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A Mostly Calm Weather Pattern

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:34

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RADAR CHECK: As expected, there are no showers anywhere in Alabama at mid-afternoon; the sky is partly to mostly sunny, with temperatures generally in the 80s. Muscle Shoals and Haleyville are at 78 degrees at 2:00 p.m. Dew points are low, and the air is dry. Many North Alabama communities will visit the upper 50s early tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: While it looks like generally calm and dry weather continues, there are a couple of potential issues. One wave coming down in the northwest flow aloft, now producing showers and storms over Missouri and northern Arkansas, and the high resolution NAM brings down a batch of showers into North Alabama very early tomorrow morning, then moving southward through the state during the day. But, that model is an outlier, and with a very dry airmass in place I don’t think we see anything significant. I might insert a slight risk of a shower for North Alabama tomorrow due to this feature, but for now it doesn’t look like a big weather maker.

Then, on Friday, a cold air damming pattern (the wedge) sets up over Georgia and the Carolinas, and it looks like low clouds will push into far East Alabama Friday morning. Some communities near the Georgia border might even see a sprinkle or two. The high along and east of U.S. 431 will be in the 70s, but for the rest of the state Friday should be a partly sunny day with a high in the mid 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks nice with ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday with highs holding in the 80s. A few showers could arrive Sunday night ahead of cold front. That front will bring the risk of widely scattered showers Monday, but it looks like moisture will be very limited, and it won’t be a major rain event. Cooler and drier air follows the front for the middle of next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the latest maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For tomorrow night’s Auburn/Kansas State football game in Manhattan, Kansas (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly fair, the temperature will fall from around 77 degrees at kickoff, into the low 70s by the final whistle.

Clear weather for the high school football games in Alabama tomorrow and Friday night; temperatures will be in the upper 70s at kickoff, falling into the low 70s by the fourth quarter. No threat of rain or lightning delays this week.

Alabama will host Florida at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Saturday afternoon (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 85 degrees, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Edouard is packing sustained winds of 90 mph in the Atlantic; it is moving northeast and will remain far from land. A new tropical wave is moving off the coast of Africa, but any development will be slow.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights through Sunday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with only isolated showers over storms; highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

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JB, NWR, MOOCs, and Why Humans Matter in Higher Education

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:30

This guest post was authored by Dr. John Knox, an associate professor in the Geography Department and the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia.

Why am I a meteorologist? Let me tell you a story that is mine, but others’ as well. A story that, in the end, touches on one of the biggest unsolved questions in higher education today: why, in this era of democratized education via sophisticated technology, we still need humans in the loop as teachers and mentors.

As my students know, I became fascinated by the weather at the ripe old age of four, at an Atlanta Braves exhibition game interrupted and ended by a severe thunderstorm. By the age of five, I was reading books about the weather. But such childhood fascinations can wane; my son became enthralled with trains when he was 2, but he’s not majoring in railroads here at UGA. Particularly if you don’t have an adult mentor in the specialty who ushers you to that next level.

That’s what I had in meteorology, courtesy of the U.S. government, starting when I was 11 years old. In the aftermath of the deadly 1974 Tornado Superoutbreak that killed hundreds and disrupted communications from Alabama to Michigan, the National Weather Service realized that it needed its own way to get the word out about tornado warnings. NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) was born.

As national networks go, NWR was and is kind of a rinky-dink affair. The radio console looked like a glorified 8-track tape affair. Meteorologists at National Weather Service stations would record forecasts, weather summaries, hourly weather observations, and watches and warnings and plug them in. The tapes would play sequentially, over and over again, broadcast to the public on high-frequency stations.

It sounds deadly-dull, doesn’t it? Especially to a generation that has not been raised on the radio.

But for an 11-year-old weather nerd in the days before The Weather Channel, it was heaven. Now, instead of trying to learn about the weather from a three-minute TV weather broadcast, or the very, very occasional special on network TV back then, I had a 24/7/365 mentor on the weather radio that I begged my parents to buy.

And when I say “24/7/365,” that wasn’t not too far off the mark in terms of my NWR listening habits. My parents and brother marveled at my ability to listen for hours, absorbing weather information while doing homework, reading, or just lying around. It was my constant companion growing up.

Even better, the voices on NWR were real meteorologists at our local National Weather Service office. Some read the weather information without inflection. Others sounded almost comically Southern. But there was one, with a resonant tenor voice, who was the best of the best.

This sonorous meteorologist’s name, I learned eventually, was JB Elliott. A native of Hale County, Alabama, JB had, in post-WWII America, worked his way into the Weather Service without a college degree. Over time he became the widely known and beloved resident historian of all things Alabama weather. I eventually listened to NWR all over the country, but there was no one like JB for conveying both the history and the excitement of weather. He would get up out of bed and drive to the Weather Service office in the middle of the night just to do NWR broadcasts during severe weather. I told my family that the weather couldn’t be that severe until I heard JB’s voice on NWR.

Then there was April 4, 1977. An “F5” tornado—the worst—hit just a few miles away from us in Birmingham, killing 22 people. JB went on NWR live—no tape delay—broadcasting the warnings and making sure listeners knew of the gravity of the situation. When JB went live, you knew it wasn’t just bad weather, it was the worst. The damage was so horrendous, photographs of it ended up in training guides for meteorologists. Some of those photographs were taken by JB.

I didn’t meet JB face-to-face until much, much later, in the early 2000s. I had just published the first edition of an introductory college-level meteorology textbook. And in it, I dedicated the book to two meteorologists: the late chair of the meteorology department of my Ph.D. institution, and JB. It might be the first time that a college textbook has been dedicated to a government employee without a college degree. But I think you can tell why I dedicated the book to JB. Without his voice mentoring me in the weather during my childhood, all the way into college, I would likely have lost interest in the weather somewhere along the way.

Now, what does this have to do with higher education? Today we are grappling with the role and scope of online education at universities. Why keep costly humans in the loop at all? JB Elliott and NWR can speak to these questions.

And that’s because, after about 20 years of live meteorologists on NWR, the Weather Service automated the whole shebang in 1997. This was a time-saving, cost-saving move, designed with good intentions to have meteorologists spend more of their time on science and getting warnings out to the public.

And so JB’s tenor was replaced with Igor the Computer’s automated voice. That wasn’t the official name of the voice; the Weather Service tried to personalize things by calling them “Paul,” and “Donna,” and “Tom,” and “Javier.” They’re all Igor to me.

An important point here: the computerized voices ‘read’ the same type of information that the human meteorologists had for decades: hourly weather summaries, weather forecasts, etc. Most of the time, the only difference is that the words are automated vs. coming from a National Weather Service meteorologist.

But that makes all the difference to me. As Will Smith says in I, Robot: “Robots, [gesturing toward his heart], nothing here, just lights and clockwork. Go ahead, you trust ‘em if you want to.” I tried to listen to NWR’s automated broadcasts. I couldn’t. It wasn’t the same, and in fact it felt like a betrayal to me. I spent many thousands of hours listening to NWR in my youth. From the time of automation in 1997 until now, I have listened to NWR for a grand total of 15 minutes. Other “weather nerds” have said the same thing to me.

And I predict that no one, ever, will dedicate a meteorology textbook to Igor the Computer Voice.

Now, back to the ivory tower. I contend that my experience speaks to some of the deepest issues in higher education with regard to automation.

• The mentor/instructor must be present. That often means physically present. But JB was present for me in his voice, and in his getting out of bed and going on-air at 3 am during severe weather. I’ll write another time about the crucial nature of physical presence, but it isn’t absolutely necessary as long as you are truly present in other ways. And even though ‘he’ is always there, Igor the Computer is not in any human sense “present.”

• The mentor/instructor must be passionate. I do get strange looks from meteorologists of my generation when I talk about good ol’ NWR. They had NWR, too, in other parts of the country, but there it was just a radio that set off an alarm during severe weather. They didn’t have JB, and other Birmingham Weather Service meteorologists who invested time, energy and interest. And nobody had JB’s passion for the weather, clearly conveyed via the radio. It was the same kind of information, yes, but it lacked passion.

• In recent years there has been a big push to use technology to create massively open online courses, or MOOCs. Millions can be reached, but comparatively few students finish such courses, and the grades can be even worse than ‘normal’ classes. However, other instructors report good results with online courses on smaller scales. What’s going on here? Presence and passion. As I know from my own teaching experiences, even a large class can feel small and alive if the instructor is willing to be present in his or her students’ lives, passionate about the subject, and if the students are willing to suspend disbelief and pretend that a large science class can be a community, too. If MOOCs can create that environment on the scale of thousands or millions, then they will succeed. JB created it, on-air, for thousands in the Birmingham area. So it can be done outside of a face-to-face relationship. So the MOOC advocates are right in this sense. But it’s not about information dissemination. Most humans have to be motivated, emotionally, to learn. “Lights and clockwork” don’t do that.

Automation does have its advantages. Igor’s voice will drone on as long as the government keeps the transmitters working. JB retired from the Weather Service back in 1989. Recently, due to health, he has had to step back from participating in the Birmingham-based, world-renowned “Weatherbrains” podcasts. People get old, retire, and eventually die.

No one will shed a tear when Igor finally “signs off.” The same will not be said for JB Elliott, not among his thousands of friends in the flesh in Birmingham, and thousands more around the world online. And certainly not among the not-small contingent of those who became weather fanatics and even degreed meteorologists because of him.

And that is what real education is all about.

The hero in John’s story is our very own J.B. Elliott, who recently retired from his day to day forecasting duties, and someone that several of us called mentor. This photograph was from the Birmingham News article when J.B. retired. – Bill Murray

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Dry Pattern Setting Up For Alabama

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 06:27

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NO RAIN FOR A WHILE: A drier airmass pushed into Alabama last night, and it looks like a pretty benign weather pattern ahead for the state through the weekend. Mostly sunny warm days, lower humidity, and clear cool nights. Afternoon highs will be in the 80s; our coolest morning will come early tomorrow when most communities will enjoy a low between 58 and 63 degrees.

The only potential issue comes Friday with a cold air damming pattern sets up east of the state; we will have to keep an eye on clouds and cooler temperatures over Georgia and the Carolinas; that could creep into extreme East Alabama, but for now we will make the assumption the wedge won’t impact our state.

LATE IN THE WEEKEND: A cold front will approach, and we will mention the risk of a few widely scattered showers Sunday night as the weekend wraps up, but moisture looks very limited and it sure won’t be a big rain event. We will hang on to the risk of isolated showers Monday, and then a cooler, drier airmass arrives Monday night, setting up some very pleasant fall weather for the middle of next week with highs around 80 and lows in the 50s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

DRY TIME OF THE YEAR: September-October is our driest two month period of the year in Alabama based on climatological averages; the average rain for September is 4.05″, with an average of just 3.23″ in October (for Birmingham). So long dry periods like this are fairly common this time of the year.

We should mention Birmingham’s rain total for the year is 34.50″, 4.66″ below average.

THURSDAY NIGHT SPECIAL: Looks like we can remove any threat of rain from tomorrow night’s Auburn/Kansas State football game in Manhattan, Kansas (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be mostly fair, the temperature will fall from around 77 degrees at kickoff, into the low 70s by the final whistle.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Clear weather for the high school football games in Alabama Thursday and Friday night; temperatures will be in the upper 70s at kickoff, falling into the low 70s by the fourth quarter. No threat of rain or lightning delays this week.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND: Alabama will host Florida at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Saturday afternoon (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 85 degrees, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Hurricane Edouard is now weakening as it recurves into the open Atlantic… far from land. Top winds are down to 90 mph. Tropical Storm Odile in the northern Gulf of California has the potential to bring flooding rain to Arizona and New Mexico through tomorrow. And, Tropical Storm Polo is in the East Pacific off the Mexican coast, but this one looks like it will miss Cabo San Lucas to the west this weekend thankfully.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through the weekend with only isolated showers Saturday and Sunday. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

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Dry Days Ahead; Cooler Nights

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 15:47

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RADAR CHECK: Most of the showers and storms in Alabama this afternoon are down over the southern half of the state… but within the last few minutes a few storms have fired up along a surface boundary over North Alabama. We will maintain the chance of an isolated shower or storm this evening, but the sky becomes clear late tonight as dry air takes over.We drop down into the mid 60s early tomorrow morning.

REST OF THE WEEK: Looks very nice, with ample sunshine tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday. Highs will be generally in the mid 80s; the coolest morning will come early Thursday with temperatures generally between 58 and 62 degrees. Low clouds and cold air damming over Georgia could try and creep into extreme East Alabama Friday, but for now it looks like the main impact will be east of Alabama.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Auburn is off to Manhattan, Kansas, for a Thursday night showdown with the Kansas State Wildcats. Kickoff is at 6:30 CDT. The weather forecast for the game has only a slight chance of a passing shower, but it looks as though by game time it should only be partly cloudy with temps at or just below 80. By the end of the game, expect temps to be in the lower 70s. It should be breezy with winds ranging 10-15 mph out of the southeast.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be another dry day with a sunny sky and a high in the mid 80s. The latest GFS run keeps most of Alabama dry Sunday, although a cold front will be approaching by Sunday night. We will just mention the risk of a few widely scattered showers Sunday night or Monday morning with the front; at the moment it doesn’t look like a major rain producer. However, should some of the moisture from Tropical Storm Odile wrap ahead of the front, that could change. We will keep an eye on the situation.

The first few days of next week look dry and pleasant; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Hurricane Edouard achieved “major hurricane” status this morning as winds have reached 115 mph, making it a category three storm on the Saffir Simpson scale. It is in the middle of the Atlantic, and will recurve harmlessly over open water and is no threat to land.

Tropical Storm Odile will dissipate over the northern Gulf of California over the next 48 hours, but moisture will move up into Arizona and New Mexico, bringing a flash flood threat to the Southwest U.S.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Some very active weather today with this waterspout during the late morning hours near Navarre Beach (photo from Jack Burton)…

Drier air reaches the coast tomorrow, and the weather will feature mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with only isolated showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and sea water temperatures remain in the mid 80s.

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A Few Lingering Showers; Drier Air Tonight

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:18

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PATCHY FOG TO START THE DAY: A moist airmass is in place across much of Alabama this morning, and fog formed overnight, especially where rain fell yesterday. Some light rain has also moved into Northwest Alabama…

We will maintain the chance of some light rain, or a few showers today with most communities seeing a high in the mid 80s. We do expect a few intervals of sunshine later in the day.

Drier air arrives tonight, and that should set the stage for very nice weather for the rest of the week.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Expect mostly sunny days and fair pleasant nights; highs will be in the mid 80s on most days. The coolest morning will come early Thursday with upper 50s are possible as far south as Birmingham. Some of the cooler pockets over Northeast Alabama could see low to mid 50s.

We will keep an eye on a cold air damming (CAD) setup east of Alabama Friday; that might push some low clouds toward the Alabama/Georgia border, but for now we will keep a mostly sunny forecast statewide.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Auburn will play a Thursday night special this week in Manhattan, Kansas against Kansas State (6:30p CT kickoff); we project a temperature of 77 degrees at kickoff with only a small risk (15-20 percent) of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall into the low 70s by the fourth quarter.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a delightful day, with ample sunshine and a high in the mid 80s. Then, as the weekend wraps up, the 00Z GFS brings a cold front into the state Sunday night. This could push a showers into our state late Sunday afternoon or Sunday night… at the moment it doesn’t look like a big rain event, but we will have to keep an eye on the moisture from Tropical Storm Odile, now over Baja California. If by chance some of that gets ahead of the surface front, it might bring more than that we are seeing on models now.

The front should be south of here by midday Monday, and the first half of next week looks dry and pleasant. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICAL WEATHER: Hurricane Edouard in the Central Atlantic is packing sustained winds of 110 mph, but it will recurve into the open Atlantic far from land. And, Odile was downgraded to a tropical storm over the Baja California peninsula last night as it moved northward. It will ultimately dissipate, but moisture from this will bring heavy rain and a significant flooding threat to parts of Arizona and New Mexico in coming days.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Expect a mix of sun and clouds today on the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with scattered showers and storms; then mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend with only very isolated showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 87 degrees.

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WeatherBrains 451: Too Much In My Pocket

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:15

WeatherBrains Episode 451 is now online (September 15, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight, we are honored to have a trio of young meteorologists on the program to talk about their role in weather for their social communities. Karl Schneider is the webmaster for the Huntsville Joint Chapter of the National Weather Association and American Meteorology Society. He is a co-owner of the US Weather Plus website. Lenny Mendola is a senior who is an administrator on Karl’s US Weather Page. He lives in Roseland NJ. And, Steve Hallet is a freshman at Penn State University. He is a website administrator for the Eastern PA Weather Authority.

This week’s guest panelist is Carl Schreck, who works with WeatherBrains alum Jarred Rennie at the NCDC in Asheville NC. He has been working recently on a project called Cyclone Center.

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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.

Picks of the Week:

John Scala – Spectacular video of the aurora from last Friday as viewed from Mount Washington

Kevin Selle – OVATION Aurora – Aurora Forecast from NOAA

Rick Smith – Storify

James Spann – iPhone 6 barometer

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Janice Dean’s Freddy the Frogcaster book

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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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Active Storms Moving Across Alabama

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:47

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RADAR CHECK: A number of strong storms are in progress over the North/Central part of Alabama this afternoon… heavier storms are producing heavy rain and lots of lighting as they move from west to east. The storms will die down late tonight.

TOMORROW: A surface front will creep through North Alabama, so we will still mention some risk of a shower or thunderstorm, but the air tomorrow should be drier and more stable, so showers should be pretty widely spaced, and many communities won’t see any rain; the high will be in the mid 80s.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Fantastic weather Wednesday and Thursday; sunny days, fair cooler nights, and low humidity levels. Highs in the low to mid 80s; we should reach the upper 50s early Thursday morning. Some of the cooler pockets might even see low to mid 50s at daybreak Thursday. Friday should be dry for most of the state; we will keep an eye on a potential CAD setup (cold air damming) that could bring some clouds into East Alabama, but the possibility doesn’t look too high now.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn will play a Thursday night special this week in Manhattan, Kansas against Kansas State (6:30p CT kickoff); we project a temperature of 77 degrees at kickoff with only a small risk (15-20 percent) of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall into the low 70s by the fourth quarter.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks very nice; dry air will stay in place meaning sunny warm days and fair pleasant highs. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s, with lows in the low to mid 60s. No chance of rain.

NEXT WEEK: A weak cold front might trigger a few showers Monday, but for now it doesn’t look like a big rain event. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICAL WEATHER: Hurricane Edouard, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is packing sustained winds of 105 mph, and will remain far from land as it recurves. Hurricane Odile is moving northward over the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, and will be downgraded to a tropical storm tonight as it continues to weaken. Moisture from Odile could bring flash flooding to parts of Arizona and New Mexico later this week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 4 to 6 hours of sunshine tomorrow from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with scattered thunderstorms; then mostly sunny days, fair nights through the weekend with only very isolated showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and sea water temperatures remain mostly in the mid 80s.

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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Strong Storms Over Southern Shelby and Northern Chilton

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:25

Strong storms are over southern Shleby and northern Chilton Counties where the NWS has posted a Significant Weather Alert for lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

Storms are strongest from north of Jemsion to west of Talladega Springs.

They are moving east at 10 mph.

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Strong Storms over Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:38

UPDATE AT 2:50 PM
The NWS has added an Areal Flood Advisory for parts of Jefferson and St. Clair Counties as well. Communities include Pinson, Center Point, Trussville, Argo and Branchville. A wide area has received at least an inch of rain in a short time between the above communities.

ORIGINAL POST

Strong thunderstorms are occurring at this time over northeastern Jefferson and western St. Clair Counties.  They are centered in the Clay, Argo and CenterPoint areas.

The NWS has issued a Significant Weather Alert for the area inside the polygon on the above graphic.

They are moving southeast at 10 mph and will pass near Trussville, Branchville and Moody.

They contain dangerous lightning, wind gusts to over 40 mph and copious amounts of rain.

Be indoors as these dangerous storms approach.

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Moist Air Returns To Alabama

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:25

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SHOWERS/STORMS LATER TODAY: Nothing on the radar at daybreak across Alabama; temperatures are in the low 60s over the Tennessee Valley, with low to mid 70s over the southern two-thirds of the state. We expect scattered showers and storms to fire up this afternoon and tonight… the chance of any one spot getting wet is in the 40-50 percent category. We will reach the low to mid 80s this afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds.

A drier airmass moves back into the state tomorrow, and there is only a small risk of a stray shower; most places will be dry.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: This three day stretch is looking dry and pleasant. The coolest morning will come early Thursday when many North Alabama communities will drop into the upper 50s; daytime highs will be in the 80s, but humidity levels will be low. The only potential fly in the ointment comes Friday when a cold air damming (CAD) pattern sets up over the eastern states; the “wedge” could creep into East Alabama with cooler temperatures, some clouds, and maybe a touch of light rain or drizzle. We won’t mention this in the forecast just yet… we will keep an eye on future model runs.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks very nice with a dry airmass in place. Sunny days, fair nights. Highs in the mid 80s, lows in the low to mid 60s. A weakening cold front might kick off a shower in a few places by Monday of next week, but for now it doesn’t look like a significant rain event. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn will play a Thursday night special this week in Manhattan, Kansas against Kansas State (6:30p CT kickoff); we project a temperature of 77 degrees at kickoff with only a small risk (15-20 percent) of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall into the low 70s by the fourth quarter.

TROPICS: Hurricane Edouard is in the middle of the Atlantic with sustained winds of 105 mph; this will remain far from land as it recurves. The big story is over in the East Pacific; Hurricane Odile slammed into Cabo San Lucas and the southern tip of Baja California last night with sustained winds of 125 mph; it will weaken and move up the Baja peninsula today. Moisture from Odile could bring a flooding threat to parts of Arizona and New Mexica later this week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Not much change this week on the coast; about 3 to 5 hours of sunshine today from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with one or two passing storms, then about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine on a daily basis tomorrow and Wednesday with scattered storms. Then, expect mostly sunny days and fair nights Thursday through the weekend with only a slight risk of a shower. Highs will be in the upper 80s, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY: Hurricane Ivan was on the approach to the Alabama Gulf Coast…

It would make landfall near Gulf Shores around 2:00 a.m. September 16, 2004 as a category three storm with sustained winds of near 120 mph. Damage to the Alabama coast was severe, and widespread.

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Warmer with Showers Monday

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:44

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The northerly flow across Alabama yesterday and overnight resulted in quite a gradient in temperatures and dew points. This morning dew points were in the middle 50s in the Tennessee Valley while they were still in the lower 70s in Southeast Alabama. Slightly drier air aloft managed to erode much of the cloudiness across the state overnight. Look for the best chances for showers to once again be across South Alabama where moisture values remain the highest.

Aloft the elongated upper ridge will be subdued somewhat on Monday with the passage of a fairly strong trough moving across the Great Lakes. The trough should extend its influence far enough south to allow good chances for widespread showers and storms across Central Alabama. High pressure to the northeast of Alabama will allow moisture to return northward on Monday, too, adding to the potential for our best chances for rain in the week ahead.

The fast moving trough will quickly exit across New England by Tuesday as the overall upper flow becomes northwesterly as the long wave trough sets up across the eastern third of the Nation. The development of this trough should begin the drying process with drier air in place for the middle and latter part of the week ahead. By the end of the week, the upper ridge over the western US will migrate eastward allowing our temperatures to warm up into the upper 80s for Friday and Saturday.

At the beach, typical late summer weather continues along the Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coast today and for most of the week ahead. Highs will be in the upper 80s, overnight lows in the upper 70s. There will be a mix of sun and clouds, with scattered showers and storms. You can expect 4 to 6 hours of sun each day with daily chances for scattered showers.

Tropics are a tad active. Edouard is expected to achieve hurricane status sometime today while it churns northwestward in the open Atlantic before turning more northerly on Tuesday. In the Gulf of Mexico, the area of disturbed weather has become quite diffuse as it moves steadily westward across the Central Gulf with little potential for development. An area of disturbed weather west of the Cape Verde Islands shows little signs of development.

The GFS long range progs continue to keep the idea of general troughiness across the eastern US into late September. But there is also the depiction of some tropical mischief for the Gulf near the end of the month. But you know how this can change that far into voodoo country.

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Most Areas Dry

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 15:18

As expected today, the bulk of the unsettled weather is across southern portions of the state. We continue to see a mix of sun and clouds today, but we are seeing most locations staying dry. The radar returns in Central Alabama are mostly just ground clutter and it is not raining in the areas.  The main shower and storm activity is over the southeastern counties.

There is a wide range of temperatures across the Central Alabama today. Locations to the north are in the lower 70s, while down south, where the front has not pushed through yet, upper 80s and lower 90s are showing up. For the rest of today, we should see the cloud cover continue to thin out, and the sky should be partly cloudy overnight. There is only a slight chance of a shower for locations north of the U.S. 80 corridor.

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Clouds but Cooler

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:45

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The weak cold front that has been plaguing the Southeast US for the last couple of days continued to sag slowly southward and was situated across southern Alabama this morning. This has allowed slightly cooler and drier air to move into the northern half of Alabama, so I expect to see mostly cloudy skies today with scattered showers possible mainly across South Alabama. The front continued to have little to push it further southward due to an elongated ridge in the upper atmosphere.

If you are headed to Tuscaloosa where Alabama will host Southern Miss this evening with a 5:00 pm kickoff, it looks like the sky will be occasionally cloudy, but the weather should be dry with a kickoff temperature near 80 degrees, falling through the 70s during the second half. UAB hosts Alabama A&M at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30 pm; the sky will be generally cloudy with only a small risk for a shower. The temperature will be around 80 degrees at kickoff, falling into the middle 70s by the final whistle.

The forecast for the beaches: about 4 to 6 hours of sunshine along the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Sunday with scattered thunderstorms; highs will be in the upper 80s. Sea water temperatures are also in the mid 80s.

Tropics are active as expected during the the heart of tropical storm season. Edouard is forecast to become a hurricane on Monday but it is expected to remain well out in the Atlantic. Two areas of disturbed weather were noted in the Gulf of Mexico. The one near the Mexican coast is not expected to develop much as it moves westward into Mexico. The other one just off the Southwest coast of Florida is forecast to track westward and the upper level wind pattern does not appear to be very favorable for any development in the near term. Because this is in the Gulf of Mexico, it will bear watching and a Hurricane Hunter aircraft may investigate the area today.

The ridge remains in place Sunday so isolated showers remain a possibility though we note that precipitable water values continue to drop slightly. The main moisture remains across South Alabama where the better chances for showers should be. While the westerlies remain well to our north, the GFS continued to show general troughiness over the eastern US for the middle and latter portion of the week. This is likely to keep us dry for the latter part of the week. I did note that the ECMWF was considerably drier with its solution than was the GFS.

Looking out into voodoo, the GFS continues to keep the primary trough across the eastern third of the US, but the trough is forecast to weaken as upper ridging again develops over the Southeast US around the end of September. This could mean some warmer weather for us at the end of the month.

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Flash Flood Warning Bibb/Jefferson/Shelby/Tuscaloosa til 7:30PM

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:43

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AREAS IN…
EAST CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTH CENTRAL BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

*TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

* AT 441 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.
RADAR ESTIMATES NEARLY 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN PORTIONS OF
EASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY AND STORMS ARE SLOWLY MOVING EASTWARD.
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE IN
THE WARNED AREA.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALABASTER…BESSEMER…HELENA…ABERNANT…ALABAMA ADVENTURE…
BLUFF PARK…BROOKWOOD…DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS…HOOVER
METROPOLITAN STADIUM…LAKE VIEW…LAKE WILDWOOD…MAYLENE…NORTH
JOHNS…ROSS BRIDGE…TANNEHILL IRONWORKS STATE PARK…VANCE AND
WOODSTOCK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Flash Flood Warning Jefferson/St. Clair until 7PM

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:55

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
EAST CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 700 PM CDT

* TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

* AT 355 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. RAIN
AMOUNTS MAY EXCEED 3 INCHES IN A FEW LOCATIONS.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
IRONDALE…MOODY…TRUSSVILLE…ALTON…ARGO…BALD ROCK…
BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT…BRANCHVILLE…CENTER POINT…CHALKVILLE…
CLAY…MARGARET AND TARRANT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for NE Jefferson/ St. Clair Counties

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:42

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
EAST CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 337 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
TRUSSVILLE…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 10 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MOODY…CLAY…ARGO…BALD ROCK…MARGARET…BRANCHVILLE AND CHULA
VISTA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 31 THROUGH 33…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 144 THROUGH 153…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 137 THROUGH 148…

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Cold Front Sagging South

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:39

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COLD FRONT JUST NORTH OF BIRMINGHAM: Showers and strong storms with lots of lighting are in progress near the cold front over North Alabama this afternoon… moving east.

The band of showers and storms will sag southward in coming hours, and most of the showers will south of I-20 by 6:00 p.m.

There is a big temperature contrast across Alabama due to the cold front; at mid-afternoon Tuscaloos was in the low 90s, but north of the front it was only 77 at Haleyville, and 76 at Russellville.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The front will become nearly stationary over the middle of Alabama tomorrow. The day should be mostly cloudy statewide, but the best chance of showers will come over the southern half of the state, south of the front. It will be noticeably cooler over North Alabama; many places there won’t get out of the 70s, but highs stay in the 80s with muggy conditions over the southern counties of the state.

Sunday looks mostly rain-free for the northern two-thirds of the state with a partly sunny sky and a high in the low to mid 80s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Again this week we have the risk of a passing shower or storm for high school games tonight, mainly from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston south. The showers and and storms will be scattered, so it won’t rain everywhere, but a few stadiums could see some rain. Temperatures will be close to 80 at kickoff, falling into the 70s by the fourth quarter. The chance of any one stadium seeing rain is in the 30-40 percent range along and south of I-20… few showers are expected to the north.

Alabama will host Southern Miss tomorrow evening (5:00p kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; at this point it looks like the sky will be occasionally cloudy, but the weather should be dry with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, falling through the 70s during the second half.

UAB hosts Alabama A&M tomorrow at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30p; the sky will be generally cloudy…. The temperature will be around 82 degrees at kickoff, falling into the mid 70s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The front dissipates, and a few scattered showers are possible Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low to mid 80s. Looks like the highest coverage of showers and storms next week will come on Wednesday thanks to a short wave, and possible moisture from a tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico. Then, we trend drier Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A tropical wave is near Fort Myers, Florida this afternoon, and will move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and tomorrow. Winds aloft are not favorable for development in the short term, and it remains to be seen if anything can get it’s act together in that region. Still, some moisture from this wave could impact the Gulf Coast states next week.

Tropical Storm Edouard in the Central Atlantic will recurve into the open Atlantic and is no threat to land, but it should be a hurricane by Monday.

And, a new tropical wave is in the far East Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands… this will be moving west/northwest in coming days and is far form land.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine along the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Sunday with scattered thunderstorms; highs will be in the mid to upper 80s… sea water temperatures are also in the mid to upper 80s. The weather next week will be determined by the tropical wave in the Gulf… confidence in any specific solution at this point is low.

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Cold Front Into North Alabama

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:15

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WET AT TIMES TODAY: We begin the day with a number of showers and thunderstorms over the northern half of Alabama as the long awaited cold front has dipped into the state from the north. The front has pretty much “run out of gas”, so it will only creep slowly southward today and tonight.

We will maintain the chance of occasional showers and thunderstorms through tonight, but after 6:00 or 7:00 this evening, the best chance of showers will be generally along and south of I-20 as a drier airmass sags into North Alabama.

TOMORROW: Somewhat of a challenging forecast with a front draped over Central Alabama, but confidence in the general idea is good. We start the day with clouds during the morning hours, and there could be a little light rain or drizzle. Then, the afternoon should be rain-free. But, clouds could very well linger much of the day. You might see a little sun tomorrow afternoon, but probably not much. It will be cooler… a number of North Alabama towns won’t get out of the 70s due to the cloud cover and cool air advection. Showers will remain possible over the southern half of Alabama tomorrow afternoon, south of the front.

SUNDAY: The day looks mostly dry for North and Central Alabama with a mix of sun and clouds. Again, showers remain possible over South Alabama, generally south of a line from Wedowee to Clanton to Thomasville. The high Sunday should be in the low to mid 80s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Again this week we have the risk of a passing shower or storm for high school games tonight, mainly from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston south. The showers and and storms will be scattered, so it won’t rain everywhere, but a few stadiums could see some rain. Temperatures will be in the low 80s at kickoff, falling into the 70s by the fourth quarter. The chance of any one stadium seeing rain is in the 30-40 percent range along and south of I-20… few showers are expected to the north.

Alabama will host Southern Miss tomorrow evening (5:00p kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; at this point it looks like the sky will be occasionally cloudy, but the weather should be dry with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, falling through the 70s during the second half.

UAB hosts Alabama A&M tomorrow at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30p; the sky will be generally cloudy with only a slight risk of a shower. The temperature will be around 85 degrees at kickoff, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The front dissipates, and moist air returns to North Alabama, so there will be some risk of showers on a daily basis. The 00Z GFS hints the best coverage of showers or storms could be on Wednesday, with a trend toward drier conditions Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Edouard over the Central Atlantic could become a hurricane next week, but it will recurve over the open Atlantic far from land.

A new disturbance has emerged off the coast of Africa, and is south of the Cape Verde Islands; no immediate development is expected there.

The wave of interest for us is centered near West Palm Beach, Florida this morning. It is very disorganized, and is drifting to the west. Models pretty much have two scenarios for this; one is a southern track that will bring the system toward the southern Texas coast, and the other possibility is a higher latitude one that shows recurvature into the Central Gulf Coast and the Southeast U.S. next week. The good news is that upper air winds will remain generally unfavorable for this to develop into a tropical storm, but even disorganized tropical waves can bring some very significant rain. Also remember the Gulf of Mexico has been untouched this hurricane season and there is plenty of latent heat energy. We will keep a close eye on it; but for now odds are relatively high it won’t impact the northern or central part of Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend with the daily threat of scattered storms; highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a warm 87 degrees. The weather on the coast next week will be determined by the tropical wave discussed above.

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Cold Front Into Tennessee

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:45

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RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers and storms have formed this afternoon across Alabama, most numerous over the Tennessee Valley, where parts of Limestone and Madison Counties are under a flash flood warning. We will maintain the chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight with the surface cold front just to the north over Tennessee…

TOMORROW: The front only creeps southward, and we stay in warm, moist air. We will forecast a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow, and maintain the threat of scattered showers and thunderstorms through tomorrow night. The rain won’t be continuous, and the sun should be out at times, but a passing shower or storm is possible at just about any hour. The sky will be occasionally cloudy with a high in the mid 80s.

SATURDAY: As discussed here in recent days, a very tricky forecast due to the fact that the front will stall out somewhere over North or Central Alabama. We will forecast clouds over much of Alabama Saturday morning with the chance of a little light rain or drizzle, then the sky becomes partly sunny by afternoon as drier air works into the state. Any showers Saturday afternoon, most likely, will be south of I-20, or south of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston. Saturday’s high should be in the low to mid 80s, but some of the communities up in the Tennessee Valley could hold in the cool 70s all day with a nice north breeze.

SUNDAY: The front pretty much stays in the same place, so most North Alabama communities, along and north of I-20, will be dry, with the risk of showers continuing over Central and South Alabama, mainly south of I-20. Sunday’s high will be in the mid 80s with a partly sunny sky.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Again this week we have the risk of a passing shower or storm for high school games tonight and tomorrow night. The showers and and storms will be scattered, so it won’t rain everywhere, but a few stadiums could see some rain. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s at kickoff, falling into the 70s by the fourth quarter. The chance of any one stadium seeing rain is in the 30 percent range.

Alabama will host Southern Miss Saturday evening (5:00p kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; at this point it looks like the sky will be mostly fair with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, falling through the 70s during the second half.

UAB hosts Alabama A&M Saturday at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30p; the sky will be partly sunny with only a slight risk of a shower. The temperature will be around 85 degrees at kickoff, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The surface front will dissipate Sunday night, so moist air will move northward, and it looks like we will need to mention some risk of showers just about on a daily basis at least for the first half of the week. Highs will be generally in the low to mid 80s, about average for mid-September in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

TROPICS: Tropical Depression six has formed in the Central Atlantic; it should become Tropical Storm Edouard during the next 24 hours as it moves northwest. This will recurve into the open Atlantic well before getting close to the U.S. mainland.

Another tropical wave is just east of the Florida Peninsula… that will drift west into the eastern Gulf of Mexico this weekend. Upper air winds are harsh, and for now the chance of development looks low, and we don’t expect this to be a player in Alabama weather.

We will keep an eye on it.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through the weekend on the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid 80s, and the sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

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TD #6 Forms

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:19

Tropical depression number six has formed in the eastern Atlantic this morning.

It should recurve harmless over the open Atlantic and poses no threat to land.

It should become Tropical Storm Edouard later today.

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