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NWA Digital Seal 001D

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:26

The Internet is a great equalizer. Website and blogging platforms have given everyone a voice. Social media is a powerful megaphone that is accessible to anyone. The explosion of information on the web has become a double edged sword. One recent example is the Boston Marathon bombing. Photos released on the Internet within hours of the bombing wrongly implicated innocent people, making the job of finding the real perpetrators difficult for investigators.

In no area has this double edged sword reared its ugly side than in the dissemination of weather information. The general public now has access in real time to nearly every piece of weather information available to professional meteorologists. It has become readily apparent that the other side of the sword can be detrimental when weather information is shared irresponsibly. One of the most common forms this takes is when a single model solution is represented as an absolute forecast and shared and re-shared as such. With many different models and resolutions, a forecaster can find a solution for any solution you can imagine. When those solutions are extreme, the social media universe can quickly catch fire with the information.

National Weather Service meteorologists and broadcasters find themselves increasingly spending their time to combat misleading or incorrectly interpreted or labeled information.

The National Weather Association, the leading organization for operational meteorologists recognized the need o provide leadership in this area. Miles Muzio, the Chair of the Broadcast Meteorology Committee has championed the cause of a Seal of Approval for Digital Weathercasters.

The organization has a rich history of producing nearly one thousand Broadcaster Seals for TV Weathercasters. The NWS Seal of Approval for broadcasters is a trusted indicator of that the sealholder has passed a rigorous comprehensive examination and had his or her on air work evaluated by a group of experienced meteorologists.

The organization approached the idea of a sister seal to the Broadcast Seal very deliberately, debating the merits, procedures, guidelines and ongoing monitoring of introducing such a program. All of the information received intense scrutiny from the National Weather Association Council.

This morning, at the 39th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association, the Digital Seal program was laid out.

Miles Muzio with me and Mike Mogil on stage this morning

I am very thrilled and honored to be the holder of the very first National Weather Association Digital Weather Seal. I am part of the “Pioneer 3″ as Miles call the first three recipients, joining the heady company of Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang and Mike Mogil of How the WeatherWorks. We all three passed the same rigorous exam that Broadcast Seal recipients must pass and has our work evaluated according to the Qualifications and Procedures developed by Miles and his committee. The test includes general meteorology, radar meteorology, satellite meteorology, synoptic meteorology, severe weather, climatology and technology/terminology.

We all will be re-certified every three years and our work will be constantly monitored to make sure that it upholds the values of this important distinction.

I will proudly serve as the Digital Seal Manager.

It was a an incredible moment for me this morning. I look forward to proudly displaying the NWA Digital Seal on Alabama WX. Thank you for the opportunity to share weather information with you, the greatest weather savvy audience on the planet, on a regular basis!

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Phenomenal Fall Weather

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:28

Another gorgeous fall day is underway across the state, and the weather does not get much better than this in Alabama. With only high cirrus clouds in the sky, we are seeing highs climb into the lower 70s. Looking across the Southeast, it is hard to find anything to complain about in the weather world. Hardly a cloud in the sky, temps in the 60s and 70s, and light winds out of the north, which are reinforcing the fall air mass in place. Absolutely beautiful weather!

If you like the weather this weekend, it will be continuing through the week ahead. Late tomorrow and into Tuesday, we will once again see another dry cold front move through the state, and it will once again provide another reinforcing shot of terrific fall weather. We could see some clouds with this front, but once again, no rain, and once the front moves through, look for sun-filled, blue sky, cool temps, low humidity and beautiful weather. Highs this week will be in the lower 70s, while those overnight lows will mostly be in the 40s with some 50s early in the week. It still looks as though we stay dry the rest of the month.

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Nearly Perfect Autumn Day

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 07:01

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The weather doesn’t get much better than what we will see today. Dry, cool air across the state this morning allowed temperatures to fall into the 40s with upper 30s across Northeast Alabama. With only high cirrus clouds in the sky we should see highs climb into the lower 70s.

In the tropics, Gonzalo was expected to become an extratropical storm today as it continued to accelerate rapidly into the northern Atlantic.

The upper trough over the Mid-Atlantic states will rotate across New England and into the Canadian Maritime provinces Monday as a strong short wave close on the heels of that low digs into the Great Lakes area. This will drag another cold front into and across the Southeast US on Tuesday. Since moisture will not have a chance to return, this front is also expected to pass through without any precipitation associated with it. It will also bring another cool down with lows returning into the 40s.

The upper air pattern remains fast with a ridge affecting us Wednesday and Thursday as the upper trough forms a closed low over the Mid-Atlantic states. We’re on the dry side of things so look for plenty of sunshine and highs only around 70 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Friday into Sunday, a short wave trough will move from Iowa southeastward across the Southeast US digging a deep trough into North Florida. However, without any signs of moisture for the trough to work with, it should come through the Southeast dry with only some middle or high clouds to mark its passage. This should bring great weather for high school football on Friday evening.

If your plans include a trip to the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida, the weather will be dry for the week ahead with highs around 80 dipping into the upper 70s for much of the middle and latter part of the week ahead.

The GFS is showing another good trough moving through the Central US around the 28th of October which could bring a chance for rain to Central Alabama. That is followed by another ridge as we enter November.

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James Spann will have the next Weather Xtreme Video here on Monday morning. Enjoy the lovely autumn weather today. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Cold Front Brings Cool Down

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:14

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Dry and pleasant weather is expected to fill the forecast for the next seven days. In fact, we might go all the way to November before the next good rain event for Central Alabama.

A cold front was making its way through Alabama this morning and will usher in some cooler and drier air once again. Highs yesterday made it into the lower 80s for most locations, but the cold front will keep temperatures in check today with highs in the middle 70s.

In the Atlantic, Gonzalo has moved by Bermuda will continue to weaken as it accelerates northeast across the northern Atlantic. In the Pacific, Trudy was along the western coast of Mexico and weakening as it moved slowly ashore.

For those heading to football events today, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa with a 2:30 pm kickoff. The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. And the UAB Blazers are on the road playing Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro (2:30 pm kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff to near 62 by the final whistle.

And for the races at Talladega, sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through the weekend. Afternoon highs today and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

The weather is expected to stay dry for the week ahead, but the weather pattern remains pretty active. The upper trough responsible for bringing the dry cold front through the state today will move briskly off the Atlantic coast by Sunday. But another trough is forecast to drop in right behind the first one. This one is forecast to close off over the Mid-Atlantic states Wednesday which keeps us on the dry side with a cool, but not especially cold, northwesterly flow. Look for another dry cold front around Wednesday which will drop temperatures back into the lower 70s for highs.

The upper closed low moves off on Friday and Saturday leaving behind troughiness over the Southeast US. So all in all, it looks like dry weather for the week ahead as temperatures warm a little for the middle of the week and then cool off again back to seasonal values for the latter part of the week.

Looking out into voodoo country, the GFS maintains a broad ridge over the eastern half of the country which should keep us dry until early November.

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I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted here by 8 am or so on Sunday. Enjoy this lovely day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Cooler Air Arrives Tomorrow

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:01

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

TONS O’ SUN: What a delightful afternoon across the great state of Alabama. A sunny sky, low humidity, and temperatures in the 78-82 degree range.

Over the weekend, a new surge of cool air drops in here, giving us a gentle cooling trend and keeping our weather rain-free. We project a high in the low 70s tomorrow, and close to 70 Sunday afternoon with sunshine in full supply both days. The coolest morning will come early Sunday when temperatures drop into the mid 40s; some of the colder valleys could reach the upper 30s.

No real change in our weather next week as moisture is cut off from the region, yet another surge of cooler, drier continental air arrives Wednesday. As we discussed this morning, our next good rain event could very well come in early November.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games tonight. A clear sky with temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs tomorrow and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonzalo is packing sustained winds of 125 mph (category three) this afternoon, and the eye is nearing the small island of Bermuda…

And, over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana is packing sustained winds of 70 mph, and could become a minimal hurricane tonight. It will pass west and south of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: No rain for the next seven days from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with sunny days and clear nights. Highs will be mostly in the 75 to 80 degree range, with lows generally in the 60s.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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Calm October Weather Pattern

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:07

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MORNING CHILL: We are starting the day down in the 40s across the great state of Alabama; our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, is reporting 42 degrees at daybreak… most communities are in the mid to upper 40s with a clear sky.

The day ahead will be sunny with a big warm-up… the high will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

THE WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK: A fresh supply of cooler air will arrive tomorrow; the day will be sunny and breezy at times with a high in the low 70s. Sunday morning will be pretty chilly with mid 40s like; some of the colder pockets over Northeast Alabama will dip into the upper 30s. The day Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply with a high close to 70 degrees.

The air stays dry next week, meaning more great fall weather with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. It would very well be early November before our next really significant rain event in Alabama.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games tonight. A clear sky with temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs tomorrow and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Gonzalo is a major hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph, it will pass very close to Bermuda late today. Then, it recurves into the North Atlantic, with no impact on the U.S. mainland.

In the Pacific… Tropical Storm Ana should become a minimal hurricane today; it is expected to pass south and west of the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: An easy forecast; sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through next week. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows mostly in the 60s from Panama City over to Gulf Shores.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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

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No Rain Through Next Week

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:50

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DRY DAYS: What a beautiful afternoon; a sunny sky with temperatures mostly in the upper 60s and low 70s. Dry air, no rain. Tomorrow will be another mostly sunny day with a warmer afternoon; the high will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

OUR WEEKEND: A new surge of cooler air arrives Saturday, and will set a really nice weekend with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs over the weekend will be mostly in the low 70s, with temperatures early Sunday reaching the mid 40s. Some of the cooler pockets over Northeast Alabama might reach the upper 30s.

The pleasant fall weather continues into early next week; in fact the GFS model really doesn’t show a decent chance of rain through the rest of October. This is our driest month of the year, so long dry spells are not that unusual.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky tonight and tomorrow night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Gonzalo is a dangerous, category four hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph, it will pass very close to Bermuda during the daytime hours tomorrow. Then, it recurves into the North Atlantic, with no impact on the U.S. mainland.

In the Pacific… Tropical Storm Ana could become a minimal hurricane tomorrow; it is expected to pass south of the Big Island of Hawaii Saturday.

GULF COAST WEATHER: An easy forecast; sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through next week. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows mostly in the 60s from Panama City over to Gulf Shores.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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Sunny Days, Clear Cool Nights

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:55

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DRY OCTOBER WEATHER PATTERN: This is a month known for comfortable, dry weather, and that pretty much sums up our weather for at least the next seven days, and probably longer. Thankfully we had the big rain event earlier this week, so we can enjoy it.

We expect sunshine in full supply today and tomorrow; today’s high will be close to 70, and then we warm to near 80 tomorrow afternoon. The humidity will be low, and the visibility will be excellent.

OUR WEEKEND: A fresh supply of cool, dry air arrives Saturday, and that will knock highs back into the low to mid 70s. Coolest morning should come early Sunday, with the low will be in the mid to upper 40s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky tonight and tomorrow night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 75 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is a major hurricane (category four) in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 150 mph, and the eye is expected to pass just west of Bermuda tomorrow. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

Over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana could become a minimal hurricane briefly before passing just south of the Big Island of Hawaii this weekend.

REST OF OCTBER: The GFS really shows no significant chance of rain for the rest of the month here. It continues to develop a tropical system in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico next week, which moves northeast, perhaps impacting southern Florida. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be speaking to the Birmingham Chapter of the Case Management Society of America this morning in Vestavia Hills… and this evening I will be live at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so…

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Delightful Fall Weather Ahead

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:51

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THIS AFTERNOON: A deck of stratocumulus clouds is over the northern third of Alabama this afternoon, where temperatures are barely out of the 50s in spots along with a cool west breeze. But, South Alabama is in full sunshine with temperatures in the 70s. We will maintain the risk of a few showers over Northeast Alabama this evening as the upper trough axis rotates overhead, but rain amounts there will be light and spotty.

FINE FALL WEATHER: A dry, stable, continental airmass will cover Alabama and the Deep South tomorrow through the weekend, setting the stage for sunny days and fair nights. The high tomorrow will be close to 70 degrees, but on Friday we warm into the upper 70s. Some spots could see 80 degrees Friday afternoon, but a new surge of cooler air blows in here over the weekend. We project highs in the 70s Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the 40s and 50s.

The dry, pleasant weather will likely continue into early next week.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 75 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is a major hurricane (category four) in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 130 mph, and the eye is expected to pass just west of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s (although the high Friday will be in the low 80s), with lows in the 60s.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Some Scattered Light Rain Possible

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 06:17

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ON THE MAPS: A deep, cold core upper trough axis will rotate over Alabama today, bringing breezy and cool weather to the state with cloudy periods over the northern counties.

We will continue to mention the chance of scattered light rain this afternoon and early tonight, mainly north of I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston). Rain amounts will be light and spotty, and the showers will be out of here by midnight. Highs today will be in the 60s; some communities near the Tennessee border might hold in the cool 50s all day.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Fine fall weather, with sunny days and clear nights. The high tomorrow will be in the 67-70 degree range, but we then warm into the upper 70s Friday. Then, a fresh supply of cooler air arrives for the weekend. For Saturday and Sunday, we project highs in the 70s, and lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. Delightful.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 76 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 72 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo has become a major hurricane in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 125 mph, and is expected to pass very close to the island of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

LONG RANGE: The GFS, famous for developing bogus tropical systems in the medium range (days 7-15) that never happen, is again latching on to the idea of a tropical storm in the Gulf October 26-26, but we remain skeptical. But, do keep in mind the Gulf has not been touched by a tropical system this season and there is lots of latent heat energy available. See the video for the maps.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I will be doing a program this morning for the patients at Children’s of Alabama in downtown Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 455: I Generate My Own Backlight

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 455 is now online (October 14, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight we talk Weather Apps. But joining us as a guest is Dr. Kevin Kloesel, University Meteorologist at Oklahoma University.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Arvin, CA, and 16 at 1 mile east of Dillon, CO
  • Gonzalo becomes a major hurricane
  • Severe weather delayed WeatherBrains last night with severe weather in the Carolinas
  • Millions in path of severe storms
  • Great Fall weather coming in behind this system
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer brings the latest information coming from our listeners. And we appreciate hearing from listeners!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Next week we see the implementation of some changes to the severe weather outlooks prepared by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, so for this episode of 101 we take a look at those changes and the definitions of some new terms like “marginal” and “enhanced.”

    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 455:

    Protecting Large Outdoor Campus Events from Weather

    Apps Discussed on This Episode (list may not show all of the apps discussed)

    RadarScope My-Cast Weather WeatherGeekPro QuickWeather Raindar NWS Mobile Site SPC Mobile Site mPing MyWarn.com WeatherBug ABC 3340 Weather App James Spann 24/7 Weather App AlertFM RainAware WeatherUnderground AeroWeather TweetBot Soundings by WeatherWary Outsider App WindScape

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – King of Click

    Kevin Kloesel – Houston/Galveston NWS Office

    Brian Peters – No Pick – gets the fog horn!

    John Scala – Arctic Seas Ice Low But Antarctic High

    Rick Smith – Tagboard for NWA

    James Spann – Tsunami Information

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weather of Christopher Columbus

    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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    Breezy and Cool October Weather

    Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:32

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    THIS AFTERNOON: The rain is now east of Alabama, but a deep, cold upper trough is still west of the state, and that is allowing only limited intervals of sunshine this afternoon. Temperatures are in the 60s with a gusty west wind.

    A deep, cold upper trough will rotate through our state tonight and tomorrow, keeping the sky cloudy at times over the northern counties of the state. We will mention the risk of showers tomorrow primarily along and north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). Rain amounts there should be fairly light, and the weather from I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston) south should be dry. The day tomorrow will be breezy and cool with a high in the mid to upper 60s.

    THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will feature delightful fall weather conditions. Sunshine in full supply, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. Highs will be in the 70s, and lows will be in the mid to upper 40s for most locations.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry, stable air stays in place, and the weather won’t change much. Sunny days, fair nights, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Perfect weather for race weekend at Talladega, or anything else you want to do outside. The kind of weather you expect in October.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky Thursday and Friday night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

    Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 76 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

    The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 72 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

    TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is packing sustained winds of 110 mph north of Puerto Rico this afternoon; it is expected to strengthen into a category three storm tonight or tomorrow, and pass very close to the island of Bermuda Friday. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

    AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows in the 60s. Perfect fall weather.

    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 live on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    I enjoyed seeing a big group today at Englewood Elementary School in Tuscaloosa…. be looking for them o the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News… the first graders from Oliver Elementary in Birmingham will be on at 5:00. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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    Cooler Days Ahead For Alabama

    Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:16

    An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

    RADAR CHECK: At daybreak a narrow line of heavier showers was pushing into East Alabama; the big rain/storm mass we saw last night is over the eastern half of Georgia.

    Showers will end across Alabama later this morning, and the day will be breezy and much cooler with temperatures hovering in the upper 60s and low 70s. West winds will average 10-20 mph; the sun might break through the afternoon in a few spots.

    TOMORROW: A deep upper low will be north of Alabama, and this feature will keep clouds in place over the Tennessee Valley much of the day; for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, we project a mix of sun and clouds. The day will be breezy and cool with a high between 66 and 69 degrees for most places; low 70s are possible to the south.

    A lobe of energy rotating around the upper low could bring a touch of light rain or drizzle to the northern quarter of the late tomorrow or tomorrow night; best chance of a few raindrops will be north of a line from Muscle Shoals to Gadsden to Spring Garden.

    THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Picture perfect fall weather for the great state of Alabama, with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs mostly in the 70s, lows down in the upper 40s and low 50s. The weather could not be better for the races at Talladega this weekend, and this week no rain issues for high school or college football games around here. The dry weather will continue into early next week.

    TROPICS: Gonzalo is now a hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph, just northeast of Puerto Rico. This is expected to pass very close to Bermuda Friday, then moving out to sea. It is no threat to the U.S., but interests in Bermuda will need to pay very close attention to forecasts.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: The sky becomes partly sunny on the coast today, with storms ending over the Florida Panhandle this morning. Then, sunny days, fair nights tomorrow through the weekend. Highs around 80, lows in the 50s and 60s.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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

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    I will be doing a weather program today at Englewood Elementary School in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

    Categories: Weather

    Watch County Notification

    Tue, 10/14/2014 - 03:13

    This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

    WWUS64 KBMX 140812
    WCNBMX

    WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 543
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    312 AM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

    ALC005-011-017-081-087-113-123-140915-
    /O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0543.000000T0000Z-141014T1100Z/

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 543 FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 7 COUNTIES

    IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    CHAMBERS LEE MACON
    RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA

    IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

    BARBOUR BULLOCK

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…AUBURN…EUFAULA…
    LANETT…OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…TUSKEGEE…
    UNION SPRINGS AND VALLEY.

    $$

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    Watch County Notification

    Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:24

    This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

    WWUS64 KBMX 140623
    WCNBMX

    WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 543
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    123 AM CDT TUE OCT 14 2014

    ALC037-051-101-109-140730-
    /O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0543.000000T0000Z-141014T1100Z/

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 543 FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 4 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    COOSA ELMORE MONTGOMERY

    IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

    PIKE

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…ROCKFORD…
    TROY AND WETUMPKA.

    $$

    ALC005-011-017-081-087-113-123-141100-
    /O.CON.KBMX.TO.A.0543.000000T0000Z-141014T1100Z/

    TORNADO WATCH 543 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 6 AM CDT EARLY THIS MORNING
    FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES

    IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    CHAMBERS LEE MACON
    RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA

    IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

    BARBOUR BULLOCK

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…AUBURN…EUFAULA…
    LANETT…OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…TUSKEGEE…
    UNION SPRINGS AND VALLEY.

    $$

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    Watch County Notification

    Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:46

    This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

    WWUS64 KBMX 140345
    WCNBMX

    WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCHES 540/543
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    1045 PM CDT MON OCT 13 2014

    ALC005-011-017-037-051-081-087-101-109-113-123-141100-
    /O.NEW.KBMX.TO.A.0543.141014T0345Z-141014T1100Z/

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 543 IN
    EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CDT TUESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 11 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    COOSA ELMORE MONTGOMERY

    IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    CHAMBERS LEE MACON
    RUSSELL TALLAPOOSA

    IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

    BARBOUR BULLOCK PIKE

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDER CITY…AUBURN…EUFAULA…
    LANETT…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…OPELIKA…PHENIX CITY…
    ROCKFORD…TROY…TUSKEGEE…UNION SPRINGS…VALLEY AND WETUMPKA.

    $$

    ALC001-009-015-019-021-027-029-047-055-073-085-111-115-117-121-
    140500-
    /O.CON.KBMX.TO.A.0540.000000T0000Z-141014T0500Z/

    TORNADO WATCH 540 REMAINS VALID UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 15 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    AUTAUGA BLOUNT CHILTON
    DALLAS JEFFERSON LOWNDES
    SHELBY ST. CLAIR TALLADEGA

    IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    CALHOUN CLAY CLEBURNE
    RANDOLPH

    IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

    CHEROKEE ETOWAH

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ANNISTON…ASHLAND…
    BIRMINGHAM…CENTRE…CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…FORT DEPOSIT…
    GADSDEN…HEFLIN…HOOVER…JACKSONVILLE…LINEVILLE…
    LOWNDESBORO…MOODY…ONEONTA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PRATTVILLE…
    ROANOKE…SELMA…SYLACAUGA AND TALLADEGA.

    $$

    Categories: Weather

    Flash Flood Watch Extended to More of Central Alabama

    Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:43

    A flash flood watch went into effect at 7 p.m. tonight for much oft he northwestern part of Central Alabama, including Blount, Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Walker and Winston Counties.

    The NWS has extended the area of Flash Flood Watch to include Autauga, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega and Tuscaloosa Counties until 1 p.m. tomorrow.

    Rainfall amounts approaching 2-4 inches have fallen from Winston down through Walker, southeastern Fayette and into Tuscaloosa Counties according to Doppler Radar.

    As the storms continue east at about 30 mph, they will continue to dump torrential rains over the rest of Central Alabama tonight. It will only take about 2.5 inches of rain to cause flash flooding.

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    Watch County Notification

    Mon, 10/13/2014 - 22:41

    This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

    WWUS64 KBMX 140340
    WCNBMX

    WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 540
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    1040 PM CDT MON OCT 13 2014

    ALC007-065-091-105-125-140445-
    /O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0540.000000T0000Z-141014T0500Z/

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 540 FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 5 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    BIBB PERRY

    IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    HALE MARENGO TUSCALOOSA

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…BRENT…CENTREVILLE…DEMOPOLIS…
    GREENSBORO…LINDEN…MARION…MOUNDVILLE…
    TUSCALOOSA AND UNIONTOWN.

    $$

    ALC015-019-027-029-111-121-140500-
    /O.EXA.KBMX.TO.A.0540.000000T0000Z-141014T0500Z/

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED TORNADO WATCH 540 TO
    INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT

    IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 6 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    TALLADEGA

    IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    CALHOUN CLAY CLEBURNE
    RANDOLPH

    IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

    CHEROKEE

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ANNISTON…ASHLAND…CENTRE…
    HEFLIN…JACKSONVILLE…LINEVILLE…ROANOKE…
    SYLACAUGA AND TALLADEGA.

    $$

    ALC001-009-021-047-055-073-085-115-117-140500-
    /O.CON.KBMX.TO.A.0540.000000T0000Z-141014T0500Z/

    TORNADO WATCH 540 REMAINS VALID UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 9 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    AUTAUGA BLOUNT CHILTON
    DALLAS JEFFERSON LOWNDES
    SHELBY ST. CLAIR

    IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

    ETOWAH

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…BIRMINGHAM…CLANTON…
    COLUMBIANA…FORT DEPOSIT…GADSDEN…HOOVER…LOWNDESBORO…
    MOODY…ONEONTA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PRATTVILLE AND SELMA.

    $$

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    Intense Storms About to Move into Birmingham

    Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:54

    Strong thunderstorms are moving into the Birmingham Metro area now. There is no warning for Jefferson County at this time but a tornado watch remains in effect until midnight and the storms could become severe at any time.

    In any case, they will produce winds of 50 mph or greater, torrential rain and lots of dangerous lightning.

    They are now over western Jefferson County west of Bessemer and Birminghamport.

    They will be in Bessemer a little after 10 p.m. and in downtown Birmingham, Homewood and Hoover between 10:15-10:30. Eastern and northern parts of Jefferson County will see them after 10:30.

    Some counties are being trimmed from the tornado watch now:
    The watch has been canceled for Greene, Sumter, Walker and Winston.
    It continues for Autauga, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Dallas, Etowah, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Shelby, St. Clair and Tuscaloosa.

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    Watch County Notification

    Mon, 10/13/2014 - 21:52

    This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

    WWUS64 KBMX 140251
    WCNBMX

    WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 540
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    951 PM CDT MON OCT 13 2014

    ALC063-119-127-133-140400-
    /O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0540.000000T0000Z-141014T0500Z/

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 540 FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 4 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    WALKER

    IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA

    WINSTON

    IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    GREENE SUMTER

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…EUTAW…HALEYVILLE…JASPER…
    LIVINGSTON AND YORK.

    $$

    ALC001-007-009-021-047-055-065-073-085-091-105-115-117-125-140500-
    /O.CON.KBMX.TO.A.0540.000000T0000Z-141014T0500Z/

    TORNADO WATCH 540 REMAINS VALID UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT FOR
    THE FOLLOWING AREAS

    IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 14 COUNTIES

    IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

    AUTAUGA BIBB BLOUNT
    CHILTON DALLAS JEFFERSON
    LOWNDES PERRY SHELBY
    ST. CLAIR

    IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

    ETOWAH

    IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

    HALE MARENGO TUSCALOOSA

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…BIRMINGHAM…BRENT…
    CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…FORT DEPOSIT…
    GADSDEN…GREENSBORO…HOOVER…LINDEN…LOWNDESBORO…MARION…
    MOODY…MOUNDVILLE…ONEONTA…PELHAM…PELL CITY…PRATTVILLE…
    SELMA…TUSCALOOSA AND UNIONTOWN.

    $$

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