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Dry Air Returns Tonight

| 3:43 pm April 22, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: We have a few heavy showers on radar at mid-afternoon near the I-20 corridor (Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston), but I haven’t seen any lightning strikes showing up, and it looks like thunder will be unlikely for our state this evening. Temperatures are mostly in the 68-73 degree range, and the sky is mostly cloudy.

The rain will end later this evening, and we expect a clearing sky tonight as drier air works down into the state.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: These days look mostly sunny; we reach the mid to upper 70s tomorrow, followed by low to mid 80s Thursday. In fact, Thursday could be the warmest day so far this year for many Alabama communities.

A surface front could bring a few showers into the state Thursday night, however.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: That front will move into Central Alabama, stall, and dissipate over these three days. Bottom line is that we will continue to mention a chance of widely scattered showers Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but the rain will be light and spotty, and the sun should be out at times. And, the weather stays warm with highs up in the low to mid 80s. A nice summer preview.

TO THE WEST: A significant severe weather event is possible this weekend over North Texas and parts of the Southern Plains… (D5 is Saturday; D6 is Sunday)…

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EARLY NEXT WEEK IN ALABAMA: Still too early to really determine the threat of severe weather in our state early next week. The 12Z GFS hints the main window for thunderstorms will come from about 6:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, and severe weather parameters, while not overwhelmingly strong, do suggest some risk of thunderstorms with hail and strong winds. Just too early to determine if there will be a tornado threat. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

LATE NEXT WEEK: Global models develop a long wave upper trough over the eastern U.S. in the April 30-May 2 time frame, which would imply temperatures well below average here in Alabama and across the Deep South. I don’t think we will have to worry about a freeze threat, but on one morning late next week there could be a touch of frost across the colder valleys and protected areas of Northeast Alabama. Again, see the video for more details.

AT THE BEACH: A few scattered showers tonight from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but nothing too heavy or widespread. Then, mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend. A few isolated showers could show up Friday and Saturday, but the chance of any one spot seeing rain is small. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the 68-72 degree range because of the cooler ocean water; but just a few miles inland highs will rise into the low to mid 80s. Sea water temperatures remain in the mid 60s.

WEATHER RADIO TOUR: We will be at the Publix in the McCalla/Bessemer area (just off I-459 exit one) tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. If you need your weather radio programmed, or 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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I enjoyed seeing the pre-schoolers today at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa, and the second graders at Deer Valley Elementary in Hoover. Be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow….

Update on Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter Outage

| 11:01 am April 22, 2014

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Yesterday, Brian posted about the Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter being off the air. Today we received an update from Jim Stefkovich, the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Birmingham. Jim believes it is important for everyone to know about the situation, and has asked all media partners spread the word on the issue. Here is the latest information on this situation.

Initial issues with the Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) transmitter occurred during the late afternoon on Saturday 4/19. Technicians determined on 4/20 that equipment on the tower, as well as cable from the transmitter to the antenna needed to be replaced. There are limited personnel available to make repairs and certified to make the approximate 450 foot climb on the antenna. We have received estimates that the transmitter may not be repaired until on or around 5/3.

They have provided a link to allow people the opportunity to switch transmitter sites and determine if they can in fact pick up broadcasts from surrounding transmitters. Map of nearby transmitters.

The last NWR weekly test occurred on 4/19. For some NWR receivers, if a weekly test does not occur within 10 days, the receiver will begin to beep constantly. This means that if not repaired by 4/29-30, these receivers will begin to beep until a weekly test is performed. It is their intention to perform a weekly test immediately if the outage lasts this long.

Occasional Showers Today

| 6:09 am April 22, 2014

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RADAR CHECK: Showers cover a decent part of North Alabama, mostly north of I-20, just before daybreak. We will continue to forecast occasional showers across Alabama today, with potential for a few thunderstorms this afternoon. The rain won’t be especially heavy, it won’t rain all day, and no severe weather is expected. Rain amounts between 1/4 and 1/2 inch are likely across North/Central Alabama.

The rain will end this evening, and the sky will clear late tonight as drier air works into the state.

TOMORROW/THURSDAY: These days will be warm and dry with a good supply of sunshine both days. The high tomorrow will be in the upper 70s, followed by low to mid 80s. Thursday could be our warmest day so far in 2014… we have hit 82 three times this year in Birmingham; the GFS is printing 83 for Thursday afternoon.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A weak surface front will drift into Alabama, but there is very little upper support, and it looks like any showers will be few and far between Friday. Chance of any one spot getting wet Friday afternoon is only about one in five, and the high will be at or just over 80 degrees.

Very similar weather for the weekend as the front stalls out and washes out. Mixed sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday; highs in the 81-85 degree range, and only isolated showers. Most of the weekend looks rain-free for Alabama.

TO THE WEST: A significant severe weather situation is possible this weekend across parts of North Texas and the Southern Plains… in this graphic from SPC Day 5 is Saturday, and Day 6 is Sunday…

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NEXT WEEK IN ALABAMA: This weather system will impact Alabama early next week; the 00Z GFS hints the main risk of showers and storms will come late Monday, Monday night, and into Tuesday morning. It remains to be seen if severe weather will be an issue here; for now the parameters look rather marginal as the main system weakens, but we are still a week out and things could change. Take some time to see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

We also note the 00Z GFS hints at some chilly air dropping into Alabama toward the end of next week.

AT THE BEACH: A few scattered showers today from Panama City over to Gulf Shores, but nothing too heavy or widespread. Then, mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through the weekend. A few isolated showers could show up Friday and Saturday, but the chance of any one spot seeing rain is small. Highs along the immediate coast will be in the 68-72 degree range because of the cooler ocean water; but just a few miles inland highs will rise into the low to mid 80s. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 66 degrees.

WEATHER RADIO TOUR: We will be at the Publix in the McCalla/Bessemer area (just off I-459 exit one) tomorrow from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. If you need your weather radio programmed, or 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. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I have weather programs today at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa, and Deer Valley Elementary in Hoover. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon. Enjoy the day….

Showers Return Tomorrow

| 3:39 pm April 21, 2014

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CLOUDS THICKEN TONIGHT: It has been a dry day across the great state of Alabama today with a partly sunny sky; temperatures are generally in the upper 70s at mid-afternoon. We have noted a few echoes on radar over North Alabama this afternoon, but that is not reaching the ground.

Clouds thicken tonight across the state, and showers will likely develop toward daybreak tomorrow.

TOMORROW: We will continue to mention the chance of showers and thunderstorms statewide tomorrow, but it will not be an “all-day” kind of rain, the rain won’t be too heavy, and we don’t expect severe thunderstorms. Seems like the main window for rain will come from about 4:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m; tomorrow night looks generally dry. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 70s.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: These days will be warm and dry with an upper ridge overhead; expect a good supply of sunshine both days. The high Wednesday will be close to 80, with low 80s likely Thursday. Some of the warmest weather we have experienced so far this year.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A weak surface front, with little upper support, will drift into Alabama Friday, and we will mention just the risk of a few widely scattered showers. The front will dissipate Saturday, and after a review of the 12Z model runs, I get the idea most the weekend will be dry and warm. Can’t totally rule out a shower somewhere Saturday or Sunday, but the chance of any one spot getting wet will be small. Looks like we stay in the low 80s over the weekend with some sun possible both days.

To the west, the GFS hints at a significant severe weather setup for the Great Plains Sunday, but it remains to be seen if the severe weather threat will continue eastward early next week.

We will mention a chance of showers and storms Monday and Tuesday, and significant rain is very possible along with some threat of strong storms, but we will have to wait until better model clarity to determine if severe weather will be an issue.

AT THE BEACH: The weather looks generally good along the coast through the upcoming weekend, although a few scattered showers and storms are possible from Panama City over to Gulf Shores tomorrow. Highs along the immediate coast will be around 70 degrees, but 80 degree warmth is likely just a few miles inland. For the weekend ahead, just a slight risk of a shower Saturday, otherwise the weather looks dry on the coast. Sea water temperatures are generally running in the mid 60s along the Central Gulf Coast.

WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING TOUR: This week we will be at the Publix in Bessemer, just off I-459 exit 1, Wednesday from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. Need your radio programmed or have questions? 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 tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd and 4th graders at Hamilton Elementary School in Marion County… 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….

Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio Down

| 9:53 am April 21, 2014

The National Weather Service posted the message below this morning, so if you listen to the NOAA Weather Radio broadcast from the Birmingham transmitter, it is currently off the air. Due to the overlap in transmitter coverage, you may be able to pick up another nearby broadcast. But as noted in the message, that alternative transmitter may not broadcast warnings for your county. Fortunately, showers and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm tomorrow are not expected to be severe.

NOAA Weather Radio samplings

-Brian-

NOUS44 KBMX 211422
PNSBMX
ALZ011>015-017>050-221800-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
922 AM CDT MON APR 21 2014

...BIRMINGHAM NOAA WEATHER RADIO IS OFF THE AIR...

THE BIRMINGHAM NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRANSMITTER...BROADCASTING ON A
FREQUENCY OF 162.550 MHZ...IS OFF THE AIR.

WE ARE WORKING WITH TECHNICIANS TO GET IT BACK UP AND RUNNING AS
SOON AS POSSIBLE. PARTS ARE ON ORDER. WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE THE
RADIO BACK IN OPERATION BY WEDNESDAY...BUT IT MAY TAKE UNTIL AS
LONG AS THURSDAY OR FRIDAY TO COMPLETE THE NECESSARY REPAIRS. IN
THE MEANTIME...PLEASE TUNE TO LOCAL MEDIA AND COMMERCIAL RADIO FOR
THE LATEST SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION. BACKUP NOAA WEATHER RADIO
TRANSMITTERS ARE:

TUSCALOOSA...BROADCASTING ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.400 MHZ...
ONEONTA...BROADCASTING ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.425 MHZ...AND
ANNISTON...BROADCASTING ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.475 MHZ.

KEEP IN MIND THAT NOT ALL BACKUP TRANSMITTERS WILL TONE FOR YOUR
SPECIFIC COUNTY...SO PLEASE STAY WEATHER AWARE DURING THE OUTAGE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS
OUTAGE MAY CAUSE.

$$

Weather Radio Programming – Bessemer

| 9:15 am April 21, 2014

The ABC 3340 Weather Team will be helping folks program their weather radios this coming Wednesday at the Publix store on Promenade Parkway in Bessemer 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 in Bessemer this coming Wednesday, and ABC 3340 folks will be there to make sure you are ready for whatever Spring 2014 throws at us.

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

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

Hope to see you there.

-Brian-

Dry/Warm Today; Showers Return Tomorrow

| 6:22 am April 21, 2014

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CLOUDS SLOWLY INCREASING: We begin this day with temperatures mostly in the low 50s at daybreak; we rise into the upper 70s today with a partly sunny sky, although clouds will gradually increase. To the west, active weather is expected over Texas where SPC has the standard “slight risk” of severe weather up for cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, and Waco.

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TOMORROW: A surface front will bring the chance of showers and thunderstorms to the state. Thankfully there is very limited dynamic support, and severe weather is not expected. Rain amounts will be in the 1/4 to 1/2 inch range. No “all day” rain, but a few passing showers and storms are likely. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and the high will remain in the upper 70s.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: These two days will be warm and dry with a good supply of sunshine and a high up in the low 80s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A weak surface boundary will move down into Alabama Friday, and could kick off a few scattered showers. But, like the system tomorrow, there isn’t much upper support for the front, and severe weather or really heavy rain isn’t expected.

Then, for the weekend, the front will remain stationary across Central Alabama Saturday before washing out Sunday. We will keep the chance of scattered showers and storms in the forecast Saturday, but again this isn’t a “wash out” kind of rain. Then, for Sunday, just an outside risk of a shower or two during the day. Highs over the weekend will be in the 77 to 80 degree range, and the sky will be mostly cloudy both days.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms will increase across the state Monday; the GFS hints the main surface low could be south of here which would mean more of a heavy rain threat… see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: The weather looks generally good along the coast through the upcoming weekend, although a few scattered showers and storms are possible from Panama City over to Gulf Shores tomorrow. Highs along the immediate coast will be around 70 degrees, but 80 degree warmth is likely just a few miles inland. For the weekend ahead, just a small risk of a shower Saturday, otherwise the weather looks dry on the coast. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 64 degrees.

WEATHER RADIO PROGRAMMING TOUR: This week we will be at the Publix in Bessemer, just off I-459 exit 1, Wednesday from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. Need your radio programmed or have questions? 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 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.

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

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

Sunday Update

| 10:36 am April 20, 2014

The tale of two skies continues across the state of Alabama on this Easter Sunday.

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Skies are cloudy south of I-85 and US-80 over the southeastern part of the state when some moisture is riding up and over the high pressure over southern Alabama. Funny thing, the moisture is coming from an unusual direction: the northeast. The culprit is the large low off the coast of the Carolinas. Elsewhere, skies are a bright blue.

The closest rain to Alabama is some showers along the Carolina Coast. Just a little further away, we find some showers and storms over Texas and Oklahoma ahead of our next weather system.

Temperatures this afternoon across Central Alabama will be in the 76-79F range with a few readings touching 80F as the clouds stay well to the south and gradually erode. Lows tonight will be near 50F.