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Staying Somewhat Unsettled

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 4 hours 24 min ago

***Please note that there will not be a Weather Xtreme Video this morning.*** I plan to have one posted by 8 am on Saturday morning. Here’s a discussion of what is expected in our weather for the next week or so.

We saw a few radar echoes yesterday afternoon passing across Central Alabama, but thanks to a dry layer around 800 to 700 millibars, only a few sprinkles at best reached the ground. But the atmosphere continues to become wetter, so we will see more showers and storms today and through the weekend. The upper level flow remains amplified over the east with a trough persisting over the eastern U.S. This trough retrograded some yesterday, but will back east today and over the weekend. This feature will be enhancing the uplift and tapping into higher moisture levels which will allow for scattered showers and storms to develop at almost anytime throughout the day keeping the weekend somewhat unsettled.

As the trough move back east over the weekend, it will increase our rain chances for Saturday and Sunday. Saturday looks to be the wetter day for now, but it should not be an all day rain. Sunday will see good rain chances as well, and both days will see highs in the mid-80s with extensive cloud cover preventing much warming during the day.

The unsettled weather pattern will continue into the first part of the week, but looking at the medium range models, the pattern flattens out some in the east and that means our flow will become a bit more zonal. We are likely to see rain chances decrease and become more diurnally driven with afternoon heating. Temperatures will also climb into the 89 to 92 range. After starting the month with below seasonal temperatures, it looks as though that temps will climb to seasonal norms. Rain chances will be more typical for early August with only a few isolated showers and storms possible.

A mix of sun and clouds for beach goers. Fairly seasonal weather is expected as scattered afternoon storms will be possible. The best chance of rain looks to be Sunday into Monday, but after that, rain chances begin to lower again. Highs are in the upper 80s, and the water temperatures are averaging lower 80s from Panama City west to Dauphin Island.

TROPICAL SITUATION: Bertha came into being yesterday afternoon and is expected to move through the Lesser Antilles today and across Puerto Rico late Saturday. The cyclone is being steered by the flow around the Atlantic subtropical ridge which is forecast to persist. Once Bertha reaches the Bahamas, she will be steered by the southerly flow between the subtropical high and the upper level trough over the eastern United States. This pattern should force Bertha to turn northward with recurvature northeastward over the Atlantic keeping it away from the Southeast US Coast.

Long range model projections remain trending toward ridging across the southern tier of the US. However, the overall troughiness we’ve seen during July across the eastern US persists, so there is currently no signs of any significant heat for the eastern US.

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James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

Sorry for lack of a Weather Xtreme Video this morning, but dealing with some minor cold issues with coughs and you know what that can do to sleep in your household. Enjoy the continued cooler than typical weather while it lasts. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Bertha Is Born

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:09

The National Hurricane Center has initiated advisories on Tropical Storm Bertha since showers and storms are building rapidly around the center and the plane encountered tropical storm force winds.

SUMMARY OF 1000 PM CDT…0300 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…12.3N 55.5W
ABOUT 275 MI…445 KM ESE OF BARBADOS
ABOUT 385 MI…620 KM ESE OF ST. LUCIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.77 INCHES

Tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued for parts of the Lesser Antilles.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* BARBADOS
* ST. LUCIA
* DOMINICA

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* PUERTO RICO
* VIEQUES
* CULEBRA
* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
* ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Here is the forecast track and cone of uncertainty:

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July 31 Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:57
July 31 Weather Xtreme Video
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: 12 0 ratings Time: 05:49 More in News & Politics
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Mostly Cloudy Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 06:56

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Not nearly as chilly this morning as temperatures were not allowed to drop as much due to increased clouds from the convection off to our west. No new records this morning as the morning lows were about 10 degrees warmer than Wednesday morning.

The upper level flow remains in a trough pattern across the eastern US. This trough is forecast to move westward a little or retrograde, so the trough axis should be just to our west into the weekend. This along with the moisture increase will allow for showers over the weekend with the best chances coming Saturday and Sunday, but there will still be some chance of showers into next week.

NHC continues to watch an area of disturbed weather approaching the Lesser Antilles. Conditions are still conducive for possible development, however, the chances for the formation of a tropical storm have dropped off a tad. So this continues to be watched.

While the trough retrogrades today and Friday, it will migrate back east over the weekend bringing up our rain chances for Saturday and Sunday. Saturday looks like a wetter day for now, but probably not an all day rain event.

The trough over the eastern US weakens as upper ridging strengthens across the southern tier of the US into the first of next week. With moisture in place, we should return to something more summer-ish with daily chances of showers driven primarily by the heat of the afternoon. Afternoon highs will climb back into the 89 to 92 range.

Beach goers will enjoy a good supply of sunshine today but clouds increase for Friday and into the weekend along with shower chances. Highs along the coast will be in the 85 to 88 range with morning lows in the lower and middle 70s. Temperatures will be a little warmer away from the coast.

The overall active pattern with a trough in the East continues into voodoo country or week two. Trough is not nearly as strong as the westerlies tend to move back toward the north. This should signal a warmer period of weather if this verifies, but still nothing in the way of extreme heat appears likely.

And you can follow news and weather updates from ABC 33/40 on Twitter here. Stay in the know by following the whole gang – here’s the list…

James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

We will be on a one-a-day Weather Xtreme Video through next week as I sub for the vacationing James Spann. Next Weather Xtreme Video by 7 am or so on Friday morning. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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July 30, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:34
July 30, 2014 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: 119 4 ratings Time: 05:43 More in News & Politics
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Moisture Levels Begin To Rise Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:33

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FINE SUMMER DAY: After record lows this morning (as cool as 50 degrees at Black Creek, near Gadsden), temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 80s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon. The sky is mostly sunny, and humidity levels remain low.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: We are watching with interesting an MCV (mesoscale convective vortex) type feature on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border, moving southeast. The NAM has identified this feature, and moves rain into Northwest Alabama early tomorrow morning. The GFS model, however, remains rather dry and shows the rain mostly dissipating before reaching our state. Based on radar trends, I do think we will need to mention a chance of showers tomorrow, but the air over the state is relatively dry, so amounts should be mostly light and spotty. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds.

Moisture levels will be deeper Friday, so scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: An axis of deeper moisture will be in place as the weekend begins, so for now Saturday looks like a day with more clouds than sun, and scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms along with a high in the low to mid 80s. Showers and storms are still possible Sunday, although they should thin out a bit with temperatures rising into the upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Confidence is low since there is not much consistency in model output; looks like we will need to continue to some of scattered showers and storms through at least the first half of the week, with daily highs between 87 and 90 degrees. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather tomorrow with only a small risk of a shower from Panama City west to Gulf Shores; the high will be in the upper 80s. Then, about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day Friday through Sunday with a daily possibility of scattered showers and storms.

TROPICAL WEATHER: The tropical wave in the Atlantic between Africa and the Lesser Antilles is still struggling; there is little deep convection this afternoon as it moves west/northwest. Seems like dry air surrounding the system, and wind shear is preventing it from becoming better organized. NHC has dropped the chance of development from 70 to 50 percent, and if anything can form in that region most likely it recurves before reaching the U.S. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps.

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I will be taking a little vacation time… my next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here Friday morning, August 8 by 7:30. Brian Peters will handle the videos tomorrow through August 7…

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Record Lows Shattered Across Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:16

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COOL JULY MORNING: Here is a look at observations at daybreak across Alabama…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 50
Jamestown (Cherokee County) 51
Fort Payne 52
Valley Head (DeKalb County) 52
Cottondale 52
Cullman 53
Jasper 54
Demopolis 54
Haleyville 54
Gadsden 55
Anniston 56
Jemison 56
Pleasant Grove 57
Auburn 57
Tuscaloosa 58
Birmingham Airport 58
Montgomery 59

New record lows have been established at all climate reporting sites in our state, and in Montgomery, the record for July 30 that stood for 125 years was shattered (their old record low was 66 set in 1889).

Today will be another delightful day, with ample sunshine and low humidity along with a high in the mid 80s.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Looks like most of the state will stay dry tomorrow with only a small risk of an afternoon shower, but scattered showers and storms will more likely Friday as moisture levels rise. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s both days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A pretty decent pool of moisture will be in place, and with an upper trough axis to the west we expect scattered, perhaps numerous showers and thunderstorms over the weekend. The sky will be occasionally cloudy with highs generally in the mid 80s. The sun will be out at times, but if you have something planned outdoors, just be aware that you will have to dodge occasional showers.

Then, early next week, the air becomes drier across the state and showers become hard to find by Tuesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Lots of sunshine for the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores today and tomorrow; then we will bring in the risk of a few scattered storms Friday through Sunday, but even then you will see 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Highs on the coast will remain in the mid to upper 80s. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE: The well organized wave in the Atlantic, about half way between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles, is expected to become a tropical depression later today or tonight as it moves west/northwest. A good chance it will be Tropical Storm Bertha by Friday, but models continue to show a path of recurvature over the open Atlantic before it gets close to the U.S. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details.

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

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day…

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July 30, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 06:10
July 30, 2014 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 James Spann and the team of meteorologi... From: abc3340 Views: 148 4 ratings Time: 04:33 More in News & Politics
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Record Lows Early Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:48

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NICE PREVIEW OF AUTUMN: What a delightful afternoon across the great state of Alabama. Lots of sunshine, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. Many communities north of Birmingham did not get out of the 70s with a fresh north breeze.

We are still look at a very cool night tonight for late July, with record lows likely early tomorrow…

Most communities will enjoy a low between 57 and 61 degrees, with a few low to mid 50s over the northeast counties. Interesting to note that Montgomery should easily break a 125 year old record low for July 30.

The weather will remain very pleasant tomorrow with ample sunshine and low humidity.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Low level moisture will slowly return on these days. We will mention just a small risk of a shower Thursday afternoon, with a better chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

THE WEEKEND: The pool of moisture stays in place, and the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue Saturday and Sunday with a mix of sun and clouds both days. The rain won’t be continuous over the weekend, but a shower could come at just about any hour, so make outdoor plans accordingly. Highs will remain generally in the 86-89 degree range.

Some evidence more dry air could drop into Alabama around Tuesday of next week with lower humidity levels by then. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Look for sunny weather along the Gulf Coast tomorrow and Thursday from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with highs in the mid to upper 80s. A few scattered showers and storms are possible Friday through the weekend, but you will still enjoy about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICAL UPDATE: A well organized wave over the Central Atlantic is expected to become a tropical depression tonight or tomorrow, and ultimately Tropical Storm Bertha. Late model data suggests Bertha will begin to weaken in 4-5 days as it begins to recurve into the open Atlantic, and for now this does not seem to be a threat to the U.S. mainland.

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 had a great time today visiting with the kids at Covenant Classical School in Pelham… 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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July 29 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:48
July 29 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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More Like September

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:26

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FALL PREVIEW: Sure feels good this morning with cooler, drier air in place. Fort Payne, Valley Head, and Russellville have all dropped to 59 degrees right at daybreak, with low to mid 60s in most other communities. The sky is clear, and the humidity is low.

In the core of the cool air up north, Ann Arbor, Michigan has dropped to 44 degrees early this morning. Quite a chill for late July.

Delightful weather will continue through tomorrow with sunny days, low humidity, and a cool night tonight. We figure most places will enjoy a low between 57 and 61 degrees early tomorrow, and many new record lows are likely across Alabama. Birmingham’s record low for July 30 is 61 degrees, set in 1994.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Moisture begins to return on these two days. We will mention the chance of a shower Thursday afternoon, and showers and thunderstorms are likely at times on Friday. Highs remain in the 80s; in fact some North Alabama communities might not get out of the 70s Friday due to clouds and showers.

OUR WEEKEND: Moist air will stay in place, so a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue Saturday and Sunday. The sky will be occasionally cloudy both days with highs in the 80s. The rain won’t be continuous, but if you have something planned outdoors this weekend be ready for a passing shower at any time.

The risk of scattered showers and storms will continue into early next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunshine in full supply today and tomorrow from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with highs in the 80s. A few scattered showers and storms will return Thursday through the weekend with about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees.

TROPICAL UPDATE: A well organized tropical wave in the Atlantic, between and coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles, should become a tropical depression soon, and ultimately Tropical Storm Bertha. The persistent upper trough over the eastern U.S. should force Bertha northward before impacting the U.S. mainland, and it doesn’t look like a threat to the Gulf of Mexico.

Again, see the Weather Xtreme video for more details.

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

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I will be doing a weather program today for the kids at Covenant Classical School in Pelham… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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July 29, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:23
July 29, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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WeatherBrains 444: Holding Nate Back

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 444 is now online (July 28, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Morning and Midday Meteorologist at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno, CA. She is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. She is famous for her 3D weather cakes which have attracted a cult following.

When you look in the dictionary for the definition of the word climatologist, you see tonight’s picture next to it. She served in state climatology offices for nearly twenty years, serving in the position of State Climatologist for Wisconsin from 1989-1996 and Assistant State Climatologist for Georgia from 2001-11. She is a Past President of the American Association of State Climatologists and she is a CCM as well. She currently serves as the Agricultural Climatologist for the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at UGA. And she does all this while keeping one of our favorite guests, Dr. John Knox, straight. Dr. Pam Knox, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Glendale, AZ, and 33 at Pahaska, WY and at Snake River Ranger Station, WY
  • Atlantic quiet but a wave moving through South Central Atlantic may become second named storm
  • Bill eating Indian food in Calgary, Alberta
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Sometimes there are terms which just don’t seem to fit the meaning that they have. We’re not making fun of this word, but when put in context of other things in life, it seems to be contrary in meaning. So see how this applies to extratropical.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 28th.

    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 444:

    ABC 30 Fresno, Shelby’s station

    On the Case – Knox Blog

    John Christy/Kerry Immanuel Climate Discussion

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – KickStarter Project – Forecasting toolkit for iPad

    Bill Murray – Experimental

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    James Spann – Atlantic Wind Shear

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Blog on El Nino Status

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    WeatherBrains 444: Holding Nate Back

    WeatherBrains - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 444 is now online (July 28, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the Morning and Midday Meteorologist at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno, CA. She is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University. She is famous for her 3D weather cakes which have attracted a cult following.

    When you look in the dictionary for the definition of the word climatologist, you see tonight’s picture next to it. She served in state climatology offices for nearly twenty years, serving in the position of State Climatologist for Wisconsin from 1989-1996 and Assistant State Climatologist for Georgia from 2001-11. She is a Past President of the American Association of State Climatologists and she is a CCM as well. She currently serves as the Agricultural Climatologist for the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at UGA. And she does all this while keeping one of our favorite guests, Dr. John Knox, straight. Dr. Pam Knox, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 111 at Glendale, AZ, and 33 at Pahaska, WY and at Snake River Ranger Station, WY
  • Atlantic quiet but a wave moving through South Central Atlantic may become second named storm
  • Bill eating Indian food in Calgary, Alberta
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Sometimes there are terms which just don’t seem to fit the meaning that they have. We’re not making fun of this word, but when put in context of other things in life, it seems to be contrary in meaning. So see how this applies to extratropical.

    TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of July 28th.

    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 444:

    ABC 30 Fresno, Shelby’s station

    On the Case – Knox Blog

    John Christy/Kerry Immanuel Climate Discussion

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – KickStarter Project – Forecasting toolkit for iPad

    Bill Murray – Experimental

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    James Spann – Atlantic Wind Shear

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Blog on El Nino Status

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

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

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    July 28, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:57
    July 28, 2014 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: 207 2 ratings Time: 06:03 More in News & Politics
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    Turning Cooler Tonight

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:53

    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.

    COOLER AIR MOVING INTO NORTH ALABAMA: Temperatures are only in the low 80s over the northeast corner of Alabama this afternoon, and the dew point has dropped to 55 at Fort Payne, where they have a fresh north breeze gusting to 21 mph.

    This cooler, drier air will keep moving southward tonight. And, to the south, along the cold front, strong to severe showers and thunderstorms have formed over South Alabama. A number of severe thunderstorm warnings have been posted for counties between Mobile and Montgomery… the main threat is from strong, gusty winds.

    TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY: What a nice fall preview. Low humidity levels, sunny days, cool nights. Highs in the mid 80s, and the low early Wednesday will be close to 60, with 50s for the cooler pockets. A number of new record lows are likely Wednesday (Birmingham’s record low for July 30 is 61 set in 1994). It will feel more like late September instead of late July.

    THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Moisture returns, and we will mention the risk of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm Thursday. Scattered showers and storms are possible Friday with a mix of sun and clouds; highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A pool of low level moisture will be in place, so there will be a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday. Not a continuous kind of rain, but if you have something planned outdoors just understand a passing shower or storm is possible at just about anytime. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and highs will hold in the mid to upper 80s.

    Expect similar weather early next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

    TROPICS: A well organized tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic should become Tropical Storm Bertha later this week; most models recurve this into the open Atlantic before impacting the U.S. mainland.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: A strong storm is likely in a number of spots along the coast tonight from Panama City to Gulf Shores… then beautiful weather tomorrow and Wednesday with sunny days and fair nights. Then, Thursday through the weekend, about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with a few scattered showers and storms. Highs will remain mostly in the mid to upper 80s along the coast, and sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s in most places.

    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 enjoyed seeing the kids in the Alabaster City Schools summer program today at Meadow View Elementary… 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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    Severe Thunderstorm Warning Barbour/Pike until 3:45 PM

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:08

    A severe storm is racing off towards the southeast and is impacting portions of U.S. 231. Hail and damaging winds are possible with this storm. It will not be impacting the city of Troy, but is off to the south and east and will be impacting Clio and Brundidge.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

    * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
    SOUTHWESTERN BARBOUR COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
    SOUTHEASTERN PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

    * UNTIL 345 PM CDT

    * AT 306 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
    THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
    WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
    BRUNDIDGE…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

    * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
    CLIO…DOSTER…HAMILTON CROSSROADS AND TENNILLE.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
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    July 28, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:12
    July 28, 2014 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 James Spann and the team of meteorologi... From: abc3340 Views: 641 6 ratings Time: 06:36 More in News & Politics
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    Heat Relief On The Way

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:12

    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: A few isolated showers are in progress across Alabama early this morning at daybreak from Tuscaloosa to Calera… these are moving southeast ahead of a push of cooler, drier air that is entering the far northern part of the state.

    The drier air will win the battle, and later today showers and storms will be confined to the southern half of Alabama, south of U.S. 80. In fact, SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up for parts of South Alabama this afternoon and early tonight; strong winds will be the main threat.

    FALL PREVIEW: Our weather will be delightful tonight through Thursday, with sunny days, clear cool nights, and low humidity levels. Highs in the mid 80s, lows dropping into the 57-61 degree range by early Wednesday. Birmingham’s record low for Wednesday morning (July 30) is 61 set in 1994… a good chance that record falls.

    FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Moist air returns to the state. A few scattered showers could break out Friday, and we will have the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday. Not to say it will be a totally wet weekend, but keep in mind a passing shower or storm will be possible, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will remain in the 80s as a broad upper trough persists over the eastern half of the nation.

    See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: A passing strong storm is possible late this afternoon or tonight along the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, then beautiful weather tomorrow through Thursday with sunny days and fair nights. A few scattered storms will return late this weekend and over the weekend, but you will still get about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 86 degrees.

    TROPICS: A tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic has some chance of gradual development in coming days as it moves west/northwest. Most tropical models have the system near the Leeward Islands in about five days… out in the longer range the GFS model hints this will recurve before impacting the U.S. mainland. If this becomes a tropical storm, the name will be Bertha. Details on the Weather Xtreme video.

    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.

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    I will be speaking to students in the summer program at Meadow View Elementary in Alabaster this morning (and also to the teachers after the kid program)… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    An Important Anniversary in Hurricane Forecasting

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 15:30

    In July 1943, tracking hurricanes was a difficult business. Fewer ships were at sea because of the threat of German U-boats. Those that were at sea maintained radio silence. Britain suffered mightily from the lack of weather reports from over the Atlantic. The Brits were forced to use precious aircraft to fly weather observation missions. The U.S. feared that the West Indies would become a major theater of war if the Germans decided to attack through Central and South America.

    In Bryan, Texas, Col. James P. Duckworh was in charge of the Instrument Flying Instruction School. Before the 1930s, there wasn’t any such thing as instrument flying. Everything was visual. Duckworth had been a pilot for Eastern Air Transport, the precursor to Eastern Airlines. He had resigned to go to active duty with the Army Air Corps Reserve. Duckworth said that he knew that the war wasn’t going to stop because of weather.

    Weather map from the morning of July 27, 1943.

    On the morning of Sunday, July 27th, Col. Duckworth made his way to the base to have breakfast. As he ate, he learned that there was a hurricane making landfall near Galveston. Hard to believe, since it was a beautiful morning at Bryan, about 100 miles from Galveston. The storm was expected to pass near Houston during the afternoon. Duckworth saw it as the perfect opportunity to do what no one had done intentionally up to that time: fly into a hurricane.

    Joe suggested to one of his breakfast companions, Lt. Ralph O’Hair that they take an single engine AT-6 trainer and fly into the storm for fun. There were four new B-25‘s at the base, but it would be hard to justify using one of them for this unsanctioned mission. As 100 mph winds were raking the coast. Duckworth and O’Hair took off for Galveston. Enroute, they called the tower at Houston and said they were flying Galveston. The incredulous operator asked them if they knew there was a hurricane. When they said yes, the controller asked for updates so he would be able to direct crews to the wreckage.

    As they flew toward the hurricane, they were in the weaker western semicircle of the storm. As they neared the eyewall, they experienced violent up and down turbulence that made them feel like a “bone in a dog’s mouth”. Suddenly, they broke into the clear air of the eye. They flew around for a few minutes and headed back to the base where they were met by the staff meteorological officer. The weatherman wanted to know why they had not included him in their historic flight. They responded by telling him to hop in, they would take him to the center. The meteorologist kept a very detailed diary of observations.

    Duckworth did not immediately realize the significance of his feat. Later that year, one of his superiors summoned him to tell the pilot that he had been recommended for the Distinguished Flying Cross. The unassuming Colonel did receive the Air Medal for flying into a hurricane for the first time, twice in the same day.

    Realizing the benefit of more specific information on hurricanes, regular reconnaissance flights were started the next year. Weather Bureau meteorologists used the information about 1944’s Great Atlantic Hurricane to issue better warnings.

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