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Scattered Shower/Storms Over The Weekend

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 15:45

RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms have been scattered across Alabama today; this afternoon the more numerous ones are over the southern counties… moving northeast…

THE WEEKEND: Not much change; a moist airmass will linger over Alabama tomorrow and Sunday. The sky will feature more clouds than sun, and on both days we will deal with scattered showers and storms. Like today, their location and timing will be pretty random, meaning we can’t give specific start/stop times for rain. If you will be at an outdoors event, just be ready for a passing shower or thunderstorm; the more numerous ones will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower.

No “wash-out”, no severe weather threat, and the sun will peek out at times, much like today. Afternoon highs will be in the low to mid 80s. They will get the golf rounds in at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek, but a delay or two is possible if thunder is near the course.

We should mention tomorrow could bring a pretty significant severe weather setup to parts of the Great Plains…

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms remain possible Monday, but drier air moves into the state Tuesday. We expect a good supply of sunshine Wednesday and Thursday… then some risk of showers will return late in the week on Friday. Highs will be mostly in the 80s; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Moist Air Hangs Over Alabama

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 06:09

RADAR CHECK: Pretty quiet across the great state of Alabama at daybreak; although a few showers are forming from near Birmingham, down U.S. 280 toward Auburn and Opelika.

Expect developing showers and thunderstorms today; highest coverage of showers and storms should be in the 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. time frame, but even then the rain won’t be continuous, and the showers will tend to be rather random and scattered. The high today will be at or just over 80 degrees with some potential for a little sun at times.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No real change; moist air, and the risk of a few showers or thunderstorms tomorrow and Saturday with a high in the low to mid 80s both days. Highest coverage of showers and storms should come during the afternoon and evening hours, but a late night or morning shower can’t be ruled out.

We have many events going on this weekend, including the Regions Tradition golf tournament at Shoal Creek and the ASHAA state baseball championship games in Montgomery… here are the positives for the weekend: The rain won’t be continuous; there will be very nice breaks in the rain, and the sun should break out at times. And, we don’t expect any severe weather. Just be ready for a rain delay or two; they should get the golf rounds and the baseball games in. Just be patient.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms remain possible Monday, but drier air moves down in here Tuesday with only a small risk of a stray morning shower. Then, Wednesday and Thursday look dry with a good supply of sunshine both days… then a few scattered showers could return Friday as moisture levels begin to rise. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: About 2 to 4 hours of sunshine today and tomorrow at Gulf Shores with a few passing showers or storms both days. Then, on Sunday, expect increasing amounts of sunshine and fewer showers. They should get the concerts in, but rain delays are certainly possible. The high will be around 80 degrees on the immediate coast, with mid 80s inland. Sea water temperatures are very close to 80 degrees.

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Moisture Levels Begin To Rise Today

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 06:28

MY TINY CORNER OF HEAVEN: Just wanted to let you know there won’t be an afternoon discussion or Weather Xtreme video later today; I will be at the funeral of the great weather legend, J.B. Elliott. Prayers for his wife Judy, and the rest of the family are appreciated. It will be difficult to say so long to such a wonderful friend and mentor. Many of you enjoyed the many years of afternoon blog discussions produced by J.B… and the adventures of “Little Miss Molly”.

DRY START TO THE DAY: Nothing on radar across Alabama this morning; we are beginning the day with temperatures in the 56-61 degree range… we rise into the mid 80s this afternoon with a partly sunny sky. We will maintain the chance of widely scattered showers or storms late this afternoon and early tonight as moist air moves northward, but a decent part of the day will be dry.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: A pool of rich low level moisture will cover Alabama on these three days, and we will clearly need to mention a chance of showers and storms on a daily basis. The better coverage of the showers should come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower as well.

On the positive side, there will be some good breaks in the rain, the sun might peek out at times, and we don’t expect any severe weather problems. For the Regions Tradition golf tournament at Shoal Creek, the AHSAA baseball championship games at Montgomery, and the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, just understand a few rain delays are likely, but the weekend won’t be a “wash-out”.

NEXT WEEK: An approaching surface front will bring a chance of showers and storms Monday, but the latest GFS run now shows dry air moving into North Alabama Tuesday, and it looks like we can drop the mention of showers both Tuesday and Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 5 to 7 hours of sunshine today from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with a few scattered showers and storms possible this afternoon. Then, expect about 2 to 4 hours of sunshine tomorrow through the weekend with a few passing showers or thunderstorms each day. Highs on the immediate coast will remain close to 80 degrees, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 80 degrees.

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Rising Moisture Levels Later This Week

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 15:34

SUNNY MAY DAY: As expected, this has been a delightful day across the northern two-thirds of Alabama with ample sunshine, low humidity, and afternoon temperatures around 80 degrees, right at seasonal levels for the middle of May. Dewpoints are in the 40s in most places, meaning the air is very dry. It might be sometime this fall before we see similar dewpoints.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Moist air begins to return tomorrow, but a decent part of the day will be dry. With a partly sunny sky, we rise into the mid 80s, and a few widely scattered showers or storms will show up by mid to late afternoon, with the higher coverage south of I-20.

Then, on Friday, a moist airmass will be in place, but there is not much dynamic forcing/upward motion, so while there is certainly a decent chance of showers and thunderstorms, there will be some very nice breaks in the rain, and the sun might peek out at times. The high Friday afternoon will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Pretty much the same situation Saturday and Sunday. Warm, humid days, and the chance of showers and storms Saturday and Sunday, but a not a “wash out” situation. Expect about one to two hours each day, and while some thunder is certainly possible, severe storms are not expected. A few intervals of sunshine are possible, and highs over the weekend will be close to 80 degrees.

For everything outdoors this weekend, the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek, the AHSAA state baseball championship games in Montgomery, and the Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores, just be aware a few rain delays will be possible at each venue, but you will get in some good golf, baseball, and concerts.

NEXT WEEK: Scattered showers and thunderstorms remain possible Monday and Tuesday… but the latest GFS run brings dry air down into Alabama Wednesday. Not totally convinced it happens, but it is possible. And, no severe weather threats for Alabama for at least the next 10 days, and maybe even until the fall as the upper ridge holds. Our spring tornado season ends May 31.

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Showers Return Before The Weekend Gets Here

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 06:32

PLEASANT MORNING: Temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 50s across the northern half of Alabama this morning, and the air is dry. We project a good supply of sunshine today, with low humidity and a high around 80 degrees, right at seasonal averages.

TOMORROW: Moisture begins to return, but I get the idea a pretty good part of the day will be dry. We will forecast a partly sunny sky, with just a few widely scattered afternoon showers; the chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in five… the high will be up in the mid 80s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Moisture levels rise; precipitable water values approach 2 inches on these three days. This means we will be dodging occasional showers and thunderstorms with generally cloudy conditions; the high will be close to 80 degrees each afternoon.

We have many outdoor activities going on, including the Regions Tradition golf tournament at Shoal Creek, the Alabama state baseball championships in Montgomery, and the Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores. The showers and storms at all of these venues will be rather random, so there is no way to give specific start/stop times for the rain, but you will just need to be ready for a shower or storm at pretty much any hour of the day or night. The higher coverage of rain should come during the afternoon and evening hours.

On the positive side, there will be some very good breaks in the rain, the sun might peek out at times, and there is no risk of severe weather in our state.

NEXT WEEK: Moist air lingers; it gets harder and harder to get good cold front passages around here in late May. We will have some risk of scattered showers and storms on a daily basis through much of the week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Expect a mix of sun and clouds today and tomorrow along the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores, with a few widely scattered showers or storms. Then, showers become more numerous Friday through the weekend with about 2 to 4 hours of sunshine daily. Highs on the immediate coast will be around 80 degrees, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 80 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.

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