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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marengo Until 2:30 p.m.

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:39

Strong storms are lifting northward across South Alabama this afternoon and some of them are becoming severe in an increasingly ripe environment for severe weather.

There ispplenty of instability and bulk wind shear for strong and organized updrafts.

This environment will continue to become increasingly unstable through the afternoon.

In addition, the squall line is moving a little faster, and will be approaching West Alabama as early as 5 p.m.

We will be tracking the severe weather situation throughout the afternoon and evening and overnight.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 230 PM CDT

* AT 138 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 VINELAND…
OR 22 MILES SOUTH OF LINDEN…AND MOVING NORTH AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LINDEN…DEMOPOLIS…DIXONS MILL…SURGINER…SWEET WATER…
WAYNE…SHILOH AND MAGNOLIA.

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Late Morning Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:29

We are still looking at a signifiant severe weather threat for Alabama this afternoon, tonight, into tomorrow morning. Scroll down for the full meteorological discussion.

Scattered storms, some severe, will begin to form over the western half of Alabama after 3:00 p.m. Then, an organized line of severe storms will move through after midnight. It will take a long time for the line of storms to move through; it could be mid-morning tomorrow before they clear the Georgia border.

The highest risk of tornadoes will come this afternoon and early tonight over West Alabama; the main threat with the line of storms after midnight will come from damaging straight line winds.

There are multiple tornado warning polygons up late this morning near the Mississippi River…

We will have frequent updates on the situation as storms begin to form across West Alabama this afternoon… stay tuned…

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October 13, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:44
October 13, 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: 10011 23 ratings Time: 12:14 More in News & Politics
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Severe Weather Threat Ahead For Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 06:38

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.

As always before any severe weather threat, I encourage you to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and detailed information on what is ahead.

AT DAYBREAK: Things are pretty quiet early this morning; just a few sprinkles on the radar near the Tennessee border… most of the state is rain-free with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s around here. We don’t expect any weather problems through the morning hours.

SEVERE STORMS AHEAD: A vigorous upper trough west of Alabama, with an attendant surface low and cold front, will bring the threat of severe weather to our state late today and tonight. Here is a look at what we expect across Alabama…

TIMING: Severe storms could develop over the western half of Alabama as early as 4:00-5:00 this afternoon. These thunderstorms will be capable of producing hail, damaging wind, and maybe even a tornado or two. The primary squall line will enter West Alabama late tonight, around midnight, and will move slowly through the state during the pre-dawn hours. After midnight, the core threat shifts to damaging straight line wind along the squall line. It could very well be after daybreak tomorrow before the storms impact places like Anniston and Gadsden in East Alabama.

THREATS: The highest tornado probabilities are west of Alabama, around Memphis and the Mississippi Delta this afternoon and early tonight, but clearly there will be a risk of a few tornadoes over West Alabama between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. All of Alabama will have a risk of damaging straight line winds, with individual thunderstorms, and with the organized line that will move through after midnight. And, some hail is also possible in stronger storms.

FLASH FLOODING: A flash flood watch is in effect for that part of Alabama north of a line from Millport to Jasper to Oneonta to Fort Payne. Keep in mind this part of the state, received significant rain over the weekend; we have reports of almost five inches of rain around Cullman. Additional rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches will create the risk of flooding tonight.

GET THE WARNINGS! Remember, if you think you will hear an outdoor warning siren late tonight while you family is sleeping, you pretty much have no hope of getting a warning. Every home needs a properly programmed NOAA Weather Radio, and a good “second layer” is a smart phone app like MyWarn, or WeatherRadio. Be sure you and your family can hear severe weather warnings late this afternoon and tonight.

ABC 33/40 COVERAGE: If any part of our TV market is under a tornado warning, you know the deal… we go on the air, and stay on the air. When we have no active tornado warnings, tonight we will be on our live stream, and our digital weather channel “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state. You can access the live stream through any ABC 33/40 app, including the James Spann 24/7 app, or on the ABC 33/40 web site.

REST OF THE WEEK: Rain moves out of the state tomorrow, and the weather turns much cooler with a gusty north breeze. A cut-off upper low will persist north of the state Wednesday, and could keep clouds over the northern third of the state, and maybe even a touch of light rain or drizzle around the Tennessee Valley. A good chance we won’t get out of the 60s Wednesday.

Then, the weather will be delightful Thursday and Friday with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights; highs in the 70s and lows down around 50 degrees. Colder pockets will visit the 40s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Could not be better. Clear weather continues; highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Perfect for race weekend at Talladega, football, or anything else you want to do outdoors.

TROPICS: We have a pair of tropical storms in the Atlantic; Fay is east of Bermuda, and is moving east over the open Atlantic. And, Gonzalo is near the Leeward Islands; it will be near the eastern tip of Puerto Rico after midnight tonight as a strong tropical storm, and should become a hurricane tomorrow as moves over the open Atlantic. These will not impact the U.S. mainland.

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I will be doing a weather program today at Oliver Elementary School in Birmingham… we will have frequent updates on the severe weather threat here on the blog through the day, and of course as the event unfolds tonight and tomorrow morning. I will post another detailed discussion by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Flash Flood Warning for Parts of Cullman Co. Until 1 a.m.

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 21:05

2 to 3 inches of rain has fallen across parts of Cullman County tonight and 3 to 4 inches of rain have fallen near Lake George where flash flood is ongoing. In addition, very heavy thunderstorms are approaching from Winston County and more heavy rain will fall overnight.

Here is the accumulated rainfall radar estimate:

Here is the current radar:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 100 AM CDT

* AT 856 PM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLASH FLOODING ON
COUNTY ROAD 1339 NEAR LAKE GEORGE. THREE TO FOUR INCHES OF RAIN
HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. COUNTY ROAD 1339…NEAR LAKE GEORGE…HAS
BEEN CLOSED. EVEN THOUGH THE RAIN HAS DIMINISHED
TEMPORARILY…MORE HEAVY RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT WHICH MAY
AGGRAVATE ANY FLOODING ISSUES.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…
SARDIS…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…BAILEYTON AND WEST POINT.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Walker County until 6:45 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 18:04

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

* AT 603 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 JASPER…
AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
JASPER…LYNNS PARK…SIPSEY…MANCHESTER…BOLDO…POWELLVILLE AND
EMPIRE.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 57 THROUGH 65…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Severe Weather Threat Late Monday into Tuesday…

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 13:52

A Monday night severe weather threat highlights Alabama’s weather on this mid-October Sunday.

YOUR SUNDAY MORNING WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MONTH OF MAY: Another springlike morning greeted the day across Central Alabama with a mix of clouds and sun and a few moderate showers splashing and dashing. Morning lows were uniform, with 66F at Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, 65F at Anniston and a muggy 68F at Calera. Dewpoints were in the middle and upper 60s, which is quite moist and feels humid, more like May than September. The warm and muggies will continue through the afternoon hours, with highs topping out in the middle 80s.

ON THE WEATHER MAPS: Looking to charts of the upper levels of the atmosphere, where our weather is created and shaped, we see a huge trough covering most of the United States. The Jetstream is roaring down the western side of the Rocky Mountains, diving toward Old Mexico and Texas. Following its lead, the mid-level flow is picking up moisture to our southwest and spitting disturbances our way here in the Deep South. At the surface, that frontal system that has been hanging around Central Alabama is lifting north this afternoon on the backs of southerly winds ahead of a developing surface low near the Texas/Louisiana border and that southwesterly flow aloft.

SHOWERS AND STORMS: Showers and storms formed this morning over North and North Central Alabama along the retreating frontal boundary, capitalizing on the warm/moist airmass and taking advantage of an approaching upper level disturbance in that upper flow. Some of them were producing very heavy rainfall, gusty winds and frequent lightning but they were not severe. Most of the storms this afternoon should be to the north, but we can’t rule out a few storms in the warm, moist southerly flow over Central Alabama. Also can’t rule out one or two of them briefly becoming severe, but the chance is relatively small. More showers and storms will form overnight as another disturbance swings across the area. They may be noisy, but shouldn’t be severe.

MAIN EVENT: It looks like the main event for Alabama will come tomorrow night into Tuesday as that strong upper level system pushes east, spinning up a decent surface low over Oklahoma. This surface low will track northeast into Missouri, a favorable position for severe weather in Alabama. A strong cold front should be approaching the Mississippi River by tomorrow evening, and showers and storms will break out in the strong southerly flow ahead of the low as the Gulf of Mexico opens for business. So expect a few showers and storms especially during the afternoon tomorrow across the area, increasing in coverage and intensity by 5-6 p.m. Severe weather will be possible with these storms that will continue into the night and be joined by an approaching squall line after midnight. That line of storms will push across the state tomorrow night. Storms will still be possible through the morning hours as the cold front will not make it to I-65 until noon Tuesday. Check your severe weather preparedness plans, make sure you have a reliable way to receive watches and warnings and stay abreast of the weather Monday afternoon evening and overnight.

BIG SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK: This is potentially a big severe weather outbreak for areas mainly to our west, including Memphis, St. Louis, Shreveport and Jackson. The significant severe weather risk will extend into western Alabama late tomorrow night diminishing a but as the activity works further into the state of Alabama during the overnight. Be prepared for damaging winds and even the possibility of a tornado or two.

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Hello Gonzo! Well, Actually Gonzalo…

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 13:07

We have experienced a little burst of activity in the tropical Atlantic as a cycle called the Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) is bringing favorable conditions to much of the basin.

Tropical Storm Fay scored a direct hit on the island of Bermuda overnight. Winds officially gusted to 82 mph as the 70 mph tropical storm passed just east of the island after midnight last night. Winds dropped to near calm as the center passed and the barometer was measured at 986 mb. It will continue to the east northeast over open ocean over the next few days.

Now comes Gonzalo…

Based on Air Force Reconnaissance reports from the disturbance east of the northern Leewards, the National Hurricane Center is now issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Storm Gonzalo. Gonzalo will produce tropical storm conditions across the northern Leewards, Virgin Islands and perhaps Puerto Rico. The system will recurve to the north.

Here is the latest info on Gonzalo:
SUMMARY OF 130 PM AST…1730 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…16.4N 58.4W
ABOUT 200 MI…320 KM E OF GUADELOUPE
ABOUT 230 MI…370 KM ESE OF ANTIGUA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1009 MB…29.80 INCHES

Here is the summary of watches and warnings:

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* GUADELOUPE
* DESIRADE
* LES SAINTES
* MARIE GALANTE
* ST.MARTIN
* ST. BARTHELEMY
* ST.MAARTIN
* SABA
* ST. EUSTATIUS
* BARBUDA
* ANTIGUA
* ANGUILLA
* ST. KITTS
* NEVIS
* MONTSERRAT

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* PUERTO RICO
* VIEQUES
* CULEBRA
* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Further east, Hanna is likely to form in coming days as well, but will recurve well to the east of the islands.

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Showers and Warmth Continue

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 07:03

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As we gear up for the approach of a very dynamic system late Monday and early Tuesday, we will be staying warm and unsettled with scattered showers a possibility through Monday. Highs today should be in the lower and middle 80s with a mix of sun and clouds and those scattered showers. That frontal boundary will gradually wash out over the next 24 hours as a deep trough takes shape just to our west.

A strong impulse coming out of the Rockies will dig a deep trough into the Central US generating a surface low over Oklahoma that will move to the northeast into the Great Lakes by Tuesday afternoon. The strong southerly flow will bring good low level moisture northward from the Gulf of Mexico. That along with strong low level jet will set the stage for the development of strong to severe thunderstorms over a large portion of the Lower and Middle Mississippi River Valley Monday and into early Tuesday. For Central Alabama, it looks like the main threat for strong to severe storms will come in the 9 pm Monday to noon Tuesday time frame. Shear valleys are sufficient to support rotating storms so there is a risk of tornadoes along with damaging thunderstorm wind.

This dynamic system should move through Central Alabama by early Tuesday afternoon with the severe weather risk shifting into Georgia for Day 3 or Tuesday. Some clearing may occur but it looks like there could be some wrap around cloudiness into Wednesday before we see a return to full sunshine.

This system won’t be tapping into any really cold air but we should cool down nicely with lows on Wednesday and Thursday morning dipping into the 40s with afternoon highs in the lower 70s. That will certainly feel nice.

The weather pattern remains fairly active for October with another trough forecast to come across the Great Lakes on Friday. But this system appears to stay well north of us thanks in part to weak ridging following the strong system Monday and Tuesday. This next system will probably drag a front into the eastern US late in the week, however, it looks like we don’t see any significant moisture return, so we should stay dry for the latter part of the week and into next weekend. That will be great for Friday night high school football and college games on Saturday.

In the tropics, Fay transitioned from a sub-tropical storm into a tropical storm yesterday and was brushing by Bermuda this morning. Fay will continue into the North Atlantic on an east to northeast track. Another area of disturbed weather just to the east of the Lesser Antilles shows some potential for development, but this system appears likely to recurve into the Atlantic away from the southern US just as Fay has done.

Beach visitors will have to contend with showers today and Monday along with some risk for severe storms on Monday into the first half of Tuesday. Lows will be in the lower 70s and highs in the lower 80s. After Tuesday, the weather turns dry along the coast with highs around 80 and lows in the lower 60s. Water temperatures were running in the middle 70s along the Alabama coastal area.

Looking into voodoo country, October appears to remain more active than we usually expect for this, the driest month of the year for Central Alabama. The GFS continued to show another deep trough over the eastern third of the country around the 21st/22nd time frame which would spell another round of rain and storms. The good news is that there does not appear to be any sign of any extreme temperature changes for Week 2.

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)

James Spann will have the next Weather Xtreme Video here on Monday morning. Check back here for updates on this evolving weather system. Have a great day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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October 12 Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 06:49
October 12 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... From: abc3340 Views: 1280 6 ratings Time: 07:41 More in News & Politics
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Severe Storms Possible Tomorrow Night

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 06:34

Here is a look at the Alabama severe weather situation Monday night. A strong upper trough will approach from the west, providing very good dynamic support for the attendant cold front.

The Storm Prediction Center has almost all of Alabama in the standard severe weather “slight risk” for tomorrow night, with higher probabilities over the far western part of the state.

Forecast surface based instabilities are not especially impressive, with CAPE (convective available potential energy) values generally under 1,000 j/kg. The one parameter that does stand out is the low level jet (the winds near 5,000 feet off the ground), which will exceed 50 knots over the northern half of the state.

TIMING: While scattered storms could break out tomorrow afternoon, the core severe weather threat will come from roughly 6:00 p.m. tomorrow through 3:00 a.m. Tuesday. Approximate timing for the main line of storms…

West Alabama: 8pm to 11pm
I-65 Corridor/Central Alabama: 11pm to 3am
East Alabama: 3am to 6am (storms should be slowly weakening at this time)

THREATS: The primary threat will come from damaging straight line winds within the QLCS, or squall line. However, there will be sufficient bulk shear for a few small, short lived embedded tornadoes within the line. Thunderstorm winds could be sufficient to knock down trees and power lines during the night. Rain amounts should average 1/2 to 1 inch, but that won’t be enough to create signifiant flooding issues, most likely.

CALL TO ACTION: Since this will be a late night/pre-dawn event, everyone will need to have a properly programmed weather radio, with good batteries installed in case of a power outage, available in your home so you won’t miss any warning that is issued. And, of course, good smart phone apps are another great way of receiving warnings. Apps like WeatherRadio, and MyWarn work very well.

AFTER THE STORMS: Much cooler air invades Alabama; highs drop into the 60s Wednesday, and lows will be in the upper 40s and low 50s…

Brian Peters will have a full weather discussion, and a new Weather Xtreme video shortly. Stay tuned…

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Cullman County until 9PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 20:25

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 824 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR DODGE CITY…OR 10 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF CULLMAN…AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…GARDEN
CITY…WALTER…PHELAN…BREMEN AND LOGAN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…
DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.

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Early Afternoon Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:32

A mix of sun and clouds this afternoon, and it remains very warm and muggy across the state. It is October, but the weather feels more like August. We should see highs in the 80s again today, with even a few locations to the south seeing 90s.

As we look at the radar, we are seeing a few showers and some storms developing across central portions of the state. Storms have developed along the Interstate 20 corridor on the eastern side of the state. There are some storms developing down towards the Interstate 85 corridor as well.

As we head through the afternoon, we can expect to see more of the same, as showers and storms will be developing. No organized severe weather is expected today in the state, but there could be an isolated severe storm or two later this afternoon. As we have seen the past few days, storms could certainly pack a punch as they will be producing tremendous amounts of lightning, heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and some hail. Not everyone will see the rain today, and the better chance for rain remains north of the I-20 corridor.

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Drought Conditions Persist

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 11:28

A quick look at the latest drought monitor issued earlier this week, continues to show just how dry it has been across the state lately. Over 75% of the state remains abnormally dry, with moderate drought conditions affecting much of the central part of the state, as well as southeastern portions of the state. There is even an area of severe drought conditions affecting Clay and Tallapoosa counties.

Rains the last couple of days, as well as the rain forecast the impact the state the next several days, will only help conditions. October is statistically the driest month of the year for Alabama, so any rain we can get this time of year, is great news. Hopefully, when the next drought monitor is issued Thursday, we will see improving conditions across the state.

Click image to enlarge.

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Unsettled Weather Through Tuesday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:51

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October of 2014 is not living up to the typical characteristics of an October as the weather pattern remains quite unsettled for the next several days. Radar this morning showed showers across the northern third of Alabama along a stationary frontal boundary. Showers will be ending temporarily from the west this morning before additional showers affect us this afternoon.

For those heading to football games, rain gear is probably a good idea for the games. Auburn takes on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville (2:30 pm kickoff). The sky will be mostly cloudy with a kickoff temperature near 80 degrees; there is a good chance of showers or thunderstorms during the game. Temperatures will fall into the lower 70s by the final whistle.

Alabama is on the road as they play Arkansas at Fayetteville (5:00 pm kickoff). Showers and storms are possible. The temperature will be in the upper 50s all day and will drop into the lower 50s by the fourth quarter.

UAB Blazers host North Texas (2:30 pm kickoff) at Legion Field. The sky will be mostly cloudy with showers and storms possible, and temperatures will fall from near 82 degrees at kickoff to around 74 by the fourth quarter.

The unsettled weather continues into Sunday though it looks like showers will be somewhat less numerous than today. By Monday a very dynamic weather system aloft is forecast to bring a deep trough along with a closed low across the Central Plains with a large area of potentially severe weather from the Lower Mississippi River Valley into Ohio and Indiana. CAPE values are forecast to be into the 1000-2000 j/kg range and shear values will also be sufficient for the possibility of tornadoes. It does look like the system will produce a squall line that will move through Central Alabama late Monday and early Tuesday with damaging wind likely.

The upper low and trough will move by quickly on Tuesday so look for rapid clearing and much cooler temperatures by Wednesday morning with readings down into the 40s. Wednesday should be a great day with highs into the lower 70s.

The main westerlies stay north of us through the end of the week and into next weekend so we should have dry weather with seasonal temperatures – lows in the 50s and highs in the middle and upper 70s.

Subtropical storm Fay is churning in the Atlantic and not expected to affect the US. Bermuda is under a tropical storm warning as the storm passes just southeast of the island. Two other areas of disturbed weather were noted in the South Atlantic but neither is likely to become a storm in the next couple of days. The disturbance just east of the Leeward Islands is forecast to move into an area more conducive for development early next week. Forecasts indicate that the system should recurve east of the Bahamas.

Looking briefly into voodoo country, the weather stays unsettled with yet another deep trough forecast over the eastern third of the country around the 20th and 21st. And by the end of the month, the GFS suggests a closed low near the Four Corners area which could keep the Southeast in a wet pattern.

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)

I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted by 8 am or so on Sunday. Check back here for later updates on the weather situation. Enjoy the day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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October 11 Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 07:50
October 11 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... From: abc3340 Views: 472 4 ratings Time: 07:28 More in News & Politics
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Areal Flood Advisory Jefferson County

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:21

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR
DRAINAGE AREAS IN…
SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…VESTAVIA HILLS…MOUNTAIN BROOK…
HUEYTOWN…HOOVER…HOMEWOOD…FAIRFIELD…BIRMINGHAM…BESSEMER…

* UNTIL 1015 PM CDT

* AT 811 PM CDT…STORMS PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUE MOVING
EASTWARD ACROSS JEFFERSON COUNTY. DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES SHOW ONE
TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE
COUNTY. AN ADDITIONAL ONE INCH IS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT HOUR.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS…
HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE
AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

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Storms Approaching Birmingham Metro

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 19:24

Strong storms blowing into the Birmingham area currently. These storms are not severe, but they are producing gusty winds, frequent lightning, torrential rain, and likely some hail.

These storms continue to race off towards the east and should last only thirty minutes or so, before passing by your location. These storms will impact the major roadways including Interstate 65, 20/50, and 459. These storms will be causing delays with the high school games, but these games should be able to continue after a delay.

These storms are slowly weakening, but will continue to push through the Birmingham Metro.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Walker County until 7PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 18:08

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
WALKER COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 700 PM CDT

* AT 605 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
SMITH DAM TO OAKMAN…AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CORDOVA…DORA…SUMITON…PARRISH…LYNNS PARK…GORGAS…SIPSEY
AND GORGAS STEAM PLANT.

THIS INCLUDES…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 52 THROUGH 78…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

Categories: Weather

Some Strong Storms

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 17:59

We are watching a line of strong storms affecting North-Central Alabama this evening. This line of storms stretches from Cullman, down to Jasper, then to Fayette.

None of these storms are currently severe, but they are packing a punch as they produce very heavy rainfall, gusty winds, frequent and dangerous lightning, as well as some hail.

These storms are moving towards the east, and if they hold together, could affect the Birmingham Metro around 7PM. They will not last very long, but they could delay some of the high school football games around the area this evening.

Elsewhere across Central Alabama, there are a few other storms affecting Shelby and Perry counties as well as Cleburne County in East Alabama. Storms should persist the next few hours, but should begin to slowly weaken once the sun sets.

Categories: Weather