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Clear Tonight; Storms Late Tomorrow

| 3:42 pm March 30, 2015

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SUNNY SPRING AFTERNOON: As expected, the sky has become sunny this afternoon following the round of early morning thunderstorms. Temperatures are mostly in the 70-75 degree range, about where we should be for the end of March in Alabama.

The sky will stay clear tonight; most spots will will drop into the 48-52 degree range early tomorrow.

STORMS RETURN: SPC has much of Alabama in a “marginal” severe weather risk tomorrow afternoon and evening; moisture will return during the day, and scattered showers and storms should develop during the afternoon. Model guidance is suggesting some decent surface based instability, with CAPE values approaching 2,000 j/kg in spots by late afternoon. Some of the storms that develop late tomorrow could produce small hail and gusty winds… they will settle down later tomorrow night. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 70s.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: While we certainly could see a few showers or storms on these two days, they should be widely spaced, and we should see a decent amount of sunshine through scattered clouds. Afternoon highs will rise to near 80 degrees.

FRIDAY: Looks like a decent part of the day Friday will be dry, but showers could develop by mid to late afternoon. An organized band of showers and storms will likely pass through Friday night ahead of a cold front… at this point the severe weather risk looks low with only a very limited amount of surface based instability.

EASTER WEEKEND: The sky becomes mostly sunny Saturday, but the day will be cooler with a high between 60 and 65 degrees. Sunday morning will be chilly; most places will see a low in the 40-45 degree range, but colder valleys and protected areas across North and Central Alabama could visit the mid to upper 30s. Then, during the day Sunday, it will be sunny and pleasant with a high in the mid to upper 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Moisture returns Monday (April 6), and we will bring back the risk of showers and thunderstorms. The weather looks somewhat unsettled through mid-week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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GULF COAST WEATHER: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through Friday on the Gulf Coast with only widely scattered showers; showers and storms are more likely late Friday night into Saturday morning, then the rest of the Easter weekend will be dry from Panama City over to Gulf Shores. Highs will be mostly in the 70s, with lows in the 60s. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 65 degrees.

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Storms End Early; Some Sun Later

| 6:25 am March 30, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: A band of strong storms continues to move southward through Central Alabama at daybreak… they are producing heavy rain, frequent lightning, and gusty winds.

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As the storms push south of here, the sky becomes partly sunny later this morning, and we will be rain-free this afternoon and tonight. We reach the low 70s today, and tonight will be cool with a low in the 45-50 degree range.

TOMORROW: We start the day with some morning sunshine, but clouds will increase by midday, and we will forecast a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. Some of the storms late tomorrow could pack a punch, with gusty winds and some hail as the air becomes unstable. SPC has much of the state in a “marginal” severe weather risk…

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Best chance of stronger storms tomorrow will come from about 3:00 until 9:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: These two days will feature a mix of sun and clouds with warm afternoons… temperatures will be close to 80 degrees. A few scattered showers and storms could fire up, but they should be widely spaced, and a decent part of these two days will be dry. Best chance of showers will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but a late night or morning shower can’t be ruled out.

FRIDAY: We should reach the low 80s Friday afternoon with intervals of sunshine throughout the day. Then, a cold front will push a band of showers and storms in here late in the day into Friday night. For now the overall severe weather threat looks low.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Showers along the front should end early Saturday, with clearing and cooler conditions during the day. Many North Alabama communities won’t get out of the 50s Saturday, and by daybreak Easter Sunday morning colder pockets could reach the mid to upper 30s. Sunday will be a sunny day with a high in the 60s.

GULF COAST WEATHER: The weather won’t be too bad this week along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. We project about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day through Friday. There will be a risk of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis with highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a cool 63 degrees.

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I have a talk this morning to a trade group at the Vestavia Hills Country Club, and this afternoon I will be speaking at Anniston High School. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Strong Storms Early This Morning

| 5:17 am March 30, 2015

A band of strong thunderstorms is pushing southward through Alabama early this morning…

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The storms are producing lots of lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds. Also, some small hail is possible. But, they are well under classic severe limits (winds of 58 mph or higher, or hail 1″ or larger in diameter). The storms will end from north to south during the next few hours, and the sun will be out this afternoon. A new Weather Xtreme video and forecast discussion coming shortly…

Sunday Afternoon Update

| 1:32 pm March 29, 2015

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A band of clouds is moving across Alabama this afternoon, spreading from southwest to northeast. Most areas are still experiencing sunshine. Temperatures are in the 50s, approaching 60F.

A cold front to our northwest is approaching Kansas City. That front will bring showers and a little thunder to North and Central Alabama tonight, mainly after midnight and lasting through the morning hours. Clouds will increase this evening and temperatures overnight will drop into the lower 50s.

Monday highs will be around 70F.

Expect unsettled weather all week, with a chance of showers and storms each day before a cold front moves in late Friday and early Saturday setting the stage for a nice weekend.

A Warmer Day

| 7:31 am March 29, 2015

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Clouds held in a bit longer than I expected them to so much of the southern sections of Central Alabama avoided a freeze this morning, but the temperature contrast was pretty large with low dipping into 20s across Northeast Alabama where the sky cleared overnight. Look for a dry day today with a partly cloudy sky and temperatures warming about 10 degrees over yesterday with highs climbing into the lower 60s.

Dry weather does not last long as a fast moving cold front promises to bring showers and perhaps a little thunder to Central Alabama for Monday. Because the front is moving rather quickly, I expect the better rain chances to come in the morning with much of the area drying out by mid afternoon as the front moves into South Alabama. In spite of the front, I expect the highs to climb even warmer Monday with highs mainly in the upper 60s.

The deep trough over the eastern third of the country will move into the Atlantic but another fast moving upper level disturbance will move quickly across the Great Lakes dragging the front across the Southeast US. By Tuesday and Wednesday, the upper flow will become more nearly zonal as a series of weak disturbances move through the southern stream. This will help to keep to keep the weather a bit unsettled as the front moves back northward as a warm front. Despite the clouds and showers we should see highs mainly in the 70s for much of the week ahead.

Another strong trough will move out of the Rockies late in the week by Friday and into Saturday. This will bring yet another cold front into the area for late Friday and Saturday, but we should dry out by Sunday. Temperatures will drop back for the weekend with highs in the 60s.

AT THE BEACH: Chilly at the Gulf with temperatures dropping into the 40s this morning along the coastline from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Look for a mostly sunny daytoday; highs will be in the 60s today and back in the low 70s Monday. A few widely scattered showers could show up for the week ahead, but there will still be some decent intervals of sunshine each day. Showers and storms will be more possible Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but even then it won’t rain all day.

Looking out into voodoo country, the pattern starts week 2 with weak ridging that gets stronger around April 8th. A trough, not as strong as what the GFS was depicting yesterday, still promises some stormy weather beginning on the 8th and continuing through the 9th. Another deep trough around the 11th has a stormy look to it and may provide another late season shot of cold air – though not as cold as the current system.

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A Chilly Saturday

| 2:45 pm March 28, 2015

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It is a cool day with most locations sitting in the upper 40s and lower 50s this afternoon. Northwesterly flow continues to keep it breezy as well. Most locations  have seen plenty of sunshine today, but we are watching an area of clouds moving into and through West Alabama from the northwest. Within the clouds, there are a few very light showers, and some of these are showing up on the radar this afternoon over some of our northwestern counties and these showers should stay west of Interstate 65.

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This feature will exit the region later tonight and we should see our sky clear once again. Much like last night, tonight it is going to be very cold for spring. Temperatures will fall below the freezing mark overnight. The NWS has issued a freeze warning for much of North-Central Alabama. This warning includes areas along and north of line from Sulligent, Fayette, Birmingham, Alabaster, Rockford, Alexander City, and LaFayette. South of this area, a frost advisory has been issued for areas around Demopolis, Tuscaloosa, Clanton, Montgomery, Troy, and Auburn. Take any precautions need to protect sensitive vegetation as temps are forecast to be in the 28-32F range by tomorrow morning.

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