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Early Afternoon Update

10 hours 26 min ago

Another fascinating look at the storm system to our southeast today. The surface low and upper-level low are both located on the Georgia/Florida line this afternoon. Clouds and rain continue to fall in many areas to our east with this system. The last few satellite images it appears to look like the clouds are bubbling up over southeastern Georgia. These are actually thunderstorms that have developed in the area and the strong updrafts in the storms are allowing the cloud tops to make it higher than the lower cumulus and stratus clouds affecting most areas.

For us in Alabama, if you are west of Interstate 65, there is hardly a cloud in the sky as beautiful blues skies are allowing an abundance of sunshine through. East of Interstate 65, there is a mix of sun and clouds, which becomes more overcast the farther east you go. There are still a few very light showers showing up on radar this afternoon east of I-65 and south of I-20.

Where the clouds and rain are, it is quite a cool and raw day. Temps are staying in the 50s across much of Georgia and the Carolinas, with even some 40s in North Carolina. Where the sun is out over most of Alabama, temps are well into the 70s and it has turned out to be a beautiful spring Saturday. At last check I noticed the temperature at Auburn was 59 degrees verses the 77 in Tuscaloosa.

For the rest of today, these lows will continue to slowly shift off to the east and will gradually allow skies to clear over eastern portions of the state later this evening.

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A Mix of Sun and Clouds

13 hours 28 min ago

Many areas of Alabama are seeing a mix of sun and clouds late this morning thanks to the upper-level low that is currently over Georgia. There is quite a bit of sunshine across much of Central Alabama this morning as well as a brisk north wind in most locations.

Up and down the western side of the state, there is nearly full sunshine along Highway 43 from Muscle Shoals to Mobile. Along the Interstate 65 corridor in Central Alabama, clouds are moving towards the south and are thinning out slowly. The main area of clouds over the state is confined to the southeastern corner of the state. Locations in and around Dothan, Eufaula, Phenix City, Troy, Hartford, and Fort Rucker continue to see mostly cloudy and overcast conditions.

As we head through the rest of today, we will continue to see the clouds slowly clearing out of the state as the upper-level low pulls away from the region. Most locations will see mostly sunny skies later today. Then for Easter Sunday, nothing but sunshine and blue skies are expected. .

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Rainfall Summary

16 hours 1 min ago

Here is a summary of the rainfall from a variety of reporting stations for the last 48 hours as prepared by the National Weather Service in Birmingham. As you can see from the observed totals, there was a pretty steep gradient in rainfall amounts from Jefferson County southeastward toward Dothan with Barbour County coming in with totals approaching 5 inches.

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 191205 PNSBMX ALZ011>015-017>050-200004- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 704 AM CDT SAT APR 19 2014 ...LATEST 48 HOUR RAINFALL REPORTS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA... LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON ...AUTAUGA... 2 NE PRATTVILLE 2.17 IN 0647 AM 04/19 32.49N/86.42W 2 SE PRATTVILLE 1.63 IN 0655 AM 04/19 32.44N/86.43W 1 NNW PRATTVILLE 1.47 IN 0643 AM 04/19 32.48N/86.45W ...BARBOUR... CLAYTON 4.66 IN 0600 AM 04/19 31.88N/85.48W WEEDON FIELD AIRPORT 3.84 IN 0658 AM 04/19 31.95N/85.13W 7 SSW FLORENCE MARINA STATE PA 3.84 IN 0640 AM 04/19 32.01N/85.09W ...BIBB... WEST BLOCTON 0.77 IN 0700 AM 04/19 33.12N/87.13W 1 ESE BRENT 0.65 IN 0648 AM 04/19 32.94N/87.16W 6 SW CENTREVILLE 0.61 IN 0600 AM 04/19 32.87N/87.24W 1 NNE BRENT 0.59 IN 0626 AM 04/19 32.96N/87.17W ...BULLOCK... 7 WSW UNION SPRINGS 2.12 IN 0641 AM 04/19 32.10N/85.83W ...CALHOUN... ANNISTON ARPT ASOS 0.69 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.59N/85.86W 1 ENE BYNUM 0.56 IN 0642 AM 04/19 33.62N/85.94W 2 E FORT MCCLELLAN 0.45 IN 0646 AM 04/19 33.72N/85.76W ...CHILTON... 4 NE THORSBY 0.59 IN 0641 AM 04/19 32.96N/86.67W ...CLAY... 3 NE LINEVILLE 1.00 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.35N/85.72W 2 ENE ASHLAND 0.96 IN 0631 AM 04/19 33.28N/85.80W ...CLEBURNE... 2 W HEFLIN 0.58 IN 0614 AM 04/19 33.65N/85.63W ...DALLAS... SELMA 0.58 IN 0530 AM 04/19 32.41N/87.02W ...ELMORE... 2 S TALLASSEE 2.02 IN 0644 AM 04/19 32.50N/85.89W ...JEFFERSON... 1 WSW LEEDS 0.87 IN 0655 AM 04/19 33.54N/86.57W 2 NE HOOVER 0.63 IN 0651 AM 04/19 33.40N/86.80W VESTAVIA HILLS 0.41 IN 0647 AM 04/19 33.43N/86.78W 1 WNW HUEYTOWN 0.22 IN 0630 AM 04/19 33.45N/87.02W BIRMINGHAM ARPT ASOS 0.20 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.57N/86.75W 1 NW TRUSSVILLE 0.18 IN 0647 AM 04/19 33.65N/86.62W 3 NE FAIRFIELD 0.15 IN 0615 AM 04/19 33.52N/86.88W 4 NNE PINSON-CLAY-CHALKV 0.13 IN 0654 AM 04/19 33.74N/86.64W ...LAMAR... 6 WNW VERNON 0.02 IN 0650 AM 04/19 33.79N/88.21W ...LEE... 12 SE AUBURN 2.98 IN 0500 AM 04/19 32.45N/85.37W AUBURN 2.51 IN 0655 AM 04/19 32.62N/85.43W 3 NNE AUBURN 2.01 IN 0646 AM 04/19 32.63N/85.47W 2 NW OPELIKA 1.80 IN 0650 AM 04/19 32.68N/85.40W ...MACON... 9 ESE NOTASULGA 2.22 IN 0626 AM 04/19 32.48N/85.56W ...MARENGO... DEMOPOLIS 0.20 IN 0652 AM 04/19 32.52N/87.84W ...MONTGOMERY... 6 SW MONTGOMERY 1.99 IN 0800 PM 04/18 32.26N/86.22W MONTGOMERY DANNELLY FIELD 1.94 IN 0653 AM 04/19 32.30N/86.41W 5 E MONTGOMERY 1.93 IN 0653 AM 04/19 32.35N/86.19W ...PERRY... 9 WNW MAPLESVILLE 0.74 IN 0641 AM 04/19 32.83N/87.04W ...PIKE... TROY MUNICIPAL APT 1.85 IN 0653 AM 04/19 31.78N/85.95W ...RANDOLPH... 2 E ROANOKE 1.68 IN 0646 AM 04/19 33.14N/85.33W ...RUSSELL... HURTSBORO 2.84 IN 0645 AM 04/19 32.24N/85.42W ...SHELBY... SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT 1.18 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.18N/86.78W 1 SE HELENA 0.86 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.27N/86.83W 1 WNW HELENA 0.79 IN 0655 AM 04/19 33.30N/86.87W 1 S HELENA 0.72 IN 0655 AM 04/19 33.27N/86.86W 3 N CHELSEA 0.69 IN 0652 AM 04/19 33.37N/86.64W ...ST. CLAIR... 2 SSW MARGARET 0.22 IN 0558 AM 04/19 33.66N/86.49W ...SUMTER... 1 SSW LIVINGSTON 0.26 IN 0530 AM 04/19 32.57N/88.19W ...TALLADEGA... 1 ENE TALLADEGA 0.79 IN 0626 AM 04/19 33.44N/86.08W ...TUSCALOOSA... 8 NE VANCE 0.30 IN 0650 AM 04/19 33.27N/87.16W OLIVER LOCK AND DAM 0.20 IN 0400 AM 04/19 33.21N/87.59W TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT 0.20 IN 0653 AM 04/19 33.22N/87.61W 2 NE HOLT 0.20 IN 0600 AM 04/19 33.25N/87.45W 12 S BERRY 0.12 IN 0530 AM 04/19 33.48N/87.60W 14 N BROOKWOOD 0.12 IN 0530 AM 04/19 33.46N/87.35W ...WALKER... 2 ENE JASPER 0.04 IN 0655 AM 04/19 33.86N/87.24W OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. $$ NWS BIRMINGHAM AL
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Not Your Typical Spring

16 hours 18 min ago

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The overall weather pattern continues to be an active one, but I sure would not classify this month as your typical April! The high temperature at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport yesterday barely made it out of the 50s with a 61 which is 14 degrees below our seasonal average for this date. The low for the day was only 1 degree above, so we saw very little diurnal change in the temperature. Plus we got a bit more rain bringing us to a total which is nearly 4 inches above the 30-year average rainfall for the month – with 11 days still left to go.

The surface low along with the upper level cold core low which brought us the soaking rain yesterday continues to bring rain to much of the eastern half of Alabama this morning. Both lows should continue to push eastward, so we should see a slow decrease in the light rain which is now falling over areas generally east of Interstate 65. Temperatures will be problematic with lower 70s possible from Birmingham westward while areas east of Birmingham could remain shrouded in clouds holding temperatures in the 60s.

Surface high pressure will fill in behind the surface and upper lows on Sunday bringing us a beautiful Easter Sunday. We’ll see a few late morning and afternoon clouds, but the sunshine will feel good with temperatures climbing into the middle 70s for most of us.

Monday will be a transitional day with clouds on the increase ahead of the next upper trough and surface cold front. The front should pass through Central Alabama on Tuesday bringing us the next good chance of showers. The afternoon highs should reach the upper 70s. The front should move through briskly as the upper trough moves quickly off the East Coast and we come under ridging aloft for Wednesday and Thursday. Yet another strong upper trough approaches Alabama on Thursday and Friday bringing another cold front into the picture. Timing of this system seems to befuddle the models as the GFS has continued to oscillate back and forth between Friday and Saturday on the frontal passage and attendant rain chances. The GFS is also more aggressive with the rain chances and the amounts than the European, so the forecast remains somewhat fluid at the moment. But whether it is Friday or Saturday, it looks like we’ll have a reasonably good chance at some showers before clearing out for next Sunday. Temperatures appear to be seasonal with highs in the upper 70s and morning lows mainly in the 50s.

Looking into voodoo country, I’d describe the model solutions as complex. Another shot at rain comes around the 29th and then the GFS goes off the scale with a huge Omega block ridge situated along the Mississippi River. The ridge is so strong it does seem exaggerated, so my confidence in the solution is pretty low. The Omega ridge pattern evolves by May 4th with a trough undercutting the huge ridge. Definitely a stay tuned on this one situation.

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An Evening Update

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:48

It has been a rainy, cloudy and cool day across Central Alabama, with a chilly easterly breeze thrown in for good measure. Highs in the I-20 corridor were generally in the upper 50s. The high in Tuscaloosa was 60F. When it was raining, it was even cooler, with the mercury falling back into the lower 50s. It never got out of the 40s on Mount Cheaha, Alabama’s highest point.

Rainfall amounts were generally light across our part of the state, including .20″ at Tuscaloosa and 0.19″ at Birmingham. 0.52″ has fallen at Anniston through 7 p.m., and it was still raining.

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While rainfall amounts over North Central Alabama were light today, it was a different story to the south, as moisture from the Gulf rode up an over a dome of high pressure extending down from New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Montgomery got over an inch and a half (1.62″), but nearer the coast, amounts were dramatically higher. Pensacola picked up nearly four inches of rain and Destin over inches. Florala, on the Alabama/Florida border picked up over five inches! Flooding was reported in numerous spots across Walton County, Florida, just over the border between Florala and DeFuniak Springs. All in all, it was not a good day to be driving to Destin on US-331. Beachgoers will encounter improving conditions today and fine weather Sunday and Monday.

At 7:45 p.m., light to moderate rain continues over the eastern part of Alabama, with the heaviest precipitation over Randolph, Chambers and eastern Lee Counties. It was raining moderately in Tennant and Roanoke.

We will be tracking a developing upper level low along the Louisiana/Mississippi border as it moves east tonight. It could increase rainfall again over Central Alabama during the overnight hours, but there is a lot of uncertainty in that between the short term models. Lows will be near 50F.

Eastern Alabama will have clouds tomorrow and a chance of a few showers because of the effect of that upper low. Western areas (places like Tuscaloosa, Hamilton and Jasper will experience a good supply of sunshine. I-65 communities from Cullman to Birmingham to Clanton will be in the transition zone. Areas west of I-65 will warm well into the 70s Saturday afternoon, eastern areas will be in the 60s.

Saturday night lows will be near 50F, so sunrise services will be mostly clear with a little fog, but dry and cool with readings in the upper 40s to near 50F. Afternoon readings Sunday will be in the middle 70s across the area.

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Full Sunshine By Sunday

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:19

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RADAR CHECK: The bulk of the rain in Alabama this afternoon (as of 2:30 p.m.) is east of a line from Gadsden to Clanton to Monroeville…

Temperatures are below forecast, holding in the 50s in many places across North/Central Alabama. We should be in the mid 70s here in mid April.

TONIGHT/TOMORROW: Clouds will hang tough over Alabama tonight, and rain will continue in areas south and east of Birmingham. Then, during the day tomorrow, the weather will vary greatly across Alabama… your conditions will all depend on where you live.

For far West and North Alabama… places like Muscle Shoals, Fayette, Tuscaloosa, and Vernon, the sky should become mostly sunny during the day and the high will be in the low 70s. However, over Central and East Alabama, clouds will hang tough much of the day and a little light rain and drizzle is possible. Where clouds linger, highs will be in the 60s.

Easter Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high well into the 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Monday still looks warm and dry… a few showers are possible Tuesday with a weak surface front, but nothing heavy and no severe weather. Then, an upper ridge will bring the warmest weather so far this year Wednesday through Friday with low to mid 80s.

A vigorous storm system will being the risk of strong to severe storms to parts of the Great Plains by Wednesday or Thursday of next week, but for now it looks like the main energy associated with this will pass well to the north of Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Rain is likely tonight in the Florida Panhandle; some flooding is possible. The weather begins to improve with clearing late in the day tomorrow or tomorrow night, and Sunday will be sunny. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 60s today, with low 70s tomorrow and Sunday. A pretty decent part of next week will be dry, although a few widely scattered showers could show up Tuesday. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is 65 degrees.

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Lots of Moisture across the State

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:14

An interesting looking radar across Central Alabama this morning. With an area of low pressure over the north-central Gulf of Mexico, we are seeing moisture move north from the Gulf in all levels of the atmosphere. The upper-level flow over the region is also enhancing this moisture transport. In the lower-levels, the low pressure is having more of an influence and we can see that on the radar.

A look below shows the rain showers over Central Alabama are moving in different directions depending on where you are located and also the height of the radar beam above the surface. Areas between Interstate 20 and Interstate 85 in Central Alabama are seeing the showers move from east to west. South of the Montgomery area, it seems the dominant flow is to the north. North of the Birmingham Metro, we are seeing a more southwesterly movement of the showers. Finally over western portions of the state, in the upper levels the showers are moving north, but the lower levels it appears the majority of the activity is moving to the south.

What does all this mean? It shows that in every level of the atmosphere there is an abundance of moisture thanks to the area of low pressure in the Gulf spreading moisture north. It also means the clouds and rain will hang around throughout the day and that many areas of the state will have a nice, soaking rain today.

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Wet Weather Returns To Alabama

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:04

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RADAR CHECK: At daybreak rain is widespread across Alabama generally along and south of I-20, thanks to a surface forming over the northern Gulf of Mexico. Rain is likely today for the southern two-thirds of the state, with the heavier totals over South Alabama, where a flash flood watch is in effect for the zone from Mobile over to Dothan. Rain amounts down that way could exceed two inches… up this way, along the I-20 corridor, rain totals will be generally under 1/2 inch. And, to the north, very little rain is expected over the Tennessee Valley region of extreme North Alabama.

This is the projected radar reflectivity at 3:00 this afternoon via the high resolution NAM…

You can clearly see the amount of rain you get today all depends on where you are. Lots of rain south and east of Birmingham… very little north and west of the city. We won’t get past the low 60s today due to clouds and rain.

TOMORROW: Again, the weather all depends on where you live. The sky will clear over far West and North Alabama, near the Mississippi and Tennessee borders, but most of Alabama will have stubborn clouds thanks to an upper low to the east. And, periods of rain will continue over the eastern counties of the state, generally east of I-65. Here is the NAM, valid at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow…

Not sure we can get out of the cool 60s tomorrow where the clouds linger.

A-DAY FOOTBALL GAMES TOMORROW: For the spring A-Day football games tomorrow… Auburn will be cloudy and cool with some light rain; kickoff temperature near 65 degrees. Over in Tuscaloosa, the weather will be dry, and the sun might peek out at times; kickoff temperature there close to 70 degrees.?

EASTER SUNDAY: This will be a nice day statewide, with ample sunshine and a high in the upper 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be warm and dry with a high around 80, then a few showers are possible Tuesday ahead of a weak front. Then, an upper ridge will bring warm and dry weather Wednesday through Friday with highs up in the low to mid 80s… the warmest weather so far this year.

A vigorous storm system will being the risk of strong to severe storms to parts of the Great Plains by Wednesday or Thursday of next week, but for now it looks like the main energy associated with this will pass well to the north of Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Rain is likely through tonight from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, with potential for heavy rain, especially for communities in the Florida Panhandle. The weather begins to improve with clearing late in the day tomorrow or tomorrow night, and Sunday will be sunny. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 60s today, with low 70s tomorrow and Sunday. A pretty decent part of next week will be dry, although a few widely scattered showers could show up Tuesday. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this morning is 64 degrees.

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Clouds, Some Rain On The Way

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:29

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WEATHER CHANGES AHEAD: Most of Alabama is enjoying sunshine through scattered clouds this afternoon; temperatures are in the mid 60s in most places…. well below the average high of 75 for April 17. Clouds will thicken quickly tonight in advance of a developing storm system over the Northwest Gulf of Mexico.

RAIN AT TIMES TOMORROW: The surface low over the northern Gulf will spread rain up into Alabama after midnight tonight, and some rain is very possible as early as 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. over much of the state. We will forecast periods of rain throughout the day tomorrow, but keep in mind the heaviest and most widespread rain will fall over the southern counties of Alabama. A flash flood watch is in effect for the southeast tip of the state around Dothan, where rain amounts of over two inches are possible through Saturday. It will be a cool day with a high only in the low 60s.

SATURDAY: Unfortunately we will have to make some major forecast changes for East and South Alabama as the weekend begins. A deep upper low is forecast to be over North Florida, and the flow of Atlantic moisture will keep clouds over much of the state Saturday, and we will need now to insert the chance of rain for areas mainly east and south of Birmingham.

For places like Anniston, Sylacauga, Ashland, Alex City, and Lake Martin, we will mention a good chance of lingering rain Saturday, especially during the morning hours. Birmingham might even see some light rain Saturday morning. North and West Alabama should be dry Saturday, but clouds could be an issue. Unfortunately now it looks like the best chance of seeing some sunshine will be near the Mississippi and Tennessee borders.

And, we will need to lower forecast highs Saturday over East and South Alabama; doubtful those parts of the state will get out of the 60s due to lingering clouds and rain. West and North Alabama should see low 70s.

EASTER SUNDAY: Confidence is high it will be a beautiful day, with ample sunshine and a high in the upper 70s.

NEXT WEEK: We will continue to mention a chance of showers on Tuesday with a weak surface front, then we should enjoy the warmest weather so far this year Wednesday through Friday with dry conditions and highs up in the middle 80s thanks to an upper ridge building over the region.

AT THE BEACH: Rain is likely tomorrow and tomorrow night from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, with potential for heavy rain, especially for communities in the Florida Panhandle. The weather begins to improve with clearing late in the day Saturday or Saturday night, and Sunday will be sunny. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 60s tomorrow, with low 70s Saturday and Sunday. A pretty decent part of next week will be dry, although a few widely scattered showers could show up Tuesday. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is 64 degrees.

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Your Weekly U.S. Drought Monitor Update

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:28

Little change in the drought situation across the West. We continue to see a lot of dry areas across the Plains, Texas, the Southwest, and along the West Coast, with those exceptional drought conditions persisting in portions of California, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

For Alabama, another soaking rain earlier this week has allowed many locations to continue to avoid abnormally dry or drought conditions.

The only part of the state that is still experiencing drought and abnormally dry conditions is in the northwestern part of the state. Moderate drought conditions are occurring in portions of Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin Counties, where it amounts to 1.32% of the state being affected. That is the same percentage that was being affected last week.

The abnormally dry conditions continue to impact locations in Lauderdale, Limestone, Lawrence, Colbert, and Franklin Counties. These conditions covered 3.82% of the state last week. This week, it has increased only slightly by 0.16%  to now cover 3.98% of the state.

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Warmer Today; Some Rain Tomorrow

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:08

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WARM-UP CONTINUES: We begin the day well above freezing; most North/Central Alabama communities are in the 40s at daybreak with a clear sky. The day ahead will be dry… the sky partly to mostly sunny with a high in the upper 60s. Clouds will thicken tonight.

SOME RAIN TOMORROW: A rather dynamic weather system will impact our state tomorrow with clouds and rain, but the heaviest and most widespread rain will come over the southern counties as a surface low forms over the Northeast Gulf of Mexico. The high resolution NAM suggests some heavy rain is possible over Southeast Alabama…

The NWS in Tallahassee has issued a flash flood watch for the southeast corner of our state, including Dothan, where rain amounts could exceed two inches.

Up our way, rain tomorrow is very possible, but it will be light and spotty. Rain amounts for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden will be generally under a tenth of an inch, and some communities north of Birmingham won’t see any rain at all. The day tomorrow will be cloudy and cool with a high in the low to mid 60s thanks to a cool easterly flow on top of the surface low to the south.

EASTER WEEKEND: Still looks great. The surface low off the southern Atlantic coast will move northeast, and we will be in a dry airmass. Lots of sun Saturday and Sunday; we reach the mid 70s Saturday, and the high Sunday will be near 80 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: A weak surface front will bring a few showers to Alabama Monday night and Tuesday, but there is little upper support, and moisture levels will be limited. So, no heavy rain and no severe weather. Then, an upper ridge will bring dry weather to the state Wednesday with highs up in the low to mid 80s… should be some of the warmest weather so far this year over the latter half of the week thanks to the ridge.

No sign of any severe weather issues for Alabama through the rest of April. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Clouds increase today along the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores with just a small risk of a shower this afternoon. Rain is likely tonight and tomorrow, and heavy rain is likely tomorrow over the Florida Panhandle. Maybe even some flooding issues around Panama City. Then, the weekend looks great with sunny days and fair nights… most of next week will be dry as well with only a few isolated showers Tuesday. Highs on the coast will be in the 60s tomorrow, then low 70s are likely by the weekend and into next week.

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Chilly Again Tonight

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:00

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COLD AGAIN TONIGHT: Cold, but not as cold as last night. Most locations will see a low near 40 degrees early tomorrow morning, but the colder pockets across Northeast Alabama will see mid 30s with a touch of frost possible.

Tomorrow will be warmer… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a high in the upper 60s.

SOME RAIN ON FRIDAY: Rain will likely move into Alabama early Friday morning… this is the high resolution NAM valid at 7a CT Friday…

I should note other models are not as aggressive with rain as the upward velocities with the wave are not especially robust, and moisture will be pretty limited. Still, we will mention a few periods of rain Friday with a cloudy sky and a high around 70 degrees. The rain will exit the state by mid to late afternoon.

EASTER WEEKEND: Still looks warm and dry with ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday… the high Saturday will be in the upper 70s, and low 80s are very possible Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The new 12Z run of the GFS hints a surface front will bring a chance of showers to Alabama Monday night into Tuesday. Nothing really heavy, and no severe weather threat. Then, an upper ridge could bring the warmest weather so far this year to the state by Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the low to mid 80s.

AT THE BEACH: Partly sunny tomorrow along the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores with a high in the mid to upper 60s… just a slight risk of a shower tomorrow afternoon; showers become more likely tomorrow night and Friday. Then, the weekend looks great with mostly sunny days Saturday and Sunday. Highs over the weekend on the immediate coast will be around 70 degrees, with upper 70s inland. Dry weather continues Monday before showers return Tuesday. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 60s.

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Warming Trend Begins This Afternoon

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 05:58

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SUB-FREEZING START: Here are some temperatures (not official lows) just before daybreak this morning…

Black Creek 26 (Vic Bell, our Skywatcher there, has been below freezing since 9:30 last night)
Valley Head 28
Hayden 28
Crossville 28
Fort Payne 28
Gadsden 29
Gardendale 30
Sycamore 30
Cullman 31
Haleyville 31
Coker 31
Snead 31
Concord 31
Chelsea 32
Fayette 32
Russellville 32

Even a chill in the air down in far South Alabama; Mobile reports 37, and Gulf Shores is at 39.

WARMER TIMES AHEAD: We warm into the low to mid 60s today with ample sunshine; upper 60s are likely tomorrow with a partly sunny sky.

But, we should note tomorrow morning will be cold. While most places will see a low near 40, the colder valleys across Northeast Alabama will drop down into the mid 30s with a chance of frost. The coldest locations, like Black Creek and Valley Head, might even touch 32 briefly early tomorrow morning.

FRIDAY: A disturbance will bring the chance of some light rain to the state, especially along and south of I-20. No severe weather, probably no thunder, and nothing heavy. Friday’s high will be close to 70 degrees.

EASTER WEEKEND: Looks great with mostly sunny warm days and fair nights. The high Saturday will be in the upper 70s, and the GFS is printing a high of 80 degrees Sunday afternoon at Birmingham.

NEXT WEEK: A surface front will bring a chance of showers late Monday, Monday night, and Tuesday. Not much upper support and limited moisture, so no severe weather threat, and the rain probably won’t be all that heavy. And, no cold air… highs will be in the upper 70s Monday and Tuesday. Then, on Wednesday, as an upper ridge begins to build, low 80s are likely.

The good news is that the GFS shows no sign of any severe weather threat around here for the rest of April… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny today with a high in the 60s from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. A slight risk of a shower tomorrow afternoon; showers become more likely tomorrow night and Friday. Then, the weekend looks great with mostly sunny days Saturday and Sunday. Highs over the weekend on the immediate coast will be around 70 degrees, with upper 70s inland. Dry weather continues Monday before showers return Tuesday. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 60s.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEATHER RADIO? We will be at Academy Sports on Skyland Blvd in Tuscaloosa today from 3:30 until 6:30… we will program your weather radio, or be glad to answer questions if you have them.

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I have a weather program today at Hayden Elementary in Blount County… then I will be headed to Tuscaloosa for the weather radio programming event. Won’t be able to produce an afternoon video, but I will post some fresh forecast notes here by 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the day!

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A Legend Retires

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:21

It is my sad duty to let you know that “the world’s greatest weatherman”… J.B. Elliott… is officially retiring this week from weather work.

J.B. is my mentor, and the main reason I am a professional meteorologist today. He is a trusted friend that never seems to have a bad day.

His roots are in rural Hale County, at Havanna Junction, south of Moundville. J.B. was born April 17, 1932, and it seems like he loved weather from the day he was born. The passion has never faded, and his enthusiasm for the science of meteorology spreads like wildfire.

He worked for the National Weather Service as a forecaster for 32 years… and all of that time was spent at the office here in Birmingham. He is has lived and worked through so much weather history… he was the one that issued most of the tornado warnings during the “SuperOutbreak” of tornadoes April 3-4, 1974.

Upon his retirement from the NWS, we had a deal for him waiting to join “The Weather Company”… now known as “The Weather Factory”. That is our private business that provides support for ABC 33/40; J.B. is widely known for his daily afternoon forecast package here on the blog. Not only is he known for detailed, accurate forecasts, he is also loved because of the personal stories he shares. For many years, the adventures of his dog “Little Miss Molly” warmed many hearts.

I cherish all the times we rode together to school visits over the years on the “roads less traveled”.

J.B. has been the long time severe weather voice for local radio stations WBHK (Kiss-FM), WBHJ, and WAGG.

J.B.’s wife Judy had a serious fall a few weeks ago, and both Judy and J.B. have decided it is the time to retire. But, even in retirement, we will always check in with J.B. anytime we have a big weather threat since he is the voice of experience and logic around here.

I hope J.B. and Judy enjoy the retirement years; they are active members of Huffman Baptist Church and live in Trussville. It has been my honor to work alongside the “legend” for all these years, and I will always be appreciative of his support and encouragement.

You can drop J.B. a note anytime over on his Facebook page….

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Freeze Warning Tonight

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:41

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LONG NIGHT AHEAD FOR GROWERS: We are still projecting lows in the 25 to 35 degree range for most of North-Central Alabama early tomorrow morning with a clear sky and light wind. The colder readings will be in the lower valleys… some of the ridgetops will stay above freezing, but even there frost is likely. A freeze warning remains in effect for most of Alabama, and many communities will be below freezing for around 3 hours, generally between 4 and 7 a.m.

Birmingham’s record low for April 16, 32 set in 1983, is very much in danger. This won’t be the latest freeze on record, however… that came on April 23, 1986 when the low in Birmingham was 30.

Chilton County Peach Farmer Paul Knight told ABC 33/40 News today…

The freeze that we had a couple of weeks ago wiped out about 40% of the early crops for Chilton County, and a freeze tonight could bring that number up to a 60% loss. Some farms in lower elevations could be wiped out completely. The early crop is where farmers make most of their money due to demands on the market. He also said that the real damage may not show up for weeks or even months from now. And if the temperatures stay below freezing for more than an hour they could see a total loss on all crops.

About 110,000 styrofoam cups are being placed over tomato plants atop Chandler Mountain at K&B Farms to protect them from freezing temperatures tonight… photo below is from @tracygcash

Tomorrow will be a sunny day with a high in the mid 60s as a warming trend begins.

THURSDAY MORNING: We need to mention that we expect mid to upper 30s across the colder pockets of North/Central Alabama at daybreak Thursday, and some frost is possible. Won’t be as cold as early tomorrow, but growers need to be aware of the potential.

Thursday will be another sunny day with a high in the upper 60s.

SOME RAIN FRIDAY: A disturbance will bring the risk of showers to Alabama Friday, but with weak dynamics and limited moisture, rain should be light and spotty. Amounts will be generally under 1/4 inch, and a decent part of the day will be dry.

EASTER WEEKEND: Looks very nice. Mostly sunny mild days, fair cool nights. Highs in the mid 70s, lows in the 50s.

We will bring in the chance of some rain early next week on Monday, but at this point it doesn’t look like a heavy rain or severe weather threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Lots of sun tomorrow from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with a high in the upper 60s on the immediate coast. A few widely scattered showers are possible Thursday and Friday, then expect mostly sunny weather over the weekend. Highs Saturday and Sunday on the coast will be in the low 70s, with mid 70s inland. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this afternoon is 65 degrees.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEATHER RADIO? We will be at Academy Sports on Skyland Blvd in Tuscaloosa tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30… we will program your weather radio, or be glad to answer questions if you have them.

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I had a great time today visiting the kindergarten kids at Paine Primary School in Trussville, and the first graders at Alexandria Elementary School in Calhoun County. Be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

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Freeze Warning Tonight

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:45

Here comes the late season freeze. A very cold night is ahead, as all of Alabama will fall into the the 30s tonight, and that includes areas along the Gulf Coast. Across much of Central Alabama, most locations will go below freezing, and several areas will drop into the 20s.  For this reason, the National Weather Service has placed nearly all of Alabama under a freeze warning for tonight and tomorrow morning. Take any and all precautions needed to protect sensitive vegetation as well as pets.

This will be a one night event for most us. Tomorrow, highs will climb into the mid-60s before cooling back-off into the upper 30s for Wednesday night. For the rest of the week, our temperatures will slowly moderate back to those pleasantly warm spring temperatures we have become so accustomed too lately.

…A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL BRING BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES
TONIGHT FOR ALL OF CENTRAL ALABAMA…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A FREEZE
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 8 AM CDT WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING…TEMPERATURES WILL FALL BELOW FREEZING BETWEEN 1 AM
AND 4 AM LATE TONIGHT ACROSS THE MAJORITY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.
TEMPERATURES SHOULD WARM ABOVE FREEZING BY 8 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…WILL RANGE FROM THE UPPER 20S NORTH TO THE LOWER
30S ELSEWHERE.

* IMPACTS…THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES MAY DAMAGE OR KILL VEGETATION
THAT HAS ALREADY BLOOMED OR BUDDED OUT FOR THE SPRING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR
HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER
SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

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Skies are Clearing

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00

A very chilly, windy, and cloudy day is ongoing across Alabama. The winds will continue the rest of today as they help advect a much colder and drier air mass into the state.

As the dry air moves in, we will begin to see our clouds mix out and sunshine return. The sun’s return will occur from northwest to southeast across the state. Looking at the latest satellite image, we are beginning to see breaks in the clouds over western portions of the state, and actually severe clear over northern Mississippi and western Tennessee. During the next few hours we will see the skies clearing over Alabama, which will allow us to see a lot of sunshine this afternoon. The sun will not help much with our temps though, as highs this afternoon will struggle to reach the 50s, with many locations remaining in the 40s.

The winds will subside later this evening, and under a clear sky, we will have ideal radiational cooling conditions. This will allow our temps to drop like a rock later tonight and give us all a very cold and freezing night across the state.

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A Wet April – So Far

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:06

I’m sure it is no surprise to anyone in Central Alabama that April has been wet. So just how wet has it been? Seems like a fair question considering we are tipping over the mid point of the month which also happens to be the dreaded tax filing day! So, while some are rushing to get their tax figures figured, how does April shape up on rainfall?

Here is a table showing the rainfall through April 14th from the primary observing sites in North and Central Alabama, the ranking of that rainfall for 2014, and the record rainfall and year of that record. All of this data comes from published reports and databases from the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Since we are at the halfway point in the month, if the second half of the month is as rainy as the first half, we will likely see most observing sites reaching values putting April, 2014, into the top 15 of our all time wettest Aprils.

City Rainfall Ranking Record/Year Birmingham 6.20″ 30th 13.75″/1979 Tuscaloosa 6.22″ 16th 14.41″/1979 Anniston 5.13″ 20th 17.30″/1979 Calera 6.31″ Unknown Unknown Montgomery 5.84″ 33rd 15.94″/1912 Muscle Shoals 3.19″ 39th 12.81″/1983 Huntsville 3.77″ 30th 14.00″/1911 Troy 6.67″ Unknown Unknown

The next few days are expected to be dry, but some limited showers are forecast to return around Friday.

-Brian-

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Storm Totals in Latest Rain

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:36

Below is a compilation of rainfall reports made by the National Weather Service office in Birmingham for the latest rain event. Rainfall totals varied from as little as 1 inch to just over 3 inches. The majority of the reporting stations fell in the range of 1.50″ to 2.25″. The resultant runoff has pushed some rivers and streams back above flood stage with flood warnings currently posted on portions of the Tombigbee River, the Alabama River, and the Black Warrior River.

On top of the rain, we have some late season cold air to deal with, too. Temperatures today will feel more like January with readings holding in the 40s with a stiff north to northwest wind. By Wednesday morning, temperature values are likely to fall below freezing generally along and north of the Interstate 20 corridor and into the lower and middle 30s from the I-20 corridor southward into South Alabama. Consider taking protective action for any plants and vegetation that could be adversely affected by freezing temperatures.

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 151306 PNSBMX ALZ011>015-017>050-160105- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 805 AM CDT TUE APR 15 2014 ...LATEST 48 HOUR RAINFALL REPORTS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA... LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON ...AUTAUGA... 2 NE PRATTVILLE 1.99 IN 0747 AM 04/15 32.49N/86.42W 1 NNW PRATTVILLE 1.32 IN 0743 AM 04/15 32.48N/86.45W 2 SE PRATTVILLE 1.27 IN 0755 AM 04/15 32.44N/86.43W ...BARBOUR... CLAYTON 1.21 IN 0600 AM 04/15 31.88N/85.48W 7 SSW FLORENCE MARINA STATE PA 1.13 IN 0752 AM 04/15 32.01N/85.09W ...BIBB... 6 SW CENTREVILLE 1.81 IN 0600 AM 04/15 32.87N/87.24W 1 NNE BRENT 1.61 IN 0726 AM 04/15 32.96N/87.17W ...BULLOCK... 7 WSW UNION SPRINGS 1.69 IN 0747 AM 04/15 32.10N/85.83W ...CALHOUN... 1 ENE BYNUM 1.96 IN 0746 AM 04/15 33.62N/85.94W 2 E FORT MCCLELLAN 1.61 IN 0746 AM 04/15 33.72N/85.76W ANNISTON ARPT ASOS 1.49 IN 0653 AM 04/15 33.59N/85.86W JACKSONVILLE ST UNIV 1.15 IN 0630 AM 04/15 33.83N/85.76W ...CHAMBERS... FIVE POINTS 1.19 IN 0753 AM 04/15 33.02N/85.35W ...CHEROKEE... WEISS DAM POWER HOUSE 0.80 IN 0700 AM 04/15 34.13N/85.80W ...CHILTON... 4 NE THORSBY 1.90 IN 0744 AM 04/15 32.96N/86.67W ...CLAY... 2 ENE ASHLAND 3.11 IN 0731 AM 04/15 33.28N/85.80W 3 NE LINEVILLE 2.41 IN 0753 AM 04/15 33.35N/85.72W ...CLEBURNE... 2 W HEFLIN 1.28 IN 0714 AM 04/15 33.65N/85.63W ...DALLAS... SELMA 1.26 IN 0600 AM 04/15 32.41N/87.02W ...ELMORE... 2 S TALLASSEE 2.00 IN 0536 AM 04/15 32.50N/85.89W ...ETOWAH... SARDIS CITY 0.99 IN 0754 AM 04/15 34.17N/86.11W ...FAYETTE... 3 S BERRY 1.89 IN 0630 AM 04/15 33.62N/87.61W ...GREENE... GAINESVILLE 2.45 IN 0500 AM 04/15 32.83N/88.13W ...HALE... WARRIOR LOCK AND DAM 2.10 IN 0530 AM 04/15 32.77N/87.83W ...JEFFERSON... 1 WSW LEEDS 2.79 IN 0755 AM 04/15 33.54N/86.57W 3 NE FAIRFIELD 2.32 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.52N/86.88W CITY SEWAGE PLT 1.86 IN 1200 AM 04/15 33.39N/87.01W 4 NW ARGO 1.65 IN 0630 AM 04/15 33.72N/86.56W BIRMINGHAM ARPT ASOS 1.64 IN 0653 AM 04/15 33.57N/86.75W VESTAVIA HILLS 1.58 IN 0751 AM 04/15 33.43N/86.78W 1 NW TRUSSVILLE 1.53 IN 0752 AM 04/15 33.65N/86.62W 2 NE HOOVER 1.50 IN 0756 AM 04/15 33.40N/86.80W 4 NNE PINSON 1.38 IN 0744 AM 04/15 33.74N/86.64W ...LAMAR... 6 WNW VERNON 2.19 IN 0755 AM 04/15 33.79N/88.21W 5 W MILLPORT 1.75 IN 0753 AM 04/15 33.55N/88.17W ...LEE... AUBURN 1.73 IN 0655 AM 04/15 32.62N/85.43W 3 NNE AUBURN 1.44 IN 0752 AM 04/15 32.63N/85.47W 2 NW OPELIKA 1.35 IN 0755 AM 04/15 32.68N/85.40W ...MACON... 9 ESE NOTASULGA 2.06 IN 0726 AM 04/15 32.48N/85.56W ...MARENGO... LOCK AND DAM 2.20 IN 0600 AM 04/15 32.52N/87.88W DEMOPOLIS 2.20 IN 0753 AM 04/15 32.52N/87.84W ...MARION... 3 S HAMILTON 2.12 IN 0700 AM 04/15 34.10N/87.99W ...MONTGOMERY... 5 E MONTGOMERY 1.81 IN 0756 AM 04/15 32.35N/86.19W MONTGOMERY DANNELLY FIELD 1.55 IN 0653 AM 04/15 32.30N/86.41W 7 WSW SHORTER 1.36 IN 0751 AM 04/15 32.37N/86.06W 6 SW MONTGOMERY 1.18 IN 0800 PM 04/14 32.26N/86.22W ...PERRY... 9 WNW MAPLESVILLE 1.45 IN 0741 AM 04/15 32.83N/87.04W ...PICKENS... ALICEVILLE LOCK AND DAM 3.49 IN 0500 AM 04/15 33.21N/88.29W ...PIKE... TROY MUNICIPAL APT 1.43 IN 0653 AM 04/15 31.78N/85.95W ...RANDOLPH... R.L. HARRIS DAM 2.06 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.25N/85.62W WADLEY NR 2 1.24 IN 0530 AM 04/15 33.13N/85.58W ...RUSSELL... HURTSBORO 1.05 IN 0749 AM 04/15 32.24N/85.42W ...SHELBY... SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT 1.98 IN 0653 AM 04/15 33.18N/86.78W 3 SE PELHAM 1.86 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.27N/86.76W 2 SSW PELHAM 1.70 IN 0716 AM 04/15 33.27N/86.81W 1 SE HELENA 1.67 IN 0753 AM 04/15 33.27N/86.83W 1 SW MEADOWBROOK 1.66 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.39N/86.71W 1 WNW HELENA 1.58 IN 0755 AM 04/15 33.30N/86.87W 3 N CHELSEA 1.58 IN 0752 AM 04/15 33.37N/86.64W 1 S HELENA 1.34 IN 0755 AM 04/15 33.27N/86.86W ...ST. CLAIR... LOGAN MARTIN DAM 1.52 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.43N/86.33W 2 SSW MARGARET 1.33 IN 0728 AM 04/15 33.66N/86.49W 2 E MARGARET 1.31 IN 0755 AM 04/15 33.69N/86.44W ...SUMTER... 1 SSW LIVINGSTON 2.81 IN 0630 AM 04/15 32.57N/88.19W ...TALLADEGA... WATER PLANT 2.40 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.21N/86.21W 1 ENE TALLADEGA 1.66 IN 0726 AM 04/15 33.44N/86.08W ...TUSCALOOSA... 12 S BERRY 2.39 IN 0630 AM 04/15 33.48N/87.60W OLIVER LOCK AND DAM 2.23 IN 0400 AM 04/15 33.21N/87.59W 11 SSE HOLT 2.20 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.08N/87.40W TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT 2.15 IN 0653 AM 04/15 33.22N/87.61W 5 W NORTHPORT 2.06 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.24N/87.69W 2 NE HOLT 1.82 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.25N/87.45W 8 NE VANCE 1.62 IN 0750 AM 04/15 33.27N/87.16W 14 N BROOKWOOD 1.18 IN 0700 AM 04/15 33.46N/87.35W ...WALKER... 2 ENE JASPER 1.46 IN 0754 AM 04/15 33.86N/87.24W ...WINSTON... ADDISON 1.50 IN 0630 AM 04/15 34.20N/87.18W 3 NNE HALEYVILLE 1.29 IN 0656 AM 04/15 34.28N/87.60W OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. $$ NWS BIRMINGHAM AL
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Raw, Cold Day Ahead

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 06:16

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MORE LIKE JANUARY: This won’t be a “Chamber of Commerce” kind of day around here as strong north winds of 15-30 mph usher in much colder air. Places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston will struggle to reach the low to mid 50s today, and many communities to the north of these cities won’t get out of the 40s.

We begin the day with clouds and some drizzle; we will forecast gradual clearing this afternoon. But, it will be a raw day.

FREEZE WARNING TONIGHT: Most of Alabama is under a freeze warning for late tonight and early tomorrow. Not much change in our thinking; the sky will become clear tonight and the wind will die down, setting up a late season freeze.

The range tomorrow morning for most communities will be from around 25 to 35 degrees. The colder readings will be in valleys; some ridge tops will avoid a freeze with mid 30s, but even there frost is likely. It is possible some of the coldest places (like Black Creek and Valley Head) will reach the low 20s.

Most places across North/Central Alabama will be below freezing for about 3 to 4 hours. And, the record low for Birmingham tomorrow (April 16) of 32, set in 1983, is very much in danger. Growers will need to protect all tender plants and vegetation tonight.

On the positive side, it is likely this is the last freeze threat of the season around here.

A warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon with a sunny sky as we rise into the mid 60s, and upper 60s are likely Thursday.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: We will bring in the chance of rain showers statewide Friday. This won’t be a heavy rain event, and there won’t be any severe weather, but confidence is high there will be some rain at times during the day Friday, and possibly Friday night; Friday’s high will be around 70 degrees.

The news for the weekend is generally good. Both the GFS/ECMWF models are suggesting the chance of a shower Saturday is very small, and most places will be dry, and Sunday for now looks like a dry day with a decent amount of sun. Highs over the weekend will be in the mid 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Moisture levels rise and a few showers are possible Monday and Tuesday, but it doesn’t look like a big rain event. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Clearing today in the zone from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but windy and cool with a high in the low 60s. Lots of sun tomorrow with a high in the upper 60s on the immediate coast. A few widely scattered showers are possible Thursday and Friday, then expect mostly sunny weather over the weekend. Highs Saturday and Sunday on the coast will be in the low 70s, with mid 70s inland.

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEATHER RADIO? We will be at Academy Sports on Skyland Blvd in Tuscaloosa tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30… we will program your weather radio, or be glad to answer questions if you have them.

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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Busy day ahead… I have weather programs today at Paine Primary School in Trussville, and at Alexandria Elementary in Calhoun County. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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