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Fall Officially Arrives Tonight

| 6:28 am September 22, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: A broken band of showers was over Central Alabama at daybreak ahead of a cold front.

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These showers will continue to drop southward, and a cool, dry airmass will follow. Today will be beautiful for North and Central Alabama, with ample sunshine, lower humidity, a nice north breeze, and cooler temperatures. The high will be around 80 degrees for the I-20 corridor, with highs in the 70s to the north.

Perfect timing since the autumnal equinox is tonight at 9:29 p.m. CT… the “official” arrival of fall in terms of astronomy. Meteorological fall started September 1.

THE DAYS AHEAD: The coolest morning will come early tomorrow, with most communities seeing a low between 51 and 56 degrees. But, cooler valleys across North Alabama will reach the 40s for the first time this season. Look for sunny days, fair nights through Friday with only a very slow warming trend. A very pleasant week for Alabama.

THE WEEKEND: Saturday will stay dry, with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the mid 80s. But, moisture returns Sunday, and a few scattered showers or thunderstorms could break out by afternoon. Sunday’s high will be in the low to mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: A few scattered showers are possible Monday, but with no real dynamic forcing it doesn’t look like a big rain event. Keep in mind late September and October is usually the driest period of the year for our state. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Remarkably quiet for mid-September across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible along the coast today from Panama City to Gulf Shores, but look for sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through Saturday with highs in the 80s. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

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 have a weather program this morning at Westminster School at Oak Mountain… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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A Beautiful Late Summer Day; Slight Taste of Fall Ahead

| 3:37 pm September 21, 2014

A gorgeous late summer day is in progress across the state.

Fluffy cumulus clouds populate the sky, with better development over the Tennessee Valley and North Central part of the state.

Temperatures were in the middle and upper 80s.

Showers and thunderstorms were starting to fill in along our cold front, which has passed Memphis and is knocking on the door of the Northwest Corner of Alabama.

Those showers and storms should fill in a bit more as the front pushes southeastward, despite rather limited moisture. This will give a chance for showers and storms later tonight as the front progresses.

They will begin to die again after midnight as they push south of I-20. Here is the 4 km NAM Simulated radar reflectivity, a look at what the radar might look like around midnight:

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So there is a chance of showers and storms across North and North Central Alabama through the evening tonight, diminishing after midnight.

By sunrise, showers and storms should be well south of I-20, with decreasing clouds to the north. The showers and storms should be south of Clanton by late morning and pushing south of Montgomery by early afternoon.

Highs tomorrow will remain in the 70s in areas north of US-78, with lower 80s to the south.

50s will be the rule Tuesday morning with 40s in the normally colder locations.

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Another Warm Day

| 7:05 am September 21, 2014

* * * No Weather Xtreme Video today due to an early commitment to Ride for Kids at Barber Motorsports Park * * *

Clear skies this morning will allow morning lows generally in the lower 60s to climb nicely into the 80s. So look for another warm day across Central Alabama with the afternoon highs climbing into the middle and upper 80s. A cold front approaching from the northwest was producing a narrow line of showers this morning in the Ohio River Valley. Due to a lack of moisture across the Southeast US, showers and storms will be limited as the cold front slides into Northwest Alabama this evening. Clouds and isolated showers will accompany the front as it moves southeastward across the state in response to the digging trough at 500 millibars. With limited moisture, rainfall amounts are expected to be light running less than a quarter of an inch for those places that see rain. Monday will also feature a breezy northwesterly flow ushering cooler air into Central Alabama. Look for morning lows to dip into the 50s across the area for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

The upper trough will move by Tuesday and Wednesday as a surface high slides eastward across the Ohio River Valley into the Mid Atlantic states. This will keep us dry through the week ahead with afternoon highs running generally in the lower 80s. As the high moves off into the Atlantic at the end of the week, I expect to see moisture return from the east and southeast with the potential for clouds and showers to return by next weekend.

SPC does not have any specific areas outlined for severe weather for the next five days as the overall weather pattern remains fairly tranquil.

And the tropics remain relatively inactive as we begin to emerge from the heart of hurricane season. One area of disturbed weather was being watched in the vicinity of the Cape Verde Islands, however, conditions were not conducive for significant development of this system which will bring some rain to the Cape Verde Islands as it remains well out in the Atlantic.

Beach goers will enjoy a warm day today with highs in the upper 80s. There will be scattered showers Monday but then the weather should turn dry along the Gulf Coast until moisture comes back at the end of the week with isolated showers once again. Highs each day will be in the middle 80s with water temperature running in the lower 80s.

Voodoo country looks somewhat active for us with a fairly potent system shaping up for the eastern half of the country as we enter October. Yesterday it looked like such a system would affect us around the first of October, but now the GFS holds it off a day or two. That system is followed by the development of a substantial ridge across the eastern half of the country signaling some warm days.

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Thanks for keeping up with the weather via the Blog. James Spann will have the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video on Monday morning. Enjoy the day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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A Beautiful Saturday

| 12:18 pm September 20, 2014

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The weather is terrific today across the state. We did see quite a bit of cloud cover over eastern and southern portions of the state, but through the morning hours, these clouds are slowly dissipating and by later this afternoon, we should all see a sun-filled sky. It will remain dry and pleasant across the state today, and it is shaping up to be one the best Saturday’s we have seen across the state in some while.

At midday, temps are not bad at all. There are ranging from the mid-70s to the lower and mid-80s across the central portions of the state. Through the afternoon, temps will continue to climb into the mid to upper 80s. Depending on your location, and the amount of sunshine you get, will determine the temperature. Dew points are in the 60s for most locations and though it is warm today, it is rather comfortable as those humidity levels are lower.  It is great day for any outdoor activities you may have planned.

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A Warm and Dry Weekend

| 7:10 am September 20, 2014

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High pressure off to our northeast has created a bit of a wedge pattern which has ushered in drier air to Alabama. This should provide us with a gorgeous warm weekend for the last of summer with the official start of Fall coming Monday evening. There were some clouds especially in East Central and Southeast Alabama as well as the southern portion of Georgia, but most of those should mix out by late morning Highs today will be in the middle 80s, a tad cooler in the eastern sections where the wedge will be a bit stronger, but warming into the middle and upper 80s on Sunday.

The first really good push of cooler air will come with a cold front passing through the area on Monday morning. Moisture will be somewhat limited with the front plus it will be coming through during the early morning hours of Monday, so showers will be limited but I think we have a chance to see some showers. Rainfall amounts should be less than a quarter of an inch in spots that do see a shower.

After the front comes through on Monday morning, high pressure to our north will bring cooler and drier air to Alabama. Cooler is relative, though, as we will continue to see highs generally in the lower 80s for the week ahead. The biggest change will come in the morning lows that will dip down well into the 60s on Tuesday morning and by Wednesday morning we should see readings in the upper 50s with lower 50s in those cooler spots. As the upper ridge builds strong across the eastern portion of the country into the end of the week, look for high temperatures to again climb into the middle 80s with lows in the 60s.

Headed to Tuscaloosa for the game this afternoon? Looks like a warm day with mostly sunny skies and a kickoff temperature around 85 degrees, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

Beach goers will enjoy plenty of sunshine and dry weather for the weekend. Showers will be widely scattered on Monday but dry weather returns for the rest of the week with highs in the middle 80s. Water temperature along the beaches is coming down a bit with values still in the mid 80s.

The tropics are quiet with just one area of cloudiness being watched well out in the Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands. This system is not expected to develop in the short term and will stay well out to sea.

Looking out into voodoo country, the GFS is painting a strong weather system around the first of October with a strong, closed upper low coming across the Plains states. This system has the potential to produce some severe weather possibilities. An upper ridge builds in across the Gulf after that system passes providing another period of dry weather for Alabama.

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I’ll be filling in for Meaghan on ABC 3340 News at 6 and 10 pm today, so be sure to tune in for the latest forecast. I’m going to be assisting with announcing duties at the Birmingham Ride for Kids at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday morning, so not too sure about the next video. I will try to post some forecast notes even if I can’t get a video done. Enjoy the marvelous warm weather and Godspeed.

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Warm Weekend Ahead

| 3:44 pm September 19, 2014

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

RADAR CHECK: Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms are in progress this afternoon across Alabama… drifting slowly to the southwest.

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These will fade quickly after the sun set this evening.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be a mostly sunny day to kick off the weekend with a high in the mid 80s for most communities. The day Sunday will be dry and very warm with a high in the upper 80s; some West Alabama towns could touch 90 degrees Sunday afternoon. Then, a cold front will bring the risk of a few scattered showers Sunday night. Moisture will be limited, and the showers will diminish as they move south. Rain amounts will be light and spotty, and showers should be gone by daybreak Monday.

NEXT WEEK: A nice surge of dry, continental air will move into the state Monday, setting up a generally rain-free week with seasonal temperatures. Highs will be mostly in the low 80s, lows in the upper 50s and low 60s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school football games tonight across Alabama, most stadiums will be dry, but a shower is possible in scattered spots during the first half of the games. Temperatures will fall through the 70s.

Alabama will host Florida at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa tomorrow afternoon (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 87 degrees, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle. It will feel pretty hot if you are sitting in the sun.

TROPICS: Edouard has become post-tropical in the middle of the Atlantic this afternoon far from land, and the rest of the Atlantic is pretty quiet.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend and most of the week with only isolated showers. Highs in the mid 80s, sea water temperatures also in the mid 80s. A nice, calm pattern.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 6th graders at Brookwood Forest Elementary School in Mountain Brook; be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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Warm Weekend Ahead; Isolated Showers Today

| 6:16 am September 19, 2014

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AT DAYBREAK: Showers/storms that formed over far West Alabama last night dissipated after midnight, and the radar is quiet this morning. For most of the state, today will be a partly sunny and warm day with a high in the mid to upper 80s. A few isolated showers are possible afternoon and early tonight, but many communities will remain dry.

For those along the Georgia border, clouds could be a little thicker today, with the risk of a shower a little higher due to the cold air damming effect. A cold high is centered over New England, and that colder air will drain down the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. This could impact far East Alabama, but it is not the classic “wedge” setup.

OUR WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warm with a high in the mid 80s. Then, the day Sunday looks mostly warm and dry as well, but a cold front should push a band of showers into North Alabama late in the day Sunday and Sunday night. Moisture will be limited, so this won’t be a big rain event, but some places could see a shower as the weekend wraps up. Sunday will be a bit more like summer with a high in the upper 80s before the front arrives.

NEXT WEEK: Cooler and drier air spreads into Alabama Monday, and much of the week is looking dry and pleasant. Highs mostly in the low 80s, lows in the 50s and low 60s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school football games tonight across Alabama, most stadiums will be dry, but we will mention a small risk of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall through the 70s.

Alabama will host Florida at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa tomorrow afternoon (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 87 degrees, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle. It will feel pretty hot if you are sitting in the sun.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Edouard will become post-tropical today over the Atlantic west of the Azores, and it remains far from land. A new wave has come off the coast of Africa, but if anything forms there we have no worries since that one should turn north into the open Atlantic. A low should form off the U.S. East Coast this weekend, but it will stay offshore.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend and most of the week with only isolated showers. Highs in the mid 80s, sea water temperatures also in the mid 80s. A nice, calm pattern.

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

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I have a weather program today at Brookwood Forest Elementary School in Mountain Brook… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Showers Remain Isolated

| 3:31 pm September 18, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: A lone storm was over Cullman County near Good Hope at 3:20 this afternoon, and a cluster of strong storms was about to move into Muscle Shoals. Otherwise, it is a dry day across Alabama with filtered sunshine through high clouds and temperatures mostly in the 80s.

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We will maintain the risk of a few isolated showers or storms this evening with the northwest flow pattern over Alabama.

TOMORROW: For a good part of Alabama, it will be a partly sunny day with a high in the mid 80s. However, communities near the Georgia border could very well have a cloudy and cooler day with a high in the 70s, and maybe even a touch of light rain or drizzle thanks to a cold air damming (CAD) pattern that will push clouds in from the east. The best chance of seeing a shower tomorrow will be along and east of U.S. 431.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a mostly sunny and warm day with a high in the mid 80s. Sunday stays warm and dry with a high in the 80s, but an approaching cold front could trigger a few widely spaced showers Sunday night and Monday morning. It sure doesn’t look like a big rain event, and many Alabama cities will see no rain at all.

Drier and cooler air moves into Alabama Tuesday and Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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

For the high school football games tonight and tomorrow night across Alabama, most stadiums will be dry, but we will mention a small risk of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall through the 70s.

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

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is pretty quiet, although Hurricane Edouard is still hanging around with top winds of 80 mph. This system is moving east over the Central Atlantic and will remain far from land. A wave near the Cape Verde Islands in the far East Atlantic is disorganized. We do note computer models develop a surface low east of Florida over the next 36 hours; this might try and become better organized as it moves northeast, off the East Coast of the U.S.

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

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

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I enjoyed speaking today at Alabama Power’s headquarters in downtown Birmingham… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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