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Not As Warm; Rain On The Way

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 06:19

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AT DAYBREAK: A cold front passed through the state last night, and temperatures are mostly in the 50s as we begin this day. Expect a mostly cloudy sky today with a high around 70 degrees, about 10-12 degrees cooler than recent days. Rain will move into West Alabama late this afternoon, then becoming widespread tonight. The rain continues into at least part of the day tomorrow, mainly during the morning hours.

FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather will stay unsettled, but there will be some good breaks in the rain along the way. Friday will be cloudy, and some scattered light rain is possible during the day with a high in the mid 60s.

A decent part of the day Saturday could work out to be rain-free, but a touch of light rain is certainly possible. The best chance of rain over the weekend will come Saturday night, with potential for some rain lingering into Sunday morning. The sky will be generally cloudy Saturday and Sunday with a high in the 67 to 70 degree range, right at seasonal averages for late March in Alabama.

Guidance from SPC suggests the heaviest rain in our state over the next five days will be around the U.S. 80 corridor (Demopolis to Selma to Montgomery to Opelika).

NEXT WEEK: Confidence in Monday’s forecast is low; GFS runs yesterday suggested a surface low moving over Alabama with a good rain event, but now the model is relatively dry for Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday look rain-free with a high around 70 degrees. The good news is that we see no chance of severe weather for our state for the rest of March.

AT THE BEACH: The sky will be mostly cloudy from Panama City over to Gulf Shores through the weekend, although you might see a bit of sun occasionally. There will be some risk of rain each day, but the rain won’t be continuous. Some of the most widespread rain will come Saturday night into Sunday… highs will be close to 70, with lows between 60 and 65.

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Cooler/Wet Weather Ahead For Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 14:58

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are on the last stop of the First Alert Storm Team tour this evening; we will be at Burton Campers in Calera through 6:30 p.m.**

WARMTH OF THE SUN: Again today temperatures are close to 80 degrees across much of North/Central Alabama this afternoon. The sky is partly to mostly sunny, and we have no rain on radar.

However, a cold front is near Alabama’s northern border, and that will pass through in dry fashion tonight, and will usher in cooler temperatures for the rest of the week.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a high between 67 and 70 degrees; rain will push into West Alabama by late afternoon, becoming widespread tomorrow night.

The weather will stay cloudy and wet at times Thursday and Friday; periods of rain are likely both days with a high in the mid 60s. The rain won’t be continuous, and there is no threat of severe weather, and probably not much thunder. Just be ready for rain at any time on both days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The GFS continues to trend wetter. The 12Z GFS run hints that most of Saturday morning will be dry, but another surge of rain will arrive later Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Rain could linger into Sunday morning, with dry conditions Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. The sky will be cloudy both days and we project highs in the upper 60s. Very hard to provide specific start/stop times for the rain at this point.

NEXT WEEK: A surface low is forecast to move over South Alabama Monday, and the day looks wet with a few thunderstorms possible. Then, the rain ends Tuesday as the low moves northeast. Temperatures look cool Monday and Tuesday with highs between 58 and 61 degrees.

We will need to watch temperature trends; parts of North Alabama could see a light freeze early Wednesday morning of next week.

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Warm Again Today; Clouds Return Tonight

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:22

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ANOTHER WARM DAY FOR MID-MARCH: We project a high around 80 degrees again today; yesterday’s official high in Birmingham was 81 degrees… the first high at or over 80 degrees in 2015, 14 degrees above average, and within 4 degrees of the record high for March 16, 85 degrees set in 2012.

The record high for today is 86 degrees set in 1963… we won’t break it, but we could get within 5 degrees or so. The air is dry and the sky today will be partly sunny.

CHANGES AHEAD: A cold front will pass through North Alabama this evening, and clouds will push down into the state tonight along with the cooler air. A shower can’t be ruled out early tonight over the northeast corner of the state, but the risk seems very low. We will drop down to near 50 degrees by early tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a high in the upper 60s, and some rain should begin to push into West Alabama by mid to late afternoon. That becomes widespread tomorrow night, making the beginning of a multiple day period of unsettled weather.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Models are having a difficult time resolving this active pattern, and we are getting a different look from the GFS this morning. Looks like rain from the lead impulse will taper off Thursday morning, and there could be a break in the wet weather Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, although some patches of light rain sure can’t be ruled out. Then, another wave will bring a chance of more rain during the day Friday and Friday night. The rain won’t be continuous, but it could rain at any time.

Highs will be in the 60s, and there is no risk of severe weather, and we probably won’t have much thunder at all.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will need to adjust the forecast to include a chance of some light rain Saturday and Saturday night. Initially global models hinted at rain-free weather for the northern half of the state over the weekend, but the GFS is clearly trending wetter for Saturday. Again, the rain won’t be continuous, and day won’t be a total “wash-out”, but understand there will be a chance of rain at times.

Sunday still looks rain-free with a partly sunny sky. Highs over the weekend will remain in the 60s, right at seasonal averages for mid to late March in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Moisture begins to return Monday, and more light rain could break out. The latest GFS run hints at some risk of thunderstorms Tuesday, followed by sharply colder air Wednesday. In fact, the 00Z GFS even suggests a chance of snow flurries over North Alabama Wednesday morning. This will probably change, but the idea is certainly credible. Blog readers know it is way too early to be planting anything that could be harmed by freezing temperatures.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine today from Panama City to Gulf Shores; highs will be close to 70 degrees (cooler down there due to the cool Gulf of Mexico water temperatures). Tomorrow will be generally dry, but mostly cloudy. Then, Thursday through the weekend, days will be mostly cloudy with only a limited amount of sunshine each day, and there will be some risk of rain showers on a daily basis. Nothing too heavy or widespread, however. Highs will remain around 70, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 65 degrees.

FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be at Burton Campers in Calera this evening. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

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I will be speaking today at the Sylacauga Rotary Club… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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March 17, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 06:21
March 17, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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WeatherBrains 477: Tales from a Disaster

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 05:30

WeatherBrains Episode 477 is now online (March 16, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest for this show is award winning author, Kim Cross. Kim and her family huddled in their storm shelter as the Tuscaloosa tornado of April 27, 2011, barreled toward Birmingham missing their neighborhood by only a few miles. After writing an article for Southern Living that captured the timeless stories that would ring true long after the storm had gone, Kim set about writing a book to tell the story of the biggest tornado outbreak on record in the Southeast US.

Kim started writing for her local newspaper while in high school. Kim studied journalism at the University of Alabama and after obtaining her journalism degree, took on a graduate fellowship at UA. She gained value reporting experience working for numerous newspapers including the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the St. Petersburg Times and worked on the staff of Southern Living and Cooking Light for nearly a decade before taking time off to tackle the book. Her book took about four years and was published on March 10, 2015. It is available wherever you can find books and at the link below.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and -5 at Whitefield, NH
  • Much warmer across the vast US
  • Large wildfire near Woodward, OK
  • Grand Isle, NE, hit 90 today
  • Late season cold snap possible
  • Monster Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is back and tackles the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

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    Web Sites from Episode 477:

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    What Stands in a Storm availability

    Florida bans wording “climate change”

    Picks of the Week:

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    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    John Scala – Need for Tornado Drills

    Kevin Selle – Seeing White in Boston

    Rick Smith – Fake and Overused Weather Pictures

    James Spann – SPC Sounding Climatology

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – How to Make a Cloud Light from Paper Lanterns

    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 477: Tales from a Disaster

    WeatherBrains - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 477 is now online (March 16, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest for this show is award winning author, Kim Cross. Kim and her family huddled in their storm shelter as the Tuscaloosa tornado of April 27, 2011, barreled toward Birmingham missing their neighborhood by only a few miles. After writing an article for Southern Living that captured the timeless stories that would ring true long after the storm had gone, Kim set about writing a book to tell the story of the biggest tornado outbreak on record in the Southeast US.

    Kim started writing for her local newspaper while in high school. Kim studied journalism at the University of Alabama and after obtaining her journalism degree, took on a graduate fellowship at UA. She gained value reporting experience working for numerous newspapers including the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the St. Petersburg Times and worked on the staff of Southern Living and Cooking Light for nearly a decade before taking time off to tackle the book. Her book took about four years and was published on March 10, 2015. It is available wherever you can find books and at the link below.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and -5 at Whitefield, NH
  • Much warmer across the vast US
  • Large wildfire near Woodward, OK
  • Grand Isle, NE, hit 90 today
  • Late season cold snap possible
  • Monster Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is back and tackles the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101:

    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 477:

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    What Stands in a Storm availability

    Florida bans wording “climate change”

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Temperature Scale Fahrenheit versus Celsius

    Brian Peters – Behind the Scenes of What Stands in a Storm

    John Scala – Need for Tornado Drills

    Kevin Selle – Seeing White in Boston

    Rick Smith – Fake and Overused Weather Pictures

    James Spann – SPC Sounding Climatology

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – How to Make a Cloud Light from Paper Lanterns

    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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    Rain Returns By Wednesday Night

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:29

    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.

    WARM MARCH AFTERNOON: Tuscaloosa and Montgomery have soared to 81 degrees at mid-afternoon… the Shelby County Airport was at 80, with upper 70s at Birmingham, Anniston, and Gadsden. Nothing but sunshine for most communities; a far cry from the cool, wet weather we dealt with last week.

    Tomorrow will be another warm and dry day, with a partly sunny sky and a high around the 80 degree mark. The average high for March 17 is 67, and the record high for the date is 86 set in 1963.

    COOLER TEMPERATURES AND RAIN RETURNING: Clouds will return Wednesday, and temperatures will be cooler with a high in the mid 60s. Rain should begin over West Alabama at some point Wednesday afternoon… that rain will be widespread Wednesday night statewide as short wave energy approaches. Periods of rain will continue Thursday; rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely by Thursday night. The air will be stable and there is no threat of severe weather, and probably no thunder.

    FRIDAY: While a lingering shower is possible, especially Friday morning, I get the idea a decent part of the day will be dry, although clouds will linger. The high Friday afternoon will be in the mid 60s.

    OUR WEEKEND: Saturday looks very nice, with a good supply of sunshine and a high around 70 degrees. Clouds return Saturday night and Sunday, but the best chance of rain with this feature will come over the southern half of the state. The GFS is printing a high of 67 for Birmingham Sunday afternoon.

    NEXT WEEK: The weather looks quiet early next week, with dry conditions Monday through Wednesday with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Some of the colder pockets could wind up in the 30s early Monday and Tuesday morning, but for now a widespread freeze is not expected. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Calera at Burton Campers tomorrow evening. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

    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 CDT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    March 16, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:28
    March 16, 2015 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: 421 2 ratings Time: 03:55 More in News & Politics
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    March 16, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:32
    March 16, 2015 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 James Spann and the team of ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 776 6 ratings Time: 05:18 More in News & Politics
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    Warm March Afternoons

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:30

    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.

    GETTING CLOSE TO 80: Birmingham’s official high yesterday was 77 degrees… we project a high between 77 and 80 today and tomorrow as our warm spring preview continues. We should mention here the first “official” day of spring (based on astronomy) is Friday; the vernal equinox comes at 5:45p CDT.

    The air is dry, and today will be mostly sunny, followed by a partly sunny day tomorrow.

    RAIN RETURNS: Cooler air slips into the state Wednesday as the high will drop back into the mid 60s, and clouds return during the day ahead of a wave approaching from the west. Rain begins Wednesday afternoon, and will be widespread Wednesday night into Thursday. The air will be stable, so no severe weather issues, and probably no thunder. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch look likely.

    FRIDAY: A lingering shower is possible, but a decent part of the day should be dry as the dynamic support lifts to the northeast. The sky will remain mostly cloudy, and the high Friday afternoon should be in the 61-64 degree range.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another wave west of the state should be shunted down to the south; some light rain is possible over South Alabama Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, but for now it looks mostly rain-free for the northern half of the state. Saturday will feature more clouds than sun, but Sunday will be partly to mostly sunny. Highs over the weekend will be in the 60s.

    NEXT WEEK: The weather looks nice and quiet Monday through Wednesday with mostly sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights. The GFS is printing a low of 38 degrees for Birmingham early Monday.

    CAUTION: It is WAY too early to plant anything that will be harmed by freezing temperatures. For Birmingham, the average date of the last freeze is March 26, but we have seen a freeze as late as April 23. I always recommend tax day (April 15) as a good time to plant. It is very hard to find a year with no late season freeze across North and Central Alabama.

    FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Calera at Burton Campers tomorrow evening. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

    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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    Boston Breaks Snowfall Record for Season!

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 20:41

    It is official! Just under three inches of snow fell late this afternoon and evening at Boston’s Logan Airport, surpassing the old seasonal snowfall total.

    This graphic does not yet reflect the updated total, but shows 125 years of snowfall records in Beantown.

    If the GFS is right, they may increase their snowfall total even further next weekend! The model has been predicting some light snows next weekend.

    PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
    719 PM EDT SUN MAR 15 2015

    …BOSTON BREAKS ALL TIME SEASONAL SNOW RECORD…

    AS OF 7PM ON MARCH 15TH…BOSTON LOGAN AIRPORT RECIEVED 108.6
    INCHES OF TOTAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF
    107.6 INCHES FOR THE 1995-1996 WINTER SEASON.

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    Perfect Today. Even More So Tomorrow.

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 12:55

    Alright. You just have to get out side on this Sunday afternoon. I know there is the SEC and other Basketball Championships. It is Selection Sunday. But do not miss this chance to get outside.

    It seemed the southeastern United States was on Sunrise Watch this morning as folks tweeted gorgeous photographs of the sky from places like Austin, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, Surfside, SC and Helena. Sme folks had their view of the gorgeous sunrise blocked by fog. That fog burned off quickly and a gorgeous day has taken shape across Central Alabama.

    Regional radars have indeed taken the day off as just a few high clouds stream across from time to time, barely blocking the strong late winter sun. Temperatures will warm into the 70s areawide this afternoon. Winds are light. Humidities are low. All in all a perfect day weatherwise.

    And if you like today, add about 3 or 4 degrees, shake and serve. Another perfect day. Better make reservations now for your favorite outdoor restaurant. Tuesday looks great too. Rain returns late Wednesday with showers lingering into the weekend.

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    March 15, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video

    Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 06:46
    March 15, 2015, 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 James Spann and the team of ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 358 2 ratings Time: 05:05 More in News & Politics
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    Sunshine by Afternoon

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 06:45

    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.

    Central Alabama warmed into the upper 60s yesterday in spite of the clouds. Clouds and some patchy fog continue this morning, but we should be seeing sunshine by late morning and afternoon with highs warming into the upper 60s and lower 70s across Central Alabama.

    We begin the work week with dry weather as a ridge replaces the general troughiness with afternoon highs climbing into the 70s. We should stay dry until the middle of the week when a weak short wave will move out of the southern Rockies across the Lower Mississippi River Valley. The short wave trough will bring back clouds and rain chances for the latter part of Wednesday and into Thursday. Temperatures drop back a tad into the 60s for highs with lows around the 50-degree mark.

    The northern stream of the flow pattern becomes a bigger player in the overall pattern by Friday and Saturday as we once again see a trough dug out across the eastern US. This should bring some cooler air back into the picture with lows dipping back into the 30s while highs stay in the 50s and lower 60s. A weak disturbance in the southern stream could bring some clouds and rain chances back into the picture especially across the Gulf Coast and South Alabama by Sunday.

    Looking out into Week 2 or voodoo country, the GFS shows a substantial ridge around the 25th. A strong trough is forecast to develop and move across the Eastern US around the 28th/29th which could bring a round of strong to severe storms and another taste of winter with a substantial cold shot.

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    James Spann will be back with the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video first thing Monday morning. Enjoy the warm day and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Clouds Hanging Tough

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 15:18

    After a rather week of weather, we are finally seeing the rain come to an end for much of the state. There remains a few very light showers this afternoon, and many of these are not even showing up on the radar. There are also a few areas of fog, with misty conditions. The clouds continue to hang tough across much of Central Alabama this afternoon, but we do note some peeks of sunshine in the area, while a mainly sunny sky is in place across southeastern portions of the state. Though parts of Alabama are seeing the sun today, I think a vast majority of the state will see the sun return tomorrow.

    After the cold air damming/wedge provided cold easterly flow into the state yesterday, our winds have shifted out of the southwest and we are seeing warmer temps throughout the state today. Much of Central Alabama has temps in the mid to upper 60s this afternoon, while in South Alabama 70s and even some 80s are showing up. Warmer temps down south are a result of a sunny sky in those areas.

    Heading into the overnight hours, we should slowly see the clouds decrease in coverage, but it does appear we will start our Sunday off with mainly cloudy conditions and areas of fog. We are expecting the sky to be clearing through the day, and by tomorrow afternoon, it appears that big orange ball of fire will finally show itself to all of us. We will start tomorrow off in the mid-50s for most locations, but we should rebound into the 70s for most locations in Central Alabama. It will certainly be a very nice end to the weekend!

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    March 14, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video

    Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 07:33
    March 14, 2015, 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 James Spann and the team of ... From: ABC 33/40 Weather Views: 311 5 ratings Time: 04:47 More in News & Politics
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    Weather Trending Drier

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 03/14/2015 - 07:32

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    After what has been a long string of wet weather for Central Alabama, we are trending drier today. There is still a small risk for showers especially from Birmingham northward across the Tennessee River Valley, and with the clouds holding in we might see a little drizzle this morning. By afternoon we could see some breaks in the clouds that will allow the sun to peek through. We should also see the wedge pushed off to the east allowing temperatures to climb into the upper 60s and lower 70s.

    The weather goes drier on Sunday and Monday with highs climbing into the 70s for some nice warm March days thanks in part to a fairly strong ridge aloft. But the dry weather comes to an end once again on Wednesday as a short wave kicks out of northern Mexico and comes across the Lower Mississippi River Valley. As that short wave trough moves by, we should see a chance for showers on Wednesday and Thursday. Along with the clouds and rain chances, we should see temperatures drop back into the 50s for highs with lows in the 40s.

    We should dry out again on Friday as a ridge takes hold once again. But the ridge does not hold long with another short wave coming out of the southern Rockies on Saturday which promises to bring yet another chance for rain and showers. Look for highs in the 60s and lower 70s.

    The weather pattern remains active with another nice ridge around the 25th of March, but that is replaced fairly quickly by another fairly deep trough over the eastern US around the 28th of March that promises a possible threat for some severe storms. But remember, this is well out into week 2 so we’re looking primarily for trends and not specifics.

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

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    The ABC 3340 First Alert Storm Team will be at Burton Campers in Calera from 4 to 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 17th. Hope you’ll have a chance to come out and say hello, pick up some giveaways, and possibly win a bubblehead doll or weather radio. I will have the next Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Sunday morning. Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Slowly Improving Weather For The Weekend

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:36

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    CLOUDY, COOL, SHOWERY FRIDAY: As expected, cooler air moved into Alabama from the east today, and many communities from Birmingham east are only in the 50s, and some places near the Georgia border are barely out of the 40s with a very chilly east wind.

    Occasional showers will continue tonight; heavier storms are possible over Southwest Alabama around Mobile where SPC maintains a “marginal” risk of severe thunderstorms.

    THE WEEKEND: Sure looks like most of the showers will end in the 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. time frame early tomorrow; a few breaks in the overcast are possible later in the day with a high up in the low 70s. Then, Sunday looks rain-free with a partly sunny sky along with a high in the low 70s.

    NEXT WEEK: The weather stays dry Monday and Tuesday with highs in the 70s. Then, the 12Z GFS is pretty aggressive, moving rain back into the state Wednesday. Rain will remain possible into Thursday, before drier and colder air returns late in the week on Friday.

    At this point, no sign of any late season freeze threat for the next 10-15 days, but I fully expect at least one more freeze this season. Remember, the average date of the last freeze (at Birmingham) is March 26, and we have experienced a freeze as late as April 23.

    FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Calera next Tuesday at Burton Campers. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

    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 my next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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    Rain Today; A Drier Weekend

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:07

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    COOL, WET FRIDAY: Our forecast will highlight periods of rain again today as a broad surface low forms west of the state, and a deep layer of moisture remains over the state. Cooler air at the surface will advect in here from the east today; some East Alabama communities will hold in the 50s all day, with highs in the 60s from Birmingham west. The cooler air means no severe weather threat, and probably no thunder.

    We do note SPC has a “marginal” severe weather risk defined today and tonight for much of Mississippi and far Southwest Alabama, around Mobile, where the air will be more unstable. Also, flash flood watches remain in effect near the Mississippi River.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A lingering shower is possible tomorrow morning, but drier air begins to arrive, and we should see some sun breaking through by afternoon with a high up in the low to mid 70s. Sunday looks rain free; partly to mostly sunny with a high also between 72 and 75 degrees.

    NEXT WEEK: The GFS is trending warmer for Monday; it is now printing a high of 78 degrees for Birmingham with a good supply of sunshine. We stay dry Tuesday with a high in the 70s… the 00Z run hints clouds return Wednesday, and maybe even a touch of light rain could break out over West Alabama with a high back in the 60s. Some scattered light rain is possible Thursday and Friday with a cold front approaching from the north. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

    TWENTY TWO YEARS AGO THIS MORNING: Birmingham was buried by 13 inches of snow, with drifts of 5-6 feet as the great Blizzard of 1993 was winding down.

    FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Calera next Tuesday evening at Burton Campers. Just drop by anytime from 4:00 until 6:30… you can watch me do weather live on ABC 33/40, get some free stuff to take home, and have a chance to win several NOAA Weather Radios we will be giving away. If you need your weather radio programmed or checked, bring it by and we will be glad to help.

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

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

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    I have weather programs today at Brookwood Forest Elementary in Mountain Brook, and South Shades Crest Elementary in Hoover. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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    March 13, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 06:05
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