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Humid Holiday Weekend; Scattered Storms

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 2 hours 36 min ago

RADAR CHECK: The radar is strangely quiet this afternoon; storms have formed all around us today, including a few severe storms over the northeast corner of the state during the lunch hour.

In this type of environment we will need to maintain the chance of developing showers and storms through tonight, and SPC maintains a “marginal” risk of severe weather over the northern half of the state, so where thunderstorms do form, they could pack a punch.

FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The synoptic scale won’t change much; a broad upper trough over the eastern U.S. will keep a northwest flow aloft over the state, and at the surface a warm, moist airmass will stay in place. Expect a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow through Sunday with the daily risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. While the best chance of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning storm in this kind of setup.

There will be some good breaks in the rain all three days, and the sun will be out at times… just be ready for the occasional passing thunderstorm. And, where the storms form, they could be strong as SPC keeps the “marginal” severe weather risk in place through Saturday.

NEXT WEEK: No major changes… partly sunny days with the risk of scattered showers and storms, but they should be a little fewer in number by the middle of the week as an upper high builds slowly. Highs should reach the low 90s by Wednesday and Thursday… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through the weekend along the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores 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. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees.

TROPICS: No risk of a tropical storm or hurricane across the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

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Muggy Days With Sun And Storms

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 11 hours 41 min ago

AT DAYBREAK: Nothing showing up on radar early this morning across the great state of Alabama; the sky is mostly cloudy with temperatures generally in the low 70s.

The overall synoptic scale hasn’t changed much… we have a hot upper ridge over the western half of the U.S., with a trough over the eastern states. And, another MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) is northwest of the state this morning.

New showers and storms will form later today on the outflow of the activity north of Memphis, and like yesterday, heavier thunderstorms will be capable of producing very frequent lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Looks like we had a wet microburst near Calera early last night producing wind damage and knocking out power. SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up today and tonight for far North Alabama, with a “marginal risk” down into the central counties of the state.

The high today will be in the mid to upper 80s.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND: Not much change for tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. Each day will feature a mix of sun and clouds with the risk of a few passing showers and thunderstorms. No way to give specific start/stop times of the rain… the majority of the storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but with a northwest flow aloft pattern, we sure can’t rule out a late night or morning shower.

On the positive side, there will be some very nice breaks in the rain, the sun will be out at times, and heat levels won’t be bad at all for July, with highs holding in the mid to upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: We expect a very slow trend toward increasing amounts of sunshine, hotter afternoons, and fewer showers and thunderstorms as upper ridging returns to the Deep South. A good chance we reach the low 90s by mid-week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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

TROPICS: A vast amount of dry air continues to cover the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected over 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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James Spann App Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 21:22

Again, I apologize to all of you who have not been able to access weather data from the James Spann 24/7 app over the past 48 hours. Here is the situation….

*Unfortunately, the James Spann 24/7 app is going away. Functionality will not return.

*The developer was sold, and they opted not to support the app, and to take it offline yesterday. Nothing we can do.

*On the positive side, we have decided to roll out one new app for ABC 33/40. No more separate apps for James Spann, weather, news, and sports… just one very clean app. All of the content that was available on old James Spann 24/7 app, and the old ABC 33/40 weather app, will be there. It has been submitted to Apple and Google for their app stores, and we are just waiting for approval.

I do believe this will make it easier for all of us, but we are so sorry James Spann 24/7 went offline before the new one hits the app stores.

FOR NOW: This is how to get all of the various products that are on the old James Spann 24/7 app…

WEATHER BLOG: If you are reading this, then you are on the blog. I post two detailed meteorological discussions daily here, and during active weather the blog is updated very frequently. Our posts are written by meteorologists that understand Alabama weather, and the needs of the people that live here. We work long hours keeping this updated.

SEVEN DAY FORECAST: Our seven day is available on the blog anytime here.

WEATHER XTREME VIDEO: This twice daily video is embedded in the blog discussions I write. You can also see the video via YouTube here. And, we also offer this video as a video podcast… just search for Weather Xtreme video in your favorite podcast app. Here is a link to the iTunes version.

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And, for show notes and more details on the show, just see the Weatherbrains web site. We produce the show most weeks Monday night at 8:30 CT… here is a link to the live stream and chat room. You can also watch it on our digital weather channel, “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state.

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Strong Storms Affecting SE Walker, Northern Jefferson

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:59

The NWS has issued a Significant Weather Alert for southeastern Walker and northern Jefferson Counties.

Strong storms from Dora and Sumiton over to Morris and Kimberly will push east southeast, affecting Pinson, Gardendale and Center Point.

Heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds will accompany the storm. They do not show signs of becoming severe for now.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Calhoun County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:34

Strong thunderstorms moving from Etowah County into Calhoun County have intensified and are now considered to be severe.

They extend from Hokes Bluff to Ohatchee to Ragland.

Areas in the path include Piedmont, Wellington, Jacksonville, Weaver and northern parts of Anniston.

Damaging winds are the primary threat, but frequent lightning, torrential rains and some hail will accompany the storm as well.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CALHOUN COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 333 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NEELY HENRY
LAKE…OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF RAINBOW CITY…MOVING EAST AT 30
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.

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Strong Storms Over North Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:30

RADAR CHECK: Strong storms with frequent lightning, and winds gusting to 45 mph continue to move eastward through North/Central Alabama this afternoon…

Storms will settle down late tonight.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The overall weather pattern won’t change much. Intervals of sunshine each day, and the risk of a few passing showers or storms each day. Thunderstorms are most likely during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower or storm with a persistent northwest flow aloft. Afternoon highs will be generally in the mid to upper 80s, below average for the Fourth of July in Alabama.

Due to the scattered and random nature of the storms, we can’t give you specific start/stop times of rain for specific locations… if you have something planned outside, just be ready for a passing thunderstorm from time to time.

We also note SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up again tomorrow for North Alabama, so where thunderstorms develop, they will be strong.

All summer storms pack very frequent lightning, and some of them tomorrow could produce strong, gusty winds.

NEXT WEEK: We expect a slow trend toward hotter afternoons, more sunshine, and fewer thunderstorms by mid-week as an upper ridge begins to build. Highs go back in the low 90s…. see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Pretty decent weather along the Gulf Coast through the Fourth of July weekend…. about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores, 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 mostly in the low to mid 80s.

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

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Thunderstorms Continuing Throughout North-Central Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:27

This just in at 2:40 of storm clouds moving into Limestone County by Blake Williams:

ORIGINAL POST:

Showers and thunderstorms continue forming over North-Central Alabama this afternoon. Storms are also affecting Southern Walker County and Cullman Counties, moving eastward toward Blount and northern Jefferson County. A Significant Weather Alert has been issued for Blount County.

These storms will affect northern portions of the Birmingham Metro area over the next hour with the threat of lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds.

All across North Central Alabama, the airmass is moderately unstable with CAPE values over 3,000 joules/kg. There is a nice instability maximum from Walker County down through the Birmingham Metro where those CAPE values are over 3,500 joules. This energy will fuel the strong storms. These storms could increase to become more severe through the afternoon hours. All storms will produce deadly lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

The line of thunderstorms passing through Nashville extends down the Tennessee Valley and into Northern Alabama, rolling toward Decatur, Athens and Huntsville. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has just been issued for Limestone and Madison Counties.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues for North Alabama through 6:00 p.m. Further south, the SPC maintains their standard slight risk severe weather forecast as far south as Vernon, Alabaster, Sylacauga and Lineville. Damaging winds is the main threat. The North Alabama storms will have some small hail.

A cluster of storms is moving through Fort Payne, Centre, and Albertville. Winds gusted to 43 mph at Albertville at 1:15 p.m.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Includes North Alabama & North Georgia

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:17

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 6:00 p.m. for portions of Northern Alabama, Northern Georgia, extreme Western North Carolina and Middle/East Tennessee. This Severe Thunderstorm Watch includes the following counties in Alabama: Dekalb, Lawrence, Marshall, Jackson, Limestone, Morgan, Lauderdale, and Madison.

Thunderstorms over Tennessee associated with an upper level disturbance will move across the TN valley area over the next few hours. They are expected to stay north of US 278. Damaging winds will be the main threat. There is also a possibility of isolated hail events.

Additional thunderstorms and showers will form to the south this afternoon. Some of those could be severe. We will keep an eye on this as it develops, and we will keep you posted.

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App Issues

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:52

Most all of you have noticed by now the “James Spann 24/7″ app is not functioning. The issue started early yesterday, and there has been no resolution as of this morning.

It seems as though the company that developed the app for us has been sold, and they have decided “not to support” it anymore. Very frustrating, and we are working on a quick fix with a new developer. Hopefully the app will be operational again very soon.

I am truly sorry about the inconvenience… I am honored that you have downloaded this app, and I don’t take your loyalty for granted. I am honored you are coming here for weather information.

The goal of the James Spann 24/7 app was to have all of my products and services available in one place on a phone or tablet.

With the app being down, I just wanted to let you know how to get all of the various products that are on the app.

WEATHER BLOG: If you are reading this, then you are on the blog. I post two detailed meteorological discussions daily here, and during active weather the blog is updated very frequently. Our posts are written by meteorologists that understand Alabama weather, and the needs of the people that live here. We work long hours keeping this updated.

SEVEN DAY FORECAST: Our seven day is available on the blog anytime here.

WEATHER XTREME VIDEO: This twice daily video is embedded in the blog discussions I write. You can also see the video via YouTube here. And, we also offer this video as a video podcast… just search for Weather Xtreme video in your favorite podcast app. Here is a link to the iTunes version.

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And, for show notes and more details on the show, just see the Weatherbrains web site. We produce the show most weeks Monday night at 8:30 CT… here is a link to the live stream and chat room. You can also watch it on our digital weather channel, “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state.

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Again, as soon as I know more about the status of the app I will post it here. Thanks for being patient…

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Summer Mix Of Sun And Storms

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 06:33

EARLY THIS MORNING: Unlike yesterday morning, the radar is quiet across North/Central Alabama at daybreak with temperatures are mostly in the low 70s. We have the same upper air configuration across the nation; a hot ridge over the western states, and a deep upper trough over the east. Winds aloft over Alabama are from the northwest, and this will bring occasional disturbances down this way in coming days.

We note an MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) in progress over southern Missouri moving southeast, and this feature could impact North Alabama later today.

The guys at the Storm Prediction Center have much of North Alabama under the standard “slight risk” of severe weather later today and tonight as this MCS approaches; the main threat will come from small areas of strong straight line winds (wet microbursts). And, of course, all summer storms are packed with lightning.

The sun will be out at times today, and we expect a high generally in the mid 80s, below average for the first day of July in Alabama.

TOMORROW AND THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: The overall weather pattern just won’t change much. Moist air in place, a northwest flow aloft, and the daily risk of a few passing showers or thunderstorms. While the best chance of rain will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out a late night or morning thunderstorm in this situation. Unfortunately it is impossible to give you specific start/stop times of the rain… just be prepared for a passing shower or storm at any hour through the weekend.

On the positive side, there will be some very nice breaks in the rain, and the sun will be out at times. And, temperatures will be pretty nice for the Fourth of July, with highs only in the 80s. We all know we can have triple digit heat this time of the year.

NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge will begin to slowly build, and by mid-week we expect increasing amounts of sun, hotter afternoons, and fewer showers and thunderstorms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Very typical weather for the Central Gulf Coast (Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores) through the holiday weekend… about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day, with the routine 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. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: No risk of any tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic basin over the next five to seven days.

SMOKE FROM A DISTANT FIRE: Smoke from large wildfires in western Canada arrived in Alabama yesterday…

That smoke gave the moon a red/orange look last night in the Alabama sky.

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Mix Of Sun And Storms

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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 ! !

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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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    WeatherBrains 492: Spritz Yourself ! !

    WeatherBrains - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:45

    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

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 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.

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

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    Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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