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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Randolph/Clay

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 16:05

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN RANDOLPH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT

* AT 403 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR LINEVILLE…
MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROANOKE…LINEVILLE…ASHLAND…WEDOWEE…LAKE WEDOWEE…WADLEY…
MALONE…CRYSTAL LAKE…PARAN…MOTLEY…TENNANT…ROCK MILLS…
CLEVELAND CROSSROADS…R.L. HARRIS DAM…BIG SPRINGS…DICKERT…
CRAGFORD…OFELIA…ROCK STAND AND ROANOKE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Bibb, Shelby, Chilton

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:58

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTH CENTRAL CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT

* AT 356 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR UNIVERSITY
OF MONTEVALLO…OR NEAR MONTEVALLO…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALABASTER…PELHAM…HELENA…CALERA…MONTEVALLO…JEMISON…
THORSBY…WEST BLOCTON…WILTON…UNIVERSITY OF MONTEVALLO…
BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS PARK…ASHBY…MAYLENE…SHELBY COUNTY
AIRPORT…AMERICAN VILLAGE…SHELBY…SAGINAW…SILURIA…HIGHWAY
145 AND CR 46 AND ALABASTER VETERANS PARK.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Tallapoosa County

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:49

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHERN TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 346 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR HILLABEE
CREEK…OR NEAR ALEXANDER CITY…MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALEXANDER CITY…DADEVILLE…JACKSONS’ GAP…NEW SITE…
GOLDVILLE…HILLABEE CREEK…NORTHERN LAKE MARTIN…DAVISTON…
HORSESHOE BEND NATIONAL MILITARY PARK…HORSESHOE BEND…
HACKNEYVILLE AND EAGLE CREEK.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lamar County

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:24

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 345 PM CDT

* AT 320 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM DETROIT TO NEAR BEDFORD…MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
VERNON…SULLIGENT…KENNEDY…DETROIT…BEAVERTON…LAMAR COUNTY
AIRPORT…BLOOMING GROVE…CREWS…BEDFORD…GATTMAN…LAMAR COUNTY
PUBLIC LAKE…CODY…HIGHTOGY…HENSON SPRINGS…PINE SPRINGS AND
STAR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

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Strong Storms Moving Across Alabama

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:24

RADAR CHECK: Scattered, strong thunderstorms are moving eastward across Alabama; the heavier storms are capable of producing a wet microburst (a small area of straight line winds high enough to knock down trees and power lines).

The storm below is near Vance at 3:15 p.m… photo from @dontrellchillis

SPC maintains a “marginal” risk of severe storms for much of Alabama through tonight, and tomorrow as well. The primary threat will come from strong straight line winds, but of course, all summer storms have gobs of lightning and heavy rain.

Temperatures today are mostly in the upper 80s and low 90s, but where storms have formed those communities are only in the 70s because of the rain cooled air.

TOMORROW: Interesting to note that both the NAM and GFS models keep Birmingham in the 80s all day; the sky will be cloudy at times, and again we project scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. While most of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a morning shower. Highs will be in the 88-91 degree range for most places.

FRIDAY: The upper ridge begins to rebuild; the sky will be partly sunny, and thunderstorms will be scattered, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. Chance of any one spot getting a storm Friday afternoon will be about one in three.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: With a stronger ridge, we expect a good supply of summer sunshine both Saturday and Sunday, with only widely scattered afternoon storms. Highs will rise up into the mid 90s.

And, pretty typical mid-summer weather is expected next week. Hot, humid, a few scattered afternoon storms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily through the weekend from Gulf Shores west to Panama City Beach, and of course, you will deal with an occasional passing storm. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet. Global models continue to hint at some develop off the U.S. South Atlantic coast by Sunday or Monday, but if that happens, it won’t have any impact on Alabama.

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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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bibb/Tuscaloosa

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:22

Severe thunderstorm over southern Tuscaloosa County near Caffee Junction moving south southeast and will impact Woodstock and West Blocton.

Wind gusts to 60 mph are possible.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 400 PM CDT

* AT 318 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER WOODSTOCK…
OR 14 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BESSEMER…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 10 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LAKE VIEW…VANCE…WOODSTOCK…WEST BLOCTON…NORTH BIBB…
MERCEDES BENZ OF ALABAMA…ABERNANT…TANNEHILL IRONWORKS STATE
PARK…HEBRON…CAFFEE JUNCTION…BUCKSVILLE…MARVEL AND GREEN
POND.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Talladega/Coosa Counties

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:43

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 239 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
FAYETTEVILLE…OR NEAR WILSONVILLE…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
SYLACAUGA…WILSONVILLE…GOODWATER…ROCKFORD…TALLADEGA
SPRINGS…WEOGUFKA…STEWARTVILLE…FAYETTEVILLE…UNITY…
BENTLEYVILLE…HANOVER…PARKDALE…STRICKLAND CROSSROADS…
HATCHET…LAY LAKE…CEDAR CREEK…OVERBROOK…SHELBY SHORES…
MIGNON AND GANTTS QUARRY.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning : BMX@ 7/22/2015 2:10:25 PM

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 14:10

This is the text of a severe weather warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Stand by for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

WUUS54 KBMX 221907
SVRBMX
ALC005-221945-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.W.0126.150722T1907Z-150722T1945Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
207 PM CDT WED JUL 22 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN BARBOUR COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 245 PM CDT

* AT 206 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER DOSTER…OR
NEAR CLIO…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 5 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CLIO AND DOSTER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

&&

LAT…LON 3167 8571 3171 8559 3162 8548 3162 8569
TIME…MOT…LOC 1906Z 317DEG 5KT 3165 8564

HAIL…0.75IN
WIND…60MPH

$$

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Parts of Shelby County

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 13:36

The strong thunderstorm over southern Jefferson County that is moving into Shelby County has prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for much of Shelby County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 215 PM CDT

* AT 133 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER HOOVER
METROPOLITAN STADIUM…OR OVER HELENA…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HOOVER…ALABASTER…PELHAM…HELENA…CALERA…CHELSEA…
COLUMBIANA…INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE…OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATER…
OAK MOUNTAIN STATE PARK…SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT…RIVERCHASE…
HOOVER VETERANS PARK…SAGINAW…SADDLE LAKE FARMS…BALLANTRAE…
JOE TUCKER PARK…CAMP BRANCH…BOUNDS LAKE AND SILURIA.

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Scattered To Numerous Showers/Storms

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 05:37

UNSETTLED THROUGH FRIDAY: The heat ridge across the Deep South is weaker today, and accordingly the air aloft is colder, and the atmosphere more unstable. That should open the door for a higher coverage of scattered showers and storms each day, along with lower heat levels.

The best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but in this pattern we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. And, some of the storms could be strong; the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has much of North and Central Alabama under a “marginal” severe weather risk today and tonight.

The main risk will come from strong, gusty winds, but all summer storms bring lots of lightning along with heavy rain.

Afternoon highs will be at or just over 90 in most places, although a few communities could hold in the 80s all day where showers form early.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The upper ridge begins to rebuild, so we expect rising heat levels, and fewer scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. Highs go back in the mid 90s with a pretty decent amount of sun both days.

Not much change into early next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily along the coast from Gulf Shores east to Panama City Beach, with a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will hold in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 86 degrees.

TROPICS: No tropical storm formation is expected in the Atlantic basin through the rest of the week, although we do note the GFS suggests a tropical system could form just off the South Atlantic coast of the U.S. over the weekend, or early next week. If this happens, it will move northeast, and will have no impact on Alabama or the Central Gulf Coast. See the video for more details on this.

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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See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

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

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Storms About to Enter Birmingham Metro

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 15:54

A complex weather scenario is in place across Alabama and Mississippi this afternoon with a couple of disturbances sliding from west to east in the mid-level flow and a frontal system trying to works its way into the Tennessee Valley.

Showers and storms are lined up generally north of the Tennessee River in North Alabama and have been growing as they sink southward.

In addition, to the south of this activity, a couple of cluster of storms are moving along with the disturbance.

The first is about to enter western Jefferson County from Walker and northern Tuscaloosa counties. This activity will affect western parts of the Birmingham Metro by 4:30 continue across the Metro between 4:30-5:30. Lightning and gusty winds can be expected along with brief heavy rain. Winds gusted to 37 mph and the temperature dropped from 100F to 89F at Tuscaloosa as these storms passed just to the north of the city.

To the west, a loose grouping of storms was pushing into northeastern Mississippi between Bruce and Starkville. The storms appear to have peaked in intensity, probably as they run into the exhaust air from the first complex which is now approaching Birmingham. There is a severe thunderstorm warning for Clay County MS, north of Starkville.

It is funny to see the clouds being left in the wake of the first group of storms. It sort of looks like a smoking car coming east on US-82.

These storms may affect parts of West Alabama in about 75-90 minutes, around 5-5:30.

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Strong Storms Over North/Central Alabama

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 15:33

RADAR CHECK: Strong thunderstorms with frequent lighting, gusty winds, and heavy rain are moving eastward across North/Central Alabama this afternoon…

Most of these will die down this evening, although we can’t rule out a storm late tonight thanks to a surface boundary north of the state.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Our weather will be rather unsettled on these three days as the upper ridge weakens, the air aloft becomes colder, and the atmosphere will be more unstable. While the sun will be out at times, we expect scattered to numerous showers and storms each day, with a high around 90 degrees. Some spots might have a day when they stay in the 80s.

While the best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t totally rule out a late night or morning thunderstorm in this pattern. SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk for much of the state tomorrow; we might have a wet microburst or two (local areas of winds strong enough to knock down trees and power lines) with the heavier thunderstorms.

THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge begins to rebuild, so the weather will be a bit hotter Saturday and Sunday with showers and storms becoming more widely scattered. Partly sunny both days with a high in the mid 90s. Best chance of a passing storm will come during the afternoon and evening hours.

And, typical summer weather will continue into early next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet; no tropical storm formation this week.

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.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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Heat Levels Slowly Backing Down

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:18

WARM SUMMER MORNING: Birmingham reports 80 degrees at daybreak with a dew point of 75… must be the middle of summer in Alabama. Birmingham’s official high yesterday was 98; Tuscaloosa peaked at 100 degrees… we project a high in the mid 90s today with a mix of sun and clouds. And, during the heat of the day, scattered storms will develop again this afternoon. Best chance of a passing storm will come from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Pretty classic late July weather.

REST OF THE WEEK: The heat ridge is weakening across the Deep South, this will open the door for scattered showers and thunderstorms to become more numerous tomorrow and Thursday. And, accordingly, heat levels will come down with the high close to 90 on both days; some communities would hold in the 80s. We also note that SPC has much of Central Alabama in a “marginal” severe weather risk both days, so storms that form could produce strong gusty winds, and maybe a wet microburst or two (local areas of high wind, enough to knock down trees and power lines).

Scattered showers and storms remain likely Friday with a partly sunny sky, but they should begin to thin out a bit with a high back up in the low to mid 90s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The ridge rebuilds, so heat levels will rise, and the coverage of scattered showers and storms will decrease Saturday and Sunday. Highs in the mid 90s both days with hazy sunshine and widely scattered storms both afternoons.

Similar weather early next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Looking good through the weekend along the coast from Gulf Shores east to Panama City Beach; about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily with the risk of a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. Sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s. See the complete Gulf Coast 7 Day Planner here. The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

TROPICS: The classic El Nino pattern continues; very quiet in the Atlantic basin and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I will be speaking at the Hoover Newcomers Club today at the Hoover Country Club… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 495: Smoking Bedbugs

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:17

WeatherBrains Episode 495 is now online (July 20, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a long time, renowned storm chaser, father of three brilliant children, husband to an amazing wife, erstwhile stand-up comedian, and contemporaneous Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. He worked at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, until December, 2011, until returning to the Plains with an appointment at the University of Colorado in January, 2012 where he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Jason Persoff, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’s Guest Panelist, Troy Kimmel , started doing tv weather back in 1978 in Bryan/College Station before moving to Austin when he graduated from Texas A&M. He was the Chief at KTBC and KEYE. He was the Chief at a group of radio stations in Austin. He has been teaching at the University of Texas since 1988 where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Issues related to storm chasing
  • 2011 Joplin tornado aftermath
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • Hot weather nationwide
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

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Web Sites from Episode 495:

Jason Persoff Website

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Full Troy Kimmel biography

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Picks of the Week:

Rick Smith – Bad Weather Words

Troy Kimmel – Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Jason Persoff – Grand Theft Auto V Weather

Bill Murray – NWS Enhanced Data Display

Nate Johnson – 46th anniversary of the moon landing

John Scala – Insurance release on weather losses

James Spann – Important Message from Children’s Hospital

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Waterspouts over Chesapeake Bay

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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Heat Levels Slowly Dropping In Coming Days

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 15:37

RADAR CHECK: Scattered storms are over far Northeast Alabama this afternoon, and from near Montgomery south. The central counties are mostly hot and dry, although a shower or storm could form at any time through the evening…

As I write this, the NWS in Mobile issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Central Baldwin County for a big storm just north of I-10 near Loxley.

Birmingham has reached 97 degrees… we note the last time we saw 100 (Birmingham) was back on August 23, 2013. Unlikely we see it for the rest of July, and hopefully for the rest of the summer, but we have a long way to go before fall arrives.

REST OF THE WEEK: The center of the heat ridge will drift westward, and with lower heights and cooler air aloft, the door will be open for a better coverage of showers and storms on a daily basis, along with lower heat levels. Highs will drop mostly in the low 90s tomorrow through Friday, and we might have a day when we don’t get out of the 80s if showers form early enough.

Understand it won’t rain everywhere each day, but there is a pretty good chance any one spot will see at least one or two decent downpours tomorrow through Friday. Away from the storms, the sky will be partly sunny, and humidity levels will stay high.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The last weekend of July looks classic, with partly sunny days, fair nights, and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the 93-96 degree range.

And, similar weather into early next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily through the upcoming weekend, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s. Below is a look at Destin earlier today from @bamabobblehead

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the week.

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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Sun, Heat, Storms

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 06:31

HOT SUMMER DAYS: Today will be the 14th consecutive day with a high of 90 degrees or higher for Birmingham… our last day below 90 was July 6 with the high was 85. Over the weekend, the Birmingham reached 98 degrees Saturday; that is the hottest temperature so far this summer.

Today will be another hot one, with upper 90s likely in many places… some West Alabama communities could touch 100 degrees. And, a few storms will fire up during the heat of the day in widely scattered spots. Typical summer weather… read this essay to learn more about how summer weather forecasts work if you are new.

REST OF THE WEEK: The overall idea is that the heat ridge across the Deep South will weaken a bit, the air aloft will be a bit cooler, and there should be a general increase in the number of scattered showers and storms each day, with lower heat levels. Still, it won’t rain everywhere each day, but your chance getting wet will be higher through mid-week. Interesting to note some GFS runs keep us in the 80s Wednesday.

THE WEEKEND: The ridge grows a little stronger, and we will broad brush the weekend forecast with the usual summer elements. Hot, hazy, humid, a few afternoon storms in scattered spots. Highs in the 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change; typical dog day weather continues. Trying to identify small changes in thunderstorm coverage and placement is very hard to do days in advance since very subtle upper air features can make a big difference in observed weather. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Routine summer weather on the coast this week from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores… about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. The image below was captured yesterday at Orange Beach by Anthony Bray

Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees.

TROPICS: Typical El Nino conditions… the Atlantic basin remains very quiet this week, with most of the action over in the Pacific.

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

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Tallapoosa Co.

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 15:44

This warning is for the lower portion of Tallapoosa County.

Storms are lined up north of I-85 and US-80 in South Central Alabama, pushing south and southeast.

Torrential rains, deadly lightning, gusty winds are all accompanying the storms. The severe storm has the potential to produce winds over 60 mph, which can cause tree and power line damage.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTH CENTRAL TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 341 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MARTIN
DAM…OR 9 MILES NORTH OF TALLASSEE…MOVING SOUTH AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TALLASSEE…MARTIN DAM…TALLAPOOSA CITY…STILL WATERS RESORT…
LIBERTY CITY…REEVES AIRPORT…BLUE CREEK MARINA…YATES DAM…
REELTOWN AND YATES RESERVOIR.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Shelby and Calhoun Counties

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 13:14

Severe thunderstorm warnings are now in effect for parts of Shelby and Calhoun Counties.

The thunderstorms over Calhoun County is now severe with the potential for hail and especially damaging winds of 60 mph or greater. It is centered near Weaver and is pushing southeast. It will pass just north of Anniston and move toward Heflin.

The storm approaching Alabaster is also severe with a threat for damaging winds. It is moving toward Calera.

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Heavy Storms Forming

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 12:55

Scattered thunderstorms are developing in the I-59 Corridor early this afternoon.

Just before 1 p.m., the greatest concentrations of storms were over Northeast Alabama from northern St. Clair through Etowah down into Clay County. Other concentrations were over western Shelby County near Helena, southeastern Tuscaloosa County and over Greene/Hale Counties. Others were in the Montgomery area.

They will push southeast through the afternoon and some of them will be quite strong with deadly lightning, torrential rains and gusty winds. Some could briefly become severe.

Temperatures have backed off a bit in areas where clouds and showers have developed.

Showers and storms should be a bit more scarce Monday and Tuesday. Heat advisories continue through at least Monday evening.

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Hot is the Word

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 07:09

I am filling in for Brian Peters today, as Bill said yesterday, these Weather Xtreme Videos are hard to do and to get everything just right will take lots practice. Hope you enjoy and please go easy on me as well, this was my first time.

We start this forecast off by looking at the U.S. as a whole and that orange bucket of spilled paint has not been cleaned up over the Southeast as a Heat Advisory remains in effect for much of the Southeast and the entire state of Alabama. For Alabama, the advisory has been extended through Monday at 9PM. Heat index values will remain very high the next couple of days as values of 105°-110° are expected.

We start today with temperatures with most locations in the mid to upper 70s across Central Alabama. As we head through today, we can expect more of the same in the forecast. Hazy, hot, humid weather with the risk of a few isolated afternoon shower and storms. Highs today will be flirting with the century mark once again, and factor in that humidity, it will be feeling quite oppressive out there this afternoon. Take it easy today, as the scorching hot weather continues across the state of Alabama.

HEAT RELIEF?: As we saw yesterday, the only heat relief will come from those widely scattered afternoon storms. Temps generally climb well into the 90s by early afternoon, and that allows instability to build. Showers and storms begin to develop rapidly and can grow quite intense, producing gusty winds, intense rainfall, and tremendous amounts of lightning. Where these pop-up, they provide that natural cooling with temps generally falling from the 90s, back down into the upper 70s and low 80s. There is no forecast accuracy in where these storms develop, they just pop-up randomly about the Alabama landscape. A quick snap shot of the radar this morning shows all clear, but of course that will change by this afternoon.

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SEVERE WEATHER TODAY: Severe weather is possible today from the Northeast to the Central U.S. The area of greatest concern extends from western New England to the Midwest. In this area, localized flash flooding, damaging winds and hail are the primary threats. The SPC has these areas highlighted in their “slight risk” that extends from western Maine back through Central Illinois.

TRACKING THE TROPICS: The entire Atlantic is quiet. There continues to be a lot of dry air and wind shear across the basin and for that reason development is expected the next five days. In the eastern Pacific, one powerful Dolores has dissipated and it is no more. The moisture associated with the remnants are streaming into the Southwest U.S. and are producing a lot of rain and thunderstorms in the Desert Southwest. Flash flood watches are in effect for much of Arizona, and portions of California, & Nevada.

NEW WEEK, SAME WEATHER: It stays hot on Monday and with small variations in the strength and placement of the upper ridge, and temperatures aloft, things just won’t change much. Highs might back off a few degrees by mid-week, with a slight increase in the coverage of afternoon storms, but the idea remains the same. Highs in the 90s, lows in the 70s. Looking at the GFS ensembles, we stay hot with those nasty 90s through the end of the month and straight on into August, but that is what we expect in late July in Alabama.

WEATHERBRAINS: Great show this week with Geoff Fox, a TV Meteorologist from Palm Springs, California, who actually works remotely! As in remotely from his home in Irvine, California. Check out the weekly netcast that’s all about weather at WeatherBrains.com. Listen live on Monday nights at live.bigbrainsmedia.com. Or subscribe to the audio version on iTunes.

Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here tomorrow morning… enjoy the rest of this very hot weekend!

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