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Showers/Storms Return Saturday

| 3:34 pm August 27, 2014

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DRY SUMMER AFTERNOON: The sky is mostly sunny across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; nothing on radar and temperatures are pretty close to 90 degrees. Tonight will be clear and pleasant; most communities will drop back into the mid 60s early tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: A dry airmass remains in place, and we expect a partly to mostly sunny sky both days with a high between 90 and 93 degrees. We might consider mentioning a slight risk of a shower Friday afternoon, but if any form they should be few and far between.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist air surges northward, and with the approach of an upper trough showers and storms enter the Alabama weather scene Saturday. No all day rain, no severe storms, but the sky will feature more clouds than sun, and there is a pretty good chance of a passing shower or storm anywhere in our state during the day. No way of knowing now exactly when and where it will rain, but if you have something planned outdoors, just be aware that you will have to dodge raindrops from time to time. The high will be in the 80s.

Showers and storms should be fewer in number and more scattered in nature Sunday and Monday with a mix of sun and clouds both days; highs will range from 87 to 90 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: No rain for the high school games tomorrow night… only a small risk of a shower Friday evening; the sky will be mostly fair with kickoff temperatures in the upper 80s.

Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly cloudy with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days through Friday with only a small risk of a shower or storm. Then, on Saturday, the sky will be occasionally cloudy with showers and storms becoming more numerous, but it won’t rain all day, and the sun should be out at times. Then, for Sunday and Monday, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine both days with a few scattered storms around. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with sea water temperatures mostly in the low to mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is between the coast of the U.S. and Bermuda in the Atlantic, and will move northeast into the open North Atlantic in coming days… not threat to land. A low level swirl is in the western Gulf of Mexico; hurricane hunters actually went into that today and found nothing significant. It will drift into the southern tip of Texas within the next 36 hours; no impact here. The wave nearing the Leeward Islands remains weak and disorganized. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Moist Air Returns Over The Weekend

| 6:12 am August 27, 2014

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DRY THROUGH FRIDAY: Feels pretty good early this morning; Vic Bell, our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, reports 58 degrees at daybreak… up the road Fort Payne is at 61. Don’t expect much change in our weather through the end of the week, with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs in the low 90s, lows mostly in the 60s as dry air remains in place.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist air returns, and with the approach of an upper trough we will bring in a chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday. This looks like the day with the highest coverage of rain; any one spot stands a 50/50 chance of seeing one or two showers or thunderstorms during the day. We will have more clouds than sun, and the high will drop into the 80s.

Then, for Sunday and Monday, expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range on these two days. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: No rain for the high school games tomorrow and Friday night; the sky will be mostly fair with kickoff temperatures in the upper 80s.

Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and there is a 50/50 risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 86, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle. The rain won’t be continuous, but I would take the rain gear.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… mostly sunny with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with only a small risk of a storm. Then, clouds will increase Saturday with a few passing showers or storms possible. On Sunday and Monday expect about 5 to 7 hours of sun both days with scattered storms. Highs will stay in the 87 to 90 degree range on the immediate coast; the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is packing sustained winds of 80 mph, and is between the U.S. Atlantic coast and Bermuda. It will move northeast into the North Atlantic in coming days and is no threat to land. The rest of the Atlantic basin is pretty quiet now.

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Dry Through Thursday

| 3:28 pm August 26, 2014

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NICE LATE SUMMER DAY: Under a sunny sky, temperatures are generally in the 87 to 91 degree range across the great state of Alabama this afternoon. Birmingham reports 88 degrees at 2p CT with a dew point of 61, which is very comfortable for late August in our state.

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Tonight will be pleasant; most communities will see a low in the mid 60s early tomorrow, but some of the cooler pockets across Northeast Alabama could see upper 50s.

Looks like we stay dry tomorrow through Friday with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs in the low 90s, lows in the 60s. Models keep trending dry on Friday, so we have taken out that small risk of an afternoon shower for now. Looks like rain-free weather for the high school football games across the state Thursday and Friday night.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture returns, and we will mention the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday through Monday with a mix of sun and clouds each day. Highs 87 to 90, and the risk of any one spot getting wet each day is in the 30-40 percent range. No wash-out, but just be aware a passing shower or storm is possible if you have something planned outdoors.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn kicks off their season Saturday with a home game against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium at 3:00. The sky will be partly sunny, and there is about a one in three risk of a shower or thunderstorm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 88, falling into the low 80s by the final whistle.

Alabama will play West Virginia in the Georgia Dome, so no rain worries for the game; as you walk to the game expect a mix of sun and clouds with a brief shower or thunderstorm possible in Atlanta during the afternoon and evening hours. The high in Atlanta Saturday will be in the upper 80s.

UAB opens with a home game against Troy State at Legion Field in Birmingham (11:00 a.m. CT kickoff)… partly sunny with 86 degrees at kickoff, rising into the upper 80s by the fourth quarter. A passing shower or thunderstorm is possible during the game.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Thursday. Then, for Friday and the holiday weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87-90 degree range, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Cristobal is packing sustained winds of 75 mph, and will pass west of Bermuda tomorrow on the journey to the North Atlantic. No threat to land. We will watch a disturbance over the NW Gulf of Mexico and the Central Atlantic, but both are very disorganized for now and immediate development is not expected. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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Dry Through Mid-Week

| 6:05 am August 26, 2014

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LOWER HUMIDITY: A fairly pleasant late August weather pattern will set up across Alabama through mid-week thanks to a dry airmass in place. We project mostly sunny days and fair nights through Thursday with low humidity and comfortable early mornings. Some of the cooler pockets across Northeast Alabama could visit the upper 50s at daybreak tomorrow. Afternoon highs will be close to 90 degrees, right at seasonal levels for this time of the year.

Moisture levels will begin to rise late this week, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower, but the latest GFS looks pretty dry. Low 90s are likely Friday afternoon.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist, unstable air will be in place, and we will forecast a mix of sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. No wash-out, but a passing storm is very possible both days with a high between 87 and 91 degrees. Scattered storms should become fewer in number on Monday as the upper ridge begins to rebuild across the region.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Thursday from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Then, for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the risk of scattered thunderstorms. Storms become fewer in number by Monday. Highs on the coast will be in the 87-90 degree range, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 81 degrees.

TROPICS: Cristobal is a minimal hurricane in the Atlantic, and will pass between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda tomorrow as it moves north; then it turns northeast out toward the North Atlantic. No threat to land. And, in the Central Atlantic, a weak disturbance is about halfway between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles. This is surrounded by dry air, and the models have pretty much lost it for now. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps and graphics.

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WeatherBrains 478: Everyone Gets an Outflow

| 5:25 am August 26, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 448 is now online (August 25, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our Guest WeatherBrain this week is a returning Guest in the form of Dr. Marshall Shepherd. Dr. Marshall was one of the panelists on WeatherBrains 384. J. Marshall Shepherd is a meteorologist, professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography, the director of the university’s atmospheric sciences program, and was the president of the American Meteorological Society for 2013. Dr. Shepherd has a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology (1991), Master of Science degree in Physical Meteorology, and a Ph.D. in Physical Meteorology, all obtained at Florida State University. For a complete list of his many accomplishments and undertakings, go here. Dr. Shepherd is the host of a new show on The Weather Channel called Weather Geeks.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Death Valley, CA, and 28 at West Yellowstone Gate, MT
  • Cristobal meandering in the vicinity of the Bahamas (just east)
  • Another tropical wave in the South Atlantic 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles
  • Nice wedge pattern bringing cooler/drier air to the Southeast
  • Kevin Selle makes a comeback as the salt on the popcorn
  • Special appearance by Matthew Selle
  • Lots of action in the tropical Pacific
  • Snow reported in Billings, MT
  • and more!
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    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Air exerts a force, so this week our 101 segment looks at air pressure. Air pressure can change through a couple of different ways, so we look at that, too..

    TWIWH: Bill Murray is AWOL for this episode.

    Listener SurveyListener 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 448:

    Florida State University Meteorology

    Press release on Weather Geeks

    American Meteorological Society Insights

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    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GOES-14 SRSOR Imagery

    Brian Peters – Earth Observing System Data and Information System

    John Scala – Lightning in super slow motion

    Kevin Selle – Android App Hobbles NWS Web Page

    Marshall Shepherd – Weather Geeks TWC Facebook Page

    James Spann – Rumor about Hurricane Heading to New Orleans

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Gets the Fog Horn

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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    Dry Air Settles Into Alabama

    | 3:30 pm August 25, 2014

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    RADAR CHECK: Nothing showing up on the radar at mid-afternoon across the great state of Alabama. We will maintain the risk of scattered storms over the western counties through the evening hours, but drier air continues to work here from the east, and will set the stage for rain-free weather through mid-week.

    Heat levels, as expected, are considerably lower across the state today, with readings mostly in the 85 to 90 degree range.

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    MID-WEEK: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and lower humidity levels tomorrow through Thursday. Highs around 90; lows in the 60s. Coolest morning will come early Wednesday with mid 60s for most communities; cooler pockets over Northeast Alabama might make a run at the upper 50s.

    FRIDAY AND THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture levels begin to rise Friday, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Then, for the holiday weekend, we are forecasting a mix of sun and clouds each day Saturday through Monday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. This won’t be a “wash out”, but if you have something planned outdoors just be aware that you will deal with a passing shower or storm from time to time, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Thursday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Then, for Friday and the Labor Day weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. The only potential fly in the ointment is the disturbance over the northern Gulf of Mexico; for now it is very disorganized, but we will keep an eye on it.

    TROPICS: Tropical Storm Cristobal looks very unhealthy with the circulation center pretty much exposed; it is just east of the Bahamas. It will move north, and then northeast, staying away from the U.S. this week, but NHC still expects it to become a minimal hurricane by Wednesday between the U.S. Atlantic coast and Bermuda.

    A disturbance in the Atlantic between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles has some potential for slow development later this week, but dry air surrounds the system and it looks very disorganized for now. It should be near, or north of Puerto Rico this weekend. Too early to determine if this will recurve into the open Atlantic, or keep trucking toward the Southeast U.S.

    Over in the East Pacific, Hurricane Marie is packing sustained winds of 140 mph, but will weaken as it moves northwest. Still, swells and rough surf will impact the coasts of Baja California and Southern California later this week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps and graphics concerning the tropical weather situation.

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    Not As Hot This Week

    | 6:18 am August 25, 2014

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    RADAR CHECK: One lone shower was over Alabama at daybreak over West Alabama’s Pickens County, moving southwest into Mississippi. We will continue to mention a risk of scattered storms today, but they should be most numerous over the western half of the state, where deeper moisture is in place. The chance of any one spot getting wet west of I-65 today is about one in three. The high will be close to 90 degrees; some places won’t make it out of the 80s.

    MID-WEEK: Drier air moves into Alabama from the east tonight, and we will be dry tomorrow through Thursday with sunny days, fair cooler nights, and lower humidity levels. Highs will be close to 90 degrees, but morning lows will drop into the 60s. Coolest morning should come early Wednesday with mid 60s likely… we just might see a few upper 50s across the cooler pockets of Northeast Alabama.

    FRIDAY AND THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moist air begins to return Friday, and a few spots could see an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Then, for the holiday weekend, we project a mix of sun and clouds Saturday through Monday with the daily risk of “scattered showers and thunderstorms”. This doesn’t imply a “wash out” or “rainy weekend”, but no doubt we will deal with a few passing storms along the way. Highs over the weekend will be in the 88 to 91 degree range, about average for late August and early September in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: We project mostly sunny days and fair nights on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Thursday. For the Labor Day weekend, about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day in this zone with the daily risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the 88-92 degree range, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Pensacola Beach is 87 degrees.

    TROPICS: Tropical Storm Cristobal, over the Southeast Bahamas, is expected to become a hurricane tomorrow night, but it will recurve into the Atlantic and is no threat to the U.S.

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    A tropical wave is over the Atlantic between Africa and the Lesser Antilles; some chance of slow development later this week.

    And, in the Pacific, Hurricane Marie is packing sustained winds of 145 mph well off the coast of Mexico, but this will weaken quickly over cooler water in coming days as it moves north/northwest. Swells and rough surf from this will impact the Southern California coast later this week. See the Weather Xtreme video for more details.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    Update on Cristobal

    | 4:00 pm August 24, 2014

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    The latest data from the NHC has Cristobal moving north. The official track from the NHC now keeps Cristobal well off the East Coast of the U.S.

    …CRISTOBAL MOVING NORTHWARD…
    …HEAVY RAINFALL AFFECTING THE TURKS AND CAICOS AND THE
    SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS…

    SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
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    LOCATION…24.5N 73.0W
    ABOUT 155 MI…250 KM ENE OF LONG ISLAND
    ABOUT 185 MI…300 KM ENE OF GREAT EXUMA ISLAND
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
    PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 360 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
    MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES

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