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Mild Afternoons, Cool Nights

| 6:01 am October 21, 2014

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DRY PATTERN HANGS ON: Today will be the 7th consecutive day with no rain across the great state of Alabama, and there is no sign of any significant rain here through the end of the month. Today will feature ample sunshine with a high in the mid 70s.

A new surge of cooler air drops in here tonight; the high tomorrow should slip back into the upper 60s, and Thursday morning looks pretty cool with lows in the 39-43 degree range. Friday should feature a sun filled sky with a high in the low to mid 70s.

OUR WEEKEND: No real change; sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. Highs over the weekend will be in the 70s, with lows between 48 and 53. Picture perfect weather for football or anything else you want to do outdoors.

Next week a cold front will pass through on Wednesday, but moisture levels look too low for any significant chance of rain. Sure looks like it will be sometime in early November before we see another rain event.

TROPICS: A disturbance in the Bay of Campeche, in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico, has some chance of development over the next week; it will move eastward across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and into the Caribbean late this week; the GFS then turns it northward toward Cuba, and possibly the southern tip of Florida before a right turn into the Atlantic. No impact on Alabama; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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GULF COAST WEATHER: Fantastic fall weather through the weekend with sunny days and clear highs; highs 75-80 with lows in the 50s and 60s.

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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This morning I will be speaking to the Extension Disaster Education Network group, meeting in Hackleburg, the community hit by an EF-5 tornado April 27, 2011. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day…

WeatherBrains 456: NWA 2014

| 4:01 am October 21, 2014

WeatherBrains Episode 456 is now online (October 20, 2014). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

This week Bill Murray, Rick Smith, Dr. John Scala, and Nate Johnson join us from the 2014 National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Our team is joined by an assortment of great guests from across the weather enterprise.

Our email bag officer brings us the latest in incoming messages from our listeners. Always informative and interesting!

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.

Web Sites from Episode 456:

National Weather Association web site

NWA Conference web site

Picks of the Week:

John Scala – NOAA Winter Outlook

James Spann – Spann’s reaction to the NOAA Winter Outlook

Aubrey Urbanowicz – Wreckhouse Wind Warning

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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Dry October Days

| 3:28 pm October 20, 2014

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QUIET FALL WEATHER PATTERN: Nothing on the radar as you might expect on this beautiful fall day. Lots of sun; temperatures are generally in the low 70s at mid-afternoon.

REST OF THE WEEK: Not much change as the dry pattern continues. A fresh surge of cooler and dry air arrives Wednesday; we project sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights through Friday with just a few passing high cirrus clouds from time to time.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry air stays in place, and the weather looks fantastic. Mostly sunny days, fair nights. Highs in the 70-75 degree range; lows 45 to 50 degrees. You could not ask for better weather for the Magic City Classic or anything else you want to do outside Saturday and Sunday.

And, in the longer range, still no evidence of any significant chance of rain here through the end of October. Our next shower/thunderstorm event comes sometime in November.

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TROPICS: A disturbance over the Bay of Campeche has a chance of getting better organized in coming days; seems like this will move eastward over the Yucatan Peninsula and into the Caribbean late this week, followed by a northward turn toward Cuba and the southern tip of Florida. This should not impact Alabama in any way; see the Weather Xtreme video for the maps and graphics.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Sunny days, clear nights thorough the weekend from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs 77-81; lows mostly in the 60s. Sea water temperatures are generally in the low 70s.

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 live from the National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. We begin earlier than usual; 6:45p CT. Watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I enjoyed seeing the 6th graders today at Parrish Elementary School in Walker 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… enjoy the day…

Fine Fall Weather Continues

| 6:12 am October 20, 2014

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DRY OCTOBER DAYS: If you enjoyed the weather over the weekend, you should enjoy the weather this week, and for the rest of October.

We are starting off this day with temperatures in the 40s, although Vic Bell up at Black Creek, near Gadsden, reports 38 degrees ay daybreak. The sky will be sunny today with a high in the low 70s. The average high today (for Birmingham) is 74.

A new surge of cooler, dry air arrives Wednesday, and that will keep us rain-free through Friday with mostly sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No change. Lots of sunshine both days; highs in the 70s and lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. Another great weekend for football or anything else you enjoy outdoors.

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The GFS model really does’t show any significant rain event for our state through Halloween as the dry pattern continues. Keep in mind our fall tornado season comes in November and December; that is a time when the weather tends to get more active with occasional stormy periods.

TROPICS: A disturbance near the Mexican coast in the far southwest Gulf of Mexico has come chance of becoming better organized later this week; some models push this toward the southern tip of Florida. One way or another, it won’t have any impact on our weather in Alabama.

AT THE BEACH: Sunny days, fair nights from Panama City west to Gulf Shores over the next seven days. Highs 75-80; lows mostly in the 60s. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 70 degrees.

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. This week we will be live from the National Weather Association annual meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. We will produce the show tonight; the start time is earlier than usual… we begin at 6:45 CT. Watch it on “James Spann 24/7″ on cable systems around the state, or on the web here.

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I will be going a weather program this morning at Parrish Elementary School in Walker County… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

Cooler Air Arrives Tomorrow

| 3:01 pm October 17, 2014

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TONS O’ SUN: What a delightful afternoon across the great state of Alabama. A sunny sky, low humidity, and temperatures in the 78-82 degree range.

Over the weekend, a new surge of cool air drops in here, giving us a gentle cooling trend and keeping our weather rain-free. We project a high in the low 70s tomorrow, and close to 70 Sunday afternoon with sunshine in full supply both days. The coolest morning will come early Sunday when temperatures drop into the mid 40s; some of the colder valleys could reach the upper 30s.

No real change in our weather next week as moisture is cut off from the region, yet another surge of cooler, drier continental air arrives Wednesday. As we discussed this morning, our next good rain event could very well come in early November.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games tonight. A clear sky with temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs tomorrow and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonzalo is packing sustained winds of 125 mph (category three) this afternoon, and the eye is nearing the small island of Bermuda…

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And, over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana is packing sustained winds of 70 mph, and could become a minimal hurricane tonight. It will pass west and south of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: No rain for the next seven days from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with sunny days and clear nights. Highs will be mostly in the 75 to 80 degree range, with lows generally in the 60s.

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My next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. Monday… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Calm October Weather Pattern

| 6:07 am October 17, 2014

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MORNING CHILL: We are starting the day down in the 40s across the great state of Alabama; our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, is reporting 42 degrees at daybreak… most communities are in the mid to upper 40s with a clear sky.

The day ahead will be sunny with a big warm-up… the high will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

THE WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK: A fresh supply of cooler air will arrive tomorrow; the day will be sunny and breezy at times with a high in the low 70s. Sunday morning will be pretty chilly with mid 40s like; some of the colder pockets over Northeast Alabama will dip into the upper 30s. The day Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply with a high close to 70 degrees.

The air stays dry next week, meaning more great fall weather with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. It would very well be early November before our next really significant rain event in Alabama.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games tonight. A clear sky with temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro tomorrow (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs tomorrow and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Gonzalo is a major hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph, it will pass very close to Bermuda late today. Then, it recurves into the North Atlantic, with no impact on the U.S. mainland.

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In the Pacific… Tropical Storm Ana should become a minimal hurricane today; it is expected to pass south and west of the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend.

GULF COAST WEATHER: An easy forecast; sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through next week. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows mostly in the 60s from Panama City over to Gulf Shores.

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Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so this afternoon… enjoy the day!

No Rain Through Next Week

| 2:50 pm October 16, 2014

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DRY DAYS: What a beautiful afternoon; a sunny sky with temperatures mostly in the upper 60s and low 70s. Dry air, no rain. Tomorrow will be another mostly sunny day with a warmer afternoon; the high will be in the 77 to 80 degree range.

OUR WEEKEND: A new surge of cooler air arrives Saturday, and will set a really nice weekend with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs over the weekend will be mostly in the low 70s, with temperatures early Sunday reaching the mid 40s. Some of the cooler pockets over Northeast Alabama might reach the upper 30s.

The pleasant fall weather continues into early next week; in fact the GFS model really doesn’t show a decent chance of rain through the rest of October. This is our driest month of the year, so long dry spells are not that unusual.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky tonight and tomorrow night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 74 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 69 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Gonzalo is a dangerous, category four hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph, it will pass very close to Bermuda during the daytime hours tomorrow. Then, it recurves into the North Atlantic, with no impact on the U.S. mainland.

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In the Pacific… Tropical Storm Ana could become a minimal hurricane tomorrow; it is expected to pass south of the Big Island of Hawaii Saturday.

GULF COAST WEATHER: An easy forecast; sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights through next week. Highs in the 75-80 degree range, lows mostly in the 60s from Panama City over to Gulf Shores.

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

Sunny Days, Clear Cool Nights

| 5:55 am October 16, 2014

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DRY OCTOBER WEATHER PATTERN: This is a month known for comfortable, dry weather, and that pretty much sums up our weather for at least the next seven days, and probably longer. Thankfully we had the big rain event earlier this week, so we can enjoy it.

We expect sunshine in full supply today and tomorrow; today’s high will be close to 70, and then we warm to near 80 tomorrow afternoon. The humidity will be low, and the visibility will be excellent.

OUR WEEKEND: A fresh supply of cool, dry air arrives Saturday, and that will knock highs back into the low to mid 70s. Coolest morning should come early Sunday, with the low will be in the mid to upper 40s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Doesn’t get any better for the high school games this week; no lightning worries with a clear sky tonight and tomorrow night. Temperatures will fall through the 60s, reaching the 50s in some stadiums by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama hosts Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny; 75 degrees at kickoff, upper 60s by the fourth quarter. No risk of rain.

The UAB Blazers are on the road; they play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Again, a perfect day for football with a sunny sky. Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, to near 62 by the final whistle.

RACE WEEKEND: Sunny pleasant days, fair cool nights at the Talledega Superspeedway through the weekend. Afternoon highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the low to mid 70s. Don’t think you could ask for better weather for NASCAR fans.

TROPICS: Hurricane Gonalzo is a major hurricane (category four) in the Atlantic, with sustained winds of 150 mph, and the eye is expected to pass just west of Bermuda tomorrow. Then it recurves out to sea; no threat to the U.S. mainland.

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Over in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Ana could become a minimal hurricane briefly before passing just south of the Big Island of Hawaii this weekend.

REST OF OCTBER: The GFS really shows no significant chance of rain for the rest of the month here. It continues to develop a tropical system in the far Southwest Gulf of Mexico next week, which moves northeast, perhaps impacting southern Florida. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be speaking to the Birmingham Chapter of the Case Management Society of America this morning in Vestavia Hills… and this evening I will be live at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover on ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6:00. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 or so…