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Cooler Air Returns Tomorrow

| 3:59 pm January 29, 2015

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MILD WINTER DAY: Temperatures, as expected, have reached the 60s across much of North and Central Alabama this afternoon; Tuscaloosa has actually hit 70 degrees at 3:00 p.m. There is some filtered sunshine, and no rain on the radar. We will maintain a small risk of a shower early tonight with a cold front passing through, but many communities won’t see a drop.

TOMORROW/SATURDAY: The weather will be noticeably cooler tomorrow with a high close to 50 degrees, but the sky will be bright and sunny. Saturday will be dry, with a partly sunny sky and a high in the mid 50s. Clouds begin to thicken late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night ahead of the next storm system in the southern branch of the jet stream.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: We will forecast periods of rain statewide, and maybe even a thunderstorm or two as a surface low passes just to the north. The latest QPF numbers have come down a bit; totals of 1/2 inch are likely, with isolated amounts to one inch. Sunday’s high will be in the low 50s.

COLDER AIR MONDAY: A sharp change to colder weather is likely Monday following the rain; some places north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 30s with strong north wind, and we will maintain the chance of snow flurries Monday morning over the northern third of Alabama. The flurries should be a low or no impact event with surface temperatures above freezing, and the deeper moisture east of Alabama by then.

NEXT WEEK: Tuesday will be dry with a cold morning; lows will be in the 20-25 degree range. Then, clouds return Tuesday night, and more rain is likely Wednesday. Again we see evidence that a few snow flurries are possible as the rain ends late Wednesday night over North Alabama, but no significant impact is expected. Another shot of colder air arrives Thursday.

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I enjoyed seeing the kids today at Knollwood Christian School in Sylacauga… 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….

Warmer With A Few Scattered Showers

| 6:15 am January 29, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: We have a few showers over Northwest Alabama at daybreak… moving east ahead of a surface cold front. Temperatures are mostly in the 40s, and we should rise into the low 60s this afternoon… making for a rather comfortable late January day. Showers will move through the Tennessee Valley this morning, and a few more could develop later today or early tonight over Central Alabama, but moisture is very limited, and rain will be very light and spotty. Many North/Central Alabama communities won’t see a drop.

TOMORROW/SATURDAY: These two days will be cool and dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky. We expect a high in the low 50s tomorrow, and mid 50s Saturday afternoon. It will be cold early Saturday morning with temperatures in the upper 20s to start the day. Clouds begin to return late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: Sunday continues to look like a wet day, with a cloudy sky and periods of rain. Some thunder is possible, but there is no risk of severe weather with no real surface based instability. Still looks like rain amounts of around one inch will be likely for the northern half of Alabama, with temperatures reaching the low 50s during the afternoon.

SHARPLY COLDER EARLY NEXT WEEK: Model guidance is trending colder for early next week; the 00Z GFS run is printing a high of only 39 degrees for Birmingham Monday. And, we should note there is a chance of snow flurries on the back side of the departing system during the morning hours over the northern counties of the state, but temperatures should be a little above freezing, and with the deeper moisture off to the east it looks like a little to no impact situation for now.

Tuesday morning will feature a significant freeze, with a low between 20 and 25 degrees. Then, we expect a high in the upper 40s Tuesday afternoon with a bright, sunny sky.

We will mention a chance of rain statewide Wednesday, although the most widespread rain could very well come over the southern half of the state.

VOODOO LAND: In the “land of voodoo” (looking at weather beyond seven days, where there is little skill in a specific forecast), the AO (Arctic Oscillation)/NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) combination seems to want to hang in negative territory, which suggests somewhat cold and unsettled weather for the eastern and southern U.S. into mid-February. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program this morning at Knollwood Christian School in Sylacauga, and then at midday I will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Birmingham Federal Executive Association in downtown Birmingham. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

A Few Showers Tomorrow

| 3:36 pm January 28, 2015

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SUNNY WINTER DAY: It has been a day of maximum sunshine across Alabama today; temperatures are mostly in the mid 50s this afternoon, right at average values for late January.

Clouds will increase across the state tomorrow with a clipper passing to the north, dragging a cold front through here tomorrow night. Ahead of the front, temperatures should reach the low 60s. A few showers will break out during the afternoon and nighttime hours, but they will be widely scattered and rain amounts will be light.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: These two days will be cool and dry; lots of sunshine Friday with a high in the low 50s, followed by a partly sunny day on Saturday with mid 50s. Saturday morning will be cold with a low in the 27-32 degree range.

SUNDAY: Clouds will thicken across the state Saturday night, and wet weather returns to Alabama Sunday. Curiously, the 12Z GFS run is drier, but I expect a pretty good rain event state wide with periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm or two as a surface low passes northwest of Alabama. Rain amounts of around inch are likely.

NEXT WEEK: Colder and drier air returns Monday; a few lingering snow flurries are possible early Monday morning over the northern third of the state with little or no impact. The sky will clear during the day with a steady north breeze and a high in the 40s. Tuesday looks cold and dry with a high near 50 degrees.

Later in the week, a southern stream system promises to bring more rain to the state by Wednesday or Thursday, and the GFS is hinting at some risk of winter weather mischief for parts of the Deep South toward the end of the week. Needless to say, there is no way to resolve details at this stage of the game; just something to watch for now. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I enjoyed seeing the 3rd graders today at Gwin Elementary in Hoover… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! Also, a big thanks to those in the Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama Gadsden center… I enjoyed the visit at midday today. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Sunny Mid-Winter Day

| 6:05 am January 28, 2015

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COLD START: Temperatures are in the 28-32 degree range across the great state of Alabama early this morning; with a dry airmass we expect a good supply of sunshine today with a high in the mid 50s this afternoon.

TOMORROW: Clouds return to the state tomorrow as a clipper passes well to the north; it will drag a cold front through here tomorrow night, and this could bring a few scattered showers to the northern counties during the afternoon and evening hours. Rain amounts will be light and spotty, and before the showers temperatures will rise up into the low 60s… it will be warmest day of the week.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Friday will be mostly sunny and cooler with a high in the low 50s; some places north of Birmingham could hold in the 40s through the afternoon. Then, on Saturday as the weekend begins, the weather stays dry, but clouds begin to increase during the afternoon hours ahead of an approaching storm system. The high Saturday will be in the mid 50s.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: A deepening surface low, supported by an upper trough, will pass northwest of Alabama, setting the stage for widespread rain. Looks now like there will be enough dynamic forcing for some thunderstorms to be involved, although severe weather isn’t expected. Rain amounts of around one inch look likely through Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: Much colder air blows into Alabama Monday, and there is the risk of a few snow flurries over the northern counties of the state during the morning hours, but with little or no impact. Look like we won’t get past the mid 40s Monday afternoon with a strong north wind to make it feel colder. And, significant freeze is likely by early Tuesday with a low down in the mid 20s.

Another weather system will bring more rain to the state by Wednesday and Thursday… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, details, and graphics. Looks like temperatures will be generally below average for the first 7-10 days of February.

ONE YEAR AGO: Snow Jam, Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, whatever you want to call it. Two inches of snow (which we forecast to be a dusting) turned into a winter weather nightmare for much of North/Central Alabama, and Birmingham was especially hard hit.

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Read my detailed review event here…. and a sincere apology for a bad forecast here.

Needless to say, I feel the pain my colleagues are experiencing this week in New York City and Boston.

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I have weather programs today at Gwin Elementary in Hoover, and the University of Alabama Center in Gadsden. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon…. enjoy the day!

Calm January Weather

| 3:43 pm January 27, 2015

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RADAR CHECK: This has turned out to be a sunny day for most of Alabama, except the northwest corner of the state where clouds linger. Temperatures are mostly in the 50s; Tuscaloosa has reached 61 degrees at mid-afternoon.

Tomorrow will be another bright, sunny day with a high in the 50s. Then, on Thursday, there will be an increase in clouds, and a clipper system passing well to the north could squeeze out a few raindrops over North Alabama late in the day or Thursday night, but rain will be very light, and very spotty. A chance we reach the low 60s Thursday afternoon.

Then, on Friday and Saturday, our weather will be rain-free with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s, and lows in the 30s. Colder pockets could reach the upper 20s at daybreak Saturday.

RAIN RETURNS SUNDAY: Clouds will return late Saturday and Saturday night, and Sunday still looks like wet day for Alabama with amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch. No severe storms, and probably not much thunder. Just a rainy day.

NEXT WEEK: Colder and drier air settles in here Monday as highs drop into the 40s. A few snow flurries are possible early Monday morning over far North Alabama, but with no impact if they happen. The next wave brings more rain to the state later in the week, Wednesday night into Thursday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the second graders at Briarwood Christian School… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM on ABC 33/40 News at 5:00! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

A Benign Weather Pattern For Alabama

| 5:57 am January 27, 2015

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CALM LATE JANUARY WEATHER: While places like Boston will be digging out from their big blizzard that is still raging this morning, our weather will be pretty quiet for the rest of the week. Temperatures are near the freezing mark early this morning, but we expect a high in the low to mid 50s today with a mix of sun and clouds. Tomorrow will feature sunshine in full supply with a high in the mid 50s.

A clipper will pass well north of Alabama Thursday; that might drag some clouds into the far northern part of the state, but the air will be very dry, and I really think the chance of a shower is so small that we can drop it from the forecast. Again, the high will be in the 50s Thursday afternoon.

Friday will be another dry day, with ample sunshine and a high in the mid 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: It begins with a sunny sky Saturday morning, but clouds will move in Saturday afternoon ahead of the next storm system to the west. Temperatures will reach the mid to upper 50s Saturday afternoon. Then, wet weather returns Sunday with a good chance of rain throughout the day; the high will be in the 50s once again. Looks like rain amounts of around 1/2 inch will be likely, with isolated totals to one inch. No severe weather threat, just rain.

NEXT WEEK: Colder air drops into the state Monday following the rain; a few snow flurries are not out of the question for the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama, but it looks like a no impact situation.

Another weather system could potentially bring rain back to Alabama at mid-week Wednesday or Thursday; it will be cold rain, but for now the atmosphere looks too warm for any winter weather mischief. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I have a weather program today at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Rather Quiet Weather For Alabama

| 3:27 pm January 26, 2015

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THE BLIZZARD IS THE STORY: As expected, the sky has cleared over most of Alabama this afternoon, with the clouds hanging tough over the far eastern part of the state. Temperatures are mostly in the 40s. Up north, snow is increasing in intensity in New York City this afternoon… this shot is from Central Park at mid-afternoon (photo from @my_cen_parkNYC)

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Blizzard warnings remain in effect from the New Jersey shore to the coast of Maine, including New York City, Hartford, Providence, and Boston. Snow amounts around two feet are likely with winds to 50 mph at times. Airports are closing, and travel will be nearly impossible across that region tonight and tomorrow.

HERE AT HOME: A few cloudy periods are possible tomorrow, and I can’t totally rule out a little morning drizzle in spots over East Alabama, but the day will be dry with a high in the low 50s. Wednesday should be bright and sunny with a high in the mid 50s.

On Thursday, a clipper will pass well north of the state, but it could drag some clouds down into North Alabama. We will mention a small risk of a shower over the northeast counties of the state, but most communities stay dry with a high in the upper 50s Thursday afternoon.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Friday and Saturday will be dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Clouds begin to increase Saturday afternoon, and Sunday still looks wet with periods of rain as a significant upper trough passes through. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch look likely Sunday; no risk of severe weather, and conditions are way too warm for any winter weather mischief.

Colder and drier air returns early next week; we won’t get out of the 40s Monday with a chilly north wind.

LONG TERM: While temperatures will be below average early next week, no sign of bitterly cold air for now through mid-February.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids in the Sumter County HeadStart program; we were together at the Livingston Community Center… be watching 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….

Cool Alabama Day; Some Afternoon Sun

| 6:37 am January 26, 2015

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THIS MORNING: Clouds are hanging over Alabama early this morning followed showers, and even a few thunderstorms produced by an intense “Alberta Clipper” system late yesterday and last night. Despite a cool, stable airmass and the lack of low level moisture, the very dynamic system was able to bring those showers and storms. Basically like squeezing blood out of a turnip.

NORTHEAST U.S. BLIZZARD: That dynamic weather system will set up a blizzard from the coast of New Jersey to the coast of Maine tonight and tomorrow; over two feet of snow will fall in spots, and winds near the coast will gust to over 50 mph. New York City and Boston are under blizzard warnings, and air traffic across much of the nation will be greatly impacted.

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OUR MONDAY: Clouds will linger across Alabama this morning, but the sun should begin to break through this afternoon for most places. We won’t get past the mid 40s today. Tomorrow will be another cool day with intervals of sunshine and a high in the low 50s. Then, Wednesday promises to be a nice day, with sunshine in full supply and a high in the mid 50s.

ANOTHER CLIPPER: This one will be weaker, but might bring a brief shower to Northeast Alabama late Thursday or Thursday night; the rest of the state will stay dry with a high in the mid 50s Thursday afternoon, along with a mix of sun and clouds. Friday will be dry with a high in the mid 50s with ample sunshine.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday should remain dry, but clouds will begin to increase with a high in the mid 50s. Rain returns Sunday with a surface low moving right over Alabama; looks like rain will be a good possibility much of the day, with potential for 1/2 to one inch for most of the state.

VOODOO LAND: Getting conflicting signals; the latest GFS suggests no real bitterly cold air for Alabama for the first 10 days of February… that same model was flashing different signs last week. The CPC outlook suggests below average temperatures for our state February 2-8, but the coldest air will most likely be shunted northeast of Alabama. And, no sign of any winter precipitation for now.

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I have a program today for the kids in the HeadStart program in Sumter County at Livingston; be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!