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Temperatures Remain Above Average

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:14

A PREVIEW OF SUMMER: The overall weather pattern won’t change much around here through Friday with unseasonably warm temperatures continuing thanks to an upper ridge overhead. We will be in the mid 80s today and tomorrow, with upper 80s likely by Friday afternoon.

We do note the high resolution HRRR model shows a few, tiny, isolated showers across Central Alabama this afternoon, but we won’t mention anything in the forecast for now with the low levels remaining relatively dry.

TO THE EAST: A sub-tropical storm is expected to form off the South Atlantic coast of the U.S. over the next 48 hours; most models move it to a point near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina by Friday evening. Then, it just hangs around for a few days with no real steering currents. This will get the name “Ana” if it develops, and the main impact will be showery, breezy conditions on the coasts of the Carolinas… no problems for Alabama at all. A hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the area this afternoon.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A number of communities in our state will see 90 degree heat for the first time this year Saturday and Sunday. Seeing a high of 90 is not that unusual for mid-May; the earlier 90 degree temperature on record at Birmingham came on April 17, 1955 when the high was 90. The weekend will remain mostly dry, although a few isolated showers or storms could show up across the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: A cold front will bring the chance of showers on Tuesday, but there is little upper support, and rain amounts will most likely be light. A drier and slightly cooler airmass drops in here Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Expect mostly sunny days and clear nights on the coast through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 70s, with 80s likely inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 74 degrees.

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Warm, Calm May Weather

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 15:36

WARM AND DRY: No real change in the Alabama weather situation for the rest of the week; an upper ridge will keep the rain producing systems well to the west and north of our state; we expect mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday with only fair weather cumulus clouds during the heat of the day. Afternoon highs will be generally in the mid 80s tomorrow and Thursday, with upper 80s likely by Friday. These values are about five to ten degrees above average for early May in Alabama.

TO THE EAST: A sub-tropical storm is expected to develop in the Atlantic, just off the Southeast U.S. coast, in coming days. The high resolution NAM model shows the system southeast of Charleston Thursday evening, with the main wind field still a little offshore at that point.

The system will drift westward, toward the coast of the Carolinas, Friday, but the impact of this system will remain well to the east of Alabama. We should mention the name of the storm will be “Ana” if it develops as forecast.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Data from the GEFS ensemble hints that parts of Alabama will see 90 degree heat for the first time time year over the weekend…

The weather still looks dry with partly to mostly sunny days and fair nights. A few isolated showers or storms could show up near the Tennessee border Sunday afternoon, but even there the chance of any one spot getting wet looks rather small.

NEXT WEEK: A cold front will bring the next decent chance of showers and storms by Tuesday, but for now it doesn’t look like a severe weather setup. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights will continue through the weekend on the Gulf Coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores; highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 70s, with 80s inland. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 75 degrees.

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May 5, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 15:32
May 5, 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: 77 2 ratings Time: 03:59 More in News & Politics
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Summer Preview Continues

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 06:08

WARM AND DRY: If you enjoyed the weather yesterday across Alabama, you will like the forecast for the rest of the week. An upper ridge holds, and will keep the primary storm track across the nation well to the west and north, so we will continue to forecast sunny warm days and fair nights through Friday. Highs will remain in the 80s, with early morning lows in the upper 50s and low 60s. No need to mention any risk of rain for the rest of the week.

TO THE EAST: Models continue to develop a sub-tropical low just off the southern Atlantic coast of the U.S. tomorrow and Thursday; this feature stays just offshore, but it could bring some wind and rain to the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. Steering currents collapse, and this feature could hang around for a while, but it remains east of Alabama through the weekend and there will be no impact on our weather. If a sub-tropical system does form, it will be called “Ana”.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Temperatures could very well approach the 90 degree mark in a few spots Saturday and Sunday afternoon as our summer preview continues. The weekend looks mostly dry; we might consider a small risk of a shower or storm Sunday afternoon as moisture levels begin to rise.

NEXT WEEK: Widely scattered showers or storms are possible early next week, but the rain probably won’t be very widespread or heavy, and there is certainly no risk of severe weather as heights remain above average, and the storm track stays to the west. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days and fair nights will continue from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend; highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 70s, with 80s inland. Sea water temperatures are generally in the mid 70s.

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I have weather programs today at Daystar Child Care in Helena, and Rocky Ridge Elementary in Hoover. Be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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May 5, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 06:07
May 5, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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WeatherBrains 484: Snowball Thingy!

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 484 is now online (May 4, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our guest WeatherBrain comes from Nate’s neck of the woods, in fact, he works with Nate at WRAL-TV. Greg Fishel, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Fishel began his broadcast meteorology career in 1979 with WMDT in Salisbury, MD. He has been at WRAL since 1981 and became the station’s chief meteorologist in 1989. Fishel was the first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States. He chaired the American Meteorological Society Broadcast Board Committee to develop the 100-question exam for the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist program. He has a degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 104 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at northeast of Poplar, MT, and at Olney, MT
  • Quiet weather across the country over the weekend
  • Severe weather outlooked in narrow band in Central Plains
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week our email bag officer noted a letter from a listener that mentioned hail cannons. So I thought it might be an interesting topic to briefly explore hail cannons and their theoretical purpose.

    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 484:

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

    WRAL-TV weather page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GIS course for atmospheric sciences

    Brian Peters – Weather teletype code

    John Scala – China bans unofficial weather reports

    Kevin Selle – SPC mobile

    James Spann – NHC audio briefings

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – eruption

    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 484: Snowball Thingy!

    WeatherBrains - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 484 is now online (May 4, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Our guest WeatherBrain comes from Nate’s neck of the woods, in fact, he works with Nate at WRAL-TV. Greg Fishel, welcome to WeatherBrains.

    Fishel began his broadcast meteorology career in 1979 with WMDT in Salisbury, MD. He has been at WRAL since 1981 and became the station’s chief meteorologist in 1989. Fishel was the first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States. He chaired the American Meteorological Society Broadcast Board Committee to develop the 100-question exam for the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist program. He has a degree from Pennsylvania State University.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 104 at Death Valley, CA, and 24 at northeast of Poplar, MT, and at Olney, MT
  • Quiet weather across the country over the weekend
  • Severe weather outlooked in narrow band in Central Plains
  • Upper ridge across the Southeast US
  • Sub-tropical low possible off southeast US coast later this week and into weekend
  • QPF bullseye over Oklahoma and parts of North Central Texas
  • And Aubrey has a new microphone!
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Last week our email bag officer noted a letter from a listener that mentioned hail cannons. So I thought it might be an interesting topic to briefly explore hail cannons and their theoretical purpose.

    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 484:

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

    WRAL-TV weather page

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – GIS course for atmospheric sciences

    Brian Peters – Weather teletype code

    John Scala – China bans unofficial weather reports

    Kevin Selle – SPC mobile

    James Spann – NHC audio briefings

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – eruption

    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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    Warm May Days

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 15:34

    AT MID-AFTERNOON: Temperatures are mostly in the low 80s this afternoon, about 3-5 degrees above average for early May in Alabama. No rain on radar, and the sky is mostly sunny.

    REST OF THE WEEK: An upper ridge will keep Alabama warm and dry through at least Friday, with mostly sunny days and fair nights. We project highs in the 83 to 86 degree range, with early morning lows between 57 and 62. Makes for a simple forecast, and a nice preview of summer.

    TO THE EAST: Models continue to show a sub-tropical storm forming off the south Atlantic coast of the U.S. by Wednesday. The NAM suggests this low will be close to Charleston, SC Thursday afternoon; it will bring a good bit of wind and rain to the coast of the Carolinas, but all of this will remain well to the east of Alabama.

    If the system does become a sub-tropical storm, the name will be “Ana”.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much change as the upper ridge holds. Partly to mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 80s; it should be the warmest weekend so far this year. We might consider a small risk of a shower or storm Sunday afternoon as moisture levels begin to rise, but most of the state will remain rain-free.

    A chance of showers will return early next week on Monday (May 11) as an upper trough approaches. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Everything looks great this week on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores; we expect mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 70s, with 80s inland. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is 76 degrees.

    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 students at Ohatchee Elementary and Helena Elementary… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00 and 6:00! Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    May 4, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 15:28
    May 4, 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: 168 4 ratings Time: 03:45 More in News & Politics
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    Warm, Dry May Weather Continues

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 06:24

    SUMMER PREVIEW: We are expecting the warmest weather so far this year over the next seven days, thanks to an upper ridge overhead. Today will feature a good supply of sunshine with a high in the low 80s.

    For the rest of the week, the weather won’t change much. The ridge will keep the rain producing systems well to the west, and around here we are forecasting mostly sunny, warm days, and clear nights through Friday. Highs will stay in the 80s… we could see a few upper 80s later in the week. The average high for May 4 (for Birmingham) is 78.

    EARLY SEASON TROPICAL SYSTEM? The global models have been advertising for days a surface low off in the Atlantic, off the Southeast U.S. coast this week. The GFS continues this idea; if something forms there, it will not be a classic warm core tropical system, but a “sub-tropical” storm with the name of “Ana”. The GFS moves this feature to a point near Savannah late this week, and some rain is possible for the eastern part of Georgia and the Carolinas, but this should not impact Alabama in any way.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Really don’t see much change, as the warm, dry pattern continues. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s Saturday and Sunday with a pretty decent amount of sunshine both days. We might consider a small risk of a shower Sunday as moisture levels begin to increase, but for now we will leave the forecast dry.

    Seems like the next chance of showers for our state will come one week from today (Monday May 11) with a cold front, but it doesn’t look like a big rain event, and doesn’t pose a risk of severe weather. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    AT THE BEACH: Just a slight risk of a shower late today along the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, otherwise, mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 70s, with 80s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 73 degrees.

    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.

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

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    I have weather programs today at Ohatchee Elementary and Helena Elementary… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    May 4, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 05/04/2015 - 06:22
    May 4, 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: 458 3 ratings Time: 03:52 More in News & Politics
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    Ana Is That You?

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 13:00

    There is still consistent evidence that a subtropical storm could form northwest of the Bahamas by midweek. This subtropical storm could affect the Carolinas and Georgia coastline, but top winds should be less than 50 mph. Gusty winds and rough surf will be the main impact. Sill, it serves as a reminder that the Atlantic Hurricane Season is not far away, beginning June 1.

    BILL ON DECK: I get a storm named for me this year! The name Bill has been used for three tropical cyclones in the Atlantic. 2009’s Bill was a Cat 4 Hurricane that passed Bermuda and grazed Nova Scotia. 1997’s Bill threatened Bermuda as well. Seems I have a thing for Bermuda. And TS Bill in 2003 made landfall west of New Orleans.

    Here is the list of names for 2015 in the Atlantic:

    Ana
    Bill
    Claudette
    Danny
    Erika
    Fred
    Grace
    Henri
    Ida
    Joaquin
    Kate
    Larry
    Mindy
    Nicholas
    Odette
    Peter
    Rose
    Sam
    Teresa
    Victor
    Wanda

    It is interesting to note that this is the list of names from the 1979 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which was the first to use male names. The following names have been retired from that list (year of retirement in parentheses).

    Bob (1991)
    David (1979)
    Elena (1985)
    Frederic (1979)
    Gloria (1985)
    Isabel (2003)
    Juan (2003)

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    April Showers Bring May Flowers

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 11:11

    If April showers bring May flowers, Birmingham will be able to open a florist this month. That piece of familiar weather folklore is playing out to be very true this year for us. Birmingham recorded its 6th wettest April ever with 10.24 inches of rain, 3.51 inches below the all time record of 13. 75 recorded in April 1979. It rained on 15 days during the month, against the long term average of 9.1 days. Thunder was reported on 11 days, against the average of 5.0.

    Now, as we have turned the page to May, drier and warmer conditions will be the theme over the first fifteen days of the month. Here is a look at the long term climatological averages day by day for May at Birmingham.

    It is a picture perfect early May day across Central Alabama. Scattered cumulus clouds were starting to form after a nearly cloud free morning. A thin arc of clouds was evident along a little convergence zone that has sagged down into Northwest Alabama from a disturbance north of Nashville. The nearest precipitation to Birmingham is a few light showers over Kentucky, accompanying that disturbance.

    The mercury was climbing through the middle 70s across the I-20 corridor, heading for highs in the lower 80s. Dewpoints are low, in the upper 40s, so it feels quite nice. But keep the sunscreen handy, as that strong May sun can burn a lot. And stay hydrated too. With the low humidity, you can sweat a lot without realizing it.

    Nearly perfect, albeit eventually a bit warm, weather is in store for this week across Central Alabama. This week’s temperature graph looks like an EKG with nearly steady highs around 80F and lows around 60F through midweek. After that, the mercury will get a little more excited, with highs trending into the middle and upper 80s by next weekend with lows in the middle 60s. Dewpoints will be rising as well, from the 50s early in the week, to the muggy 60s by next weekend. A few showers and storms could creep back into the forecast by this weekend, but chances will be small until early the following week, around Tuesday the 12th.

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    Another Great May Day

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 06:32

    An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available and you can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme Video on iTunes by clicking here.

    Not quite as cool to start the day this morning as we look for the second part of a great May weekend for Central Alabama. With lots of sunshine today we should see highs climb into the lower 80s. As an upper ridge builds into the eastern US, look for temperatures to warm into the 80s for highs during the week ahead with some spots possibly near 90 toward the end of the week.

    If you are headed to the big race at Talladega, be sure to take the sunscreen. Plenty of sunshine with a warm afternoon as the highs top out in the lower 80s.

    Like yesterday, the QPF forecast continued to show a big empty spot with no rain expected in Central Alabama until the end of the week ahead. The upper air pattern features a substantial ridge for the Southeast US with a closed low and deep trough over the western US. A weaker trough also develops to our east, keeping the Southeast US between systems for much of the week ahead. With the upper ridge in place, should see temperatures warm well into the 80s for highs during the week ahead.

    The ridge begins to break down as we head into next weekend and out into voodoo country. But even then, moisture remains primarily west of Central Alabama, so only isolated showers could enter the forecast.

    Beach weather continues to look great with sunny days, fair nights for the next week. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 70s for the next five days. Sea water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s.

    Looking out into voodoo country, the upper ridge holds for us as the closed low over the western states finally advances eastward around the 12th of May. This is likely to be the focus for a cold front to bring showers to the southeastern US.

    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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    James Spann will have the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video on Monday. Enjoy this gorgeous May day and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Awesome Alabama Weather

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 13:58

    We started the day off chilly with widespread 40s across Central Alabama. As soon as the sun cleared that eastern horizon, temps began their climb. With nothing but blue sky and sunshine, temps have climbed into the 70s this afternoon and it is almost impossible to find a cloud in the Alabama sky. Heading out and about this evening and overnight, once the sun sets the temps will be dropping through the 60s and into the 50s overnight and the sky will remain clear, but overall it will be a excellent evening for anything you may have planned.

    There may be a little race in East Alabama tomorrow. Actually the past several days have been ramping up to the big GEICO 500 tomorrow at the Talladega Superspeedway. Once again, there will be nothing but sunshine and blue sky tomorrow. It will be a cool start once again, with upper 40s and lower 50s expected, but those temps will rapidly climb to the 80s by the afternoon. I am urging everyone to stay hydrated as well as take plenty of sunscreen heading to the race tomorrow. But other than the threat for sunburn, there will be no other weather woes and humidity levels will remain low.

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    May Starts with a Great Weekend

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:43

    An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available and you can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme Video on iTunes by clicking here.

    After a cool start to your Saturday, look for a great May weekend for Central Alabama as temperatures climb a bit. Our Skywatcher in Black Creek reported a low of 38 this morning, but with lots of sunshine today we should see highs climb well into the middle 70s. Sunday will be even warmer as the sunshine continues with highs around 80.

    The QPF forecast has a big empty spot with no rain expected in Central Alabama until the end of the upcoming week. The upper air pattern features a substantial ridge for the Southeast US with a closed low and deep trough over the western US. A weaker trough also develops to our east, keeping the Southeast US between systems for much of the week ahead. With the upper ridge in place, should see temperatures warm into the lower and middle 80s for highs during the week ahead.

    The ridge begins to break down as we head into next weekend and out into voodoo country. But even then, moisture remains primarily west of Central Alabama, so only isolated showers could enter the forecast.

    Beach weather: It just doesn’t get much better for beach goers with sunny days, fair nights over the weekend and into next week. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 70s for the next five days. Sea water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s.

    Looking out into voodoo country, the upper ridge holds for us as the closed low over the western states finally advances eastward around the 13th of May. This is likely to be the focus for a cold front to bring some unsettled weather to the eastern US.

    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 post the next Weather Xtreme Video first thing on Sunday morning. Enjoy this gorgeous May day and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Dry Weather Pattern Takes Hold

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 15:32

    **No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

    COBALT BLUE SKY: Not a cloud in the Alabama sky today; temperatures are in the 69-73 degree range at most places… the humidity is low, and the visibility is excellent. Tonight will be clear and cool with a low down in the upper 40s.

    WONDERFUL WEEKEND AHEAD: The sky will stay sunny tomorrow and Sunday with a warming trend; we reach the upper 70s tomorrow, with low 80s likely Sunday. No moisture, no chance of rain. Perfect for race weekend at Talladega, or anything else you want to do outside.

    NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge will build across the eastern U.S… meaning the weather will be noticeably warmer, and still dry. We expect mostly sunny days and fair nights Monday through Friday with afternoon highs up in the low to mid 80s. Active weather will remain well to the northwest of our state.

    AT THE BEACH: Doesn’t get much better… sunny days, fair nights over the weekend and through next week. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 70s, and sea water temperatures are in the low to mid 70s.

    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 enjoyed seeing the kids today at Spring Valley School in Birmingham… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 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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    May Begins With A Dry Spell

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:10

    COOL MORNING: Black Creek is at 37… Fort Payne is reporting 39 degrees at daybreak; it might be sometime in October before another North Alabama low in the 30s. The sky is clear, and the air is dry. We expect sunshine in full supply today with a high generally in the low 70s this afternoon.

    SUNNY MAY WEEKEND: The air stays dry, and the sky will stay sunny tomorrow and Sunday with a warming trend. We rise into the 76-79 degree range tomorrow, and Sunday’s high will be very close to 80. You could not ask for better weather for race weekend at Talladega, spring sports, or anything else you want to do outside.

    SUMMER PREVIEW NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge will begin to build across the eastern part of the nation, and we expect the warmest week so far this year with highs in the low to mid 80s each day. The ridge will also keep the rain producing systems away, and for now we see no reason to forecast any significant chance of rain through the entire week. Bottom line is that at least the first seven days of May will be rain-free.

    AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, clear nights on the Gulf Coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores over the weekend and through next week. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the mid to upper 70s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 72 degrees.

    MAY BY THE NUMBERS: The average high in Birmingham will rise from 78 degrees today to 84 by the end of the month. The average rain for the month is 4.83?, and this is the last month of the spring tornado season. Hottest May temperature on record is 99 degrees, recorded on May 28, 1962, and May 29, 1898.

    The hurricane season is now a month away, it begins on June 1. Most are expecting a rather quiet season again in the Atlantic basin due to the current El Nino cycle; the first named storm this year will be called Ana, followed by Bill, Claudette, and Danny.

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    I have a weather program this morning at Spring Valley School in Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    May 1, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

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    Long Dry Spell Ahead

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 15:30

    RADAR CHECK: So far, no far no showers have shown up across North Alabama today despite the very cold air aloft associated with an upper trough. Closest rain to us is over Tennessee north of Chattanooga…

    An isolated shower or two could still show up around the northeast corner of the state this evening, but it looks like most communities will be dry tonight. We drop down into the 45-49 degree range early tomorrow with a mostly clear sky.

    TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Pretty much a case of severe clear as the month of May begins. We expect sunny days, clear nights, and a slow warming trend. The high tomorrow will be in the low 70s, followed by upper 70s Saturday. Sunday’s high will be very close to 80 degrees. Fantastic weather for race weekend at Talladega, spring sports, or anything else you want to do outside.

    NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge should keep our state warm and dry; the high will be in the low to mid 80s each day with partly sunny days and fair nights. Most of the active weather will be well to the west, across parts of the Great Plains and the Upper Midwest. QPF (Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts) charts are showing not a drop of rain for Alabama through next Thursday.

    RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham finished April with 10.24″… the total for the year is 23.17″, and the surplus is 4.33″.

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    I had a great time today seeing the first graders at Montevallo Elementary School… be looking for them 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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