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Moist Air Returns To Alabama Tomorrow

3 hours 8 min ago

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GENERALLY DRY WEATHER CONTINUES THROUGH TONIGHT: Not much overall change in the Alabama weather situation today; we are starting the day with a pleasant morning; Vic Bell up at Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) reports a cool 57 degrees, while Fort Payne is at 59 just before sunrise.

We expect a good deal of sunshine today through scattered clouds with a high in the low 90s. Humidity levels will remain rather low, and we will mention just a slight risk of a shower late today and tonight as an upper trough approaches from the Great Plains.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Alabama will be covered by a moist, unstable airmass tomorrow, and we will continue to mention the chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms. No “all day” rain, but if you have something planned outdoors just be prepared for the occasional shower or storm. The day will feature more clouds than sun, with a high in the upper 80s for most places.

The, for Sunday and Monday, we will forecast a mix of sun and clouds with the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms. The showers will thin out Monday as an upper ridge begins to rebuild across the southern U.S. Highs will be at or just over 90 degrees on these two days.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Just a few isolated showers across North/Central Alabama tonight; most high school stadiums will be dry. Temperatures will fall through the 80s during the games, reaching the 70s by the fourth quarter.

Auburn kicks off their season tomorrow with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear in case a shower wants to roll through the Plains.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly cloudy with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

AT THE BEACH: About 3-6 hours of sun today and tomorrow with a few passing thunderstorms. Sunshine will be a bit more plentiful Sunday and Monday with storms becoming more widely spaced. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is moving into the North Atlantic and is no threat to land; the rest of the Atlantic basin is pretty quiet.

NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge will mean summer-like weather for the first week of meteorological fall in Alabama; highs in the mid 90s with widely scattered afternoon storms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Mostly Dry Tomorrow; Showers Return Saturday

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:37

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SUNNY LATE AUGUST DAY: Mostly sunny weather is the story across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; nothing on radar, and temperatures are mostly in the low 90s. Dewpoints/humidity levels remain relatively low, so it feels pretty comfortable for a “low 90s” kind of day.

Tomorrow will be generally dry, but moisture levels will begin to rise, and I will mention the risk of widely scattered showers during the late afternoon and evening hours. The sky will be partly sunny with a high in the low 90s.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: A moist, unstable airmass will move in here late tomorrow night, and we will continue to mention a chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday. We still see considerable model differences; the GFS is wet and the NAM is much drier, so confidence in the timing and placement of rain is not especially high. The sky will feature more clouds than sun, and we will have the risk of a few passing showers or thunderstorms during the day. The rain won’t be continuous, and the sun should be out at times. The high Saturday should be in the mid to upper 80s.

For Sunday and Monday, showers and storms are still possible, but they should be fewer in number, and more scattered in nature. Expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with a high in the 89-92 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge builds again for mid-week, meaning hot early September weather for mid-week with only widely scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms; highs will be in the low to mid 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: No rain for the high school games tonight… only a small risk of a shower tomorrow evening; the sky will be mostly fair with kickoff temperatures in the upper 80s.

Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear in case a shower wants to roll through the Plains.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly cloudy with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

AT THE BEACH: About 3-6 hours of sun tomorrow and Saturday with a few passing thunderstorms. Sunshine will be a bit more plentiful Sunday and Monday with storms becoming more widely spaced. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is moving toward the North Atlantic with sustained winds of 75 mph; no threat to land. A weak disturbance is moving into South Texas with no development; otherwise the tropics are pretty quiet. Quite a contrast to 9 years ago today, when Hurricane Katrina reached category five status over the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened to a category three by landfall the the following day, but the large size of the system resulted in a storm surge of 24 and 28 feet on the Mississippi coast.

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I had a great time today visiting with the senior adults at Cropwell Baptist Church in Pell City… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Showers Return By The Weekend

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 06:18

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PLEASANT MORNING: Another nice morning; we have low 60s at places like Cullman and Fort Payne; the sky is clear and the air is dry. Look for a good supply of sunshine today and tomorrow with a high in the 90-94 degree range. We will mention just a slight risk of a shower tomorrow afternoon.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist air surges northward into the state Saturday, and we will forecast a chance of showers and thunderstorms; the day will feature more clouds than sun. There are actual considerable model differences; the GFS is much wetter than the NAM, and as usual the truth is probably somewhere in between. The rain won’t last all day, and the sun will be out at times. Just understand if you have something planned outdoors, you will have to dodge a shower or two. The high Saturday will be in the upper 80s for most communities.

A few showers and thunderstorms are still possible Sunday and Monday, but they should be fewer in number and more scattered in nature. The sky will feature a mix of sun and clouds both days, with highs generally between 88 and 91 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: No rain for the high school games tonight… only a small risk of a shower tomorrow evening; the sky will be mostly fair with kickoff temperatures in the upper 80s.

Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear in case a shower wants to roll through the Plains.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly cloudy with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny today with only a slight risk of a shower from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Then, for tomorrow and Saturday about 3-6 hours of sun each day with a few passing thunderstorms. Sunshine will be a bit more plentiful Sunday and Monday with storms becoming more widely spaced. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is on the way to the North Atlantic and no threat to land. A disturbance in the far western Gulf will move into the southern tip of Texas this evening with no development, and another weak wave is moving into the Caribbean with no sign of organization. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be speaking to the senior adults today at Cropwell Baptist Church in St. Clair County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Showers/Storms Return Saturday

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:34

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DRY SUMMER AFTERNOON: The sky is mostly sunny across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; nothing on radar and temperatures are pretty close to 90 degrees. Tonight will be clear and pleasant; most communities will drop back into the mid 60s early tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: A dry airmass remains in place, and we expect a partly to mostly sunny sky both days with a high between 90 and 93 degrees. We might consider mentioning a slight risk of a shower Friday afternoon, but if any form they should be few and far between.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist air surges northward, and with the approach of an upper trough showers and storms enter the Alabama weather scene Saturday. No all day rain, no severe storms, but the sky will feature more clouds than sun, and there is a pretty good chance of a passing shower or storm anywhere in our state during the day. No way of knowing now exactly when and where it will rain, but if you have something planned outdoors, just be aware that you will have to dodge raindrops from time to time. The high will be in the 80s.

Showers and storms should be fewer in number and more scattered in nature Sunday and Monday with a mix of sun and clouds both days; highs will range from 87 to 90 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: No rain for the high school games tomorrow night… only a small risk of a shower Friday evening; the sky will be mostly fair with kickoff temperatures in the upper 80s.

Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly cloudy with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days through Friday with only a small risk of a shower or storm. Then, on Saturday, the sky will be occasionally cloudy with showers and storms becoming more numerous, but it won’t rain all day, and the sun should be out at times. Then, for Sunday and Monday, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine both days with a few scattered storms around. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with sea water temperatures mostly in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is between the coast of the U.S. and Bermuda in the Atlantic, and will move northeast into the open North Atlantic in coming days… not threat to land. A low level swirl is in the western Gulf of Mexico; hurricane hunters actually went into that today and found nothing significant. It will drift into the southern tip of Texas within the next 36 hours; no impact here. The wave nearing the Leeward Islands remains weak and disorganized. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I enjoyed seeing a huge crowd today at Golden Living Center in Oneonta… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Moist Air Returns Over The Weekend

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 06:12

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DRY THROUGH FRIDAY: Feels pretty good early this morning; Vic Bell, our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, reports 58 degrees at daybreak… up the road Fort Payne is at 61. Don’t expect much change in our weather through the end of the week, with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs in the low 90s, lows mostly in the 60s as dry air remains in place.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist air returns, and with the approach of an upper trough we will bring in a chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday. This looks like the day with the highest coverage of rain; any one spot stands a 50/50 chance of seeing one or two showers or thunderstorms during the day. We will have more clouds than sun, and the high will drop into the 80s.

Then, for Sunday and Monday, expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range on these two days. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: No rain for the high school games tomorrow and Friday night; the sky will be mostly fair with kickoff temperatures in the upper 80s.

Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly sunny with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with only a small risk of a storm. Then, clouds will increase Saturday with a few passing showers or storms possible. On Sunday and Monday expect about 5 to 7 hours of sun both days with scattered storms. Highs will stay in the 87 to 90 degree range on the immediate coast; the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is packing sustained winds of 80 mph, and is between the U.S. Atlantic coast and Bermuda. It will move northeast into the North Atlantic in coming days and is no threat to land. The rest of the Atlantic basin is pretty quiet now.

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

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I will be speaking today at the Golden Living Center in Oneonta… look for my next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Dry Through Thursday

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 15:28

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NICE LATE SUMMER DAY: Under a sunny sky, temperatures are generally in the 87 to 91 degree range across the great state of Alabama this afternoon. Birmingham reports 88 degrees at 2p CT with a dew point of 61, which is very comfortable for late August in our state.

Tonight will be pleasant; most communities will see a low in the mid 60s early tomorrow, but some of the cooler pockets across Northeast Alabama could see upper 50s.

Looks like we stay dry tomorrow through Friday with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs in the low 90s, lows in the 60s. Models keep trending dry on Friday, so we have taken out that small risk of an afternoon shower for now. Looks like rain-free weather for the high school football games across the state Thursday and Friday night.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture returns, and we will mention the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday through Monday with a mix of sun and clouds each day. Highs 87 to 90, and the risk of any one spot getting wet each day is in the 30-40 percent range. No wash-out, but just be aware a passing shower or storm is possible if you have something planned outdoors.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be partly sunny, and there is about a one in three risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 88, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a brief shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy State at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… partly sunny with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Thursday. Then, for Friday and the holiday weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87-90 degree range, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is packing sustained winds of 75 mph, and will pass west of Bermuda tomorrow on the journey to the North Atlantic. No threat to land. We will watch a disturbance over the NW Gulf of Mexico and the Central Atlantic, but both are very disorganized for now and immediate development is not expected. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I enjoyed seeing everyone at the Urban Center today at Liberty Park… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Dry Through Mid-Week

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:05

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LOWER HUMIDITY: A fairly pleasant late August weather pattern will set up across Alabama through mid-week thanks to a dry airmass in place. We project mostly sunny days and fair nights through Thursday with low humidity and comfortable early mornings. Some of the cooler pockets across Northeast Alabama could visit the upper 50s at daybreak tomorrow. Afternoon highs will be close to 90 degrees, right at seasonal levels for this time of the year.

Moisture levels will begin to rise late this week, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower, but the latest GFS looks pretty dry. Low 90s are likely Friday afternoon.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist, unstable air will be in place, and we will forecast a mix of sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. No wash-out, but a passing storm is very possible both days with a high between 87 and 91 degrees. Scattered storms should become fewer in number on Monday as the upper ridge begins to rebuild across the region.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Thursday from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Then, for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the risk of scattered thunderstorms. Storms become fewer in number by Monday. Highs on the coast will be in the 87-90 degree range, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 81 degrees.

TROPICS: Cristobal is a minimal hurricane in the Atlantic, and will pass between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda tomorrow as it moves north; then it turns northeast out toward the North Atlantic. No threat to land. And, in the Central Atlantic, a weak disturbance is about halfway between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles. This is surrounded by dry air, and the models have pretty much lost it for now. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps and graphics.

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I will be doing a severe weather safety program today for the employees at the Urban Center in Liberty Park… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 478: Everyone Gets an Outflow

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 05:25

WeatherBrains Episode 448 is now online (August 25, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain this week is a returning Guest in the form of Dr. Marshall Shepherd. Dr. Marshall was one of the panelists on WeatherBrains 384. J. Marshall Shepherd is a meteorologist, professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography, the director of the university’s atmospheric sciences program, and was the president of the American Meteorological Society for 2013. Dr. Shepherd has a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology (1991), Master of Science degree in Physical Meteorology, and a Ph.D. in Physical Meteorology, all obtained at Florida State University. For a complete list of his many accomplishments and undertakings, go here. Dr. Shepherd is the host of a new show on The Weather Channel called Weather Geeks.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • Cristobal meandering in the vicinity of the Bahamas (just east)
  • Another tropical wave in the South Atlantic 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles
  • Nice wedge pattern bringing cooler/drier air to the Southeast
  • Kevin Selle makes a comeback as the salt on the popcorn
  • Special appearance by Matthew Selle
  • Lots of action in the tropical Pacific
  • Snow reported in Billings, MT
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Air exerts a force, so this week our 101 segment looks at air pressure. Air pressure can change through a couple of different ways, so we look at that, too..

    TWIWH: Bill Murray is AWOL for this episode.

    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 448:

    Florida State University Meteorology

    Press release on Weather Geeks

    American Meteorological Society Insights

    WeatherBrains teeshirts

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GOES-14 SRSOR Imagery

    Brian Peters – Earth Observing System Data and Information System

    John Scala – Lightning in super slow motion

    Kevin Selle – Android App Hobbles NWS Web Page

    Marshall Shepherd – Weather Geeks TWC Facebook Page

    James Spann – Rumor about Hurricane Heading to New Orleans

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Gets the Fog Horn

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    Dry Air Settles Into Alabama

    Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:30

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    RADAR CHECK: Nothing showing up on the radar at mid-afternoon across the great state of Alabama. We will maintain the risk of scattered storms over the western counties through the evening hours, but drier air continues to work here from the east, and will set the stage for rain-free weather through mid-week.

    Heat levels, as expected, are considerably lower across the state today, with readings mostly in the 85 to 90 degree range.

    MID-WEEK: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and lower humidity levels tomorrow through Thursday. Highs around 90; lows in the 60s. Coolest morning will come early Wednesday with mid 60s for most communities; cooler pockets over Northeast Alabama might make a run at the upper 50s.

    FRIDAY AND THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture levels begin to rise Friday, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Then, for the holiday weekend, we are forecasting a mix of sun and clouds each day Saturday through Monday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. This won’t be a “wash out”, but if you have something planned outdoors just be aware that you will deal with a passing shower or storm from time to time, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Thursday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Then, for Friday and the Labor Day weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. The only potential fly in the ointment is the disturbance over the northern Gulf of Mexico; for now it is very disorganized, but we will keep an eye on it.

    TROPICS: Tropical Storm Cristobal looks very unhealthy with the circulation center pretty much exposed; it is just east of the Bahamas. It will move north, and then northeast, staying away from the U.S. this week, but NHC still expects it to become a minimal hurricane by Wednesday between the U.S. Atlantic coast and Bermuda.

    A disturbance in the Atlantic between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles has some potential for slow development later this week, but dry air surrounds the system and it looks very disorganized for now. It should be near, or north of Puerto Rico this weekend. Too early to determine if this will recurve into the open Atlantic, or keep trucking toward the Southeast U.S.

    Over in the East Pacific, Hurricane Marie is packing sustained winds of 140 mph, but will weaken as it moves northwest. Still, swells and rough surf will impact the coasts of Baja California and Southern California later this week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps and graphics concerning the tropical weather situation.

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    Not As Hot This Week

    Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:18

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    RADAR CHECK: One lone shower was over Alabama at daybreak over West Alabama’s Pickens County, moving southwest into Mississippi. We will continue to mention a risk of scattered storms today, but they should be most numerous over the western half of the state, where deeper moisture is in place. The chance of any one spot getting wet west of I-65 today is about one in three. The high will be close to 90 degrees; some places won’t make it out of the 80s.

    MID-WEEK: Drier air moves into Alabama from the east tonight, and we will be dry tomorrow through Thursday with sunny days, fair cooler nights, and lower humidity levels. Highs will be close to 90 degrees, but morning lows will drop into the 60s. Coolest morning should come early Wednesday with mid 60s likely… we just might see a few upper 50s across the cooler pockets of Northeast Alabama.

    FRIDAY AND THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist air begins to return Friday, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Then, for the holiday weekend, we project a mix of sun and clouds Saturday through Monday with the daily risk of “scattered showers and thunderstorms”. This doesn’t imply a “wash out” or “rainy weekend”, but no doubt we will deal with a few passing storms along the way. Highs over the weekend will be in the 88 to 91 degree range, about average for late August and early September in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: We project mostly sunny days and fair nights on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Thursday. For the Labor Day weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day in this zone with the daily risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the 88-92 degree range, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Pensacola Beach is 87 degrees.

    TROPICS: Tropical Storm Cristobal, over the Southeast Bahamas, is expected to become a hurricane tomorrow night, but it will recurve into the Atlantic and is no threat to the U.S.

    A tropical wave is over the Atlantic between Africa and the Lesser Antilles; some chance of slow development later this week.

    And, in the Pacific, Hurricane Marie is packing sustained winds of 145 mph well off the coast of Mexico, but this will weaken quickly over cooler water in coming days as it moves north/northwest. Swells and rough surf from this will impact the Southern California coast later this week. See the Weather Xtreme video for more details.

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    Update on Cristobal

    Sun, 08/24/2014 - 16:00

    The latest data from the NHC has Cristobal moving north. The official track from the NHC now keeps Cristobal well off the East Coast of the U.S.

    …CRISTOBAL MOVING NORTHWARD…
    …HEAVY RAINFALL AFFECTING THE TURKS AND CAICOS AND THE
    SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS…

    SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
    ———————————————-
    LOCATION…24.5N 73.0W
    ABOUT 155 MI…250 KM ENE OF LONG ISLAND
    ABOUT 185 MI…300 KM ENE OF GREAT EXUMA ISLAND
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES

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    Afternoon Radar Check

    Sun, 08/24/2014 - 15:31

    It continues to be very hot and humid across the state today. Unlike yesterday, where just a few storms developed, there are many more showers and storms this afteroon. The bulk of the activity is over eastern portions of the state, and this activity is drifting towards the south-southwest. The U.S. 431 Highway is be impacting up and down the eastern side of the state, as several areas of storms are producing very heavy rainfall and dangerous lightning. A few storms could be producing gusty winds and small hail as well.

    There is another batch of activity from Bibb County down through Perry, Dallas, and Lowndes County. Once again, all activity is moving towards the south-southwest. The storms out there now, will persist through the afternoon and evening hours, before the begin to weaken after sunset. Where it has rained, temps have dropped into the 70s and 80s as seen in DeKalb and Shelby counties. Where the rain has not fallen, it is very hot as mid to upper 90s continue across many areas of the state.

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    Some Afternoon Storms

    Sun, 08/24/2014 - 12:42

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    It is another hot afternoon across the state as most locations have once again climbed into the 90s. The ridge over the state has retrograded back to the west today, and that will allow for showers and storms to develop and move from north to south or northeast to southwest across the state today.

    Early this afternoon, we already see a few storms south of Interstate 20 and east of Interstate 65, and these storms are moving towards the southwest. Portions of Talladega, St. Clair, Jefferson, Shelby, and Coosa counties are being impacted at this time. With these storms, there will be very heavy rainfall, intense lightning, gusty winds, and there could even be some hail. There could be a few strong storms today, but overall the best thing about these storms is they will provide some temporary heat relief.

    Heading through the afternoon, expect scattered to numerous showers and storms across the Alabama landscape. After the sun sets this evening, and daytime heating is lost, today’s convection should begin to wind down.

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    Tropical Storm Cristobal

    Sun, 08/24/2014 - 09:03

    Earlier this morning, tropical depression four was named Tropical Storm Cristobal. Over the next few days, Cristobal will continue to intensify and is expected to reach hurricane strength off the Southeast Coast. Looking at the satellite imagery, Cristobal is a healthy looking system, with decent inflow and outflow. Being in favorable environmental conditions, there should be no reason why Cristobal will not continue to get better organized through the afternoon and first part of the week.

    Latest specifics on the storm.

    …CRISTOBAL RE-FORMS A LITTLE TO THE NORTHEAST…
    …STILL MOVING NORTHWESTWARD NEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS…

    SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
    ———————————————-
    LOCATION…23.0N 73.0W
    ABOUT 40 MI…60 KM N OF MAYAGUANA ISLAND
    ABOUT 135 MI…215 KM ESE OF LONG ISLAND
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 9 MPH…15 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES

    Now the most important question, where is Cristobal heading? Most of the computer models are pulling the system away from the U.S. mainland. No worries for the Gulf of Mexico, and it should stay far enough away from the East Coast to cause no major issues. It look as though the island of Bermuda will certainly need to be on guard as the models show Cristobal moving very close to the island.

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    Heat Breaking; Tropics Active

    Sun, 08/24/2014 - 06:56

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    The August heat is abating somewhat today thanks to a couple of features. First, a dissipating cluster of thunderstorms that moved into the western sections of the Tennessee River Valley of Alabama early this morning will help to provide some extra clouds. And second, the wedge or cold air damming is bringing a backdoor cold front into Central Alabama from the east. A heat advisory was still in effect for West Central Alabama where heat indices may still approach 105 degrees. But our actual highs will be down a few degrees as this August heat dips a tad. Look for highs to be in the 93 to 97 range with cooler values in the eastern sections. Showers should become likely this afternoon and evening with good moisture in place and the various boundaries adding to the lift. Isolated damaging wind gusts with these storms are possible, but this is not expected to be a major severe weather event.

    The backdoor front will push westward helping to dry out our atmosphere plus bring in some cooler air from the east. Storms will be less likely on Monday and I think we dry out for Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The upper ridge dampens with time as we proceed through the week. A fairly strong trough will approach the Southeast US in the Thursday/Friday time frame as moisture values come back up. This will produce another chance for showers for Friday and Saturday. But highs are only expected to be in the lower 90s, so no excessive heat returning.

    Beach goers should note that there is a heat advisory for Southwest Alabama and Northwest Florida. Isolated showers today will become more scattered Monday but still expect to see 4 to 8 hours of sunshine. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the lower 90s. Water temperature at Perdido Pass this morning was 87 degrees.

    In the tropics, we’re anxiously watching the development of tropical storm Cristobal. The Hurricane Center anticipates it to intensify slowly and it was named Cristobal in a 7 am CDT advisory. Yesterday there was some concern for a more westward track, but today it appears that there is a weakness in the subtropical ridge which will allow a more north-northwest track today and Monday. This should keep the developing storm further from the coast of Florida and that is surely welcome news.

    Looking out into voodoo country and Week 2, the upper air pattern shows a ridge over the Southeast US around the 4th of September with another fairly strong trough moving across the eastern US around the 8th. While the ridge means it will be warm, the ridge does not appear overly large, so I do not expect to see any excessive heat.

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    Depression Forms in Southeast Bahamas

    Sat, 08/23/2014 - 16:42

    Tropical Depression 4 has formed in the Southeast Bahama Islands in the vicinity of Turks and Caicos. A Hurricane Hunter aircraft found a well-defined central circulation this afternoon. Since conditions are favorable for additional development including light to moderate shear and sea surface water temperatures near 30 degree Centigrade, the National Hurricane Center expects the system to become a tropical storm in the next 24 to 36 hours and will be named Cristobal. And since conditions appear to favor intensification, the system could become a hurricane by Tuesday.

    The graphic above shows the official track published by NHC. This morning I noted that the GFS was a bit further west of many of the models and it continues to be that way. Looking at a plot of all the models shows that several of the models are now projecting more of a shift westward closer to Florida. If these are correct, and with the various discrepancies, confidence is not especially high right now, then the east coast of Florida could be facing the risk of tropical storm or hurricane conditions in 3 to 4 days. Hopefully the storm will stay at least a couple of hundred miles offshore before it begins to fully recurve to the northeast.

    -Brian-

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    Hot August Afternoon

    Sat, 08/23/2014 - 13:33

    Temps are well into the 90s again today and we are looking for them to continue to climb the next several hours. Most locations should see highs this afternoon in the upper 90s. When the dew points, that are in the 70s, are factored in with the temperatures, there are very dangerous heat index values this afternoon. For this reason, a Heat Advisory remains in effect for much of the area through 9 PM tonight. Heat index values are over 100F and in some locations over 105F.

    There are a few showers and storms across the Tennessee Valley, and these are moving towards the south and could get into central portions of the state later today. Most locations will stay dry today and will continue to bake under the very hot August sun. For tonight, temps will slowly cool back off, but only into the mid and upper 70s. It will be balmy and very humid.

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    Hot But Relief in Sight

    Sat, 08/23/2014 - 06:53

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    It’s going to be another hot day for much of Central Alabama as highs reach the 95 to 100 range with heat indices of 105 degrees. The NWS has a heat advisory for much of Central Alabama west of I-65 since it appears likely that East Central Alabama will only nudge the heat advisory criteria. Just be aware that it is hot and adjust your activities to account for the heat – no sense in overdoing it. Stay hydrated, too.

    While the upper ridge remains the big player in the upper air pattern, we’re also watching the thunderstorm complex that was located just north of Nashville. HRRR model data suggests it or at least a boundary from it will reach into the Tennessee River Valley this afternoon which could be the focus for additional thunderstorm development.

    The pattern is slow to change over the next several days, but there does appear to be some heat relief in sight thanks in part to the developing tropical system over the Bahamas. The latest models suggest bringing it very close to the East Coast of Florida and then recurving along the Southeast US coast. This together with a slight westward movement of the upper ridge will actually bring a “wedge” pattern – cold air damming – though I might call is cool air damming in this season. The result is some drying and cooling of the air for us bringing temperatures well down into the 90s. The sinking motion on the west side of the tropical system, whatever it is, will help to keep us dry.

    The ridge is gradually replaced by the end of the week with a strong trough coming across the Central Mississippi River Valley which should also help to guide the tropical system out into the Atlantic.

    The tropical system just north of Hispaniola is likely to develop into a depression or storm in the next 24 to 36 hours as it enters an area of conditions more conducive for development plus getting some distance from the terrain of Hispaniola. The current track is across the Bahamas and along the Florida East Coast, but the question will be how close it comes to Florida. The latest model clustering generally keeps it away from Florida, however, the GFS was bringing it right along the eastern peninsula. With the relatively weak flow in that area, we’ll have to watch it carefully for small changes. This system is likely to become Cristobal.

    For beach goers, the best chances for rain along the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida appear to come on Monday. Otherwise, a fairly typical 20 percent chance of showers and storms each day of the weekend. Highs will be in the lower 90s this weekend and near 90F the rest of the week. Lows will be in the 70s.

    Voodoo country or Week 2 appears to be featuring an elongated ridge across the southern tier of the US. The good news for us is that that pattern does not forecast any excessive heat. For those wanting rain, the bad news is that that pattern only means scattered mainly afternoon showers and storms.

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    I hope you have a great weekend. Be mindful that it will be hot, so take it easy on outside activities. I plan to have the next Weather Xtreme Video on Sunday morning by 8 am or so. Godspeed.

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    Dog Day Afternoon

    Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:35

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    RADAR CHECK: A few isolated showers have formed over East Alabama as of 3:30 this afternoon… the are showing little movement. Isolated showers and storms will remain possible through the evening hours, but most places will stay dry on this hot August day. Temperatures are mostly in the mid 90s…

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much overall change; highs will be in the mid to upper 90s tomorrow, with low to mid 90s Sunday. The risk of a storm tomorrow afternoon is only about 15 percent for any one given location. We continue to see evidence that afternoon storms could be a little more numerous Sunday, especially over North and East Alabama, but they will still be scattered in nature.

    NEXT WEEK: Scattered showers and storms will increase statewide on Monday, and the weather won’t be as hot with a high around 90 degrees as the upper ridge weakens. Tuesday and Wednesday look relatively dry, but showers and storms increase again Thursday as a cold front approaches. Looks like a chance we see lower humidity levels by Friday of next week with cooler nights thanks to a nice upper trough moving through the eastern third of the nation. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: A fine weekend ahead from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with sunny days, fair nights, and only very isolated showers. Next week will feature about 7 to 9 hours of sun each day with widely scattered thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be from 87 to 91, with mid 90s inland. Really too early for a specific Labor Day weekend forecast, but for now we don’t see any unusual weather for the coast.

    TROPICS: The disturbance on the northern coast of Hispaniola is expected to develop into a tropical storm over the weekend; it is no threat to the Gulf of Mexico, and most models recurve this one out in to the open Atlantic, but those along the Atlantic coast of Florida will need to keep an eye on this one just in case. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

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    The Heat Is On; Storms Stay Isolated

    Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:11

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    HOT, HAZY, HUMID: An upper high is building across the Deep South, and we expect the hottest weekend so far this summer in the days ahead with afternoon highs in the 95-99 degree range for most communities across North/Central Alabama. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible, but like yesterday they will be very isolated in nature. The chance of any one spot seeing a storm through the weekend is only in the 10-20 percent range. But, where they do form, they will pack a punch.

    HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Not exactly a cool, crisp night for the games across the state tonight; the kickoff temperature will be between 87 and 90 for most high school stadiums, falling to near 80 by the final whistle. An evening thunderstorm can’t be ruled out, but the odds of any one stadium getting wet is only about 15 percent.

    NEXT WEEK: Heat levels fall as the upper high weakens; afternoon highs will be around 90 degrees much of the week. We also expect an increase in the number of scattered showers and thunderstorms Monday as the air aloft becomes colder. The GFS hints Tuesday and Wednesday will be relatively dry, followed by an increase in showers/storms Thursday ahead of a cold front. Then, some chance we will enjoy lower humidity levels and cooler nights at the end of the week and the beginning of the Labor Day weekend. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Look for mostly sunny days and fair nights from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Sunday with only isolated storms; highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87-91 degree range, with mid 90s inland. Too early for a specific Labor Day forecast, but for now we don’t see anything unusual impacting the region.

    TROPICS: The disturbance near the Leeward Islands still have a chance of becoming a tropical storm over the next few days; if anything forms there it will recurve, most likely, into the open Atlantic east of the U.S. mainland.

    The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

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