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Update on Tuscaloosa County Storm

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:44

UPDATE: Emergency management from Tuscaloosa reporting to the NWS that golf ball size hail (1.75 inches) 3 miles east of Lake Tuscaloosa.

Looking at the latest images on Radar, there could be some decent size hail falling just north of Brookwood and Holt. NWS Birmingham is saying with this storm that winds in excess of 60 MPH and ping-pong size hail. Take cover if in the path.

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Radar Check at 5:30 PM

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:29

UPDATE: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fayette County has been cancelled. Warning is still in effect for Northern Tuscaloosa county. A new severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Southeastern Lawrence, Southwestern Morgan, and nearly all of Cullman Counties until 6:00 PM CDT.

Storms associated with a MCS (mesocyclone convective system) is pushing its way across much of Northwest Alabama. The heaviest storms on radar at this moment are located in Winston County, stretching back to the southwest through the northwest corner or Walker, much of Fayette, and into northwestern Tuscaloosa counties.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning remains in effect for Northern Tuscaloosa Counties until 6:00 PM CDT for storms located near Ashcroft Corner and Lake Lurleen State Park. This storm was moving to the east at 20 MPH. Winds in excess of 60 MPH and quarter-size hail could be expected with this storm.

Overall these storms are weaker as the atmosphere over Alabama is not as conducive for severe weather. You can still have gusty winds up to 40 MPH and small hail with this storms. Other than the current severe thunderstorm warning, severe reports should be limited over the next few hours.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Southwestern Morgan, Southern Lawrence, & Cullman Counties Until 6:00 PM CDT

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:22

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHERN LAWRENCE COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 520 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR BRUSHY LAKE TO NEAR ARKADELPHIA…MOVING EAST
NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
DECATUR…CULLMAN…HARTSELLE…MOULTON…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…
FALKVILLE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY AND SARDIS.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Southern Fayette & Northern Tuscaloosa Counties Until 6:00 PM CDT

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:13

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 512 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR ASHCRAFT CORNER TO NEAR LAKE LURLEEN STATE
PARK…MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING…AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
NORTHPORT…BERRY…COKER…SAMANTHA…BULL CITY…BOLEY SPRINGS…
BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…BANKSTON…BINION CREEK LANDING…LAKE LURLEEN
STATE PARK…TIERCE PATTTON BRIDGE…LAKE TUSCALOOSA…HIGHWAY 69
BRIDGE…LAKE NICOL PARK…FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE…WINDHAM
SPRINGS…STONE WALL…FLATWOODS…WHITSON AND MOORES BRIDGE.

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Storms Weaker, Still Could Produce Hail and Gusty Winds

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 16:48

Storms are over Northwest Alabama this afternoon, extending from western Winston County near Double Springs, back through much of Marion County, including Hamilton, down south through much of Lamar County.

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Monroe County MS. It produced golfball sized hail at the radar site north of Columbus. This storm will move into Lamar County, affecting Vernon and Millport.

The storms have weakened a bit as the atmosphere over Alabama is not as conducive for severe weather. There will be gusty winds and hail, but severe reports should be limited over the next few hours.

Lightning will be a real problem through the evening though. Be aware of the weather if you will be out and about on this spring Friday evening.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lamar County

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:53

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Lamar County in West Alabama.

A dangerous storm with a high potential for damaging winds and hail extends from Smithville to Amory to Aberdeen in eastern Mississippi.

There has been indications of a tornado near Amory. Damaging winds are approaching the Columbus MS radar site which is near Quincy. Trees were reported down in Wren, and there was a pronounced wall cloud. This is west of Amory.

Be in a safe place as these dangerous storms approach.

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Tornado Warning for Northern Monroe County MS

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:39

That dangerous storm in Northeast Mississippi is exhibiting signs of a tornado again.

The most dangerous part of the storm is going to pass near and just south of Amory MS. It will move toward northern Lamar County, Alabama, in the Sulligent area. It could be into Lamar County around 4 p.m.

Dangerous storms with a good potential for damaging winds and even an isolated tornado will impact Marion and Lamar County between 4 -5 p.m. Large hail is also possible.

Trees were reported down in the Fairview community as the storms passed.

Be in a safe place as these dangerous storms approach.

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Damaging Winds Possible for Lamar and Marion Counties By 4 p.m.

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:12

A line of strong storms is near Northwest Alabama this afternoon.

Strong storms extend from Iuka to Fulton to New Houlka to just east of Winona.

The storm just west of Okolona has shown a Tornado Vortex Signature (TVS) and has strong indications of damaging winds and hail over one inch. It appears to be forming into a bow echo. It is currently tornado warned. This storm should reach Okolona before 330 p.m.

Trees were reported down in Calhoun County MS.

A new severe thunderstorm warning was just issued to the Alabama border in Mississippi.

At the current rate of motion, the storms will be into western Franklin County by 315 p.m.

The strongest storm is a little more than an hour from western Marion and northern Lamar Counties. A heads up to our friends in that area to be watching this storm closely. If it holds together, it could bring damaging winds to Lamar and Marion Counties a little after 4 p.m. Be ready to leave mobile homes as it gets closer for well built site homes or sturdy buildings.

Other locations and times:
…Jasper: 5 p.m.
…Cullman: 515-530 p.m.
…Tuscaloosa: 5:30 p.m.
…Birmingham: 545-6 p.m.

The storms should be out of the Birmingham area by 8 p.m. with the rain gone by 9.

Instability are moderately strong across the areas in front of the storms. Temperature decreases with height (lapse rates) are favorable for intense updrafts across much of West Alabama. Wind shear is light right now, but is expected to increase across Northwest Alabama over the next few hours, which will help the storms hold together as well.

Damaging winds and hail will be the biggest threat. Any tornadoes that might form should be isolated and relatively weak.

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Rain Moving Into Northwest Alabama

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 14:54

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live at Regions Field for the annual Birmingham Barons tornado safety night**

RADAR CHECK: Rain and storms will move into Northwest Alabama over the next few hours…

We do note a tornado warning was issued by the NWS Memphis for parts of Calhoun, Chickawaw, and Pontotoc counties in Mississippi… but we do not expect organized severe weather in Alabama tonight. The MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) will move east/southeast, and most places will see 1-2 hours of rain tonight, with amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch.

THE WEEKEND: A moist environment will continue over Alabama, and we will need to mention the chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms both tomorrow and Sunday. It is almost impossible to provide start/stop times for the rain both days; just be ready for the occasional shower or thunderstorm. On the positive side, we don’t expect any organized severe weather, and the sun should break out at times. Highs will be in the mid 80s tomorrow, and low 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday are looking wet at times, with periods of rain likely both days. Then, dry air returns Wednesday through Friday with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs will be in the 70s most of the week; we could drop into the 40s late in the week by early Friday morning.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: For tomorrow and Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with the risk of a passing shower or storm from time to time. Unfortunately in this pattern, we aren’t able to give specific times when the rain will pass through, but the good news is that we don’t expect a big rain mass to set in for hours. A very good chance they get the Sparks Energy 300 in on Saturday, and the GEICO 500 in on Sunday, but a delay is very possible both days. Keep an eye on radar.

And, please remember the 8 mile lightning rule. Lightning within 8 miles, you get inside. Car, truck, building, etc. I don’t mess around with it, and you shouldn’t either.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine tomorrow on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with only a small risk of a shower. Scattered showers and storms are possible Sunday and Monday… highs in the 70s on the immediate coast, with 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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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Look for my next Weather Xtreme video here by Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday… enjoy the weekend!

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Friday Midday Nowcast For North/Central Alabama

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:59

Partly to mostly cloudy skies cover North/Central Alabama at this hour. There are no showers showing up right now, but back to our west, there is a MCS (mesoscale convective system) currently moving its way across Arkansas and Louisiana, and into western Tennessee and Mississippi.

As of now, there are no severe warnings with this system, but Flash Flood Warnings are in effect for several counties in Arkansas. From the NWS in Shreveport, estimates of four to eight inches of rain have already fallen. This system is pushing to the east and may affect North/Central Alabama later this afternoon and evening.

TEMPERATURES AT 12PM: Temperatures are up into the upper 70s to low 80s for most communities across the area. Here is a list of temperature readings from across the state at this time:

Birmingham 81
Tuscaloosa 82
Muscle Shoals 79
Huntsville 79
Anniston 81
Alexander City 79
Montgomery 83
Dothan 83
Mobile 83

TODAY & TONIGHT: For the rest of today, skies will become mostly cloudy in the later afternoon hours for much of North/Central Alabama. Much of the day will be dry. A few scattered showers or thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon, but coverage will be greatest over North Alabama due to the MCS.

HRRR Valid at 6PM tonight.

The latest HRRR model run has the MCS entering into the northwest corner of the state in the 2PM-4PM timeframe, and possibly reaching Birmingham between 6PM to 8PM, and the Gadsden and Anniston areas between 7PM and 9PM.

The SPC still has much of west and northwest Alabama under a “Marginal Risk” for severe storms. A few storms could produce gusty winds. Fortunately, the MCS will be weakening, and the overall severe threat is low.

THE WEEKEND: A big upper trough will be lifting out of the western U.S.; the surface low underneath will slowly weaken as it moves east/northeast. Moist air will cover Alabama, and we will need to mention the risk of a few showers and storms both tomorrow and Sunday. Giving specific start/stop times for the rain is almost impossible in this setup, and model guidance is not very consistent.

Bottom line is that you will need to be ready for a few passing showers or storms tomorrow and Sunday, but the rain won’t be continuous and the sun will be out at times. A strong storm or two is possible, but the severe weather threat is very low with weakening upper dynamics. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 80s, with low 80s Sunday afternoon.

TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY: Partly sunny and very warm today with a high between 84 and 87 degrees. We can’t rule out a shower after 3 p.m., but the day will be generally dry.

For tomorrow and Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with the risk of a passing shower or storm from time to time. Unfortunately in this pattern, we aren’t able to give specific times when the rain will pass through, but the good news is that we don’t expect a big rain mass to set in for hours. A very good chance they get the Sparks Energy 300 in on Saturday, and the GEICO 500 in on Sunday, but a delay is very possible both days. Keep an eye on radar.

And, please remember the 8 mile lightning rule. Lightning within 8 miles, you get inside. Car, truck, building, etc. I don’t mess around with it, and you shouldn’t either.

APRIL 27 2011 SPECIAL: You can watch our one hour special here. It was five years ago that 62 tornadoes killed 252 people in our state during a generational tornado outbreak.

WEATHERBRAINS: 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. You can find it here.

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Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter Remember the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes & Report Current Good News in Alabama

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:01

Alabama NewsCenter helped us mark the somber fifth anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes but also brought us plenty of good news from around Alabama this past week.

Images of devastation tell story of April 27, 2011 tornadoes’ fury

Looking back at the day Alabama survived Armageddon

From ‘Armageddon’ to restoration after April 27, 2011 tornadoes

Probate Judge Hardy McCollum reflects on Tuscaloosa’s progress since April 27, 2011

The Phil Campbells are at it again

Tide cornerback Cyrus Jones looks to disprove doubters in NFL draft

First Alabama-made Airbus A321 ‘BluesMobile’ goes to JetBlue

Claude Nielsen retires as CEO of Birmingham’s Coca-Cola United, John Sherman named successor

Three standout businesses vie for Mobile Area Chamber’s Small Business of the Year

The Moose and Squirrel Show: Transforming the undesirable to a work of art piece by piece

First US Bank to build $14.5 million office project on U.S. 280 in Birmingham metro area

Alabama Power announces leadership changes affecting its Southeast Division

Honda Indy winner Simon Pagenaud continues impressive start

Honda powers Alabama’s workforce with Barber racetrack event

Career preps and sports cars: Barber Motorsporks Park hosts more than Honda Indy Grand Prix

Dothan Wildlife Mural comes alive with Alabama Power Service Organization support

Fantastical Southern weekend zooms ahead with racing, festivals and a collection of unique pieces from Alabama Makers

Alabama Power marks Earth Month with events on UAB, University of Alabama campuses

Alabama Power Foundation accepting Gateway grant applications

Work to begin on Habitat’s Cascade Parc development in East Lake

Fighting feral hogs: Alabama Power, USDA team up to reduce environmental damage

Birmingham March home sales increase from same period last year

 

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Warm, Unsettled Weekend Weather

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 06:32

QUIET MORNING: Nothing on the radar as this day begins; temperatures are mostly in the 60s. The most excitement involves the report of a small earthquake on the Tuscaloosa/Jefferson County line at 3:58 a.m…. only a M3.0 meaning most slept right through it.

We will forecast a partly sunny sky today with a high well up in the 80s; it will be one of the warmest days so far this year.

We are watching an MCS (mesoscale convective system) moving into Arkansas; this could very well move into Northwest Alabama late this afternoon, although it will be weakening at the time. While most of the day will be dry, we will introduce the risk of a few scattered showers or storms late this afternoon, with higher coverage over Northwest Alabama due to the MCS.

The risk of a shower or storm will continue tonight. SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe weather defined for parts of far West and Northwest Alabama; a few storms could produce gusty winds, but the overall severe weather threat is low.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A big upper trough will be lifting out of the western U.S.; the surface low underneath will slowly weaken as it moves east/northeast. Moist air will cover Alabama, and we will need to mention the risk of a few showers and storms both tomorrow and Sunday. Giving specific start/stop times for the rain is almost impossible in this setup, and model guidance is not very consistent.

Bottom line is that you will need to be ready for a few passing showers or storms tomorrow and Sunday, but the rain won’t be continuous and the sun will be out at times. A strong storm or two is possible, but the severe weather threat is very low with weakening upper dynamics. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 80s, with low 80s Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Model madness is the story for Monday and Tuesday. The American model (the GFS) is dry, but the European model (ECMWF) looks wet both days; based on the Euro’s better track record, we will forecast mostly cloudy weather both days with some risk of rain at times. The latter half of the week will be dry and cooler; a decent chance some spots will drop into the cool 40s by Thursday or Friday morning. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Partly sunny and very warm today with a high between 84 and 87 degrees. We can’t rule out a shower after 3 p.m., but the day will be generally dry.

For tomorrow and Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with the risk of a passing shower or storm from time to time. Unfortunately in this pattern, we aren’t able to give specific times when the rain will pass through, but the good news is that we don’t expect a big rain mass to set in for hours. A very good chance they get the Sparks Energy 300 in on Saturday, and the GEICO 500 in on Sunday, but a delay is very possible both days. Keep an eye on radar.

And, please remember the 8 mile lightning rule. Lightning within 8 miles, you get inside. Car, truck, building, etc. I don’t mess around with it, and you shouldn’t either.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine today and tomorrow on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with only a small risk of a shower. Scattered showers and storms are possible Sunday and Monday… highs in the 70s on the immediate coast, with 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I will be speaking at Spring Valley School in Birmingham this morning, and then at the Books A Million corporate HQ for a weather safety program. And, this evening, I will be at Regions Field for a special tornado safety night at the Birmingham Barons game. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Warm/Dry Weather Tomorrow

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:32

RADAR CHECK: We are seeing only a few isolated showers across South-Central Alabama on radar this afternoon; the northern counties are warm and dry with temperatures in the low 80s in most spots. Additional showers and storms could form over the southern half of the state this evening, mostly south of U.S. 80. North Alabama stays dry.

TOMORROW: It looks like a dry day for most of the state; with a good supply of sunshine temperatures rise into the mid to upper 80s, making it one of the warmest days so far this year.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Models are trending drier. We will still need to mention the risk of a few widely scattered showers and storms Saturday, but most of the day should be dry, and temperatures rise into the low to mid 80s.

A weather system will get closer Sunday, and while a few showers and storms are certainly possible, it looks more and more like the rain won’t be too organized or heavy, and the sun should be out at times. Sunday’s high will be right around 80 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The general pattern suggests dry and cooler weather for the state; highs most days will be in the 70s, and we could see lows in the 40s by the end of the week. A disturbance could bring a few light showers or sprinkles Tuesday night, but for now the chance of significant rain looks very low. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warm with a high in the mid to upper 80s. Saturday, partly sunny with only a few widely scattered showers; most of the day will be dry. And, the weather stays warm with afternoon temperatures reaching the low to mid 80s. I don’t think there will be many problems running the Sparks Energy 300.

The good news is that it looks like showers and storms Sunday will be pretty scattered in nature. A very good chance they get in the GEICO 500, but a rain delay is still not out of the question. The high Sunday at the Superspeedway will be around 80 degrees.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine tomorrow and Saturday from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach; a few scattered storms are possible Sunday, but some sun is still likely at times. Highs in the 70s along the immediate coast, with 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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 had a great time today visiting with the kids at Sycamore Elementary… 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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Thursday Midday Nowcast For North/Central Alabama

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 12:07

A mix of clouds and sun are gracing the skies across North/Central Alabama at this time, but showers and thunderstorms are affecting the southeastern and southwestern corners of the state.

A thunderstorm is currently producing heavy rainfall across Henry county, especially for the communities of Lawrenceville, Creamer, Capps, and especially around the Abbeville Municipal Airport. Light to moderate rain is currently falling over the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and well up in central Mobile and Baldwin counties. Another small but heavy shower is moving into Choctaw County. Communities of Paragon, Hodgewood, and Riderwood are about to receive a decent shower.

TEMPERATURES AT 12PM: Temperatures are well up into the 70s for most communities across the area. Here is a list of temperature readings from across the state at this time:

Birmingham 77
Tuscaloosa 72
Muscle Shoals 78
Huntsville 79
Anniston 76
Alexander City 73
Montgomery 78
Dothan 76
Mobile 72

TODAY & TONIGHT: A mix of sun and clouds for the rest of today, with shower and thunderstorm activity staying well to the south today. SPC has areas south of the I-20 and I-59 corridors under a “Marginal Risk” for severe storms today, except for areas along and a little west of the I-65 corridor. Afternoon highs will reach the low to mid 80s across North/Central Alabama, with clearing skies tonight and overnight lows at or near 60.

TOMORROW: Dry and very warm weather is the story for North/Central Alabama, we reach the mid to upper 80s with a partly to mostly sunny sky. Any showers will be confined to the far southwest counties of the state.

TALADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY: Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warm at the Superspeedway with a high between 85 and 88 degrees. On Saturday, a decent part of the day will be dry, but we can’t rule out a passing shower or two. The weather stays warm with a high in the low to mid 80s. I don’t think there will be many problems running the Sparks Energy 300. On Sunday there should be an increase in the number of showers and storms across the state, but this won’t be a wash-out, and again I think there is a good chance the GEICO 500 will run, although a delay is certainly possible. Sunday’s high will be close to 80 degrees.

APRIL 27 2011 SPECIAL: You can watch our one hour special here. It was on this date five years ago that 62 tornadoes killed 252 people in our state during a generational tornado outbreak.

WEATHERBRAINS: 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. You can find it here.

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Storms Stay To The South Today

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 06:31

RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms are increasing over Southwest Alabama early this morning; a few severe thunderstorm warnings have been required…

It sure looks like most of the showers and storms will stay over the southern half of Alabama today, where SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms. An isolated shower could pop up over the northern counties this morning, but that seems rather unlikely. We rise into the low to mid 80s this afternoon.

TOMORROW: Dry and very warm weather is the story for North/Central Alabama, we reach the mid to upper 80s with a partly to mostly sunny sky. Any showers will be confined to the far southwest counties of the state.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Moisture begins to return, and we will mention the risk of scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm Saturday, but a decent part of the day will be dry. With a mix of sun and clouds, the high Saturday will be in the mid 80s for most places.

Showers and storms should be a little more numerous Sunday, but again we will have some very nice breaks in the rain during the day, with potential for some sun at times. No severe weather is expected, and the high Sunday will be close to 80 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: It sure looks like a good part of the week will be dry, and cooler as an upper trough begins to form over the eastern U.S. Highs drop into the 70s, and we could see lows down in the 40s by mid to late week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warm at the Superspeedway with a high between 85 and 88 degrees. On Saturday, a decent part of the day will be dry, but we can’t rule out a passing shower or two. The weather stays warm with a high in the low to mid 80s. I don’t think there will be many problems running the Sparks Energy 300.

On Sunday there should be an increase in the number of showers and storms across the state, but this won’t be a wash-out, and again I think there is a good chance the GEICO 500 will run, although a delay is certainly possible. Sunday’s high will be close to 80 degrees.

AT THE BEACH: A passing shower or storm is a decent possibility today, but the sun will be out at times. Mostly dry tomorrow and Saturday, then a risk of scattered storms Sunday from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach. Highs will be in the 70s along the immediate coast, with 80s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

ON THIS DATE TWO YEARS AGO: A total of 18 tornadoes touched down across North/Central Alabama, one person, 21-year-old University of Alabama swimmer John Servati, was killed in Tuscaloosa; there were about two dozen injuries elsewhere.

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 a weather program today at Sycamore Elementary in Talladega County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Radar Check For North/Central Alabama at 9:00 PM CDT

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 21:13

At 9:00 PM, nearly all of the rain from the line of storms have now pushed into western Georgia. It is still raining in parts of Russell and Barbour counties, but they will be completely out of the state by 9:30 PM.

Fortunately, there were very few reports of damage across the state. The only reports came from Butler County, where severe thunderstorm winds blew trees down on Cahaba Road and at Wildforks Road. Only one other report of a tree and some power lines down in Crenshaw County.

SPC has dropped the severe risks for the whole state, as helicity and instability values continue to drop, and will do so throughout the overnight hours.

The rest of tonight and into tomorrow will mainly be dry. There is a risk for isolated showers or thunderstorms to develop across the area throughout the overnight hours. Even though some of these could be strong, the overall severe threat is minimal. Otherwise, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy across the area. Overnight temperatures will only fall to the upper 60s to near 70.

Rain totals for this system tonight have ranged from no measurable rainfall at the Birmingham Airport, to 0.68 inches at Montgomery, to 0.26 inches at Mobile, and to 0.05 at Alexander City.

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SPC Updated Day 1 Outlook for North/Central Alabama

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 20:05

The Storm Prediction Center has just released an update for the severe weather outlook for the remainder of tonight until 7 AM tomorrow morning. All of the state has been cleared from any severe risk. There is a risk for an isolated shower or thunderstorm to develop during the evening and overnight hours. With the instability and helicity values dropping, severe weather threat is minimal.

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Radar Check for North/Central Alabama at 7:40 PM CDT

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 19:38

A line of showers and thunderstorms currently stretch from Anniston, to Eufala, back to the southwest to Andalusia, and into the panhandle or Florida through Covington County. Line has weekend as it has pushed to the east-northeast through southern Alabama. There is still plenty of lightning involved, so stay inside until the line has passed. The line of storms should be exiting the state during the 8-9 PM timeframe tonight.

Instability levels have dropped considerably, with CAPE values mostly at 300-1,000 J/kg for much of the state, except for a few places in south Alabama where values are at 2,000 J/kg.

Latest runs of both the high-resolution NAM and the HRRR models have some redevelopment over the area during the late night and overnight hours. The NAM is a little more aggressive with the redevelopment. The HRRR is trending with a more drier solution. Therefore, I’ll say a few isolated showers and thunderstorms could develop over the area during tonight through the pre-dawn hours.

Most of the state remains under a “Marginal Risk” for severe storms through 7 AM Thursday morning. So, small hail and gusty winds could be possible. As instability and helicity values continue to drop tonight, the likelihood of severe weather happening is minimal.

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Radar Check at 6:00 PM for North/Central Alabama

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:58

Currently a line of storms are currently located along the I-65 corridor from southern Shelby county down through Baldwin County and out into the gulf, with an arm stretching to the east along the I-85 corridor from Montgomery county all the way into western Georgia. The line is moving to the northeast. Plenty of lightning with these storms, so if you’re in the path it would be advisable that you stay inside until these storms pass.

There is a strong thunderstorm up in Limestone county in northern Alabama. There is plenty of lightning associated with this cell as well. It is moving to the northeast and will move into Tennessee within an hour.

No watches or warnings are currently in effect in Alabama at the moment.

As of now, Instability numbers are still higher in the southern part of the state, with CAPE values in the 2,000-3,500 J/kg range. Shear numbers are starting to rise, especially over southwestern Alabama, but these are increasing well behind the storms.

The latest run of the HRRR model shows some storms redeveloping over the northwestern parts of the state around the 7:00 PM time frame, and moving northeast through the counties along and north of the I-20 and I-59 corridors. With that said, we’ll keep a risk for showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for the rest of tonight and into early tomorrow morning. Some storms could be strong, but severe weather risk is minimal.

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Significant Weather Advisory – Northeastern Russell County until 5:30 PM CDT.

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:06

A Significant Weather Advisory has been issued for Northeastern Russell County until 5:30 PM CDT. A strong thunderstorm was located near Fort Benning/Lawson Air Field and Phenix City, moving to the northeast at 20 MPH. Dime size hail and gusty winds in excess of 40 MPH will be possible. If you are in the path of this storm, please seek shelter immediately.

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