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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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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!

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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…

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Snow Reports from Boston

| 8:21 am January 28, 2015

For all of us snowfall enthusiasts, here is a rather long but interesting Public Information Statement from the Boston NWS office with a summary of snowfall observations from a variety of sources. Let there be no mistake that the area served by the Boston NWS office experienced blizzard conditions in this storm.

-Brian-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
SPOTTER REPORTS  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA  
803 AM EST WED JAN 28 2015  
  
THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 24  
HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION  
IS EXTENDED TO SKYWARN SPOTTERS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...MEDIA AND  
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE  
ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/BOSTON  
  
********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************  
  
LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                     
                     SNOWFALL           OF   
                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENT  
  
CONNECTICUT  
   
..HARTFORD COUNTY  
  
   MARLBOROUGH           22.0   448 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   MANCHESTER            19.0  1143 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   NEWINGTON             15.0  1231 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   WEST HARTFORD         13.0  1132 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   WETHERSFIELD          12.5   650 PM  1/27  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS          
   FARMINGTON            12.3   100 PM  1/27  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS          
   GLASONBURY            12.0   846 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   SOUTHINGTON           11.2   835 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SOMERS                11.0   820 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   AVON                  10.0   652 PM  1/27  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS          
   WINDSOR               10.0   850 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   ENFIELD                9.7   841 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   GRANBY                 9.0   842 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   HARTLAND               8.5  1120 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   EAST FARMINGTON HEIG   8.0  1110 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   EAST GRANBY            8.0   653 PM  1/27  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS          
   1 WNW WINDSOR LOCKS    7.8  1200 AM  1/28  AIRPORT                   
   NEW BRITAIN CITY       6.0   847 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTH GRANBY           4.5   336 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   
..TOLLAND COUNTY  
  
   STAFFORDVILLE         23.0   901 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   TOLLAND               21.5   713 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   COLUMBIA              16.5   212 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   STAFFORD SPRINGS      16.5   332 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SOMERS                16.4   607 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   COVENTRY              15.0   448 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   UNION                 15.0   225 PM  1/27  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS          
   VERNON                14.8   227 PM  1/27  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS          
   ELLINGTON             14.0  1111 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   BOLTON                13.5  1120 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..WINDHAM COUNTY  
  
   THOMPSON              33.5   647 PM  1/27  MEDIA                     
   PUTNAM                30.0   650 PM  1/27  DEPT OF HIGHWAYS          
   MOOSUP                25.0  1220 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   EAST KILLINGLY        24.2   418 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   DAYVILLE              23.0   156 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   HAMPTON               22.5  1016 AM  1/27  COOP OBSERVER             
   DANIELSON             22.3  1050 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   POMFRET CENTER        22.0   758 AM  1/28  NONE                      
   SOUTH KILLINGLY       21.0  1226 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   POMFRET               20.0  1116 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   ASHFORD               18.5  1219 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   PLAINFIELD            15.0   917 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
  
MASSACHUSETTS  
   
..BARNSTABLE COUNTY  
  
   WEST HARWICH          28.5   955 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   HYANNIS               27.0   748 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   EAST FALMOUTH         24.8  1000 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   WEST YARMOUTH         24.0   250 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   HARWICH               23.0   749 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   CENTERVILLE           21.0   700 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SOUTH DENNIS          18.2   728 PM  1/27  EMERGENCY MANAGER         
   ORLEANS               17.6   547 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   WELLFLEET             17.5   136 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   BREWSTER              14.0   308 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..BRISTOL COUNTY  
  
   EAST FREETOWN         26.0   458 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   SOMERSET              24.0  1235 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   FALL RIVER            23.1   805 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   ACUSHNET              22.2   605 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   NEW BEDFORD           21.0   808 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   TAUNTON               20.8   700 AM  1/28  NWS OFFICE                
   MANSFIELD             19.8   548 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   FAIRHAVEN             19.0   629 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTH ATTLEBORO       18.9   306 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTH DIGHTON         18.4   558 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   SOUTH DARTMOUTH       17.5   921 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTH ACUSHNET        16.0   806 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   WEST ACUSHNET         14.3  1229 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..DUKES COUNTY  
  
   OAK BLUFFS            27.0   237 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   EDGARTOWN             16.0   905 AM  1/27  CO-OP OBSERVER            
   
..ESSEX COUNTY  
  
   METHUEN               31.5   900 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   IPSWICH               28.0   600 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SWAMPSCOTT            27.1   707 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   PEABODY               27.0   819 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   GEORGETOWN            26.5   835 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   TOPSFIELD             26.5   630 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   HAVERHILL             25.6  1159 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   NAHANT                25.0   923 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SALEM                 24.0   345 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   ROCKPORT              23.5   855 PM  1/27  MEDIA                     
   GLOUCESTER            23.0   453 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   MARBLEHEAD            22.0   546 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   ANDOVER               22.0   626 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   DANVERS               21.5   221 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..FRANKLIN COUNTY  
  
   NORTHFIELD             7.2   240 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   LEYDEN                 5.5   819 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   ASHFIELD               5.0   828 AM  1/27  NONE                      
   HEATH                  5.0   412 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   SHELBURNE FALLS        4.0   820 AM  1/27  SOCIAL MEDIA              
   
..HAMPDEN COUNTY  
  
   WALES                 16.0   810 PM  1/27  BROADCAST MEDIA           
   LUDLOW                14.0   729 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   EAST LONGMEADOW       12.5  1206 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   LONGMEADOW            12.0  1215 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   AGAWAM                10.9  1100 AM  1/27  CWO                       
   HAMPDEN               10.5   919 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   SPRINGFIELD            7.3   930 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   WESTFIELD              6.8   222 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SOUTHWICK              4.5   108 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   HOLYOKE                4.0   816 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..HAMPSHIRE COUNTY  
  
   WARE                   8.0   840 AM  1/27  BROADCAST MEDIA           
   WESTHAMPTON            6.2   113 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   AMHERST                6.0   430 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   
..MIDDLESEX COUNTY  
  
   HUDSON                36.0   400 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   NORTH BILLERICA       34.0  1146 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   ACTON                 34.0  1014 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   LITTLETON             34.0   600 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   CHELMSFORD            33.8   925 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   FRAMINGHAM            33.5   540 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   WESTFORD              33.0  1004 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   LOWELL                33.0   952 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   TYNGSBORO             32.8   711 AM  1/28  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   NORTH CHELMSFORD      32.5   813 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   DUNSTABLE             32.0   330 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   WINCHESTER            30.0   530 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   MARLBOROUGH           29.5   152 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTH READING         29.0   825 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   WAKEFIELD             29.0   758 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   GROTON                29.0   449 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   LEXINGTON             27.8   558 AM  1/28  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   DRACUT                27.2   532 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   ASHBY                 27.0  1229 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   PEPPERELL             26.5   513 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   BILLERICA             26.0   232 PM  1/27  MEDIA                     
   TEWKSBURY             25.6   603 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   NATICK                25.5   745 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   WEST NEWTON           25.0  1240 AM  1/28  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   BEDFORD               25.0  1021 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   AYER                  24.0  1054 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   WOBURN                24.0   302 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   MELROSE               23.0   841 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   SUDBURY               23.0   245 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   WILMINGTON            23.0  1032 AM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   WESFORD               22.5   145 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   SOMERVILLE            22.3   308 AM  1/28  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   STOW                  22.0   255 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   TOWNSEND              21.6   528 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   CONCORD               21.5  1108 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   HOLLISTON             21.5   618 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   READING               21.5   220 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTH WOBURN          21.0   115 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   NEWTON                20.0   953 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   WAYLAND               20.0   428 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   BURLINGTON            19.5   805 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   SHERBORN              19.4   857 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   STONEHAM              17.0   849 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   MEDFORD               15.0  1034 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   MEDFIELD              12.5  1108 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   MALDEN                12.0   820 AM  1/27  SOCIAL MEDIA              
   
..NANTUCKET COUNTY  
  
   NANTUCKET             12.0   411 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..NORFOLK COUNTY  
  
   MILTON                29.7   727 PM  1/27  COOP OBSERVER             
   SHARON                29.0   546 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   BRAINTREE             26.0   407 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   BLUE HILLS            25.5   100 PM  1/27  CO-OP OBSERVER            
   WALPOLE               24.6   619 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   QUINCY                24.5   840 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   SOUTH WEYMOUTH        24.0   907 PM  1/27  MEDIA                     
   WEYMOUTH              23.0   404 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   RANDOLPH              23.0  1003 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   FOXBORO               22.0   624 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORWOOD               22.0   623 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   WRENTHAM              22.0  1249 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NEEDHAM HEIGHTS       21.0   312 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   NORFOLK               20.0  1251 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   SHERBORN              19.4   907 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   MEDFIELD              19.0   430 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   COHASSET              18.3   235 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   WEST WALPOLE          18.0  1107 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   STOUGHTON             17.0   429 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   MILLIS                16.5   620 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   HOLBROOK              16.0   832 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   DOVER                 14.0   825 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..PLYMOUTH COUNTY  
  
   PLYMOUTH              30.7  1139 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   KINGSTON              28.0   526 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   HANOVER               24.0   736 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   MARSHFIELD            24.0   238 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   HULL                  23.5   817 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   PEMBROKE              23.0   432 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   ROCKLAND              22.0   913 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   BROCKTON              22.0  1135 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   WEST WAREHAM          21.5   230 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   CARVER                21.3   900 PM  1/27  NWS EMPLOYEE              
   HANSON                20.0   605 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   HALIFAX               13.8   959 AM  1/27  NONE                      
   BRIDGEWATER           12.5   954 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..SUFFOLK COUNTY  
  
   SOUTH BOSTON          31.0   100 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   BOSTON                26.0   300 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   1 N EAST BOSTON       24.6   700 AM  1/28  AIRPORT                   
   WINTHROP              24.6   700 AM  1/28  NONE                      
   CHELSEA               20.0   854 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   BOSTON CITY           17.6   534 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..WORCESTER COUNTY  
  
   AUBURN                36.0   947 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   LUNENBURG             36.0   717 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   3 WNW WORCESTER       34.5  1200 AM  1/28  AIRPORT                   
   CLINTON               34.1   419 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   WEST BOYLSTON         33.5   730 PM  1/27  COCORAHS                  
   WORCESTER             32.0   421 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   HOLDEN                32.0   546 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   UPTON                 31.5   754 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SHREWSBURY            30.9   740 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   MILFORD               30.7   833 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   WHITINSVILLE          30.0   503 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   FITCHBURG             30.0   305 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   NORTHBOROUGH          29.3   217 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   STERLING              29.3   352 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   SPENCER               29.0   735 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   NORTH GRAFTON         29.0   805 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   LEOMINSTER            29.0   437 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   LANCASTER             28.5   302 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   BOYLSTON              28.0   534 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   LEICESTER             27.0   222 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTHBORO             27.0  1217 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   HARVARD               27.0   910 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   BERLIN                26.5  1102 AM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   BOLTON                26.0   318 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   GRAFTON               25.0  1042 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   ROCHDALE              24.0  1041 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTH WORCESTER       24.0   914 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   DOUGLAS               24.0   312 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   MENDON                23.0   249 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   SOUTHBRIDGE           22.3   700 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SOUTHBORO             22.1  1133 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   MILBURY               21.0   856 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTHBRIDGE           19.0   844 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   OAKHAM                18.0   301 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   WESTMINSTER           15.0   617 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   HUBBARDSTON           13.0   223 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   BARRE                 11.0   910 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   ASHBURNHAM            10.0   426 PM  1/27  CO-OP OBSERVER            
  
RHODE ISLAND  
   
..KENT COUNTY  
  
   WEST WARWICK          20.5   954 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   2 NNW WARWICK         19.1  1200 AM  1/28  AIRPORT                   
   GREENE                18.0   351 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   
..NEWPORT COUNTY  
  
   TIVERTON              19.0   807 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   MIDDLETOWN            16.0   738 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   PORTSMOUTH            15.0   820 AM  1/27  SOCIAL MEDIA              
   LITTLE COMPTON        13.0   835 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   
..PROVIDENCE COUNTY  
  
   BURRILLVILLE          28.5   731 AM  1/28  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   WEST GLOCESTER        25.6   714 AM  1/28  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   GLENDALE              23.5   254 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   NORTH FOSTER          20.7   546 PM  1/27  CO-OP OBSERVER            
   PROVIDENCE/NORTH PRO  18.5   709 AM  1/28  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   SMITHFIELD            18.0   913 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   CUMBERLAND            18.0   213 PM  1/27  NWS EMPLOYEE              
   N. CIMBERLAND         18.0  1221 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   CRANSTON              17.0   338 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   PROVIDENCE            17.0   622 PM  1/27  MEDIA                     
   NORTH PROVIDENCE      16.0  1215 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   1 W PROVIDENCE        15.5   509 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   PAWTUCKET             15.5   350 PM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   EAST PROVIDENCE       14.5   837 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   
..WASHINGTON COUNTY  
  
   WESTERLY              21.0   624 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   HOPE VALLEY           18.5   527 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   NORTH KINGSTOWN       16.0  1208 AM  1/28  FINAL                     
   HOPKINTON             14.5   203 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   SAUNDERSTOWN          12.0  1145 AM  1/27  GENERAL PUBLIC            
   RICHMOND              11.0   834 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
  
***********************PEAK WIND GUST***********************  
  
LOCATION             MAX WIND     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                     
                        GUST            OF   
                         MPH    MEASUREMENT  
  
MASSACHUSETTS  
   
..ANZ250  
   8 SSE BASS ROCKS        67   804 AM  1/27  BUOY 44029                
   
..BARNSTABLE COUNTY  
   CHATHAM                 75   926 AM  1/27  CHH UPPER AIR             
   CENTERVILLE             72   915 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   SOUTH DENNIS            64  1240 PM  1/27  EMERGENCY MANAGER         
   EAST FALMOUTH           47   455 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   
..ESSEX COUNTY  
   ROCKPORT                64  1253 PM  1/27  MEDIA                     
   
..NANTUCKET COUNTY  
   NANTUCKET               56   924 AM  1/27  NOS NTKM3                 
   
..PLYMOUTH COUNTY  
   PLYMOUTH                72  1039 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   4 SW PLYMOUTH           65  1002 AM  1/27  ASOS                      
   MARSHFIELD              61  1110 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO                 
   
..WORCESTER COUNTY  
   NORTHBOROUGH            52   220 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
  
RHODE ISLAND  
..NEWPORT COUNTY  
   MIDDLETOWN              48   740 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
  
***********************SUSTAINED WIND***********************  
  
LOCATION                 WIND     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                     
                        SPEED           OF   
                         MPH    MEASUREMENT  
  
MASSACHUSETTS  
..BARNSTABLE COUNTY  
   2 NE HYANNIS            45   957 AM  1/27  ASOS                      
   CENTERVILLE             44   915 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER           
   EAST FALMOUTH           28  1254 PM  1/27  NONE                      
   
..ESSEX COUNTY  
   ROCKPORT                41  1014 AM  1/27  MEDIA                     
   5 WNW BEVERLY           33   343 PM  1/27  ASOS                      
   
..NANTUCKET COUNTY  
   NANTUCKET               40  1006 AM  1/27  NOS NTKM3                 
   
..WORCESTER COUNTY  
   3 WNW WORCESTER         31  1141 AM  1/27  ASOS                      
  
RHODE ISLAND  
..ANZ236  
   3 ENE KIEFER PARK       39   812 AM  1/27  NOS QPTR1                 
   
..WASHINGTON COUNTY  
   NARRAGANSETT            37   900 AM  1/27  POTTERS COVE NAXR1        
  

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Sunny Mid-Winter Day

| 6:05 am January 28, 2015

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.

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!

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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…

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A Benign Weather Pattern For Alabama

| 5:57 am January 27, 2015

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.

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!

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WeatherBrains 470: I’d Rather Be Here

| 4:37 am January 27, 2015

WeatherBrains Episode 470 is now online (January 26, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Our special guest panelist this week is Dr. Marshall Shepherd, host of “Weather Geeks” on The Weather Channel, and a professor at the University of Georgia. Tonight’s Guest WeatherBrain is a suggestion of listener Barry in Rochester (MN not NY)… John Wetter, who is the Technical Services Manager with Hopkins (MN) Public Schools.

We also spend some time analyzing the “Blizzard of 2015″, in progress on the upper Atlantic coast of the U.S.

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

WeatherBrains 101: We all know that the wind changes direction and speed with height. But what does the change in direction mean for forecasting the weather? This week we explore the backing and veering nature of the wind and what it means.

Listener SurveyListener 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.

To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

Picks of the Week:

Nate Johnson – Conference on broadcast meteorology

Bill Murray – Ensemble prediction systems

Dr. Marshall Shepherd – Low level wind streamlines

Brian Peters – A Wind Tree?

John Scala – January 2011 Northeast U.S. winter storm

Kevin Selle – Funny or Die Weather

Rick Smith – Tornado Forecasting Workshop Announcement

James Spann – Ten things every Oklahoman should know about snow forecasts

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Weatherwise Magazine – The Intertropical Convergence Zone

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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