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Warmer & Dry for the Weekend

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 07:18

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If you are looking for really cold weather, you won’t find it around here this weekend. Sure, we’re starting the day off on a rather nippy note with readings in the 20s across the Tennessee River Valley and Northeast Alabama while much of Central Alabama was around 30 degrees. With a good supply of sunshine expected our afternoon highs should climb to around the 60s degree mark.

We stay dry on Sunday as the upper ridge builds across the eastern half of the country. Sunday will also be a tad warmer with highs in the lower and middle 60s.

Our next shot at rain comes Monday night and early Tuesday. This is a relatively fast moving system so the timing on the rain and showers should be between about 6 pm Monday and 9 am Tuesday. Rainfall amounts are expected to be less than half an inch since we don’t really establish a good moisture return with this system.

An upper ridge will dominate the pattern in the middle of the week with dry weather Wednesday and Thursday and highs returning to the 60s. By Friday, a strong trough will be edging closer to us out of the southern Rockies, so Friday will be warm with rain chances and clouds returning. That trough moves by Saturday, so our weather should be improving as the rain moves out in the morning and early afternoon. Highs will drop back into the 50s, but there is not any extreme cold with this system.

The weather pattern this time of year is typically pretty fast and we are seeing that. Looks wet for the 23rd of December, but dry for us for Christmas day. The upper air pattern suggests Christmas day could be quite warm. But another chill down and wet weather are projected for the 27th-28th or so.

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Off to Helena United Methodist Church for the Festival of Three Kings. I get to be that jolly fellow from well north of here. Then it’s off to Cahaba Heights UMC for a rehearsal for their Sunday Christmas program, followed by an evening with friends at a Christmas party! I’m already tired and the day has just begun! I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video by 8 am or so on Sunday. Enjoy this lovely weekend as the Christmas holiday looms closer. Godspeed.

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Showers Return Early Next Week

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 16:28

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SEVERE CLEAR: Another day of blue sky and sunshine across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are very close to seasonal averages, with most places in the mid to upper 50s. The air is dry, and there is no rain on radar.

The dry weather continues throughout the weekend, with sunny pleasant days and clear chilly nights. After an early morning low close to the freezing mark, we rise into the low 60s tomorrow with a sunny sky. Mid 60s are likely by Sunday afternoon as our slow warming trend continues.

NEXT WEEK: Short wave energy will bring clouds into Alabama Monday, and showers could reach the western counties during the afternoon hours. The better chance of rain statewide will come Monday night, and this still doesn’t look like a big rain event… with limited moisture rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch. There could be a little thunder in spots, but there is no risk of severe weather.

The sky becomes partly sunny Tuesday afternoon, and the high will be close to 60. Wednesday looks rain-free and pleasant as well; we might need to insert the risk of showers toward the end of the week Thursday and Friday as moist air begins to return ahead of a vigorous weather system to the west.

The core impact of that storm system should come on Saturday December 20, when rain and storms are likely statewide. This could be a heavy rain/strong to severe thunderstorm setup, at the moment it looks like the highest risk of severe storms will come over the southern part of the state, but with this event eight days away there is no way of resolving details now.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: The 12Z GFS shows a cool, dry week for Alabama with seasonal temperatures; highs mostly in the 50s and lows mostly in the 30s. The AO/NAO combination remains positive, which will make it hard to get bitterly cold air this far south. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the fifth graders at Glencoe Middle School in Etowah 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 bright and early Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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Slow Weekend Warm-Up Ahead

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 07:09

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ANOTHER COLD MORNING: As cold as 18 degrees in Alabama this morning; that was the 6:00 a.m. temperature at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden. But, a warming trend begins later today with a good supply of sunshine as we rise into the mid to upper 50s this afternoon… that is right at seasonal averages for mid-December.

The slow warm-up continues over the weekend; the high tomorrow will be close to 60, followed by low to mid 60s Sunday. Mornings will stay chilly; many communities will see another light freeze early tomorrow morning as the weekend begins. Dry air means a sunny sky both days.

NEXT WEEK: Short wave energy will bring clouds back into the state Monday, and showers arrive late Monday afternoon over the northwest corner of the state. Looks like our best chance of showers will come from 5:00 p.m. Monday through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday… no severe weather, and probably not much thunder. And, with limited moisture rain amounts for most should be under 1/2 inch.

The sky becomes partly sunny Tuesday as drier air returns, and there is no cold air involved with this system, so the high Tuesday afternoon should be close to 60 degrees. Expect mostly sunny and pleasant weather Wednesday and Thursday with a high in the low 60s.

A dynamic weather system will bring the risk of a shower late in the week on Friday, but the main event should come the following day, on Saturday December 20. Too early to be specific, but at this point it looks like it might be a heavy rain event for Alabama with potential for strong thunderstorms.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: The Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) remain positive, which means it will be hard for bitterly cold air to invade the Deep South; temperatures for now look close to seasonal averages, with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s generally speaking. The 06Z GFS shows potential for a rain event on Christmas Eve, but we all know in the “land of voodoo” that will probably vanish on the next run. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program today at Glencoe Middle School in Etowah County… then this evening I will be live from the “Bikes for Tots” event at the Walmart on Highway 150 in Hoover. The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted this afternoon by 4:00… enjoy the day…

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Cold Again Tonight; A Warmer Weekend

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:35

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DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Expect another freeze early tomorrow morning across North/Central Alabama; most communities will see a low near 30, with 20s likely for colder valleys and protected areas. Then, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon as temperatures rise into the mid to upper 50s with a sunny sky.

The weekend looks very nice; ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday with afternoon highs up in the low 60s. Mornings will be chilly with lows in the mid to upper 30s. No moisture, no chance of rain.

NEXT WEEK: A short wave will bring increasing clouds to Alabama Monday, and showers are a good possibility Monday night. Still looks like the main window for rain will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, and amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch, with potential for heavier totals over the northwest corner of the state. No severe weather threat, and probably not much thunder. Drier air returns Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday and Thursday look dry with a good deal of sunshine both days along with a high near 60 degrees.

Global model consensus is good on the potential for a dynamic system around Saturday, December 20 that would bring the risk of heavy rain and maybe even strong thunderstorms.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: This is still in a period where there is very little skill in a specific forecast (beyond seven days), but for now global models hint most of the week will be dry with temperatures near or a bit below seasonal averages for late December. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham has received 44.41″ of rain since January 1; that is a deficiency of 6.47″. Bottom line is that there is a good chance we end up with a rain deficit for 2014 as the year ends in a few weeks. Tuscaloosa and Anniston have similar totals.

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Cool, Dry December Day

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:24

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SUB-FREEZING START: Here are some temperatures across the great state of Alabama at daybreak…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 21
Valley Head 23
Gadsden 25
Concord 25
Fort Payne 25
Anniston 26
Center Point 26
Haleyville 27
Birmingham 28
Tuscaloosa 28
Coker 28
Northport 29

DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Despite sunshine in full supply today, we won’t get past the 50 degree mark, and another light freeze is likely early tomorrow. Then, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon… we expect a high in the upper 50s with a good supply of sunshine. The weather looks wonderful for the weekend, with ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday along with a high in the low 60s both afternoons.

NEXT WEEK: Clouds will return to the state Monday, and we will forecast a good chance of showers Monday night with a short wave moving in from the west. Moisture will be limited, so rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch, and while a little thunder is possible, severe weather is not expected. The main window for rain will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Drier air returns during the day Tuesday, and rain-free weather is likely Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will remain comfortable, with highs generally in the low 60s through mid-week.

LONG RANGE THOUGHTS: The GFS and the ECMWF are in very good agreement, showing a significant storm system impacting Alabama around Saturday December 20. This looks like a rather dynamic feature, and will need to monitored in coming days for severe weather potential. Then, dry and cool weather seems to be the story for the following week, including Christmas Day. Of course, this is out in the “land of voodoo”, and this could easily change. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

WILD WEATHER DAY FOR CALIFORNIA: Heavy rain is moving into the San Francisco Bay area this morning; they will see 3-5 inches of rain over the next few days, and winds today could gust to 40/50 mph at times.

This will be case, however, where the positives could outweigh the negatives; this is beneficial rain for a state that is in severe drought conditions.

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

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