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Delightful Weekend Ahead; Storms By Monday

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:02

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DRY THROUGH SUNDAY: Weather like this sure makes our job easy; we expect mostly sunny mild days and fair nights through Sunday. Today’s high will be in the 75-78 degree range, then we top out close to 80 tomorrow, with low 80s possible Sunday.

To the west, a large “slight risk” severe weather risk is defined Sunday west of Alabama…

EARLY NEXT WEEK: That storm system moves into Alabama with a good chance of rain and thunderstorms Monday, Monday night, and into at least a part of the day Tuesday. The good news is that severe weather parameters are very unimpressive, and at this point we just expect a good rain event with only a minimal severe weather threat. Rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely, so major flooding is not expected, but the rain could be heavy at times.

The rain will end from west to east Tuesday, and noticeably cooler air blows into the state with brisk north winds. Some parts of the Tennessee Valley might have a hard time getting out of the 50s Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday morning will be cold; it is likely we will see 30s in many areas, and again there is potential for frost across the colder valleys. Growers once again will need to monitor temperature forecasts.

Thursday and Friday of next week look dry with a warming trend. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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WeatherBrains 428: Jackass What?

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 428 is now online (April 10, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This is the regular weekly WeatherBrains podcast, but it is a somewhat special edition because it was recorded on a Thursday night AND 75 percent of the available WeatherBrains crew were together on South Padre Island, TX, attending the National Tropical Weather Conference. The topic for the show is, of course, tropical weather. And we weare fortunate to have two previous WeatherBrains guests on the show, both former National Hurricane Center directors, Max Mayfield and Bill Read. Listen to the show to get the inside stories from some very experienced meteorologists who have dealt with some major issues surrounding tropical weather. This is the behind the scenes stuff that you cannot get anywhere else.

The WeatherBrains crew and guests on episode 428 at the National Tropical Weather Conference in South Padre Island, TX.(L to R: Brian Peters, Nate Johnson, Bill Read, Max Mayfield, and Bill Murray).

Our email bag officer was not available, so a double dose of the mail bag will probably come next week.

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 428:

National Tropical Weather Conference

National Hurricane Center

Picks of the Week:

There were not any this week due to the special nature of the show.

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

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Sunny Days Through Sunday

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:39

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BIG WARM-UP: As expected, some of the traditionally colder spots across North Alabama saw some frost early this morning; Black Creek near Gadsden dropped to 33. But, we have warmed over 40 degrees in some places this afternoon as most communities are in the mid 70s. Hard to find a decent cloud in the sky.

DRY THROUGH SUNDAY: Delightful weather continues. Mostly sunny warm days, fair cool nights. Upper 70s tomorrow; highs around 80 Saturday, with potential for low 80s Sunday.

To the west, SPC has a severe weather risk defined for areas west of Alabama Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.

EARLY NEXT WEEK: A dynamic weather system will bring rain and thunderstorms back to Alabama Monday into Tuesday. The GFS is a little faster, the ECMWF a little slower; for now we will project the primary window for rain from 12:00 noon Monday through 12:00 noon Tuesday, but understand that might need to be adjusted as we get closer to the event.

At this point there is no real focused surface low, and instability values are low, so the severe weather threat doesn’t look very high, but this is mid-April and that might change in coming days. No doubt it will bring a good soaking with rain amounts of one to two inches statewide. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

Colder air arrives Tuesday night, and we might have a situation where colder valleys and protected areas go into the low to mid 30s again either Wednesday or Thursday morning (much like what we experienced this morning).

VOODOO LAND: Another strong storm system will bring active weather to Alabama around April 19-20. See the video for more details.

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Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast from Klotzbach/Gray

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:31

Dr. Bill Gray just finished speaking at the Tropical Meteorology Conference at South Padre Island, discussing the challenges of seasonal hurricane forecasting and the precursors that they use.

He turned it over to Dr. Phil Klotzbach to announce their 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast. Here are the numbers, showing their forecast and the 30 year average (1981-2010).

Named Storms: 9 (12.0)
Named Storm Days: 35 (60.1)

Hurricanes: 3 (6.5)
Hurricane Days: 12 (21.3)

Major Hurricanes: 1 (2.0)
Major Hurricane Days: 2 (3.9)

ACE*: 55 (92)
*ACE is Accumulated Cyclone Energy, a measurement of the wind energy expended by tropical cyclones. It is a better parameter for looking at the overall intensity of a storm or season.

NOTES
…Klotzbach credits the pending El Nino for the below average forecast.
…The Atlantic is at its coolest since 1994 as well.

ANALOGS
Some analog seasons cited:
…1957 Hurricane Aubrey killed at least 416 people in SW Louisiana
…1963 Flora killed over 7,000 people in the Caribbean
…1965 Hurricane Betsy struck Bahamas, South Florida and Louisiana
…1997 Hurricane Danny flooded Alabama coast
…2002 Lili impacted Gulf Coast

I cite the example storms from the analogs as a reminder that it only takes one story to make it a bad hurricane season. So even though a below average season is forecast, that is academic if storm hits you.

Here is the full forecast.

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Your Weekly U.S. Drought Monitor Update

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:31

Recent rains in many parts of the country have help alleviate some of the drought conditions, but looking at the map below, we continue to see a lot of dry areas across the Plains, Texas, the Southwest, and along the West Coast. We still see exceptional drought conditions affecting California, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

For Alabama, WOW, what a difference a week makes. The rains we received earlier this week have all but squashed any abnormally dry conditions across the state. Last week these conditions covered portions of the Wiregrass Region as well as locations from Dallas County to Cleburne County, but with most of these areas receiving 2-4 inches of rain this week, everything is back to normal for now.

The only part of the state that is still experiencing drought and abnormally dry conditions is in the northwestern part of the state. Moderate drought conditions are occurring in portions of Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin Counties, where it amounts to 1.32% of the state being affected. That is down from 3.37% last week, meaning the area being impacted decreased by 2.05%.

The abnormally dry conditions continue to impact locations in Lauderdale, Limestone, Lawrence, Colbert, and Franklin Counties. As stated earlier, these conditions covered much more of the state last week as 24.55% of the state was being impacted. This week, it has dropped significantly and is at 3.82% of the state. That is a decrease of 20.73% in the area suffering from the dry conditions.

With more rain in the forecast to start next week, hopefully we will see conditions continue to improve for our northwestern counties as well as no new areas develop elsewhere.

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Big Warm-Up Today

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:52

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COLD START: Many North/Central Alabama communities are in the 30s this morning. Some temperatures just before daybreak…

Black Creek 33
Fort Payne 34
Gadsden 36
Cottondale 36
Haleyville 36
Valley Head 37
Pleasant Grove 38
Cullman 39
Concord 39

Look for sunshine in full supply again today, and we warm into the mid 70s this afternoon.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: This fantastic spring weather will continue, with sunny days and fair nights. We reach the upper 70s tomorrow, and the high over the weekend will be around 80 degrees.

We note that SPC has introduced a severe weather risk for areas west of Alabama on day 4, which is Sunday…

MONDAY/TUESDAY: A rather dynamic weather system will bring a round of showers and thunderstorms to Alabama. The GFS hints the primary surface low will be well to the north of here, and at this point the severe weather risk doesn’t look overwhelming, but then again this is mid-April and you have to watch any storm system closely. Looks like rain amounts of around one inch, not enough for a big flooding issue.

The GFS moves the rain out quickly Monday night, but the ECMWF is slower, and keeps rain going through Tuesday morning. Drier and cooler air follows the rain for mid-week… Wednesday morning looks cold, and like this morning there could be 30s across colder pockets of North/Central Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights through Sunday. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the upper 60s, with 70s inland. Next chance of showers and storms will come Monday… sea water temperatures are in the mid 60s.

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

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Severe Clear

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:35

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; we are in Oxford programming NOAA Weather Radio receivers at the Publix; come see us if you need help… we will be here until 6:30 p.m.**

CHILLY NIGHT: Most communities will wind up in the low 40s early tomorrow with a clear sky and light wind, but keep in mind some of the traditionally colder spots will see a low in the mid to upper 30s with a touch of light frost possible. Nothing widespread or really damaging.

SPECTACULAR SPRING WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better; we expect sunny mild days and clear cool nights through Sunday. Highs in the mid 70s tomorrow, and upper 70s Friday and over the weekend. Some places could touch 80 degrees Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

STORMS RETURN EARLY NEXT WEEK: The 12Z GFS continue the idea of a band of showers and storms moving into Alabama Monday…

This will be a dynamic system, and we will monitor it in coming days for potential for heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. Colder and drier air will follow the rain Tuesday and Wednesday.

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 tomorrow night at 8:30 CT.

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Dry Through The Weekend

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 06:06

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COOL APRIL DAY: We are starting the day generally in the 40s, and we project a high between 64 and 68 degrees this afternoon… below the average high of 73 for April 9. The sky will be mostly sunny.

Tonight will be rather chilly; most communities will see a low around 40 degrees early tomorrow, but the traditionally colder pockets will drop down into the mid to upper 30s with potential for some scattered light frost. A warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon with a sunny sky and a high in the mid 70s.

FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Doesn’t get any better. Sunny days, fair nights. Highs 77 to 80, lows in the 50s.

NEXT WEEK: Global models continue to advertise a fairly dynamic weather system impacting Alabama early next week with rain and thunderstorms Monday into Monday night. For now it doesn’t look like a big severe weather setup, but it is really too early to evaluate the severe weather/heavy rain potential. Cooler and drier air arrives Tuesday; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend. Highs on the immediate coast will stay in the 60s because of the cooler ocean water, but 70s are likely just few miles inland. Sea water temperatures remain generally in the mid 60s. Next chance of wet weather on the coast will come on Monday.

WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING: We will be at the Publix in Oxford today from 3:30 until 6:30… if you need your weather radio programmed, have questions, or need to buy one, come see us.

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 have a weather program today at South Shades Crest Elementary in Hoover… due to travel there won’t be an afternoon Weather Xtreme video today, but I will post forecast notes here by 4:00. Enjoy the day!

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Storms Moving Into Alabama

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:30

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RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms have moved into West Alabama this afternoon as a cold core upper trough approaches. Due to the cold air aloft, some small hail is possible, but I doubt if the storms reach severe limits (the hail must be 1 inch in diameter or larger to be considered severe).

Showers will move across Alabama between now and midnight… rain amounts of 1/4 to 1/2 inch are expected, so no flooding issues this time.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: The sky becomes mostly sunny tomorrow, but the weather will stay cool with a high in the mid 60s. Thursday morning will be pretty chilly with a low around 40 degrees; the traditionally colder places across North and Central Alabama will see mid to upper 30s, and a touch of light frost is possible, but for now the frost is not expected to be widespread or especially harmful.

A nice warming trend begins Thursday with a sunny sky and a high in the mid 70s. Friday will be sunny with a high in the upper 70s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks delightful, with sunny warm days, and fair nights. Highs 77-81, with lows in the 50s.

NEXT WEEK: A dynamic weather system will bring rain and thunderstorms to Alabama Monday. The GFS brings the primary surface low right over Alabama, meaning the primary threat could be heavy rain and potential flooding, but it is way too early to determine the severe weather threat since that could easily change.

After the rain, a shot of colder air will arrive for mid-week, and once again we will need to monitor this for potential for a frost/freeze situation. See the Weather Xtreme video for the latest maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: A few showers are likely on the coast tonight, then mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend (just a small risk of a shower Sunday afternoon). Highs on the immediate coast will stay in the 60s because of the cooler ocean water, but 70s are likely just few miles inland. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 65 degrees.

WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING: We will be at the Publix in Oxford tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30… if you need your weather radio programmed, have questions, or need to buy one, come see us.

ON THIS DATE IN 1998: An EF-5 tornado killed 32 people in the western Birmingham suburbs of Oak Grove, Rock Creek, Sylvan Springs, Edgewater, McDonald Chapel, and Pratt City. The same parent thunderstorm dropped another tornado in St. Clair County, killing two north of Pell City.

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Watching Storms To Our West

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:40

We are keeping a careful watch on some thunderstorms moving east across Mississippi today. These will move into Alabama later this afternoon and will bring a threat of some gusty winds and hail.

A cold pocket of air in the upper-levels, which is very favorable for hail development, is moving across the region today. The cold pocket is allowing for a bit of destabilization of the atmosphere and is why we are seeing this convection develop.

There have been a few severe thunderstorm warnings with these storms over Mississippi, mostly because of the hail threat. Numerous reports from the NWS in Jackson of pea to marble size hail occurring and some storms are producing enough hail to cover the ground in some areas. Certainly something for us to pay attention to heading through the rest of today.

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Showers Late Today/Tonight

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:04

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COOLER: Most communities are in the 40s early this morning, but we do note Haleyville and Muscle Shoals are in the upper 30s just before daybreak. Today will be mostly cloudy with a high in the mid 60s; the average high for April 8 is 72 degrees.

SHOWERS TONIGHT: A deep upper trough will swing through here tonight and bring the risk of showers to our state. The main window for showers will come from about 4:00 p.m. to midnight, and thankfully the rain won’t be too heavy with amounts under 1/2 inch, so no flooding issues this time.

Due to the very cold air aloft, some thunder is possible in spots, but no severe weather since there is no surface based instability.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: Sunshine returns tomorrow, but the weather stays cool with a high in the mid to upper 60s. Thursday morning will be cold, but at this point it looks like the frost potential will be limited to the traditionally colder spots over North Alabama, where mid 30s are possible. Most communities will see a low around 40 degrees at daybreak Thursday. Then, we warm into the 70s Thursday with a bright sunny sky.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Some great spring weather. Sunny warm days, fair nights. Highs in the 75 to 80 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: A dynamic weather system will bring the next round of showers and storms Monday; a little too early to determine if this will be a severe weather or flood threat, but something to watch in coming days. Then, much colder air drops in here Tuesday and Wednesday, and models are hinting at another run at a frost/freeze threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

AT THE BEACH: A few showers are likely on the coast tonight, then mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend (just a small risk of a shower Sunday afternoon). Highs on the immediate coast will stay in the 60s because of the cooler ocean water, but 70s are likely just few miles inland. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 65 degrees.

WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING: We will be at the Publix in Oxford tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30… if you need your weather radio programmed, have questions, or need to buy one, come see us.

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 Thursday night at 8:30p CT.

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Whole Lot of Rain, 2

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:18

Ryan provided a summary of the rainfall across Alabama with a great graphic showing the radar estimated rainfall. This is a fantastic way to see how much rain fell, but there can be elements that vary enough to throw off the estimates from radar. This is one of the reasons meteorologists rely on ground truth observations to help calibrate the wonderful tools we use like radar. So the NWS in Birmingham issued a summary of rainfall reports across their county warning area about two hours ago. I’ve posted the information below.

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 072029 PNSBMX ALZ011>015-017>050-080828- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 328 PM CDT MON APR 7 2014 ...LATEST STORM TOTAL RAINFALL REPORTS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA... LOCATION AMOUNT TIME/DATE LAT/LON ...AUTAUGA... 2 SSE PLANTERSVILLE 3.74 IN 0700 AM 04/07 32.61N/86.91W 2 NE PRATTVILLE 2.86 IN 0302 PM 04/07 32.49N/86.42W 2 SE PRATTVILLE 2.67 IN 0315 PM 04/07 32.44N/86.43W 1 NNW PRATTVILLE 2.40 IN 0313 PM 04/07 32.48N/86.45W ...BARBOUR... CLAYTON 2.67 IN 0600 AM 04/07 31.88N/85.48W ...BIBB... WEST BLOCTON 6.15 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.12N/87.13W 6 SW CENTREVILLE 3.95 IN 0600 AM 04/07 32.87N/87.24W 1 NNE BRENT 3.32 IN 0226 PM 04/07 32.96N/87.17W ...BLOUNT... 1 WSW SMOKE RISE 3.22 IN 0313 PM 04/07 33.87N/86.84W ...BULLOCK... 7 WSW UNION SPRINGS 3.99 IN 0314 PM 04/07 32.10N/85.83W ...CALHOUN... ANNISTON ARPT ASOS 3.60 IN 0653 AM 04/07 33.59N/85.86W JACKSONVILLE ST UNIV 3.48 IN 0730 AM 04/07 33.83N/85.76W 1 ENE BYNUM 3.05 IN 0305 PM 04/07 33.62N/85.94W 2 E FORT MCCLELLAN 3.00 IN 0246 PM 04/07 33.72N/85.76W ...CHAMBERS... FIVE POINTS 1.65 IN 0822 AM 04/07 33.02N/85.35W ...CHEROKEE... WEISS DAM POWER HOUSE 3.12 IN 0700 AM 04/07 34.13N/85.80W ...CHILTON... 4 NE THORSBY 1.68 IN 0311 PM 04/07 32.96N/86.67W ...CLAY... 2 ENE ASHLAND 4.76 IN 0301 PM 04/07 33.28N/85.80W 3 NE LINEVILLE 4.04 IN 0223 PM 04/07 33.35N/85.72W ...CLEBURNE... 2 W HEFLIN 3.61 IN 0214 PM 04/07 33.65N/85.63W HEFLIN 0.03 IN 0315 PM 04/07 33.65N/85.58W ...COOSA... 10 SW ALEXANDER CITY 2.88 IN 0700 AM 04/07 32.82N/86.05W ...DALLAS... SELMA 3.56 IN 0530 AM 04/07 32.41N/87.02W ...ELMORE... 2 S TALLASSEE 3.39 IN 0313 PM 04/07 32.50N/85.89W ...ETOWAH... SARDIS CITY 3.18 IN 0316 PM 04/07 34.17N/86.11W ...FAYETTE... 3 S BERRY 3.78 IN 0630 AM 04/07 33.62N/87.61W ...GREENE... GAINESVILLE 5.21 IN 0500 AM 04/07 32.83N/88.13W ...HALE... WARRIOR LOCK AND DAM 4.27 IN 0600 AM 04/07 32.77N/87.83W ...JEFFERSON... 3 ESE BESSEMER 6.58 IN 0315 PM 04/07 33.35N/86.91W CAHABA PUMP HOUSE 5.77 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.45N/86.72W 3 NE FAIRFIELD 4.91 IN 0215 PM 04/07 33.52N/86.88W 2 NE HOOVER 4.71 IN 0303 PM 04/07 33.40N/86.80W LEEDS 4.70 IN 0800 AM 04/07 33.54N/86.53W BIRMINGHAM ARPT ASOS 4.49 IN 0653 AM 04/07 33.57N/86.75W 1 NW TRUSSVILLE 3.74 IN 0304 PM 04/07 33.65N/86.62W 4 NNE PINSON 3.51 IN 0309 PM 04/07 33.74N/86.64W ...LAMAR... 5 W MILLPORT 2.52 IN 0313 PM 04/07 33.55N/88.17W 6 WNW VERNON 2.14 IN 0306 PM 04/07 33.79N/88.21W ...LEE... 3 NNE AUBURN 3.62 IN 0304 PM 04/07 32.63N/85.47W 2 NW OPELIKA 2.86 IN 0304 PM 04/07 32.68N/85.40W AUBURN 2.54 IN 0655 AM 04/07 32.62N/85.43W WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLT 2.37 IN 0800 AM 04/07 32.66N/85.45W 12 SE AUBURN 2.10 IN 0500 AM 04/07 32.45N/85.37W ...MACON... 9 ESE NOTASULGA 4.80 IN 0226 PM 04/07 32.48N/85.56W ...MARENGO... DEMOPOLIS 2.79 IN 0305 PM 04/07 32.52N/87.84W ...MONTGOMERY... MONTGOMERY DANNELLY FIELD 4.13 IN 0653 AM 04/07 32.30N/86.41W 5 E MONTGOMERY 3.69 IN 0312 PM 04/07 32.35N/86.19W 5 WNW MONTGOMERY 3.42 IN 0658 AM 04/07 32.38N/86.37W 7 WSW SHORTER 3.36 IN 0315 PM 04/07 32.37N/86.06W ...PERRY... 9 WNW MAPLESVILLE 2.12 IN 0241 PM 04/07 32.83N/87.04W ...PICKENS... ALICEVILLE LOCK AND DAM 4.32 IN 0500 AM 04/07 33.21N/88.29W ...PIKE... TROY MUNICIPAL APT 4.37 IN 0653 AM 04/07 31.78N/85.95W ...RANDOLPH... R.L. HARRIS DAM 4.86 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.25N/85.62W WADLEY NR 2 1.71 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.13N/85.58W ...RUSSELL... HURTSBORO 3.49 IN 0301 PM 04/07 32.24N/85.42W 3 ESE SEALE 2.52 IN 0700 AM 04/07 32.29N/85.12W 2 SSW PHENIX CITY 1.87 IN 0316 PM 04/07 32.44N/85.02W ...SHELBY... 3 N CHELSEA 5.27 IN 0313 PM 04/07 33.37N/86.64W 2 WSW ALABASTER 5.17 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.22N/86.86W 3 SE PELHAM 5.06 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.27N/86.76W 1 SE HELENA 4.69 IN 0313 PM 04/07 33.27N/86.83W 1 WNW HELENA 4.55 IN 0315 PM 04/07 33.30N/86.87W 1 S HELENA 4.52 IN 0315 PM 04/07 33.27N/86.86W SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT 4.32 IN 0653 AM 04/07 33.18N/86.78W HELENA 3.37 IN 0313 PM 04/07 33.29N/86.85W CALERA 3.36 IN 0600 AM 04/07 33.11N/86.75W ...ST. CLAIR... LOGAN MARTIN DAM 3.88 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.43N/86.33W 2 SSW MARGARET 3.22 IN 1058 AM 04/07 33.66N/86.49W 2 E MARGARET 2.60 IN 0352 AM 04/07 33.69N/86.44W ...SUMTER... 1 SSW LIVINGSTON 3.91 IN 0230 PM 04/07 32.57N/88.19W ...TALLADEGA... 2 SSE TALLADEGA 4.30 IN 0800 AM 04/07 33.41N/86.09W 7 ENE VINCENT 4.28 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.44N/86.31W WATER PLANT 4.04 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.21N/86.21W WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLT 3.98 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.42N/86.14W 1 ENE TALLADEGA 3.59 IN 0226 PM 04/07 33.44N/86.08W ...TALLAPOOSA... ALEXANDER CITY 3.41 IN 0700 AM 04/07 32.95N/85.95W ...TUSCALOOSA... 5 W NORTHPORT 5.31 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.24N/87.69W 12 S BERRY 4.86 IN 0230 PM 04/07 33.48N/87.60W 14 N BROOKWOOD 4.21 IN 0230 PM 04/07 33.46N/87.35W OLIVER LOCK AND DAM 3.79 IN 0403 AM 04/07 33.21N/87.59W TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT 3.69 IN 0653 AM 04/07 33.22N/87.61W 2 NE HOLT 3.65 IN 0700 AM 04/07 33.25N/87.45W 8 NE VANCE 3.49 IN 0310 PM 04/07 33.27N/87.16W ...WALKER... 2 ENE JASPER 3.13 IN 0211 PM 04/07 33.86N/87.24W ...WINSTON... ADDISON 2.99 IN 0630 AM 04/07 34.20N/87.18W OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL. $$ NWS BIRMINGHAM AL
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Cooler Days Ahead

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:43

An all new edition of the ABC 33/40 Weather Xtreme video is available in the player on the right sidebar of the blog. You can subscribe to the Weather Xtreme video on iTunes by clicking here.

RADAR CHECK: A few showers are near the Georgia border this afternoon ahead of a cold front passing through Alabama. You can see the difference on either side of the front; at 2:00 Haleyville reported 54 degrees, while Montgomery was 22 degrees warmer at 76.

We will be mostly cloudy tonight, but dry. And, the weather turns colder. Most communities will see a low between 41 and 45 degrees early tomorrow.

MORE SHOWERS: A deep, cold core upper trough will pass over Alabama tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night, and it will bring the threat of more rain. Nothing like last night… no flooding or severe weather, but it will clearly rain at times over much of North/Central Alabama. The main window for showers will come from about 4:00 p.m. through 12:00 midnight; rain amounts of around 1/4 to 1/2 inch are likely. Due to the very cold air aloft, there could be some thunder involved in spots. The sky will be mostly cloudy tomorrow with a high in the mid 60s.

Wednesday will be a mostly sunny day with a high in the mid 60s.

THURSDAY MORNING FROST POTENTIAL: Colder pockets across North/Central Alabama will visit the mid 30s early Thursday with potential for some light frost. I don’t think it will be especially damaging, but growers need to be aware of the situation.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be delightful spring days with a warming trend; the high by Friday and Saturday will be very close to 80 degrees. Sunday looks dry as well with a partly sunny sky; the next chance of showers and storms will come early next week on Monday. Too early to determine if there will be a severe weather threat… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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A Whole Lot of Rainfall

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:34

It was a very wet night and morning across the state as torrential rains caused widespread flooding across the state. Rivers and streams are spilling out of their banks as copious amounts of run-off has filled them to the brink.

Looking a rainfall totals from this storm system shows most locations across Central Alabama received on average 2-4 inches of rain. However, there were totals of over 6 inches, especially on the southern side of the Birmingham metro, where a heavier band of rain did set up for a while this morning. Some of the bigger cities totals: Birmingham 4.36″, Tuscaloosa 3.29″, Anniston 3.41″, Shelby County Airport 3.77″, Montgomery 3.32″.

The good news is the rain is almost completely over with in Alabama and any flooding that is occurring should subside this afternoon and into the evening. We will have to continue to monitor the rivers across the state as many of them are under flood warnings as all the run-off makes its way into them.

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Tornado Watch & Flash Flood Watch Cancelled

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:40

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE TORNADO WATCH FOR
THE FOLLOWING 3 COUNTIES:

LEE RUSSELL
BARBOUR

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…AUBURN…EUFAULA…
OPELIKA AND PHENIX CITY.

…FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS CANCELLED…

…HEAVY RAINFALL HAS MOVED OUT OF CENTRAL ALABAMA…

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA…EAST
CENTRAL ALABAMA…NORTHEAST ALABAMA…NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
SOUTHEAST ALABAMA AND WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
RUNOFF CONTINUES…PRODUCING FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE AREA.
HOWEVER…ADDITIONAL RAINFALL IS NOT EXPECTED.

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Weather Radio Programming – Oxford

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:30

The ABC 3340 Weather Team will be helping folks program their weather radios this coming Wednesday at the Publix in Oxford from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. If you have a weather radio – or need to purchase a new weather radio – and you want to be sure it is programmed correctly, we can help. Just bring it by Publix this coming Wednesday, and we’ll have ABC 3340 folks there to make sure you are ready for whatever Spring 2014 throws at us.

As an added bonus, you can see James Spann live doing the weather from there or see the new full-sized cardboard cut out of him!

Oxford not convenient? We’ll also be making stops in Tuscaloosa (Academy Sports) on April 16, Bessemer (Publix) on April 23, Pell City (Publix) on April 30, Gadsden (Academy Sports) on May 7, and Hoover (Publix) on May 14.

Hope to see you there.

-Brian-

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Only Three Counties Left in Tornado Watch

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:57

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED THE TORNADO WATCH FOR
THE FOLLOWING 4 COUNTIES

MONTGOMERY
MACON
BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…MONTGOMERY…TROY…
TUSKEGEE AND UNION SPRINGS.

THE TORNADO WATCH REMAINS VALID UNTIL 3 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOON FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 3 COUNTIES

LEE RUSSELL
BARBOUR

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…AUBURN…EUFAULA…
OPELIKA AND PHENIX CITY.

WWWW

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Barbour County until 9:30 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:39

A severe thunderstorm is racing across the southern part of the county and will be affecting Clio, Clayton, and Eufaula.

Frequent lightning, large hail, damaging winds, and very heavy rainfall is likely accompanying this storm as it moves off towards the northeast rapidly. It will also impact drivers along U.S. 82 and 431.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BARBOUR COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 AM CDT

* AT 837 AM 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
COMER TO CLAYTON TO ARITON…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CLIO…EUFAULA…CLAYTON…DOSTER…WHITE OAK…BLUE SPRINGS STATE
PARK…TYLER CROSSROADS AND HAWKINSVILLE.

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.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Lee and Russell Counties until 9:30 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:33

It is a rough ride currently along U.S. 80 and 431 south of Interstate 85. Areas around Smiths Station, Phenix City, Seale, Glenville, and Hurtsboro could see a threat from damaging winds and large hail.

This storms continue to race off towards the east and will likely be crossing into Georgia within the hour.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN LEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 930 AM CDT

* AT 832 AM 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 5
MILES SOUTHEAST OF DAVISVILLE TO MIDWAY TO BARBOUR COUNTY PUBLIC
LAKE DAM…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HURTSBORO…SMITHS…PHENIX CITY…UCHEE…SEALE…GRIFFEN MILL…
RUSSELL COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX AND BLEECKER.

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. TORNADOES CAN
DEVELOP QUICKLY FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH NOT IMMEDIATELY
LIKELY…IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED…ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF
SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE…SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL
INTERIOR ROOM.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Barbour/Bullock/Macon Counties until 9:15 AM

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 08:10

Damaging winds, in excess of 60 mph, hail, flash flooding, and frequent lightning will be a threat with this storm.

It will be affecting Union Springs, Fort Davis, and Mount Andrew. Travel will be impacted along U.S. 29 and 82. This storms continues to push of to the northeast very rapidly.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN BARBOUR COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
BULLOCK COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN MACON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 915 AM CDT

* AT 809 AM 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
FRANKLIN FIELD TO 7 MILES WEST OF BOOT HILL…AND MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 65 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
UNION SPRINGS…MIDWAY…ABERFOIL…BOOT HILL…PICKETT…
DAVISVILLE…GUERRYTON AND BARBOUR COUNTY PUBLIC LAKE DAM.

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.

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