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April 22 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:52
April 22 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: abc3340 Views: 11 1 ratings Time: 08:03 More in News & Politics
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Dry Air Returns Tonight

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:43

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

RADAR CHECK: We have a few heavy showers on radar at mid-afternoon near the I-20 corridor (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston), but I haven’t seen any lightning strikes showing up, and it looks like thunder will be unlikely for our state this evening. Temperatures are mostly in the 68-73 degree range, and the sky is mostly cloudy.

The rain will end later this evening, and we expect a clearing sky tonight as drier air works down into the state.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: These days look mostly sunny; we reach the mid to upper 70s tomorrow, followed by low to mid 80s Thursday. In fact, Thursday could be the warmest day so far this year for many Alabama communities.

A surface front could bring a few showers into the state Thursday night, however.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: That front will move into Central Alabama, stall, and dissipate over these three days. Bottom line is that we will continue to mention a chance of widely scattered showers Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but the rain will be light and spotty, and the sun should be out at times. And, the weather stays warm with highs up in the low to mid 80s. A nice summer preview.

TO THE WEST: A significant severe weather event is possible this weekend over North Texas and parts of the Southern Plains… (D5 is Saturday; D6 is Sunday)…

EARLY NEXT WEEK IN ALABAMA: Still too early to really determine the threat of severe weather in our state early next week. The 12Z GFS hints the main window for thunderstorms will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, and severe weather parameters, while not overwhelmingly strong, do suggest some risk of thunderstorms with hail and strong winds. Just too early to determine if there will be a tornado threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

LATE NEXT WEEK: Global models develop a long wave upper trough over the eastern U.S. in the April 30-May 2 time frame, which would imply temperatures well below average here in Alabama and across the Deep South. I don’t think we will have to worry about a freeze threat, but on one morning late next week there could be a touch of frost across the colder valleys and protected areas of Northeast Alabama. Again, see the video for more details.

AT THE BEACH: A few scattered showers tonight from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but nothing too heavy or widespread. Then, mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend. A few isolated showers could show up Friday and Saturday, but the chance of any one spot seeing rain is small. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the 68-72 degree range because of the cooler ocean water; but just a few miles inland highs will rise into the low to mid 80s. Sea water temperatures remain in the mid 60s.

WEATHER RADIO TOUR: We will be at the Publix in the McCalla/Bessemer area (just off I-459 exit one) tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. If you need your weather radio programmed, or have questions, or need to buy one, come see us.

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.

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

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I enjoyed seeing the pre-schoolers today at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa, and the second graders at Deer Valley Elementary in Hoover. Be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Update on Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter Outage

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:01

Yesterday, Brian posted about the Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter being off the air. Today we received an update from Jim Stefkovich, the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Birmingham. Jim believes it is important for everyone to know about the situation, and has asked all media partners spread the word on the issue. Here is the latest information on this situation.

Initial issues with the Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) transmitter occurred during the late afternoon on Saturday 4/19. Technicians determined on 4/20 that equipment on the tower, as well as cable from the transmitter to the antenna needed to be replaced. There are limited personnel available to make repairs and certified to make the approximate 450 foot climb on the antenna. We have received estimates that the transmitter may not be repaired until on or around 5/3.

They have provided a link to allow people the opportunity to switch transmitter sites and determine if they can in fact pick up broadcasts from surrounding transmitters. Map of nearby transmitters.

The last NWR weekly test occurred on 4/19. For some NWR receivers, if a weekly test does not occur within 10 days, the receiver will begin to beep constantly. This means that if not repaired by 4/29-30, these receivers will begin to beep until a weekly test is performed. It is their intention to perform a weekly test immediately if the outage lasts this long.

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April 22 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:11
April 22 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: abc3340 Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 07:32 More in News & Politics
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Occasional Showers Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:09

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

RADAR CHECK: Showers cover a decent part of North Alabama, mostly north of I-20, just before daybreak. We will continue to forecast occasional showers across Alabama today, with potential for a few thunderstorms this afternoon. The rain won’t be especially heavy, it won’t rain all day, and no severe weather is expected. Rain amounts between 1/4 and 1/2 inch are likely across North/Central Alabama.

The rain will end this evening, and the sky will clear late tonight as drier air works into the state.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: These days will be warm and dry with a good supply of sunshine both days. The high tomorrow will be in the upper 70s, followed by low to mid 80s. Thursday could be our warmest day so far in 2014… we have hit 82 three times this year in Birmingham; the GFS is printing 83 for Thursday afternoon.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A weak surface front will drift into Alabama, but there is very little upper support, and it looks like any showers will be few and far between Friday. Chance of any one spot getting wet Friday afternoon is only about one in five, and the high will be at or just over 80 degrees.

Very similar weather for the weekend as the front stalls out and washes out. Mixed sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday; highs in the 81-85 degree range, and only isolated showers. Most of the weekend looks rain-free for Alabama.

TO THE WEST: A significant severe weather situation is possible this weekend across parts of North Texas and the Southern Plains… in this graphic from SPC Day 5 is Saturday, and Day 6 is Sunday…

NEXT WEEK IN ALABAMA: This weather system will impact Alabama early next week; the 00Z GFS hints the main risk of showers and storms will come late Monday, Monday night, and into Tuesday morning. It remains to be seen if severe weather will be an issue here; for now the parameters look rather marginal as the main system weakens, but we are still a week out and things could change. Take some time to see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

We also note the 00Z GFS hints at some chilly air dropping into Alabama toward the end of next week.

AT THE BEACH: A few scattered showers today from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but nothing too heavy or widespread. Then, mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend. A few isolated showers could show up Friday and Saturday, but the chance of any one spot seeing rain is small. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the 68-72 degree range because of the cooler ocean water; but just a few miles inland highs will rise into the low to mid 80s. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 66 degrees.

WEATHER RADIO TOUR: We will be at the Publix in the McCalla/Bessemer area (just off I-459 exit one) tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. If you need your weather radio programmed, or have questions, or need to buy one, come see us.

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.

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

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I have weather programs today at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa, and Deer Valley Elementary in Hoover. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day….

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WeatherBrains 430: It’s in the Can

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 430 is now online (April 21, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

You can’t get much higher in the weather enterprise than tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain. He might well be the most powerful man in weather. He is in charge of the weather service that is the envy of the world. Officially, he is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service. Join us in welcoming Dr. Louis Uccellini to WeatherBrains. Our discussion with Dr. Uccellini actually took place last week in a pre-recorded interview that is airing tonight. As you might imagine, getting the schedule of this man and that of the WeatherBrains crew together was a major undertaking.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Death Valley, CA, and 15 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Hurricane Conference going on in Florida
  • Severe weather ongoing in Texas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is on a hot date tonight, so no mail bag segment.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re going to take a look at something that most weather enthusiasts already know something about. NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide system that provides the baseline for getting severe weather information. So we take a look at some of the basics to weather radio.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 20th.

    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 430:

    National Weather Service

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Cheerwine web page

    Dr. Uccellini’s Book

    WeatherUnderground Redesign

    SPC Outlook Change Public Comment Page

    2014 National Hurricane Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Time to Smell the Breezes

    Bill Murray – America’s PrepareAthon

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn

    James Spann – NWS Geographic Information Systems Resources

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    WeatherBrains 430: It’s in the Can

    WeatherBrains - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 430 is now online (April 21, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    You can’t get much higher in the weather enterprise than tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain. He might well be the most powerful man in weather. He is in charge of the weather service that is the envy of the world. Officially, he is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service. Join us in welcoming Dr. Louis Uccellini to WeatherBrains. Our discussion with Dr. Uccellini actually took place last week in a pre-recorded interview that is airing tonight. As you might imagine, getting the schedule of this man and that of the WeatherBrains crew together was a major undertaking.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 102 at Death Valley, CA, and 15 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Hurricane Conference going on in Florida
  • Severe weather ongoing in Texas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is on a hot date tonight, so no mail bag segment.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: We’re going to take a look at something that most weather enthusiasts already know something about. NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide system that provides the baseline for getting severe weather information. So we take a look at some of the basics to weather radio.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of April 20th.

    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 430:

    National Weather Service

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Cheerwine web page

    Dr. Uccellini’s Book

    WeatherUnderground Redesign

    SPC Outlook Change Public Comment Page

    2014 National Hurricane Conference

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Time to Smell the Breezes

    Bill Murray – America’s PrepareAthon

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn

    James Spann – NWS Geographic Information Systems Resources

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

    Categories: Weather

    April 21 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 15:48
    April 21 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
    The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From James Spann and the team of meteorologi... From: abc3340 Views: 14 1 ratings Time: 05:31 More in News & Politics
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    Showers Return Tomorrow

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 15:39

    An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

    CLOUDS THICKEN TONIGHT: It has been a dry day across the great state of Alabama today with a partly sunny sky; temperatures are generally in the upper 70s at mid-afternoon. We have noted a few echoes on radar over North Alabama this afternoon, but that is not reaching the ground.

    Clouds thicken tonight across the state, and showers will likely develop toward daybreak tomorrow.

    TOMORROW: We will continue to mention the chance of showers and thunderstorms statewide tomorrow, but it will not be an “all-day” kind of rain, the rain won’t be too heavy, and we don’t expect severe thunderstorms. Seems like the main window for rain will come from about 4:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m; tomorrow night looks generally dry. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 70s.

    WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: These days will be warm and dry with an upper ridge overhead; expect a good supply of sunshine both days. The high Wednesday will be close to 80, with low 80s likely Thursday. Some of the warmest weather we have experienced so far this year.

    FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A weak surface front, with little upper support, will drift into Alabama Friday, and we will mention just the risk of a few widely scattered showers. The front will dissipate Saturday, and after a review of the 12Z model runs, I get the idea most the weekend will be dry and warm. Can’t totally rule out a shower somewhere Saturday or Sunday, but the chance of any one spot getting wet will be small. Looks like we stay in the low 80s over the weekend with some sun possible both days.

    To the west, the GFS hints at a significant severe weather setup for the Great Plains Sunday, but it remains to be seen if the severe weather threat will continue eastward early next week.

    We will mention a chance of showers and storms Monday and Tuesday, and significant rain is very possible along with some threat of strong storms, but we will have to wait until better model clarity to determine if severe weather will be an issue.

    AT THE BEACH: The weather looks generally good along the coast through the upcoming weekend, although a few scattered showers and storms are possible from Panama City over to Gulf Shores tomorrow. Highs along the immediate coast will be around 70 degrees, but 80 degree warmth is likely just a few miles inland. For the weekend ahead, just a slight risk of a shower Saturday, otherwise the weather looks dry on the coast. Sea water temperatures are generally running in the mid 60s along the Central Gulf Coast.

    WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING TOUR: This week we will be at the Publix in Bessemer, just off I-459 exit 1, Wednesday from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. Need your radio programmed or have questions? Come see us.

    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.

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

    Facebook
    Twitter
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    I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd and 4th graders at Hamilton Elementary School in Marion County… 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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    Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio Down

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:53

    The National Weather Service posted the message below this morning, so if you listen to the NOAA Weather Radio broadcast from the Birmingham transmitter, it is currently off the air. Due to the overlap in transmitter coverage, you may be able to pick up another nearby broadcast. But as noted in the message, that alternative transmitter may not broadcast warnings for your county. Fortunately, showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm tomorrow are not expected to be severe.

    -Brian-

    NOUS44 KBMX 211422 PNSBMX ALZ011>015-017>050-221800- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 922 AM CDT MON APR 21 2014 ...BIRMINGHAM NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS OFF THE AIR... THE BIRMINGHAM NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRANSMITTER...BROADCASTING ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.550 MHZ...IS OFF THE AIR. WE ARE WORKING WITH TECHNICIANS TO GET IT BACK UP AND RUNNING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. PARTS ARE ON ORDER. WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE THE RADIO BACK IN OPERATION BY WEDNESDAY...BUT IT MAY TAKE UNTIL AS LONG AS THURSDAY OR FRIDAY TO COMPLETE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS. IN THE MEANTIME...PLEASE TUNE TO LOCAL MEDIA AND COMMERCIAL RADIO FOR THE LATEST SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION. BACKUP NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRANSMITTERS ARE: TUSCALOOSA...BROADCASTING ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.400 MHZ... ONEONTA...BROADCASTING ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.425 MHZ...AND ANNISTON...BROADCASTING ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.475 MHZ. KEEP IN MIND THAT NOT ALL BACKUP TRANSMITTERS WILL TONE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC COUNTY...SO PLEASE STAY WEATHER AWARE DURING THE OUTAGE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS OUTAGE MAY CAUSE. $$
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    Weather Radio Programming – Bessemer

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 09:15

    The ABC 3340 Weather Team will be helping folks program their weather radios this coming Wednesday at the Publix store on Promenade Parkway in Bessemer from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. If you have a weather radio – or need to purchase a new weather radio – and you want to be sure it is programmed correctly, we can help. Just bring it by Publix in Bessemer this coming Wednesday, and ABC 3340 folks will be there to make sure you are ready for whatever Spring 2014 throws at us.

    As an added bonus, you can see James Spann broadcasting the weather live from there or see our new full-sized cardboard cut out of him!

    Bessemer not convenient? We’ll also be making stops in Pell City at Publix on April 30, in Gadsden at Academy Sports on May 7, and in Hoover at Publix on May 14.

    Hope to see you there.

    -Brian-

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    Dry/Warm Today; Showers Return Tomorrow

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:22

    An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

    CLOUDS SLOWLY INCREASING: We begin this day with temperatures mostly in the low 50s at daybreak; we rise into the upper 70s today with a partly sunny sky, although clouds will gradually increase. To the west, active weather is expected over Texas where SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up for cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco.

    TOMORROW: A surface front will bring the chance of showers and thunderstorms to the state. Thankfully there is very limited dynamic support, and severe weather is not expected. Rain amounts will be in the 1/4 to 1/2 inch range. No “all day” rain, but a few passing showers and storms are likely. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and the high will remain in the upper 70s.

    WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: These two days will be warm and dry with a good supply of sunshine and a high up in the low 80s.

    FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A weak surface boundary will move down into Alabama Friday, and could kick off a few scattered showers. But, like the system tomorrow, there isn’t much upper support for the front, and severe weather or really heavy rain isn’t expected.

    Then, for the weekend, the front will remain stationary across Central Alabama Saturday before washing out Sunday. We will keep the chance of scattered showers and storms in the forecast Saturday, but again this isn’t a “wash out” kind of rain. Then, for Sunday, just an outside risk of a shower or two during the day. Highs over the weekend will be in the 77 to 80 degree range, and the sky will be mostly cloudy both days.

    NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms will increase across the state Monday; the GFS hints the main surface low could be south of here which would mean more of a heavy rain threat… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

    AT THE BEACH: The weather looks generally good along the coast through the upcoming weekend, although a few scattered showers and storms are possible from Panama City over to Gulf Shores tomorrow. Highs along the immediate coast will be around 70 degrees, but 80 degree warmth is likely just a few miles inland. For the weekend ahead, just a small risk of a shower Saturday, otherwise the weather looks dry on the coast. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 64 degrees.

    WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING TOUR: This week we will be at the Publix in Bessemer, just off I-459 exit 1, Wednesday from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. Need your radio programmed or have questions? Come see us.

    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.

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

    Facebook
    Twitter
    Google Plus
    Instagram

    I have a weather program this morning at Hamilton Elementary School in Marion County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    April 21 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 06:18
    April 21 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
    The ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is a detailed weather discussion for Alabama and the Southeast U.S. which goes beyond the normal stuff you see on TV! From... From: abc3340 Views: 9 0 ratings Time: 05:45 More in News & Politics
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    My Tribute to JB

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 14:03

    My first J.B. Elliott experience was probably in 1971. The National Weather Service in Birmingham had a recorded telephone line for the forecast. It was updated a few times a day by the meteorological technicians and forecasters that worked there at the office at 11 West Oxmoor Road in Homewood. When there was active weather, they could shorten the recording length and provide more frequent updates. One voice on the line could be counted upon to deliver excellent severe weather updates and even tropical advisory information. That was the trusted voice of J.B. Elliott.

    As a nine year old that year, I had discovered tracking hurricanes and was using my trusty World Book Atlas to plot tropical cyclone positions from the advisories. The first storm I ever tracked was Edith that September. The major hurricane came together over the southern Caribbean and reached peak intensity on September 9th before it made landfall in Nicaragua. The storm weakened considerably and meandered northwestward, eventually crossed the Yucatan Peninsula and entered the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. It moved into Mexico then tracked slowly north northeastward along the coast. On the 15th, it was picked up by an approaching trough and shunted rapidly northeastward toward the Louisiana coast. It made landfall 30 miles east of Cameron as a minimal hurricane on the morning of the 16th.

    As a fourth grader at McElwain Elementary, I begged to stay home on Thursday the 16th so that I could track the storm. It may have been the first hurricane weather day in history for a Birmingham school student. I followed the hourly observations by listening to the ATIS from the Birmingham Airport on an old Patrolman 6 VHF/UHF radio. The winds only gusted to 31 mph at BHM, but I recorded the reports diligently like it was a category five hurricane. 1.94 inches of rain fell at the Airport.

    By the next year though, I was addicted to the reports on the recorded line. There was no Weather Channel, no internet, no weather radio, and barely any television weather. And you knew that it was going to be a good weather information day when you heard that reassuring voice.

    But I didn’t know who it belonged to. It would be 1976 before I would meet the man behind the voice at the NWS. And in November of that year, NOAA Weather Radio came to Birmingham. Then it was on! J.B. quickly established himself as the trusted voice for Central Alabama weather on the new KIH-54 station.

    Anytime there was active weather, you hoped J.B. was working. You knew then that you were in good hands for the next 8 hours or so. That never was truer than on April 4, 1977. I was the only kid at Huffman High School who carried a NOAA Weather Radio to school. I knew that we had trouble when a tornado warning was issued shortly before 3 p.m., which was dismissal time. I went up to the teacher and told her that a warning had been issued and that we needed to let someone know so that we could sound the tornado drill bell. She told me to sit down.

    The rear flank downdraft struck with a fury even as the dismissal bell sounded. I hit the hallway running, but could not open the glass doors. The tornado bells sounded immediately afterwards and we were all hurried downstairs. The storm passed well to the north of us and we were allowed to leave. J.B. was broadcasting live on KIH-54, the first of several times that would happen under his watch.

    J.B. would bolster his image as a weather legend with his updates that afternoon and over the next twelve years. Any event that warranted reports on the “Alabama Weather Situation” immediately got your attention. He would continue to be the voice of NOAA Weatheradio for everyone in Central Alabama until his retirement in 1989. The article that ran in The Birmingham News when he retired is shown here.

    But that would not be the end of his storied career. He has been creating content for The Weather Company (now known as The Weather Factory) ever since. And while he has officially retired from his day to day forecasting duties, he still is an owner in the company. He has his logon for AlabamaWx and he promises you will see occasional stories under his byline in coming days. He will also make an appearance on WeatherBrains from time.

    Sally and I went out to J.B. and Judy’s house last Thursday to take them a set of birthday cupcakes. J.B. was funny and said thank you to everyone for his birthday wishes. M&M were in rare form as well.

    Thank you J.B. for your years of service to the people of Alabama, your mentoring and your friendship. You are an Alabama Weather Legend.

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    Sunday Update

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:36

    The tale of two skies continues across the state of Alabama on this Easter Sunday.

    Skies are cloudy south of I-85 and US-80 over the southeastern part of the state when some moisture is riding up and over the high pressure over southern Alabama. Funny thing, the moisture is coming from an unusual direction: the northeast. The culprit is the large low off the coast of the Carolinas. Elsewhere, skies are a bright blue.

    The closest rain to Alabama is some showers along the Carolina Coast. Just a little further away, we find some showers and storms over Texas and Oklahoma ahead of our next weather system.

    Temperatures this afternoon across Central Alabama will be in the 76-79F range with a few readings touching 80F as the clouds stay well to the south and gradually erode. Lows tonight will be near 50F.

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    Gorgeous Easter Sunday

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 07:10

    An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

    As Ryan Stinnett noted in the forecast this morning, you could not order a better day than what we expect to see across Central Alabama today. Sunshine will be in full supply and we expect the afternoon highs to climb into the middle and upper 70s with comfortably low humidity to add to the wonderful conditions.

    Monday will be a transition day as we see clouds increase ahead of the next front approaching the area from the northwest. That front should move into and across Central Alabama Tuesday bringing us showers and perhaps a little thunder. Moisture appears to be somewhat limited, so while the likelihood of showers is very high, the scattered nature of them will mean that some folks won’t get wet at all and some could see a half inch of rain. The surface and upper level low that moved off the Southeast US coast yesterday will help to keep a strong southerly return flow from developing thus limiting the amount of moisture available. But moisture will be sufficient for scattered showers as precipitable water values climb close to 1.5 inches.

    Cool 500 millibar temperatures on Tuesday could help to produce thunderstorms with hail. Instability values are somewhat marginal for really strong updrafts, so I do not expect to see any organized severe weather.

    The upper trough moves quickly east allowing an upper ridge to build into the eastern third of the country. This will dry us out for Wednesday and Thursday. But while the air mass will be drier, we won’t see any appreciable lowering of the temperatures with a limited northwesterly flow that does not go very far north, so no real air mass change.

    The big forecast problem will be dealing with the end of the week and into the weekend. The GFS keeps the ridge fairly strong so that the traveling weather systems are expected to remain well north of us. That puts us into a weakened pattern where the fronts will drag into the area with sufficient moisture for scattered showers driven primarily by daytime heating. While the best chance for showers appears to come on Friday, the front becomes stationary in the area keeping us susceptible to scattered showers into the weekend. Without a strong push, the front is not likely to bring much in the way of an air mass change so temperatures will remain warm with highs around 80 or so.

    Looking out into voodoo country, the GFS had a really strong Omega ridge developing at the end of April. While the pattern remains similar, the latest GFS run is more realistic in the look of the ridge. A strong upper trough approaches the eastern US on May 1, which could signal a round of severe storms for the Southeast US. By May 5th, the GFS shows the westerlies well north of us putting us into the same issue of fronts dragging into the area without much strength.

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    April 20 Weather Xtreme Video

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    Early Afternoon Update

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:31

    Another fascinating look at the storm system to our southeast today. The surface low and upper-level low are both located on the Georgia/Florida line this afternoon. Clouds and rain continue to fall in many areas to our east with this system. The last few satellite images it appears to look like the clouds are bubbling up over southeastern Georgia. These are actually thunderstorms that have developed in the area and the strong updrafts in the storms are allowing the cloud tops to make it higher than the lower cumulus and stratus clouds affecting most areas.

    For us in Alabama, if you are west of Interstate 65, there is hardly a cloud in the sky as beautiful blues skies are allowing an abundance of sunshine through. East of Interstate 65, there is a mix of sun and clouds, which becomes more overcast the farther east you go. There are still a few very light showers showing up on radar this afternoon east of I-65 and south of I-20.

    Where the clouds and rain are, it is quite a cool and raw day. Temps are staying in the 50s across much of Georgia and the Carolinas, with even some 40s in North Carolina. Where the sun is out over most of Alabama, temps are well into the 70s and it has turned out to be a beautiful spring Saturday. At last check I noticed the temperature at Auburn was 59 degrees verses the 77 in Tuscaloosa.

    For the rest of today, these lows will continue to slowly shift off to the east and will gradually allow skies to clear over eastern portions of the state later this evening.

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    A Mix of Sun and Clouds

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:28

    Many areas of Alabama are seeing a mix of sun and clouds late this morning thanks to the upper-level low that is currently over Georgia. There is quite a bit of sunshine across much of Central Alabama this morning as well as a brisk north wind in most locations.

    Up and down the western side of the state, there is nearly full sunshine along Highway 43 from Muscle Shoals to Mobile. Along the Interstate 65 corridor in Central Alabama, clouds are moving towards the south and are thinning out slowly. The main area of clouds over the state is confined to the southeastern corner of the state. Locations in and around Dothan, Eufaula, Phenix City, Troy, Hartford, and Fort Rucker continue to see mostly cloudy and overcast conditions.

    As we head through the rest of today, we will continue to see the clouds slowly clearing out of the state as the upper-level low pulls away from the region. Most locations will see mostly sunny skies later today. Then for Easter Sunday, nothing but sunshine and blue skies are expected. .

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    Rainfall Summary

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:56

    Here is a summary of the rainfall from a variety of reporting stations for the last 48 hours as prepared by the National Weather Service in Birmingham. As you can see from the observed totals, there was a pretty steep gradient in rainfall amounts from Jefferson County southeastward toward Dothan with Barbour County coming in with totals approaching 5 inches.

    -Brian-

    NOUS44 KBMX 191205 PNSBMX ALZ011>015-017>050-200004- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 704 AM CDT SAT APR 19 2014 ...LATEST 48 HOUR RAINFALL REPORTS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA... LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON ...AUTAUGA... 2 NE PRATTVILLE 2.17 IN 0647 AM 04/19 32.49N/86.42W 2 SE PRATTVILLE 1.63 IN 0655 AM 04/19 32.44N/86.43W 1 NNW PRATTVILLE 1.47 IN 0643 AM 04/19 32.48N/86.45W ...BARBOUR... CLAYTON 4.66 IN 0600 AM 04/19 31.88N/85.48W WEEDON FIELD AIRPORT 3.84 IN 0658 AM 04/19 31.95N/85.13W 7 SSW FLORENCE MARINA STATE PA 3.84 IN 0640 AM 04/19 32.01N/85.09W ...BIBB... WEST BLOCTON 0.77 IN 0700 AM 04/19 33.12N/87.13W 1 ESE BRENT 0.65 IN 0648 AM 04/19 32.94N/87.16W 6 SW CENTREVILLE 0.61 IN 0600 AM 04/19 32.87N/87.24W 1 NNE BRENT 0.59 IN 0626 AM 04/19 32.96N/87.17W ...BULLOCK... 7 WSW UNION SPRINGS 2.12 IN 0641 AM 04/19 32.10N/85.83W ...CALHOUN... ANNISTON ARPT ASOS 0.69 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.59N/85.86W 1 ENE BYNUM 0.56 IN 0642 AM 04/19 33.62N/85.94W 2 E FORT MCCLELLAN 0.45 IN 0646 AM 04/19 33.72N/85.76W ...CHILTON... 4 NE THORSBY 0.59 IN 0641 AM 04/19 32.96N/86.67W ...CLAY... 3 NE LINEVILLE 1.00 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.35N/85.72W 2 ENE ASHLAND 0.96 IN 0631 AM 04/19 33.28N/85.80W ...CLEBURNE... 2 W HEFLIN 0.58 IN 0614 AM 04/19 33.65N/85.63W ...DALLAS... SELMA 0.58 IN 0530 AM 04/19 32.41N/87.02W ...ELMORE... 2 S TALLASSEE 2.02 IN 0644 AM 04/19 32.50N/85.89W ...JEFFERSON... 1 WSW LEEDS 0.87 IN 0655 AM 04/19 33.54N/86.57W 2 NE HOOVER 0.63 IN 0651 AM 04/19 33.40N/86.80W VESTAVIA HILLS 0.41 IN 0647 AM 04/19 33.43N/86.78W 1 WNW HUEYTOWN 0.22 IN 0630 AM 04/19 33.45N/87.02W BIRMINGHAM ARPT ASOS 0.20 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.57N/86.75W 1 NW TRUSSVILLE 0.18 IN 0647 AM 04/19 33.65N/86.62W 3 NE FAIRFIELD 0.15 IN 0615 AM 04/19 33.52N/86.88W 4 NNE PINSON-CLAY-CHALKV 0.13 IN 0654 AM 04/19 33.74N/86.64W ...LAMAR... 6 WNW VERNON 0.02 IN 0650 AM 04/19 33.79N/88.21W ...LEE... 12 SE AUBURN 2.98 IN 0500 AM 04/19 32.45N/85.37W AUBURN 2.51 IN 0655 AM 04/19 32.62N/85.43W 3 NNE AUBURN 2.01 IN 0646 AM 04/19 32.63N/85.47W 2 NW OPELIKA 1.80 IN 0650 AM 04/19 32.68N/85.40W ...MACON... 9 ESE NOTASULGA 2.22 IN 0626 AM 04/19 32.48N/85.56W ...MARENGO... DEMOPOLIS 0.20 IN 0652 AM 04/19 32.52N/87.84W ...MONTGOMERY... 6 SW MONTGOMERY 1.99 IN 0800 PM 04/18 32.26N/86.22W MONTGOMERY DANNELLY FIELD 1.94 IN 0653 AM 04/19 32.30N/86.41W 5 E MONTGOMERY 1.93 IN 0653 AM 04/19 32.35N/86.19W ...PERRY... 9 WNW MAPLESVILLE 0.74 IN 0641 AM 04/19 32.83N/87.04W ...PIKE... TROY MUNICIPAL APT 1.85 IN 0653 AM 04/19 31.78N/85.95W ...RANDOLPH... 2 E ROANOKE 1.68 IN 0646 AM 04/19 33.14N/85.33W ...RUSSELL... HURTSBORO 2.84 IN 0645 AM 04/19 32.24N/85.42W ...SHELBY... SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT 1.18 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.18N/86.78W 1 SE HELENA 0.86 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.27N/86.83W 1 WNW HELENA 0.79 IN 0655 AM 04/19 33.30N/86.87W 1 S HELENA 0.72 IN 0655 AM 04/19 33.27N/86.86W 3 N CHELSEA 0.69 IN 0652 AM 04/19 33.37N/86.64W ...ST. CLAIR... 2 SSW MARGARET 0.22 IN 0558 AM 04/19 33.66N/86.49W ...SUMTER... 1 SSW LIVINGSTON 0.26 IN 0530 AM 04/19 32.57N/88.19W ...TALLADEGA... 1 ENE TALLADEGA 0.79 IN 0626 AM 04/19 33.44N/86.08W ...TUSCALOOSA... 8 NE VANCE 0.30 IN 0650 AM 04/19 33.27N/87.16W OLIVER LOCK AND DAM 0.20 IN 0400 AM 04/19 33.21N/87.59W TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT 0.20 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.22N/87.61W 2 NE HOLT 0.20 IN 0600 AM 04/19 33.25N/87.45W 12 S BERRY 0.12 IN 0530 AM 04/19 33.48N/87.60W 14 N BROOKWOOD 0.12 IN 0530 AM 04/19 33.46N/87.35W ...WALKER... 2 ENE JASPER 0.04 IN 0655 AM 04/19 33.86N/87.24W OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. $$ NWS BIRMINGHAM AL
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