are hanging over Alabama early this morning followed showers, and even a few thunderstorms produced by an intense “Alberta Clipper” system late yesterday and last night. Despite a cool, stable airmass and the lack of low level moisture, the very dynamic system was able to bring those showers and storms. Basically like squeezing blood out of a turnip.

NORTHEAST U.S. BLIZZARD: That dynamic weather system will set up a blizzard from the coast of New Jersey to the coast of Maine tonight and tomorrow; over two feet of snow will fall in spots, and winds near the coast will gust to over 50 mph. New York City and Boston are under blizzard warnings, and air traffic across much of the nation will be greatly impacted.

OUR MONDAY: Clouds will linger across Alabama this morning, but the sun should begin to break through this afternoon for most places. We won’t get past the mid 40s today. Tomorrow will be another cool day with intervals of sunshine and a high in the low 50s. Then, Wednesday promises to be a nice day, with sunshine in full supply and a high in the mid 50s.

ANOTHER CLIPPER: This one will be weaker, but might bring a brief shower to Northeast Alabama late Thursday or Thursday night; the rest of the state will stay dry with a high in the mid 50s Thursday afternoon, along with a mix of sun and clouds. Friday will be dry with a high in the mid 50s with ample sunshine.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday should remain dry, but clouds will begin to increase with a high in the mid 50s. Rain returns Sunday with a surface low moving right over Alabama; looks like rain will be a good possibility much of the day, with potential for 1/2 to one inch for most of the state.

VOODOO LAND: Getting conflicting signals; the latest GFS suggests no real bitterly cold air for Alabama for the first 10 days of February… that same model was flashing different signs last week. The CPC outlook suggests below average temperatures for our state February 2-8, but the coldest air will most likely be shunted northeast of Alabama. And, no sign of any winter precipitation for now.

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Storms Weakening, Still Packing a Punch

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 01:29

Our line of strong storms is weakening now. It extends from Pell City to Harpersville to Columbiana.

Winds gusted to 31 mph at the Shelby County Airport in Calera.

More severe thunderstorm warnings will not be issued unless the storms re-intensify.

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Winds Gust to 58 mph at BHM

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:30

Winds just gusted to 58 mph at the Birmingham International Airport.

0023Z KBHM 260023Z 26017G50KT 4SM +TSRA SQ FEW038 FEW050 OVC060CB 10/06 A2982

The strongest parts of the storms are over southern Jefferson County, approaching the Inverness area.

Other strong cells are approaching Helena in Shelby County and Montevallo in Shelby County.

Be alert for damaging winds, as well as brief torrential rains and dangerous lightning. There could even be some small hail.

An interesting case example of how you can have instability even with low surface temperatures and dew points if the temperatures aloft are cold enough.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parts of Shelby, Bibb, Hale and St. Clair Counties

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 18:58

The strong line of storms advancing across Central Alabama tonight is producing reports of wind damage, including downed trees and power lines.

Be in a safe place as these strong storms approach your area.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 700 PM CST

* AT 555 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
GARDENDALE TO MOUNDVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HELENA…BRENT…CENTREVILLE…PELHAM…ODENVILLE…MOODY…
ALABASTER AND CHELSEA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 228 THROUGH 247…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 144 THROUGH 158…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBER 148…

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jefferson/Tuscaloosa Counties

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 18:49

A line of strong thunderstorms moving across Central Alabama is producing strong wind gusts that have caused damage. There are reports of trees down and power outages along the line.

Trees have been reported down in Brookwood and Duncanville.

Winds gusted to 59 mph at the Tuscaloosa Airport.

The storms are tapping strong winds aloft and a very cold airmass to produce the strong winds.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
EASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 630 PM CST

* AT 548 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 6
MILES NORTHWEST OF SYLVAN SPRINGS TO MCFARLAND MALL…AND MOVING
EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HUEYTOWN…FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…GARDENDALE…BESSEMER…
BIRMINGHAM…HOMEWOOD AND VESTAVIA HILLS.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 250 THROUGH 272…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 81 THROUGH 91…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 62 THROUGH 140…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143…

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1950’s January Thaw

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 14:00

The January thaw is a weather singularity. A singularity is an event that occurs more often than one would expect with chance.

The January thaw is a period of above normal warmth that frequently occurs in mid-Winter in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada. It is similar to Indian summer, another singularity which occurs in autumn. The January thaw usually occurs around the third week in January.

It was more like a January tropical heat wave than a thaw during this week in 1950. Much of the eastern United States was experiencing temperatures 25-30 degrees above normal by my birthday, January 25th. Of course, I hadn’t been born then. Cotton was blooming in South Carolina, some five months ahead of schedule. People worried that Mother Nature was out of control.

In actuality, a strong high pressure system off the Atlantic Coast was responsible for the 1950 January thaw. A very high amplitude pattern featured a big upper level ridge over the East and a very deep trough over the western U.S. The strong surface high was producing a strong southerly flow that bathed much of the eastern United States in warmth. High temperatures on the 25th included 87F in Del Rio, Texas; 83F in Little Rock; 78F in Nashville; 74F in Columbus, Ohio; 78F in Washington, D.C. and 80F in Augusta, Georgia. It was 78F in Birmingham and 80F in Montgomery. Birmingham recorded record highs on the 24th (78F), 25th (78F), and the 26th (76F).

Several January high temperature records were set, including Michigan’s with 72F at Ann Arbor and Chicago with 67F.

Meanwhile, bitter cold and snow was occurring over the Northern Plains. Morning lows on t he 25th included -34F at Williston, North Dakota and -32F in Glasgow, Montana.

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Clouds Return; Colder Again Monday

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 08:22

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Didn’t the sunshine feel good yesterday? Even with the sunshine, temperatures across Central Alabama only managed to make the upper 40s with a few spots tipping into the lower 50s. We start the day out with sunshine, but clouds will be on the increase this afternoon and into tonight. Look for afternoon highs to climb into the upper 50s. A fast moving upper level storm system along with a surface low will move by us tonight and early Monday and it will bring some moisture with it, enough so that we’ll put rain chances in for tonight with the potential to hear a little thunder. Not enough instability for a severe weather threat, but perhaps some thunder.

As the upper short wave goes by early Monday, the temperatures will begin falling. Monday is likely to be one of those days where the temperature at 12:01 am is the high for the day. I expect temperatures to struggle to stay in the 40s during the day, so look for daytime temperatures to be in the lower and middle 40s.

We should see a warmup for the middle of the week as the upper air pattern shifts slowly into a weak ridge. But another fast moving short wave passing by on Thursday promises to bring some clouds to the northern half of Alabama. That short wave will be followed by yet another one Saturday which will see some clouds and perhaps some small chance for rain. The effects of all of these short waves will be to establish a long wave trough position over the eastern US.

By the time we move out into Week 2 or voodoo country, the GFS is suggesting a major long wave trough over the eastern US that will definitely be cold if this feature comes to verify. With a trough that deep over the eastern US, we could be looking at some record cold temperatures from the Central Plains to the East Coast. But you know how voodoo country can be, that feature may be gone or dampened in the runs tomorrow. We’ll have to watch and see.

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I’ll have the latest forecast for you this evening on ABC 3340 as I fill in for Meaghan Thomas. James Spann will be back with the next Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Monday morning. Enjoy your day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Hello Sunshine

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 14:32

After the foul Friday of weather, what a difference a day makes. We had quite a few clouds this morning, but those have moved on and mixed out, and we are seeing almost nothing but sunshine and blue sky this afternoon. After the cold start, with most location in Central Alabama near freezing, we are seeing an overall nice warm up as well, with upper 40s and 50s greeting you outside today. However, there remains a brisk northwest breeze keeping it feeling rather chilly at times this afternoon. The jackets are definitely needed if outside today. For tonight, it will be another cold night with a clear sky, temps once again head towards the freezing mark.

A near rinse and repeat forecast for tomorrow, except temps will be about ten degrees warmer tomorrow afternoon. Of course there will remain plenty of sun, and tomorrow afternoon should be rather fantastic for the last Sunday in January. Get out and enjoy the weather if you have the chance to tomorrow.

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Sunshine Returns

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 07:52

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The clouds and rain of the last 36 hours or so are exiting the state of Alabama and we should see a fairly rapid clearing during the morning. While the sunshine returns, it will remain on the cool side with highs rising only into the upper 40s for most locations.

We should see a fairly nice warmup on Sunday with highs climbing about 10 degrees with values reaching the upper 50s. But another trough will be coming down the pike providing another shot of cold air for Monday. While the system will be dry with just some clouds we should see highs once again struggle to climb out of the 40s.

A gradual warmup begins on Tuesday as the upper trough moves off the East Coast of the US returning us to a more zonal and warmer flow aloft. But there is no lack of impulses moving through the flow, so we’ll see clouds from time to time though the week stays essentially dry.

By next Saturday, a strong short wave will be digging into the Central Plains states that should bring us another round of wet weather for Sunday, perhaps beginning late Saturday. We’ll have to watch the timing on this system should it speed up or slow down. This system has some potential for producing another soaking for Central Alabama. Now we are verging into voodoo country, so no specifics yet, but this system also has some potential for producing some winter weather for some parts of the Southeast US. Too early for any specifics, but something to watch.

The overall flow pattern remains pretty active into Week 2. The pattern goes from a pretty chilly look around February 1st to a mild look around the 4th to another wet look around the 8th. So no lack of weather to keep us busy.

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Late Night Look at Alabama’s Weather

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 01:03

A band of mixed precipitation is pushing east across the state tonight. Travel impacts this morning will be minor at worst over the northern third of the state: maybe some light accumulations on grassy areas or cars, and a few icy spots on bridges where the snow does accumulate.

Temperatures at midnight are in the lower and middle 40s in the I-20 corridor with 30s over the Tennessee Valley. It was 37F at Tupelo with a mix. Muscle Shoals had 37F with a light mix.

LOOKING UP FOR THE WEEKEND: The sun should reappear today, with skies becoming clear by mid to late afternoon. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s in the I-20 corridor, where the sun will take a little more time to pop out. It will actually be slightly warmer in the northwest, where there will be a longer duration of sunshine. Lows tonight will be in the middle 30s with a few freezing readings sprinkled across the area.

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