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Gorgeous Fall Day

5 hours 33 min ago

The weather does not get much better in Alabama as it is today. All locations are seeing a clear blue sky with ample sunshine. It was a cool start to the day, but under the sun-filled sky, temps are warming nicely. All locations will see highs climbing into the 70s this afternoon. There is no humidity and it is down-right comfortable. Any outdoor plans you have today or this evening, whether it be fall festivals or football games, will have no issues with the weather.

Tonight, though we will maintain a clear sky, temps will not cool off as much as this morning. Widespread 40s will be replaced with upper 40s and lower 50s. Tomorrow will be a near repeat of today, but we will see temps a few degrees warmer, and 80s will return to several locations. If you have the opportunity, make sure you get out and enjoy this phenomenal fall weather.

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Warm Weekend for Us

11 hours 13 min ago

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The weather for Central Alabama is looking great with a general warm-up in store for us. But this morning started the weekend on a brisk note with morning lows dipping into the 30s in some spots across the area. Our Skywatcher in Black Creek reported a morning low of 36 degrees. With clear skies today we should see temperatures warm nicely into the middle 70s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Great weather for a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled for the 2:30 pm kickoff; 76 degrees at kickoff, with upper 60s by the final whistle. Auburn hosts South Carolina this evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30 pm kickoff), the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter. Alabama is on the road at Knoxville where they take on the Tennessee Volunteers with a 6:30 pm kickoff. The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

The surface high pressure system will slide eastward Sunday and Monday taking up a position centered over the Southeast US coast by Monday afternoon. Aloft an upper ridge will gradually move eastward, too, locating along the eastern seaboard of the US by Monday afternoon. This should continue the dry weather with temperatures warming with a morning low around 60s and a high in the lower 80s by Monday.

That’s when we begin to see a strong trough moving out of the Rockies bump the ridge eastward into the Atlantic Ocean. This should bring a surface low across the Great Lakes with a cold front trailing southwestward into Arkansas. So clouds will increase Tuesday into Wednesday and with the front in our vicinity by Wednesday we should see some scattered showers as the moisture increases with the surface high off to the east allowing a southerly surface flow. The front moves through slowly before another strong impulse digs into the trough pushing the front out of the area and bringing another shot of cold air with a strong ridge just to our west.

The tropics are relatively quiet with the remnants of TD 9 in the western Caribbean with no expectations of any development in the near term.

Looking out into voodoo country, early November looks dry and relatively warm with an strong upper ridge in place, but the GFS is taking on a cold and somewhat stormy look around the 7th and 8th of November.

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Sun Filled Alabama Sky

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:05

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FINE FALL DAY: Temperatures are little below average today; highs are generally between 68 and 71 degrees at mid afternoon (today’s average high is 72). We have a cobalt blue sky and low humidity.

OUR WEEKEND: Sunny days, fair nights, and a slow warming trend. We rise well into the 70s tomorrow, and a few spots could reach the low 80s Sunday afternoon as an upper ridge noses in from the west.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tonight; temperatures will fall from the mid 60s at kickoff into the low 50s by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina tomorrow evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville tomorrow (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: The weather stays warm and dry Monday and Tuesday; we will mention the risk of a few widely scattered showers Wednesday and Thursday with a surface front approaching from the north, but there is little upper support, and moisture will be very limited. Rain amounts on these two days should be light and spotty. Cooler and drier air moves in on Halloween, Friday October 31. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through most of next week from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs generally in the 77-81 degree range, with lows in the 60s.

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Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday… my next Weather Xtreme video will be posted early Monday morning by 7:00. Enjoy the weekend!

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Slow Weekend Warm-Up

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 06:01

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DRY DAYS: Today will be the ninth consecutive day with no rain across the great state of Alabama, and the dry spell continues into the weekend with mostly sunny days and fair nights. We project a high in the low 70s today, mid to upper 70s tomorrow, and low 80s Sunday.

The average high for Birmingham today is 72; the average low is 48. Temperatures over the past few days have been below average, and over the weekend they will be above average.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tonight; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina tomorrow evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers tomorrow evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville tomorrow (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: We stay dry with warm afternoons (highs around 80) Monday and Tuesday. We will mention a small risk of a shower Wednesday and Thursday with a surface front just to the north, but the front has little upper support, and moisture will be very limited, so many places won’t see any rain. Slightly cooler air filters into the state at the end of the week, but the idea of a deep surge of colder air for now is off the table. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and complete details.

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

GULF COAST WEATHER: Excellent weather through early next week from Panama City to Gulf Shores, with sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be in the 75-80 degree range, with lows mostly in the 60s. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab has cooled to 68 degrees.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Slow Warming Trend Ahead

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:24

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today: I am in Oneonta for live weather on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

A FEW HIGH CLOUDS: A layer of high, thin cirrus clouds is moving into North Alabama this afternoon; these clouds are thin, and up at 20,000-25,000 feet. I don’t think they will be too much of an issue for the partial solar eclipse that begins at 4:54 this afternoon… in fact those cirrus clouds should give the sky a very nice texture for the unique sunset with an partial eclipse in progress.

See this site from NASA on ways of safety viewing the eclipse.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Sunny days, fair nights, and no rain with a slow warming trend. The high Sunday will be close to 80 degrees.

We stay dry Monday and Tuesday of next week, but a few scattered showers could show up Wednesday and Thursday ahead of a cold front. Doesn’t look like a major rain event, and a new surge of cool, dry air arrives at the end of the week on Friday (October 31). Some hints from the GFS model it could be the coolest air so far this season.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tomorrow night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s, and lows in the 50s and 60s. Low 80s are possible by the weekend.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet; tropical depression nine dissipated last night over the Yucatan Peninsula.

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I enjoyed seeing the residents at Victorian Manor assisted living in Hanceville today, and look forward to being in downtown Oneonta this evening. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Partial Solar Eclipse Late Today

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:54

The sun will look like this in the western sky late this afternoon…

Partial eclipses occur when the moon blocks part of the sun from view. This one begins around 5pm CT. Maximum eclipse comes at 5:57p CT as the sun is setting on the horizon. The sky should be clear.

Remember, never look at the sun with the naked eye… see this from NASA on ways of viewing this event…

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Slow Warming Trend Ahead

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 06:05

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COLD OCTOBER MORNING: Here are some temperatures across Alabama as the sun rises…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 31
Fort Payne 37
Valley Head 37
Coker 39
Chelsea 41
Gadsden 41
Anniston 41
Bessemer 43
Birmingham 44
Concord 46 (was down to 40 there earlier this morning)

Expect a bright sunny sky again today with a high in the upper 60s.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Sunny days, clear nights, and a slow warming trend. Expect a high in the low 70s tomorrow, mid 70s Saturday, and around 80 degrees Sunday afternoon.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games tomorrow night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 75 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from around 70 degrees at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 65 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.\

NEXT WEEK: A cold front will approach Alabama at mid-week, and we will introduce the risk of a few showers Wednesday or Thursday, but for now it doesn’t look like a big rain event. And, at the end of the week (and the end of the month) on Friday, the 00Z GFS brings some really chilly air down into Alabama as a deep upper trough sets up over the eastern third of the nation. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

TROPICS: Tropical Depression Nine fizzled out last night over the Yucatan Peninsula, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet this morning.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, clear nights through the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs 75-80, lows mostly in the 50s and 60s.

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I will be speaking to a senior adult group this morning in Hanceville, and then I will be live from downtown Oneonta this evening on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00. I will post new forecast notes here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Chilly Night Ahead

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:10

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live in Leeds at the Atrox haunted house on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00**

COOL NIGHT: The coolest temperature so far this season, based on data from the Birmingham Airport, is 42 degrees measured on October 5. Look for a low very close to that early tomorrow, and as you might expect, we will see 30s across the color valleys of North Alabama. Places like Valley Head and Black Creek might even see a light freeze. The sky will be clear, and the wind will be light.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Not much change; a very dry airmass stays in place, and we will forecast sunny days and clear nights with a slow warming trend. The high tomorrow will be in the upper 60s, followed by low 70s Friday, and upper 70s Saturday and Sunday.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games Friday night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: Still looks dry; more than likely our next significant rain event will come in early November.

TROPICS: Tropical Depression Nine could become Tropical Storm Hanna before making landfall on the Yucatan coast early tomorrow. This system will move eastward, and should emerge into the western Caribbean this weekend. Remains to be seen if it can survive the journey over land, but we will keep an eye on it.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights through the weekend from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Highs mostly in the 70s, lows mostly in the 50s and low 60s.

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 enjoyed seeing the kids today at God’s House Kindergarten at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church… 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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Cooler Air Moving Into Alabama

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 06:20

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THIS MORNING: Temperatures are generally in the 40s across North/Central Alabama as we begin the day; coldest spot I can find is Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, where Vic Bell reports 36 degrees with some light frost. The sky is clear and the air is dry. Today will be a cooler day for the state, with a high in the mid to upper 60s for most communities thanks to a new surge of cool air dropping in from the north.

Tonight will be one of the coolest nights so far this fall season; most communities will see a low between 38 and 42 degrees. Colder valleys across North Alabama could drop very close to freezing by daybreak tomorrow.

Sunny weather continues tomorrow and Friday with a slow warming trend.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: More dry, pleasant weather. Sunny days, fair nights. Highs 74-78… lows 48-53.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games Friday night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: Still no sign of rain for our state; still looks like it will be sometime in early November before wet weather returns. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE: It formed last night over the Bay of Campeche in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico. The system will move eastward across the Yucatan Peninsula in coming days, and if it survives it will end up in the western Caribbean this weekend. The GFS model wants to turn it northward toward the southern Gulf of Mexico; the 00Z operational run of the GFS shows ultimate landfall north of Tampa on Halloween. This, of course, is voodoo, but we will keep an eye on it in coming days. One way or another it should have no impact on Alabama weather.

If by chance this develops into a tropical storm, the name will be Hanna.

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Today I will be speaking to the pre-school kids at Altadena Valley Presbyterian Church, and this evening I will be live on ABC 33/40 News from the Atrox haunted house in Leeds at 4, 5, and 6:00. Look for the next discussion here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Dry Through The Weekend

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:39

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TONS O’ SUN: Another delightful October day across Alabama, with a sunny sky and temperatures generally in the mid 70s, right at seasonal levels. No rain on radar.

A new surge of cooler air drops into the state tonight, and our high tomorrow will drop into the 67 to 70 degree range. By daybreak Thursday we expect a low down in the low 40s, with upper 30s likely for colder pockets across North Alabama. No rain for the rest of the week with sunny days and clear nights.

OUR WEEKEND: No real change. Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. Highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear and cool conditions for high school games Friday night; temperatures will fall from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday is a big football day in Birmingham with the Magic City Classic at Legion Field, featuring Alabama State and Alabama A&M. The sky will be sun filled (2:30p CT kickoff); 76 degrees at kickoff, with mid 60s by the final whistle. There is no risk of rain.

Auburn will host South Carolina Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama is on the road; they take on the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening in Knoxville (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with a kickoff temperature near 62 degrees, falling into the 50s by the second half.

UAB plays on the road at Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday (11:00a CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature near 77 degrees, rising into the low 80s by halftime. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: A weak cold front will pass through Wednesday, but for now it looks like moisture will be too limited for any really significant chance of rain. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A disturbance over the Bay of Campeche will move eastward over the Yucatan peninsula in coming days, emerging into the Caribbean later his week. If it survives, it will move northward, and could impact the southern tip of Florida in about a week with potential for heavy rain. No issues for Alabama.

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I enjoyed being in Hackleburg this morning; their rebuilding process is coming along very nicely after the horrible EF-5 tornado there April 27, 2011. Here is a look at the new Hackleburg High School under construction…

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

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Mild Afternoons, Cool Nights

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:01

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DRY PATTERN HANGS ON: Today will be the 7th consecutive day with no rain across the great state of Alabama, and there is no sign of any significant rain here through the end of the month. Today will feature ample sunshine with a high in the mid 70s.

A new surge of cooler air drops in here tonight; the high tomorrow should slip back into the upper 60s, and Thursday morning looks pretty cool with lows in the 39-43 degree range. Friday should feature a sun filled sky with a high in the low to mid 70s.

OUR WEEKEND: No real change; sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. Highs over the weekend will be in the 70s, with lows between 48 and 53. Picture perfect weather for football or anything else you want to do outdoors.

Next week a cold front will pass through on Wednesday, but moisture levels look too low for any significant chance of rain. Sure looks like it will be sometime in early November before we see another rain event.

TROPICS: A disturbance in the Bay of Campeche, in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico, has some chance of development over the next week; it will move eastward across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and into the Caribbean late this week; the GFS then turns it northward toward Cuba, and possibly the southern tip of Florida before a right turn into the Atlantic. No impact on Alabama; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Fantastic fall weather through the weekend with sunny days and clear highs; highs 75-80 with lows in the 50s and 60s.

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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This morning I will be speaking to the Extension Disaster Education Network group, meeting in Hackleburg, the community hit by an EF-5 tornado April 27, 2011. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

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WeatherBrains 456: NWA 2014

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 04:01

WeatherBrains Episode 456 is now online (October 20, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week Bill Murray, Rick Smith, Dr. John Scala, and Nate Johnson join us from the 2014 National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Our team is joined by an assortment of great guests from across the weather enterprise.

Our email bag officer brings us the latest in incoming messages from our listeners. Always informative and interesting!

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 456:

National Weather Association web site

NWA Conference web site

Picks of the Week:

John Scala – NOAA Winter Outlook

James Spann – Spann’s reaction to the NOAA Winter Outlook

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Wreckhouse Wind Warning

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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Dry October Days

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:28

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QUIET FALL WEATHER PATTERN: Nothing on the radar as you might expect on this beautiful fall day. Lots of sun; temperatures are generally in the low 70s at mid-afternoon.

REST OF THE WEEK: Not much change as the dry pattern continues. A fresh surge of cooler and dry air arrives Wednesday; we project sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights through Friday with just a few passing high cirrus clouds from time to time.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry air stays in place, and the weather looks fantastic. Mostly sunny days, fair nights. Highs in the 70-75 degree range; lows 45 to 50 degrees. You could not ask for better weather for the Magic City Classic or anything else you want to do outside Saturday and Sunday.

And, in the longer range, still no evidence of any significant chance of rain here through the end of October. Our next shower/thunderstorm event comes sometime in November.

TROPICS: A disturbance over the Bay of Campeche has a chance of getting better organized in coming days; seems like this will move eastward over the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Caribbean late this week, followed by a northward turn toward Cuba and the southern tip of Florida. This should not impact Alabama in any way; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps and graphics.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, clear nights thorough the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs 77-81; lows mostly in the 60s. Sea water temperatures are generally in the low 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. We will produce this week’s show tonight live from the National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. We begin earlier than usual; 6:45p CT. Watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I enjoyed seeing the 6th graders today at Parrish Elementary School in Walker 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… enjoy the day…

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Fine Fall Weather Continues

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 06:12

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DRY OCTOBER DAYS: If you enjoyed the weather over the weekend, you should enjoy the weather this week, and for the rest of October.

We are starting off this day with temperatures in the 40s, although Vic Bell up at Black Creek, near Gadsden, reports 38 degrees ay daybreak. The sky will be sunny today with a high in the low 70s. The average high today (for Birmingham) is 74.

A new surge of cooler, dry air arrives Wednesday, and that will keep us rain-free through Friday with mostly sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No change. Lots of sunshine both days; highs in the 70s and lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. Another great weekend for football or anything else you enjoy outdoors.

The GFS model really does’t show any significant rain event for our state through Halloween as the dry pattern continues. Keep in mind our fall tornado season comes in November and December; that is a time when the weather tends to get more active with occasional stormy periods.

TROPICS: A disturbance near the Mexican coast in the far southwest Gulf of Mexico has come chance of becoming better organized later this week; some models push this toward the southern tip of Florida. One way or another, it won’t have any impact on our weather in Alabama.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores over the next seven days. Highs 75-80; lows mostly in the 60s. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 70 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. This week we will be live from the National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. We will produce the show tonight; the start time is earlier than usual… we begin at 6:45 CT. Watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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NWA Digital Seal 001D

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:26

The Internet is a great equalizer. Website and blogging platforms have given everyone a voice. Social media is a powerful megaphone that is accessible to anyone. But the explosion of information on the web has become a double edged sword. One recent example is the Boston Marathon bombing. Photos released on the Internet within hours of the bombing wrongly implicated innocent people and made the job of finding the real perpetrators difficult for investigators.

In no area has this double edged sword reared its ugly side more than in the dissemination of weather information. The general public now has access in real time to nearly every piece of weather information available to professional meteorologists. It has become readily apparent that the other side of the sword can be detrimental when weather information is shared irresponsibly. One of the most common forms this takes is when a single model solution is represented as an absolute forecast and shared and re-shared as such. With many different models and resolutions, you can find a solution for any solution you can imagine. When those model solutions are extreme, the social media universe can quickly catch fire with the information.

The result is that National Weather Service meteorologists and broadcasters find themselves increasingly spending their time to combat misleading or incorrectly interpreted or labeled information.

The National Weather Association, the leading organization for operational meteorologists, recognized the need o provide leadership in this area. Miles Muzio, the Chair of the Broadcast Meteorology Committee has championed the cause of a Seal of Approval for Digital Weathercasters.

The organization has a rich history of producing nearly one thousand Broadcaster Seals for TV Weathercasters. The NWA Broadcaster Seal of Approval is a trusted indicator of that the sealholder has passed a rigorous comprehensive examination and had his or her on air work evaluated by a group of experienced meteorologists.

The NWA approached the idea of a sister seal to the Broadcast Seal very deliberately, debating the merits, procedures, guidelines and ongoing monitoring of introducing such a program. All of the information received intense scrutiny from the National Weather Association Council.

This morning, at the 39th Annual Meeting of the National Weather Association, the Digital Seal program was laid out.

I am very thrilled and honored to be the holder of the very first National Weather Association Digital Weather Seal.

Miles Muzio with me and Mike Mogil on stage this morning

I am part of the “Pioneer 3″ as Miles calls the first three recipients, joining the heady company of Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang and Mike Mogil of How the WeatherWorks. We all three passed the same rigorous exam that Broadcast Seal recipients must pass and had our work evaluated according to the Qualifications and Procedures developed by the Broadcast Meteorology Committee. The comprehensive test includes general meteorology, radar meteorology, satellite meteorology, synoptic meteorology, severe weather, climatology and technology/terminology.

We all will be re-certified every three years and our work will be constantly monitored to make sure that it upholds the values of this important distinction.

I will proudly serve as the Digital Seal Manager.

It was a an incredible moment for me this morning. I look forward to proudly displaying the NWA Digital Seal on Alabama WX. Thank you for the opportunity to share weather information with you, the greatest weather savvy audience on the planet, on a regular basis!

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Phenomenal Fall Weather

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 14:28

Another gorgeous fall day is underway across the state, and the weather does not get much better than this in Alabama. With only high cirrus clouds in the sky, we are seeing highs climb into the lower 70s. Looking across the Southeast, it is hard to find anything to complain about in the weather world. Hardly a cloud in the sky, temps in the 60s and 70s, and light winds out of the north, which are reinforcing the fall air mass in place. Absolutely beautiful weather!

If you like the weather this weekend, it will be continuing through the week ahead. Late tomorrow and into Tuesday, we will once again see another dry cold front move through the state, and it will once again provide another reinforcing shot of terrific fall weather. We could see some clouds with this front, but once again, no rain, and once the front moves through, look for sun-filled, blue sky, cool temps, low humidity and beautiful weather. Highs this week will be in the lower 70s, while those overnight lows will mostly be in the 40s with some 50s early in the week. It still looks as though we stay dry the rest of the month.

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Nearly Perfect Autumn Day

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 07:01

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The weather doesn’t get much better than what we will see today. Dry, cool air across the state this morning allowed temperatures to fall into the 40s with upper 30s across Northeast Alabama. With only high cirrus clouds in the sky we should see highs climb into the lower 70s.

In the tropics, Gonzalo was expected to become an extratropical storm today as it continued to accelerate rapidly into the northern Atlantic.

The upper trough over the Mid-Atlantic states will rotate across New England and into the Canadian Maritime provinces Monday as a strong short wave close on the heels of that low digs into the Great Lakes area. This will drag another cold front into and across the Southeast US on Tuesday. Since moisture will not have a chance to return, this front is also expected to pass through without any precipitation associated with it. It will also bring another cool down with lows returning into the 40s.

The upper air pattern remains fast with a ridge affecting us Wednesday and Thursday as the upper trough forms a closed low over the Mid-Atlantic states. We’re on the dry side of things so look for plenty of sunshine and highs only around 70 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Friday into Sunday, a short wave trough will move from Iowa southeastward across the Southeast US digging a deep trough into North Florida. However, without any signs of moisture for the trough to work with, it should come through the Southeast dry with only some middle or high clouds to mark its passage. This should bring great weather for high school football on Friday evening.

If your plans include a trip to the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida, the weather will be dry for the week ahead with highs around 80 dipping into the upper 70s for much of the middle and latter part of the week ahead.

The GFS is showing another good trough moving through the Central US around the 28th of October which could bring a chance for rain to Central Alabama. That is followed by another ridge as we enter November.

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Cold Front Brings Cool Down

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:14

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Dry and pleasant weather is expected to fill the forecast for the next seven days. In fact, we might go all the way to November before the next good rain event for Central Alabama.

A cold front was making its way through Alabama this morning and will usher in some cooler and drier air once again. Highs yesterday made it into the lower 80s for most locations, but the cold front will keep temperatures in check today with highs in the middle 70s.

In the Atlantic, Gonzalo has moved by Bermuda will continue to weaken as it accelerates northeast across the northern Atlantic. In the Pacific, Trudy was along the western coast of Mexico and weakening as it moved slowly ashore.

For those heading to football events today, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa with a 2:30 pm kickoff. The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. And the UAB Blazers are on the road playing Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro (2:30 pm kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff to near 62 by the final whistle.

And for the races at Talladega, sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through the weekend. Afternoon highs today and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

The weather is expected to stay dry for the week ahead, but the weather pattern remains pretty active. The upper trough responsible for bringing the dry cold front through the state today will move briskly off the Atlantic coast by Sunday. But another trough is forecast to drop in right behind the first one. This one is forecast to close off over the Mid-Atlantic states Wednesday which keeps us on the dry side with a cool, but not especially cold, northwesterly flow. Look for another dry cold front around Wednesday which will drop temperatures back into the lower 70s for highs.

The upper closed low moves off on Friday and Saturday leaving behind troughiness over the Southeast US. So all in all, it looks like dry weather for the week ahead as temperatures warm a little for the middle of the week and then cool off again back to seasonal values for the latter part of the week.

Looking out into voodoo country, the GFS maintains a broad ridge over the eastern half of the country which should keep us dry until early November.

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I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted here by 8 am or so on Sunday. Enjoy this lovely day and Godspeed.

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Cooler Air Arrives Tomorrow

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:01

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TONS O’ SUN: What a delightful afternoon across the great state of Alabama. A sunny sky, low humidity, and temperatures in the 78-82 degree range.

Over the weekend, a new surge of cool air drops in here, giving us a gentle cooling trend and keeping our weather rain-free. We project a high in the low 70s tomorrow, and close to 70 Sunday afternoon with sunshine in full supply both days. The coolest morning will come early Sunday when temperatures drop into the mid 40s; some of the colder valleys could reach the upper 30s.

No real change in our weather next week as moisture is cut off from the region, yet another surge of cooler, drier continental air arrives Wednesday. As we discussed this morning, our next good rain event could very well come in early November.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games tonight. A clear sky with temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs tomorrow and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonzalo is packing sustained winds of 125 mph (category three) this afternoon, and the eye is nearing the small island of Bermuda…

And, over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana is packing sustained winds of 70 mph, and could become a minimal hurricane tonight. It will pass west and south of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: No rain for the next seven days from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with sunny days and clear nights. Highs will be mostly in the 75 to 80 degree range, with lows generally in the 60s.

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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Calm October Weather Pattern

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:07

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MORNING CHILL: We are starting the day down in the 40s across the great state of Alabama; our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, is reporting 42 degrees at daybreak… most communities are in the mid to upper 40s with a clear sky.

The day ahead will be sunny with a big warm-up… the high will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

THE WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK: A fresh supply of cooler air will arrive tomorrow; the day will be sunny and breezy at times with a high in the low 70s. Sunday morning will be pretty chilly with mid 40s like; some of the colder pockets over Northeast Alabama will dip into the upper 30s. The day Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply with a high close to 70 degrees.

The air stays dry next week, meaning more great fall weather with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. It would very well be early November before our next really significant rain event in Alabama.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games tonight. A clear sky with temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs tomorrow and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Gonzalo is a major hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph, it will pass very close to Bermuda late today. Then, it recurves into the North Atlantic, with no impact on the U.S. mainland.

In the Pacific… Tropical Storm Ana should become a minimal hurricane today; it is expected to pass south and west of the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: An easy forecast; sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through next week. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows mostly in the 60s from Panama City over to Gulf Shores.

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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