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Big Cool-Down This Weekend

7 hours 13 min ago

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WARM THROUGH MID-WEEK: It is a mostly sunny and warm afternoon across the great state of Alabama, with temperatures mostly in the low to mid 80s. Tomorrow will be dry and even warmer, with a partly sunny sky and a high in the upper 80s, well above the average high of 80 for October 1 (in Birmingham).

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Thursday will be another very warm day with upper 80s along with a mix of sun and clouds, but moisture levels will rise, and a few scattered showers or storms could break out during the afternoon and evening hours. Then, late Thursday night into the daytime hours Friday, a band of organized showers and storms will roll through Alabama ahead of a sharp cold front.

Looks like the main window for showers and storms ahead of the front will come from about 3:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Friday. There will be sufficient instability (over 1,000 j/kg CAPE) for a few strong storms, but organized severe weather is not likely with the surface low and main upper support well to the north. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 3/4 inch are likely over the northern half of the state, with isolated totals over one inch.

COOL WEEKEND: The 12Z model runs have come in cooler for the weekend. Saturday will feature a cobalt blue sky and maximum sunshine along with a stiff north breeze; many communities from Birmingham north won’t make it out of the 60s. Sunday will be another bright sunny day with a high in the 70s. Many North/Central Alabama communities will visit the 40s early Saturday and Sunday morning for the first time this season.

A secondary cold front moves through Monday, and I guess we might consider a small risk of a shower with that feature, but the air will be very dry, and signifiant rain doesn’t look likely. Then, pleasant really fall weather is the story Tuesday through Thursday with only a slow warming trend. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Showers are possible for high school football games across North/Central Alabama Thursday evening with temperatures in the 70s. Showers and storms Friday should end by kickoff time Friday evening for most stadiums across North and Central Alabama; temperatures will fall into the 60s during the games Friday night.

Saturday, Alabama travels to Ole Miss for a game that kicks off at 2:30 in Oxford. The weather could not be better. Total sunshine, about 72 degrees at kickoff with low humidity and a pleasant north breeze. Temperatures will fall into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

Auburn hosts LSU Saturday evening (6:00p kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Again, a perfect night for football. A clear sky; 63 degrees at kickoff, with 50s by the fourth quarter. Zero chance of rain.

UAB plays at Western Kentucky Saturday evening (6:00p kickoff)… it will be a clear, cool night in Bowling Green with 58 degrees at kickoff, then about 50 degrees by the fourth quarter. You will need a light jacket.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny and warm tomorrow from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with highs in the 80s. An afternoon shower is possible Thursday, followed by a better coverage of showers and storms Friday. The weekend will be beautiful with sunshine in full supply and a high around 80 degrees.

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Warm Through Mid-Week

16 hours 23 min ago

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WARM AFTERNOONS: Alabama’s weather will be warm and dry through tomorrow with mostly sunny warm afternoons; we expect a high in the mid 80s, and some spots will see upper 80s tomorrow, well above our average high of 80 degrees (Birmingham data) for October 1.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Moisture levels begin to rise on Thursday. The weather stays very warm, with a high in the mid to upper 80s, and we will introduce the risk of scattered showers by Thursday afternoon. But, the better chance of showers and storms will come Friday as a cold front moves into our state. We project rain amounts of 1/2 to 3/4 inch for most communities, and we can’t rule out a strong storm or two.

West of Alabama, SPC has defined the standard “slight risk” of severe weather for much of Arkansas and Missouri, ahead of the front, for Thursday, but there is no formal severe weather risk Friday. The primary dynamic support will be north of our state, which should prevent organized severe weather from being an issue, but there is clearly the chance of strong storms with surface based CAPE values expected exceed 1,000 j/kg.

There is a decent chance the rain will end by the time high school football games begin Friday night, especially from Birmingham north and west.

COOL WEEKEND: The coolest air so far this season will blow into Alabama Friday night. The weekend will feature a brilliantly sunny sky Saturday and Sunday; highs in the 70s, and morning lows between 45 and 52 degrees. You might even need a light jacket if you will be out early in the day. Picture perfect fall weather.

The dry weather continues into early next week with just a slow warming trend. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Showers are possible for high school football games across North/Central Alabama Thursday evening with temperatures in the 70s. Showers and storms Friday should end by kickoff time Friday evening from Birmingham north and west, but some rain could linger east and south of Birmingham for the first half of some of the games. Temperatures Friday evening will fall into the 60s with a fresh north breeze developing.

Saturday, Alabama travels to Ole Miss for a game that kicks off at 2:30 in Oxford. The weather could not be better. Total sunshine, about 74 degrees at kickoff with low humidity and a pleasant north breeze. Temperatures will fall into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

Auburn hosts LSU Saturday evening (6:00p kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Again, a perfect night for football. A clear sky; 68 degrees at kickoff, with potential for upper 50s by the fourth quarter. Zero chance of rain.

UAB plays at Western Kentucky Saturday evening (6:00p kickoff)… it will be a clear, cool night in Bowling Green with 62 degrees at kickoff, and low 50s by the fourth quarter. You will need a light jacket.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny and warm today and tomorrow from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with highs in the 80s. An afternoon shower is possible Thursday, followed by a better coverage of showers and storms Friday. The weekend will be beautiful with sunshine in full supply and a high around 80 degrees.

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WeatherBrains 453: Bringing Out the Manure

17 hours 44 min ago

WeatherBrains Episode 453 is now online (September 29, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest Panelist forecasts weather on weekend mornings and reports weekdays for KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City. She joined KOCO 5’s First Alert Storm Team in 2011. Dozier holds the CBM (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society, the highest professional certification from the nation’s premier organization for broadcast meteorologists.

Dozier started her broadcast career in Abilene, Texas, where she worked for more than four years forecasting weather on the southern fringe of “Tornado Alley.” She helped produce and edit an AP-award-winning 30-minute weather show while serving there. Danielle Dozier, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is the show’s Resident Astronomer. He is a regular contributor as well. He is a Solar System Ambassador with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Tony Rice, welcome to the show.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 99 at Death Valley, CA, and 23 at Bodie State Park, CA
  • Kevin is moving to Wichita Falls, TX
  • Slight risk for severe storms next couple of days in Central US
  • Lots of Hail in Colorado today
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer details the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Diagnosing the atmosphere to make a forecast requires lots of resources, so for this episode of 101 we take a look at one of the indices that helps to identify instability, the lifted index.

    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 453:

    Solar Ambassadors Web Page

    KOCO-TV Weather Page

    Kevin’s New Station

    WeatherBrains T-shirt Selfies

    Picks of the Week:

    Danielle Dozier – About Bowling

    Nate Johnson – Flight Dumps Fuel for Emergency Landing

    Brian Peters – Hail Pictures from Colorado

    Tony Rice – Picture Pointers for Astronomy Photography

    John Scala – 1927 St. Louis Tornado Destruction

    Kevin Selle – Fog Video

    Rick Smith – Article: Why Rumors Outrace the Truth Online

    James Spann – ello Web Page

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – AMS Bookstore

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, 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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    Cold Front Arrives Friday

    Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:31

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    RADAR CHECK: A few showers are over Central Alabama this afternoon… from near Thomaston to Orrville to Billingsley to Alexander City… they are moving southeast…

    There is a wide spread of temperatures, with 80s over West Alabama, and mostly 70s east of I-65.

    TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: Alabama’s weather will be warm and dry on these two days; with a good supply of sunshine we project highs in the mid 80s. Some West Alabama communities will see upper 80s on Wednesday, the first day of October, when the average high is 80 degrees (in Birmingham).

    COLD FRONT LATE THIS WEEK: Low level moisture begins to return Thursday, and a few scattered afternoon showers are possible… but showers and storms are more likely late Thursday night and during the day Friday ahead of a well defined cold front. Seems like this has potential to bring much of the state around 1/2 inch of rain, with a few isolated amounts over one inch.

    Thunderstorms are possible Friday ahead of the front, but parameters don’t seem to favor any signifiant severe weather risk across the Deep South. A decent chance the rain ends by the time high school football games begin Friday night.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Could not be any better. A cool, dry airmass rolls into the state, and both days will feature sunshine in full supply with highs in the 70s, and lows well down in the 50s. Many communities across North/Central Alabama could very well see upper 40s at daybreak Sunday.

    Dry weather continues into early next week with just a slow day to day warming trend. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

    TROPICS: A low pressure center is near Bermuda, in the Atlantic, and is moving northeast. Development is not expected there, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

    AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny and warm weather is likely tomorrow and Wednesday from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with highs in the 80s. A few scattered showers and storms are possible Thursday, with showers and storms becoming more numerous Friday. Then, a picture perfect weekend is ahead on the coast with sunny days, fair nights, and highs around 80 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. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    I enjoyed seeing the 6th graders today at Clanton Middle School… 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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    Cold Front Due In Here Late This Week

    Mon, 09/29/2014 - 06:21

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    SUNDAY RAIN WAS A NO SHOW: On my last forecast shift Friday, it looked like a decent part of Alabama, especially south and east of Birmingham, would have a beneficial rain event yesterday and last night. Needless to say, it never happened. The high precipitable water values advertised by models never arrived, and dynamic support was weak and disorganized.

    We will still mention the risk of a few showers today; we have light rain falling this morning in scattered pockets across the state. Some of the heaviest rain at daybreak was just north of Montgomery. The sun should break out later today, and the high will be close to 80 degrees.

    TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: These two days will be warm and dry with a good supply of sunshine. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 80s; some West Alabama communities might even see upper 80s Wednesday… it won’t feel like the first day of October.

    THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A well defined cold front with good upper support will swing through the state at the end of the week. A few showers could break out Thursday afternoon or Thursday night, but it looks like the rain chance of showers and storms will come during the day Friday. There will be a limited degree of instability, so some thunder is possible, but for now severe weather does not look likely. Rain amounts of around 1/2 inch can be expected, with totals up to one inch possible where heavier storms develop along the front. Based on global model output, there is a decent chance most of the rain will end by the time high school football games begin Friday night, but no guarantee.

    REFRESHING WEEKEND: A nice cool, dry airmass will roll into Alabama following the front Friday night, and will set the stage for a very nice weekend. Sunny days, fair nights… highs in the 70s, and lows in the 50s. Some of the cooler spots could visit the 40s early Sunday morning across North/Central Alabama.

    Dry weather continues into early next week with a slow warming trend. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

    TROPICS: A weak disturbance is well east of the U.S. in the Atlantic, and conditions do not favor development. Bottom line is that tropical storm formation is not expected this week in the Atlantic basin.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: A few showers and storms today on the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but tomorrow and Wednesday should feature a good supply of sunshine with highs in the 80s. Showers and storms return late in the week Thursday night and Friday, but the weekend ahead looks delightful with ample sunshine both days and a high around 80 degrees with low humidity.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    I have a weather program this morning at Clanton Middle School in Chilton County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    Gulf of Mexico: Friend or Foe for Rain Fans

    Sun, 09/28/2014 - 18:04

    The Gulf of Mexico can be the friend as well as the enemy of wet weather systems for Central Alabama, and so far it has been the enemy of this one. I know, I know. You wet weather fans have heard it before. The Gulf of Mexico moisture was cut off by convection along the coast. But this time it is more a factor of waiting on the front to move north as the upper trough over the western Gulf of Mexico moves only grudgingly to the east and we wait on a surface low to form to our south.

    NEVER FEAR: Rain is on the way, but amounts will be on the lighter side it appears. That’s not good news, since we continue to be dry across Central Alabama. Much of the area has received less than 75% of its average rainfall over the past 60 days. And now drought conditions have crept into a large part of the area as well, especially from Jefferson and Shelby Counties back to Bibb County then eastward to Chambers County.

    A CHECK OF RADARS LATE THIS AFTERNOON: Shows that showers were trying to organize along the I-85 corridor in East Central Alabama. Others formed at peak heating from Bibb down through Marion Counties, but those have since mostly fallen apart. It now appears that there will be chances of scattered mainly light showers from the band near I-85 through the evening hours with a better area of rain developing over South Central Alabama after midnight and pushing into Georgia as a surface low forms over the northeastern Gulf.

    This means the heaviest rainfall will be over South Central and Southeast Alabama and into southern Georgia.

    Overnight lows tonight will be in the 60s with highs tomorrow probably limited to the 70s with a considerable clouds and a few leftover showers.

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    Mostly Cloudy with Rain Tonight

    Sun, 09/28/2014 - 06:59

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    Moisture increased overnight across Central Alabama as seen by mostly cloudy skies this morning, however, the rain has been much slower to develop and move into our area. It looks like we’ll stay mostly cloudy for much of the day with rain becoming likely tonight and the first part of Monday. Heaviest rains are likely to stay south of the Clanton area mainly along and south of the I-85 corridor. Due to the clouds afternoon high temperatures will only reach the upper 70s. A few spots could edge to near 82 if you experience a break in the cloud cover.

    Rain should spread into the area late today and into early Monday as the upper short wave trough moves slowly by and moisture values go up with good southerly surface flow. Precipitable water values top out tonight and early Monday near 2 inches from the Birmingham area southward. The short wave trough moves east of us on Monday afternoon so I expect to see slow clearing from the west during the afternoon. With the trough along the East Coast, we come under a weak ridge for the middle of the week with dry weather and afternoon temperatures climbing back into the mid 80s.

    Late Thursday a strong trough is forecast to dig into the Central Plains with a surface low developing in Kansas and moving northeastward into the Great Lakes on Friday. This will bring another round of wet weather to Central Alabama with a cold front traversing our area on Friday. The latest model guidance suggests that the rain will be ending by afternoon, so high school football games Friday night may be dry. This far out we’ll have to watch the timing of this system and adjust the forecast as needed. The deep trough should usher some much cooler air into the Southeast US with lows over the weekend in the 50s and highs only in the 70s. Some spots may well see lows dipping into the 40s.

    Beach goers will see wet weather today and Monday but the weather should improve for the middle of the week until Friday. A flash flood watch is in effect through this afternoon for the coastal areas of Alabama and Northwest Florida. High temperatures will be in the lower 80s. Water temperatures have begun cooling with values in the upper 70s.

    Looking ahead into week 2 or voodoo country, the pattern stays fairly active with a weak ridge developing for the 4th through the 9th of October. But the GFS is progging another deep trough around the 12th to 13th that would bring another round of storms to the area.

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    James Spann Charles Daniel Bill Murray Brian Peters E-Warn (AL wx watches/warnings)

    James Spann will have the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video on Monday morning. Watch for additional notes here on the latest weather developments. Enjoy your day and Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Dry Today, Rain Tomorrow

    Sat, 09/27/2014 - 14:22

    For most of the state today, we are seeing partly sunny to mostly cloudy conditions. Temps are staying a few degrees cooler as well, with most locations hanging in the upper 70s this afternoon. It continues to be dry across the entire state, and we are not expecting to see much in the way rain for the rest of your Saturday. Any plans you have this evening should see mild and dry weather.

    However, the atmosphere over the state is in the process of becoming saturated as dew points are increasing from south to north across the state. Showers and storms have developed across the North-Central Gulf and these will move north overnight. As moisture levels continue to increase, we will begin to see an upper-level trough approaching the region, and this trough will be enhancing uplift across the Southeast. During the overnight hours, we are looking for showers and storms to develop and spread across much of the area. A soaking rain should set in tonight and last through much of Sunday as well into Monday. Model data continues to paint a soggy picture for Central Alabama as 1-2 inches of rain are in the forecast.

    As we look as the latest 48 hour QPF output for rainfall totals from this evening until Monday evening, it shows much of the state will see plenty of rain. This afternoon’s model run has actually increased totals across the state, and rainfall totals closer to two inches are forecast, with possibly three inch totals in some areas. We will be watching for the threat of flooding in some localized areas, but as dry as it as been lately, we should be okay. Nevertheless, from tonight through Monday, be prepared for a soaking rain, and make sure you have the rain gear handy.

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    Nice Day Before Rain Event

    Sat, 09/27/2014 - 07:25

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    Central Alabama should remain dry today with a surface high pressure system located off to our northeast. The high, however, is also creating a wedge or cold air damming situation with moisture and clouds from the east working into East Central and Southeast Alabama. In the upper atmosphere, we have a complex pattern with a weakness in the 500 millibar flow that is working its way through the upper ridge while a major trough remains over the Southwest US. This weakness will work its way southeastward Sunday as the surface flow comes around to the south allowing moisture to increase and bring rain chances up rapidly Saturday night and early Sunday. Sunday and Sunday night look to be wet with heavy rain possible. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely across the area for a good soaking rain. Clouds and rain will also keep temperatures down with highs in the 70s.

    Flooding is not expected to be a major issue because conditions have been dry. But the potential for some spots to get heavy rain means we’ll need to watch the flooding potential as the event unfolds. Isolated thunderstorms are possible but instability does not appear to be high enough for severe weather. SPC has a slight risk area over the Southwest US for Day 1 and none for Days 2 and 3.

    For football interests today, Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech at 3:00 pm at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The sky will be mostly cloudy with a kickoff temperature near 80 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter. Just a slight risk of a shower during the fourth quarter of the game. And UAB will host Florida International at 2:30 pm at Legion Field in Birmingham with a partly sunny sky and about 82 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle.

    Scattered showers are expected along the Gulf Coast today and the beach should be relatively wet Sunday with occasional showers and storms. Highs will hold in the 80s. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s.

    The weak disturbance moves by us by Tuesday bringing an end to the rain. Weak ridging will develop behind this weak disturbance as the major trough over the Southwest US moves northeastward into the North Central US. This should bring us dry weather for the middle of the week from Tuesday to Thursday. Highs will be in the 80s with lows mainly in the 60s.

    By Friday the deep trough to our west will be getting closer and an approaching cold front is likely to ramp up the rain chances for the end of the week. This could mean good rain chances for Friday night football games. This is far enough into the future that timing of the front could change.

    Looking well into the future, the GFS is holding a sizable trough over the eastern half of the country through October 7th with the upper ridge building over the eastern US from the 8th through the 12th. By the end of the period around October 12th, another strong trough is forecast over the Rockies moving eastward. So it looks like October could be more active than we typically see.

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    I’ll have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted Sunday morning by 8 am or so. Enjoy the dry day before a wet Sunday. Godspeed.

    -Brian-

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    Rain Before The Weekend Is Over

    Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:32

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    PLEASANT AFTERNOON: We have a mix of sun and clouds across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures around 80 degrees; a few sprinkles are on radar from near Lake Martin over to Opelika and Lafayette, but most of the state is dry.

    OUR WEEKEND: The daytime hours tomorrow still look rain-free with some sun at times and a high in the 79-83 degrees range. Then, after midnight tomorrow night, a big mass of rain should move into Alabama thanks to a short wave moving out of Texas, which spins up a broad surface low near the Gulf Coast. Sunday looks like a wet day statewide; precipitable water values are expected to exceed two inches, meaning the rain could be heavy in spots. We project average rain amounts of one inch, but some communities, especially south and east of Birmingham, could see two inches or even more.

    Thunderstorms are possible Sunday, but severe weather is not expected. We won’t get out of the 70s because of clouds and rain.

    NEXT WEEK: The 12Z model set hints the rain should end very early Monday, with the sky becoming partly sunny by Monday afternoon. Then, the weather will be warm and dry Tuesday through Thursday with a good supply of sunshine each day with highs up in the mid 80s.

    A cold front will bring a chance of showers one week from today (Friday October 3), then cooler and drier air moves in for the following weekend (October 4-5). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tonight; the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

    Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

    UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle.

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

    AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms will begin to form tomorrow on the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, and Sunday looks wet with showers and storms likely. Then, much of next week will be dry with sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be in the 70s over the weekend due to clouds and showers, but then back in the 80s next week.

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    Look for the kids from Ashland Elementary in Clay County on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News… my next Weather Xtreme video will be produced early Monday morning by 7:00 a.m… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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    Rain Returns To Alabama Sunday

    Fri, 09/26/2014 - 06:19

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    STILL DRY TODAY: Expect sunshine today through high clouds and a high in the 80-85 degree range across the great state of Alabama. The high resolution HRRR model does show a few very small, isolated showers this afternoon, but the low levels are very dry and we won’t mention any significant risk of rain.

    WEEKEND WEATHER CHANGES: I still believe most of the state will be dry during the day tomorrow with a mix of sun and clouds and a high between 82 and 85 degrees. I guess the mention of a “slight chance” of an late afternoon shower is appropriate as moisture levels begin to rise.

    A significant rain event is likely late tomorrow night through Sunday night for our state as an upper trough moves in from the west, a broad surface low forms near the Gulf Coast, and deep moisture moves up from the south. Models still suggest precipitable water values of 2 inches or more, which suggests the rain could be heavy at times….

    The main window for rain opens up around midnight tomorrow night, with occasional rain and thunderstorms continuing for 24-36 hours. Average rain amounts of 1 inch can be expected, but clearly some places could see over two inches, especially south and east of Birmingham. The lighter rain amounts should be over the northwest counties of the state.

    Severe storms are not expected, and we won’t get out of the 70s Sunday with clouds and rain.

    NEXT WEEK: The rain should begin to exit the state Monday, but we will maintain the risk of lingering showers, especially during the morning hours. Then, dry and warm weather is likely Tuesday through Thursday with highs up in the mid 80s.

    A significant cold front arrives Friday (one week from today, October 3) with a chance of showers, and it looks like the coolest air so far this fall will move in for the following weekend (October 4-5). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tonight; the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

    Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter. Just a slight risk of a shower during the fourth quarter of the game.

    UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. Small risk of a shower by the fourth quarter.

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

    GULF COAST WEATHER: A good supply of sunshine today from Panama City to Gulf Shores, but showers and storms develop tomorrow, becoming widespread Sunday with little, if any sunshine. Then, for next week, just a few lingering showers Monday, followed by dry weather Tuesday through Thursday. Highs will be generally in the 80s.

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    Weather Changes This Weekend

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:19

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    DRY WEATHER CONTINUES: Very nice conditions across Alabama today with sunshine through high clouds and temperatures mostly in the low 80s. Humidity values low, and it feels very comfortable. The weather won’t change much tomorrow; partly to mostly sunny with a high between 81 and 84 degrees for most communities.

    OUR WEEKEND: Some big changes, but the daytime hours Saturday look generally dry with a mix of sun and clouds. I do think we need to mention the chance of a shower late Saturday afternoon, however, with showers and storms becoming more likely Saturday night as we get some upper support moving in from the west.

    Sunday looks like a very wet day for the state. A plume of very high precipitable water values is aimed at Alabama and Georgia…

    We will highlight rain and storms Sunday with potential for heavy rain at times; rain amounts of one to two inches look likely. A strong storm can’t be ruled out, but the chance of organized severe weather at this point looks low. We won’t get out of the 70s because of clouds and rain.

    NEXT WEEK: The 12Z GFS keeps rain going over the state at least part of the day Monday, but drier air moves in for Tuesday and Wednesday. It will be warm during the mid-week period with highs in the mid 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tonight and tomorrow night; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

    Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter. We will need to mention a slight risk of a shower during the second half of the game.

    UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. Small risk of a shower by the fourth quarter.

    TROPICS: NHC continues to identify a weak disturbance over the Central Atlantic, about halfway between the Lesser Antilles and the coast of Africa, but conditions don’t favor any development.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Lots of sunshine on the coast today and tomorrow, but scattered showers are possible Saturday, followed by a relatively wet day Sunday with occasional showers and storms. Highs will hold in the 80s; sea water temperatures are near 80 degrees.

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    I enjoyed seeing all the kids this morning at Ashland Elementary School in Clay County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    Rain Returns To Alabama Sunday

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:04

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    ANOTHER FINE FALL MORNING: Many North/Central Alabama communities are in the 50s again this morning with a clear sky and light wind. Dry, continental air continues to cover our state, and today and tomorrow will be dry with mostly sunny warm afternoons.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday looks generally dry and warm with a high in the mid 80s. We do note the NAM model tries to squeeze out a shower or two late in the day, but for now we won’t mention any significant risk of rain. But, on Sunday our weather turns wet with occasional showers and thunderstorms likely thanks to a short wave approaching from the west, and deeper moisture moving up from the south. Looks like we can expect rain amounts of around one inch, with potential for heavier amounts in a few spots. Severe storms are not expected Sunday.

    NEXT WEEK: The main support moves east of Alabama Monday, so while there could be a few lingering showers, the bigger rains will be over Georgia and the Carolinas. We trend toward dry weather Tuesday, although the 00Z GFS still hints at clouds over North Alabama, and maybe even a lingering shower near the Georgia border. Wednesday and Thursday look dry, with potential for another rain event at the end of the week on Friday (October 3). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tonight and tomorrow night; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

    Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

    UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle.

    TROPICS: NHC identifies a weak disturbance over the Central Atlantic, about halfway between the Lesser Antilles and the coast of Africa, but conditions don’t favor any development.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Lots of sunshine on the coast today and tomorrow, but scattered showers are possible Saturday, followed by a relatively wet day Sunday with occasional showers and storms. Highs will hold in the 80s; the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 78 degrees.

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    I have a weather program this morning at Ashland Elementary School in Clay County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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    Warm Afternoons, Pleasant Nights

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:29

    **No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am traveling to Atlanta where I will be recording two episodes of “Weather Geeks” that will air on the Weather Channel later this month and in early October**

    SUNNY DAY: Nothing but severe clear across the great state of Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are headed toward the low 80s and the humidity levels will remain low. We don’t expect much change through Friday; mostly sunny warm days and fair pleasant nights with a slow warming trend. We should reach the mid 80s by Friday afternoon.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday still looks warm and dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the mid 80s. But, the 12Z GFS looks pretty wet for Sunday with a nice short wave moving in from the west, and moist air moving up from the south. We will forecast occasional showers and storms Sunday with a mostly cloudy sky and a high in the mid to upper 70s.

    NEXT WEEK: Energy moves east of Alabama Monday, and while a few lingering showers are possible over the eastern counties, a decent part of the day should be dry. Then, dry weather is likely for mid-week Tuesday through Thursday with highs in the low 80s.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tomorrow and Friday nights; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

    Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

    UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. No threat of rain.

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

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Then, a shower is possible in a few spots Saturday, with showers and storms becoming more likely on the coast Sunday. Highs will be in the 80s with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

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    I enjoyed seeing the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders today at Blountsville Elementary… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM tomorrow at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News. And, the next Weather Xtreme video will be here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    Slow Warming Trend Through Friday

    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 05:54

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    ANOTHER NICE MORNING: Most North/Central Alabama communities are in the 50s early this morning with a clear sky and light wind. Expect a good supply of sunshine today with a high around 80 degrees as the fie early fall weather continues.

    TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Dry with a slow warming trend; we will be in the mid 80s by Friday.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday is still looking warm and dry with a high in the mid 80s and a partly sunny sky, but a short wave and increasing moisture levels will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms back to the state Sunday. Some places won’t make it out of the 70s Sunday due to clouds and occasional showers.

    NEXT WEEK: The 00Z GFS hints the best chance of rain will shift east of Alabama Monday, followed by dry and warm weather Tuesday through Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games tomorrow and Friday nights; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

    Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

    UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. No threat of rain.

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

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Friday. A few scattered showers will show up this weekend, but there will still be a decent amount of sunshine. Highs will remain in the 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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    I will be doing a weather program this morning at Blountsville Elementary School in Blount County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

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    Another Cool Night Ahead

    Tue, 09/23/2014 - 15:45

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    VERY NICE: What a great afternoon across Alabama. Full sunshine, low humidity, and comfortable temperatures. Most locations are around 80 degrees…

    It will be cool again tonight; most places will enjoy a low between 52 and 56 degrees early tomorrow morning. Just right for early fall.

    REST OF THE WEEK: The air stays dry, so we expect mostly sunny days, fair nights, and just a slow day to day warming trend through Friday.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be a partly sunny and warm day with a high in the mid 80s, then we will mention the risk of a shower or storm in scattered spots Sunday afternoon as moist air returns to the state. The showers Sunday won’t be widespread, and global models hint the best coverage will be west of our state.

    Scattered showers and storms remain possible early next week on Monday and Tuesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    FOOTBALL WEATHER: Delightful conditions for high school games Thursday and Friday nights; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s during the games, reaching the upper 60s by the final whistle. There is no chance of rain.

    Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, dropping back into the 70s by the fourth quarter.

    UAB will host Florida International Saturday at 2:30p CT at Legion Field in Birmingham… partly sunny with about 84 degrees at kickoff, and upper 70s by the final whistle. No threat of rain.

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

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through Friday. A few scattered showers will show up this weekend, but there will still be a decent amount of sunshine. Highs will remain in the 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

    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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    I had a great time today visiting with a group of students from Southview Middle School in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    Fine Early Fall Weather

    Tue, 09/23/2014 - 06:07

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    COOLEST SO FAR: Today is the first, full “official” day of fall, and it sure feels like it this morning. Temperatures just before daybreak…

    Millport (Lamar County) 42
    Cullman 46
    Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 47
    Cottondale 48
    Russellville 48
    Concord 51
    Haleyville 51
    Tuscaloosa 54
    Huffman 55
    Anniston 55

    DRY DAYS: This cool, dry, continental air means rain-free weather for Alabama through Friday, with sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights. Just a slow day to day warming trend. Makes for a very easy forecast.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be warm and dry with a partly sunny sky and a high in the mid 80s. Moisture levels rise Sunday, and a few scattered showers could break out Sunday afternoon. Nothing widespread, but a few neighborhoods could see a decent shower, or maybe even a thunderstorm.

    NEXT WEEK: We will maintain the chance of scattered showers and storms Monday, but the weather looks relatively rain-free for the middle part of the week. 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 through the week.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days and fair nights from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Friday with highs in the 80s; a small risk of a shower Saturday, then a few widely scattered showers or storms are possible Sunday. Still a decent amount of sun for the weekend. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

    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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    I will be doing a weather program this morning at Southview Middle School in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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    WeatherBrains 452: My Bulb is Not Connected

    Tue, 09/23/2014 - 05:15

    WeatherBrains Episode 452 is now online (September 22, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

    Tonight’s Guest Panelist is a senior forecaster at the NWS Forecast Office in Paducah, KY. Chris Noles got his start in weather in 1991 with WeatherData and joined the NWS in 1992. Chris appeared on Episode 328 on May 7, 2012, as the Guest WeatherBrain. He talked about ridiculously large tornado warning polygons.

    Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrains are students at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Mike Yalch is a meteorology major with a math minor. Rachel Coulter is a senior in Meteorology.

    Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 108 at Death Valley, CA, and 26 at Doe Lake, MI
  • Flash flood watches in New Mexico and frost advisory in part of the Appalachians
  • No specific slight risk areas for the next three days
  • Cool across the eastern US
  • Tropics are quiet
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: This episode coincides with the autumnal equinox, so 101 takes a look at what the equinox is, where the name originates, and some of the characteristics of what an equinox is.

    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 452:

    Twitter Severe Weather Preparedness Q & A on Sep. 23rd

    NWS Paducah, KY

    Millersville University of Pennsylvania

    Impact-based Warnings

    Picks of the Week:

    Nate Johnson – Hurricane Hugo Review

    Chris Noles – Facebook Paducah

    Brian Peters – Gets the Fog Horn!

    John Scala – Open Atmospheric Society

    Kevin Selle – Didn’t give one!

    Rick Smith – Southmoore High School Band Half Time Show including NOAA Weather Radio

    James Spann – Live Science article on Hurricane Drought

    Aubrey Urbanowicz – Fall Foliage Guide

    Mike Yalch & Rachel Coulter – Weather Watch

    SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

    The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, 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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    Cool Night Ahead As Fall Arrives

    Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:20

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    RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms are confined to the far southeast part of Alabama this afternoon as cooler and drier air takes over the northern half of the state. Temperatures are only in the 70s north of Birmingham with a cobalt blue sky and low humidity.

    Tonight will be the coolest night so far this fall season; most communities around here will wind up in the low to mid 50s, but cooler pockets across North Alabama should reach the upper 40s with a clear sky and light wind. Perfect night for the equinox; fall arrives at 9:29p CT.

    REST OF THE WEEK: Basically some very fine early fall weather. Sunny warm days, clear cool nights. Highs in the low 80s, lows mostly in the 50s and low 60s. No risk of rain with a very dry airmass in place.

    THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We expect a sunny sky Saturday to kick off the weekend with a high in the low to mid 80s. Moisture returns Sunday, however, and we will mention the chance of an afternoon shower Sunday with a high around 80 with a mix of sun and clouds.

    NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more likely Monday… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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

    GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Saturday from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Highs will be in the mid 80s, and sea water temperatures are also in the mid 80s. A very nice series of days on the coast.

    WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

    I enjoyed seeing the second graders at Westminster School at Oak Mountain earlier today… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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    Fall Officially Arrives Tonight

    Mon, 09/22/2014 - 06:28

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    RADAR CHECK: A broken band of showers was over Central Alabama at daybreak ahead of a cold front.

    These showers will continue to drop southward, and a cool, dry airmass will follow. Today will be beautiful for North and Central Alabama, with ample sunshine, lower humidity, a nice north breeze, and cooler temperatures. The high will be around 80 degrees for the I-20 corridor, with highs in the 70s to the north.

    Perfect timing since the autumnal equinox is tonight at 9:29 p.m. CT… the “official” arrival of fall in terms of astronomy. Meteorological fall started September 1.

    THE DAYS AHEAD: The coolest morning will come early tomorrow, with most communities seeing a low between 51 and 56 degrees. But, cooler valleys across North Alabama will reach the 40s for the first time this season. Look for sunny days, fair nights through Friday with only a very slow warming trend. A very pleasant week for Alabama.

    THE WEEKEND: Saturday will stay dry, with a good supply of sunshine and a high in the mid 80s. But, moisture returns Sunday, and a few scattered showers or thunderstorms could break out by afternoon. Sunday’s high will be in the low to mid 80s.

    NEXT WEEK: A few scattered showers are possible Monday, but with no real dynamic forcing it doesn’t look like a big rain event. Keep in mind late September and October is usually the driest period of the year for our state. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    TROPICS: Remarkably quiet for mid-September across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

    GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers are possible along the coast today from Panama City to Gulf Shores, but look for sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through Saturday with highs in the 80s. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 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. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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    I have a weather program this morning at Westminster School at Oak Mountain… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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