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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:25

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 724 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR GOOD HOPE…OR NEAR CULLMAN…AND MOVING EAST AT
20 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…DODGE CITY…BALDWIN…
VINEMONT…GARDEN CITY…FAIRVIEW…WALTER AND PHELAN.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Bullock/Macon/Montgomery/Pike/Tallapoosa til 5:15 PM

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:22

A line of strong and potentially severe storms is moving across the counties and will be capable of producing damaging straight-line winds. Travel along Interstate 85 and U.S. 80, 82, 231, and 280 will be impacted.

Lake Martin, Tuskegee University, Troy University, Union Springs, and Alexander City will be impacted by these dangerous storms.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BULLOCK COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
PIKE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 515 PM CDT

* AT 420 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
WIND CREEK STATE PARK TO SHORTER TO SHOPTON TO LUVERNE…AND MOVING
EAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ALEXANDER CITY…MILSTEAD…GOSHEN…DADEVILLE…TROY…UNION
SPRINGS…TUSKEGEE AND NOTASULGA.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 85 EXIT NUMBERS 16 THROUGH 42…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Extreme Northern Cullman County til 4:30PM

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:04


This severe thunderstorm is affecting the far northern part of the county. It is crossing Interstate 65 and U.S. 31 and will be producing tremendous amounts of lightning and very heavy rainfall. The main severe threat with this storm will be damaging straight-line winds. This storm is racing off to the east.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHERN MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTH CENTRAL CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 403 PM CDT…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM
WAS LOCATED OVER FALKVILLE…OR NEAR HARTSELLE…AND MOVING EAST AT
25 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HARTSELLE…FALKVILLE…SOMERVILLE…EVA…FLORETTE…LACEYS
SPRING…VALHERMOSO SPRINGS…COLE SPRINGS…LACON AND RYAN
CROSSROADS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…
DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY
RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Shelby/St. Clair/Talladega til 5:00PM

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:55

Rapidly moving storms capable of producing damaging winds are moving through Central Alabama. Watchout for frequent and dangerous cloud to ground lightning, and very heavy rainfall.

Travel along U.S. Highways 78, 231, and 231 as well as portions of Interstate 20 could be impacted. The cities of Hapersville, Talladega, Vincent, and Childersburg are3 in the path of this storm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTH CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN ALABAMA…
TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 352 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
COOSA ISLAND TO HARPERSVILLE TO WILSONVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 25
MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
WILSONVILLE…PELL CITY…CHILDERSBURG…TALLADEGA…
HARPERSVILLE…LOGAN MARTIN DAM…COOSA ISLAND AND ALPINE BAY
RESORT.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 165 THROUGH 179…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Elmore/Montgomery til 4:45PM

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:47

A severe thunderstorm is rapidly pushing off towards the east across these counties. It is affecting Interstate 65, and U.S. Highways 31 and 231, The main threat with this storm is damaging winds, but also expect very heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.

This storm is skirting by the northern portions of the city of Montgomery and will be affecting Wetumpka and Wallsboro.


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
ELMORE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT

* AT 345 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM
TITUS TO ELMORE TO MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE…AND MOVING EAST AT 25
MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
WETUMPKA…TALLASSEE…COOSADA…ELMORE…MONTGOMERY RIVERWALK
STADIUM…BOYLSTON…MONTGOMERY ZOO AND TITUS.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 173 THROUGH 181…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

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The Heat Cranks Up Later This Week

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:29

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ACTIVE AFTERNOON: As expected, we have scattered to numerous showers and strong thunderstorms across the great state of Alabama this afternoon thanks to an upper impulse south of Memphis moving our way. Torrential rain was falling over the Birmingham metro as I write this at 3:15 p.m.

Heavier storms are producing torrential rain, gusty winds, and very frequent lighting. The showers and storms are moving east, and will die down late tonight.

REST OF THE WEEK: Showers and storms become more scattered in nature tomorrow as the air aloft becomes warmer, and we trend toward a hot and mostly dry pattern Wednesday through Friday thanks to an upper high building over the region. While we can’t rule out a shower or storm somewhere during the afternoon and evening hours on these three days, most communities will be rain-free, with highs in the mid to upper 90s as it will finally feel like summer in Alabama.

HOT WEEKEND: Afternoon highs in the upper 90s are likely this weekend, with only widely scattered afternoon storms both days. Should be the hottest so far this summer.

Heat levels will slowly back down next week as the upper high weakens and drifts to the west. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Just a few widely scattered storms tomorrow, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday. The weekend should feature mostly sunny days as well with only isolated storms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

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

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 live on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around Alabama, or on the web here.

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

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Showers/Storms Likely Later Today

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 06:06

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RADAR CHECK: Some heavy rain is falling this morning over the Tennessee Valley region of extreme North Alabama at daybreak; these showers and storms are moving east. No rain for the I-20/59 corridor to the south.

THE DAY AHEAD: Showers and storms will form over Central Alabama later today and early tonight… any one spot will have a 60-70 percent chance of getting wet. It won’t rain everywhere, but today will offer the highest coverage of storms this week.

Some of the storms will pack a punch; SPC has low end 5 percent severe weather possibilities in place for much of North/Central Alabama. Storms will produce heavy rain, lots of lightning, and a wet microburst can’t be ruled out in a few spots. Today’s high will be in the 87 to 90 degree range.

REST OF THE WEEK: Showers and storms will thin out tomorrow as an upper high begins to build across the region, and that big 5940 meter 500 mb ridge should mean dry and hot weather for the state Wednesday through Friday, with mostly sunny days and afternoon temperatures rising into the mid to upper 90s.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: The ridge weakens slightly, but the weather still looks mostly dry and hot Saturday and Sunday. Highs in the mid 90s… if we do see an afternoon storm, the better chance will come on Sunday. But, they will be widely scattered.

NEXT WEEK Temperatures will gradually trend downward, with a better chance of scattered showers and storms by mid-week. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 5 to 7 hours of sun today on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Then, mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated storms tomorrow through the weekend. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range on the immediate coast, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees.

TROPICS: A weak impulse is moving across the Central Atlantic, but dry air surrounds the system, and tropical storm formation is not expected over the next few days.

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

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A Frightening Afternoon in 1969

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 15:00

THIS IS HISTORIC INFORMATION ABOUT 1969′s HURRICANE CAMILLE.  IT IS NOT CURRENT INFORMATION.

On the afternoon of August 17, 1969, an Air Force crew led by Marvin Little penetrated the eye of Camille. One way of estimating the surface winds was to visually observe the sea condition. Their report indicated that it was unlike anything they had ever seen in their training. Dr. Robert Simpson, the head of the National Hurricane Center knew that the training was based on 150 mph. His instinct told him that the winds were probably in the neighborhood of 180 knots (210 mph.)

He would take the unprecedented step of listing the winds at 190 mph in a special advisory that would prompt action from many people along the coast who had planned to stay put.

And at 3 p.m., a historic advisory was written.  Here is the discussion…

…And the text of the advisory…

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Showers and Storms Pushing Into Northwest Alabama

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:19

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At late morning, a surface low was over northern Kentucky, near Owensboro. This feature is depicted well on satellite imagery and radar reflectivity loops. An upper low was over southern Illinois, with a trough trailing back into Arkansas and northern Texas. Showers and storms developed this morning from southwestern Tennessee into northern Mississippi ahead of the trough, which is progressing eastward with the upper low.

The trough is tapping some deeper moisture that you find back over Texas and heavy rain has been the result. There was a flash flood warning over the Delta of northwestern Mississippi where 2-4 inches of rain fell in 3 hours with additional rain falling.

The forecast for your Sunday will be influenced by that disturbance and those showers/storms. Indications are that they will settle into Northwest Alabama through the early afternoon and try to settle toward the I-20 corridor. But they should weaken as they drop into that drier air we mentioned two paragraphs ago. They may hold together enough to bring showers and weakening storms to the I-20 corridor.

So, expect increasing clouds northwest of I-59 into the afternoon with a chance of showers and storms. Highs will generally be in the lower 90s. Expect a warm and humid evening with lows in the 70s. There will be a small chance of showers.

The trough will slide a little east tonight and will be over us tomorrow, leading to increasing shower and thunderstorm chances. Highs will top out around 90F, with about a 50-60% chance of rain and thunderstorms.

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Warm as Moisture Creeps Up

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 06:51

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Lower 90s were the highs across Central Alabama yesterday, and moisture levels have crept up as evidenced by dew point observations this morning. So the relatively cooler weather of the last several days has become more typical of mid-August with highs today mainly in the lower 90s. With moisture up, isolated showers will be possible driven by afternoon heating.

Monday and into Tuesday our rain chances become better as showers should become more widespread and numerous thanks to the short wave trough now over Southeast Missouri passing across the Southeast US. Clouds and the presence of showers should help to hold temperatures in check in the 88 to 92 range. The short wave trough passes late Tuesday and Wednesday as an upper ridge builds across the Lower Mississippi River Valley. With some moisture sticking around, we should drop back to isolated afternoon showers for the latter half of the upcoming week as heat values rise into the middle and perhaps upper 90s. Showers should be limited so many of us will remain dry.

The ridge sticks with us into the weekend, so the forecast will continue to mention the possibility of isolated showers during the afternoon and early evening hours. It will remain warm with highs mainly in the middle 90s with some spots edging into the upper 90s.

For beach enthusiasts, showers will be scattered along the coast through Tuesday with showers becoming more isolated by the middle of the week. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s along the coast with lower 90s inland. Look for 4 to 6 hours of sunshine through Tuesday with 7 to 9 hours for the end of the week. Water temperatures in the Gulf continue to be in the middle 80s.

Tropical Atlantic is still relatively quiet with a small area of disturbed weather west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Some gradual development of this system is possible as it moves westward across the South Central Atlantic.

Voodoo country has become a land of mixed messages. The GFS shows a trough around the 27th of August over the Middle Mississippi River Valley but not nearly as strong as we’ve been seeing for the last month or so. But by the first of September the pattern becomes an elongated ridge across the southern tier of the US. So warm but not extremely hot.

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

James Spann will have the next Weather Xtreme Video on Monday morning. I’ll be at Magnolia Manor in Helena this afternoon helping to introduce the newest Helena Belles. Have a great day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Mostly Sunny and Hot Afternoon

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 15:17

It is another hot, dry, and mostly sunny day across the state of Alabama, and much of the Southeast. We are all basking under a sun-filled and blue sky, with just a few fair weather cumulus clouds showing up out there. No rain falling anywhere across the state, and heading through the rest of today and into tonight, the clear and dry weather will continue. We still see our dew points in the lower 60s, which is not making it quite as uncomfortable as it can be this time of year.

With the drier air hanging around for one more day, we have all seen a quick warm-up in our temperatures today. All locations across the state are either in the upper 80s or lower 90s. It is a hot afternoon out there, but once the sun sets this evening, we should begin to see those temps drop back through the 80s and head towards the lower 70s. The weather will be a nice for any outdoor plans you may have this evening or tonight.

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Dry and Sunny Today; Some Heat Ahead

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:53

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After another nice start to the day with temperatures in the 60s we should see plenty of sunshine allowing afternoon highs to reach the lower 90s. But it should remain dry. However, moisture will be on the increase as we see dew points climb back toward 70 degrees with the possibility of isolated storms for Sunday.

An upper level short wave traversing the Ohio River Valley will dip far enough south to pick up the shower potential for Monday and early Tuesday. Once that short wave passes an upper level ridge will build across the Southeast US from Tuesday through Saturday. This could potentially bring us some of the hottest weather of the summer of 2014 so far. Highs at least in the mid 90s with the upper 90s possible. With moisture levels up but not especially high, we will need to include the possibility of isolated storms for the latter part of the week, but it is likely that most of us stay dry until the upper ridge moves west of us around Saturday.

Tropics remain relatively quiet. A disturbance in the vicinity of the Cape Verde Island showed some organization and a tropical depression could form. However, after passing the Cape Verde Islands, conditions are much less favorable for additional development.

For beach goers, today will be just great, but as we get into Sunday through midweek, you can expect elevated rain chances. The upper ridge will bring back nearly perfect conditions for beach for the latter half of the week. Expect hot and humid conditions with several hours of sun each day. Rain chances through midweek will be around 40 to 50 percent. After that, 20 percent will be about the average. Water temperatures are running in the middle 80s at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Looking into Week 2, the GFS is bullish on the idea of a broad ridge centered over the Central Plains and big enough to keep us in some August heat. This is sure different from the pattern we’ve been seeing since early July, so we’ll watch and see what unfolds.

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I expect to have the next Weather Xtreme Video posted first thing on Sunday morning. Enjoy the warm and dry day and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Heat/Moisture Levels To Rise In Coming Days

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:41

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ANOTHER DRY DAY: No rain on radar this afternoon, and temperatures remain below average with most communities over North and Central Alabama in the 80s…

Tonight will be clear and pleasant with a low in the mid 60s; a few of the cooler pockets over Northeast Alabama could visit the upper 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Alabama’s weather will remain dry tomorrow with a high around 90, but we will introduce the risk of a few scattered showers or thunderstorms Sunday afternoon as moisture levels rise. Temperatures should reach the low 90s Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Scattered showers and storms become more likely Monday through Wednesday in a moist, unstable airmass across Alabama with low 90s each afternoon. Then, upper ridging will build late in the week with temperatures moving into the mid 90s with a decrease in the number of showers and storms. Hot weather will continue into the following weekend (August 23-24)… see the Weather Xtreme video for the details and graphics.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather continues tomorrow from Panama City to Gulf Shores, then a few scattered storms will show up Sunday through much of next week, but still we project at least 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Highs remain in the upper 80s in the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures generally in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: The African wave train is picking up, but the waves are having a very hard time as they move west/northwest due to dry air and cooler than average ocean water, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

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

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Hotter Afternoons Ahead

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 06:05

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ANOTHER VERY PLEASANT MORNING: Another nice fall preview; temperatures just before sunrise include…

Black Creek 56
Fort Payne 57
Valley Head 57
Russellville 57
Concord 58
Pleasant Grove 58
Bessemer 60
Anniston 61
Gadsden 61
Birmingham 63

But let’s not forget this is mid-August in Alabama, so we do expect rising heat and humidity levels in coming days. The sky will stay mostly sunny today and tomorrow; the high today will be close to 90, with low 90s possible tomorrow.

We will introduce the risk of widely scattered afternoon showers Sunday as moisture levels rise with a high in the low 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Scattered showers and storms should become more numerous in a moist, unstable environment Monday and Tuesday with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the low 90s both days. Then, we could creep up into the mid 90s over the latter half of the week as a 5940 meter 500 mb ridge sets up just west of Alabama. The ridge also means afternoon showers and storms will become fewer in number by Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny weather from Panama City to Gulf Shores today and tomorrow, then for Sunday and much of next week, about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day with a few scattered thunderstorms. On the immediate coast highs will remain in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet. Waves coming off the African coast fizzle out in the very dry air over the deep tropics, and no sign of any change through early next week.

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

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

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Pleasant Tonight; Hotter Afternoons Ahead

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:55

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00 from a function to benefit United Cerebral Palsy in downtown Birmingham**

ANOTHER DANDY DAY: Temperatures remain well below average this afternoon across Alabama, with temperatures generally in the mid 80s at mid-afternoon…

Tonight will be much like last night, and just like fall with temperatures falling into the 58-62 degree range at most locations. The coolest observation around here this morning was a refreshing 52 degrees at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden in Etowah County.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: As you might expect, heat and humidity levels will be on the rise; this is mid-August after all. Tomorrow and Saturday will be mostly sunny; the high tomorrow will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with low 90s possible Saturday afternoon. We will introduce the risk of a few isolated showers or thunderstorms Sunday afternoon, but for now it looks like they will be few and far between.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms will be more likely Monday and Tuesday as moisture deepens, but they thin out again Wednesday through Friday thanks to an upper ridge building across the region. Highs will be around 90 Monday and Tuesday, but mid 90s are likely over the latter half of the week… a good reminder we still have some hot weather left this summer.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny weather continues on the coast tomorrow and Saturday with only a slight risk of a shower from Panama City to Gulf Shores. Then, Sunday through much of next week expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day with a few scattered storms around. Highs remain in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with sea water temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: A healthy wave is emerging off the African coast in the far eastern Atlantic, but due to dry air development is not likely, and tropical storm formation is not expected in the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

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

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

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Just Like Fall This Morning

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:59

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AUGUST, OR OCTOBER? Here are some temperatures around the great state of Alabama at daybreak…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 52
Fort Payne 54
Valley Head 54
Cullman 55
Russellville 55
Noccalula Falls/Gadsden 56
Concord 57
Haleyville 57
Fayette 58
Gadsden Airport 59
Anniston 60
Tuscaloosa 62
Birmingham 63

Our weather won’t change much today with a very dry airmass in place; a sunny sky, low humidity, and a high in the mid to upper 80s.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with a good supply of sunshine tomorrow and Saturday; heat levels creep up slowly with a high around 90 tomorrow, followed by low 90s Saturday. Moisture begins to return Sunday, and an afternoon shower or storm could pop up in a few places, but we note the 00Z GFS came in pretty dry for Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more numerous Monday with an increase in moisture and a weak front approaching from the north. Showers and storms begin to thin out a bit Tuesday, and then our weather trends dry Wednesday through Friday. The drying trend it not due to cooler and drier air moving in from the north, but due to an upper high expected to build across the region, which means rising heat levels. We should be up in the mid 90s over the latter half of next week with very few cooling showers around. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Sunday from Panama City to Gulf Shores with only a slight risk of a shower. A few scattered showers and storms are possible early next week, but we still expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Highs will be in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

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

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

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

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Cool August Night Ahead For Alabama

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 15:15

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FINE SUMMER DAY: Sure doesn’t feel like the middle of August in Alabama today thanks to low humidity levels and temperatures below average.

Tonight will be unseasonably cool. We project a low in the low 60s for most communities, but the cooler spots will easily reach the 50s. Birmingham’s record low for August 14 is 54 degrees set in 2004 in the wake of Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley, which passed to the east of here. It will feel just like fall.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather stays dry through Saturday with sunny days, low humidity levels, and pleasant nights. Moisture levels begin to rise Sunday, and we will bring in the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. The high tomorrow will be in the mid to upper 80s, and then expect a high close to 90 for Friday and the weekend.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms will become more numerous across the state early next week with a deep layer of moisture in place and short wave energy involved. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days and fair nights for the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Saturday with only isolated showers. Scattered showers and storms will be a little more active Sunday into early next week, but even then a decent amount of sunshine is likely.

TROPICS: Dry air air covers much of the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

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Dry, Continental Air Arrives

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:05

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REFRESHING CHANGE: A nice touch of fall is in the air over the northern third of Alabama this morning… some temperatures at daybreak include…

Meridianville (near Huntsville in Madison County) 57
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 59
Fort Payne 59
Valley Head 59
Crossville 59
Scottsboro 59

Today will be sunny with low humidity with a high in the mid to upper 80s.

REST OF THE WEEK AND THE WEEKEND: The dry air stays in place through Saturday, so a simple forecast continues with mostly sunny days and fair pleasant nights. We project a low down in the low 60s early tomorrow, with 50s again for the cooler pockets. Afternoon highs will be in the 87-91 degree range. Moist air begins to return Sunday, and we will introduce the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours.

NEXT WEEK: Rather unsettled weather is likely for the first half of the week, with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms Monday through Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for the latest maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Expect mostly sunny days and fair nights on the coast from Panama City to Gulf Shores through Saturday with only isolated thunderstorms. Scattered storms will be a little more likely Sunday and early next week, but even then you will still see a decent amount of sun. Highs will be in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

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

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Several Rain-Free Days Ahead; Cooler Nights

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:28

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ON THE RADAR: A broken band of showers and thunderstorms is over North Alabama this afternoon ahead of a cold front pushing into the Tennessee Valley…

The showers are moving southeast, and will fade quickly this evening as drier air takes over.

REST OF THE WEEK: Looks great for the northern two-thirds of our state, with sunny days, lower humidity levels, and cooler nights. Highs will be in the 87-90 degree range, with lows down in the low 60s. Some of the cooler spots could reach the upper 50s for a nice fall preview.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks like we stay dry Saturday with a good supply of sunshine and a high at or just over 90 degrees. Moisture levels begin to rise Sunday, and a few scattered afternoon showers or thunderstorms will be possible.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more likely Monday and Tuesday, with moist unstable air in place and short wave energy involved. See the Weather Xtreme video for the latest maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Looks very nice through Saturday from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, with mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated storms. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the upper 80s, and sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s.

TROPICAL WEATHER UPDATE: The guys at NHC have given up on Invest 94L in the Atlantic due to the very dry air surrounding the system, and for now they do not expect any tropical development in the Atlantic basin over the next five days.

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Dry Air Getting Closer To Alabama

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:09

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RADAR CHECK: Nothing on the radar across Alabama this morning, but a moist airmass remains in place with dew points in the low 70s.

We expect a few widely scattered showers and storms to form this afternoon as another summer cold front pushes in our state from the north. The chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in five, and the best chance of showers will come after 12:00 noon. Today’s high will be somewhere between 87 and 90 degrees for most communities.

DRY DAYS: Tonight cooler and drier moves down into the northern half of the state, and we still project rain-free weather for North and Central Alabama tomorrow through Saturday. Expect mostly sunny days, fair cool nights, and low humidity. Highs will be mostly in the upper 80s, with early morning lows down in the low 60s early Thursday and Friday morning. A good chance some of the cooler valleys across North Alabama will visit the upper 50s, a very nice preview of fall.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No rain Saturday with a mostly sunny sky, but moist air returns Sunday, and a few scattered afternoon showers or storms will be possible. Highs over the weekend should be pretty close to 90 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms become more likely Monday and Tuesday as moisture levels continue to rise, and short wave energy impacts our state. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: A few scattered showers and storms will form this afternoon on the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine. Then, expect mostly sunny days tomorrow through Saturday with only widely scattered showers. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the upper 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

TROPICS: A disturbance in the eastern Atlantic is moving west/northwest, and won’t be able to develop in the short term due to very dry air surrounding the system. The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.

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