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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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The Heat Is On

| 3:24 pm July 22, 2016

How about this one from Glenn Frey?

“The heat is on, on the street
Inside your head, on every beat
And the beat’s so loud, deep inside
The pressure’s high, just to stay alive
‘Cause the heat is on

Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
Caught up in the action I’ve been looking out for you
Oh-wo-ho, oh-wo-ho
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
(Tell me can you feel it)
The heat is on, the heat is on, the heat is on
Oh it’s on the street, the heat is on”

Heat levels are actually down today; clouds this morning have helped. We have mostly low 90s this afternoon, and once again scattered showers and storms are on radar…

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Storms are moving south, and will continue into the nighttime hours. Where storms develop, they will be strong with potential for wet microbursts. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms for much of Alabama.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: It’s a persistence forecast. Hot, humid weather continues tomorrow and Sunday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Best risk of storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but I can’t totally rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs 90-95 degrees, pretty much what we expect in late July around here.

NEXT WEEK: New week, old forecast. The overall synoptic pattern just won’t change; we will be on the eastern periphery of a heat ridge, so hot, humid summer weather continues with the daily round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the low 90s, lows in the 70s. Just impossible to forecast the small scale day to day changes that impact placement and coverage of the summer storms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin through next week. Lots of dry air.

AT THE BEACH: About 8-10 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through next week with a passing storm from time to time. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids in the summer program at Pinson Elementary today… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Lazy, Hazy Summer Days

| 6:24 am July 22, 2016

How about this one from Nat King Cole?

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies
Then lock the house up, now you’re set
And on the beach you’ll see the girls in their bikinis
As cute as ever but they never get ’em wet”

NEW DAY, OLD FORECAST: You probably know what we are going to forecast for today and the weekend… after all, this is late July in Alabama. Our weather will continue to be hot and humid, and scattered showers and thunderstorms will bubble up during the heat of the day. We project a high in the mid 90s in most places today, and with the high dewpoints (well up in the 70s) the heat index will exceed 100 in many spots, and a “heat advisory” remains in effect for much of the state.

Where storms form this afternoon, they will be strong; SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe weather up for much of the state.

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Most of the storms will come from 2:00 until 10:00 p.m… and biggest threats will come from lightning, and wet microbursts (local areas of straight line winds high enough to knock down trees and power lines). Chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in three, and there is no way of knowing in advance exactly when and where they form.

NEXT WEEK: No reason for much change. Hot, humid days, a mix of sun and clouds, and “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs generally in the low 90s. There will be day to day variations in the coverage and placement of the storms, but no way of knowing them now, so it is just a broad brush forecast.

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TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected in the Atlantic basin through next week.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and an occasional passing thunderstorm for the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through next week. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

I have a summer weather program today at Pinson Elementary… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Summertime Blues

| 3:19 pm July 21, 2016

How about this song by Eddie Cochran?

“I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler
About a workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar
Every time I call my baby, and try to get a date
My boss says, “No dice son, you gotta work late”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues”

RADAR CHECK: Scattered, strong storms are moving slowly southward across Alabama this afternoon producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning…

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On the positive side, the storms break the heat temporarily for some communities. But, away from the storms, temperatures are mostly in the mid 90s. Birmingham was reporting 97 degrees at 3:00, with a dewpoint at 71 for “heat index” of 104. The NWS did issue a “heat advisory” for parts of Alabama for the afternoon.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather won’t change much. Hot humid days, highs 93-96, and the daily round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. No way of knowing exactly when and where they will pop up in advance; best chance of them will come from about 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. Very typical for late July in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: No real change. Highs 92-95; hot humid days, and again the risk of scattered thunderstorms during the peak of the daytime heating process each day. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and the occasional passing thunderstorm through next week for the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: A very calm pattern continues, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend across the Atlantic basin.

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.

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I had a great time today seeing the kids at the Mountain Brook YMCA… 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…

Hot Fun In The Summertime

| 6:25 am July 21, 2016

Anyone remember this one from Sly and the Family Stone?

“End of the spring and here she comes back
Hi, hi, hi, hi, there
Them summer days, those summer days

That’s when I had most of my fun back
High, high, high, high there
Them summer days, those summer days

I cloud nine when I want to
Out of school, yeah
County fair in the country sun
And everything, it’s true, ooh, yeah

Hot fun in the summertime”

And, you know when I start posting song lyrics about heat and summer, you know we are indeed in the dog days of summer. A time of the year when the weather just doesn’t change much. At least you can get a new song every day.

TODAY/TOMORROW: We project highs in the 95-99 degree range for most, with the heat index over 100. But, thankfully the worst of the heat ridge will stay a little west and northwest of Alabama. Excessive heat warnings are up for much of the Midwest, but we have no advisories here in our state. Days will be partly sunny, and we will have scattered showers and storms around during the afternoon and evening hours. Stronger storms today will be over East and South Alabama, where SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe weather defined…

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THE WEEKEND: Not much change. Partly sunny, hot, humid days, the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”, and highs in generally in the mid 90s. Most of the storms that form will come between 2:00 and 9:00 p.m., and the chance of any one spot getting wet will about one in three.

NEXT WEEK: A persistence forecast remains the best idea. The upper ridge will weaken a bit, so highs drop into the low 90s, and the coverage of scattered showers and storms should be a little higher each day. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: All remains quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through next week with just an occasional passing thunderstorm. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 87 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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 a program this morning at the Mountain Brook YMCA… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Sun, Heat, Storms

| 3:22 pm July 20, 2016

GOOD OLE SUMMERTIME: It is that time of the year when weather forecasting is actually pretty easy. Say “hot, humid, and a chance of scattered afternoon storms” and you will be correct every day. Storms this afternoon on radar are widely scattered, but producing heavy amounts of rain where they have formed…

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We also note SPC has introduced a “marginal risk” of severe storms for much of the state through the evening hours as some storms will have potential for a wet microburst, local areas of strong straight line winds that could bring down a few trees or power lines.

Away from the storms, temperatures are mostly in the mid 90s.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Looks like highs will be in the 95-98 degree range for most places as the core of the heat bubble stays a little west of Alabama. Partly sunny days, the risk of a few scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours. Chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in four.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Persistence is the best idea this time of the year. The weather stays “hot, humid, and a chance of scattered afternoon storms” both days with highs generally in the mid 90s.

And, pretty much the same story next week. Highs 90-90, a few scattered thunderstorms each day during the peak of the daytime hearing process. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Dry air continues to cover most of the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and an occasional passing storm on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores through the weekend. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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 live here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the kids at Mitchell’s Place… 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…

Sizzling Summer Days

| 6:24 am July 20, 2016

MUST BE LATE JULY IN ALABAMA: Hot summer weather will headline our forecast in coming days. The good news is that the models have backed off slightly on the expected intensity of the heat, suggesting most places will see highs in the 95-99 degree range through Friday, but there could still be a few spots reaching the 100 degree mark, especially over the northwest corner of the state, closer to the big upper high to the west.

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Dew points will be up in the 70s, making the heat pretty oppressive. As I have stated here many times, you won’t see idiotic “heat tips” from me; the concern is for those that have to work outdoors during the peak of the heat and the potential for heat stroke. And, elderly people and lower income families with no air conditioning. Just watch out for those that might be at risk from the sizzling summer heat.

Days will be partly sunny, nights mostly fair, and each afternoon we will see a few random, widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Most of them will come between 2 and 8 p.m., and the chance of any one spot getting wet will be about one in five through Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Heights lower a bit, and we project high mostly in the mid 90s Saturday and Sunday. Same overall idea; partly sunny days, and the risk of a few thunderstorms each afternoon in scattered spots.

NEXT WEEK: More classic summer weather. Highs will generally be in the low to mid 90s, and each day we will have the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected anytime soon across the vast Atlantic basin.

AT THE BEACH: Great weather continues; mostly sunny days, fair nights though the weekend from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach. But, of course, you will probably deal with a passing storm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast 88-91, with mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

ON THIS DATE IN 1997: Hurricane Danny has just moved into the Alabama Gulf Coast, and was only creeping along. Radar estimated an incredible 43 inches of storm total rain over the open water in Mobile Bay. Observing sites reported from 30-40 inches across the area with Dauphin Island reporting 36.71 inches.

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 episode tonight at 8:30p CT… you can watch it live here.

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I have a weather program today at Mitchell’s Place… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Sizzling Weather In The Days Ahead

| 3:28 pm July 19, 2016

RADAR CHECK: We have the classic case of random, scattered showers and thunderstorms across Alabama this afternoon… they are drifting to the south…

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Heavier storms are producing torrential rain, gusty winds, and very frequent lightning. Like recent days, these will fade away later this evening after the sun goes down. Temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 90s.

REST OF THE WEEK: The long advertised upper ridge will creep into Alabama from the west, meaning rising heat levels, and fewer afternoon showers and thunderstorms. We reach the mid 90s tomorrow, and the high Thursday and Friday will be in the 97 to 100 degree range. The “heat index” will exceed 100 each afternoon… that is the way it feels due to the combination of heat and humidity. Heat advisories will be needed, most likely.

THE WEEKEND: Hot, humid summer weather continues. The high Saturday will hold in that 97-100 degree range, dropping slightly to between 94 and 97 Sunday. Afternoon storms will bring relief to a few scattered spots.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like highs will be generally in the low to mid 90s each day, with the usual risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. A persistence forecast is usually best during late July in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: A very quiet pattern continues across the Atlantic basin with dry air in place; tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with a passing storm from time to time. High 88-91 on the immediate coast, with mid to upper 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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.

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

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Intense Summer Heat Ahead

| 6:17 am July 19, 2016

HERE COMES THE HEAT: In terms of climatology, the hottest part of the summer in Alabama is from mid-July through mid-August. And, right on cue, the hottest weather so far this year is just ahead.

Today’s weather won’t much different from yesterday; we rise into the mid 90s today, and scattered showers and storms will form during the heat of the day. Like yesterday, some spots will see heavy amounts of rain from the slow moving storms, and the chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in four. Part of the Birmingham metro received over one inch of rain yesterday.

Hopefully you will catch a shower today, because odds drop off tomorrow through the weekend as an upper high builds into Alabama from the west. The warmer air aloft will mean fewer afternoon showers and storms, and higher heat levels.

TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT AHEAD: Expect upper 90s tomorrow, and highs close to 100 degrees Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Heat advisories will be needed, and the “heat index” will exceed 105. We will be flirting with record highs on a few days… here are the daily records for the Birmingham Airport:

Thursday July 21 101 (1952)
Friday July 22 100 (1993)
Saturday July 23 105 (1952)
Sunday July 24 104 (1952)

Again, we know you have the sense to go into air conditioned rooms, drink water, and get out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. But those that have to work outdoors will need to watch out for each other; heat stroke is serious. The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 105. But fainting may be the first sign. Other symptoms may include a throbbing headache, lack of sweating despite the heat, red, hot, and dry skin, and muscle weakness or cramps.

Understand afternoon storms are possible on these hot days, but they will be very widely scattered.

SUNDAY AND NEXT WEEK: The weather stays hot, but heat levels back down slightly as the ridge shifts a little to the west… highs will be mostly in the mid to upper 90s Sunday and Monday, and back in the low to mid 90s by the latter half of next week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: All remains quiet across the Atlantic basin; tropical storm formation is not expected this week.

AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through the weekend, but you will deal with a passing thunderstorm from time to time. Highs 88-91 on the immediate coast, with mid to upper 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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.

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I have a weather program this morning at the Children’s Hands On Museum in Tuscaloosa, and then I will be speaking at lunch at the American Meteorological Society summer community meeting, also in Tuscaloosa. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Heat Levels Cranking Up Later This Week

| 3:15 pm July 18, 2016

THIS AFTERNOON: Temperatures are generally in the low 90s across Alabama this afternoon, and we have widely scattered, random showers and storms in progress. Exactly what you expect on a July day. The showers and storms will dissipate once the sun goes down later this evening.

REST OF THE WEEK: Hot weather will be the big story. We expect mid 90s tomorrow and Wednesday, and highs between 97 and 100 degrees Thursday and Friday. Birmingham did hit 100 degrees back on June 26, but for most this will be the hottest weather so far this summer. We will have a few showers and storms around during the afternoon and evening hours, but they will be fewer in number by Thursday and Friday as the upper ridge/warm air aloft creeps in.

THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge weakens ever so slightly, highs drop into the mid 90s, and we will have the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” Saturday and Sunday. Partly sunny days, mostly fair nights.

NEXT WEEK: The summer pattern continues, and a persistence forecast remains the best solution with highs generally in the 91-95 degree range. The only hope for rain is a passing afternoon shower or storm. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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TROPICS: Same story. Dry air over the Atlantic basin, no tropical storm formation this week.

AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through the weekend; of course the usual chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm from time to time. Highs on the immediate coast 87-90, with mid 90s inland. Photo below is from the Beach Club at Gulf Shores today… via @gchambless74

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See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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 Wednesday night… (not tonight).

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I enjoyed seeing the kids and parents at the Vincent Revival Center this morning… 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…

Yep, It’s Hot

| 6:59 am July 18, 2016

Looks like we will have the hottest weather so far this summer across Alabama later this week, with highs in the 97-100 degree range by Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Meaning, you will also see some of the TV people getting that horrified look on their face, asking you to tune in for “heat tips” on the news. They will tell you to…

*Go into an air conditioned room
*Drink water
*Get out of the sun during the hottest part of the day

Now I believe every person in Alabama actually has the intelligence to know these three things without some blow dried person on TV telling them.

I do my best not to insult people with these idiotic “heat tips”. Let’s get real. It has always been hot in Alabama, and it will always be hot. Hottest day on record in the state came on September 5, 1925, when the temperature soared to 112 degrees at Centreville. No air conditioning back then, but I assure you people in Alabama knew to “drink water” and “get out of the sun during the hottest part of the day”.

There are issues, however. Leaving babies in car seats on these scorching days is happening all too often. Give yourself reminders. Keep telling yourself, out loud, to remember the child. And give yourself visual cues. For example, place your briefcase beside your child so you must grab it before going to work, and will see your child. Or put your diaper bag on the seat next to you, so that you’re reminded that you have the child with you. (via WebMD)

And, heat stroke is a very real thing for people that have to work outdoors.

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The heat coming week is not “record heat” or anything really unusual for late July in Alabama… let’s use our common sense and we will be just fine…