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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.

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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.

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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 James Spann and the team of ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 18 1 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: 690 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

    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.

    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…

    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 have a weather program this morning at Edgewood Elementary School in Homewood… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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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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    Noticeably Cooler

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 08:04

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    The cold front which moved through Central Alabama yesterday morning producing a line of thunderstorms and some heavy rain has moved off the Southeast US coast this morning and colder air is filtering into Central Alabama. Clouds overnight helped to keep some of the heat of the last several days trapped, so morning lows this morning were generally in the middle 40s. Clouds are expected to hold tough with some breaks allowing peeks at sunshine this afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 50s which is about typical for this time of year though they will feel colder since we’re coming off a nice run of warmer than average weather where highs and lows were about 15 degrees above the 30-year averages.

    The week ahead should be dry as moisture is not likely to return, but that doesn’t mean the forecast will be any less challenging. The upper air pattern evolves from a weak ridge today to a fairly deep trough over the eastern US by Tuesday. This will bring colder air again into the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. But on Monday we’ll have to deal with the potential of a wedge setting up that could keep the eastern sections of Central Alabama somewhat chilly.

    The troughmoves off the coast Tuesday as ridging develops slowly from Wednesday through Friday. By Saturday the ridge is becoming the primary feature for the eastern US, so I expect to see us warm back up into the lower 60s by next weekend. Wednesday and Thursday mornings are likely to be our coldest as morning lows dip back to just below freezing. But by next weekend the lows should be back into the 40s.

    Looks like the next decent shot at rain will come around the 15th of December as we edge out into voodoo country. Another substantial trough moves into the Mississippi River Valley and could bring a round of thunderstorms with some potential for severe weather. This is voodoo country, but the GFS takes the trough positively tilted on the 15th so we’ll have to keep an eye on the evolution of this system. We go dry again with another wet system around the 22nd.

    And you can follow news and weather updates from ABC 33/40 on Twitter here. Stay in the know by following the whole gang – here’s the list…

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

    James Spann will be back in the saddle with the next Weather Xtreme Video on Monday morning. I hope you have a great Sunday and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    December 7, 2014, Weather Xtreme Video

    Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 08:00
    December 7, 2014, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 231 2 ratings Time: 04:52 More in News & Politics
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    Latest Drought Monitor

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 16:30

    Much of the state of California continues to suffer from exceptional drought conditions, however, there has been very beneficial rain the last week. In Texas, recent rains continue to help conditions improve. The exceptional drought conditions there are only affecting northern portions of Texas and into Oklahoma.

    For Alabama, locations across the Tennessee Valley continue to be in the best shape with no drought conditions being reported. Abnormally dry conditions are affecting 63.85% of the state this week, which is the same as last week. Last week, moderate drought was occurring in 12.61% of the state, this week, it increased to 14.76% of the state. These conditions are south of the Interstate 20 corridor.

    We also continue to see severe drought conditions persisting in Clay and Tallapoosa counties, as well as southern Mobile and Baldwin counties. These conditions in these locations add up to 3.39% of the state.

    The monitor was released on Thursday and since then, very beneficial rains have occurred throughout the state, and we should see improving conditions by the release of next week’s monitor.

    Click image to enlarge.

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    A Few Showers Remain

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:56

    The bulk of the rain is exiting Central Alabama. The heaviest band of rain is down towards the U.S. 80 corridor. It certainly was a soaking and beneficial rain for part of North-Central Alabama overnight, with radar estimates over four inches in some locations. At midday, we are still seeing a few moderate showers impacting the Birmingham Metro and locations along I-20. Over the next few hours, we should see all the rain taper off and it should be a mainly dry afternoon in Central Alabama.

    Click image to enlarge.

    Drier air is slowly moving into the state. Through the afternoon, we should continue to see mainly cloudy conditions, but there should be a few peeks of sun. Clouds will slowly decrease in coverage overnight, and we should see more sun than clouds Sunday.

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    December 6, 2014, Weather Xtreme Video

    Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 08:02
    December 6, 2014, 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: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 278 2 ratings Time: 04:55 More in News & Politics
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    Rain/Storms Ending This Morning; Clouds Remain

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 07:59

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    As I am writing the Blog post this morning, a line of showers with embedded thunderstorms was traversing Central Alabama. The leading edge of the line stretched from just south of Piedmont to Helena to south of Aliceville. The line was moving eastward and much if not all of the precipitation should be exiting Central Alabama by very late morning. But the clouds should hang in there, so don’t look for any sunshine until Sunday. The temperatures today will not be changing much with readings in the 60s for our highs – a tad cooler than recent days. Rainfall amounts will likely be between a half inch and three quarters of an inch for most spots.

    With the front well east of us on Sunday, we should see a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures considerably colder than recent days. The highs Sunday will be in the upper 50s which is actually about typical for early December. But since our temperatures have been running 12 to 17 degrees above seasonal averages, it will feel colder.

    The week ahead will be dry and cooler than our most recent week. The upper air pattern will feature a substantial trough over the eastern US but conditions remain dry with the Gulf of Mexico essentially cut off. A series of reinforcing shots of colder air will keep us at or slightly below seasonal values through much of the week. Look for highs mainly in the 50s and morning lows mainly in the 30s.

    A nice ridge signals a bit of a warmup next Saturday with highs returning to the 60s.

    The weather pattern remains active as we look forward into voodoo country. Another colder, wet system is likely around the 16th with another very deep trough shaping up to our west by the end of the forecast period around the 21st.

    And you can follow news and weather updates from ABC 33/40 on Twitter here. Stay in the know by following the whole gang – here’s the list…

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

    I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted by 8 am or so on Sunday. I will be emceeing the Helena Christmas parade today at 1 pm from the reviewing stand at the Helena Baptist Church on Highway 261. Be sure to avoid the area early this afternoon since the parade shuts down a section of Highway 261. Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Occasional Showers Through Tomorrow Morning

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:33

    **No Weather Xtreme video this afternoon; I am the Grand Marshall in the annual Cullman Christmas parade tonight… I will be back for ABC 33/40 News tonight at 10:00**

    RADAR CHECK: A little light rain is showing up in spots over West Alabama this afternoon; heavier showers are over the northwest corner of the state…

    WET START TO THE WEEKEND: We are still forecasting periods of rain tonight and tomorrow across North/Central Alabama… for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, the most significant rain will come from about 9:00 tonight through 12:00 noon tomorrow. It won’t rain for that entire nine hour time frame, but occasional showers are likely. No severe weather threat (although SPC has defined a “marginal” risk tonight from Memphis to Shreveport), and probably not much thunder. Rain amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch, although amounts will be higher over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama.

    To the south, showers are a possibility tomorrow afternoon over the southern counties of our state, but rain there will be light and spotty. Highs tomorrow will be generally in the 60s.

    The sky will clear tomorrow night, and sunshine returns Sunday; the day will be cooler with a high between 58 and 62 degrees.

    NEXT WEEK: The weather next week looks very quiet; the 12Z GFS shows no rain for Alabama, with temperatures right at seasonal averages; generally we expect highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Coolest day will be Wednesday; some North Alabama communities might have a hard time getting out of the 40s, and upper 20s are possible by daybreak Thursday. Still no sign of any really cold, Arctic air for the next 15 days.

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    December 5, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

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    Some Rain As The Weekend Begins

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:23

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    AT DAYBREAK: Birmingham is reporting 59 degrees at 5:00 a.m. CT… which is average high for December 5. Needless to say, it will be another warm December day today with temperatures reaching the low 70s in most places this afternoon. The sky will feature more clouds than sun, and while we can’t rule out a shower or two, most of the day will be dry.

    WET BEGINNING TO THE WEEKEND: Rain coverage will increase tonight as the short wave west of the state gets closer. We will forecast periods of rain late tonight and tomorrow; at this point for North/Central Alabama it looks like the main window for the more widespread rain will come from about 9:00 tonight through 12:00 noon tomorrow. This doesn’t mean it will rain all nine hours; it will rain at times.

    The heavier rain totals will be seen over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama; for places like Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston, and Gadsden we project rain amounts of under 1/2 inch. Some places will see under 1/4 inch. No severe weather risk, and probably very little thunder. The rain will end from west to east early tomorrow afternoon as drier air moves into the state, and the sky will clear tomorrow night. Expect a high in the mid 60s tomorrow.

    JACKSONVILLE STATE FOOTBALL: The Gamecocks host Sam Houston State tomorrow at Burgess-Snow Field at 1:00; the sky will be cloudy with some rain possible at times, especially during the first half of the game. Temperatures will be in the mid 60s during the game.

    SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: No weather worries with the Alabama/Missouri game played in the Georgia Dome, outside tomorrow in Atlanta the sky will be cloudy with some rain at times; the high will be in the low 60s. Sunday will be dry and a bit cooler with a high between 57 and 60.

    Sunday will be a brighter day, with ample sunshine… the weather will be a bit cooler with a high closer to 60; many places north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 50s.

    NEXT WEEK: Looks quiet; the last few GFS runs show no rain for Alabama through the week with temperatures near seasonal averages; highs 58-62, lows 38-42. A good supply of sunshine each day.

    LONG RANGE: The upper air pattern simply won’t allow any extremely cold, Arctic air down into the Deep South for the next 15 days. Not looking good for those dreaming of a “White Christmas” at this point, but we all know we will have some good cold periods as we get deeper into winter. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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    I will be the Grand Marshall of the Cullman Christmas parade tonight, so no afternoon Weather Xtreme video today, but I will post some forecast notes by 4:00. Enjoy the day!

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