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March 31, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - 1 hour 2 min ago
March 31, 2015 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 ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 5 0 ratings Time: 05:51 More in News & Politics
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Strong Storms Possible Later Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 1 hour 3 min ago

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.

AT DAYBREAK: It is a cold morning over Northeast Alabama; our Skywatcher at Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden), Vic Bell, reports 35 degrees… Fort Payne is at 36. A touch of frost is even possible in the colder valleys up that way; but most places are in the upper 40s and low 50s. The sky is generally clear.

Clouds will increase today, and showers and storms will begin to develop this afternoon. The guys at SPC have much of Alabama in a “marginal” severe weather risk…

Surface based CAPE values are expected to rise to near 1,000 j/kg this afternoon, and with decent lapse rates we could see a few storms with hail and strong gusty winds. The main threat of the stronger storms will come from about 2:00 until 7:00 p.m.

Temperatures should reach the low to mid 70s this afternoon.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Any showers across Alabama tomorrow should be pretty isolated; the day will be partly sunny with a high in the upper 70s; the chance of any one spot getting wet is only about one in five. Scattered showers and storms will be a bit more likely Thursday, but even then it certainly won’t rain all day, and there will be some nice intervals of sunshine. Thursday’s high will be very close to 80 degrees.

FRIDAY FRONT: A cold front will bring an organized band of showers and thunderstorms to the state Friday afternoon and Friday night, and some of these storms could be strong, possibly severe. SPC has a severe weather risk defined for the northwest counties of the state; hail and strong winds will be the primary threat. For now it looks like the core threat of showers and storms will come from about 3:00 p.m. through 12:00 midnight Friday.

EASTER WEEKEND: Cooler and drier moves into the state Saturday; the day will be mostly sunny with a high in the 60s. Sunday morning will be pretty chilly; we drop into the 40-45 degree range, with 30s likely for the colder valleys across North Alabama, where some scattered frost is not out of the question. Then, with a good supply of sunshine we warm into the low 70s Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Moist air returns Monday along with a chance of showers and thunderstorms… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Very nice weather continues this week from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with mostly sunny days and fair nights; highs will be in the 70s, and lows in the 60s. A few widely scattered showers could show up late Friday and Saturday, but even then most of the weekend will be rain-free. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 65 degrees.

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

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I have a weather program this morning at White Plains Elementary School in Calhoun County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 479: Put Your Pants Back On

WeatherBrains - 2 hours 53 min ago

WeatherBrains Episode 479 is now online (March 30, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s guests are Dr. John Knox, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. His Bachelors is from the University of Alabama- Birmingham and his doctorate is from the University of Wisconsin. Also joining us is David Lepchitz with KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas (yep, he work with Kevin Selle)

WeatherBrains 101: The professor misses class this week.

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.

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Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Latest RadarScope release

John Scala – Review of Roger Pielke Jr’s new book, “The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters & Climate Change”

Kevin Selle – TWC vs AccuWeather

Rick Smith – Mar. 25, 2015, Moore, OK, Tornado Survey

James Spann – Time lapse video at the Columbia Metro Airport of Undulatus Asperatus Clouds

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 479: Put Your Pants Back On

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - 3 hours 33 min ago

WeatherBrains Episode 479 is now online (March 30, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s guests are Dr. John Knox, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia. His Bachelors is from the University of Alabama- Birmingham and his doctorate is from the University of Wisconsin. Also joining us is David Lepchitz with KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas (yep, he work with Kevin Selle)

WeatherBrains 101: The professor misses class this week.

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.

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Latest RadarScope release

John Scala – Review of Roger Pielke Jr’s new book, “The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters & Climate Change”

Kevin Selle – TWC vs AccuWeather

Rick Smith – Mar. 25, 2015, Moore, OK, Tornado Survey

James Spann – Time lapse video at the Columbia Metro Airport of Undulatus Asperatus Clouds

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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March 30, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:45
March 30, 2015 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 ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 37 3 ratings Time: 05:16 More in News & Politics
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Clear Tonight; Storms Late Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:42

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SUNNY SPRING AFTERNOON: As expected, the sky has become sunny this afternoon following the round of early morning thunderstorms. Temperatures are mostly in the 70-75 degree range, about where we should be for the end of March in Alabama.

The sky will stay clear tonight; most spots will will drop into the 48-52 degree range early tomorrow.

STORMS RETURN: SPC has much of Alabama in a “marginal” severe weather risk tomorrow afternoon and evening; moisture will return during the day, and scattered showers and storms should develop during the afternoon. Model guidance is suggesting some decent surface based instability, with CAPE values approaching 2,000 j/kg in spots by late afternoon. Some of the storms that develop late tomorrow could produce small hail and gusty winds… they will settle down later tomorrow night. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 70s.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: While we certainly could see a few showers or storms on these two days, they should be widely spaced, and we should see a decent amount of sunshine through scattered clouds. Afternoon highs will rise to near 80 degrees.

FRIDAY: Looks like a decent part of the day Friday will be dry, but showers could develop by mid to late afternoon. An organized band of showers and storms will likely pass through Friday night ahead of a cold front… at this point the severe weather risk looks low with only a very limited amount of surface based instability.

EASTER WEEKEND: The sky becomes mostly sunny Saturday, but the day will be cooler with a high between 60 and 65 degrees. Sunday morning will be chilly; most places will see a low in the 40-45 degree range, but colder valleys and protected areas across North and Central Alabama could visit the mid to upper 30s. Then, during the day Sunday, it will be sunny and pleasant with a high in the mid to upper 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Moisture returns Monday (April 6), and we will bring back the risk of showers and thunderstorms. The weather looks somewhat unsettled through mid-week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through Friday on the Gulf Coast with only widely scattered showers; showers and storms are more likely late Friday night into Saturday morning, then the rest of the Easter weekend will be dry from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Highs will be mostly in the 70s, with lows in the 60s. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 65 degrees.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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

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March 30, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 06:26
March 30, 2015 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 ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 49 4 ratings Time: 06:12 More in News & Politics
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Storms End Early; Some Sun Later

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 06:25

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RADAR CHECK: A band of strong storms continues to move southward through Central Alabama at daybreak… they are producing heavy rain, frequent lightning, and gusty winds.

As the storms push south of here, the sky becomes partly sunny later this morning, and we will be rain-free this afternoon and tonight. We reach the low 70s today, and tonight will be cool with a low in the 45-50 degree range.

TOMORROW: We start the day with some morning sunshine, but clouds will increase by midday, and we will forecast a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. Some of the storms late tomorrow could pack a punch, with gusty winds and some hail as the air becomes unstable. SPC has much of the state in a “marginal” severe weather risk…

Best chance of stronger storms tomorrow will come from about 3:00 until 9:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: These two days will feature a mix of sun and clouds with warm afternoons… temperatures will be close to 80 degrees. A few scattered showers and storms could fire up, but they should be widely spaced, and a decent part of these two days will be dry. Best chance of showers will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but a late night or morning shower can’t be ruled out.

FRIDAY: We should reach the low 80s Friday afternoon with intervals of sunshine throughout the day. Then, a cold front will push a band of showers and storms in here late in the day into Friday night. For now the overall severe weather threat looks low.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Showers along the front should end early Saturday, with clearing and cooler conditions during the day. Many North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 50s Saturday, and by daybreak Easter Sunday morning colder pockets could reach the mid to upper 30s. Sunday will be a sunny day with a high in the 60s.

GULF COAST WEATHER: The weather won’t be too bad this week along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. We project about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through Friday. There will be a risk of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis with highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 63 degrees.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I have a talk this morning to a trade group at the Vestavia Hills Country Club, and this afternoon I will be speaking at Anniston High School. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Strong Storms Early This Morning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 05:17

A band of strong thunderstorms is pushing southward through Alabama early this morning…

The storms are producing lots of lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds. Also, some small hail is possible. But, they are well under classic severe limits (winds of 58 mph or higher, or hail 1″ or larger in diameter). The storms will end from north to south during the next few hours, and the sun will be out this afternoon. A new Weather Xtreme video and forecast discussion coming shortly…

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Sunday Afternoon Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 13:32

A band of clouds is moving across Alabama this afternoon, spreading from southwest to northeast. Most areas are still experiencing sunshine. Temperatures are in the 50s, approaching 60F.

A cold front to our northwest is approaching Kansas City. That front will bring showers and a little thunder to North and Central Alabama tonight, mainly after midnight and lasting through the morning hours. Clouds will increase this evening and temperatures overnight will drop into the lower 50s.

Monday highs will be around 70F.

Expect unsettled weather all week, with a chance of showers and storms each day before a cold front moves in late Friday and early Saturday setting the stage for a nice weekend.

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A Warmer Day

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:31

* * * Production issue so there is no Weather Xtreme Video this morning * * *

Clouds held in a bit longer than I expected them to so much of the southern sections of Central Alabama avoided a freeze this morning, but the temperature contrast was pretty large with low dipping into 20s across Northeast Alabama where the sky cleared overnight. Look for a dry day today with a partly cloudy sky and temperatures warming about 10 degrees over yesterday with highs climbing into the lower 60s.

Dry weather does not last long as a fast moving cold front promises to bring showers and perhaps a little thunder to Central Alabama for Monday. Because the front is moving rather quickly, I expect the better rain chances to come in the morning with much of the area drying out by mid afternoon as the front moves into South Alabama. In spite of the front, I expect the highs to climb even warmer Monday with highs mainly in the upper 60s.

The deep trough over the eastern third of the country will move into the Atlantic but another fast moving upper level disturbance will move quickly across the Great Lakes dragging the front across the Southeast US. By Tuesday and Wednesday, the upper flow will become more nearly zonal as a series of weak disturbances move through the southern stream. This will help to keep to keep the weather a bit unsettled as the front moves back northward as a warm front. Despite the clouds and showers we should see highs mainly in the 70s for much of the week ahead.

Another strong trough will move out of the Rockies late in the week by Friday and into Saturday. This will bring yet another cold front into the area for late Friday and Saturday, but we should dry out by Sunday. Temperatures will drop back for the weekend with highs in the 60s.

AT THE BEACH: Chilly at the Gulf with temperatures dropping into the 40s this morning along the coastline from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Look for a mostly sunny daytoday; highs will be in the 60s today and back in the low 70s Monday. A few widely scattered showers could show up for the week ahead, but there will still be some decent intervals of sunshine each day. Showers and storms will be more possible Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but even then it won’t rain all day.

Looking out into voodoo country, the pattern starts week 2 with weak ridging that gets stronger around April 8th. A trough, not as strong as what the GFS was depicting yesterday, still promises some stormy weather beginning on the 8th and continuing through the 9th. Another deep trough around the 11th has a stormy look to it and may provide another late season shot of cold air – though not as cold as the current system.

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I had a great time in Gallant yesterday at the open house at the volunteer fire department there. James Spann will have the next discussion and video first thing on Monday morning. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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A Chilly Saturday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:45

It is a cool day with most locations sitting in the upper 40s and lower 50s this afternoon. Northwesterly flow continues to keep it breezy as well. Most locations  have seen plenty of sunshine today, but we are watching an area of clouds moving into and through West Alabama from the northwest. Within the clouds, there are a few very light showers, and some of these are showing up on the radar this afternoon over some of our northwestern counties and these showers should stay west of Interstate 65.

This feature will exit the region later tonight and we should see our sky clear once again. Much like last night, tonight it is going to be very cold for spring. Temperatures will fall below the freezing mark overnight. The NWS has issued a freeze warning for much of North-Central Alabama. This warning includes areas along and north of line from Sulligent, Fayette, Birmingham, Alabaster, Rockford, Alexander City, and LaFayette. South of this area, a frost advisory has been issued for areas around Demopolis, Tuscaloosa, Clanton, Montgomery, Troy, and Auburn. Take any precautions need to protect sensitive vegetation as temps are forecast to be in the 28-32F range by tomorrow morning.

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March 28, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:31
March 28, 2015, 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 ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 445 3 ratings Time: 05:22 More in News & Politics
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Late Season Chill Continues

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 07:30

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A late season chill brought temperatures into the 30s across Central Alabama with some of those typically colder spots dipping all the way into the upper 20s. It will be another somewhat chilly day today even with the sunny start as highs climb only into the lower and middle 50s. A fast moving disturbance in the deep trough over the eastern US will bring back clouds this afternoon with a small risk for showers or light rain late this afternoon and into early Sunday morning.

It will be another chilly start to the day Sunday with a freeze warning for much of Central Alabama. Sunday will be partly sunny with temperatures warming into the upper 50s and lower 60s as we recover from another cold morning. The dry weather does not last long as another cold front promises to bring another shot of rain to the area Sunday night and early Monday. But this front does not pack much of a cold punch as the stronger westerlies stay well to our north.

The week ahead remains somewhat unsettled with some chance for rain thanks in part to a series of weak disturbances moving through the generally zonal flow. This should allow us to warm for much of the week ahead until another cold front brings another drop in temperatures for the weekend, though this cool down does not appear to be as significant as the current event.

AT THE BEACH: Chilly on the Gulf sands with temperatures dropping into the 40s this morning from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores. Look for mostly sunny days and fair nights through Monday; highs will be in the 60s over the weekend, and back in the low 70s Monday. A few widely scattered showers could show up Tuesday and Wednesday, but there will still be some decent intervals of sunshine both days. Showers and storms will be more likely Thursday of next week, but even then it won’t rain all day.

Looking out into voodoo country, the spring tends to be a time with a lot of action as the upper flow remains fairly active. And that seems to be the screaming message for week 2. The GFS is showing a very vigorous system around April 8th that could produce a severe weather episode for the Central and Eastern US. That system is followed by another fairly substantial chill down. While March has been rather quiet for severe weather, April is out biggest month, so the forecast looks reasonable.

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…

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I’ll be taking the Storm Chaser to Gallant today for an open house at their new storm shelter. The next Weather Xtreme Video should be posted first thing on Sunday morning. Have a great day, stay warm, and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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March 27, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:45
March 27, 2015 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 ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 301 1 ratings Time: 04:06 More in News & Politics
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Freeze Warning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:39

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COLD NIGHTS AHEAD: NWS offices in Birmingham and Huntsville have issued freeze and frost advisories for tonight and tomorrow night as unseasonably cold air settles into the state. Most communities will see a low between 29 and 34 degrees both mornings; colder readings will come over North and East Alabama, but some frost is very possible on the western side of the state as well.

Tomorrow will be very cool with a mix of sun and clouds and a high only around 50 degrees; many places north of Birmingham won’t make it out of the 40s. A disturbance rotating down the back side of the big upper trough over the eastern U.S. could squeeze out a little light rain during the afternoon and evening hours, mainly west of I-65. Rain amounts if any will be very light and spotty.

Sunday will feature a good supply of sunshine; we reach the low to mid 60s Sunday afternoon as a warming trend begins.

NEXT WEEK: A warm front will move northward Monday, and showers are likely, although it won’t rain all day. Then, on Tuesday, just a small risk of a shower with a mix of sun and clouds along with a high in the low 70s. Then, we will mention a chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, but the good news is that global models continue to back off on the chance of severe weather, now suggesting the main dynamic support will be well north of Alabama. See the blog and the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Tonight will be cold; temperatures will drop into the 40s early tomorrow morning from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores. Look for mostly sunny days and fair nights through Monday; highs will be in the 60s over the weekend, and back in the low 70s Monday. A few widely scattered showers could show up Tuesday and Wednesday, but there will still be some decent intervals of sunshine both days. Showers and storms will be more likely Thursday of next week, but even then it won’t rain all day.

ON THIS DATE IN 1994: Twenty people were killed inside the Goshen United Methodist Church in southern Cherokee County on Palm Sunday during a Palm Sunday service. This is part of an ABC 33/40 special that aired in 2004, ten years after the tragedy…

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 kindergarten students at Paine Primary School in Trussville… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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March 27, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Editon

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:17
March 27, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Editon
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 ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 576 4 ratings Time: 05:09 More in News & Politics
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A Freeze Possible Early Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 06:13

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CHILLY NORTH WIND: Following the cold front that passed through Alabama last night, expect a very cool late March day today with a high only in the mid 50s with a partly sunny sky. This is about 15 degrees below average, and a north wind of 12-22 mph will make it feel colder.

With a deep, cold core upper trough passing overhead, I can’t rule out a few isolated showers late this afternoon or early tonight due to the very cold air aloft. But, most places will be dry.

FREEZE POTENTIAL: We project a low in the 29-34 degree range for early tomorrow. Highest freeze possibility will come from the Birmingham metro north and east. The day tomorrow will be cold for late March; the GFS is printing a high of only 48 degrees for Birmingham. We expect a mix of sun and clouds; a touch of light rain can’t be ruled out during the afternoon and evening hours over West Alabama, but any rain will be vert light and spotty.

SUNDAY: Another cold morning; lows will be in the 30-35 degree range at daybreak. Then, a warming trend begins Sunday afternoon with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the low 60s.

NEXT WEEK: A warm front will be lifting northward across the state Monday, so a few showers are likely during the day with a high in the upper 60s. For the moment, Tuesday looks relatively dry with only isolated showers, but the chance of rain will increase again by Wednesday and Thursday with short wave energy approaching from the west. Global models continue to back off on the idea of strong to severe storms with weaker dynamics and marginal instability, but this could still change. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: After showers and storms last night, expect clearing and cooler weather on the coast today from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with a high in the mid 60s. The weekend will feature a good supply of sunshine tomorrow and Sunday with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s… a few scattered showers are possible early next week, but still expect about 4 to 6 hours of sunshine Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures will be close to 70 degrees on those three afternoons. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this morning is 67 degrees.

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

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I have a weather program this morning at Paine Primary School in Trussville… then I will be speaking later today at a meeting of the Cullman Chamber of Commerce. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Isolated Strong Storms Could Become Severe

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:33

Strong storms are occurring this afternoon over Central Alabama from Bibb County southwestward to near Demopolis and Uniontown.

They are moving northeast at 35 mph and will affect Shelby County, starting around Montevallo then moving to near Alabaster and Calera.

The storms have copious lightning and heavy rain as well as some small hail and gusty winds. Hail to near 1 inch may be falling in a hail core crossing AL-5 just north of Centreville.

The stronger storms could become severe, especially the Bibb-Shelby storm, but overall the threat is isolated. The SPC has included the area from Aliceville to Tuscaloosa to Hoover to Millerville to Montgomery and points southwest in the new marginal severe weather risk category. This is the old See Text category, which is for isolated severe weather threats.

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Showers Tonight; Colder Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 15:42

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RADAR CHECK: Still not much happening on radar this afternoon; we do note a strong thunderstorm near Demopolis, and a band of showers over Northwest Alabama. Temperatures are mostly in the 70s with a mostly cloudy sky. A cold front is moving into the northwest corner of Alabama; behind the front temperatures are barely out of the 40s at Memphis and Nashville.

Showers and a few thunderstorms are likely this evening, but rain amounts won’t be especially heavy, and there is no really significant threat of severe weather. We do note SPC has a “marginal” severe weather risk up for parts of Central and Southwest Alabama for potential for a few strong wind gusts. Showers will end soon after midnight.

COLDER TOMORROW: A chilly north wind of 12-22 mph will usher in some pretty chilly air for late March tomorrow; the sky will be partly sunny with a high in the mid 50s.

FREEZE POTENTIAL: We have potential for a late season freeze across North/Central Alabama both Saturday and Sunday morning. The 12Z run of the GFS is printing a low of 31 degrees for Birmingham early Saturday, and 32 degrees early Sunday. Most places will see a low between 30 and 35 degrees, with potential for 20s in the colder valleys. Growers beware.

Saturday looks mostly dry; we will hang on to a slight risk of a little light rain Saturday afternoon with an impulse coming down the back side of the upper trough over the eastern U.S… but dewpoints will be very low, and it sure looks like most communities won’t have enough rain to measure. Saturday will remain very cool with a high between 50 and 55 degrees.

A warming trend begins Sunday afternoon with a high in the mid 60s along with a good supply of sunshine.

NEXT WEEK: Moist air returns Monday, and a few scattered showers are possible. We will have to maintain a chance of showers Tuesday; we project a high in the upper 60s Monday and low 70s Tuesday as the warming trend continues.

The GFS is backing off on the intensity of the mid-week system; showers and storms are likely late Wednesday into Thursday, but dynamic support looks less impressive at this point. But, understand we are still a week away from this event and things could change. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: After showers and storms tonight, expect clearing and cooler weather on the coast tomorrow from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with a high in the mid 60s. The weekend will feature a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s… a few scattered showers are possible early next week, but still expect about 4 to 6 hours of sunshine Monday through Wednesday. Temperatures will be close to 70 degrees on those three afternoons. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is 67 degrees.

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