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Warming Trend Through Wednesday, Then Colder

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 15:42

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SLOW CLEARING: While the Tennessee Valley has enjoyed a mostly sunny sky much of the day, clouds have lingered along and south of I-20…

Temperatures are in the low 70s over far North Alabama where the sun is shining; elsewhere we are seeing mostly 60s.

TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY: These two days look dry and mild with a mix of sun and clouds, and highs generally in the 70s. The NAM model is suggesting we could be close to 80 degrees in spots Wednesday afternoon.

To the west of Alabama, strong to severe storms are possible on these days across parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, but those won’t bother us.

LATE WEEK COLD FRONT: Clouds will increase Thursday, and we will mention a chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. No severe weather is expected, and rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch. Much colder air will return to the state Friday; we won’t make it past the mid 50s with a chilly north wind. A lingering shower is possible Friday morning in spots, but most of the day should be rain-free.

RAW, COLD SATURDAY: A cold, deep upper trough will set up a mostly cloudy and rather raw day Saturday. Some light rain, and maybe even a snow flake or two will be possible as the trough passes; temperatures will struggle to get out of the 40s with a very cool north breeze. It sure won’t feel like a spring day.

There is potential for a late season freeze early Sunday morning with a clear sky and light wind; we project a low in the 28-33 degree range for North/Central Alabama, so growers beware. Then, we expect a good supply of sunshine during the day Sunday with a high back in the 60s as a warming trend begins.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday look mostly dry with highs in the 70s; some risk of showers and storms will return by mid-week, but model consistency has not been good with that next feature.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly dry weather through Wednesday on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores; a few scattered showers are possible Thursday night and Friday. Highs will be in the low 70s tomorrow through Thursday, but back in the 60s Friday. Then, a cool weekend is ahead… mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday, but with a high in the 50s Saturday and 60s Sunday. Early morning temperatures will reach the 40s on the coast this weekend. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is up to 71 degrees.

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

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I enjoyed seeing 2nd graders today at Meadow View Elementary in Alabaster and West Elementary in Vestavia Hills… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Clouds Hang Around; Colder Late This Week

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 06:15

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AT DAYBREAK: Alabama is covered by low clouds, some fog, and drizzle early this morning with temperatures in the 50s. Most of the significant rain is now east of the state, and while most of the day today will be dry, clouds will hang tough. We could see a few peeks of sunshine late this afternoon… and the high today will be in the 60s.

TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: These two days are looking dry and mild with a mix of sun and clouds; low to mid 70s are likely tomorrow, and the GFS and the NAM are both printing a high of 77 for Birmingham Wednesday. We do note on these two days a few severe thunderstorms could break out across parts of the nation’s mid-section, but we do not expect severe weather issues in our state when that systems arrives later.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Clouds increase Thursday, and showers are possible Thursday afternoon into Thursday night… maybe a thunderstorm… ahead of a cold front. For now it doesn’t look like a big rain event, with amounts expected to be well under 1/2 inch.

A few showers could linger into Friday morning as much colder air rushes into the state; we won’t get past the mid 50s Friday with a very cool north breeze.

RAW SATURDAY: A deep upper trough over the eastern half of the U.S. will set up a cold late March weekend. Saturday looks pretty raw; mostly cloudy, breezy, and cold with a chance of a little drizzle during the morning hours, maybe even a few early morning snow flurries. Most North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 40s.

SUNDAY MORNING FREEZE? The sky will clear Saturday night, and the stage is set for a late season freeze early Sunday. The GFS is printing a low of 29 degrees for Birmingham… many places to the north could see low to mid 20s. This is why we have been telling you for weeks it is way too early to plant anything that will be harmed by freezing temperatures. I always recommend tax day, April 15, as a safe time to plant without too much worry about a freeze.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday look dry and warmer; then a chance of showers and storms will return by mid-week on Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have weather programs today at Meadow View Elementary in Alabaster… and West Elementary in Vestavia Hills. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Mid-Afternoon Update

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 14:40

Rain continues over much of the northern third of Alabama this afternoon, generally north of I-20.

Rainfall amounts have been light to moderate. including:

.28 at Birmingham
.59 at Tusacaloosa
.23 at Anniston

Temperatures are in the upper 50s in the I-20 Corridor. They will fall back into the lower 50s tonight under cloudy skies.

The precipitation is associated with a nice little upper level disturbance northeast of Little Rock. It will push east northeast, ending the main rain from the west over western Alabama by 5-6 p.m., in the I-65 corridor between 7-8 p.m. and over East Alabama a couple of hours later.

But a few light showers will be possible during the overnight hours, ending from the northwest during the pre-dawn hours, around sunrise in the I-59 corridor and over southeastern sections during the morning.

Expect to see some sunshine Monday, at least by afternoon. Highs tomorrow will range from the upper 60s around Hamilton, where sunshine will arrive earlier, to the middle 60s in the I-20 Corridor to the lower 60s around Auburn.

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Rainy Sunday

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 07:20

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Rain moved into Central Alabama during the latter part of the afternoon yesterday, a little faster than I expected to see it move in. Periods of light rain overnight produced rainfall amounts of around a quarter of an inch for most locations. The surface low was located in southern Louisiana this morning and will be moving eastward along the Gulf Coast through early Monday morning. Temperatures today will not be changing a great deal with readings remaining fairly steady or rising just a tad as values stay mainly in the 50s with a gloomy look to the day.

There is a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms across South Alabama, Southwest Georgia, and Southeast Mississippi today along the front and just ahead of the surface low. That risk area will shift into North Florida for Day 2 or Monday. Lapse rates for the development of strong thunderstorms appear to be weak due in part to the cloud shield, but a fairly strong southwesterly flow in the layer between 700 and 500 millibars may be enough to enhance thunderstorms along the boundary lying along the Gulf Coast.

The surface low and the associated upper short wave will move east Monday with precipitation chances ending for much of Central Alabama during the morning Monday. Weak ridging aloft promises us a dry and very nice March day for Tuesday.

From Wednesday through into the weekend, the GFS remains focused on developing a substantial trough over the eastern US by this weekend. While we have officially entered the spring season, it looks like we’re going to have to contend with at least one more round of cold weather that may include some freezing temperatures for morning lows this weekend. A series of disturbances moving through the westerly flow will carve out a deep trough by Saturday pushing another round of cold weather out way. But it is late March, so in fairly typical fashion, the trough moves fairly quickly eastward allowing our temperatures to moderate fairly quickly as we edge out into voodoo country. We’ll need to watch carefully to see just how cold it will get on Saturday and Sunday morning, but at least with the information at hand today, it looks like we could see freezing temperatures each morning, so it may be necessary to protect plants and pets.

Looking out into voodoo country, the strong trough moderates fairly quickly as we move into April with ridging across the eastern US for the start of April. But the westerlies remain busy with a parade of disturbances moving through the flow keeping the weather fluid. No specific signs of any significant cold or heat, but if you’ve been around much you know how the patterns in voodoo country can change.

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Had an enjoyable time out of Aldridge Gardens yesterday with other folks from the television station with Paws in the Park. The dogs seemed to know it was their special day and I saw so many different breeds. James Spann will have the next Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Monday morning. Stay dry and Godspeed.

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Rain Moving In

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 14:35

Through the morning hours, we saw a mainly dry Saturday, but around noon, a few light showers started moving into West Alabama and these continue to spread east through the state. The rain is very light and will be more of a nuisance the next few hours. It, for the most part is a mild and cloudy day, with most locations along the Interstate 20 corridor into the 60s. Looking west, there is a lot of rain back in Texas and Louisiana associated with an area of low pressure, and it is heading our direction

All the rain to the west will arrive overnight, and will continue through Sunday and it looks like a very wet day with rain likely most of the day and into Sunday night. The air will be cool and stable, so there is no risk of severe weather, and you probably won’t hear much thunder. Rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely. You will definitely need the rain gear tomorrow. The good news from all the rain, it will help wash away a lot of the pollen that is covering everything right now.

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Clouds with a Rainy Sunday

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 06:28

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Central Alabama finds itself between systems today, so while the clouds will hold tough with some peeks at the sun here and there, we should be mainly dry today with highs around the 70-degree mark. A surface low on a stationary front along the Gulf Coast will move east Sunday bringing a wet day to Central Alabama. We may hear a little thunder on Sunday with a marginal threat for severe weather across southern Mississippi and Alabama as the front moves inland as a warm front. The primary threat will be damaging wind but an isolated tornado is possible along with isolated large hail. Clouds should hold temperatures down a bit with highs mainly in the lower half of the 60s.

The surface low moves eastward away from us on Monday and an upper trough moves across the Southeast by midday, so rain chances should come to an end late on Monday morning. We may see some sunshine by very late afternoon with highs climbing well into the 60s.

Then with weak ridging aloft, we should see a couple of dry and mild days with highs climbing back into the 70s. But the GFS is forecasting a fairly substantial trough to dig into the eastern US Thursday and Friday. This strong trough should bring a cold front and some rain chances back into the forecast for Thursday with colder but dry weather for the weekend. With a trough digging back into the eastern US by Friday and Saturday, we should see temperatures over the weekend drop back with lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s.

The trough dominates the pattern for the beginning of voodoo country so March will be ending on a cool note, but the GFS continues to promote an active southern stream in the westerlies, so we may well stay somewhat wet as April gets underway.

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I will be participating along with other folks from ABC 3340 in Paws in the Garden today at Aldridge Gardens. The event benefits the Shelby County Humane Society and Aldridge Gardens so come on out and say hello. I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted Sunday morning. Godspeed.

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Mostly Dry Tomorrow; Very Wet Sunday

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:39

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LIGHT RAIN OVER EAST ALABAMA: Light rain continues in areas east of I-65 this afternoon… this rain will exit this state this evening.

The sky will stay mostly cloudy tonight, but weather conditions will be mostly rain-free with only a small risk of a stray shower.

TOMORROW: We project a mix of sun and clouds with a high around 70 degrees; the chance of a shower during the day is very small; only about one in five for any given spot. The chance of rain will increase tomorrow night as short wave energy lifts out of Texas.

SUNDAY: This look like a very wet day with rain likely most of the day into Sunday night. The air will be cool and stable, so there is no risk of severe weather, and you probably won’t hear much thunder. Rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely.

NEXT WEEK: Rain ends Monday morning, and Tuesday and Wednesday look dry and pleasant with a decent amount of sunshine both days along with a high around 70 degrees. Showers, and possibly a few thunderstorms return by Thursday and Friday with the approach of a cold front. For now the severe weather threat looks fairly low.

We should also mention the GFS continues to advertise a sharp change to colder weather around March 28-29 with potential for a late season freeze… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Tomorrow will be mostly dry on the Gulf Coast with only a few widely scattered showers and a few intervals of sunshine. Rain and thunderstorms are likely Sunday from Panama City west to Gulf Shores, then dry air returns early next week with clearing Monday, and mostly sunny conditions Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs will remain around 70 degrees each day on the immediate coast, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 60s.

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

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Showers Today Widely Spaced

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 06:04

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HELLO SPRING: Pretty quiet across the great state of Alabama this morning, on the first “official” day of spring. The vernal equinox comes this evening at 5:45p CDT, when the sun will be directly over the equator.

The sky will be generally cloudy today, and while some scattered light rain is very possible, a decent part of the day will be dry. The high today will be in the low 70s for most places, although Northeast Alabama will be cooler with a high in the low 60s. The CAD (cold air damming) effect kept parts of DeKalb, Cherokee, and Etowah Counties only in the 50s yesterday.

THE WEEKEND: Still looks like a decent part of the day tomorrow will be dry with intervals of sunshine; the high will be in the low 70s. The high resolution NAM model hints rain could push in from the west by the evening hours, and Sunday still looks very wet with widespread rain as the wave lifts out of the Southwest U.S. Rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely late tomorrow night and Sunday, but no risk of severe weather, and probably very little thunder with a cool, stable airmass in place.

NEXT WEEK: The rain will push out of the state Monday morning, and we might see a bit of sun Monday afternoon. Tuesday looks rain-free; highs will remain in the low 70s.

The 00Z GFS pushes moist air back into the state Wednesday, suggesting a few showers could break out. Then, some rain is likely at times Thursday and Friday as a cold front approaches from the north.

LONG RANGE: Still evidence of a colder pattern developing for the eastern and southern U.S. around the end of the month; the risk of a freeze for North/Central Alabama is far from over. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: More clouds than sun on the coast today and tomorrow from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with just a few scattered showers. Rain becomes widespread Sunday, then ending early Monday morning of next week. Tuesday and Wednesday look dry, but showers are possible Thursday and Friday of next week. Highs on the immediate coast will remain close to 70 degrees, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 60s.

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I will be speaking today to the senior adult group at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Next Widespread Rain Comes Sunday

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 15:40

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RADAR CHECK: Not much happening on radar across Alabama this afternoon; just a few small showers linger over far East Alabama. The sky is mostly cloudy, and we have cold air damming impacting Northeast Alabama. The “wedge” is sending colder air into counties like DeKalb, Cherokee, and Etowah, where Gadsden reports only 55 degrees at mid-afternoon. Elsewhere, temperatures are mostly in the upper 60s and low 70s.

TONIGHT/TOMORROW: The sky will remain mostly cloudy, and a shower is possible, but rain should be light and spotty. The high tomorrow for most communities will be in the low 70s.

OUR WEEKEND: Saturday looks like a pretty decent day with internals of sunshine possible and a high in the low 70s. Clouds increase Saturday night as rain moves into the southwest part of the state. Sunday looks like a wet day, with widespread rain along and south of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). Looks like a cool rain with temperatures holding in the 50s much of the day… that stable air means no severe weather, and probably no thunder.

Heaviest rain Sunday should come over South Alabama, where amounts of 1-2 inches are possible. For north/central counties, amounts of around one inch are likely.

NEXT WEEK: Rain will taper off Monday morning, and Tuesday and Wednesday look rain-free with ample sunshine along with highs up in the low 70s. Some rain will return toward the end of the week as a cold front approaches, and there is a chance sharply colder air will move into the state around the weekend of March 28-29. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Expect more clouds than sunshine tomorrow and Saturday with a few widely scattered showers. Widespread rain is likely Sunday, but drier air returns to the region (Panama City west to Gulf Shores) early next week. Highs on the immediate coast will be around 70 degrees, and sea water temperatures are in the mid 60s.

VERNAL EQUINOX: Spring “officially” arrives at 5:45 p.m. CDT tomorrow, when the sun is directly over the equator. This is the day when we have approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.

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I had a great time today seeing the kids in the kindergarten program at First Baptist Church of Columbiana… look for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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A Few Lingering Showers Possible

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 06:13

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RADAR CHECK: The large area of rain that moved over Alabama during the night is pushing out of the state, and we have just a few lingering showers early this morning.

The day ahead will be mostly cloudy, and the lingering showers should end this morning… the bulk of the afternoon and tonight should be dry; the high will be in the low 70s.

TOMORROW AND SATURDAY: While a shower is certainly possible on these days, rain will be very scattered and light. The sky will be mostly cloudy, although we could see a few intervals of sunshine, especially on Saturday. Afternoon highs will remain in the low 70s.

SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY: The next major wave in the southern branch of the jet stream will bring widespread rain to the state. The GFS has trended a little slower, suggesting the bulk of the rain comes after midnight Saturday night and during the day Sunday. Some thunder is possible Sunday, but no severe weather expected with no surface based instability. Rain amounts will be close to one inch with this wave.

NEXT WEEK: Drier air returns to the state Monday with a clearing sky, and we expect a good supply of sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday with afternoon highs in the low 70s. Showers will return toward the end of the week with a cold front approaching.

LATE MONTH: The GFS is still advertising a cold snap around Saturday March 28 with potential for a morning freeze… get the details on the Weather Xtreme video.

VERNAL EQUINOX: The first “official” day of spring is tomorrow; the sun will be directly over the equator at 5:45p CDT; we will have approximately 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of darkness.

BEACH FORECAST: Expect more clouds than sun on the Gulf coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores through Saturday with just a few scattered showers around. Rain becomes widespread on the coast late Saturday night and Sunday, with thunderstorms possible as well. Highs on the immediate coast will be close to 70, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 65 degrees.

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I have a weather program this morning at the kindergarten program at First Baptist Church of Columbiana… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Rain Arrives Late Tonight

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:19

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RADAR CHECK: Closest rain to Alabama this afternoon is over far West Mississippi; around here the sky is partly sunny, and temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 70s. Not was warm as the low to mid 80s we enjoyed yesterday, but still a bit above average for mid-March in Alabama. Clouds will thicken in coming hours, and rain will move into the state tonight.

Looks like we will have two main windows for widespread rain over the next few days…

TONIGHT/TOMORROW: The core window for widespread rain from the first wave will come from about midnight tonight through 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. Then, by mid-morning, much of the rain will be east of Alabama, and there is only an outside risk of a shower during the midday and afternoon hours. Clouds linger much of the day and the high will be around 70 degrees.

There is no chance of severe weather tonight, although a little thunder is possible in spots.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: These two days will be mostly cloudy, but I am not sure we really see that much rain around here. Some light rain, or a few showers are certainly possible, but with no major forcing it looks like rain amounts will be rather light and spotty. Afternoon highs will be in the 67 to 71 degree range.

SATURDAY NIGHT/SUNDAY: The second widespread rain event should take place Saturday night into Sunday morning. Like the event tonight, some thunder is possible, but no severe weather is expected. Looks like only an outside risk of a stray shower Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. The high Sunday will be in the mid 60s.

NEXT WEEK: A little light rain is not totally out of the question late Sunday night or Monday morning, but nothing too widespread or heavy, and Tuesday and Wednesday look nice with ample sunshine and a high in the low 70s.

THE LAND OF VOODOO: The 12Z GFS is advertising a cold upper trough over the eastern U.S. March 28 that, if it develops, could pull down some pretty chilly air with potential for freezing temperatures one or two mornings. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 5th and 6th graders at Blountsville Elementary in Blount County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Not As Warm; Rain On The Way

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 06:19

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AT DAYBREAK: A cold front passed through the state last night, and temperatures are mostly in the 50s as we begin this day. Expect a mostly cloudy sky today with a high around 70 degrees, about 10-12 degrees cooler than recent days. Rain will move into West Alabama late this afternoon, then becoming widespread tonight. The rain continues into at least part of the day tomorrow, mainly during the morning hours.

FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather will stay unsettled, but there will be some good breaks in the rain along the way. Friday will be cloudy, and some scattered light rain is possible during the day with a high in the mid 60s.

A decent part of the day Saturday could work out to be rain-free, but a touch of light rain is certainly possible. The best chance of rain over the weekend will come Saturday night, with potential for some rain lingering into Sunday morning. The sky will be generally cloudy Saturday and Sunday with a high in the 67 to 70 degree range, right at seasonal averages for late March in Alabama.

Guidance from SPC suggests the heaviest rain in our state over the next five days will be around the U.S. 80 corridor (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika).

NEXT WEEK: Confidence in Monday’s forecast is low; GFS runs yesterday suggested a surface low moving over Alabama with a good rain event, but now the model is relatively dry for Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday look rain-free with a high around 70 degrees. The good news is that we see no chance of severe weather for our state for the rest of March.

AT THE BEACH: The sky will be mostly cloudy from Panama City over to Gulf Shores through the weekend, although you might see a bit of sun occasionally. There will be some risk of rain each day, but the rain won’t be continuous. Some of the most widespread rain will come Saturday night into Sunday… highs will be close to 70, with lows between 60 and 65.

See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program this morning at Blountsville Elementary in Blount County, and tonight I will be speaking at River Road Baptist Church in Hueytown. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Cooler/Wet Weather Ahead For Alabama

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:58

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WARMTH OF THE SUN: Again today temperatures are close to 80 degrees across much of North/Central Alabama this afternoon. The sky is partly to mostly sunny, and we have no rain on radar.

However, a cold front is near Alabama’s northern border, and that will pass through in dry fashion tonight, and will usher in cooler temperatures for the rest of the week.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a high between 67 and 70 degrees; rain will push into West Alabama by late afternoon, becoming widespread tomorrow night.

The weather will stay cloudy and wet at times Thursday and Friday; periods of rain are likely both days with a high in the mid 60s. The rain won’t be continuous, and there is no threat of severe weather, and probably not much thunder. Just be ready for rain at any time on both days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The GFS continues to trend wetter. The 12Z GFS run hints that most of Saturday morning will be dry, but another surge of rain will arrive later Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Rain could linger into Sunday morning, with dry conditions Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. The sky will be cloudy both days and we project highs in the upper 60s. Very hard to provide specific start/stop times for the rain at this point.

NEXT WEEK: A surface low is forecast to move over South Alabama Monday, and the day looks wet with a few thunderstorms possible. Then, the rain ends Tuesday as the low moves northeast. Temperatures look cool Monday and Tuesday with highs between 58 and 61 degrees.

We will need to watch temperature trends; parts of North Alabama could see a light freeze early Wednesday morning of next week.

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

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

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Warm Again Today; Clouds Return Tonight

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:22

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ANOTHER WARM DAY FOR MID-MARCH: We project a high around 80 degrees again today; yesterday’s official high in Birmingham was 81 degrees… the first high at or over 80 degrees in 2015, 14 degrees above average, and within 4 degrees of the record high for March 16, 85 degrees set in 2012.

The record high for today is 86 degrees set in 1963… we won’t break it, but we could get within 5 degrees or so. The air is dry and the sky today will be partly sunny.

CHANGES AHEAD: A cold front will pass through North Alabama this evening, and clouds will push down into the state tonight along with the cooler air. A shower can’t be ruled out early tonight over the northeast corner of the state, but the risk seems very low. We will drop down to near 50 degrees by early tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a high in the upper 60s, and some rain should begin to push into West Alabama by mid to late afternoon. That becomes widespread tomorrow night, making the beginning of a multiple day period of unsettled weather.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Models are having a difficult time resolving this active pattern, and we are getting a different look from the GFS this morning. Looks like rain from the lead impulse will taper off Thursday morning, and there could be a break in the wet weather Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, although some patches of light rain sure can’t be ruled out. Then, another wave will bring a chance of more rain during the day Friday and Friday night. The rain won’t be continuous, but it could rain at any time.

Highs will be in the 60s, and there is no risk of severe weather, and we probably won’t have much thunder at all.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will need to adjust the forecast to include a chance of some light rain Saturday and Saturday night. Initially global models hinted at rain-free weather for the northern half of the state over the weekend, but the GFS is clearly trending wetter for Saturday. Again, the rain won’t be continuous, and day won’t be a total “wash-out”, but understand there will be a chance of rain at times.

Sunday still looks rain-free with a partly sunny sky. Highs over the weekend will remain in the 60s, right at seasonal averages for mid to late March in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Moisture begins to return Monday, and more light rain could break out. The latest GFS run hints at some risk of thunderstorms Tuesday, followed by sharply colder air Wednesday. In fact, the 00Z GFS even suggests a chance of snow flurries over North Alabama Wednesday morning. This will probably change, but the idea is certainly credible. Blog readers know it is way too early to be planting anything that could be harmed by freezing temperatures.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine today from Panama City to Gulf Shores; highs will be close to 70 degrees (cooler down there due to the cool Gulf of Mexico water temperatures). Tomorrow will be generally dry, but mostly cloudy. Then, Thursday through the weekend, days will be mostly cloudy with only a limited amount of sunshine each day, and there will be some risk of rain showers on a daily basis. Nothing too heavy or widespread, however. Highs will remain around 70, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 65 degrees.

FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be at Burton Campers in Calera this evening. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

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WeatherBrains 477: Tales from a Disaster

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:30

WeatherBrains Episode 477 is now online (March 16, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest for this show is award winning author, Kim Cross. Kim and her family huddled in their storm shelter as the Tuscaloosa tornado of April 27, 2011, barreled toward Birmingham missing their neighborhood by only a few miles. After writing an article for Southern Living that captured the timeless stories that would ring true long after the storm had gone, Kim set about writing a book to tell the story of the biggest tornado outbreak on record in the Southeast US.

Kim started writing for her local newspaper while in high school. Kim studied journalism at the University of Alabama and after obtaining her journalism degree, took on a graduate fellowship at UA. She gained value reporting experience working for numerous newspapers including the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the St. Petersburg Times and worked on the staff of Southern Living and Cooking Light for nearly a decade before taking time off to tackle the book. Her book took about four years and was published on March 10, 2015. It is available wherever you can find books and at the link below.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and -5 at Whitefield, NH
  • Much warmer across the vast US
  • Large wildfire near Woodward, OK
  • Grand Isle, NE, hit 90 today
  • Late season cold snap possible
  • Monster Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu
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    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    Rain Returns By Wednesday Night

    Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:29

    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.

    WARM MARCH AFTERNOON: Tuscaloosa and Montgomery have soared to 81 degrees at mid-afternoon… the Shelby County Airport was at 80, with upper 70s at Birmingham, Anniston, and Gadsden. Nothing but sunshine for most communities; a far cry from the cool, wet weather we dealt with last week.

    Tomorrow will be another warm and dry day, with a partly sunny sky and a high around the 80 degree mark. The average high for March 17 is 67, and the record high for the date is 86 set in 1963.

    COOLER TEMPERATURES AND RAIN RETURNING: Clouds will return Wednesday, and temperatures will be cooler with a high in the mid 60s. Rain should begin over West Alabama at some point Wednesday afternoon… that rain will be widespread Wednesday night statewide as short wave energy approaches. Periods of rain will continue Thursday; rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely by Thursday night. The air will be stable and there is no threat of severe weather, and probably no thunder.

    FRIDAY: While a lingering shower is possible, especially Friday morning, I get the idea a decent part of the day will be dry, although clouds will linger. The high Friday afternoon will be in the mid 60s.

    OUR WEEKEND: Saturday looks very nice, with a good supply of sunshine and a high around 70 degrees. Clouds return Saturday night and Sunday, but the best chance of rain with this feature will come over the southern half of the state. The GFS is printing a high of 67 for Birmingham Sunday afternoon.

    NEXT WEEK: The weather looks quiet early next week, with dry conditions Monday through Wednesday with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Some of the colder pockets could wind up in the 30s early Monday and Tuesday morning, but for now a widespread freeze is not expected. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Calera at Burton Campers tomorrow evening. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

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    Warm March Afternoons

    Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:30

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    GETTING CLOSE TO 80: Birmingham’s official high yesterday was 77 degrees… we project a high between 77 and 80 today and tomorrow as our warm spring preview continues. We should mention here the first “official” day of spring (based on astronomy) is Friday; the vernal equinox comes at 5:45p CDT.

    The air is dry, and today will be mostly sunny, followed by a partly sunny day tomorrow.

    RAIN RETURNS: Cooler air slips into the state Wednesday as the high will drop back into the mid 60s, and clouds return during the day ahead of a wave approaching from the west. Rain begins Wednesday afternoon, and will be widespread Wednesday night into Thursday. The air will be stable, so no severe weather issues, and probably no thunder. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch look likely.

    FRIDAY: A lingering shower is possible, but a decent part of the day should be dry as the dynamic support lifts to the northeast. The sky will remain mostly cloudy, and the high Friday afternoon should be in the 61-64 degree range.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another wave west of the state should be shunted down to the south; some light rain is possible over South Alabama Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, but for now it looks mostly rain-free for the northern half of the state. Saturday will feature more clouds than sun, but Sunday will be partly to mostly sunny. Highs over the weekend will be in the 60s.

    NEXT WEEK: The weather looks nice and quiet Monday through Wednesday with mostly sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights. The GFS is printing a low of 38 degrees for Birmingham early Monday.

    CAUTION: It is WAY too early to plant anything that will be harmed by freezing temperatures. For Birmingham, the average date of the last freeze is March 26, but we have seen a freeze as late as April 23. I always recommend tax day (April 15) as a good time to plant. It is very hard to find a year with no late season freeze across North and Central Alabama.

    FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Calera at Burton Campers tomorrow evening. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

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

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    Boston Breaks Snowfall Record for Season!

    Sun, 03/15/2015 - 20:41

    It is official! Just under three inches of snow fell late this afternoon and evening at Boston’s Logan Airport, surpassing the old seasonal snowfall total.

    This graphic does not yet reflect the updated total, but shows 125 years of snowfall records in Beantown.

    If the GFS is right, they may increase their snowfall total even further next weekend! The model has been predicting some light snows next weekend.

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
    719 PM EDT SUN MAR 15 2015

    …BOSTON BREAKS ALL TIME SEASONAL SNOW RECORD…

    AS OF 7PM ON MARCH 15TH…BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT RECIEVED 108.6
    INCHES OF TOTAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF
    107.6 INCHES FOR THE 1995-1996 WINTER SEASON.

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    Perfect Today. Even More So Tomorrow.

    Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:55

    Alright. You just have to get out side on this Sunday afternoon. I know there is the SEC and other Basketball Championships. It is Selection Sunday. But do not miss this chance to get outside.

    It seemed the southeastern United States was on Sunrise Watch this morning as folks tweeted gorgeous photographs of the sky from places like Austin, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, Surfside, SC and Helena. Sme folks had their view of the gorgeous sunrise blocked by fog. That fog burned off quickly and a gorgeous day has taken shape across Central Alabama.

    Regional radars have indeed taken the day off as just a few high clouds stream across from time to time, barely blocking the strong late winter sun. Temperatures will warm into the 70s areawide this afternoon. Winds are light. Humidities are low. All in all a perfect day weatherwise.

    And if you like today, add about 3 or 4 degrees, shake and serve. Another perfect day. Better make reservations now for your favorite outdoor restaurant. Tuesday looks great too. Rain returns late Wednesday with showers lingering into the weekend.

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