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WeatherBrains 451: Too Much In My Pocket

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:15

WeatherBrains Episode 451 is now online (September 15, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight, we are honored to have a trio of young meteorologists on the program to talk about their role in weather for their social communities. Karl Schneider is the webmaster for the Huntsville Joint Chapter of the National Weather Association and American Meteorology Society. He is a co-owner of the US Weather Plus website. Lenny Mendola is a senior who is an administrator on Karl’s US Weather Page. He lives in Roseland NJ. And, Steve Hallet is a freshman at Penn State University. He is a website administrator for the Eastern PA Weather Authority.

This week’s guest panelist is Carl Schreck, who works with WeatherBrains alum Jarred Rennie at the NCDC in Asheville NC. He has been working recently on a project called Cyclone Center.

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

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.

Picks of the Week:

John Scala – Spectacular video of the aurora from last Friday as viewed from Mount Washington

Kevin Selle – OVATION Aurora – Aurora Forecast from NOAA

Rick Smith – Storify

James Spann – iPhone 6 barometer

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Janice Dean’s Freddy the Frogcaster book

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 451: Too Much In My Pocket

WeatherBrains - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:00

WeatherBrains Episode 451 is now online (September 15, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight, we are honored to have a trio of young meteorologists on the program to talk about their role in weather for their social communities. Karl Schneider is the webmaster for the Huntsville Joint Chapter of the National Weather Association and American Meteorology Society. He is a co-owner of the US Weather Plus website. Lenny Mendola is a senior who is an administrator on Karl’s US Weather Page. He lives in Roseland NJ. And, Steve Hallet is a freshman at Penn State University. He is a website administrator for the Eastern PA Weather Authority.

This week’s guest panelist is Carl Schreck, who works with WeatherBrains alum Jarred Rennie at the NCDC in Asheville NC. He has been working recently on a project called Cyclone Center.

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

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.

Picks of the Week:

John Scala – Spectacular video of the aurora from last Friday as viewed from Mount Washington

Kevin Selle – OVATION Aurora – Aurora Forecast from NOAA

Rick Smith – Storify

James Spann – iPhone 6 barometer

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Janice Dean’s Freddy the Frogcaster book

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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Active Storms Moving Across Alabama

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

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RADAR CHECK: A number of strong storms are in progress over the North/Central part of Alabama this afternoon… heavier storms are producing heavy rain and lots of lighting as they move from west to east. The storms will die down late tonight.

TOMORROW: A surface front will creep through North Alabama, so we will still mention some risk of a shower or thunderstorm, but the air tomorrow should be drier and more stable, so showers should be pretty widely spaced, and many communities won’t see any rain; the high will be in the mid 80s.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Fantastic weather Wednesday and Thursday; sunny days, fair cooler nights, and low humidity levels. Highs in the low to mid 80s; we should reach the upper 50s early Thursday morning. Some of the cooler pockets might even see low to mid 50s at daybreak Thursday. Friday should be dry for most of the state; we will keep an eye on a potential CAD setup (cold air damming) that could bring some clouds into East Alabama, but the possibility doesn’t look too high now.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn will play a Thursday night special this week in Manhattan, Kansas against Kansas State (6:30p CT kickoff); we project a temperature of 77 degrees at kickoff with only a small risk (15-20 percent) of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall into the low 70s by the fourth quarter.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks very nice; dry air will stay in place meaning sunny warm days and fair pleasant highs. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s, with lows in the low to mid 60s. No chance of rain.

NEXT WEEK: A weak cold front might trigger a few showers Monday, but for now it doesn’t look like a big rain event. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICAL WEATHER: Hurricane Edouard, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is packing sustained winds of 105 mph, and will remain far from land as it recurves. Hurricane Odile is moving northward over the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, and will be downgraded to a tropical storm tonight as it continues to weaken. Moisture from Odile could bring flash flooding to parts of Arizona and New Mexico later this week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 4 to 6 hours of sunshine tomorrow from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with scattered thunderstorms; then mostly sunny days, fair nights through the weekend with only very isolated showers. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and sea water temperatures remain 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.

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

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September 15, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:44
September 15, 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: 233 4 ratings Time: 05:04 More in News & Politics
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Strong Storms Over Southern Shelby and Northern Chilton

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:25

Strong storms are over southern Shleby and northern Chilton Counties where the NWS has posted a Significant Weather Alert for lightning, heavy rain and gusty winds.

Storms are strongest from north of Jemsion to west of Talladega Springs.

They are moving east at 10 mph.

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Strong Storms over Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:38

UPDATE AT 2:50 PM
The NWS has added an Areal Flood Advisory for parts of Jefferson and St. Clair Counties as well. Communities include Pinson, Center Point, Trussville, Argo and Branchville. A wide area has received at least an inch of rain in a short time between the above communities.

ORIGINAL POST

Strong thunderstorms are occurring at this time over northeastern Jefferson and western St. Clair Counties.  They are centered in the Clay, Argo and CenterPoint areas.

The NWS has issued a Significant Weather Alert for the area inside the polygon on the above graphic.

They are moving southeast at 10 mph and will pass near Trussville, Branchville and Moody.

They contain dangerous lightning, wind gusts to over 40 mph and copious amounts of rain.

Be indoors as these dangerous storms approach.

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Close Encounter With Ivan

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 07:52
Close Encounter With Ivan
ABC 33/40's Bill Castle and Christopher Sign rode out Hurricane Ivan in a condominium on the beach at Gulf Shores... they tell a remarkable story of the stor... From: abc3340 Views: 667 2 ratings Time: 12:07 More in News & Politics
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September 15, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:32
September 15, 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: 734 6 ratings Time: 05:52 More in News & Politics
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Moist Air Returns To Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:25

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SHOWERS/STORMS LATER TODAY: Nothing on the radar at daybreak across Alabama; temperatures are in the low 60s over the Tennessee Valley, with low to mid 70s over the southern two-thirds of the state. We expect scattered showers and storms to fire up this afternoon and tonight… the chance of any one spot getting wet is in the 40-50 percent category. We will reach the low to mid 80s this afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds.

A drier airmass moves back into the state tomorrow, and there is only a small risk of a stray shower; most places will be dry.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: This three day stretch is looking dry and pleasant. The coolest morning will come early Thursday when many North Alabama communities will drop into the upper 50s; daytime highs will be in the 80s, but humidity levels will be low. The only potential fly in the ointment comes Friday when a cold air damming (CAD) pattern sets up over the eastern states; the “wedge” could creep into East Alabama with cooler temperatures, some clouds, and maybe a touch of light rain or drizzle. We won’t mention this in the forecast just yet… we will keep an eye on future model runs.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks very nice with a dry airmass in place. Sunny days, fair nights. Highs in the mid 80s, lows in the low to mid 60s. A weakening cold front might kick off a shower in a few places by Monday of next week, but for now it doesn’t look like a significant rain event. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Auburn will play a Thursday night special this week in Manhattan, Kansas against Kansas State (6:30p CT kickoff); we project a temperature of 77 degrees at kickoff with only a small risk (15-20 percent) of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall into the low 70s by the fourth quarter.

TROPICS: Hurricane Edouard is in the middle of the Atlantic with sustained winds of 105 mph; this will remain far from land as it recurves. The big story is over in the East Pacific; Hurricane Odile slammed into Cabo San Lucas and the southern tip of Baja California last night with sustained winds of 125 mph; it will weaken and move up the Baja peninsula today. Moisture from Odile could bring a flooding threat to parts of Arizona and New Mexica later this week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Not much change this week on the coast; about 3 to 5 hours of sunshine today from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with one or two passing storms, then about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine on a daily basis tomorrow and Wednesday with scattered storms. Then, expect mostly sunny days and fair nights Thursday through the weekend with only a slight risk of a shower. Highs will be in the upper 80s, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY: Hurricane Ivan was on the approach to the Alabama Gulf Coast…

It would make landfall near Gulf Shores around 2:00 a.m. September 16, 2004 as a category three storm with sustained winds of near 120 mph. Damage to the Alabama coast was severe, and widespread.

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

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September 14 Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:45
September 14 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: 314 1 ratings Time: 05:14 More in News & Politics
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Warmer with Showers Monday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 06:44

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The northerly flow across Alabama yesterday and overnight resulted in quite a gradient in temperatures and dew points. This morning dew points were in the middle 50s in the Tennessee Valley while they were still in the lower 70s in Southeast Alabama. Slightly drier air aloft managed to erode much of the cloudiness across the state overnight. Look for the best chances for showers to once again be across South Alabama where moisture values remain the highest.

Aloft the elongated upper ridge will be subdued somewhat on Monday with the passage of a fairly strong trough moving across the Great Lakes. The trough should extend its influence far enough south to allow good chances for widespread showers and storms across Central Alabama. High pressure to the northeast of Alabama will allow moisture to return northward on Monday, too, adding to the potential for our best chances for rain in the week ahead.

The fast moving trough will quickly exit across New England by Tuesday as the overall upper flow becomes northwesterly as the long wave trough sets up across the eastern third of the Nation. The development of this trough should begin the drying process with drier air in place for the middle and latter part of the week ahead. By the end of the week, the upper ridge over the western US will migrate eastward allowing our temperatures to warm up into the upper 80s for Friday and Saturday.

At the beach, typical late summer weather continues along the Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coast today and for most of the week ahead. Highs will be in the upper 80s, overnight lows in the upper 70s. There will be a mix of sun and clouds, with scattered showers and storms. You can expect 4 to 6 hours of sun each day with daily chances for scattered showers.

Tropics are a tad active. Edouard is expected to achieve hurricane status sometime today while it churns northwestward in the open Atlantic before turning more northerly on Tuesday. In the Gulf of Mexico, the area of disturbed weather has become quite diffuse as it moves steadily westward across the Central Gulf with little potential for development. An area of disturbed weather west of the Cape Verde Islands shows little signs of development.

The GFS long range progs continue to keep the idea of general troughiness across the eastern US into late September. But there is also the depiction of some tropical mischief for the Gulf near the end of the month. But you know how this can change that far into voodoo country.

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 first thing on Monday morning. Enjoy the day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Most Areas Dry

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 15:18

As expected today, the bulk of the unsettled weather is across southern portions of the state. We continue to see a mix of sun and clouds today, but we are seeing most locations staying dry. The radar returns in Central Alabama are mostly just ground clutter and it is not raining in the areas.  The main shower and storm activity is over the southeastern counties.

There is a wide range of temperatures across the Central Alabama today. Locations to the north are in the lower 70s, while down south, where the front has not pushed through yet, upper 80s and lower 90s are showing up. For the rest of today, we should see the cloud cover continue to thin out, and the sky should be partly cloudy overnight. There is only a slight chance of a shower for locations north of the U.S. 80 corridor.

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Clouds but Cooler

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:45

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The weak cold front that has been plaguing the Southeast US for the last couple of days continued to sag slowly southward and was situated across southern Alabama this morning. This has allowed slightly cooler and drier air to move into the northern half of Alabama, so I expect to see mostly cloudy skies today with scattered showers possible mainly across South Alabama. The front continued to have little to push it further southward due to an elongated ridge in the upper atmosphere.

If you are headed to Tuscaloosa where Alabama will host Southern Miss this evening with a 5:00 pm kickoff, it looks like the sky will be occasionally cloudy, but the weather should be dry with a kickoff temperature near 80 degrees, falling through the 70s during the second half. UAB hosts Alabama A&M at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30 pm; the sky will be generally cloudy with only a small risk for a shower. The temperature will be around 80 degrees at kickoff, falling into the middle 70s by the final whistle.

The forecast for the beaches: about 4 to 6 hours of sunshine along the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Sunday with scattered thunderstorms; highs will be in the upper 80s. Sea water temperatures are also in the mid 80s.

Tropics are active as expected during the the heart of tropical storm season. Edouard is forecast to become a hurricane on Monday but it is expected to remain well out in the Atlantic. Two areas of disturbed weather were noted in the Gulf of Mexico. The one near the Mexican coast is not expected to develop much as it moves westward into Mexico. The other one just off the Southwest coast of Florida is forecast to track westward and the upper level wind pattern does not appear to be very favorable for any development in the near term. Because this is in the Gulf of Mexico, it will bear watching and a Hurricane Hunter aircraft may investigate the area today.

The ridge remains in place Sunday so isolated showers remain a possibility though we note that precipitable water values continue to drop slightly. The main moisture remains across South Alabama where the better chances for showers should be. While the westerlies remain well to our north, the GFS continued to show general troughiness over the eastern US for the middle and latter portion of the week. This is likely to keep us dry for the latter part of the week. I did note that the ECMWF was considerably drier with its solution than was the GFS.

Looking out into voodoo, the GFS continues to keep the primary trough across the eastern third of the US, but the trough is forecast to weaken as upper ridging again develops over the Southeast US around the end of September. This could mean some warmer weather for us at the end of the month.

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 expect to have the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Sunday morning. Enjoy the cooler weather and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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September 13 Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:42
September 13 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: 248 2 ratings Time: 05:24 More in News & Politics
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Flash Flood Warning Bibb/Jefferson/Shelby/Tuscaloosa til 7:30PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:43

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AREAS IN…
EAST CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTH CENTRAL BIBB COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

*TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

* AT 441 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.
RADAR ESTIMATES NEARLY 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN PORTIONS OF
EASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY AND STORMS ARE SLOWLY MOVING EASTWARD.
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE IN
THE WARNED AREA.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
ALABASTER…BESSEMER…HELENA…ABERNANT…ALABAMA ADVENTURE…
BLUFF PARK…BROOKWOOD…DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS…HOOVER
METROPOLITAN STADIUM…LAKE VIEW…LAKE WILDWOOD…MAYLENE…NORTH
JOHNS…ROSS BRIDGE…TANNEHILL IRONWORKS STATE PARK…VANCE AND
WOODSTOCK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAINFALL FROM PERSISTENT RAINBANDS
WILL PRODUCE FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG STREETS. MANY
ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER AND DRIVING IS NOT RECOMMENDED
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

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.

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

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Flash Flood Warning Jefferson/St. Clair until 7PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:55

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
EAST CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 700 PM CDT

* TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

* AT 355 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. RAIN
AMOUNTS MAY EXCEED 3 INCHES IN A FEW LOCATIONS.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
IRONDALE…MOODY…TRUSSVILLE…ALTON…ARGO…BALD ROCK…
BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT…BRANCHVILLE…CENTER POINT…CHALKVILLE…
CLAY…MARGARET AND TARRANT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for NE Jefferson/ St. Clair Counties

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:42

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
EAST CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 337 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
TRUSSVILLE…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 10 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MOODY…CLAY…ARGO…BALD ROCK…MARGARET…BRANCHVILLE AND CHULA
VISTA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 31 THROUGH 33…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 144 THROUGH 153…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 137 THROUGH 148…

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Cold Front Sagging South

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:39

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COLD FRONT JUST NORTH OF BIRMINGHAM: Showers and strong storms with lots of lighting are in progress near the cold front over North Alabama this afternoon… moving east.

The band of showers and storms will sag southward in coming hours, and most of the showers will south of I-20 by 6:00 p.m.

There is a big temperature contrast across Alabama due to the cold front; at mid-afternoon Tuscaloos was in the low 90s, but north of the front it was only 77 at Haleyville, and 76 at Russellville.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The front will become nearly stationary over the middle of Alabama tomorrow. The day should be mostly cloudy statewide, but the best chance of showers will come over the southern half of the state, south of the front. It will be noticeably cooler over North Alabama; many places there won’t get out of the 70s, but highs stay in the 80s with muggy conditions over the southern counties of the state.

Sunday looks mostly rain-free for the northern two-thirds of the state with a partly sunny sky and a high 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 tonight, mainly from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston south. 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 close to 80 at kickoff, falling into the 70s by the fourth quarter. The chance of any one stadium seeing rain is in the 30-40 percent range along and south of I-20… few showers are expected to the north.

Alabama will host Southern Miss tomorrow evening (5:00p kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; at this point it looks like the sky will be occasionally cloudy, but the weather should be dry with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, falling through the 70s during the second half.

UAB hosts Alabama A&M tomorrow at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30p; the sky will be generally cloudy…. The temperature will be around 82 degrees at kickoff, falling into the mid 70s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The front dissipates, and a few scattered showers are possible Monday and Tuesday with highs in the low to mid 80s. Looks like the highest coverage of showers and storms next week will come on Wednesday thanks to a short wave, and possible moisture from a tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico. Then, we trend drier Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A tropical wave is near Fort Myers, Florida this afternoon, and will move into the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and tomorrow. Winds aloft are not favorable for development in the short term, and it remains to be seen if anything can get it’s act together in that region. Still, some moisture from this wave could impact the Gulf Coast states next week.

Tropical Storm Edouard in the Central Atlantic will recurve into the open Atlantic and is no threat to land, but it should be a hurricane by Monday.

And, a new tropical wave is in the far East Atlantic south of the Cape Verde Islands… this will be moving west/northwest in coming days and is far form land.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine along the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Sunday with scattered thunderstorms; highs will be in the mid to upper 80s… sea water temperatures are also in the mid to upper 80s. The weather next week will be determined by the tropical wave in the Gulf… confidence in any specific solution at this point is low.

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.

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

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My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted early Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates here tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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September 12, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:38
September 12, 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: 347 5 ratings Time: 06:27 More in News & Politics
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Cold Front Into North Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:15

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WET AT TIMES TODAY: We begin the day with a number of showers and thunderstorms over the northern half of Alabama as the long awaited cold front has dipped into the state from the north. The front has pretty much “run out of gas”, so it will only creep slowly southward today and tonight.

We will maintain the chance of occasional showers and thunderstorms through tonight, but after 6:00 or 7:00 this evening, the best chance of showers will be generally along and south of I-20 as a drier airmass sags into North Alabama.

TOMORROW: Somewhat of a challenging forecast with a front draped over Central Alabama, but confidence in the general idea is good. We start the day with clouds during the morning hours, and there could be a little light rain or drizzle. Then, the afternoon should be rain-free. But, clouds could very well linger much of the day. You might see a little sun tomorrow afternoon, but probably not much. It will be cooler… a number of North Alabama towns won’t get out of the 70s due to the cloud cover and cool air advection. Showers will remain possible over the southern half of Alabama tomorrow afternoon, south of the front.

SUNDAY: The day looks mostly dry for North and Central Alabama with a mix of sun and clouds. Again, showers remain possible over South Alabama, generally south of a line from Wedowee to Clanton to Thomasville. The high Sunday should 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 tonight, mainly from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston south. 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 80s at kickoff, falling into the 70s by the fourth quarter. The chance of any one stadium seeing rain is in the 30-40 percent range along and south of I-20… few showers are expected to the north.

Alabama will host Southern Miss tomorrow evening (5:00p kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium; at this point it looks like the sky will be occasionally cloudy, but the weather should be dry with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, falling through the 70s during the second half.

UAB hosts Alabama A&M tomorrow at Legion Field in Birmingham at 2:30p; the sky will be generally cloudy with only a slight risk of a shower. The temperature will be around 85 degrees at kickoff, falling into the upper 70s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The front dissipates, and moist air returns to North Alabama, so there will be some risk of showers on a daily basis. The 00Z GFS hints the best coverage of showers or storms could be on Wednesday, with a trend toward drier conditions Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Edouard over the Central Atlantic could become a hurricane next week, but it will recurve over the open Atlantic far from land.

A new disturbance has emerged off the coast of Africa, and is south of the Cape Verde Islands; no immediate development is expected there.

The wave of interest for us is centered near West Palm Beach, Florida this morning. It is very disorganized, and is drifting to the west. Models pretty much have two scenarios for this; one is a southern track that will bring the system toward the southern Texas coast, and the other possibility is a higher latitude one that shows recurvature into the Central Gulf Coast and the Southeast U.S. next week. The good news is that upper air winds will remain generally unfavorable for this to develop into a tropical storm, but even disorganized tropical waves can bring some very significant rain. Also remember the Gulf of Mexico has been untouched this hurricane season and there is plenty of latent heat energy. We will keep a close eye on it; but for now odds are relatively high it won’t impact the northern or central part of Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend with the daily threat of scattered storms; highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a warm 87 degrees. The weather on the coast next week will be determined by the tropical wave discussed above.

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