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Mix Of Sun And Storms

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:44

RADAR CHECK: Most of the really active weather has shifted down into far South Alabama and the Florida Panhandle this afternoon; the morning storms have stabilized the atmosphere over the northern half of the state, and the weather around here is pretty quiet with only a few isolated showers at mid-afternoon over the Tennessee Valley.

We will maintain the risk of a few scattered showers tonight, but no heavy storms are expected since the morning round of storms really worked over the atmosphere. We note there was a pretty good bit of tree and power line damage in parts of the southern Birmingham metro this morning between 7:00 and 8:00… the damage below is from Homewood.

TO THE SOUTH: Strong storms with high winds moved through the Alabama Gulf Coast earlier this afternoon…. video below from @abieeleee is when the gust front hit…

@spann Gulf Shores, AL pic.twitter.com/ORfZoLzUbv

— •abie• (@abieeleee) June 30, 2015

REST OF THE WEEK: A moist, unstable airmass will cover Alabama through Friday, meaning each day will have the chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms. While the best chance of storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning storm, like today. One the positive side, there will be some very nice intervals of sunshine and breaks in the rain along the way. Afternoon highs will remain mostly in the mid to upper 80s, not bad at all for early July in Alabama.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: No real change. Mixed sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday, with the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. It is simply impossible to give start/stop times of the rain for any specific location, just be ready for a passing storm from time to time. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Heights begin to rise, meaning showers and storms should be a little fewer in number, and heat levels a little higher next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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

VENUS/JUPITER CONJUNCTION: Let’s hope we have some breaks in the clouds so see Venus and Jupiter appearing together in the western sky soon after sunset. Learn more here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids in the summer program at Oxmoor Valley Elementary School in Birmingham this morning… 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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Cullman Storms Moving into Blount

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:01

The NWS in Birmingham has issued a Significant Weather Alert for northern Blount County for the warned storm that is moving across Cullman County.

It will bring winds up to 50 mph, deadly lightning, torrential rains and hail to the siz e of nickles as it moves into Blount County. Areas from Garedn City to Cleveland and Oneonta up to Snead and Holly Pond will be impacted.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:38

The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County. There is likely hail with the storms moving into Cullman County.

Storms have rapidly weakened as they passed east of Birmingham. There are reports of trees down in Vestavia, Homewood, and Mountain Brook.

Despite the fact that activity is weakened, it is expected to intensify later this morning as it moves into Georgia. As we get heating during the day, the atmosphere will destabilize and a severe thunderstorm watch may be posted later into Georgia.

There are still storms over Northern Jefferson County around Fultondale, Tarrant, and Centerpoint and over Northeast Shelby County around Harpersville.

Other storms are in South-Central Alabama over Bibb, Chilton, Perry, Dallas, Marengo, and Sumter Counties.

Storms are strongest from Meridian to Butler and Southwest of Clanton. Clanton area will receive heavy rain and lightning over the next thirty minutes.

Additional showers and storms moving out of Northeast Mississippi are weakening, but could bring lightning and thunder to places like Hamilton and Vernon.

A few additional storms and showers will form this afternoon across the area, but they should not be as widespread as this morning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 AM CDT

* AT 837 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES WEST OF
GOOD HOPE…OR 8 MILES WEST OF CULLMAN…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…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…DODGE CITY…BALDWIN…GARDEN
CITY…LOGAN…CRANE HILL…BREMEN AND WALTER.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for St. Clair, Talladega and NE Shelby

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:48

Storms that have produced scattered reports of hail and even some wind damage in the Birmingham Metro are moving into the St. Clair and Talladega Counties at this time.

There are reports of trees down across Vestavia Hills, Homewood and Mountain Brook, with some damage to homes.

Expect deadly lightning, torrential rain, strong winds and even some hail.

Be indoors until the storm passes.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 AM CDT

* AT 747 AM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM SHOPS OF GRAND RIVER TO NEAR VANDIVER TO CHELSEA…
MOVING EAST 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…
TALLADEGA…PELL CITY…LEEDS…MOODY…CHILDERSBURG…
SPRINGVILLE…ODENVILLE…WILSONVILLE…LINCOLN…MARGARET…
ARGO…ASHVILLE…RIVERSIDE…VINCENT…RAGLAND…HARPERSVILLE…
WESTOVER…TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY…BRANCHVILLE AND LOGAN MARTIN
LAKE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Birmingham Metro

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:16

LATE REPORT 7:29
John Talbot reports via scanner that there is a tree down on a power line at Oxmoor Road and Seminole Drive in Homewood.

Pea sized hail in Inverness as the storms approach the US-280 corridor. Hail was also reported in Hoover.

ORIGINAL POST
Strong thunderstorms are moving across the Birmingham Metro just in time for rush hour. They are just reaching I-65.

They have torrential rain, sharp lightning, some hail and the potential to produce damaging winds of 50-60 mph.

Try to be off the roads as the storms pass through. Do not pull under overpasses and block traffic!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

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

* UNTIL 800 AM CDT

* AT 715 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER HELENA…
MOVING EAST AT 45 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…
BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…ALABASTER…BESSEMER…
HOMEWOOD…PELHAM…MOUNTAIN BROOK…TRUSSVILLE…HELENA…
HUEYTOWN…IRONDALE…LEEDS…MOODY…FAIRFIELD…CHELSEA…
FULTONDALE…CHILDERSBURG…WILSONVILLE AND CENTER POINT.

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Showers/Storms Return

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:44

RADAR CHECK: As expected, moist air has returned to Central Alabama this morning, and the radar is pretty active just after daybreak. Some of the heavier storms are north of Tuscaloosa, and near Demopolis… and are producing heavy rain, frequent lightning, and some small hail as they move east. The NWS in Birmingham has just issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northern Marengo County until 7:15 am…

We will maintain the risk of scattered showers and storms today and tonight; some could be pretty strong… the Storm Prediction Center has most of the state in the standard “slight risk” of severe weather. The main threat will come from “wet microbursts”, or small areas of strong straight line winds that could bring down a few trees or power lines. And, of course, all summer storms feature gobs of lightning.

It won’t rain all day, and the sun should be out at times… the high this afternoon will be in the mid to upper 80s.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Not much change. Mixed sun and clouds; scattered showers and thunderstorms both days; best chance will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs will be mostly in the 87 to 90 degree range.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Very similar weather Friday through Sunday. Expect about 3 to 5 hours of sunshine each day, but there will be a good chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms along the way. Due to the random and scattered nature of the storms, no way we can give you start/stop times of the rain for any specific location… just be ready for a downpour at times. Highs over the weekend will remain generally in the 87 to 90 degree range… not bad for early July in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Seems like an upper high will try and build across the region, meaning a trend toward fewer showers and storms and hotter afternoons… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Very typical summer weather through the holiday weekend from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores; about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: All is very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend across the vast Atlantic basin.

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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Severe Thunderstorm Warning – North Marengo County

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:30

WUUS54 KBMX 301129
SVRBMX
ALC091-301215-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.W.0094.150630T1129Z-150630T1215Z/

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
629 AM CDT TUE JUN 30 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHEASTERN MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 715 AM CDT

* AT 629 AM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR JEFFERSON…
OR NEAR DEMOPOLIS…MOVING EAST AT 25 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…
DEMOPOLIS…UNIONTOWN…JEFFERSON…THOMASTON…FAUNSDALE…
DAYTON…CONSUL…PIN HOOK…CHICKASAW STATE PARK…PROVIDENCE AND
OLD SPRING HILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS AND CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND
LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY.
LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES LEADING KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

&&

LAT…LON 3248 8792 3250 8773 3248 8773 3248 8752
3231 8752 3225 8753 3237 8793
TIME…MOT…LOC 1129Z 278DEG 21KT 3243 8785

HAIL…1.00IN
WIND…60MPH

$$

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WeatherBrains 492: Spritz Yourself ! !

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 492 is now online (June 29, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the mastermind behind tonight’s show. He is a regular listener and commenter and is a meteorology student at York University in Canada. Elie Morrison, welcome to Weatherbrains. It was a unit on natural disasters in school that got Elie interested in the weather.

Tonight’s first Guest WeatherBrain is Director of Meteorology for The Weather Network. He has been with the Canadian weather channel for 15 years. Chris Scott, welcome to WeatherBrains! Chris got interested in the weather from a ferocious hail storm that affected his farm.

Tonight’s other Guest WeatherBrain is a show alum, having appeared on episode 160 back in 2009! He Grew up in Canada and was Director of Distance Learning for the Mississippi State Meteorology Department. He is now the Manager of the Forecast Center for The Weather Network. Doug Gillham, welcome back to WeatherBrains.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 124 at Death Valley, CA, and 34 at Mount Washington, NH
  • Heat across western Canada and smoke an issue
  • Cold front over the weekend reaching the Southeast US
  • Eastern Pacific and Atlantic tropical basins quiet
  • High amplitude pattern cooling the East with heat in the West
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer takes a look at some incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101:

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 492:

    The Weather Network

    Alert Ready

    Elie Morrison’s weather blog

    Environment Canada

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

    Picks of the Week:

    Doug Gilliam – White Death, 77 Blizzard

    Elie Morrison – Model and Ensemble Forecast & Archive viewer and
    everypost

    Bill Murray – ducked out early

    Brian Peters – Canadian weather article with hail images

    Chris Scott – Dr. Libby Barnes

    Kevin Selle – Horseshoe vortex cloud pattern

    Rick Smith – AMS Meteorology Conference presentations

    James Spann – Picturing the Forecast

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Elephants as forecasters

    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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    Moisture Levels On The Rise

    Mon, 06/29/2015 - 15:28

    RADAR CHECK: Nothing on radar over the northern half of Alabama at mid-afternoon… we do note scattered storms over the southern quarter of the state.

    Temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s, and we will maintain the risk of widely scattered showers this evening over far North Alabama, especially near the Tennessee border.

    TOMORROW THROUGH THURSDAY: Moisture levels rise, and scattered showers and storms will return to North/Central Alabama all three days. As usual in summer, the rain won’t be continuous, rain distribution will not be even, and the sun will out at times. And, some of the storms could be strong, in fact SPC has much of North and Central Alabama under a “marginal” risk of severe storms tomorrow. The main threat will come from “wet microbursts”, or small areas of strong straight line winds that can knock down trees and power lines.

    The best chance of showers and storms through mid-week will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

    FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: The overall pattern won’t change much Friday through Sunday. We will forecast a mix of sun and clouds each day, and the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms” will continue. Chance of any one spot getting wet each day will be about one in three, and there will be some good intervals of sunshine away from the showers. Highs between 87 and 90 degrees… not too bad for early July in Alabama.

    We are seeing evidence that an upper ridge will begin to build next week, meaning rising heat levels, and lower rain chances. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    AT THE BEACH: We are forecasting 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day along the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the holiday weekend with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

    TROPICS: A large amount of dry air continue to cover the deep tropics in the Atlantic, and we see no evidence of tropical storm formation through the next seven days.

    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 8:30p 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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    Moist Air Returns Tomorrow

    Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:42

    A NICE TOUCH OF FALL: We are seeing mid 50s this morning across Northeast Alabama… some reports at daybreak…

    Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 54
    Fort Payne 55
    Valley Head 57
    Cullman 59
    Cottondale 59
    Scottsboro 59
    Haleyville 61
    Anniston 62
    Center Point 63
    Tuscaloosa 65
    Birmingham 65

    Humidity levels will stay rather low today, and we expect a high close to 90 degrees in most spots this afternoon. We will mention the risk of widely scattered showers late in the day, mainly north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden).

    TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Moist, maritime tropical air returns to the state with higher humidity values and warmer nights. And, each day we will have to dodge scattered showers and thunderstorms. It is impossible to give you specific start/stop times due to the random nature of the showers, but the higher chance of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours… but we can’t totally rule out a late night or morning shower along the way. Afternoon highs will be generally in the 86 to 89 degree range, and there will be some decent intervals of sunshine away from the showers and storms.

    FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: No real change; expect a mix of sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 87 to 90 degree range. Chance of any one spot seeing a storm is about 50/50 both days.

    And, expect similar weather into early next week with highs creeping up into the low 90s.

    AT THE BEACH: We have a very standard mid-summer forecast for the Central Gulf Coast through the upcoming holiday weekend. About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day, with the risk of an occasional passing shower or storm. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, and closer to 90 degrees inland. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees.

    TROPICS: A large amount of dry air continues to cover the tropical Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

    SOUTHERN FIREBALL: Looks like some kind of space debris entered the atmosphere over us very early this morning around 12:30 a.m. Info below is from Bill Cooke at the NASA Meteoroid Environments Office in Huntsville…

    “There was a bright event seen over several SE states around 12:29:30 AM CDT – We also picked it up on our meteor cameras. The object moved too slow for meteor (only 14,500 mph), was visible for over 30 seconds, and fragmented into multiple pieces, suggesting that it was possibly a re-entering piece of space junk. The Department of Defense keeps track of such critters, so they would be the ones to confirm 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. 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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    I will be speaking this morning at the HighEdWeb conference at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    Nice Weather to End June

    Sun, 06/28/2015 - 06:56

    Fronts have a hard time of bringing an air mass change to the Southeast US during the summer months, but we are in the process of one now as the upper air pattern sees the establishment of a trough over the eastern US for several days. The trough and the passage of the cold front will bring some nice weather conditions to Central Alabama for June with drier air as we see dew points drop toward the 60 degree mark. With lots of sunshine as the clouds clear out we should see our afternoon highs reach the middle 80s today – a nice change from the 90s we saw last week.

    At the beach, today will see more showers and storms. Storms become fewer in number for the week ahead, but they will remain in the forecast as the front stalls along the Gulf Coast. You can expect 6 to 8 hours of sun daily. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with lower 90s possible inland. The sea water temperature at Perdido Pass at Orange Beach was reported as 86 degrees.

    Northwesterly flow presents its own set of challenges. While the upper trough will be the prevailing feature in our pattern for much of the week ahead, embedded short waves in the flow will bring thunderstorms into the Ohio River Valley. It still looks like Monday will remain dry, but we’ll have to be vigilant on developments well to our northwest as we monitor that northwest flow. With the trough, the heat is at least temporarily abated.

    But the trough pattern begins to wane as we head into the middle and latter part of the week as moisture begins to come back putting the need to mention showers again in the forecast for Tuesday and through much of the week ahead. But even as the trough weakens, temperatures will remain close to seasonal values with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s, near our 30-year averages for late June and early July.

    SPC has outlined a marginal area for severe storms Monday in the Ohio Valley with the area just reaching extreme North Alabama, where the threat is higher. For now it looks like the threat will stay north of Central Alabama, but we’ll have to watch how conditions evolve to our north.

    And the tropical Atlantic remained quiet this morning with no tropical storm development expected for the next several days.

    By next Sunday, the upper ridge begins to develop once again to our west, so I expect to see the heat return with highs into the lower 90s. It is the ridge that become the prevailing feature as we head into voodoo country. But the GFS is once again showing the ridge pushing back to the west with more of a trough in the East as we get into the middle days of July. There’s also a hint at some action in the tropics, but we know how these features come and go this far out.

    James Spann will have the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video on Monday morning. Check back here often for weather updates.

    -Brian-

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    Quick Evening Update

    Sat, 06/27/2015 - 19:07

    Click image to enlarge.

    We continue to see a few showers and storms across Central Alabama this evening, however most locations are dry. Many areas today have seen storms, but the bulk of that activity has shifted over into Georgia.

    At this time, we are tracking a a cluster of storms approaching Tuscaloosa from the northwest and we are seeing showers extend up into eastern Walker and now approaching western Jefferson County. These storms are along the front that is sinking towards the southeast. Other storms this evening are ongoing to the south and east of the Birmingham Metro.

    These storms ongoing and any additional storms which may develop, will have gusty winds, lots of lightning, and some heavy rainfall. We will continue to see showers and storms be possible the next several hours, especially the farther south you go in the state.

    The front will push on towards the Gulf Coast overnight and will be delivering a drier air mass for our Sunday. Expect mainly sunny conditions tomorrow with lower humidity levels.

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    Afternoon Update

    Sat, 06/27/2015 - 14:28

    It certainly is a muggy afternoon across the area. These humid conditions are providing ample fuel for showers and storms across the state and we are seeing a lot of activity on the radar this afternoon.

    All this activity is out ahead of a frontal boundary that continues to sink towards the south. The front early this afternoon is making its way into NW Alabama, and there is a line of storms along it that are dropping towards the southeast. Until this front makes its way through the area, expect unsettled weather with numerous showers and storms.

    Click image to enlarge.

    Storms today, as we have seen through out the week, are capable of packing a punch today. For this reason, the SPC maintains the “slight risk” of severe weather for much of Central Alabama. The areas within the yellow line are in this threat. Outside the slight risk, there is the standard “marginal risk.” Stay weather aware the rest of today as some of the stronger storm will be capable of producing damaging winds courtesy of “wet-microbursts.” Also, storms are producing a lot of lightning, hail, and intense rainfall. Flooding could be a threat in isolated areas as well. Expect a rather active afternoon and evening across Central Alabama.

    Storms should dissipate from northwest to southeast across the state as we head through the evening and overnight hours.

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    Severe Weather Risk Upgraded to “Slight”

    Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:04

    Our friends at the Storm Prediction Center have extended the “slight risk” area southwestward into much of Georgia and Alabama. Earlier today, we were under the standard “marginal risk”.

    The risk area is within this green line that does include the Interstate 59 and Interstate 85 corridors. That means the population centers of Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Gadsden, and Montgomery are included now.

    The SPC upgraded to a “slight risk” because relatively strong heating is occurring in these areas. This should yield pockets of afternoon CAPE values over 2500 J/kg, which is more than ample to allow storms to reach severe limits later today. Forecast soundings show moderately strong westerly flow loft, which will be leading to relatively fast storm motions and a greater risk of downward momentum transfer which are those “wet microbursts” that we talk about time to time. These “microbursts” can and do produce locally damaging winds. These damaging winds are the main threat with the stronger storms that develop in the region this afternoon and evening. Stay weather aware the rest of today.

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    Numerous Storms but Drier Sunday

    Sat, 06/27/2015 - 06:50

    We’ve been talking about the pattern change for over a week now and that change is underway. With a cold front draped across the Mid-South, look for numerous showers and thunderstorms today ending into the evening hours as the front progresses southward. Even though coverage of storms will be fairly widespread, it is possible to come close and not get much rain. But with moisture levels up, most showers will produce fairly good rains with one half to one inch in many showers. Clouds will help to keep the temperature in check again today much like yesterday with highs mainly in the upper 80s. Radar was already active as I was preparing the video.

    Isolated storms could be strong to marginally severe, but the main severe weather dynamics are east of Alabama where SPC has an enhanced risk for severe storms outlined along the Mid-Atlantic States.

    The upper trough comes by early Sunday bringing a nice change with much lower humidity as dew points plunge into the upper 50s by Sunday. Sunday and Monday mornings will be the nicest we’ve seen just about all month with lows in the 60s and some of those typically cooler spots dipping into the upper 50s.

    But moisture levels will start creeping back up on Monday and into Tuesday, so we’ll have to bring showers back into the forecast for the middle and end of the coming week. The upper air pattern maintains a trough over the eastern US, so temperatures should remain about typical for late June with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s and some daily threat of scattered showers. Another front makes a run at the Southeast toward the end of the week, but with the upper trough not quite as strong as the current trough I do not expect it to be successful.

    For those headed to the beach, you can expect about 4 to 5hours of sunshine today and Sunday on the coast from Mobile to Panama City Beach with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Storms remained scattered through next week, with about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine daily. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with lower 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain in the mid 80s.

    The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week.

    While the break in the heat is not expected to last very long – a couple of days will be nice – the long range model projections bring the upper ridge back into the picture for the eastern US as we head deeper into July, so heat levels will likely go back up. After all, it is July!

    I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted here on Sunday morning. Check back on the Blog often for updates on the ever-changing Alabama weather.

    -Brian-

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cullman/Morgan/Marshall

    Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:43

    LATE REPORT 3:48
    A severe thunderstorm warning was just issued for DeKalb County as well. Wind damage was reported earlier in downtown Fort Payne from these storms.

    ORIGINAL POST

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    SOUTHEASTERN MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
    CENTRAL MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
    NORTHEASTERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 415 PM CDT

    * AT 341 PM CDT…A CLUSTER OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXTENDED FROM
    NEAR HOLLY POND TO JUST WEST OF ALBERTVILLE…MOVING NORTHEAST AT
    30 MPH.

    HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

    SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

    IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    ALBERTVILLE…CULLMAN…BOAZ…GUNTERSVILLE…ARAB…HOLLY POND…
    MORGAN CITY…VINEMONT…DOUGLAS AND BAILEYTON.

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    Dry Air/Lower Humidity By Sunday

    Fri, 06/26/2015 - 15:34

    RADAR CHECK: As expected, we have seen a big increase in the number of showers and storms across Central Alabama this afternoon. Heavier storms are producing lots of lightning, gusty winds, and some small hail as they move east/northeast…

    Temperatures are only in the low 80s across much of Central Alabama because of clouds and showers. A very nice break from the heat.

    We will maintain the chance of occasional showers and thunderstorms across Alabama tonight and tomorrow as an upper trough develops over the eastern U.S. There will be breaks in the rain tomorrow, and the sun might peek out at times. But, if you have something planned outdoors be prepared for rain delays. Additional rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely over the next 24 hours. The high tomorrow will be only in the low to mid 80s. SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk tomorrow for the southern two-thirds of the state.

    BRIGHTER/DRIER SUNDAY: A nice surge of dry, continental air moves into Alabama Sunday… we start the day down in the low 60s, and the high will be in the mid 80s with ample sunshine and lower humidity. Monday looks very nice as well with a good supply of sunshine.

    REST OF NEXT WEEK: Moisture begins to return Tuesday, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Then, for the rest of the week and the Fourth of July weekend, expect a mix of sun and clouds each day with some risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis. Highs for the latter half of the week will be generally in the 87 to 90 degree range. Not bad at all for early July in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    AT THE BEACH: About 5 to 7 hours of sunshine tomorrow and Sunday on the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Storms become fewer in number of next week, with about 7 to 9 hours of sun daily. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s possible inland. Sea water temperatures remain mostly in the mid 80s.

    TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next 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.

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

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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cleburne County

    Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:38

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    SOUTHEASTERN CLEBURNE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 100 PM CDT

    * AT 1237 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER HEFLIN…
    MOVING NORTHEAST AT 10 MPH.

    HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL.

    SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

    IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    HEFLIN…EDWARDSVILLE AND LAKE CLEBURNE.

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    Showers and Storms Getting an Early Start

    Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:04

    Scattered showers and storms have formed across Central Alabama this morning.

    One storm is over western Jefferson County west of Bessemer. It will move toward Bessemer, Midfield and Lipscomb.

    Others are forming near Northport in Tuscaloosa County and one is south of Boligee in West Alabama. A developing storm is between Wilsonville and Chelsea in Shelby County.

    Developing storms are north of Marvel or west of Maylene in Shelby County and one is forming just south of Acton Road in southern Jefferson County into northern Shelby.

    In Northeast Clay County, there is a storm near Delta or northeast of Lineville.

    Everything is moving generally but erratically to the east.

    Watch for lightning and brief heavy rain.

    Showers and storms will be on the increase through the day and will be prevalent through Saturday across Central Alabama.

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    Strong Storms Possible Later Today

    Fri, 06/26/2015 - 06:36

    AT DAYBREAK: A pretty quiet morning across Alabama, although a few widely scattered showers are forming across the central counties of the state.

    As the long awaited pattern change begins, we expect scattered to numerous showers and storms later today and tonight; some of those could be strong. SPC now has the standard “slight” risk of severe storms down into far North Alabama, with a “marginal” risk down to Birmingham.

    Some of the storms that form today could bring microbursts (short lived, localized areas of damaging straight line winds that bring tree and power line damage), frequent lightning, and heavy rain. On the positive side, the weather won’t be as hot today with a high in the 87 to 90 degree range for most places.

    THE WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be a day with more clouds than sun, and scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. There will be some nice breaks in the rain, and the sun could break out at times, but if you have something planned outdoors, be ready for showers or storms. We can’t give specific start/stop times, but the rain could come at any hour of the day. Temperatures won’t get past the mid 80s because of the clouds and showers. Rain will taper off late tomorrow afternoon and early tomorrow night as drier air works in from the north.

    Sunday promises to be a delightful day, with ample sunshine and lower humidity. The GFS is printing a high of 85 for Birmingham Sunday afternoon… combine that with dewpoints down in the 50s, and it will be very comfortable for late June in Alabama.

    NEXT WEEK: Dry air stays in place Monday, and some of the cooler pockets across North Alabama could reach the upper 50s at daybreak. The sky will remain generally sunny. Then, moisture returns Tuesday, and a few scattered afternoon showers or storms are possible. Then, each day for the rest of the week will feature a mix of sun and clouds, and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range most days. And, this type of weather will likely continue into the Fourth of July weekend. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    AT THE BEACH: About 5 to 7 hours of sunshine today, tomorrow and Sunday with a few passing showers and thunderstorms. Then, for most of next week, 7 to 9 hours of sun daily with showers and storms becoming more widely spaced. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 80s, with low 90s possible inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

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

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

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