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Spring-Like January Weather

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:24

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SPRING FEVER: Temperatures are well in the 60s across the great state of Alabama today… Birmingham has reached 67 degrees… 15 degrees above average, not not close to the record high of 76 for January 18, recorded in 1982.

TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: Not much change. We stay dry with a partly sunny sky both days; highs will be in the low 60s…. not quite as warm as today, but still very pleasant for mid-January.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Clouds increase Thursday ahead of a disturbance in the southern branch of the jet stream, and the day will be cooler with a high around 50 degrees. We will mention a chance of light rain late Thursday night and Friday; the heavier rain totals will be over the southern third of the state, especially close to the coast. Amounts up this way should be under 1/4 inch, and some places north of Birmingham won’t have enough rain to measure.

The atmosphere will be almost cold enough for a snow flake or two over the Tennessee Valley, but with very limited moisture and weak upper support, I don’t think we need to mention that possibility for now.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The 12Z GFS run hints some rain could linger into early Saturday morning over East and South Alabama, but otherwise the day looks dry with potential for some afternoon sunshine. Sunday will feature a partly sunny sky; the high both days will be in the mid 50s.

EARLY NEXT WEEK: An “Alberta Clipper” type system will bring clouds into the state Sunday night and Monday, with potential for a little light rain. Moisture levels will be low, and these features rarely produce big precipitation amounts. And again, the atmosphere will be almost cold enough for a snow flake or two over the Tennessee Valley Monday morning, but for now the chance looks so low it isn’t worth the mention in the forecast.

Next week looks colder, with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s on most days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more long range ideas.

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January 19, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:26
January 19, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Very Nice Warm-Up Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:23

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CHILLY START, MILD AFTERNOON: We begin the day with temperatures near the freezing mark, but look for a very nice warm-up today with most places enjoying a high in the mid 60s. It should be our warmest day since January 3 when Birmingham’s high was 66. The air is dry, and the sky will be mostly sunny.

Rain-free weather continues tomorrow and Wednesday with a partly sunny sky both days… temperatures trend downward slightly with a high in the low 60s tomorrow, and upper 50s Wednesday.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Clouds will increase Thursday ahead of a wave in the southern branch of the jet stream, and this wave will bring rain to at least the southern half of the state Thursday night and Friday morning. Global models suggest the best chance of measurable rain with this feature will come along and south of I-20 (south of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston), with only a few sprinkles to the north.

Thickness values will almost be cold enough for some light snow over the northern third of the state Thursday night, but with the main dynamic forcing well to the south and hardly any moisture in the low levels, I don’t see any reason to mention that chance in the forecast for now.

Best chance of light rain over Central and South Alabama will come from about 10:00 p.m. Thursday through 10:00 a.m. Friday. And, we should note the weather will be colder Thursday and Friday with a high between 47 and 51 degrees for North/Central Alabama.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: For now it looks cool and dry. A sunny sky Saturday with a high in the low to mid 50s. Clouds will slowly increase Sunday, and again the high will be in the 50-55 degree range.

An Alberta Clipper type feature will bring some risk of light rain to Alabama early next week on Monday, perhaps as early as Sunday night. These systems don’t bring much moisture to the party, and rarely produce big precipitation amounts. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and long range ideas.

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Gorgeous Weather

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 14:47

The Alabama sky remained clear this afternoon after the passage of a cold front that went through the state very early this morning. With the help of the suns energy, highs across Central Alabama were topping out around 60 degrees – very nice for the middle portion of January. The satellite image of the Southeast US tells the story quite well.

A clear sky tonight will allow temperatures to fall into the 30s by daybreak on Monday. Looks like our next shot at some precipitation will not come until Friday – maybe as early as Thursday evening.

-Brian-

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January 18, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:21
January 18, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video
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Sunny but a Little Cooler Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:18

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A few clouds marked the passage of a cold front through Alabama overnight, but the sky was clearing as an upper trough was moving quickly by. Fortunately, the really colder air will be staying well north and northeast of us, so we’ll only see temperatures fall back a little with highs today in the upper 50s. Those lower 60s yesterday sure felt good!

The upper air flow pattern goes nearly zonal Monday and Tuesday as we await the next short wave that will be digging into the long wave trough position on Wednesday. This will once again bring a cool down to Central Alabama as a series of impulses will move through the long wave trough gradually reducing temperatures until the colder air arrives on Thursday and Friday when highs will struggle to get out of the 40s. Looks like the upper 40s for highs on Thursday and maybe even colder for Friday.

The forecast becomes problematic for Central Alabama on Thursday and Friday. With a strong short wave coming out of Texas Thursday and into Friday, a surface low will form along the Gulf Coast and move off the Southeast US coast by Friday afternoon. With the overnight lows Thursday night into Friday morning in the 30s, we might see a mixture of rain, sleet, and snow as the precipitation starts during the overnight hours along and north of the I-20 corridor. While I fully expect surface temperatures to be above freezing, cold air aloft could support an initial mixture of precipitation. At this time, I do not expect this to cause any major issues, however, should temperatures be only a few degrees colder, the situation would change. Also, there continue to be differences in the various models, so we’ll have to watch carefully on how future model runs handle this situation.

We should warm up a little on Saturday and Sunday as the upper flow goes nearly zonal for the Southeast US with the colder air to our north and northeast.

Voodoo country continues to show an active pattern with a fairly low latitude short wave around the 29th of January that promises some wet weather. That event is followed quickly by a major short wave trough moving through the Central US that could bring thunderstorms and a round of winter weather to the Southeast US. This is much too far out for a specific forecast, but something we’ll surely want to keep an eye on in future model runs.

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I hope you enjoy the day. James Spann will have the next Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Monday morning. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Southeast U.S. Fireball - Jan 17, 2015

Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 07:05
Southeast U.S. Fireball - Jan 17, 2015
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Sunny & Very Nice Saturday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 14:37

It is a gorgeous day across the state of Alabama. It was a cold start, but under a sunshine filled sky, the temps have climbed into the upper 50s and lower 60s. There are just a few clouds in the sky and a light breeze, it is certainly making it super day of weather. Heading into the overnight hours, a weak frontal boundary will move across the state tonight. We will see a few more clouds and there may be an isolated shower possible, but overall most locations will stay dry but temps will settle back down into the mid-30s. Just like this morning, there will be those areas of frost as well.

For tomorrow, the clouds from tonight will move out by tomorrow morning. It will be another sunny day, with hardly a cloud in the sky, but temps will be cooler tomorrow. Look for highs tomorrow in the lower to mid-50s.

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January 17, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:22
January 17, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video
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The Warmup Continues

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:22

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Some high cirrus clouds were traversing the Central Alabama sky this morning, but those should pass returning us to clear weather by afternoon. It was nice to see the sun yesterday and to warm up into the lower 50s. Looks like we should warm into the upper 50s with some spots warming to 60 degrees today.

But a cold front is expected to pass through Central Alabama on Sunday bringing another shot of colder air to the area. Without a good return of moisture, the front should come through dry with only a few clouds to mar the sky. Highs Sunday will dip back into the lower half of the 50s.

The upper trough pushing the front through on Sunday will move quickly east into the Atlantic bringing another nice warm up to Central Alabama for the first of the week. Highs by Monday and Tuesday should once again come up into the range of 57 to 61.

Another surge of chilly weather arrives on Wednesday and Thursday as yet another trough digs into the eastern US. This one will be a bit colder than the trough on Sunday and bring temperatures back a good bit. Looks for lows in the upper 20s by the end of the week with highs only in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Fortunately, it appears that this one will also arrive essentially dry with just some clouds.

Clouds and the threat of rain arrive for the weekend with the approach of a low latitude short wave coming across Texas. The biggest rain threat will be along the Gulf Coast, however, we’re edging into voodoo country, so we’ll have to watch future computer model runs to see exactly how far south that short wave goes. With a chance of rain on Saturday we’ll also see temperatures close to seasonal values for the latter part of January.

And there appears to be no rest for weather forecasters for the last week of January. The GFS promises another cold eastern US trough around the 29th of January followed by another one for the first of February. We all know this is voodoo country, but the system around February 1st could produce some winter mischief for the Southeast US. It’s much too early to be specific on any kind of winter weather threat or on the location, but the pattern forecast by the GFS certainly suggests someone will have an issue.

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Dry Through Early Next Week

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:54

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BLUE SKY: I don’t think anyone is griping about the weather today. As expected, the sun is back in full force, and temperatures have reached the low 50s this afternoon.

The weather won’t change much over the weekend; lots of sunshine tomorrow with a high between 57 and 60, and a partly sunny sky Sunday with a high in the mid 50s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays dry Monday through Wednesday with partly sunny days and fair nights; highs will be in the 55-60 degree range. The system due in here at the end of the week remains a mystery; in recent days we have seen model runs that show a significant snow threat for North/Central Alabama, nothing but some light rain for South Alabama, and nothing for the entire state. The 12Z GFS is pretty dry, suggesting no to mention any chance of rain.

I do believe a southern branch system will impact Alabama with at least a chance of rain for the southern half of the state Thursday night into Friday morning, but needless to say there is no way to provide clarity for now.

There is also little agreement in the weather toward the end of the month, for now the GEFS ensemble guidance still shows no extremely cold air for the state. But, of course, this could change.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd graders at Greystone Elementary in Hoover, and the 1st graders at Crestline Elementary in Mountain Brook. Be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here bright and early Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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Delightful Day!

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:13

After fog burned out of the lake and river Valleys of North Alabama this morning, the state has been nearly bereft of clouds on this mid-January Friday, a real Godsend given our recent dreary days. Some high clouds were about to start streaming into West Alabama, but they aren’t taking up much of the sky even there. They are being pushed rapidly along in the fast flow of an active southern branch of the jetstream. They will be mainly shunted to the south over South Alabama this afternoon.

The southern tier of the United States is remarkable free of radar echoes this afternoon. In fact, you could go from Virginia to southern California and be hard pressed to find a single shower. There might be one between Brackettville and Uvalde in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, but that could even be a wind turbine or something. Looking at satellite, it probably is a light shower not reaching the ground under that active southern branch of the jet stream bringing in some Pacific moisture.

Temperatures were in the 50s across Central Alabama at 2 p.m. Across the state, Huntsville was the only major reporting station still in the 40s. Temperatures will gradually slide back down into the upper 20s to lower 30s tonight with most locations reaching freezing.

It will be warmer tomorrow, with highs around 60F! Heat wave!

Dry disturbance Sunday with just some clouds, then dry until Thursday night. Could there be snow? James will be along with the afternoon edition of the Weather Xtreme Video. You will want to tune in!

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January 16, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:23
January 16, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Dry Days Ahead For Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 07:18

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AT DAYBREAK: It is a clear, cold morning across the great state of Alabama with temperatures generally in the mid to upper 20s across our part of the state. We do note there is some freezing fog (fog with temperatures below 32 degrees) in a few places, that should burn off soon.

With sunshine in full force, we expect a high today in the low 50s… right at seasonal averages (the average high for Birmingham on January 16 is 52).

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Some very nice weather is ahead. Tomorrow will be another sunny day, with a high between 57 and 60 degrees. An upper trough will move through tomorrow night and Sunday morning, but with little moisture the trough will just bring a few scattered clouds. The 00Z model set really shows temperatures not changing much Sunday, with a high in the mid to upper 50s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays dry Monday through Wednesday with afternoon highs between 58 and 62 degrees. A nice change of pace from the recent frigid weather. A low will spin up in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, and that will bring the next chance of rain to the state late Thursday, Thursday night, and possibly into Friday morning. Some runs of the GFS has given a “snow look” to North-Central Alabama with this feature, but the 00Z runs of the GFS and the ECMWF show just some light rain here, with the more significant rain over South Alabama.

It is simply too early to resolve details on a system seven days away, we will just keep an eye on trends and keep you posted.

LONG RANGE: Getting mixed signals on weather late this month; the AO/NAO is forecast to be positive by the GFS, but operational runs are showing potential for a long wave upper trough over the Central U.S. with a cross Polar flow potentially setting up. Makes for a low confidence solution; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Busy day ahead with weather programs at Greystone Elementary in Hoover, and Crestline Elementary in Mountain Brook. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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January 15, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:49
January 15, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Brighter/Warmer Days Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:40

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IMPROVING WEATHER: Light rain, sleet, and snow is ending across Alabama this afternoon; as expected this was not a high impact event, there have been no travel issues across North/Central Alabama. The sky will clear tonight as drier air moves into the state.

The image below is from Hazel Green, north of Huntsville, where a few big snow flakes were coming down this afternoon. Photo from @shannong63…

Tomorrow, the sun returns in full force. We start the day with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s, but rise into the low 50s by afternoon. Good luck finding your sunglasses.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday should be the most pleasant day so far in 2015, with ample sunshine and a high around 60 degrees. Then, on Sunday, a deep upper trough will bring just a few scattered clouds, and the high will drop back into the 50-55 degree range with a cool north breeze.

NEXT WEEK: For now the first half of the week looks dry; expect highs in the 50s and lows mostly in the 30s Monday through Wednesday, right at seasonal averages. A disturbance will bring a chance of rain toward the end of the week; the 12Z GFS shows a quick hitting shot of rain for the southern half of the state Thursday night, with some outside risk of a little snow on the northern periphery of the precipitation shield. Just too early to be specific for now; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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Messy Winter Day

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:03

Not much change in our overall thinking this morning. Most of Central Alabama will have a cold rain today with some sleet in the mix, but to the north a wintry mix of light snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue this afternoon.

The NWS in Huntsville has issued a winter weather advisory for Colbert, Cullman, De Kalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan Counties; there are no advisories for the Birmingham NWS County Warning area.

Temperatures are above freezing at Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Gadsden, and Jasper, and roads will simply be wet this afternoon with no ice issues. To the north, patchy bridge icing is possible north of U.S. 278 (north of a line from Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden), but temperatures will ease above freezing this afternoon in that part of the state.

Just watch for patches of ice on bridges across the Tennessee Valley during the next hour or so; this is not a widespread, high impact event.

We do note the HRRR model (high resolution) does show a patch of heavier snow over the northwest corner of the state this afternoon; that might put down 1/4 to 1/2 inch on grassy areas, but roads will be just wet.

The precipitation will end this evening, and the sun will be back in full force tomorrow for a change.

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Mid-Morning Update

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:24

A cold, messy winter day is unfolding for Alabama. Sleet has been falling over parts of North and West Alabama, with rain to the south.

Temperatures are above freezing at Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston, and they will stay above freezing as we slowly rise into the low 40s later today. No travel issues, and mostly rain for these cities.

TO THE NORTH: The atmosphere is cold enough for light snow over the northern third of the state, and there could be some light accumulation on grassy areas.

Temperatures at places like Haleyville, Cullman, and Gadsden are still a tad below freezing at 8:15a… they rise above freezing there later this morning. While some light accumulation is possible on grass there, roads will be just wet, and travel issues are not expected. Accordingly, the NWS in Huntsville and Birmingham has not issued any kind of winter weather advisory.

The precipitation will end late this afternoon, and the sun will be back in full force tomorrow. Scroll down for a detailed discussion of weather over the next 15 days….

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January 15, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:57
January 15, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Cold, Messy Winter Day

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 07:44

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CHALLENGING FORECAST: Yet another tricky winter weather forecast as a wave in the southern branch of the jet stream approaches Alabama, with a cold airmass in place. The new upper air data that will arrive around 7:00 a.m. will let us see the current state of the atmosphere (weather balloons are launched only once every 12 hours), so keep in mind this forecast could change over the next few hours.

AT DAYBREAK: A few light snow flurries are over far Northwest Alabama, and a large mass of rain is moving into West Alabama, roughly from Tuscaloosa south. Some sleet has been reported in Tuscaloosa at the onset of the rain.

THE DAY AHEAD: Periods of rain are likely for areas along and south of I-20 (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston). However, it seems like atmospheric profiles are cold enough for light snow over far North Alabama, mainly north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). Snow that comes today over the Tennessee Valley should be light, and with temperatures rising into the mid 30s, accumulation, if any, should be light, and impact on roads minimal. We do note the NWS in Huntsville suggests some accumulation on grassy areas up to 1/2 inch over parts of North and Northeast Alabama today…

NWS offices in Huntsville, Birmingham, Jackson, and Memphis have opted not to issue any kind of winter weather advisory, and that seems like a good decision for now.

But again, the new soundings that will be coming in shortly will give us a better look at the atmosphere. You can’t determine precipitation type by looking at your backyard thermometer; the key is the temperature at about 5,000 feet off the ground. Stay tuned for updates and possible forecast changes.

Precipitation moves out of the state this evening, and the sky will clear late tonight.

BRIGHTER AND WARMER: Finally, we have two sunny days in a row with a warming trend. Expect a good supply of sunshine tomorrow and Saturday; we reach the mid 50s tomorrow, and the high Saturday will be close to 60 degrees. Then, a deep upper trough will pass overhead Sunday… this will knock the high down into the low 50s, and some scattered clouds will show up (although the weather will stay dry).

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks dry Monday through Wednesday with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. The next chance of rain comes at the end of the week, around Friday January 23. Way too early to know if this system will bring any threat of snow to North Alabama, but it is not totally out of the question. Take some time to watch the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be doing a weather program this morning in Gadsden for some young kids at a HeadStart program… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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