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Warmer, Wetter Weather Ahead

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 08:27

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It’s a downright chilly start to the day with temperature readings across Central Alabama well down into the 20s. Birmingham set a new record low temperature yesterday morning with the 23 degrees breaking the old record of 24 set in 1986. With plenty of sunshine today, we should see temperatures climb nicely into the lower 50s for afternoon highs.

FOOTBALL FORECAST: The biggest college game in the country is in Tuscaloosa today as Mississippi State takes on Alabama. Temperatures at kickoff, 2:30 pm, will be around 52 degrees with a sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half. Auburn plays in Athens, GA, where they take on the Georgia Bulldogs this evening with a 6:15 pm kickoff. Bundle up if you are going to this game. The weather will be dry but the temperature will be around 42 degrees at kickoff with temperatures dropping slowly through the 30s during the game.

The nearly zonal flow aloft will take on a much sharper look as another deep trough digs into the eastern US. A surface low will move out of the Northwest Gulf of Mexico Sunday and move quickly up to the Mid-Atlantic states by midday Monday. This will spread clouds and a cold rain across Central Alabama Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. With the quickly traveling low center, the rain should come to an end across our area by the middle of the day Monday. Rainfall amounts are likely to be around 1 inch for most locations and we can sure use the rain since we’ve been relatively dry.

The upper level flow remains dominated by a trough over the astern half of the country while a surface high will be the prevailing feature at the surface. This should give us several days of dry weather from Tuesday through Friday.

By the very end of the week another strong short wave is forecast to come at us from the Four Corners area of the Southwest US. This should bring us another round of wet weather for next weekend. But this is on the edge of voodoo country so the timing for this event may need to be adjusted as we watch the development of this next system.

An speaking of voodoo country. The GFS continues to show a chilly November as the upper air pattern remains with a substantial trough over the eastern half of the country. The message here is that we probably won’t be seeing any really warm weather for awhile.

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More Cold Air Early Next Week

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:42

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COLD NOVEMBER DAY: Temperatures are struggling to reach the 40 degree mark across North/Central Alabama this afternoon despite a good supply of sunshine, and once the sun goes down around 4:45, you know temperatures will drop quickly. I think we are now looking at freezing temperatures for most of the high school football playoff games around our state tonight, and we project a low back in the low to mid 20s by daybreak tomorrow.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We project a high tomorrow afternoon not too far from 50 degrees with sunshine through scattered clouds. Then, the clouds thicken tomorrow night, and we will deal with rain before the weekend is over.

The rain should begin Sunday afternoon over North/Central Alabama, then becoming widespread Sunday night as a surface low passes through South Alabama. Looks like a good rain event, with totals in the 1/2 to 1 inch range for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden. Parts of South Alabama will see over one inch.

MONDAY: Rain will end from west to east during the day, and the next shot of very cold air will begin to blow in here with temperatures falling into the 30s by mid to late afternoon. Can’t totally rule out a snow flake or two in the cold air, but it won’t be anything significant. If you are looking for a good snow cover, look north of I-40 in far North Tennessee and Kentucky.

FRIGID TUESDAY: We will drop to near 20 degrees early Tuesday morning, with potential for single digit wind chill values. A decent part of North Alabama will stay below freezing all day Tuesday despite the return of sunshine. Then, as the wind goes calm Tuesday night, that should set the stage for the coldest morning early Wednesday with upper teens very possible.

A slow warming trend then begins Wednesday afternoon that will last through the following weekend. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games tonight, we project a kickoff temperature around 34 degrees, then falling into the 20s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in tomorrow Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the mid 20s around daybreak, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 51 degrees with a mostly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect 46 degrees at kickoff, with temperatures dropping slowly through the 40s during the game. The sky should be mostly fair.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids at Southeastern Elementary School in Blount County… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… Brian Peters will have the video updates here tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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Brighter Today, But Still Cold

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 07:33

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COLDEST SO FAR: Here are some temperatures across the great state of Alabama at daybreak…

Haleyville 20
Decatur 20
Valley Head 21
Cullman 21
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 21
Birmingham 23 (wind chill index of 15)
Center Point 23
Montevallo 24
Bessemer 24
Huffman 25
Concord 25
Gardendale 25
Anniston 26
Sycamore 26
Tuscaloosa 27

The good news is that the sky will be mostly sunny today, but temperatures remain far below average; the GFS and the NAM are printing a high of only 41 degrees for Birmingham today.

Expect another very cold night tonight; most places will be in the mid 20s early tomorrow.

OUR WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be another cold, dry day with a partly to mostly sunny sky; the high will be at or just over 50 degrees, still about 15 degrees below average for mid-November. Clouds return Sunday, and rain should begin Sunday afternoon… that rain becomes widespread Sunday night thanks to a surface low that should move over far South Alabama. The southern half of the state can expect 1 to 2 inches of rain, and up our way, the north-central Alabama counties should see at last 1/2 to 1 inch. It will be our most signifiant rain since October 13, when Birmingham measured 1.91″.

MONDAY/TUESDAY: The rain will end from west to east during the day Monday, and right after that we deal with another surge of very cold air. Not out of the question for a flake or two of snow to fall over North Alabama as it all ends and the colder air arrives, but for now there is no evidence that it will be anything signifiant. Temperatures should begin to fall Monday afternoon with a gusty north wind, and by Tuesday morning we will be close to 20 degrees, with a wind chill index down in the single digits.

It will be a struggle to get above freezing Tuesday despite the return of sunshine, and the wind chill index will remain below freezing most of the day with a north wind of 10-20 mph. Then, Tuesday night, the wind will die down, and with a clear sky we expect our coldest temperatures yet by early Wednesday morning. The GFS is printing a low of 17 degrees now for Birmingham at daybreak Wednesday.

LATER NEXT WEEK: The upper air pattern thankfully deamplifies, and we begin to warm up. Temperatures reach the 40s Wednesday afternoon, 50s Thursday, and we will be close to 60 Friday afternoon. Some hints we might have some rain late in the week, or the following weekend (November 22-23)… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games tonight, we project a kickoff temperature around 38 degrees, then falling through the 30s during the games. Needless to say, you will need to bundle up. The sky will be clear.

The biggest college game in the country will be in tomorrow Saturday as Mississippi State comes to town to take on Alabama. If you are planning on being with the ESPN GameDay crew, early morning temperatures will be in the mid 20s around daybreak, rising through the 30s, and reaching the 40s by late morning. The kickoff temperature (2:30p CT) will be close to 51 degrees with a mostly sunny sky, but as the sun goes down temperatures will drop quickly into the 40s during the second half.

Auburn will be over in Athens, GA to take on the Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow evening (6:15p CT kickoff)… expect 46 degrees at kickoff, with temperatures dropping slowly through the 40s during the game. The sky should be mostly fair.

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 doing a weather program today at Southeastern Elementary School in Blount County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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