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December 11, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:39
December 11, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 267 3 ratings Time: 05:44 More in News & Politics
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Cold Again Tonight; A Warmer Weekend

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:35

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.

DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Expect another freeze early tomorrow morning across North/Central Alabama; most communities will see a low near 30, with 20s likely for colder valleys and protected areas. Then, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon as temperatures rise into the mid to upper 50s with a sunny sky.

The weekend looks very nice; ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday with afternoon highs up in the low 60s. Mornings will be chilly with lows in the mid to upper 30s. No moisture, no chance of rain.

NEXT WEEK: A short wave will bring increasing clouds to Alabama Monday, and showers are a good possibility Monday night. Still looks like the main window for rain will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, and amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch, with potential for heavier totals over the northwest corner of the state. No severe weather threat, and probably not much thunder. Drier air returns Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday and Thursday look dry with a good deal of sunshine both days along with a high near 60 degrees.

Global model consensus is good on the potential for a dynamic system around Saturday, December 20 that would bring the risk of heavy rain and maybe even strong thunderstorms.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: This is still in a period where there is very little skill in a specific forecast (beyond seven days), but for now global models hint most of the week will be dry with temperatures near or a bit below seasonal averages for late December. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham has received 44.41″ of rain since January 1; that is a deficiency of 6.47″. Bottom line is that there is a good chance we end up with a rain deficit for 2014 as the year ends in a few weeks. Tuscaloosa and Anniston have similar totals.

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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December 11, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:25
December 11, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 561 2 ratings Time: 05:48 More in News & Politics
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Cool, Dry December Day

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:24

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.

SUB-FREEZING START: Here are some temperatures across the great state of Alabama at daybreak…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 21
Valley Head 23
Gadsden 25
Concord 25
Fort Payne 25
Anniston 26
Center Point 26
Haleyville 27
Birmingham 28
Tuscaloosa 28
Coker 28
Northport 29

DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Despite sunshine in full supply today, we won’t get past the 50 degree mark, and another light freeze is likely early tomorrow. Then, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon… we expect a high in the upper 50s with a good supply of sunshine. The weather looks wonderful for the weekend, with ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday along with a high in the low 60s both afternoons.

NEXT WEEK: Clouds will return to the state Monday, and we will forecast a good chance of showers Monday night with a short wave moving in from the west. Moisture will be limited, so rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch, and while a little thunder is possible, severe weather is not expected. The main window for rain will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Drier air returns during the day Tuesday, and rain-free weather is likely Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will remain comfortable, with highs generally in the low 60s through mid-week.

LONG RANGE THOUGHTS: The GFS and the ECMWF are in very good agreement, showing a significant storm system impacting Alabama around Saturday December 20. This looks like a rather dynamic feature, and will need to monitored in coming days for severe weather potential. Then, dry and cool weather seems to be the story for the following week, including Christmas Day. Of course, this is out in the “land of voodoo”, and this could easily change. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

WILD WEATHER DAY FOR CALIFORNIA: Heavy rain is moving into the San Francisco Bay area this morning; they will see 3-5 inches of rain over the next few days, and winds today could gust to 40/50 mph at times.

This will be case, however, where the positives could outweigh the negatives; this is beneficial rain for a state that is in severe drought conditions.

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

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

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December 10, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:25
December 10, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 320 5 ratings Time: 05:10 More in News & Politics
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Cold Tonight; Warmer By The Weekend

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:19

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.

CHILLY DAY: Despite a decent amount of sun today, temperatures across North/Central Alabama are only in the upper 40s at mid-afternoon, about ten degrees below average values for mid-December. We expect a pretty decent freeze tonight; lows early tomorrow between 25 and 29 degrees are expected with a clear sky and light wind.

DRY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Cool air stays in place tomorrow with maximum sunshine and a high around 50, then we warm into the mid 50s Friday, and low 60s Saturday and Sunday. Dry air means no rain, and sunny days and clear nights.

NEXT WEEK: A wave will bring the next chance of rain to Alabama Monday night; still looks like the main chance of wet weather will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday; moisture will be limited so at the moment it looks like rain amounts will be generally under 1/2 inch, and there is no threat of severe weather with weak dynamic forcing and very little surface based instability. The sky becomes partly sunny Tuesday afternoon, and highs hold in the 50s with no real cold air behind the system.

The GFS continues to suggest the next rain event comes around Friday December 19, or Saturday December 20.

CHRISTMAS? Way too early to be specific about weather on Christmas Day; global ensembles hint we could see a change to colder temperatures by then, still no firm evidence of any bitterly cold air at this point. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

VERY QUIET YEAR FOR TORNADOES: Our friend Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center released data yesterday showing US tornado numbers for 2014 are among lowest in recorded history…

Not that anyone is complaining…

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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December 10, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:29
December 10, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 569 2 ratings Time: 05:26 More in News & Politics
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Colder Air Drops Into Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:27

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CHILLY DECEMBER DAY: Despite a good supply of sunshine through scattered clouds, we won’t get out of the 40s today thanks to a surge of colder air moving in from the north. This is about ten degrees below average for mid-December, and by early tomorrow we project a low in the 25-29 degree range for most North/Central Alabama communities.

Cool weather continues tomorrow with a high around 50 degrees, but a warming trend begins Friday afternoon as we rise into the upper 50s. Dry air means no rain, and a sunny sky both days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry air stays in place, and we expect a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday. The high Saturday will be close to 60, followed by low to mid 60s Sunday. Early morning lows will be in the mid to upper 30s.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS continues to suggest our next chance of rain will come Monday night, in the general time frame from 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. Data continues to show rain amounts of under 1/2 inch, and while some thunder is possible, severe weather is not expected. The middle of the week will be dry, and another wet weather system shows up at the end of the week around Friday December 19.

CHRISTMAS FORECAST? No, there is no real skill in a specific forecast beyond seven days, so nobody knows what the weather will be like on Christmas Day in Alabama this year, but global model output still doesn’t show any “Arctic blast” potential at this point. On an average basis, temperatures will be close to seasonal values for December through December 25…

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 helping with the ABC 33/40 “Home for the Holidays” Habitat for Humanity house build this morning in Clay… then on to Mount Laurel Elementary in Shelby County. Then, this evening I will be live at the Walmart on Highway 150 in Hoover for a Toys for Tots event. Will try and squeeze in a new Weather Xtreme video by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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December 9, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:30
December 9, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 313 4 ratings Time: 04:58 More in News & Politics
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Colder Air Arrives Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:25

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ALABAMA THIS AFTERNOON: The sky is generally sunny over Central and South Alabama, but clouds are a bit more prevalent over the Tennessee Valley, where a new push of colder air is entering the state. Muscle Shoals is only in the mid 40s this afternoon with a mostly cloudy sky, while Birmingham reports 60 with a good supply of sunshine.

The colder air moves deeper into the state tomorrow, and we are expecting a high only in the mid to upper 40s for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden with a mix of sun and clouds. Looks like our coldest morning will come early Thursday with most places reaching the 25-30 degree range. Thursday will be another cool and dry day, with ample sunshine and a high close to 50 degrees.

WARMING TREND BEGINS FRIDAY: With sunshine in full supply, we will project a high in the upper 50s Friday as a warming trend begins. Then, the weekend looks delightful with lots of sunshine Saturday and Sunday; the high Saturday will be close to 60, with low 60s likely Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: A short wave will bring the next chance of rain to Alabama early in the week; the 12Z run of the GFS continues to suggest the primary chance of rain will come Monday night. No severe weather threat, and probably not much thunder. Rain amounts, for now, look to be under 1/2 inch. The GFS also hints at a chance of rain toward the end of week, around Friday December 19.

Still no sign of any extremely cold air for the state for the next 15 days or so; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: The Geminid meteor shower peaks Saturday December 13th. This is one of the year’s most active and a great one to experience. The downside, a nearly quarter moon rising around midnight. The upside, Geminids have been seen as early as last week, this shower has gotten stronger over time, so this could be a good one! Geminids are different than other showers because they come from an asteroid rather than a comet meaning more solid debris and easier to spot meteors. Best viewing is away from city lights. Give your eyes 15-20 minutes to adjust to the dark to see the most meteors. Look anywhere in the sky, not just the constellation Gemini. Good viewing starts around 10pm, best viewing is after 2am. You might see a few over the next few nights, even though the peak is still a few days away.

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 at the Comedy Club in Hoover at the Stardome tonight for a special Toys for Tots event, live on ABC 33/40 at 4, 5, and 6:00… be sure and tune in to find out more about the event and a way you can help out families in need. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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November Climatological Notes

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:13

December, 2014, began on a warm note for Central Alabama, that in sharp contrast to what we saw during November. November was quite cold across Central Alabama, in fact, the National Weather Service in Birmingham said it was the coldest November experienced since 1976 in many places.

So, just how cold was November for Central Alabama? In Birmingham, the average temperature was 48.9 degrees. This value was 5.5 degrees below the 30-year average and was the eighth coldest November since 1896. It was also the coldest November since 1995 when the average temperature was 47.9 degrees. The coldest November on record for Birmingham occurred in 1976 when the average for the month was 45.4 degrees.

In Anniston, the average November temperature was 47.6 degrees, which was 5.9 degrees below the 30-year average. This was the fifth coldest November in Anniston since 1903, and the coldest since 1976. Anniston’s coldest November occurred in 1976 when the average temperature was 45.4 degrees.

Tuscaloosa’s average temperature in November was 49.2 degrees, or 5.8 degrees below the 30-year average. This was Tuscaloosa’s fourth coldest November since 1948, and the coldest since 1976. Tuscaloosa’s record cold November occurred in 1976 when the average temperature was 46.8 degrees.

Further south, Montgomery also had a cold November, with an average temperature of 51.0 degrees, which was 5.5 degrees below the 30-year average. This was Montgomery’s fourth coldest November since 1872, and the coldest since 1976. Montgomery experienced it’s coldest in November, 1976, when the average temperature was only 48.0 degrees.

You may recall that the record cold of November, 1976, was followed by a very cold winter season in Central Alabama. Could that happen again this year? The current outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) indicate that the first half of December is likely to be rather mild, but there are indications that the second half of the month could trend colder. And the even longer range outlook for January through March projects increased chances for below seasonal temperatures across all of Central Alabama.

And the winter of 1977 also included two snow events, both in January. Looking at the most recent cold November, 1995, it was followed by two snow events in Central Alabama, one in January, 1996, and one in February, 1996. So if you like snow, there is some cause that we could see a couple of snow events as we go into 2015.

-Brian-

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December 9, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:22
December 9, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 480 5 ratings Time: 06:48 More in News & Politics
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Windy, Cool December Day

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 07:18

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TEMPERATURES REMAIN BELOW AVERAGE: The average high for December 9 (in Birmingham) is 57 degrees; we are projecting low to mid 50s today despite a mostly sunny sky. As the pressure gradient tightens, we expect a north wind of 10-20 mph this afternoon, which will make it feel cooler.

Tomorrow will be about 5-10 degrees colder, but the sky will remain mostly sunny as dry air holds.The high tomorrow afternoon for most will be in the upper 40s, and our coldest morning should come early Thursday with the low will be in the 26-30 degree range. Then, during the day Thursday, expect another sunny and cool day with a high close to the 50 degree mark.

WARMING TREND: Alabama’s weather will stay dry Friday and through the weekend with warmer afternoons; the high Friday will be somewhere between 57 and 60, and a good chance we enjoy low 60s Saturday and Sunday. Dry air stays in place, we so we expect mostly sunny days and clear nights.

NEXT WEEK: The last few runs of the GFS model have shown a weaker and faster system impacting Alabama early in the week; looks like the main window for showers will come late Monday afternoon and Monday night, with drier air moving back in Tuesday. Suggested QPF is under 1/2 inch for North/Central Alabama. But, let’s remember the last weather system ( this past Friday night and early Saturday) greatly overperformed model guidance, so we will keep an eye on it. One way or another it certainly doesn’t look like a severe weather threat.

CHRISTMAS? Long time readers know there is very little skill in a specific weather forecast beyond seven days, but we can often gather ideas about trends in the 7 to 15 day period. Still no sign of the Arctic Oscillation (AO) or the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) flipping negative for now, and it looks like temperatures will be close to average values. Doesn’t bode well for those dreaming of a White Christmas. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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

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I have a weather program today at the Lula Brown Head Start program in Attalla, and this evening I will be live at the Comedy Club in Hoover for a special Toys for Tots event on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 463: Football Brains

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

WeatherBrains Episode 463 is now online (December 8, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Kathryn Miles is an award-winning science writer and the author of three books: Adventures With Ari, All Standing, and Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, which was published by Dutton earlier this year. Her essays and articles have appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays, Ecotone, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, and Popular Mechanics. Miles holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and currently serves as a faculty member for the graduate programs at Green Mountain College and Chatham University.

Gary Szatkowski began his career with the National Weather Service in 1980 after graduating from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Gary has worked at duty stations for the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma City, OK and Washington, DC. Since 1997, Gary has been the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Mt. Holly, NJ. The Mt. Holly office provides weather forecast and warning services for the residents of New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and northeast Maryland. As Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Mt. Holly office, he is responsible for all products and services provided by that office. Gary is a member of the American Meteorological Society & the National Weather Association. Gary has been recognized as a ‘Hurricane Sandy Hero’ by the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper and received the Weather Hero Award for 2012 from the Weather Research Center for his work during Hurricane Sandy.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 82 at Corona, CA, & Yorba Linda, CA, and -19 at Masardis, ME
  • Another shot of cold air moving through the Central US
  • Wet in Northwest and along Mid-Atlantic States
  • Bill, John, and Aubrey out for this show
  • Snow in the some of the mountain areas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out working the early morning shift – sleep is for sissies, Aubrey. Look for the complete email bag next week. But James handles an email that came in during the show.

    And Nate has some weather news, brief as it is.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There have been a slew of sun dog pictures from listeners thanks to the cirrus across the Southeast US yesterday. Since sun dogs are one of my favorite sights, I figured it would be a great time to talk about them even though they were the topic back in May, 2007.

    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 463:

    Link for Kathryn Miles books

    Mt. Holly, NJ, NWS web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Why Did NORAD Track Santa

    Brian Peters – Sun Dog & Moon Dog photo gallery

    Kevin Selle – Twitter picture of foggy tower cam

    Rick Smith – Snow crystal information

    James Spann – CIMSS GOES Realtime Derived Products

    Gary Szatkowski – BAMS article on hurricane risk

    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 463: Football Brains

    WeatherBrains - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 05:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 463 is now online (December 8, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Kathryn Miles is an award-winning science writer and the author of three books: Adventures With Ari, All Standing, and Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, which was published by Dutton earlier this year. Her essays and articles have appeared in dozens of publications including Best American Essays, Ecotone, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, and Popular Mechanics. Miles holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware and currently serves as a faculty member for the graduate programs at Green Mountain College and Chatham University.

    Gary Szatkowski began his career with the National Weather Service in 1980 after graduating from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Gary has worked at duty stations for the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma City, OK and Washington, DC. Since 1997, Gary has been the Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Mt. Holly, NJ. The Mt. Holly office provides weather forecast and warning services for the residents of New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and northeast Maryland. As Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Mt. Holly office, he is responsible for all products and services provided by that office. Gary is a member of the American Meteorological Society & the National Weather Association. Gary has been recognized as a ‘Hurricane Sandy Hero’ by the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper and received the Weather Hero Award for 2012 from the Weather Research Center for his work during Hurricane Sandy.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 82 at Corona, CA, & Yorba Linda, CA, and -19 at Masardis, ME
  • Another shot of cold air moving through the Central US
  • Wet in Northwest and along Mid-Atlantic States
  • Bill, John, and Aubrey out for this show
  • Snow in the some of the mountain areas
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is out working the early morning shift – sleep is for sissies, Aubrey. Look for the complete email bag next week. But James handles an email that came in during the show.

    And Nate has some weather news, brief as it is.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: There have been a slew of sun dog pictures from listeners thanks to the cirrus across the Southeast US yesterday. Since sun dogs are one of my favorite sights, I figured it would be a great time to talk about them even though they were the topic back in May, 2007.

    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 463:

    Link for Kathryn Miles books

    Mt. Holly, NJ, NWS web site

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Why Did NORAD Track Santa

    Brian Peters – Sun Dog & Moon Dog photo gallery

    Kevin Selle – Twitter picture of foggy tower cam

    Rick Smith – Snow crystal information

    James Spann – CIMSS GOES Realtime Derived Products

    Gary Szatkowski – BAMS article on hurricane risk

    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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    Cooler Air Moves Into Alabama

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:40

    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.

    COOL, DRY DECEMBER WEATHER: After morning clouds, the sky is clearing across our state this afternoon, and temperatures are below average for December 8 (average high today is 58)… most places are in the low 50s at mid-afternoon. Nothing showing up on radar, and we expect no rain around here through the weekend.

    CHILLY MID-WEEK WEATHER: We are forecasting a sunny, but windy and cool day tomorrow with north winds averaging 10-20 mph and a high in the mid 50s… then by Wednesday many communities will struggle to get out of the 40s with a new surge of colder air dropping in from the north.  Looks like our coldest morning will come early Wednesday with a low in the 28-32 degree range for most.

    Thursday will be another cool day with a high in the low 50s, but a warming trend begins Friday afternoon as we rise to near 60 degrees. Dry air means no chance of rain, and few clouds.

    OUR WEEKEND: Very pleasant for the middle of December. We expect sunny days, fair cool nights; highs in the low 60s Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

    NEXT WEEK: An upper trough west of the state will bring the next chance of rain; the last few GFS runs have suggested the best chance of rain comes late Monday night into Tuesday morning. And, still no sign of any extremely cold, Arctic air blasts for the state for the next 10 days based on global model runs.

    LOOKING BACK AT NOVEMBER:  Data released yesterday from NCDC (National Climatic Data Center) shows both Alabama and Mississippi experienced their second coldest Novembers on record this year, based on data going back to 1895. In Birmingham the average temperature in November was 48.9 degrees. This was 5.5 degrees below normal and was the eighth coldest November for the city since 1896.

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

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    I had a great time today visiting with the second graders at Edgewood Elementary School in Homewood… be looking for those kids 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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    December 8, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:37
    December 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 267 3 ratings Time: 04:52 More in News & Politics
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    December 8, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 07:28
    December 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 692 5 ratings Time: 05:31 More in News & Politics
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    Dry December Weather

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 07:25

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    AT DAYBREAK: The sky is mostly cloudy across Alabama this morning with temperatures generally in the 40s. The clouds are being produced by a short wave approaching the state from the west, but the low levels are dry, and we don’t expect any rain today. The high this afternoon will be in the mid to upper 50s for most communities, very close to the average high of 58 for December 8 (based on data from Birmingham). The sun should break out at times.

    MID-WEEK: A stiff north breeze will develop over the state tomorrow, and the day will be cooler with a high in the low 50s. North winds will average 10-20 mph, making it feel colder, but the sky should be bright and sunny. Cool, dry weather will continue; we project a light freeze early Wednesday and Thursday morning, with most places seeing a low between 28 and 32 degrees. The coldest day will be Wednesday, with a high between 48 and 51 degrees.

    FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The weather stays dry with just a slow warming trend. Sunny days, fair nights, and a high in the low 60s by Saturday and Sunday afternoon, just a little above average for mid-December in Alabama.

    NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND: The 00Z GFS hints our next chance of rain will come around Tuesday, December 16 thanks to an upper low developing to the west. And, still no sign of any extremely cold Arctic air through Christmas as the AO (Arctic Oscillation)/NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) combo remains unfavorable. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    QUIET TORNADO SEASON: We are in the core of our late fall tornado season in Alabama, and it has been very quiet. We had a few small tornadoes over the southern half of the state reported November 17 and November 23, but no tornadoes have occurred over North Alabama so far, and we see no significant severe weather setup for at least the next 10-15 days.

    MOON DOG: Bill Murray posted about the great sky optics over Alabama yesterday, with sun dogs, 22 degree halos, and upper tangent arcs seen by many thanks to the layer of cirrostratus clouds (ice crystals) in place. But, did you know we can also have “moon dogs”? This image was taken last night by Cynthia Fletcher…

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    Sun Dog Sunday

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 16:47

    An upper level disturbance to the west of Alabama has spread a nice layer of cirrostratus clouds across the northern third of the state this afternoon. It has resulted in some beautiful sun dogs, an optical phenomenon caused by the refracting of sunlight through ice crystals.

    Here is an example I captured on I-20 near Talladega:

    You can actually see both sides!

    You can actually see a band of cirrocumulus over northern Mississippi extending into the Tennessee Valley caused by forcing ahead of the disturbance.

    Temperatures are in the 50s. We will drop to near 40 overnight with mostly cloudy skies. Skies will become partly cloudy on Monday with highs in the 50s. Colder air will spread in behind the disturbance on Tuesday leading to below freezing overnight readings and highs in the 40s in spots Wednesday and Thursday. No rain expected next seven days.

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