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ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 12:30

Once again, it is hard to believe we are in July, when the temps this morning were more like early October. It was quite the cool and refreshing morning as 50s made it down to the Interstate 20 corridor with Birmingham reaching 58, while Tuscaloosa reached 60, and Anniston 61. Elsewhere across the northern portions of the state, Huntsville was 57, Muscle Shoals 56, Cullman 53, and Gadsden 59. Hope you had the chance to enjoy these temps, because it probably will be late September to early October before we see these type of temps again.

For the rest of today, we are going to continue to see mostly sunny conditions with only a few clouds tracking across the state from east to west. We will all stay dry once again, and temps will continue to warm as most locations will see upper 80s for afternoon highs, with perhaps a few 90s creeping into our southern counties. Humidity levels will remain below seasonal norms for a few more days, but it won’t be too long before the humidity levels return.

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July 5 Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 06:32
July 5 Weather Xtreme Video
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Not Your Typical July Morning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 06:32

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It is definitely not your typical July morning with some great early morning temperatures dipping into the 50s across North and Central Alabama. Black Creek Skywatcher reported a nice 54 this morning and it was 58 at Coker and 59 in Helena. Savor the drier and cooler air as the projections are for upward trends in both humidity and heat for the next few days.

Arthur has been downgraded to a tropical storm and was losing tropical characteristics as it affected Nova Scotia this morning. Elsewhere, the tropics remain quiet.

And the weather pattern is somewhat quiet, too, as we see moisture and heat levels gradually return to values more representative of early July. The upper air pattern of a weak trough over the eastern US with the main westerlies across the northern tier of the US remains in place for much of the week ahead. This means that we’ll see temperatures gradually creep back into the lower 90s. These wonderfully low dew points will also climb upward into the middle and upper 60s by the middle and latter part of the week.

A strong short wave moving across southern Canada at mid-week will deepen the trough over the East enough to allow the approach of another cold front. But as the front approaches, the troughiness across the East begins to lessen, so it does not appear likely that we’ll see another frontal passage for Central Alabama. But with warmth and humidity up, we’ll see a return to primarily daily showers for the latter half of the week.

Beach goers are also enjoying the benefits of this great weather pattern with beach weather nearly perfect with plenty of sunshine and afternoon highs in the upper 80s. Gulf water temperature reports continued to show values in the middle 80s. But showers return to the forecast by mid-week as moisture levels rise.

Voodoo country remained somewhat the same on this run from yesterday with a large upper ridge in the West and general troughiness across the East. This keeps us on the eastern periphery of the heat bubble so we should be warm with daily showers but the extreme heat stays to our west under this scenario.

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

Filling in for Meaghan Thomas on ABC 3340 News this weekend, so you can catch the latest forecast at 6 and 10 pm this evening. The next Weather Xtreme Video will come by 8 am or so on Sunday morning. Enjoy one more day of lower humidity for July. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Is This the Fourth of July?

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:07

If you didn’t know better, you would think it was late September rather that the Fourth of July across Central Alabama.

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First, everyone started off with some comfortable readings this morning. It was 61F at the Birmingham Airport, some ten degrees below the average low for the date of 71F.

Skies have been mostly sunny, with just a few high clouds and contrails across the middle of the state and over the Tennessee Valley, and a few puny puffy cumulus clouds over western sections.

The closest showers to Central Alabama were in the Louisiana coastal waters and over the Florida Peninsula, south of a frontal system that is lying over the northern Gulf of Mexico into southern Georgia.

It was 83F at 3 p.m. at the Birmingham Airport. It that ends up being the high for the day, it would make it the 10th coolest 4th of July on record in the Magic City. 84F would make it the 12th. The interesting thing about the top ten coolest Independence Days in Birmingham is that it rained on nine of them.

If you remember, last year was the 2nd coldest 4th of July in Birmingham history with a high of 77F. It had been cloudy and rainy all day with flash flood watches.

FIREWORKS FORECAST
Usually at this time on the Fourth, we are fretting whether fireworks shows will go on. Not this year. The show will go on and be beautiful in all Alabama cities tonight.

CHECK ON ARTHUR

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Arthur is racing off to the northrast this afternoon. It will brush by Cape Cod and Nantucket this evening with some tropical storm force winds. It will reach Nova Scotia tomorrow morning and Newfoundland Sunday. It will be tropical storm when that happens.

Damage in North Carolina is minimal, thankfully. Highway 12, the road over the Outer Banks was covered with sand, but it projected to reopen tomorrow.

Arthur will go in the books at the earliest hurricane in history to make landfall in North Carolina.

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July 4 Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:39
July 4 Weather Xtreme Video
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A Drier and Cooler Fourth of July

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 06:38

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It’s fabulous weather for the Fourth of July and the weekend with some lowered humidity and cooler air for us to enjoy. Fireworks displays tonight should have no problem from the weather, something we usually have to deal with.

The overall synoptic weather pattern featured a sprawling high pressure system at the surface centered over Chicago with the tight circulation of Hurricane Arthur beginning to move away from the Mid-Atlantic Coast of the US. Aloft a fairly strong trough for early July was moving across the eastern Great Lakes with ridging along the Rockies. The combination of features allowed for a drier and somewhat cooler air mass to settle into Central Alabama with temperatures below our seasonal values for early July. And those humidities are great with dew points falling into the upper 50s.

So July 4th will be fantastic and the weekend will follow that example with a gradual warm up. With a slight troughiness over the eastern half of the country with the ridge anchored along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, we won’t be seeing any major changes in the weather for Central Alabama. Temperatures will gradually return to season values with lows in the lower 90s by Sunday and into next week. Morning lows will be in the 60s through Tuesday and into the lower 70s for the rest of week. Moisture values increase slowly during the first of the week, so I expect us to stay dry until Wednesday when we re-introduce the possibility of daily showers. Those daily chances will stay in the forecast through the end of next week.

Beach goers will enjoy a great Fourth weekend, too, with warm weather, lots of sunshine, and no chance of showers until Monday. Highs will be in the upper 80s and morning lows in the lower 70s for the next several days with the Gulf water temperature running in the middle 80s.

The GFS continues to keep us guessing about the long range. The latest run continues with the idea of strong ridging over the Central US but toys with keeping a slight trough along the eastern coast of the US that should keep extreme heat at bay.

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

Thanks for staying tuned to the Blog as your weather source. The next Weather Xtreme Video will come Saturday morning. Godspeed.

-Brian-

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…CENTER OF ARTHUR MAKES LANDFALL…

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:30

We have a technical landfall I believe on Cape Lookout southeast of Morehead City at 10:14 p.m. CDT tonight.

Now we will wait to see if the NHC agrees and gives the official word.

Arthur is the first landfalling category two or greater hurricane in the U.S. since Ike in 2008.

And it is official…

HURRICANE ARTHUR TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012014
1130 PM EDT THU JUL 03 2014

…CENTER OF ARTHUR MAKES LANDFALL…

THE CENTER OF ARTHUR MADE LANDFALL AT ABOUT 1115 PM EDT…0315
UTC…OVER THE SHACKLEFORD BANKS BETWEEN CAPE LOOKOUT AND BEAUFORT
NORTH CAROLINA. THE NOAA AUTOMATED STATION AT CAPE LOOKOUT RECENTLY
REPORTED SUSTAINED WINDS OF 77 MPH…124 KM/H…AND A WIND GUST OF
101 MPH…163 KM/H.

SUMMARY OF 1130 PM EDT…0330 UTC…INFORMATION
————————————————–
LOCATION…34.7N 76.6W
ABOUT 5 MI…10 KM NW OF CAPE LOOKOUT NORTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 65 MI…105 KM WSW OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…100 MPH…155 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 35 DEGREES AT 18 MPH…30 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…976 MB…28.82 INCHES

$$
FORECASTER BEVEN/BLAKE

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