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August 15, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:24
August 15, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Hotter Afternoons Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:05

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ANOTHER VERY PLEASANT MORNING: Another nice fall preview; temperatures just before sunrise include…

Black Creek 56
Fort Payne 57
Valley Head 57
Russellville 57
Concord 58
Pleasant Grove 58
Bessemer 60
Anniston 61
Gadsden 61
Birmingham 63

But let’s not forget this is mid-August in Alabama, so we do expect rising heat and humidity levels in coming days. The sky will stay mostly sunny today and tomorrow; the high today will be close to 90, with low 90s possible tomorrow.

We will introduce the risk of widely scattered afternoon showers Sunday as moisture levels rise with a high in the low 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Scattered showers and storms should become more numerous in a moist, unstable environment Monday and Tuesday with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the low 90s both days. Then, we could creep up into the mid 90s over the latter half of the week as a 5940 meter 500 mb ridge sets up just west of Alabama. The ridge also means afternoon showers and storms will become fewer in number by Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny weather from Panama City to Gulf Shores today and tomorrow, then for Sunday and much of next week, about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day with a few scattered thunderstorms. On the immediate coast highs will remain in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet. Waves coming off the African coast fizzle out in the very dry air over the deep tropics, and no sign of any change through early next week.

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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August 15, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:03
August 15, 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 James Spann and the team of meteorologi... From: abc3340 Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 03:28 More in News & Politics
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Pleasant Tonight; Hotter Afternoons Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:55

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00 from a function to benefit United Cerebral Palsy in downtown Birmingham**

ANOTHER DANDY DAY: Temperatures remain well below average this afternoon across Alabama, with temperatures generally in the mid 80s at mid-afternoon…

Tonight will be much like last night, and just like fall with temperatures falling into the 58-62 degree range at most locations. The coolest observation around here this morning was a refreshing 52 degrees at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden in Etowah County.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: As you might expect, heat and humidity levels will be on the rise; this is mid-August after all. Tomorrow and Saturday will be mostly sunny; the high tomorrow will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with low 90s possible Saturday afternoon. We will introduce the risk of a few isolated showers or thunderstorms Sunday afternoon, but for now it looks like they will be few and far between.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms will be more likely Monday and Tuesday as moisture deepens, but they thin out again Wednesday through Friday thanks to an upper ridge building across the region. Highs will be around 90 Monday and Tuesday, but mid 90s are likely over the latter half of the week… a good reminder we still have some hot weather left this summer.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather continues on the coast tomorrow and Saturday with only a slight risk of a shower from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Then, Sunday through much of next week expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with a few scattered storms around. Highs remain in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: A healthy wave is emerging off the African coast in the far eastern Atlantic, but due to dry air development is not likely, and tropical storm formation is not expected in the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

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Just Like Fall This Morning

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:59

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AUGUST, OR OCTOBER? Here are some temperatures around the great state of Alabama at daybreak…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 52
Fort Payne 54
Valley Head 54
Cullman 55
Russellville 55
Noccalula Falls/Gadsden 56
Concord 57
Haleyville 57
Fayette 58
Gadsden Airport 59
Anniston 60
Tuscaloosa 62
Birmingham 63

Our weather won’t change much today with a very dry airmass in place; a sunny sky, low humidity, and a high in the mid to upper 80s.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with a good supply of sunshine tomorrow and Saturday; heat levels creep up slowly with a high around 90 tomorrow, followed by low 90s Saturday. Moisture begins to return Sunday, and an afternoon shower or storm could pop up in a few places, but we note the 00Z GFS came in pretty dry for Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more numerous Monday with an increase in moisture and a weak front approaching from the north. Showers and storms begin to thin out a bit Tuesday, and then our weather trends dry Wednesday through Friday. The drying trend it not due to cooler and drier air moving in from the north, but due to an upper high expected to build across the region, which means rising heat levels. We should be up in the mid 90s over the latter half of next week with very few cooling showers around. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Sunday from Panama City to Gulf Shores with only a slight risk of a shower. A few scattered showers and storms are possible early next week, but we still expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Highs will be in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

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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August 14 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:57
August 14 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 meteorologi... From: abc3340 Views: 128 4 ratings Time: 04:11 More in News & Politics
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August 13, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 15:16
August 13, 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 meteorologi... From: abc3340 Views: 4 0 ratings Time: 04:23 More in News & Politics
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Cool August Night Ahead For Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 15:15

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FINE SUMMER DAY: Sure doesn’t feel like the middle of August in Alabama today thanks to low humidity levels and temperatures below average.

Tonight will be unseasonably cool. We project a low in the low 60s for most communities, but the cooler spots will easily reach the 50s. Birmingham’s record low for August 14 is 54 degrees set in 2004 in the wake of Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley, which passed to the east of here. It will feel just like fall.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather stays dry through Saturday with sunny days, low humidity levels, and pleasant nights. Moisture levels begin to rise Sunday, and we will bring in the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 80s, and then expect a high close to 90 for Friday and the weekend.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms will become more numerous across the state early next week with a deep layer of moisture in place and short wave energy involved. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights for the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Saturday with only isolated showers. Scattered showers and storms will be a little more active Sunday into early next week, but even then a decent amount of sunshine is likely.

TROPICS: Dry air air covers much of the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

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Dry, Continental Air Arrives

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:05

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REFRESHING CHANGE: A nice touch of fall is in the air over the northern third of Alabama this morning… some temperatures at daybreak include…

Meridianville (near Huntsville in Madison County) 57
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 59
Fort Payne 59
Valley Head 59
Crossville 59
Scottsboro 59

Today will be sunny with low humidity with a high in the mid to upper 80s.

REST OF THE WEEK AND THE WEEKEND: The dry air stays in place through Saturday, so a simple forecast continues with mostly sunny days and fair pleasant nights. We project a low down in the low 60s early tomorrow, with 50s again for the cooler pockets. Afternoon highs will be in the 87-91 degree range. Moist air begins to return Sunday, and we will introduce the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours.

NEXT WEEK: Rather unsettled weather is likely for the first half of the week, with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms Monday through Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the latest maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Expect mostly sunny days and fair nights on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Saturday with only isolated thunderstorms. Scattered storms will be a little more likely Sunday and early next week, but even then you will still see a decent amount of sun. Highs will be in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICS: All remains quiet and tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin through the end of the week.

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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I will be doing a weather program this morning for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

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August 13, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:05
August 13, 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 James Spann and the team of meteorologi... From: abc3340 Views: 74 1 ratings Time: 04:08 More in News & Politics
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August 12, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:35
August 12, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Several Rain-Free Days Ahead; Cooler Nights

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:28

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ON THE RADAR: A broken band of showers and thunderstorms is over North Alabama this afternoon ahead of a cold front pushing into the Tennessee Valley…

The showers are moving southeast, and will fade quickly this evening as drier air takes over.

REST OF THE WEEK: Looks great for the northern two-thirds of our state, with sunny days, lower humidity levels, and cooler nights. Highs will be in the 87-90 degree range, with lows down in the low 60s. Some of the cooler spots could reach the upper 50s for a nice fall preview.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks like we stay dry Saturday with a good supply of sunshine and a high at or just over 90 degrees. Moisture levels begin to rise Sunday, and a few scattered afternoon showers or thunderstorms will be possible.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more likely Monday and Tuesday, with moist unstable air in place and short wave energy involved. See the Weather Xtreme video for the latest maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Looks very nice through Saturday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, with mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated storms. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the upper 80s, and sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s.

TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE: The guys at NHC have given up on Invest 94L in the Atlantic due to the very dry air surrounding the system, and for now they do not expect any tropical development in the Atlantic basin over the next five days.

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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August 12, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:12
August 12, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Dry Air Getting Closer To Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:09

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RADAR CHECK: Nothing on the radar across Alabama this morning, but a moist airmass remains in place with dew points in the low 70s.

We expect a few widely scattered showers and storms to form this afternoon as another summer cold front pushes in our state from the north. The chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in five, and the best chance of showers will come after 12:00 noon. Today’s high will be somewhere between 87 and 90 degrees for most communities.

DRY DAYS: Tonight cooler and drier moves down into the northern half of the state, and we still project rain-free weather for North and Central Alabama tomorrow through Saturday. Expect mostly sunny days, fair cool nights, and low humidity. Highs will be mostly in the upper 80s, with early morning lows down in the low 60s early Thursday and Friday morning. A good chance some of the cooler valleys across North Alabama will visit the upper 50s, a very nice preview of fall.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No rain Saturday with a mostly sunny sky, but moist air returns Sunday, and a few scattered afternoon showers or storms will be possible. Highs over the weekend should be pretty close to 90 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more likely Monday and Tuesday as moisture levels continue to rise, and short wave energy impacts our state. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers and storms will form this afternoon on the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine. Then, expect mostly sunny days tomorrow through Saturday with only widely scattered showers. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICS: A disturbance in the eastern Atlantic is moving west/northwest, and won’t be able to develop in the short term due to very dry air surrounding the system. The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.

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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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WeatherBrains 446: Ubiquitous Data Availability and Social Media

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:00

WeatherBrains Episode 446 is now online (August 11, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week’s guest weather brain is Rachael Witter, chief meteorologist at WUTR-TV in Utica, NY, and developer of a new app called “Updraft”. Software engineer Aaron Nelsen joins us as well. “Updraft” is a version of the BUFKIT analysis tool that can be run on a tablet or phone.

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at a weather term that has one rather universal meaning but a slightly different meaning in the field of weather.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 11th.

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 446:

Updraft App

BUFKIT for Mac

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – The AMS journals page

John Scala – Ocean Prediction Center

Rick Smith – The Vane blog

James Spann – Iowa State online BUFKIT tool

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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WeatherBrains 446: The Impact of Ubiquitous Data Availability and Social Media

WeatherBrains - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:00

WeatherBrains Episode 446 is now online (August 11, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week’s guest weather brain is Rachael Witter, chief meteorologist at WUTR-TV in Utica, NY, and developer of a new app called “Updraft”. Software engineer Aaron Nelsen joins us as well. “Updraft” is a version of the BUFKIT analysis tool that can be run on a tablet or phone.

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: In this episode of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at a weather term that has one rather universal meaning but a slightly different meaning in the field of weather.

TWIWH: Bill Murray looks back at the week of August 11th.

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 446:

Updraft App

BUFKIT for Mac

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – The AMS journals page

John Scala – Ocean Prediction Center

Rick Smith – The Vane blog

James Spann – Iowa State online BUFKIT tool

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Clay/Talladega until 5:30 PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 17:01

A severe thudnerstorms is moving southeast through Talladega County and will be entering Clay Count. Along with frequent lightning and very heavy rainfall, this storm is capable of producing hail and damaging winds. State highways 9, 21, and 77 will be impacted by this storm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN CLAY COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CENTRAL TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 500 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR SYCAMORE…
OR 8 MILES NORTHEAST OF SYLACAUGA…AND MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CHANDLER SPRINGS…ROSELLE…CLEVELAND CROSSROADS AND SPRINGHILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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August 11, 2014 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:30
August 11, 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 meteorologi... From: abc3340 Views: 30 3 ratings Time: 05:00 More in News & Politics
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Drier Air Moves In Tomorrow Night

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:27

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RADAR CHECK: Scattered strong storms, as expected, have formed across the great state of Alabama this afternoon. Some of the heavier ones at mid-afternoon were over Blount and St. Clair Counties in East Alabama, and over Marengo and Hale Counties of West Alabama. Storms are producing lots of lightning, gusty winds, and very heavy rain as they move east/southeast.

A flash flood watch was issued earlier for the Auburn/Opelika areas of Lee County, where over three inches of rain produced flooding making some roads impassable for a while.

We will maintain the risk of showers and storms across the state tonight, ahead of a cold front.

TOMORROW: The weather trends drier. We will still mention a chance of widely scattered showers and storms, but as dew points fall the chance of organized rain gets smaller; the high tomorrow will be in the 87-90 degree range.

DRY DAYS WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Sure looks like four consecutive days with no chance of rain for the northern two-thirds of Alabama as dry air settles in. We expect a good supply of sunshine each day Wednesday through Saturday with lower humidity and cooler nights. The low will drop into the low 60s early Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, with potential for upper 50s across cooler valleys of North Alabama. Yet another very nice preview of fall. Highs will remain between 87 and 90 degrees.

We will introduce a small risk of a shower or storm Sunday afternoon as moisture returns, but widespread rain is not expected.

NEXT WEEK: We go back into a wetter pattern early next week with tropical moisture returning, and short wave energy move in from the west. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine tomorrow with a few scattered storms from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, then mostly sunny days and fair nights with only a slight risk of a shower Wednesday through Saturday. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: The disturbance in the far eastern Atlantic will have a pretty hard time in coming days as it moves west/northwest due to very dry air. If it happens to develop, most likely this one will pass north of the Leeward Islands and won’t be a Gulf of Mexico threat. Again, see the maps and graphics on the Weather Xtreme video.

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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Flash Flood Warning Lee County until 5PM

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:59

For several hours, very heavy rainfall has been falling across Lee County. Flash flooding is now becoming a concern as several inches of rain have fallen over the same locations. This warning does include the cities of Auburn and Opelika, as well as the campuses of Southern Union and Auburn University.

Travel along Interstate 85 and U.S. 280 could be impacted. Remember if you encounter flooded roadways…TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!!!

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 158 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED SLOW MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.
DOPPLER RADAR ESTIMATES SHOW TWO TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN
IN THE OPELIKA AND MOUNT JEFFERSON AREAS.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…
AUBURN…OPELIKA…AUBURN UNIVERSITY…BEANS MILL…BEAUREGARD AND
GRIFFEN MILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS…HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY…
COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND
OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. TURN AROUND…DON’T DROWN.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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