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Still Humid Through Friday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:45

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RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers are very isolated across Alabama this afternoon; most communities are dry.

Temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: The long awaited cold front to the north will creep southward, and should near the Tennessee border Friday. An organized band of showers and storms should enter far North Alabama tomorrow evening, drifting southward. The high resolution NAM model puts the band of showers and storms into the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham/Anniston areas by around 10:00 tomorrow night. No severe weather is expected with the main dynamic support well to the north.

The front will stall out Friday, keeping most of the state in warm, moist air. We will mention scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday and Friday night with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the mid 80s in most communities.

TRICKY WEEKEND FORECAST: Still a challenging weekend forecast. A good chance the Tennessee Valley (places like Florence, Decatur, Athens, Huntsville, and Scottsboro) will be rain-free Saturday with lower humidity, but as you work your way south you get back into moist air. We figure the boundary will be somewhere near I-59, so we will keep the risk of a shower or storm in the forecast Saturday from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Gadsden, and points south. The best coverage of showers should be over the southern half of the state.

Sunday the front will drift south and slowly lose it’s identity. I think most of North and Central Alabama will be dry with only an outside risk of a shower. Highs over the weekend will be in the low to mid 80s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Again this week we have the risk of a passing shower or storm for high school games tomorrow and Friday night. The showers and and storms will be scattered, so it won’t rain everywhere, but a few stadiums could see some rain. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s at kickoff, falling into the 70s by the fourth quarter. The chance of any one stadium seeing rain is in the 30 percent range.

Alabama will host Southern Miss Saturday evening (5:00p kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; I can’t rule out a shower in Tuscaloosa during this game, but I am a little more confident the game will be played with no major rain issues. The kickoff temperature will be near 83 degrees, dropping into the 70s during the second half.

UAB hosts Alabama A&M Saturday at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30p; the sky will be occasionally cloudy, and a passing shower or storm is possible during the game. The temperature will be around 86 degrees at kickoff, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The week looks pretty quiet here with few, if any showers and temperatures near seasonal averages for the middle part of September with highs in the low to mid 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The disturbance in the East Atlantic has a chance of becoming Tropical Storm Edouard in coming days, but it will recurve harmlessly into the open Atlantic well before getting close to the U.S. mainland.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Not much change through the weekend; about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with a few scattered storms each day. Highs will be in the upper 80s, with sea water temperatures in the mid 80s.

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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September 10, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:21
September 10, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Eyes On The Front To The North

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:15

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VERY WARM, VERY HUMID THROUGH FRIDAY: Alabama’s weather won’t change much today; partly sunny, very warm, and very humid with only isolated showers or storms this afternoon and early tonight. Afternoon storms could be a little more active tomorrow, especially over the northern third of the state. Afternoon highs will remain generally in the 87 to 90 degree range, just above seasonal averages (today’s average high in Birmingham is 86.

The much discussed cold front to the north of Alabama should bring a band of organized storms down into the Tennessee Valley of extreme North Alabama tomorrow night, but the front will begin to lose it’s southward push as the main dynamic support stays to the north. On Friday, we stay in a warm, muggy airmass, and this could very well be the day with the best coverage of showers and storms with the front over Tennessee. It won’t rain all day Friday, and the sun could be out at times, but a shower or storm will be possible at just about any hour. The high Friday will drop into the mid 80s.

COMPLICATED WEEKEND FORECAST: The front will drift into Alabama and stop somewhere Saturday; where the boundary winds up will determine the weather where you live. And, models are not in good agreement. The GFS pushes the front down below Montgomery, while the NAM and the ECMWF keep it closer to the Tennessee River. This makes for a low confidence forecast for Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden. I think our best solution for now is to side with the front hanging up over North Alabama, meaning we will need to keep some risk of showers in the forecast.A pretty good chance you will have a dry day if you are in Muscle Shoals or Huntsville, but showers will remain possible to the south. The high Saturday will be in the mid 80s.

It really don’t get much easier Sunday. The front could actually drift north, and we will hang on to some risk of a shower during the day, but I don’t think the coverage of the showers will be especially high with little in the way of dynamic forcing. Sunday’s high will remain in the mid 80s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Again this week we have the risk of a passing shower or storm for high school games tomorrow and Friday night. The showers and and storms will be scattered, so it won’t rain everywhere, but a few stadiums could see some rain. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 80s at kickoff, falling into the 70s by the fourth quarter. The chance of any one stadium seeing rain is in the 30 percent range.

Alabama will host Southern Miss Saturday evening (5:00p kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; I can’t rule out a shower in Tuscaloosa during this game, but the risk of lightning for now looks low this week. The sky will be mostly cloudy with temperatures falling from near 83 at kickoff into the 70s by the second half.

UAB hosts Alabama A&M Saturday at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30p; the sky will be occasionally cloudy, and a passing shower or storm is possible during the game. The temperature will be around 86 degrees at kickoff, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Global models push moisture northward again Monday with some risk of showers, followed by a long awaited trend toward drier air Tuesday and Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A tropical wave in the East Atlantic could become Tropical Storm Edouard in coming days, but it will recurve harmlessly into the open Atlantic well before getting close to the U.S.

AT THE BEACH: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores; highs hold in the upper 80s, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

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 will be doing a weather program today in Hoover at the monthly meeting of the Alabama Chapter of the Community Associations Institute…. look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Watching The Front Up North

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:47

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MUGGY SEPTEMBER AFTERNOON: Another very warm day across Alabama with temperatures close to 90 degrees, and we have a few widely scattered showers and storms over the northern half of the state. The showers aren’t moving much, and will fade away tonight.

Not much weather change tomorrow; partly sunny with a high around 90 and the risk of widely scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A cold front will approach the state from the north; this represents the leading edge of much cooler air. Cut Bank, Montana reports 36 degrees with light snow at 2p MT. The front will take it’s time to get here, however, so we stay in moist air on these two days. Scattered showers and storms will gradually increase; looks like the highest coverage of showers and storms will come on Friday, but even then it won’t rain all day. The high will be in the upper 80s Thursday, and mid 80s Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A very tricky forecast with a well defined surface front somewhere over North Alabama Saturday. Model consistency has not been very good with the frontal position, but it does look like cooler, drier air will cover North Alabama north of U.S. 278 Saturday, so places like Hamilton, Cullman, Gadsden, and points north should enjoy a partly to mostly sunny day with lower humidity. But, from roughly I-59 south, we will need to maintain some risk of a shower or storm. We will have a much higher confidence forecast for Saturday tomorrow as new model data rolls in.

Sunday looks dry for about the northern half of Alabama, with some risk of scattered showers and storms continuing for the southern counties of the state. Highs over the weekend should be in the low to mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Looks pretty comfortable, with highs in the low 80s and lows around 60, with upper 50s for cooler spots. The weather should be dry for at least the first half of the week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Again this week we have the risk of a passing shower or storm for high school games Thursday and Friday night. The showers and and storms will be scattered, so it won’t rain everywhere, but a few stadiums could see some rain. Temperatures will be in the mid 80s at kickoff, falling into the upper 70s by the fourth quarter. The chance of any one stadium seeing rain is in the 30 percent range.

Alabama will host Southern Miss Saturday evening (5:00p kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; just a slight risk of a shower during the first half of the game, otherwise the sky will be generally fair with temperatures falling from 84 degrees at kickoff, into the low 70s by the final whistle.

UAB hosts Alabama A&M Saturday at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30p; the sky will be partly sunny, and a passing shower or storm is possible during the game. The temperature will be around 86 degrees at kickoff, falling into the upper 70s by the end of the game.

TROPICS: The disturbance over the East Atlantic has a chance of becoming Tropical Storm Edouard in coming days; it will move west/northwest over the open Atlantic, and most likely will recurve before getting close to the U.S. Another weak disturbance is just east of the Bahamas, and development there does not look likely in the short term.

GULF COAST WEATHER: We still project about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through the weekend with the daily risk of scattered showers and storms from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs on the coast will stay in the upper 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

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 enjoyed seeing the kids today at Cahaba Valley Learning Center in Shelby 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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September 9, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:42
September 9, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Warm, Moist Air Stays In Place

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 06:25

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EYES TO THE NORTH: While Alabama will remain in a very warm, moist airmass, we are watching some cold air dipping into the far northern U.S. this morning. Cut Bank, Montana has dropped to 34 degrees with a northwest winds of 10 mph, putting the wind chill index in the upper 20s. Some cities over the northern U.S. won’t get out of the 40s by tomorrow as the coldest air so far this young meteorological fall arrives.

Ahead of the cold front, severe storms are possible today and tomorrow from the Great Plains to the Great Lakes.

AROUND HERE: Not much change in the weather today and tomorrow. Highs around 90 degrees; widely spaced afternoon and evening showers and storms. The chance of any one spot getting a shower today and tomorrow will be about one in five.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: The chance of showers and storms will increase as the front approaches Alabama from the north. The new set of global models (GFS and ECMWF) keep a fairly strong upper ridge across the southern states, meaning the front will have some work to do before getting through here, and it will be a slower process than earlier thought. So, showers and storms will remain possible through Friday. No continuous rain, but a shower or storm will be possible at just about any time Friday and Friday night, meaning there could be some rain around for some of the high school football games around here.

WEEKEND FORECAST CHANGES: Unfortunately we will need to hold off the arrival of the cooler and drier air for parts of Alabama, and the weekend weather will all depend on where you live. If you are up in the northwest corner of the state around Muscle Shoals, the weekend looks very nice with lower humidity and cooler nights. However, the global models hang the front up around I-59, meaning for Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Gadsden, and points south, we will have to introduce the chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday. Again, the rain won’t be continuous, but showers are a distinct possibility both days along and south of I-59. Highs will drop into the low to mid 80s, but early morning lows will be in the upper 60s; we will have to wait until early next week to enjoy the really cooler mornings.

NEXT WEEK: The drier air finally arrives as the stubborn upper ridge is beat down by a long wave upper trough over the eastern third of the nation. The week is looking mostly dry and pleasant for a decent part of the state. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The tropical wave southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, in the far eastern Atlantic, has chance of some slow development in coming days, but if anything forms it will recurve into the open Atlantic well before getting close to the U.S. mainland. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend with the daily risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs will remain mostly in the upper 80s; the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 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 show notes for the new episode we recorded last night.

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I will be doing a program for the kids at the Cahaba Valley Learning Center this morning in Shelby County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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September 9, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 06:24
September 9, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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WeatherBrains 450: He’s Been Tested

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 450 is now online (September 8, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer for Mano Nanotechnologies, Inc., a New York-based startup company focusing on research and development of advanced environmental sensor technology. He holds advanced degrees in meteorology and atmospheric science from Florida State University with 25 years of experience as a leader in technology and business management. He is currently working on an exciting new start up project. Dr. John Manobianco, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion by listener Erick Church. He is the Chief Meteorologist for KTUZ-TV in Oklahoma City. Michael Saenz, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 106 at Needles, CA, and Ojai, CA, and 25 at Stanley, ID
  • Tropics fairly quiet with just one area of concern south of the Cape Verde Islands
  • Small slight risk area in Iowa for today and expanding on Day 2 in much the same area
  • Discussion on Warning Coordination Meteorologist job
  • Last Super Moon of the year going on during the show
  • August a very low month for tornadoes since 1960
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is trying to catch up on incoming messages from our listeners. It’s a never ending job!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week we take a peek into history and try to find a connection between a Lutheran minister, weather observations, and a big award for cooperative weather observers. It’s interesting to see who some of the past weather geeks are.

    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 450:

    WeatherBrains Limited Edition T-shirt

    KTUZ-TV Web Site

    Spot the International Space Station

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Upper Air Climatology Plots

    John Manobianco – Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise

    Brian Peters – Galveston Meteorologist Isaac Cline

    John Scala – Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900

    Kevin Selle – Sounding Data for KDFW

    Rick Smith – Taking Turbulence out of Air Travel

    James Spann – EKDMOS version 2 Meteorgrams

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Warning Graphic

    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 450: He’s Been Tested

    WeatherBrains - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 450 is now online (September 8, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer for Mano Nanotechnologies, Inc., a New York-based startup company focusing on research and development of advanced environmental sensor technology. He holds advanced degrees in meteorology and atmospheric science from Florida State University with 25 years of experience as a leader in technology and business management. He is currently working on an exciting new start up project. Dr. John Manobianco, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion by listener Erick Church. He is the Chief Meteorologist for KTUZ-TV in Oklahoma City. Michael Saenz, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 106 at Needles, CA, and Ojai, CA, and 25 at Stanley, ID
  • Tropics fairly quiet with just one area of concern south of the Cape Verde Islands
  • Small slight risk area in Iowa for today and expanding on Day 2 in much the same area
  • Discussion on Warning Coordination Meteorologist job
  • Last Super Moon of the year going on during the show
  • August a very low month for tornadoes since 1960
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is trying to catch up on incoming messages from our listeners. It’s a never ending job!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This week we take a peek into history and try to find a connection between a Lutheran minister, weather observations, and a big award for cooperative weather observers. It’s interesting to see who some of the past weather geeks are.

    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 450:

    WeatherBrains Limited Edition T-shirt

    KTUZ-TV Web Site

    Spot the International Space Station

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Upper Air Climatology Plots

    John Manobianco – Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise

    Brian Peters – Galveston Meteorologist Isaac Cline

    John Scala – Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900

    Kevin Selle – Sounding Data for KDFW

    Rick Smith – Taking Turbulence out of Air Travel

    James Spann – EKDMOS version 2 Meteograms

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Tornado Warning Graphic

    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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    September 8, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:42
    September 8, 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: 308 3 ratings Time: 06:42 More in News & Politics
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    Only Isolated Showers Tomorrow and Wednesday

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:38

    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 showers and thunderstorms on radar this afternoon; most of them (but not all) are south of I-20 and west of I-65. They are moving south, and like recent days they will fizzle out by 9:00 or 10:00 tonight.

    TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: These two days look warm and relatively dry; a few showers are possible during the afternoon and evening hours, but they should be pretty widely spaced. The risk of any one spot getting wet is only about one in five. The high will be pretty close to 90 degrees in most locations.

    To the north, severe storms are possible on these two days from Iowa to the Great Lakes ahead of a deepening surface low and cold front.

    THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A big pattern change begins, and the cold front will move into Alabama Thursday night. We will forecast a chance of showers and storms ahead of the boundary Thursday afternoon into Thursday night, but no severe weather is expected here with the dynamic support and surface low well to the north. Rain amounts of around 1/2 inch look likely.

    The front will creep down into South Alabama during the day Friday; we will hang on to some risk of a stray morning shower Friday, but dry air should take over by the afternoon hours over the northern half of the state. Highs will drop into the upper 80s Thursday, and mid 80s Friday.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks excellent with mostly sunny days, lower humidity, and cooler nights. We are projecting highs in the low 80s, with early morning lows in the 58-62 degree range. Much more comfortable for football fans Saturday compared to this past weekend.

    Next week looks mostly dry and pleasant as well; see the Weather Xtreme video for the latest maps, graphics, and details.

    TROPICS: A tropical wave south of the Cape Verde Islands, in the far East Atlantic, will move to the west/northwest in coming days, and will have the chance of becoming Tropical Storm Edouard. The GFS is suggesting that if anything does develop, it will recurve in the Atlantic before reaching the U.S., but it a little too early to know for sure. The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day along the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with the usual risk of scattered thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the upper 80s, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

    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…

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    I had a great time today visiting with the third graders at Deer Valley Elementary School in Hoover… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    Cold Front Arrives Late This Week

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:19

    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.

    STILL WARM AND HUMID THROUGH MID-WEEK: Alabama’s weather won’t change very much through Wednesday; warm, humid days with a mix of sun and clouds, and the risk of a few showers and storms each afternoon. The storms should be pretty widely spaced, and afternoon highs will be in the 88-91 degree range, just above average for early September in Alabama (Birmingham’s average high for September 8 is 87 degrees). Humidity levels will remain rather high with a summer feel.

    PATTERN CHANGE AHEAD: A deep surface low will form over the Great Plains tomorrow, moving to the Great Lakes Wednesday. This will pull a cold front southward, the leading edge of much cooler air that is now over Canada. A fairly significant severe weather threat is setting up south and east of the surface low on these two days over the northern U.S.

    This cold front will push into Alabama Thursday night, and an organized band of showers and storms should push through our state. No severe weather is expected here, as the main surface low and dynamic support will remain to the north. Looks like the main window for showers and storms ahead of the front will come from about 4:00 p.m. Thursday through 4:00 a.m. Friday; rain amounts of around 1/2 inch can be expected.

    REFRESHING CHANGE: The sky becomes partly to mostly sunny Friday, with a fresh north breeze and lower humidity, and the weekend ahead will be very nice with ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday, low humidity, and pleasant highs. Looks like the high will be in the low 80s over the weekend, with early morning lows in the 58-62 degree range.

    You won’t need jackets or sweaters this weekend, but it will be more comfortable at high school and college football games. No threat of storms, lower humidity levels, and cooler nights.

    The dry weather continues into at least the first half of next week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

    TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet at a time when the tropics should be peaking. There is a new wave coming off the coast of Africa with some chance of development; it will move west-northwest in coming days in a relatively dry airmass. Remains to be seen if this will develop at all, recurve, or be some threat to land. We will keep an eye on it.

    GULF COAST FORECAST: Pretty typical early September weather from Panama City over to Gulf Shores this week; about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with the risk of scattered thunderstorms; highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, and the sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees. The cooler and drier air will have a hard time reach the coast this weekend, but showers will become fewer in number, most likely, by Saturday and Sunday.

    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…

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    I will be doing a weather program today at Deer Valley Elementary School in Hoover… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    September 8, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 06:15
    September 8, 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... From: abc3340 Views: 627 4 ratings Time: 06:49 More in News & Politics
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    Storms Firing Up

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 14:07

    A cold front slipped through the area overnight. That front is located over South Central Alabama this afternoon.

    Showers and thunderstorms were blowing up from Hale and Bibb Counties southeastward into the Montgomery area.

    Isolated storms were over the northeastern part of Jefferson County.

    Some of the storms were quite strong with heavy rain, frequent lightning and gusty winds. They will continue pushing southeastward through the afternoon hours.

    Temperatures were in the lower 90s mostly before the storms. The only exceptions across the northern half of the state was in the Northwest corner where readings in the middle 80s were the norm thanks to stubborn early morning clouds.

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    September 7 Weather Xtreme Video

    Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 07:13
    September 7 Weather Xtreme Video
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    Another Summer-ish Day

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 07:13

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    We saw a mix of sun, clouds, and scattered showers yesterday, and today should be a lot like that. The weak frontal boundary will continue to wash out and just a slight amount of drying in the atmosphere should reduce our chances for showers as we head into the upcoming work week. But for today look for scattered showers once again with our afternoon highs reaching close to 90.

    There is not much change occurring in the upper atmosphere over the next few days. A weak trough passing today will assist with some shower production keeping the showers primarily scattered as moisture settles south of the Birmingham area. Following the moisture, the better chances for scattered showers will move into South Alabama while North and Central Alabama experience just enough of a drop in precipitable water for showers to become isolated, so that most of us stay dry. Morning lows will continue in the 68 to 72 range while afternoon highs will dance with 90 degrees on most days.

    While the main westerlies continue to hug the Canadian border for much of the week, there is a strong trough passing well to the north of us at the end of the week which will drag a front toward Alabama by Thursday. Because the main dynamics continue to stay very far north, the front is likely to stall in our vicinity. This could impact our weather for Friday with better chances for showers and storms. While the main dynamics remain well north the GFS and ECMWF seem to be in fairly good agreement on bringing drier and cooler air into our area with a large surface high to our north and northeast. This is verging on voodoo, and I would like to see the upper flow become less zonal to support the idea of the front pushing through our area.

    The tropics are ramping up a little. Three areas are being watched, but the newest area just coming off the African continent has the greatest potential for developing into a full blown tropical system in the next five days. In the eastern Pacific, Norbert is weakening as it remains offshore of the Baja Peninsula and is likely to come ashore as a depression in the Wednesday/Thursday time frame.

    For beach enthusiasts, it will be warm and humid with a mix of sun and clouds each day. Sunshine should still be fairly good with 4 to 7 hours each day. Rain chances will be a little above average each day with the best chance for rain during the afternoon and into the evening hours. Highs will be in the upper 80s each afternoon while lows will be in the upper 70s. Water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab was 86 degrees.

    As we saw yesterday with the GFS, the pattern is likely to become active in week two with a fairly strong trough developing again over the eastern US around the 16th. And the GFS keeps this idea of the troughiness in place out through the 22nd. This could certainly spell some much cooler days if this verifies correctly.

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

    I expect James Spann to be have the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Monday morning. Glad to see Alabama and Auburn top their opponents yesterday as well as the Florida State Seminoles. Enjoy the day and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    A Few Strong Storms

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 19:51

    A few strong storms are occurring tonight over North Central Alabama ahead of a cool front.

    Strong storms are over eastern Winston County, Cullman County near Hanceville and another weaker one between Ashville and Ohatchee in St. Clair County.

    They are moving only slowly south southeast.

    If you find yourself in the path of one of these storms be ready for torrential rains, deadly lightning and gusty winds.

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    Midday Radar Check

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:16

    We continue to be under a very moisture rich air mass across the state today. We are seeing a mix of sun and clouds, with very warm and humid conditions. As the atmosphere heats up, and instability builds, showers and storm begin bubbling up across the state. Looking at the radar, we are seeing scattered to numerous showers across the Alabama landscape.

    There are a few storms mixed in with the showers, but overall we are just seeing showers. The general movement of today’s convection is towards the south. A weak frontal boundary is sagging south into the state, and that is also helping provide a little bit of extra uplift which is helping showers develop as well.

    Heading through the rest of the afternoon, expect more of the same. A mix of sun and clouds, with showers and storms. Storms should continue into the evening hours before winding down once the daytime heating is lost.

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    Mix of Sun, Clouds, and Showers

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 06:48

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    Summer continues to roll along with another day forecast to include scattered showers. And Sunday is likely to be a close copy to today. A weak front sagging into Alabama will give us a bit better chance for showers today and again Sunday as the front washes out. Slightly drier air will lower our chances for showers as we head into next week.

    By Tuesday and Wednesday, a weak ridge aloft will help to keep us warm with highs in the upper 80s. While moisture will be somewhat limited we’ll still have to include a small chance of showers – in the 20 to 30 percent range – until the end of the week. At the end of the week, a fairly strong trough but traveling across the Great Lakes promises to bring a front into the Southeast US. There are some timing differences between the GFS and the ECMWF with the GFS latest run coming in slightly faster with the front. We’ll have to keep an eye on this timing since it could impact the weather for high school football games next Friday.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Alabama hosts Florida Atlantic University (FAU) at Bryant-Denny Stadium for an 11:00a kickoff. Expect a mix of sun and clouds with the risk of a passing shower or thunderstorm during the game. The temperature will rise from near 86 at kickoff, to near 92 by the final whistle. Auburn will host San Jose State at Jordan-Hare Stadium this evening (6:00p kickoff)… it will be warm and humid with a kickoff temperature in the mid 80s; the chance of a shower or storm is about one in three, mainly during the first half of the game. Temperatures will fall into the upper 70s by the fourth quarter. UAB is on the road, playing Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville (2:00p kickoff). Hot and muggy conditions are likely during the game, with a kickoff temperature near 89 degrees. A shower or storm is possible during the game, but the rain won’t be continuous, and the sun will be out at times.

    Heading to the beach? Look for 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day of the weekend with a passing shower possible. Rain chances should run about 30 percent. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Sea water temperature along the Alabama and Northwest Florida coastal area was running in the middle to upper 80s.

    Tropics remain relatively quiet considering that we are at the heart of the Atlantic hurricane season. An area of disturbed weather along the Southeast US coast will bring rain to the coastal area but any development of this area will be slow to occur as it drifts slowly northeastward. An elongated area of lower pressure was situated southeast of the Cape Verde Islands, however, dry air over the tropical Atlantic is expected to limit any development of this system.

    Looking out into Week 2 or voodoo country, the GFS is painting a long wave trough position over the eastern half of the country. This could include the passage of a front or two during that time frame. Days are getting shorter as we head toward the autumnal equinox on September 22nd.

    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)

    The next Weather Xtreme Video should be posted on Sunday morning by 8 am or so. Enjoy the day and good luck to everyone’s favorite football teams. Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    September 6 Weather Xtreme Video

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