The Friday morning map discussion video is on the server:
One of these days I can post the lyrics from the song "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Crofts here, but "Cool Breeze" would be a better song for today and the weekend. To my knowledge there is no song by that name... but then again the only music I really know much about is "top 40" music from the 1970s, when I literally grew up inside a radio station in Tuscaloosa playing those songs. It was the soundtrack of my life back then.
We are below freezing this morning as I write this... Birmingham reports 31. That, of course, means some of the colder valleys are in the 20s. Our spring break fans down on the coast are shivering as well; Mobile is showing 37 right now.
No real change today and through the weekend... highs in the 50s and lows at or below freezing. Those values are a good 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this time of the year.
NEXT WEEK: We will continue to mention the chance of showers on Tuesday, but the GFS is less than bullish with the system. Rainfall will be under a quarter inch if the model is correct, and there is no chance of severe weather. The good news is that we should warm into the 60s on Monday and Tuesday, with 70s likely by Wednesday and Thursday.
The GFS shows a stronger system moving in here one week from today; that might be our next chance of really significant rain. Some thunderstorms should be involved with that one, although it looks like the primary dynamics will be passing north of us. The rain might linger into the following weekend.
PRIME TIME: Don't forget to check out our Storm Alert 2006 TV special this Sunday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 on ABC 33/40. You will be able to see all of the video elements you missed on the annual weather tour around the state last month.
HMMMMM: I was over in our newsroom last night and noticed an interesting promotional commercial on a local station that was displayed on a monitor over there. It said that station was the "viewers choice" for severe weather coverage during the severe weather outbreak on March 13. I do my best to stay away from tooting our own horn here, but ratings data showed ABC 33/40 had almost twice the audience of that station on March 13 during the severe weather coverage. In fact, if you want to get specific... when Jefferson County was under a tornado warning at 6:45, ABC 33/40 had a 35 share, while the unnamed station running the promo had a 15 share!!!!
So, how could they be the "viewers choice"? Guess facts don't matter when you are writing a TV promo. Once again we learn not to believe everything we see on TV.
Enough of a rant... I will have the afternoon map discussion video posted by 3:30 today. Enjoy your Friday!