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December 7, 2014, Weather Xtreme Video
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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.
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.
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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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.
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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.
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