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January 11, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 10:53
January 11, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video
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Unsettled Weather Through Thursday

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 10:50

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Thanks to a combination of clouds and an easterly air flow at the surface, temperatures stayed above freezing overnight. Some light rain was occurring across the northwest quadrant of Alabama, however, a dry layer near the surface was keeping some of the precipitation from reaching the ground. We should remain cloudy today with the primary shot of precipitation coming this evening and into the first half of Monday. Even with the clouds, temperatures should reach the 48 to 52 range across Central Alabama, just about typical for early January.

The weather will remain unsettled with clouds and chance for rain through Wednesday. The next short wave approaches us on Wednesday once again bringing a chance for rain and showers to the area through about midday on Thursday. This system is coming in on the latest computer model runs a bit further south, so rain chances for Central Alabama will be less than chances across South Alabama. With a somewhat zonal flow across the Southeast US, we should see temperatures that will be about typical for this time of year with lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s.

Once the major trough goes by on Thursday, we will see a minor cool down for Saturday morning, but with the upper flow going nearly zonal, we should not see any major swings in our temperatures. The surface high will move east of us net Sunday which once again opens up the Gulf for another round of precipitation as we verge into voodoo country for Monday or Tuesday.

The next round of precipitation comes our way for the start of Week 2, or voodoo country. The upper air pattern takes on another distinctly cold look for the 24th of January but the fast flow means the cool down does not last very long with ridging developing around the 26th ahead of another short wave coming out of the southern Rockies. So no lack of weather systems to keep the weather office busy.

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Sun Today, Unsettled Weather Ahead

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 15:42

Enjoy the sun today as unsettled weather looks to settle into Alabama the next several days. A gorgeous Saturday of weather continues across the state of Alabama. Well that is until you walk outside and the winter chill hits you. Plenty of sun today in the beautiful blue sky, but it remains chilly with temps in many spots across Central Alabama in the lower 40s. These will not climb much higher today, and do not look for anything higher than lower 40s in Central Alabama.

For tonight, we will begin to see some clouds moving in as southwesterly flow begins to develop over the Southeast. Temps should be about 10 degrees warmer in many spots, now granted that is still in the upper 20s for most locations, so it will be another freezing night, but not as cold as recent nights. Tomorrow will be a day of more clouds than sun. Highs will be in the mid-40s. We will once again introduce scattered showers back into the forecast especially during the afternoon. There may even be a bit of sleet mixed in at times, especially Sunday night, but surface temps will be in the 40s, so any ice that falls will melt on contact.

As we head straight on into a new work week, the weather will stay unsettled. The southwesterly flow will allow for several of those little shortwave disturbances to move across the region. These will provide just enough uplift to allow for more clouds than sun, and the chance for showers at just about anytime. For Monday through Wednesday, we are forecasting scattered showers and periods of rain. This is not forecast to be anything significant with storms and flooding, but over the next four days, many locations in Central Alabama should see around an inch of rain. Though it will be chilly, temps will moderate for the week, with highs in the 50s and lows near 40. Though rain will be possible each day, it appears Monday and Wednesday will have the better chances.

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The Latest U.S. Drought Monitor

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:55

For much of the U.S., there has not been significant improvement to the drought stricken areas of the county. Much of the state of California continues to suffer from extreme and exceptional drought conditions. In Texas, and along the Red River Valley, recent rains continue to help conditions improve, but there are still exceptional drought conditions.

For Alabama, as we finished out the year 2014 and started 2015, it certainly has been very wet lately. Over the last month, many locations across the state have received 5-10 inches of rain. These rains caused a drastic improvement in the overall drought and abnormally dry conditions across the state.

In this latest issuance of the drought monitor, no areas in North, Central, or East Alabama are seeing dry/drought conditions. After all the recent rains, the abnormally dry conditions have retreated to the southwestern portions of the state. Last week at this time, 37.51% of the state was being affected by Abnormally Dry conditions. This week, that has decreased to 18.37%. There also remains a bit of moderate drought for portions of southern Mobile and Baldwin Counties. This amounts to 3.05% of the state. There is no area of severe drought anywhere in the state. So far, 2015 is starting off great for much of Alabama when it comes to rainfall. As we head out the next week, we will continue to see unsettled weather with periods of rain. We should continue to see the dry conditions improve across Southwestern Alabama.

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January 10, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video

Weather Xtreme Video - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:20
January 10, 2015, Weather Xtreme Video
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The Chill Hangs On

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 10:20

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The chill is hanging on but we are not quite as cold as we saw a few days ago. Still, morning lows approached single digit values, so it is cold! Even with the cold start to the day, I expect us to get above freezing by 11 am with a good supply of sunshine to help out.

Moisture returns Sunday with rain chances on the uptick Sunday evening and into Monday. Fortunately it appears that we will have warmed enough so that any moisture that falls will come in liquid form. We dry out a little on Tuesday, but the upper flow pattern remains unsettled keeping us in rain chances until the next major trough finally kicks things out of here late Wednesday and into early Thursday. Best rain chances will come Monday and again Wednesday but with the stream of minor impulses in the generally southwesterly flow we cannot rule out some passing light rain or showers on Tuesday. Rainfall should be fairly widespread on Monday and again Wednesday night into Thursday providing us with rainfall amounts for the two events of around an inch to an inch and a quarter.

The next major trough swings by on Thursday bringing drier but colder air back to the Southeast US. This system does not look as cold as what we just experienced, but it will be cold enough to keep us below our seasonal averages for this time in January.

Sunshine should return to Central Alabama on Friday with a fairly good warm up by Saturday.

A peek at voodoo country shows the pattern remaining active and cold as the long wave trough position keeps the toughiness over the eastern half of the country with a steady stream of short waves moving through the flow.

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Cold Tonight; Slow Weekend Warm-Up

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:49

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RADAR CHECK: A band of light rain has been moving over the southern third of Alabama today, with some sleet mixed in at times, but the northern half of the state has been rain-free. And, we are above freezing for the first time since midday Wednesday, with temperatures mostly in the 37-40 degree range.

A secondary surge of colder air will drop into the state tonight, and that will push early morning temperatures tomorrow into the 14-19 degree range for most communities. A few of the colder spots might even visit the single digits briefly early tomorrow morning.

OUR WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be mostly but cold with a high between 39 and 42 degrees. Then, the sky becomes mostly cloudy Sunday, and we will bring in the chance of some scattered light rain Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. The high Sunday will be close to 50 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: A few periods of rain are likely Monday, and while Tuesday looks relatively dry (but cloudy), more rain arrives Wednesday and Wednesday night. Temperatures will be warm enough for no issues with snow or ice, and cool enough for no thunderstorm issues. Rain amounts Sunday night through Wednesday night will be in the 1/2 to 1 inch range. Drier air arrives Thursday and Friday; highs through the week will be mostly in the 50s, right at seasonal average for mid-January in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 9, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:48
January 9, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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January 9, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:18
January 9, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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Not As Cold Today Across Alabama

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 07:15

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AT DAYBREAK: Temperatures are mostly in the 18-22 degree range early this morning as the new day dawns. Of of the coldest observations comes from Vic Bell up at Black Creek, northeast of Gadsden (in a bowl atop Lookout Mountain) with 13 degrees.

We should go above freezing around 9:00 in most places; ending a period with roughly 40 consecutive hours below freezing. The sky will be partly to mostly sunny today, and we will project a high close to 40 degrees, 12 degrees below the average high of 52 for January 9.

THE WEEKEND: A secondary surge of colder air moves in here tonight, and by daybreak tomorrow we expect to be in the mid teens; some of the colder pockets across North Alabama might even visit the single digits briefly. But, we warm into the low 40s tomorrow afternoon with a good supply of sunshine.

Clouds increase Sunday, and some rain could begin to fall Sunday afternoon as short wave energy approaches from the southwest. We will mention a chance of rain Sunday night into Monday as well. No ice problems, and no thunder with a cool, stable airmass in place.

NEXT WEEK: The weather will be unsettled with clouds and rain at times through Thursday. Tuesday could be the driest day, with rain becoming more widespread Wednesday into Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Drier air finally returns by Thursday night and Friday. Afternoon highs through the week will be mostly in the 50s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:32
January 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Still In The Deep Freeze

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:31

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LONG SUB-FREEZING PERIOD: As I write this we are in the 24th consecutive hour of below freezing temperatures at Birmingham… we don’t expect to climb above 32 degrees until about 10:00 tomorrow morning, meaning a total period of 41 hours in a row with sub-freezing conditions.

Temperatures at mid-afternoon are generally in the 28-31 degree range after a bitterly cold morning. One of the coldest towns in Alabama this morning was Addison, in Winston County, with 2 degrees. It was 3 in Hamilton, 4 at Haleyville and Black Creek, and 5 and Cullman and Sand Rock.

We project a low tomorrow between 17 and 21 degrees for most North/Central Alabama communities, then we warm to near 40 degrees tomorrow afternoon with a partly sunny sky.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A new surge of colder air slips in here tomorrow night, and it looks like we will see a low early Saturday between 13 and 18 degrees; some of the traditionally colder spots across North Alabama might even visit the single digits again. Saturday will be dry with ample sunshine and a high between 38 and 41 degrees.

Clouds slowly increase Sunday, and some rain could reach our state late in the day and Sunday night as a southwest flow aloft sets up. Sunday’s high will be in the low 50s, not far from average values for January in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Expect generally cloudy conditions Monday through Wednesday; while a little scattered light rain is possible Monday and Tuesday, the rain will be most widespread on Wednesday. Afternoon highs on these three days will be well up in the 50s, so no issues with ice.

The weather then looks cool and dry Thursday and Friday; highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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Sub-Freezing January Day

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:17

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SINGLE DIGIT COLD: This Arctic airmass is over performing… temperatures are a little below forecast levels. These observations (taken around 6am) are from official NWS/FAA sites, and from the ABC 33/40 Skywatcher team, who have accurate weather instruments. Remember, a phone app is not a thermometer (it uses extrapolated data), and car thermometers are not especially accurate as well.

Haleyville 4
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 4
Cullman 5
Sand Rock 5
Hartselle 6
Trussville 7
Decatur 7
Russellville 7
Birmingham 8
Bessemer 8
Hayden 8
Mountain Brook 9
Weaver 9
Gadsden 9
Montevallo 10
Cottondale 10
Auburn 10
Helena 10
Northport 11
Calera (Shelby County Airport) 11
Anniston 11
Tuscaloosa 12
Coker 12

THE DAY AHEAD: Most places in North/Central Alabama will stay below freezing all day, but at least the sun will be out in full force, and the wind will be much lighter. Tonight will be cold, but not as cold as last night. Most places will see a low between 17 and 21 degrees early tomorrow.

TOMORROW/SATURDAY: Birmingham (based on official data from the airport) went below freezing at 4:00 p.m. yesterday… we should climb above freezing around 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. Meaning, we will be below freezing for 41 consecutive hours.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, and north winds will increase as a secondary push of cold air moves in. We expect a high around the 40 degree mark.

Expect another hard freeze at daybreak Saturday. The GFS is now printing a low of 14 degrees for Birmingham, and it is very possible some of the colder spots across North Alabama could see single digit lows again. Saturday will be a mostly sunny day with a high in the low 40s.

SUNDAY INTO NEXT WEEK: Moisture levels rise, and a disturbed southwest flow aloft develops. A series of waves in that flow will bring some rain to the state; the first chance will come late Sunday and Sunday night, perhaps into early Monday morning. By then, temperatures will be well above freezing and there are no ice worries. A good chance we reach 50 degrees Sunday afternoon.

Some rain is possible Tuesday and Wednesday, but the rain won’t be continuous with some long dry periods. Temperatures rise into the upper 50s for the first half of the week. Cooler and drier air should arrive by Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 07:11
January 8, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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January 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:38
January 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Arctic Cold With An Icy Wind

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 16:36

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THE BIG CHILL: As forecast, the day is very windy, and very cold across Alabama. Temperatures have fallen into the 20s over the northern third of the state, and the wind chill index has dropped to 11 at Scottsboro and Huntsville with north winds of 15 to 30 mph.

The wind chill index will drop as low as -10 across the Tennessee Valley later tonight, and as low as -5 at Birmingham and other places along the I-20/59 corridor.

A few light snow flurries across North/Central Alabama will end this evening, and they will have no impact.

TOMORROW MORNING: Not much change in our forecast. Lows between 10 and 15 for Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston, with single lows to the north.

Birmingham’s record low for tomorrow (January 8) is 7 degrees set in 1942… we will be close, but the record will probably stand.

We stay below freezing all day tomorrow, but the wind will be light, and the sun will be out in full force. Then, another very significant freeze tomorrow night; the low by early Friday will be in the 16-20 degree range.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Our weather will be dry Friday and Saturday with a partly sunny sky both days and a high in the low 40s. A secondary push of colder air will drop the low down into the mid teens early Saturday as the weekend begins.

Clouds increase Sunday, but models continue to trend drier, and we will mention only a small risk of a shower late in the day, or Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: A moist airmass will be over Alabama, and some light rain is possible at times Monday and Tuesday, but the better and more widespread rain should come Wednesday with the approach of a cold front. Colder and drier air will follow for Thursday and Friday, but not as cold as the air we are dealing with now. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:20
January 7, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Morning Edition
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The Big Chill Arrives Today

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:13

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INTO THE DEEP FREEZE: Strong north winds will develop across Alabama later today; averaging 15-30 mph, with gusts to 35 mph by mid afternoon. This is the result of a tight pressure gradient across the state, with a very cold 1059 mb high to the northwest over the Great Plains. Temperatures will hold in the 30s, and the wind chill index will approach zero this evening as far south as Birmingham.

TO THE NORTH: We note a few snow flurries on radar this morning over Tennessee…

Could there be a few snow flurries over North Alabama later today? Yes. Will they amount to anything? No. The air is very dry across Alabama, and most of you won’t see a flake; better chance of flurries will be over Northeast Alabama. The cold air is the big deal, not snow flurries.

HARD FREEZE TOMORROW MORNING: We are still projecting lows between 10 and 15 degrees for North/Central Alabama tomorrow morning, with single digit lows for many places north of Birmingham.

We stay below freezing all day tomorrow, but at least the wind will be much lighter, and the sky will be sunny. The low early Friday will be in the upper teens. In all, places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden can expect about 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing weather (tonight through Friday morning). To the north, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals will be below freezing for 54-60 consecutive hours (now through Friday morning).

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday will be dry with a partly sunny and a high at or just over 40 degrees. Saturday will be cold and dry; the low early in the day will be in the upper teens, followed by a high Saturday afternoon in the low 40s.

Models continue to trend drier for Sunday, and it looks like most of the day will be dry for Alabama. We will just mention the chance of a little scattered light rain Sunday afternoon; the high Sunday will be pretty close to 50 degrees. The idea of light freezing rain early Sunday morning for Northwest Alabama is pretty much off the table at this point.

Expect a better chance of rain at times on Monday, but it doesn’t look especially heavy. Then, the weather for Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan 13-14) looks rain-free with highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s, right at seasonal averages. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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January 6, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition

Weather Xtreme Video - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:53
January 6, 2015 Weather Xtreme Video - Afternoon Edition
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Into The Deep Freeze Tomorrow

ABC 33/40 Weather Blog - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:52

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HERE COMES THE COLD AIR: As expected, temperatures have reached the low 50s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon; it will be the warmest day of the week.

Strong north winds will develop tomorrow, averaging 15-30 mph, ushering in the coldest air so far this season. The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 30s, and the wind chill index will stay below freezing most of the day with a partly sunny sky. The wind chill index will drop to near zero tomorrow night.

THURSDAY MORNING: Not much change in the forecast; general lows for the I-20/59 corridor will be in the 10 to 15 degree range, with single digit lows likely north of Birmingham.

Despite sunshine in full supply, temperatures will remain below freezing all day Thursday, and we will drop into the 17-21 degree range early Friday morning. In all, places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden can expect about 38 consecutive hours of sub-freezing weather (tomorrow night through Friday morning). To the north, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals will be below freezing for 54-60 consecutive hours (from tonight through Friday morning).

Be sure and check on elderly people that might not have adequate heating, and bring in the pets and critters.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: We warm to near 40 degrees Friday afternoon with sunshine through high clouds. Mid 40s are likely Saturday as the slow warming trend continues.

Short wave energy will have some potential to bring a little rain to Alabama Sunday, but forecast confidence is low. The main American model, the GFS, shows patchy light rain, with potential for a little freezing rain early Sunday morning over the northwest counties of the state. However, the primary European model, the ECMWF, shows no rain at all.

We will lean toward the wetter solution and mention some risk of light rain Sunday, with potential for some light freezing rain early in the day north of Birmingham. If we do happen to see some freezing rain (rain in liquid form that falls when surface temperatures are below 32), it doesn’t look like a high impact event, although some bridge icing will be possible.

NEXT WEEK: Just a small risk of aa stray shower Monday, and mid-week looks dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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