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Who You Gonna Call? Drought Busters!

| 7:00 pm May 24, 2015

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We have of course been following with great interest the breaking of the drought in Oklahoma.

Three months ago, 22.8% of the Sooner State was in Extreme or Exceptional Drought, the worst two categories. This week, that number had dropped to ZERO. One year ago, 81% of the state was in full out drought. Last week, that number dropped to 42% and another 5-10 inches of rain fell across much of western Oklahoma this week, which will really help.

As of midnight, Oklahoma City had recorded 18.19 inches of rain in May, their wettest MONTH ever, not just wettest May. And another 0.50” has fallen today as they streak further into the record books. In fact, there is an outside chance they will get to 20 inches for the month!

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Coosa County

| 6:40 pm May 24, 2015

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An isolated severe thunderstorm is over western Coosa County southwest of Rockford. It will pass just west of Rockford and move toward Stewartville.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

* AT 639 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER WELONA…OR
9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ROCKFORD…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO LIMBS AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
ROCKFORD…WEOGUFKA…BENTLEYVILLE…LYLE…SPEED…CREWSVILLE…
MORIAH…DOLLAR…UNITY…PENTONVILLE…MITCHELL LAKE…HISSOP AND
MITCHELL DAM.

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Showers and Storms Moving in on Birmingham Metro

| 5:19 pm May 24, 2015

Showers and storms that appeared they were going to stay mainly west of I-65 have gone rogue this afternoon and will impact a good bit of Shelby and Jefferson Counties over the next couple of hours.

Strong storms are currently occurring over western Jefferson County over Maytown and Sylvan Springs as well as up near Forestdale. They are lined up along US-78 to Jasper, Carbon Hill and Eldridge.

Others are over Northwest Alabama’s Marion County, mainly north of Hamilton, approaching Hackleburg.

Lots of lightning, but not severe.

Further south, a severe thunderstorm warning remain in effect for parts of Bibb and Chilton Counties. The strongest storm in this warned area is northeast of Maplesville, heading toward Jemison. Winds could reach severe limits with this storm (60 mph or greater). There is the possibility of some small hail as well.

Trees and powerlines were just reported down in Maplesville.

Additional storms are over eastern Bibb and western Chilton moving into southwestern Shelby Counties as well. Here is an image from the National Weather Service showing the wall cloud of these storms approaching their office at the Shelby County airport just a few minutes ago.

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These storms will affect the following areas:

Montevallo and Calera immediately
McCalla and Hoover Met by 5:20-5:25
Alabaster and Pelham by 5:30
Hoover/Ross Bridge by 5:45
Vestavia by 5:50
Homewood by 6 p.m.

There is already some lightning around the Hoover Met now.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Bibb/Chilton

| 4:28 pm May 24, 2015

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Strong storms are crossing US-82 between Maplesville and Centerville at this hour.

They will affect Jemsion and Thorsby and eventually Montevallo and Caera.

Storms have intensified west of Birmingham in the past few minutes. They are going to affect Hueywton, Concord and Rock Creek.

The shower that caused a delay at the SEC Championship game at the Hoover Met has grown upscale and will be merging into the storms in western Jefferson County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHEASTERN BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WESTERN CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 515 PM CDT

* AT 427 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED OVER LAWLEY…OR
13 MILES SOUTHWEST OF JEMISON…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CALERA…JEMISON…THORSBY…MAPLESVILLE…CHILTON COUNTY MOTOR
SPORTS PARK…BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS PARK…TALLADEGA NATIONAL
FOREST…ASHBY…PARNELL…LAWLEY…RANDOLPH…ISABELLA…TRIO…
CAMPBELL…MINOOKA PARK AND STANTON.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: West Alabama

| 3:33 pm May 24, 2015

The NWS in Birmingham has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of these three West Alabama counties:

LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WESTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

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As you can see, storms are lined up all along US-82 from Macedonia and Reform to Centreville.

The strongest storm is approaching Reform from the south and will impact Millport and Vernon in Lamar County and possibly Fayette in Fayette County.

Another warning affects areas south of and just including Columbus MS.

It looks like all of this activity will remain west of the Birmingham area this afternoon.

* AT 332 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR REFORM…
MOVING NORTH AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
FAYETTE…VERNON…SULLIGENT…GORDO…REFORM…MILLPORT…
CARROLLTON…PICKENSVILLE…KENNEDY…BELK…ETHELSVILLE…BLOOMING
GROVE…LAMAR COUNTY AIRPORT…ASHCRAFT CORNER…BLUFF…BEDFORD…
KIRK…LUBBUB…MCSHAN AND MELBORNE.

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Showers and Storms Moving North Through West Alabama

| 3:04 pm May 24, 2015

A warm humid airmass covers Alabama and the Deep South this afternoon. The cumulus field over Georgia was about as uniform and beautiful as you will ever see with fairly stable conditions in place over the Peach State. To the west over our state, there was more vertical development in clouds thanks to higher moisture levels, a little more upper level wind energy out ahead of the western trough and interactions with the outflow boundaries from last night’s Texas storms and the seabreeze front off the Gulf Coast.

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Showers and storms had fired over southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama. These storms look like they will work northeastward, remaining mainly west of I-65 through 7-8 p.m. when they will move into Tennessee. They will reach the Tuscaloosa area between 4 and 5 p.m. with a good bit of lightning.

Wind shear is virtually absent and mid level lapse rates are poor, so significant strong storms are not expected, but we can’t rule them out because there is a good bit of dry air aloft, which thunderstorms like in order to produce damaging winds

Temperatures at we approach mid-afternoon are just above 80F in the I-20 corridor, limited by the cloud cover. The mercury will rise another couple of degrees before the day is out.

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Wet Weather Ahead

| 6:53 am May 24, 2015

After several days of great weather, moisture will be on the increase with showers and thunderstorms possible beginning this evening and continuing for much of the week ahead. This is in stark contrast to the relatively dry May we’ve seen in Central Alabama so far.

Special thanks to Joe Miller for the picture he posted via Twitter of a sample of the flooding in Oklahoma.

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While our weather will be turning wetter, I do not expect to see the magnitude of flooding that Oklahoma has experienced over the last several days. But QPF forecasts suggest that we could see 1 to 3 inches of rainfall over the next 5 days as this weather system moves slowly by.

The upper trough over the southern Rockies will be ejecting northeastward over the next several days. This will increase our rain chances starting late today and continuing for much of the week ahead. The upper trough should move by us by Wednesday throwing us into a pattern of scattered showers as a relatively moist air mass remains in place across the Southeast US.

SPC has mentioned the potential for severe thunderstorms on Tuesday, Day 3, across a large section of the Tennessee and Ohio River Valleys as this trough moves by. CAPE values soar to around 3,000 j/kg during the afternoon Tuesday, so it looks like all modes of severe weather will be possible.

Once the primary trough moves by at mid-week, the weather settles into a daily shower regime with highs staying mainly in the 80s and lows in the 60s, fairly typical for late May.

For beach goers, you will enjoy plenty of sunshine today, so be sure to pack the sunscreen. Scattered showers return today and for much of the week, but there will be 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day. Highs along the coast will be in the range from about 82 to 85 degrees. Water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab was 78 degrees. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents with the onshore flow for the next couple of days.

By the end of the week, weak ridging will occur across the Southeast US, but without an air mass change, scattered showers remain possible. The next trough begins to take shape on Saturday over the Central Plains which could spell another round of wet weather for the Southeast US for the latter half of next weekend.

Looking out into Week 2, or voodoo country, the GFS continues to suggest a relatively cool and start to June with general troughiness over the eastern half of the country.

James Spann will be back on Monday with the next edition of the Weather Xtreme Video. You can always check back here for the latest updates on our ever changing weather. Enjoy the day, and Godspeed.

-Brian-

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Sunny Saturday

| 3:50 pm May 23, 2015

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Another beautiful day for the state of Alabama today. High pressure at the surface is keeping the weather spectacular across Alabama as we enjoy the first third of the Memorial Day weekend. With plenty of sunshine, highs have climbed back into the 80s this afternoon after a couple of nice, cooler days.

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For tomorrow, we will begin to see southerly flow start to transport moisture north and we are going to have to introduce the chance of rain mainly over west Alabama during the afternoon and evening hours. Look for another warm day as high will be back into the 80s, and humidity levels will be increasing as well.

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