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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.

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Slowly Improving Weather For The Weekend

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

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

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.

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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
March 13, 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: 1241 9 ratings Time: 04:00 More in News & Politics
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Drier Air Arrives By Saturday Night

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:10

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are in Greensboro for the First Alert Storm Team Tour… be sure and stop by and say hello if you are close by**

WATCHING RADAR TRENDS: Showers and storms have been slow to develop so far today; we see just a few patches of light rain over North and Central Alabama. However, as low pressure develops to the west, coverage of the rain should increase tonight and tomorrow.

The Storm Prediction Center has a couple of “marginal” severe weather risk areas south of here, but no severe storms are expected over North or Central Alabama.

Our forecast will highlight rain tonight and tomorrow, with additional amounts of 1 to 2 inches likely. Cooler air will move into the state from the east; many communities over East Alabama will hold in the cool 50s tomorrow. Birmingham’s high will be near 60, with mid 60s likely over the western side of the state. The cooler air will be stable, and I doubt if we hear much, if any, thunder.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will continue to hold on the risk of a few lingering showers Saturday morning, but expect some breaks in the overcast Saturday afternoon as drier air moves into the state. Then, we expect rain-free weather on Sunday with ample sunshine. Highs over the weekend will be pretty close to 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Dry and pleasant weather continues Monday through Wednesday, with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be in the low to mid 70s Monday and Tuesday, and in the 60s Wednesday. Still looking at some rain late in the week ahead of a cold front, which promises to bring chilly air back to the Deep South around the weekend of March 20-21. Looks like the last 10 days of the month could very well bring colder than average temperatures to our state.

FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Greensboro 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.

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 the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow!

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March 12, 2012 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 06:05
March 12, 2012 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: 1201 10 ratings Time: 04:57 More in News & Politics
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Another Surge Of Rain Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 05:58

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EARLY THIS MORNING: The northern half of Alabama had a nice break in the rain late yesterday and last night, but the wet weather is far from over. New showers are forming quickly over West Alabama early this morning, and rain will become widespread this afternoon and tonight as a surface low forms west of the state, and higher dewpoints are pulled northward.

A few thunderstorms are possible, but no severe weather is expected in Alabama. We note SPC does have a “marginal” severe weather risk defined for parts of Southwest Mississippi and Louisiana later today and tonight.

COOLER TOMORROW: A cool easterly flow will keep temperatures in the 50s over East Alabama tomorrow; 60s are likely for the western side of the state. And, it will rain a good part of the day. Additional rain amounts of 1-2″ are expected by tomorrow night, not enough to create any really significant flooding issues, although we do note the NWS Huntsville has issue an “areal flood watch” for Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan Counties of North Alabama. The cool air tomorrow means stable conditions and no risk of severe storms, and probably no thunder.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will hang on to the chance of a few lingering showers Saturday morning, but drier air begins to arrive later in the day, and we might even see a few intervals of sunshine by Saturday afternoon with a high in the low 70s. Then, Sunday will be dry with a partly sunny sky… the high will be close to 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues for the first half of the week, then rain will return late Thursday into Friday ahead of a cold front. Then, colder air will settle into the state for the following weekend (March 21-22)… we could see some frost, or maybe a late season freeze around that time. Keep in mind the average date of the last freeze (for Birmingham) is March 26, and we have experienced a freeze as late as April 23. 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 Greensboro 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.

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 speaking at the Alabama Natural Gas Association this morning in Hoover… due to travel I won’t be able to produce an afternoon video today, but I will have updated forecast notes here by 4:00. Enjoy the day!

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More Rain Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:06

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WET THROUGH FRIDAY: Remember, March is the wettest month of the year with an average total of 6.10″ at Birmingham… so having wet periods like this is not too unusual. Radar this afternoon shows the heaviest rain over parts of East and Southeast Alabama, but clouds cover most of the state. Temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 60s.

Scattered light rain is possible tonight, but rain shouldn’t be too widespread or heavy.

TOMORROW AND FRIDAY: Rain will increase in coverage and intensity again tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night as low pressure develops west of Alabama. SPC has defined a “marginal” severe weather threat over parts of Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi, but we do not expect any severe storms in our state. Some thunder is possible, however, but storms should remain below severe limits. Temperatures reach the low 70s tomorrow afternoon.

A cool easterly flow sets up Friday, and rain continues. Communities near the Georgia border will hold in the 50s all day, low 60s are likely for Birmingham and the I-65 corridor, and mid to upper 60s are forecast over West Alabama. Additional rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely between now and Friday night, probably not enough for significant flooding issues.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will mention the chance of lingering showers Saturday, especially during the morning hours. Clouds stay in place most of the day, and the high will be in the low 70s. Then, finally, on Sunday drier air drops in. The day looks rain-free with a partly sunny sky and a high around 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: We get a chance to dry out; the weather looks rain-free Monday through Wednesday with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs will remain generally in the low 70s. 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 Greensboro 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.

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

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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March 11, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:02
March 11, 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: 614 4 ratings Time: 03:50 More in News & Politics
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March 11, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:02
March 11, 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: 957 7 ratings Time: 04:39 More in News & Politics
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Still Cloudy, Still Wet

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 06:01

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SOGGY MARCH WEATHER: Rain is still falling early this morning across much of Alabama, especially the northern and western counties.

On the maps, a weak surface front is over Northwest Alabama; this front will become nearly stationary today, and periods of rain will continue through tonight. The rain won’t be continuous, but it could rain at any time today or tonight. And, the clouds will hang tough. The high today should be in the 67 to 70 degree range for most places.

TOMORROW AND FRIDAY: Pretty much the same story. A surface low is forecast to form west of the state, keeping us in a very moist environment. Temperatures will reach the low to mid 70s tomorrow, and there will be a touch of low level instability, so some thunder is certainly possible. But no severe weather is expected in Alabama; SPC has a “marginal” severe weather risk defined tomorrow and tomorrow night for parts of Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi.

An easterly flow will bring cooler air into Alabama Friday as rain continues; some communities near the Georgia border could hold in the 50s all day; elsewhere the high will be in the 60-65 degree range. Probably no thunder Friday with the cooler, more stable air in place.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will need to mention the chance of lingering showers Saturday. Again, no “all day” rain, but plan on getting wet at times if you will be outdoors. Then, finally on Sunday dry air returns and the day looks rain-free with a partly to mostly sunny sky. Expect a high between 70 and 73 degrees both days.

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week looks dry and pleasant with a high in the low 70s Monday and Tuesday… dropping into the 60s Wednesday. 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 Greensboro 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.

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I will be doing a program this morning at the Goddard School in Shelby County… then I will be at the BJCC for live weather on ABC 33/40 from the C-USA conference basketball tournament… then on to a kickoff party for the book “What Stands in a Storm” by Kim Cross; a remarkable account of the April 27, 2011 generational tornado outbreak.

I should be able to crank out a Weather Xtreme video this afternoon by 4:00… enjoy the day!

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Rain and Storms Pushing Through Central Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:29

An area of rain and some thunderstorms has developed over southeastern Mississippi and West Alabama. It is moving northeast, tracking along and just south of I-59. The storms are located along the southern periphery of the precipitation area, drawing on slightly unstable air to the south where temperatures have soared into the 70s and 80s. CAPE values are running over 1,000 j/kg in the warmer air.

It is 82F at Montgomery this hour. The record high there is 86F for today.

The strongest storms are from west of Centreville to west of Marion to east of Linden in Marengo County. They are not severe, but could produce some strong wind gusts. Can’t rule out an isolated severe storm until the storms get into slightly cooler air up over Shelby County and points northeast, but the chance looks small.

The thunderstorm activity will track northeast, affecting mainly Bibb, Marion and Dallas Counties moving into Shelby, Chilton and Autauga Counties over the next hour. There could be some thunder over southern Jefferson County as well, south of I-459. Rain will impact areas along I-59 from the Tuscaloosa area on to the northeast through the Birmingham Metro.

Scroll down for James’ complete update on the forecast

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Occasional Showers/Storms Will Continue

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:25

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… we are on the road to Rockford for tonight’s First Alert Storm Team tour**

RADAR CHECK: Strong storms have formed this afternoon from near Centreville to Thomasville at mid-afternoon.

SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather risk through tonight for parts of West Alabama, in broad area from Tuscaloosa to Mobile…

Instability values are rising, with surface based CAPE values over 1,000 j/kg in spots over the southern half of the state this afternoon.

Storms that move through during the next few hours will be capable of producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and frequent lightning. While the overall severe weather threat is low, we can’t rule out a warning or two, primarily for strong straight line winds.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: The wet weather continues with occasional showers and storms. We are seeing evidence that instability values will be rising Thursday, and a few strong storms can’t be ruled out during the afternoon and evening hours. Friday will feature cooler air moving in from the east, but rain is still likely. Additional rain amounts of 2-4 inches are likely through Friday night, and we will need to monitor for possible flooding issues.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Unfortunately the morning GFS run has trended wetter for Saturday, and it looks like periods of rain will continue during the day with a high around 70. And, on Sunday, drier air works into the state and most communities will be rain-free.

Dry air returns early next week with rain-free weather Monday and Tuesday.

FIRST ALERT STORM TEAM TOUR: Our annual severe weather awareness tour across Alabama rolls along; we will be in Rockford 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.

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 the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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March 10, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:33
March 10, 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: 1259 7 ratings Time: 07:10 More in News & Politics
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Wet/Stormy Weather Continues

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 06:24

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RADAR CHECK: Rain continues to fall over a decent part of North and Central Alabama at daybreak…

Periods of rain and a few thunderstorms will continue through tonight. Today will be warmer; temperatures should reach the 70s this afternoon, and accordingly the air will be more unstable. The guys at SPC have put up a “marginal” severe weather risk for parts of West Alabama this afternoon and tonight….

Surface dewpoints surge into the 60s, surface based CAPE values rise to near 1,000 j/kg, and 0-3 km helicity values are in the 100-200 m2/s2 range. The low level jet (850 mb winds) are around 30 knots… these parameters are not exactly overwhelming for severe weather in March, but they are certainly sufficient to warrant keeping a close eye on radar trends.

The high resolution HRRR model shows a band of storms moving through West Alabama after 2:00 p.m… approaching Birmingham by 6:00 p.m…

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Not much change. A moist airmass stays in place with precipitable water values over 1.5″, and occasional showers and storms are likely; for now no severe storms are expected. It won’t rain every minute of these two days, but the rain could come at any hour of the day or night.

FRIDAY: A surface low is expected to be over Arkansas at midday, normally this could set some potential for strong to severe storms, but cooler air is expected to flow into the the state from the east, keeping instability values low (highs drop into the low to mid 60s). But, rain continues through the day with potential for a few thunderstorms.

Additional rain amounts of 3 to 5 inches are possible between now and Friday night, so we will need to watch for any potential flooding issues later in the week.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather slowly improves. Still, on Saturday, a few lingering showers are possible with a cloudy sky, but by Sunday the sky becomes partly to mostly sunny as dry air takes over, and the day should be rain-free. The high both days should be close to 70 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week looks rain-free with highs in the 60s… 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 Rockford 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.

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 show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I have a weather program this morning at Primrose School in Helena… then I will be speaking at the Bryant Conference Center on the University of Alabama campus…. then on to Rockford for the tour stop. I will post new forecast notes here later today…

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WeatherBrains 476: APIs out the Wahzoo!

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 476 is now online (March 9, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrian is an alumnus of the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business where academic focus fell within Marketing and International Business. He has been a fixture in the weather industry for 20+ years where he leverages his business background. Steve Miller, welcome to WeatherBrains!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Palm Spring, CA, and -3 at Houlton, ME
  • US watch/warning map relatively clean
  • Flash flood watches/warnings for parts of eastern Texas
  • Wet week ahead for Southeast US
  • Big thaw occurring across eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer claims she has guests tonight so won’t be on the show. Next week she’ll do double duty!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: For this segment of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at the role temperature plays in the creation and dissipation of clouds.

    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 476:

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

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    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 476: APIs out the Wahzoo!

    WeatherBrains - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 04:45

    WeatherBrains Episode 476 is now online (March 9, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrian is an alumnus of the Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business where academic focus fell within Marketing and International Business. He has been a fixture in the weather industry for 20+ years where he leverages his business background. Steve Miller, welcome to WeatherBrains!

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 92 at Palm Spring, CA, and -3 at Houlton, ME
  • US watch/warning map relatively clean
  • Flash flood watches/warnings for parts of eastern Texas
  • Wet week ahead for Southeast US
  • Big thaw occurring across eastern US
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer claims she has guests tonight so won’t be on the show. Next week she’ll do double duty!

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: For this segment of WeatherBrains 101, we’ll take a look at the role temperature plays in the creation and dissipation of clouds.

    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 476:

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    March 9, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:31
    March 9, 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: 740 3 ratings Time: 05:21 More in News & Politics
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    Soggy Forecast Through Friday

    ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:25

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    RADAR CHECK: The low levels are still relatively dry across North/Central Alabama this afternoon, and so far rain amounts have been pretty light and spotty…

    Rain will increase tonight as a warm front approaches from the south.

    TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY: Still looks very wet, but it won’t rain every minute of the day. We will forecast occasional showers, and possibly a thunderstorm both days; afternoon temperatures will rise into the low to mid 70s as warmer air pushes in from the south.

    THURSDAY AND FRIDAY: A surface low forms over Louisiana, which should bring heavier rain to the state Thursday into Friday. The track of the surface low will determine if we have a risk of strong thunderstorms; for now it looks like the higher instability values will be over South Alabama… up this way the risk of severe storms seems rather low for now. If there is any concern, it might be over some flooding issues since average rain amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected between now and Friday.

    Keep in mind March is our wettest month of the year; Birmingham’s average rain for the month is 6.10″. So, having a long spell of wet weather like this is not very unusual this time of the year.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Rain chances will begin to decrease, and the amount of sun will begin to increase as we make a change back to a drier pattern. A few lingering showers are possible Saturday, but for now we don’t expect anything too heavy or widespread. Sunday looks relatively dry, with a mix of sun and clouds and only a small risk of a stray shower. Highs over the weekend will be in the 65 to 70 degree range.

    Next week starts with dry weather and a good supply of sunshine Monday and Tuesday. See the blog and 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 Rockford 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.

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    I had a great time today visiting with the kids at Isabella High School in Chilton County… 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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    March 9 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

    Weather Xtreme Video - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 06:10
    March 9 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: 1221 4 ratings Time: 04:49 More in News & Politics
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