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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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Showers This Evening, Then Dry For A While

| 2:35 pm May 4, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As advertised, a band of showers and storms is approaching North Alabama this afternoon ahead of an “Alberta Clipper” type system…

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Showers will move southward in coming hours; a bit of thunder is possible, but overall rain will be light with amounts generally under 1/4 inch. The rain should reach the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa/Anniston/Gadsden areas in the 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. time frame.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Dry, cool, continental air will cover Alabama, meaning sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Early morning lows will be in the 45-50 degree range; well below average but no record… the record low for both mornings is 38 (for Birmingham). The high tomorrow will be in the 68-71 degree range, followed by mid 70s Friday afternoon.

THE WEEKEND: More delightful weather with a warming trend. Sunny Saturday and Sunday… low 80s are likely Saturday afternoon, followed by mid 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will stay warm and dry, but we will need to bring back the chance of showers and thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday. With weakening dynamics, for now it doesn’t look like a big severe weather threat, and rain amounts should be in the 1/2 to 1 inch range for most. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Sunny days and clear nights on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through Monday. Highs in the 70s on the immediate coast; but 80s are likely inland over the weekend. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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I had a great time today visiting with the first graders at Alexandria Elementary School in Calhoun County… 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…

A Few Showers Later Today

| 5:43 am May 4, 2016

COOL MORNING: Vic Bell up at Black Creek, in Etowah County northeast of Gadsden, reports 45 degrees just before sunrise… John Talbot at Concord checks in with 48. Enjoy these mornings since the long, hot summer is almost here.

We start the day with a mostly sunny sky this morning, but clouds will move in this afternoon ahead of a clipper, and a few showers are likely between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. Needless to say, moisture is very limited, so rain amounts will be under 1/4 inch, and the showers will fizzle out south of I-20.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. We should be in the upper 40s both tomorrow and Friday morning; highs will be close to 70, followed by mid 70s Friday. Many communities north of Birmingham won’t make it out of the 60s tomorrow.

THE WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with sunny days and a warming trend. The high Saturday will be in the low 80s, followed by mid 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Mostly sunny, warm weather continues Monday; we will mention the chance of a shower by Tuesday afternoon, with a better chance of showers and storms Wednesday. For now the severe weather risk looks low… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, clear nights along the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through early next week. Highs in the 70s, although 80s return for inland areas this weekend. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 76 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.

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I have a weather program this morning at Alexandria Elementary in Calhoun County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Quiet Pattern For The Rest Of The Week

| 3:27 pm May 3, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers and storms are confined to the southeast corner of our state this afternoon…

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Drier air is over North Alabama, and tonight will be mostly fair and cool with a low in the low 50s early tomorrow.

TOMORROW: Expect a mostly sunny morning, but some clouds move in from the north tomorrow afternoon, and a band of showers will pass through early tomorrow night ahead of an Alberta Clipper system. Moisture will be limited, and rain amounts should be 1/4″ or less for most places. The best chance of showers will come from about 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.

The high tomorrow afternoon will be in the 72-75 degree range, about five degrees below average for early May.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Delightful weather both days; sunshine in full supply and cool nights. We drop into the 40s early Thursday and Friday morning, and the humidity will be very low.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Sunny weather continues Saturday and Sunday with a warming trend; we reach the low 80s Saturday, followed by mid 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday; the latest GFS run is a little faster with the next system, suggesting showers and storms could arrive by Tuesday afternoon or Tuesday night. And, for now, the chance of severe weather looks low. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Expect mostly sunny days and fair nights on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores tomorrow through the weekend; highs mostly in the 70s, with 80s for inland areas by the weekend. 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 at Salter Elementary in Talladega, and with a big home school coop group in Hayden at Cross Roads Baptist Church. Be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

Best Shower Coverage Over South Alabama Today

| 5:46 am May 3, 2016

QUIET MORNING: Nothing on radar this morning; the sky is mostly cloudy and temperatures are generally in the 60s. While the chance of a shower is not zero, it will be very hard to find them over the northern half of the state today as dry air moves in… best chance of showers and storms will come over the southern counties of Alabama. SPC has defined a “marginal risk” of severe storms for far South Alabama…

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Expect a mix of sun and clouds today with a high in the mid 70s.

TOMORROW: The day will be dry; we begin with a sunny sky during the morning, but clouds move in late in the day, and a band of showers will pass through tomorrow evening thanks to a passing “Alberta Clipper” system. Best chance of showers will come from about 5:00 until 9:00 p.m.. and rain amounts should be generally under 1/4 inch. No risk of severe weather. Tomorrow’s high will be in the mid 70s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Beautiful weather. Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. We drop down into the mid 40s early Friday morning; some of the traditionally colder pockets could actually reach the upper 30s. Some call it “Blackberry Winter”. The high Thursday will be in the upper 60s, followed by mid 70s Friday.

THE WEEKEND: Sunny days, clear nights, and a warming trend. We reach the low 80s Saturday, and mid 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Dry, warm weather continues on Monday and Tuesday; seems like the best chance of showers and storms will come on Wednesday and Thursday. The overall severe weather threat seems low. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: A few showers and storms are possible today, but the weather looks excellent tomorrow through the weekend from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach with sunny days and clear nights. Highs in the 70s this week; inland temperatures rise into the 80s by Friday and the weekend. 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 weather programs today at Salter Elementary in Talladega, and then for a home school group meeting at Crossroads Baptist Church in Hayden. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Showers/Storms Increasing Across Alabama

| 3:21 pm May 2, 2016

RADAR CHECK: As expected, we have scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms across Alabama this afternoon…

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SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe weather for pretty much all of the state tonight; heavier storms will be capable of producing small hail and gusty winds, but a big severe weather problem is not expected. Some communities will also see heavy rain with potential for temporary flooding issues, but I doubt if we see 3 and 4 inch amounts like yesterday in cities like Clanton and Oxford.

TOMORROW: Drier air works into the state, and it looks like best chance of showers and storms will be over South Alabama. For north/central counties, we will forecast a partly sunny sky with a high in the mid 70s.

WEDNESDAY: The morning will be mostly sunny with a high in the 70s, but a clipper moving in from the north will bring clouds during the afternoon, and the risk of showers Wednesday evening. Looks like the best chance of showers will come from 5:00 until 10:00 p.m., and rain amounts should be under 1/4 inch for most places.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights with dry air in place. We drop down into the mid 40s early Friday morning; some of the traditionally colder spots might even reach the upper 30s at daybreak Friday. Not many mornings like that left before the long, hot summer gets here.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry weather continues; lots of sun Saturday and Sunday with warming trend. We reach the low 80s Saturday, and mid 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: We stay dry Monday… looks like the best chance of showers and storms will come around Wednesday. And, for now the severe weather threat looks low. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms are likely on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach tonight and tomorrow, but expect dry, sunny weather Wednesday through the weekend. Highs will be in the 70s along the immediate coast, with upper 70s and low 80s 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 Central Elementary in Tuscaloosa… 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…

Wet Weather Continues

| 5:42 am May 2, 2016

AT DAYBREAK: All is calm across the great state of Alabama early this morning; the sky is mostly cloudy, but we have no rain on radar.

A surface front remains west of the state, and a wave of low pressure should move along that front today, and will bring widespread rain back to the state this afternoon and tonight. A few thunderstorms could be involved; SPC has defined a “marginal risk” of severe weather for about the northern third of Alabama…

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A few storms could produce hail and gusty winds, but the overall severe weather risk is pretty low due to marginal instability and weak dynamics. Additional rain amounts of around 1 inch are likely; we will need to watch for flooding issues since we saw a few pockets of 3-4″ rain amounts yesterday… some signifiant flooding was reported in places like Clanton and Oxford.

We won’t get out of the 70s today due to clouds and rain.

TOMORROW: Lingering showers will end early in the day, and the sky becomes partly sunny by afternoon as drier air works into North Alabama. Showers and storms will be confined to the southern half by then. The high tomorrow should be in the mid to upper 70s.

WEDNESDAY: The day should be mostly sunny and pleasant with a high in the 70s, but we will need to mention a chance of showers Wednesday night thanks a clipper approaching from the north. Rain won’t be too heavy; generally 1/4 inch or less for most places.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days will be cool and dry with sunny days and clear nights. Early morning lows will be in the 40s, and some of the traditionally colder spots across North/Central Alabama could reach the upper 30s early Friday morning (some people call it “Blackberry Winter”). The high Thursday will be around 70, with mid 70s Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Could not be better. Sunny warm days, clear cool nights. The high Saturday will be close to 80, followed by low 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like the next chance of showers and storms will come around Tuesday or Wednesday of next week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms are likely on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach late today, tonight, and tomorrow, but expect dry, sunny weather Wednesday through the weekend. Highs will be in the 70s along the immediate coast, with upper 70s and low 80s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 76 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. We will produce this week’s show tonight at 8:30 CT… you can watch it live here.

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I am speaking this morning at Central Elementary School in Tuscaloosa… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Talladega Race Update

| 7:39 am May 1, 2016

No doubt there could be a rain delay at the Talladega Superspeedway… this is high resolution model (HRRR) output valid at 4pm…

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But I do think there is a good chance they get the GEICO 500 in today. Expect spotty showers this morning and early this afternoon, the more widespread showers will come after 3 p.m. Severe storms are not expected, and rain amounts should be 1/2 inch or less.

Bottom line… be ready for a delay, but I do expect the race to finish.

Rain Moving Into Northwest Alabama

| 4:15 pm April 29, 2016

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am live at Regions Field for the annual Birmingham Barons tornado safety night**

RADAR CHECK: Rain and storms will move into Northwest Alabama over the next few hours…

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We do note a tornado warning was issued by the NWS Memphis for parts of Calhoun, Chickawaw, and Pontotoc counties in Mississippi… but we do not expect organized severe weather in Alabama tonight. The MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) will move east/southeast, and most places will see 1-2 hours of rain tonight, with amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch.

THE WEEKEND: A moist environment will continue over Alabama, and we will need to mention the chance of a few passing showers or thunderstorms both tomorrow and Sunday. It is almost impossible to provide start/stop times for the rain both days; just be ready for the occasional shower or thunderstorm. On the positive side, we don’t expect any organized severe weather, and the sun should break out at times. Highs will be in the mid 80s tomorrow, and low 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday are looking wet at times, with periods of rain likely both days. Then, dry air returns Wednesday through Friday with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs will be in the 70s most of the week; we could drop into the 40s late in the week by early Friday morning.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: For tomorrow and Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with the risk of a passing shower or storm from time to time. Unfortunately in this pattern, we aren’t able to give specific times when the rain will pass through, but the good news is that we don’t expect a big rain mass to set in for hours. A very good chance they get the Sparks Energy 300 in on Saturday, and the GEICO 500 in on Sunday, but a delay is very possible both days. Keep an eye on radar.

And, please remember the 8 mile lightning rule. Lightning within 8 miles, you get inside. Car, truck, building, etc. I don’t mess around with it, and you shouldn’t either.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine tomorrow on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with only a small risk of a shower. Scattered showers and storms are possible Sunday and Monday… highs in the 70s on the immediate coast, with 80s 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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Look for my next Weather Xtreme video here by Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday… enjoy the weekend!

Warm, Unsettled Weekend Weather

| 6:32 am April 29, 2016

QUIET MORNING: Nothing on the radar as this day begins; temperatures are mostly in the 60s. The most excitement involves the report of a small earthquake on the Tuscaloosa/Jefferson County line at 3:58 a.m…. only a M3.0 meaning most slept right through it.

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We will forecast a partly sunny sky today with a high well up in the 80s; it will be one of the warmest days so far this year.

We are watching an MCS (mesoscale convective system) moving into Arkansas; this could very well move into Northwest Alabama late this afternoon, although it will be weakening at the time. While most of the day will be dry, we will introduce the risk of a few scattered showers or storms late this afternoon, with higher coverage over Northwest Alabama due to the MCS.

The risk of a shower or storm will continue tonight. SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe weather defined for parts of far West and Northwest Alabama; a few storms could produce gusty winds, but the overall severe weather threat is low.

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THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A big upper trough will be lifting out of the western U.S.; the surface low underneath will slowly weaken as it moves east/northeast. Moist air will cover Alabama, and we will need to mention the risk of a few showers and storms both tomorrow and Sunday. Giving specific start/stop times for the rain is almost impossible in this setup, and model guidance is not very consistent.

Bottom line is that you will need to be ready for a few passing showers or storms tomorrow and Sunday, but the rain won’t be continuous and the sun will be out at times. A strong storm or two is possible, but the severe weather threat is very low with weakening upper dynamics. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 80s, with low 80s Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Model madness is the story for Monday and Tuesday. The American model (the GFS) is dry, but the European model (ECMWF) looks wet both days; based on the Euro’s better track record, we will forecast mostly cloudy weather both days with some risk of rain at times. The latter half of the week will be dry and cooler; a decent chance some spots will drop into the cool 40s by Thursday or Friday morning. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Partly sunny and very warm today with a high between 84 and 87 degrees. We can’t rule out a shower after 3 p.m., but the day will be generally dry.

For tomorrow and Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds both days with the risk of a passing shower or storm from time to time. Unfortunately in this pattern, we aren’t able to give specific times when the rain will pass through, but the good news is that we don’t expect a big rain mass to set in for hours. A very good chance they get the Sparks Energy 300 in on Saturday, and the GEICO 500 in on Sunday, but a delay is very possible both days. Keep an eye on radar.

And, please remember the 8 mile lightning rule. Lightning within 8 miles, you get inside. Car, truck, building, etc. I don’t mess around with it, and you shouldn’t either.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine today and tomorrow on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores with only a small risk of a shower. Scattered showers and storms are possible Sunday and Monday… highs in the 70s on the immediate coast, with 80s 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 will be speaking at Spring Valley School in Birmingham this morning, and then at the Books A Million corporate HQ for a weather safety program. And, this evening, I will be at Regions Field for a special tornado safety night at the Birmingham Barons game. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Warm/Dry Weather Tomorrow

| 3:32 pm April 28, 2016

RADAR CHECK: We are seeing only a few isolated showers across South-Central Alabama on radar this afternoon; the northern counties are warm and dry with temperatures in the low 80s in most spots. Additional showers and storms could form over the southern half of the state this evening, mostly south of U.S. 80. North Alabama stays dry.

TOMORROW: It looks like a dry day for most of the state; with a good supply of sunshine temperatures rise into the mid to upper 80s, making it one of the warmest days so far this year.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Models are trending drier. We will still need to mention the risk of a few widely scattered showers and storms Saturday, but most of the day should be dry, and temperatures rise into the low to mid 80s.

A weather system will get closer Sunday, and while a few showers and storms are certainly possible, it looks more and more like the rain won’t be too organized or heavy, and the sun should be out at times. Sunday’s high will be right around 80 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The general pattern suggests dry and cooler weather for the state; highs most days will be in the 70s, and we could see lows in the 40s by the end of the week. A disturbance could bring a few light showers or sprinkles Tuesday night, but for now the chance of significant rain looks very low. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: Tomorrow will be mostly sunny and warm with a high in the mid to upper 80s. Saturday, partly sunny with only a few widely scattered showers; most of the day will be dry. And, the weather stays warm with afternoon temperatures reaching the low to mid 80s. I don’t think there will be many problems running the Sparks Energy 300.

The good news is that it looks like showers and storms Sunday will be pretty scattered in nature. A very good chance they get in the GEICO 500, but a rain delay is still not out of the question. The high Sunday at the Superspeedway will be around 80 degrees.

AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine tomorrow and Saturday from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach; a few scattered storms are possible Sunday, but some sun is still likely at times. Highs in the 70s along the immediate coast, with 80s 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 at Sycamore Elementary… 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…