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WeatherBrains 495: Smoking Bedbugs

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 06:17

WeatherBrains Episode 495 is now online (July 20, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a long time, renowned storm chaser, father of three brilliant children, husband to an amazing wife, erstwhile stand-up comedian, and contemporaneous Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. He worked at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, until December, 2011, until returning to the Plains with an appointment at the University of Colorado in January, 2012 where he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Jason Persoff, welcome to WeatherBrains.

Tonight’s Guest Panelist, Troy Kimmel , started doing tv weather back in 1978 in Bryan/College Station before moving to Austin when he graduated from Texas A&M. He was the Chief at KTBC and KEYE. He was the Chief at a group of radio stations in Austin. He has been teaching at the University of Texas since 1988 where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Issues related to storm chasing
  • 2011 Joplin tornado aftermath
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • Hot weather nationwide
  • and more!

Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Professor Peters is taking a few weeks off but will return soon!

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 495:

Jason Persoff Website

Troy Kimmel Website

Full Troy Kimmel biography

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Picks of the Week:

Rick Smith – Bad Weather Words

Troy Kimmel – Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Jason Persoff – Grand Theft Auto V Weather

Bill Murray – NWS Enhanced Data Display

Nate Johnson – 46th anniversary of the moon landing

John Scala – Insurance release on weather losses

James Spann – Important Message from Children’s Hospital

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Waterspouts over Chesapeake Bay

SkyDavers Blog – The Fog Bank

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Dr. John Scala, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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Heat Levels Slowly Dropping In Coming Days

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 15:37

RADAR CHECK: Scattered storms are over far Northeast Alabama this afternoon, and from near Montgomery south. The central counties are mostly hot and dry, although a shower or storm could form at any time through the evening…

As I write this, the NWS in Mobile issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Central Baldwin County for a big storm just north of I-10 near Loxley.

Birmingham has reached 97 degrees… we note the last time we saw 100 (Birmingham) was back on August 23, 2013. Unlikely we see it for the rest of July, and hopefully for the rest of the summer, but we have a long way to go before fall arrives.

REST OF THE WEEK: The center of the heat ridge will drift westward, and with lower heights and cooler air aloft, the door will be open for a better coverage of showers and storms on a daily basis, along with lower heat levels. Highs will drop mostly in the low 90s tomorrow through Friday, and we might have a day when we don’t get out of the 80s if showers form early enough.

Understand it won’t rain everywhere each day, but there is a pretty good chance any one spot will see at least one or two decent downpours tomorrow through Friday. Away from the storms, the sky will be partly sunny, and humidity levels will stay high.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The last weekend of July looks classic, with partly sunny days, fair nights, and the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the 93-96 degree range.

And, similar weather into early next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily through the upcoming weekend, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are in the mid 80s. Below is a look at Destin earlier today from @bamabobblehead

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the 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 on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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Sun, Heat, Storms

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 06:31

HOT SUMMER DAYS: Today will be the 14th consecutive day with a high of 90 degrees or higher for Birmingham… our last day below 90 was July 6 with the high was 85. Over the weekend, the Birmingham reached 98 degrees Saturday; that is the hottest temperature so far this summer.

Today will be another hot one, with upper 90s likely in many places… some West Alabama communities could touch 100 degrees. And, a few storms will fire up during the heat of the day in widely scattered spots. Typical summer weather… read this essay to learn more about how summer weather forecasts work if you are new.

REST OF THE WEEK: The overall idea is that the heat ridge across the Deep South will weaken a bit, the air aloft will be a bit cooler, and there should be a general increase in the number of scattered showers and storms each day, with lower heat levels. Still, it won’t rain everywhere each day, but your chance getting wet will be higher through mid-week. Interesting to note some GFS runs keep us in the 80s Wednesday.

THE WEEKEND: The ridge grows a little stronger, and we will broad brush the weekend forecast with the usual summer elements. Hot, hazy, humid, a few afternoon storms in scattered spots. Highs in the 90s.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change; typical dog day weather continues. Trying to identify small changes in thunderstorm coverage and placement is very hard to do days in advance since very subtle upper air features can make a big difference in observed weather. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Routine summer weather on the coast this week from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores… about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time. The image below was captured yesterday at Orange Beach by Anthony Bray

Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees.

TROPICS: Typical El Nino conditions… the Atlantic basin remains very quiet this week, with most of the action over in the Pacific.

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 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Tallapoosa Co.

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 15:44

This warning is for the lower portion of Tallapoosa County.

Storms are lined up north of I-85 and US-80 in South Central Alabama, pushing south and southeast.

Torrential rains, deadly lightning, gusty winds are all accompanying the storms. The severe storm has the potential to produce winds over 60 mph, which can cause tree and power line damage.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTH CENTRAL TALLAPOOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 341 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MARTIN
DAM…OR 9 MILES NORTH OF TALLASSEE…MOVING SOUTH AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TALLASSEE…MARTIN DAM…TALLAPOOSA CITY…STILL WATERS RESORT…
LIBERTY CITY…REEVES AIRPORT…BLUE CREEK MARINA…YATES DAM…
REELTOWN AND YATES RESERVOIR.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Shelby and Calhoun Counties

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 13:14

Severe thunderstorm warnings are now in effect for parts of Shelby and Calhoun Counties.

The thunderstorms over Calhoun County is now severe with the potential for hail and especially damaging winds of 60 mph or greater. It is centered near Weaver and is pushing southeast. It will pass just north of Anniston and move toward Heflin.

The storm approaching Alabaster is also severe with a threat for damaging winds. It is moving toward Calera.

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Heavy Storms Forming

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 12:55

Scattered thunderstorms are developing in the I-59 Corridor early this afternoon.

Just before 1 p.m., the greatest concentrations of storms were over Northeast Alabama from northern St. Clair through Etowah down into Clay County. Other concentrations were over western Shelby County near Helena, southeastern Tuscaloosa County and over Greene/Hale Counties. Others were in the Montgomery area.

They will push southeast through the afternoon and some of them will be quite strong with deadly lightning, torrential rains and gusty winds. Some could briefly become severe.

Temperatures have backed off a bit in areas where clouds and showers have developed.

Showers and storms should be a bit more scarce Monday and Tuesday. Heat advisories continue through at least Monday evening.

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Hot is the Word

Sun, 07/19/2015 - 07:09

I am filling in for Brian Peters today, as Bill said yesterday, these Weather Xtreme Videos are hard to do and to get everything just right will take lots practice. Hope you enjoy and please go easy on me as well, this was my first time.

We start this forecast off by looking at the U.S. as a whole and that orange bucket of spilled paint has not been cleaned up over the Southeast as a Heat Advisory remains in effect for much of the Southeast and the entire state of Alabama. For Alabama, the advisory has been extended through Monday at 9PM. Heat index values will remain very high the next couple of days as values of 105°-110° are expected.

We start today with temperatures with most locations in the mid to upper 70s across Central Alabama. As we head through today, we can expect more of the same in the forecast. Hazy, hot, humid weather with the risk of a few isolated afternoon shower and storms. Highs today will be flirting with the century mark once again, and factor in that humidity, it will be feeling quite oppressive out there this afternoon. Take it easy today, as the scorching hot weather continues across the state of Alabama.

HEAT RELIEF?: As we saw yesterday, the only heat relief will come from those widely scattered afternoon storms. Temps generally climb well into the 90s by early afternoon, and that allows instability to build. Showers and storms begin to develop rapidly and can grow quite intense, producing gusty winds, intense rainfall, and tremendous amounts of lightning. Where these pop-up, they provide that natural cooling with temps generally falling from the 90s, back down into the upper 70s and low 80s. There is no forecast accuracy in where these storms develop, they just pop-up randomly about the Alabama landscape. A quick snap shot of the radar this morning shows all clear, but of course that will change by this afternoon.

HITTING THE BEACH: Great weather along the coast this weekend with fairly typical mid-summer weather for the week ahead. Click here to open Central Alabama’s most detailed forecast for the beautiful beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida, brought to you by Gulf Shores Plantation.

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SEVERE WEATHER TODAY: Severe weather is possible today from the Northeast to the Central U.S. The area of greatest concern extends from western New England to the Midwest. In this area, localized flash flooding, damaging winds and hail are the primary threats. The SPC has these areas highlighted in their “slight risk” that extends from western Maine back through Central Illinois.

TRACKING THE TROPICS: The entire Atlantic is quiet. There continues to be a lot of dry air and wind shear across the basin and for that reason development is expected the next five days. In the eastern Pacific, one powerful Dolores has dissipated and it is no more. The moisture associated with the remnants are streaming into the Southwest U.S. and are producing a lot of rain and thunderstorms in the Desert Southwest. Flash flood watches are in effect for much of Arizona, and portions of California, & Nevada.

NEW WEEK, SAME WEATHER: It stays hot on Monday and with small variations in the strength and placement of the upper ridge, and temperatures aloft, things just won’t change much. Highs might back off a few degrees by mid-week, with a slight increase in the coverage of afternoon storms, but the idea remains the same. Highs in the 90s, lows in the 70s. Looking at the GFS ensembles, we stay hot with those nasty 90s through the end of the month and straight on into August, but that is what we expect in late July in Alabama.

WEATHERBRAINS: Great show this week with Geoff Fox, a TV Meteorologist from Palm Springs, California, who actually works remotely! As in remotely from his home in Irvine, California. Check out the weekly netcast that’s all about weather at WeatherBrains.com. Listen live on Monday nights at live.bigbrainsmedia.com. Or subscribe to the audio version on iTunes.

Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here tomorrow morning… enjoy the rest of this very hot weekend!

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Big Storms in Birmingham Metro

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 16:13

Storms have blown up in the past few minutes over southern Birmingham from Homewood to Mountain Brook.

This image show base reflectivity (precip near the ground) in top left, composite reflectivity (good indicator of where is is about to storm heavily) in the top right, cloud heights in bottomr right and one hour rainfall amounts in bottom left.

Click image to enlarge.

An arc from Irondale to Helena has not filled in almost completely with the intense storms. They are approaching I-459 from Liberty Park to 280 and are already over the interstate in the Hoover area.

Torrential rains and deadly lightning are occurring with the storms. There will be some quick urban flooding and gusty winds as well. There is even some small hail in Homewood. The thunder is really booming. And remember, when thunder roars, go indoors.

@jaime_626 took this breathtaking photo from St. Vincent’s Hospital. You don’t want to be anywhere near a bolt like that!

An areal flood advisory has been issued for parts of Jefferson County. You can see some two inch rainfall amounts in the past hour over Riverchase into the Hoover area. Some 1.5+ inch amounts are along the Jefferson/Walker County line.

The storms extend down to Columbiana in Shelby County with others forming between Columbiana and Childersburg. More storms are over western Jefferson County along the Walker County line extending back into northeastern Tuscaloosa County.

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Hot Saturday Afternoon

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 14:55

The hottest weekend so far this year is underway across the state of Alabama. Looking at the maps this afternoon, we are seeing temperatures well into the 90s across the state. We do note a few of cooler spots in orange as there are a few storms ongoing this afternoon.

A look at the satellite this afternoon shows plenty of sunshine across the state. The sunshine is helping those temps flirt with the century mark this afternoon. It is also allowing instability to build and that is allowing for a few of those bright white towering cumulus clouds to bubble up this afternoon.

Underneath those clouds, we are seeing a few storms this afternoon on the radar. The greatest concentration of these storms is between Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. As we have seen the past few weeks, any storms today will be producing a lot of lightning, gusty winds, and heavy rainfall. These storms will continue to meander about the Alabama landscape, but most activity is slowly sinking towards the south. Today’s convection will begin to wind down once the sun sets later this evening.

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FOR SUNDAY: If you like today’s weather, you will love tomorrow’s. It will be hot, mainly sunny, humid, and mostly dry. Of course, there will be a few isolated afternoon showers and storms, but these will be few and far between. Look for highs tomorrow to be flirting with the century mark across much of Central Alabama.

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Strong Storms Between Tuscaloosa/Birmingham

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 14:22

Ryan is working on the afternoon forecast discussion and should be along with a post soon, but I thought I would provide a radar check here at 2:30.

Showers and storms have continued to grow between Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and are pretty heavy now between Brookwood, Coaling and Duncanville. Others extend up to near Tannehill State Pak and North Johns, while others are over western Tuscaloosa County from Samantha to Coker and to near Fosters.

The eastern Tuscaloosa County storms are producing quite a bit of lightning and heavy rain. Gusty winds will be likely as well.

Other storms are near Cullman.

There is a light shower near Leeds in northeastern Shelby County, which could grow upscale into a storm soon.

Everything is pushing south.

Temperatures are now in the middle 90s, including 95F at Birmingham, 96F at Tuscaloosa and 97F at Talladega.

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Hot, Hot, Hot

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 07:46

Brian Peters is out this weekend, so I will be sitting in with my first attempt ever at a Weather Xtreme video. Please be kind, it’s harder than James and Brian make it look!

The National Weather Service Hazard Advisory Map looks like someone spilled orange paint on it this morning, with Heat Advisories stretching from Madison, Wisconsin to Gulfport, Mississippi and back to Oklahoma City. Much of Alabama is included in that lot.   

A big ridge of high pressure sits over the Deep South, centered near Alexandria, Louisiana. An unusual trough extends from central Canada back to San Francisco. The City by the Bay is boasting a high of 68F today! We would gladly trade with them here in Alabama. Highs here today will be in the upper 90s. The radar will most likely look like it has a rash of measles by this afternoon, but don’t count on getting any relief. The chance of rain at any location today will be only about 10 percent.

SUNDAY, MONDAY: In a couple of words, hot/dry. Highs will again be in the upper 90s with a few 100F readings thrown in for good measure. Showers and storms will be isolated at best.

TUESDAY AND BEYOND: The GFS is bullish on the idea that an upper level trough will develop over the Northeast U.S. and allow a cool front to sink into the Southeast. Hooking into this idea, the model prints out around three quarters of an inch of rain during the week. The European is not as bullish as only forecasts around two tenths of an inch of rain through Friday.

WEEKEND SNEAK PEEK: The GFS continues with the wet trend into the weekend. I am skeptical that it will be a washout however. Look for scattered showers and storms with highs in the middle 90s. Lows will be in the lower and middle 70s. Don’t look now, but the Euro is printing out more highs around 100F for Sunday and Monday.

BEACHCAST:  Beautiful weather along the coast this weekend with fairly typical fare the rest of the week.  Click here to open Central Alabama’s most detailed forecast for the beautiful beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida, brought to you by Gulf Shores Plantation.

The Gulf Coast Beach Forecast is presented by Gulf Shores Plantation by Mandoki Hospitality Vacation Rentals. Escape to Gulf Shores Plantation where memories last a lifetime.

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TROPICS: We continue to track a tropical wave about 600 miles east of the Lesser Antilles this morning. Conditions are slightly favorable for development over the next 24-36 hours, but then will become hostile as the system approaches the eastern Caribbean.

WEATHERBRAINS: Great show this week with Geoff Fox, a TV Meteorologist from Palm Springs, California, who actually works remotely! As in remotely from his home in Irvine, California. Check out the weekly netcast that’s all about weather at WeatherBrains.com. Listen live on Monday nights at live.bigbrainsmedia.com. Or subscribe to the audio version on iTunes.

Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here tomorrow morning… enjoy the weekend!

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Big Storm Over Mobile Bay

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:38

A severe storm over Mobile Bay is producing a tremendous amount of lightning as it moves southwest… a severe thunderstorm warning remains up for parts of Mobile and Baldwin Counties…

This photo of the storm is from @mowermanz71

Scroll down for the weekend forecast discussion…

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Hottest Weekend So Far

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 15:32

RADAR CHECK: A large part of Alabama is dry this afternoon with temperatures generally in the mid 90s. But, a few isolated storms have formed across the central counties… moving slowly to the south…

These storms won’t last long, and they all fade from the radar after the sun goes down.

HOT SUMMER WEEKEND: We project highs in the 96-99 degree range tomorrow and Sunday, with mostly sunny, hazy days and fair nights. Like today, a few “pop-up” storms are possible, but they will be widely scattered. Chance of any one spot getting wet both afternoons will be in the 20 percent range.

NEXT WEEK: The synoptic pattern won’t change much; highs hold in the 90s, lows in the 70s. Partly sunny days, fair nights, and the risk of a few widely scattered thunderstorms each afternoon. Small variations in the strength of the ridge will bring changes in the placement and coverage of afternoon storms each day, but trying to identify those far in advance is just about impossible. Bottom line is that we will have very typical late July weather. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through next week, with the usual risk of a passing storm from time to time just to spice things up. The image below was captured at Gulf Shores this afternoon from @chadchad71

Highs on the immediate coast will hold in the upper 80s, with mid 90s just a few miles inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: A weak tropical wave in the Central Atlantic is moving west with little chance of development due to dry air and harsh upper air winds. Tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin through 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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Hot, Muggy Summer Weekend Ahead

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:16

HOT IS THE WORD: We are entering the hottest part of summer, climatologically speaking, from now through mid-August. And, sure enough, we expect the hottest weather so far this year through the weekend.

The upper ridge centered west of the state will strengthen a bit and expand eastward, setting up a hot, hazy, humid stretch of weather for Alabama with partly to mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated afternoon thunderstorms. The chance of any one spot getting wet through the weekend is about one in five, with the best risk of a storm between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Afternoon highs between 96 and 100. Good ole dog day weather.

NEXT WEEK: There will be small variations in the strength and placement of the upper ridge, and temperatures aloft, but generally speaking things just won’t change much. Highs might back off a few degrees by mid-week, with a slight increase in the coverage of afternoon storms, but the idea remains the same. Highs in the 90s, lows in the 70s. Just what you expect in late July in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the Gulf Coast through next week, with of course, the chance of an occasional passing thunderstorm just for fun and your viewing pleasure. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures remain mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: A wave is in the far eastern Atlantic, but it is not expected to develop due to dry air and unfavorable upper air winds on the journey westward.

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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A Few Storms Over West Alabama

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 15:31

RADAR CHECK: Overall, it is a pretty quiet afternoon across Alabama, but a few scattered storms are over the western counties of the state with frequent lightning, moving south.

These storms will dissipate this evening, and most of North Alabama will be dry overnight.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The 5940 meter 500 millibar ridge centered west of the state will expand into Alabama, meaning rising heat levels. Mid to upper 90s are likely tomorrow, and for Saturday and Sunday we project highs in the 97-100 degree range. This will be the hottest weather so far this summer. As always in late July, afternoon thunderstorms are a decent possibility, but they will be random, and very widely scattered. The chance of any one spot getting wet each afternoon will be in the 10-20 percent range. Mostly sunny, hot hazy days, and mostly fair nights.

NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge should weaken slightly, meaning heat levels backing off a bit by mid-week with a slightly higher coverage of afternoon showers and storms. Still, typical hot, humid mid-summer weather will be the story. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Expect mostly sunny days, fair nights, and just an occasional passing storm from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through next week. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the upper 80s, with mid 90s likely just a few miles inland. Sea water temperatures are generally in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet; over in the eastern Pacific Hurricane Delores is off the west coast of Mexico; it will gain latitude in coming days and weaken over open water, no threat to land. However, some of the moisture from Delores will move up into the Southwest U.S. this weekend bringing showers and storms to cities like Phoenix.

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 had a great time today visiting with the kids at Cornerstone School in Woodlawn… 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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Hottest Weather So Far This Weekend

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 06:30

HEAT LEVELS RISING: The upper ridge, that has been centered west of Alabama in recent days, is beginning to strengthen and expand, and that will mean fewer afternoon storms and hotter afternoons as we approach the weekend. We project a high today in the mid 90s, followed by upper 90s tomorrow, and readings near 100 degrees over the weekend. We should note that Tuscaloosa did reach 100 yesterday afternoon.

Understand that a few storms could very well form during the heat of the day, but they will be few and far between, and many communities will be dry. Days will be mostly sunny and hazy, nights mostly fair, and the chance of any one spot getting an afternoon storm will be in the 10-20 percent range.

Today will be the 10th consecutive day with a high of 90 or higher (for Birmingham and most North/Central Alabama observation points). The hottest temperature this summer so far is 97 degrees, measured on June 22 and June 23.

The next 30 days are typically the hottest part of the summer in Alabama… our average high begins to fall slightly after August 15.

NEXT WEEK: The ridge weakens a bit by mid-week, so heat levels should fall a bit by Tuesday and Wednesday with a better risk of afternoon thunderstorms by then. But, the ridge expands again toward the end of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through most of next week with the risk of an occasional passing storm from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores. Highs on the immediate coast will stay between 87 and 90, with mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next seven 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.

CONNECT: You can find me on all of the major social networks…

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I have a weather program this morning for the kids in the summer program at Cornerstone School in Woodlawn… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for SW Hale & Marengo Counties Until 9 p.m.

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 20:01

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 800 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR DEMOPOLIS TO ARCOLA TO FAUNSDALE…MOVING SOUTH
AT 25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
DEMOPOLIS…LINDEN…UNIONTOWN…JEFFERSON…THOMASTON…SWEET
WATER…NEWBERN…MYRTLEWOOD…FAUNSDALE…DAYTON…PIN HOOK…
FREDDIE JONES FIELD…MAGNOLIA…CHICKASAW STATE PARK…CONSUL…
ARCOLA…MILLER…PROVIDENCE…DEMOPOLIS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AND
OCTAGON.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Eastern Dale & SW Henry; All Others Cancelled or Expired

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 19:32

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TALLAHASSEE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
EASTERN DALE COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN HENRY COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 718 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DETECTED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60
MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK…OR 8
MILES SOUTHEAST OF CLIO…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HEADLAND…OZARK…DOTHAN…MIDLAND CITY…NEWTON…PINCKARD…
KINSEY…GRIMES…NEWVILLE…NAPIER FIELD…CAPPS…SKIPPERVILLE…
PHILLIPS CROSSROADS…MABSON…ARGUTA…BEAMON…HEADLAND MUNICIPAL
A/P…DYKES CROSSROADS…SYLVAN GROVE AND CLOPTON.

All other severe thunderstorm warnings across Alabama have either expired or have been cancelled. The line of thunderstorms continues to pass through South-Central Alabama, moving in a south-eastern direction. Be aware that additional warnings and watches may be issued. We will continue to monitor these storms and will keep you updated!

Our friends at Alabama Power, as of 6 p.m., have restored power to 100,000 of their customers affected by last night’s storm and continue to work to restore the 15,000 still out.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: NW Sumter, SW Pickens & NW Greene Counties

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 18:23

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHWESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
NORTHWESTERN GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

* AT 622 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR JOHNSTON LAKE TO NEAR ALICEVILLE TO NEAR
PRAIRIE POINT…MOVING SOUTH AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
EUTAW…ALICEVILLE…GAINESVILLE…MCMULLEN…NEW WEST GREENE…
JOHNSTON LAKE…GARDEN…PANOLA…WEST GREENE…GEIGER…
GAINESVILLE LAKE CAMPGROUND…WARSAW…GEORGE DOWNER AIRPORT…
LEWISTON…NEW MOUNT HEBRON…COCHRANE…CLINTON…I 20 REST AREA
NEAR EUTAW AND PLEASANT RIDGE.

Categories: Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: SE Hale County

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 18:00

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 645 PM CDT

* AT 558 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
GREENSBORO…MOVING SOUTH AT 15 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
GREENSBORO…NEWBERN…GREENSBORO MUNICIPAL AIRPORT…CEDARVILLE
AND HARPER HILL.

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