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This Week’s Good News from Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 11:01

A football champion is crowned, an historic landmark is reborn and the next Alabama-built vehicle was unveiled to the world. Here is some of the good news from our partners at Alabama NewsCenter.

Crimson Tide national championship dominated TV ratings in Birmingham, Southeast – Ratings reveal Birmingham was top market for the national championship game.

15th game new territory for Crimson Tide team, fans – Extended playoff season takes some adjusting for Alabama and those who support team.

Dabo Swinney has earned Clemson fans in the heart of Crimson Tide country – Family, friendly bonds will have some in Shelby County pulling for the Tigers tonight.

Roll retail roll: Alabama’s national championship had fans waiting in line to buy merchandise – Stores opened after the game to meet the demand of the Crimson Tide faithful.

See the latest look of the future Powell Avenue Steam Plant in Birmingham – Birmingham Design Review Committee approves latest exterior designs for Alabama Power’s renovation project.

The Lyric Theatre in Birmingham lights up with Thursday grand opening – Historic theatre undergoes massive makeover and opens its doors for business.

UAB researcher hoping to solve mysteries of fibromyalgia, help patients break free – Research by Jarred Younger and his team at the Neuroinflammation, Pain and Fatigue Lab has revealed possible underlying causes.

Samford University celebrates 175 years of education – Milestone anniversary will include campus expansion and capital campaign.

Auburn Toomer’s Corner Oaks seedlings take root across the Southeast – Acorns from the lost trees have emerged from Missouri to Washington, D.C.

A legendary theater, classic performances and a civil rights icon highlight Can’t Miss Alabama – Musical performances and other events will brighten your MLK holiday weekend.

Nabeel’s Camel Rider is on the menu in 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die – See how this popular, flavorful sandwich is made.

Birmingham actor AJ Hunsucker brings ‘Producers’ national tour to Alabama – Vestavia Hills graduate is part of the production in Huntsville this weekend.

Honda showcases the new Ridgeline pickup to be built in Alabama – Unveiling at the North American International Auto Show reveals new design, speakers in truck bed and more.

Alabama 2015 auto production tops 1 million, setting record – Major manufacturing milestone reached for what has become a leading industry for the state.

See the new video campaign that promotes the UAB experience – The university unveiled a new series of spots aimed at attracting students, faculty to campus.

EDPA leads initiative to bring information technology jobs to Alabama – Organization is cultivating growth in an industry with tremendous upside for the state.

Jasper Maddox Middle School teacher Greg Tinker brings history to life – This Alabama Bright Light has been investing in young minds for 27 years.

Alabama Power celebrates 110 years in 2016 – Celebrating the past. Anticipating the future.

Building your brand: Elevating Alabama commercial real estate professionals to higher places – ACREcon speaker looks to lift business through personal branding.

Five takeaways from Alabama’s November residential sales report – This is what stood out from the state’s home sales in November.

‘2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers’ finds majority of Americans still use Realtors – Highlights from National Association of Realtors report reveals who is buying homes and why.

Tuscaloosa ends 2015 with strong home sales – December 2015 home sales were up more than 20 percent over the same month a year ago.

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Rain Tapers Off Later Today

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 07:03

RADAR CHECK: Light to moderate rain is relatively widespread across Alabama at daybreak…

The rain will taper off later this morning, with only a few lingering, spotty showers this afternoon. No sun today, and the high will be in the mid to upper 50s this afternoon.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Tomorrow will feature a mostly cloudy sky, although a few intervals of sunshine are possible. The high tomorrow afternoon will be in the 52-55 degree range, right at seasonal averages for mid-January in Alabama.

Tomorrow night, a surface low develops down in the Gulf in response to another bit of energy aloft passing through in the southern branch of the jet stream, and this will bring the chance of rain to the Gulf Coast. Up our way, the air will be relatively dry, and we don’t expect anything more than sprinkles or flurries with no impact.

The day Sunday will be dry and a little colder with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the upper 40s at most places.

NEXT WEEK: A pretty good shot of Arctic air drops into the state Sunday night; Monday will be cold and dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky. Communities north of Birmingham won’t make it out of the 30s, and some places near the Tennessee border could stay below freezing much of the day.

The coldest morning will come early Tuesday when the low will be in the 18-22 degree range. And, temperatures will stay pretty cold during the day Tuesday with a high in the low 40s.

The rest of the week will feature a warming trend… clouds increase Wednesday with a chance of light rain. Rain will be more widespread Thursday and Thursday night thanks to a surface low moving across the region, followed by drier air Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

No sign of any winter storms for Alabama through the next ten days.

ALEX: Our rare January hurricane is still moving northward through the eastern Atlantic with sustained winds of 75 mph; it will become post-tropical later today.

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I have weather programs today at Floyd Elementary in Gadsden, and Greystone Elementary in Hoover… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Rain Moves In Late Tonight

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 16:07

PLEASANT AFTERNOON: Temperatures have reached the low 60s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon, with sunshine through a high cirrus cloud layer. Clouds will thicken in coming hours, and rain should move in after midnight as a surface low passes south of here.

Looks like the main window for rain will come from about 3:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m…. with just a touch of lingering light rain tomorrow afternoon. No severe weather threat, and thunder should be confined to South Alabama. Rain amounts should be 1/2 inch or less. Temperatures rise into the mid to upper 50s tomorrow afternoon.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday looks dry, but mostly cloudy with a high in the low to mid 50s. The sun might peek out at times. A wave will pass well to the south, in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday night, and it might bring a few sprinkles or flurries to the northern half of Alabama, but the air will be very dry, and nothing significant is expected. Best chance of seeing some light rain Saturday night will be over far South Alabama, especially near the Gulf Coast.

Then, during the day Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the upper 40s.

COLD AIR BLAST EARLY NEXT WEEK: A pretty good surge of cold, Arctic air blows in here Sunday night, and it looks like most North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 30s Monday and Tuesday, despite a good supply of sunshine both days. The coldest morning will come early Tuesday… we are forecasting a low between 18 and 22 degrees.

The weather warms up later in the week, with rain becoming likely by late Thursday and Thursday night. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

JANUARY HURRICANE: Hurricane Alex formed this morning over in the far eastern Atlantic; the first hurricane in the Atlantic basin since Alice in 1955, and the first hurricane to form during the month of January since 1938.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd graders at South Shades Crest Elementary in Hoover… 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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Alex Becomes Hurricane

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:07

Alex continues to make meteorological news in the Atlantic. And the latest is that Alex has become a hurricane. The Azores Meteorological Service has issued a Hurricane Warning for the islands of Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, and Terceira in the central Azores, and a Tropical Storm Warning for the islands of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria in the eastern Azores.

As you can see from the visible satellite presentation below, Alex presents very well in this view from space.

The NHC forecast track for Alex remains on a northerly course. Alex should remain a hurricane through Friday morning before transitioning back to a sub tropical storm.

Chalk that up as one hurricane already for the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic – and hurricane season does not officially start for another four and a half months!

-Brian-

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Rain Tomorrow; Colder Air Arrives Sunday

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:10

THIS MORNING: There is a big spread in temperature across Alabama this morning; Vic Bell at Black Creek reports 21 degrees, but Cullman is above freezing just before daybreak with 36. But we will all warm up nicely today with a high close to 60 degrees this afternoon along with a good supply of sunshine through scattered clouds. This will be the warmest day of the week.

Clouds move in quickly tonight, and we might even see some light rain in spots after midnight.

TOMORROW: We will forecast periods of mostly light rain across North/Central Alabama, with potential for heavier rain and a few thunderstorms near the Gulf Coast. No severe weather issues, and rain for the northern half of the state will be under 1/2 inch. And, it won’t rain all day. Expect a high in the 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be mostly cloudy, but dry with a high in the low to mid 50s. Another surface wave forms in the Gulf of Mexico, and that feature will spread some rain into far South Alabama Saturday night. Almost all guidance shows no precipitation for North Alabama, and the GFS continues to back off it’s idea of accumulating snow (it has been an outlier all along, and it’s solution was rejected). We will mention just a few sprinkles or flurries Saturday night across North Alabama, but in a dry airmass most communities will be dry.

Sunday will be dry and colder, with a few intervals of sunshine and a high in the mid 40s.

NEXT WEEK: Even colder air settles into the state Monday; most of North Alabama won’t get out of the 30s, and some places up in the Tennessee Valley could stay below freezing much of the day despite a decent amount of sunshine. We drop well down into the 20s early Tuesday, and colder pockets will visit the teens. Then, a warming trend begins Tuesday afternoon.

Some light rain could break out Wednesday, with rain more likely Thursday as a surface low moves through the state. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details. No sign of any “winter storms” or other high impact events here for the next 7-10 days.

JANUARY TROPICAL ACTION: Sub-tropical Storm Alex is in the far eastern Atlantic, moving northward. No threat to land… last time we had a named system in January was in 1978. Hurricane season for the Atlantic basin runs from June 1 through the end of November, so this one is way out of season.

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I have a weather program today at South Shades Crest Elementary in Hoover… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Dry and Pleasant Tomorrow; Rain Friday

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 16:06

SUNNY WINTER DAY: Temperatures are actually a little above forecast levels this afternoon, and nobody seems to be griping. We projected a high between 47 and 50; most Central Alabama communities are in the low to mid 50s with a good supply of sunshine. Readings are in the 40s over the northern third of the state.

Tonight won’t be as cold as recent nights; most communities will see a low in the mid 30s, but colder pockets will see a light freeze early tomorrow.

Tomorrow should be the warmest day of the week with a high close to 60 degrees, with lots of sunshine through scattered clouds.

NEXT RAIN: Rain will push into Alabama after midnight tomorrow night, and we will continue to forecast periods of rain Friday as a surface low passes to the south. Rain amounts should be 1/2 inch or less, and you probably won’t hear any thunder with no real surface based instability. The high Friday will be in the low to mid 50s.

WEEKEND MODEL MADNESS: As noted on the post below this one, forecast confidence is a bit lower than usual due to the stubborn GFS model. It remains an outlier this afternoon; the 12Z run shows a deepening surface low moving from near Pensacola to the Outer Banks of North Carolina over the weekend, with rain for much of Alabama Saturday night, and snow for the northern-most counties. That rain-snow line moves southward during the pre-dawn hours Sunday as cold air is pulled southward on the back side of the surface low.

But, not so fast… there is no support for this solution from any other model in the house, including the reliable European (ECMWF), the Canadian (GEM), and the North American Mesoscale (NAM). All three of these models are showing no precipitation and no Gulf coast low, and the air over Alabama will be pretty dry, and we continue to reject the GFS solution in our public forecast package this afternoon. Meaning, for now we are forecasting a generally dry weekend. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high in the low 50s, but Sunday should be colder with a high in the 40s along with a mix of sun and clouds.

NEXT WEEK: Cold air settles in here early in the week; many North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 30s Monday afternoon, and the low around here early Tuesday will be close to 20 degrees. Then, expect a slow warming trend through mid-week, and rain returns by Thursday and Thursday night with a surface low passing northwest of Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RARE JANUARY TROPICAL SYSTEM: Sub-tropical Storm Alex has formed in the eastern Atlantic… no threat to land, but it is way out of season. It is the second tropical storm to form in January in the Atlantic basin since 1851.

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I had a great time today visiting students from Ashville and Steele Elementary Schools, gathered together at the Eden Career Tech Center in Ashville, and also great to see the first graders at Crestline Elementary in Mountain Brook. 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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Weekend Model Madness

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 13:42

New global model data has arrived (the 12Z runs), and we still have a huge difference in the GFS (American) vs the ECMWF (European). The GFS develops a surface low southeast of here, suggesting potential for some accumulating snow across North/Central Alabama Saturday night and early Sunday…

However, the Euro is bone dry…

The ECMWF model has performed much better in the medium range this year, and is supported by the Canadian global model. And, the NAM, which runs out to 84 hours, seems to be leaning toward the dry solution as well. The SREF ensemble is looking pretty dry as well.

I will have a full forecast discussion and a new Weather Xtreme video posted by 3:30, but for now I still believe the dry solution is correct based on the pattern, and the amount of dry air expected over North Alabama over the weekend.

But, this is simply to let you know there is a degree of uncertainty in the weekend forecast. Stay tuned.

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Rain Returns Friday

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 07:27

COLD MORNING: A secondary surge of colder air dropped into Alabama early this morning; we are starting the day mostly in the 20s over the northern half of the state… but the dry air will heat pretty effectively today, and we project a high around 50 degrees this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine. This is only about 5 degrees cooler than yesterday for most places.

Still looks like tomorrow will be the warmest day of the week; a good chance we see a high at 60 degrees with a pretty decent amount of sun through scattered clouds.

RAIN FRIDAY: A surface low will track through Alabama on Friday, bringing periods of rain, and possibly a thunderstorm. There is little surface based instability, so there is no risk of severe weather, and rain amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely. Little if any sun, and the high Friday should be in the mid to upper 50s.

THE WEEKEND: Clouds will linger into at least part of the day Saturday, but it should be dry with a high between 47 and 50 degrees. The American global model (the GFS) continues to show a surface wave of low pressure moving through the far northern Gulf of Mexico Saturday night, and spreads rain into South Alabama, with some light rain or even some light snow up into the northern counties. However, the European model, which has performed much better this year, keeps the wave in the Gulf depressed to the south, and continues to show a dry look for North/Central Alabama. This idea is also supported by the Canadian global model (GEM), and we will keep a dry forecast in place through Sunday.

Even if the GFS is correct, the air over North Alabama will be very dry, and any precipitation would be very light.

We will forecast a dry, colder day Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds, and a high between 40 and 45 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Our weather will be cold and dry Monday and Tuesday, followed by a warming trend, and a good chance of rain later in the week. The latest (06Z) GFS is faster, suggesting rain will arrive Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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 have weather programs today at the Eden Career Tech Center in Ashville, and at Crestline Elementary in Mountain Brook. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 521: Bunch of WCMs Drunk

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 06:15

WeatherBrains Episode 521 is now online (January 12, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s guest WeatherBrain needs no introduction to the WeatherBrains community. He is known as the Atmospheric Avenger and the Raging Weatherbull on his blog. He is the Chief Forecaster at WeatherBell Analytics. Mr. Joe Bastardi, welcome back to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 74 at Corona, CA, and -27 at Fosston, MN, & Kremmling, CO
  • Winter storm warnings Northwest US
  • Winter storm warnings New England states
  • High pressure over Southeast US
  • No significant severe weather next several days
  • Joe B. forecasts cold from Texas to the New England states for this winter
  • Hurricanes return in summer/fall 2016
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

Our email bag officer gets clobbered by the wind with a power hit, so look for the email bag next week.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Blame it on the National Championship, but the WeatherBrains 101 was written and not recorded. So this topic will come next week.

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 521:

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To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Joe Bastardi – Tropical Tidbits

Brian Peters – Gets the fog horn!

John Scala – Is light snow more dangerous?

Kevin Selle – Experimental El Nino Forecast

James Spann – AMS 2016 Twitter feed

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Interactive Snow Information

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Dr. John Scala, Aubrey Urbanowicz, 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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Slightly Cooler Tomorrow; Rain By Friday

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 16:05

FINE WINTER DAY: Feels pretty good this afternoon; a strong January sun has pushed temperatures up into the 50s across the great state of Alabama. But, tonight a dry cold front will pass through, and tomorrow will be a bit cooler; most locations will see a high between 47 and 50 degrees. The air stays dry, and the sky will remain mostly sunny tomorrow.

Thursday looks like the warmest day of the week; temperatures will be close to 60 degrees by mid-afternoon with a partly sunny sky.

WET WEATHER RETURNS FRIDAY: A surface low is expected to move across Alabama during the day Friday, we will forecast periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm; rain amounts around 1/2 inch are likely and the high will be in the 50s. No risk of severe storms.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Colder air will drop into the state; highs should be in the 40s Saturday and Sunday. We do note the 12Z run of the GFS model shows a low passing through the northern Gulf, with rain for South Alabama, and snow for North Alabama Saturday night into very early Sunday morning. However, the reliable European model (the ECMWF) is bone dry, showing the low suppressed deeper into the Gulf, and the Canadian global model is dry as well. So, we will reject the GFS solution as an outlier, and go with a dry, chilly weekend forecast. Clouds will linger a decent part of the day Saturday, but Sunday will be partly sunny.

NEXT WEEK: For now the first half of the week looks cold and dry; highs generally in the 40s, and lows in the 20s. We warm up later in the week, and a decent chance of rain and thunderstorms will return around Friday January 22. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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 episode tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the second graders at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham… 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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Rain Returns To Alabama Friday

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 06:56

A LITTLE WARMER THIS AFTERNOON: Most places are below freezing across North/Central Alabama this morning, but we should rise into the low 50s this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine through scattered high clouds. Then, a dry cold front passes through late tonight, and tomorrow will be dry, but a few degrees colder thanks to a secondary push of Arctic air. The high tomorrow will be in the 47-50 degree range for most communities.

Thursday will be the warmest day of the week with a high around 60 degrees, and again we stay dry with a partly sunny sky.

RAIN RETURNS FRIDAY: A surface low will move across Alabama Friday, and we will forecast periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm. No severe weather, and rain amounts should be in the 1/2 inch range around here, with potential for heavier totals near the Gulf Coast. Our high Friday will be in the 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather trends colder. Expect lingering clouds Saturday, and maybe a touch of drizzle, but most of the day will be dry. Then, Sunday will feature a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures won’t get out of the 40s both days.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday with a high close to 50 degrees, but a pretty good surge of Arctic air arrives Tuesday, and some places north of Birmingham could hold in the 30s all day. The GFS is advertising a weak wave with potential for a little light rain here, and some light wintry precipitation for far North Alabama, but the European model is bone dry and we will stick with that solution since the model has a much better track record this season.

Cold, dry weather continues Wednesday, followed by a warming trend, and a good chance of rain at the end of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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 live here.

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I have a weather program today at Briarwood Christian School… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Dry Weather Through Thursday

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 16:04

SUNNY BUT COLD: Temperatures are generally in the low to mid 40s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon with a mostly sunny sky, but we are seeing only upper 30s up in the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama. Tonight will feature another freeze, but it won’t be as cold as last night. We project a low in the mid to upper 20s for most early tomorrow, but colder pockets will go down toward 20 degrees.

We note the coldest spot in Alabama this morning, as best we can determine, was Addison with 11 degrees.

TOMORROW THROUGH THURSDAY: The weather stays dry. We reach the low 50s tomorrow with a good supply of sunshine, but Wednesday will be a bit colder, with highs back in the mid to upper 40s thanks to a secondary surge of cold air arriving tomorrow night. Then, it looks like Thursday could feature the warmest afternoon of the week with a high close to 60 degrees.

The low early Wednesday will be in the 20s, followed by low to mid 30s Thursday morning.

FRIDAY: A surface low will pass north of the state, and a few periods of rain are likely during the day. Some thunder is not out of the question, but no severe weather is expected. Rain amounts Friday should be under 1/2 inch, and the high will be in the 55-60 degree range.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather trends colder again; the high Saturday will drop into the 40s, and a few North Alabama communities could hold in the 30s Sunday. Looks like a generally dry weekend, although a tough of drizzle, or a few flurries are possible near the Tennessee border in the cold air advection pattern. Nothing significant and no impact.

NEXT WEEK: Temperatures remain below average for the first half of the week; the GFS shows a disturbance with potential for some precipitation west of the state Tuesday, but that feature dampens out and really doesn’t have any impact on Alabama, and the European model (the ECMWF) shows no precipitation for any part of the Gulf Coast states. Bottom line is that for now the weather looks pretty quiet; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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 tomorrow night at 8:30 CT.

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I had a great time today visiting with the students at Eastwood Elementary in Decatur; 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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Cold Morning in Central AL

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 11:34

Special thanks to the folks at the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Birmingham for preparing the Public Information below with reports of morning lows across the various counties in Central Alabama. Definitely a shivery morning, and the coldest here since March, 2015.

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 111357 CCA PNSBMX ALZ011>015-017>050-120139- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 755 AM CST MON JAN 11 2016 ...CENTRAL ALABAMA JANUARY 11TH LOW TEMPERATURE REPORTS... LOCATION TEMP TIME/DATE ELEVATION ...AUTAUGA COUNTY... 2 NE PRATTVILLE 24 F 0511 AM 01/11 416 FT 1 NNW PRATTVILLE 25 F 0643 AM 01/11 359 FT 2 NE PRATTVILLE 26 F 0647 AM 01/11 417 FT ...BARBOUR COUNTY... 6 SSW FLORENCE MARINA STATE 27 F 0718 AM 01/11 236 FT WEEDON FIELD AIRPORT 27 F 0658 AM 01/11 ...BIBB COUNTY... BRENT 21 F 0558 AM 01/11 219 FT 1 NNE BRENT 23 F 0626 AM 01/11 362 FT ...BLOUNT COUNTY... 1 WSW SMOKE RISE 19 F 0653 AM 01/11 843 FT 1 S HAYDEN 19 F 0709 AM 01/11 557 FT ...BULLOCK COUNTY... 7 WSW UNION SPRINGS 25 F 0650 AM 01/11 337 FT ...CALHOUN COUNTY... 1 ENE BYNUM 17 F 0654 AM 01/11 633 FT 2 E FORT MCCLELLAN 17 F 0646 AM 01/11 1049 FT 1 NNW FORT MCCLELLAN 18 F 0659 AM 01/11 767 FT 1 NNW CHOCCOLOCCO 20 F 0701 AM 01/11 866 FT ANNISTON ARPT ASOS 21 F 0653 AM 01/11 611 FT ...CHAMBERS COUNTY... FIVE POINTS 22 F 0619 AM 01/11 918 FT ...CHILTON COUNTY... 4 NE THORSBY 21 F 0431 AM 01/11 741 FT 2 WSW LOMAX 23 F 0616 AM 01/11 498 FT AL CLANTON 2 NE 24 F 0520 AM 01/11 584 FT ...CLAY COUNTY... BARFIELD 21 F 0653 AM 01/11 1036 FT 2 WSW ROSELLE 21 F 0606 AM 01/11 932 FT ...CLEBURNE COUNTY... 2 W HEFLIN 18 F 0614 AM 01/11 908 FT 4 NE LIBERTY HILL 18 F 0707 AM 01/11 805 FT HEFLIN 19 F 0654 AM 01/11 1040 FT ...DALLAS COUNTY... AL SELMA 13 WNW 21 F 0445 AM 01/11 193 FT 1 SE SELMA 22 F 0644 AM 01/11 124 FT AL SELMA 6 SSE 24 F 0430 AM 01/11 157 FT ...ELMORE COUNTY... 11 S ROCKFORD 21 F 0550 AM 01/11 482 FT 1 WSW DEXTER 22 F 0537 AM 01/11 1558 FT 2 S TALLASSEE 26 F 0536 AM 01/11 229 FT 1 W WETUMPKA MUNI AIRPORT 27 F 0722 AM 01/11 295 FT ...ETOWAH COUNTY... SARDIS CITY 17 F 0648 AM 01/11 1056 FT RAINBOW CITY 19 F 0650 AM 01/11 541 FT GADSDEN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT 19 F 0556 AM 01/11 2 ESE GADSDEN 20 F 0629 AM 01/11 525 FT 1 N GLENCOE 21 F 0619 AM 01/11 561 FT ...GREENE COUNTY... AL GAINESVILLE 2 NE 23 F 0640 AM 01/11 107 FT ...HALE COUNTY... AL GREENSBORO 2 WNW 22 F 0635 AM 01/11 280 FT ...JEFFERSON COUNTY... 3 N PARTRIDGE CROSSROADS 17 F 0655 AM 01/11 764 FT 1 NW TRUSSVILLE 18 F 0708 AM 01/11 1017 FT PALMERDALE 18 F 0714 AM 01/11 695 FT BIRMINGHAM ARPT ASOS 20 F 0553 AM01/11 625 FT BENT BROOK GOLF CLUB 21 F 0714 AM 01/11 626 FT VESTAVIA HILLS 24 F 0713 AM 01/11 672 FT ...LAMAR COUNTY... 5 W MILLPORT 15 F 0653 AM 01/11 295 FT 6 WNW VERNON 17 F 0725 AM 01/11 393 FT ...LEE COUNTY... AUBURN 24 F 0556 AM 01/11 2 NNE AUBURN 24 F 0607 AM 01/11 708 FT 2 ESE AUBURN 24 F 0533 AM 01/11 574 FT 3 SW OPELIKA 24 F 0709 AM 01/11 720 FT 12 SE AUBURN 27 F 0444 AM 01/11 491 FT ...MACON COUNTY... 9 ESE NOTASULGA 24 F 0426 AM 01/11 508 FT 2 SE TUSKEGEE NATIONAL FORES 34 F 0716 AM 01/11 410 FT ...MARENGO COUNTY... 1 SE DEMOPOLIS 23 F 0655 AM 01/11 86 FT DEMOPOLIS MUNI 25 F 0615 AM 01/11 111 FT DEMOPOLIS 26 F 0721 AM 01/11 121 FT ...MARION COUNTY... 2 NNE BEAR CREEK 18 F 0630 AM 01/11 846 FT ...MONTGOMERY COUNTY... MONTGOMERY DANNELLY FIELD 26 F 0653 AM 01/11 202 FT 2 NE MONTGOMERY 27 F 0659 AM 01/11 232 FT 8 E MONTGOMERY 27 F 0658 AM 01/11 232 FT 7 WSW SHORTER 27 F 0716 AM 01/11 232 FT 5 E MONTGOMERY 27 F 0653 AM 01/11 295 FT 5 WNW MONTGOMERY 27 F 0658 AM 01/11 167 FT 1 E MONTGOMERY 29 F 0715 AM 01/11 285 FT ...PIKE COUNTY... AL TROY 2 W 24 F 0540 AM 01/11 472 FT TROY MUNICIPAL APT 25 F 0653 AM 01/11 399 FT 1 E TROY 26 F 0700 AM 01/11 528 FT ...RANDOLPH COUNTY... 2 E ROANOKE 20 F 0640 AM 01/11 691 FT ...SHELBY COUNTY... 1 WNW HELENA 20 F 0655 AM 01/11 449 FT 2 N CHELSEA 21 F 0713 AM 01/11 640 FT 1 SE HELENA 21 F 0633 AM 01/11 486 FT 1 ENE INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE 21 F 0658 AM 01/11 505 FT 1 S HELENA 22 F 0715 AM 01/11 504 FT 2 SSW PELHAM 22 F 0630 AM 01/11 452 FT HOOVER VETERANS PARK 22 F 0726 AM 01/11 610 FT 2 WSW INVERNESS 23 F 0652 AM 01/11 511 FT SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT 24 F 0653 AM 01/11 0 FT ...ST. CLAIR COUNTY... 2 SSW MARGARET 18 F 0729 AM 01/11 800 FT 2 NNW MARGARET 19 F 0720 AM 01/11 1124 FT 1 NW RIVERSIDE 20 F 0652 AM 01/11 619 FT ...TALLADEGA COUNTY... TALLADEGA 20 F 0715 AM 01/11 0 FT WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLT 20 F 0700 AM 01/11 448 FT 1 ENE TALLADEGA 20 F 0626 AM 01/11 600 FT AL TALLADEGA 10 NNE 20 F 0540 AM 01/11 525 FT CHILDERSBURG 23 F 0616 AM 01/11 482 FT 1 S OXFORD LAKE 23 F 0201 AM 01/11 597 FT SYLACAUGA 23 F 0555 AM 01/11 0 FT ...TALLAPOOSA COUNTY... ALEXANDER CITY 19 F 0555 AM 01/11 686 FT ...TUSCALOOSA COUNTY...5 W NORTHPORT 20 F 0650 AM 01/11 190 FT 3 NNW SAMANTHA 20 F 0659 AM 01/11 321 FT TUSCALOOSA 20 F 0620 AM 01/11 337 FT 14 N BROOKWOOD 21 F 0400 AM 01/11 279 FT 1 WNW NORTHPORT 21 F 0703 AM 01/11 219 FT AL NORTHPORT 2 S 21 F 0610 AM 01/11 150 FT TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT 21 F 0653 AM 01/11 0 FT 7 NE VANCE 22 F 0700 AM 01/11 636 FT 1 ESE LAKE VIEW 22 F 0719 AM 01/11 625 FT 4 E LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK 22 F 0656 AM 01/11 318 FT 2 WNW VANCE 22 F 0640 AM 01/11 503 FT LAKE VIEW 23 F 0654 AM 01/11 551 FT 1 SSE TAYLORVILLE 23 F 0644 AM 01/11 269 FT NORTHPORT 24 F 0656 AM 01/11 209 FT TUSCALOOSA 24 F 0647 AM 01/11 219 FT ...WALKER COUNTY... 1 ENE JASPER 19 F 0651 AM 01/11 480 FT 2 NNE PARRISH 19 F 0719 AM 01/11 464 FT ...WINSTON COUNTY... ADDISON CO-OP 11 F 0600 AM 01/11 3 NNE HALEYVILLE 14 F 0656 AM 01/11 931 FT OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. $$ NWS BIRMINGHAM AL IRIS SYSTEM
Categories: Weather

Starting off 2016 with the Latest from the Alabama News Center

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 09:36

Two Alabama university football programs are making championship runs. The anticipation of that and the promise of a new year were among the highlights of this past week at Alabama NewsCenter.

Crimson Tide shuts out and moves on to national championship game

Crimson Tide air attack gives Clemson another worry

Jacksonville State has gone undefeated since Auburn loss

Crimson Tide, other fans can cash in on favorite team with University FanCards

Jacksonville State University’s championship run gives fans plenty to crow about

UAB football pushing its program still two seasons away

Airbus supplier Zodiac Aerospace lands at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley

Hyundai to add Santa Fe Sport to Alabama production line-up

Crimson Tide basketball buckled up, future hitched to Avery Johnson

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Urban Cookhouse’s half-baked cookie is on the menu in 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

Mobile’s Riverside Ice feels nice with chilly temperatures

Shaping molten glass into functional art makes Orbix an Alabama Maker

Energy efficiency tips for your home to start the new year

University of Alabama students turning Camaro into hybrid vehicle

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland or bridal show, dance like a diva and run in the L’Arche marathon in Can’t Miss Alabama

UAB’s Undiagnosed Diseases Program gives answers where there were none

Jeh Jeh Pruitt’s brother’s death created an Alabama Bright Light

Never a day off for the holidays at Alabama Power

Robust inspection program keeps focus on safety at Alabama Power hydroelectric dams

Edison Electric Institute honors Alabama Power for restoration efforts

The Little House of ‘what-nots,’ antiques in Moody

Shelby County chamber is ‘Keeping It Real’ with Alabama teens

Millennials: Builders are desperate to hire you

Young blood: Alabama construction industry looks to grow next generation of builders

Real estate industry seeing positive results from TRID

New Fannie Mae study shows gap in consumer knowledge on mortgages

Building WELL: New construction and design standard focuses on people inside

Categories: Weather

Frigid January Morning

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 06:55

COLD: Some temperatures reported around sunrise across Alabama…

Ardmore 12
Mentone 14
Haleyville 17
Cullman 18
Decatur 18
Gadsden (Noccalula Falls) 19
Concord 19
Sycamore 19
Fort Payne 19
Homewood 20
Coker 21
Alexander City 21
Birmingham 22
Tuscaloosa 22
Anniston 25

We project a partly sunny sky today with a high in the mid 40s for most communities.

TOMORROW THROUGH THURSDAY: Expect another freeze late tonight and early tomorrow, with most spots seeing a low in the mid to upper 20s, then we warm into the low 50s tomorrow afternoon with a good supply of sunshine. A secondary surge of colder air drops in here tomorrow night; that should push highs back into the upper 40s Wednesday, but then we rise into the upper 50s Thursday afternoon. No precipitation on these three days.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: A wave will bring the risk of some light rain to Alabama; models are not in good agreement, but it looks like the highest chance of rain will come Friday afternoon and Friday night. The European model (ECMWF) is dry Saturday, while the American model (GFS) keeps some risk of light rain going. Friday should be fairly pleasant with a high close to 60, then the high will drop back into the 50s Saturday.

SUNDAY: The day looks cool and dry, with ample sunshine and a high in the upper 40s.

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND: No sign of any brutally cold Arctic air or winter mischief for at least the next 10 days; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details. And see the post on the blog below this one “for snow lovers in Alabama”.

And, we note the AO (Arctic Oscillation) will try and go positive later this month, which could be a sign of the flow of colder air being shut off from the Arctic region, and a trend toward warmer temperatures for us. No forecast, just an idea.

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I will be doing a weather program today at Eastwood Elementary in Decatur… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Categories: Weather