12:52PM November 25, 2020

SMALL STORMS DEVELOPING AHEAD OF MAIN STORMS… Small showers and thunderstorms are popping up out ahead of the main complex of storms. These showers are currently located near Atmore, Bay Minette, Stapleton, Wilmer, Mobile, Prichard, Bratt, and surrounding areas. These small showers are moving northeast.

RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER REMAINS LOW… Despite greater instability values beginning to build in across the southern half of our local area, the overall risk of severe weather will probably be quite limited this afternoon into this evening since the greater wind shear values associated with this large storm system continue to move north and away from our area.

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10:58AM November 25, 2020

RAIN MOVING INTO WEST ALABAMA… The main complex of rain and storms is moving into west Alabama late this morning. Heavy rain is happening near Gilbertown, Butler, Silas, and surrounding areas in Choctaw County. Rain will continue to push eastward into communities like Thomasville, Sweet Water, Millry, and Chatom over the next hour or so.



LOW-END SEVERE WEATHER RISK… The Storm Prediction Center continues to include part of our area in their low-end, Level 1 (out of 5) marginal risk for a strong storms today. The risk is greatest locally along and west of Interstate 65. Vast majority of us will simply have scattered showers and general thunderstorms around. The low-end risk zone is in place due to the potential for storms that could briefly ramp up to strong levels and produce gusty winds and perhaps a tornado or two. The overall tornado risk remains LOW.


I’ll continue to monitor trends over the next few hours with ongoing updates in the RZWeather app.


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6:48AM November 25, 2020

LOW-END RISK OF SEVERE STORMS TODAY; GUSTY WINDS ARE MAIN CONCERN… Scattered showers and thunderstorms will become possible on this Wednesday. Some of the storms could briefly become strong or even marginally severe this afternoon into the early part of this evening. There is very little doubt that an intense, long-lasting severe weather event simply will not happen due to a “mismatch” of severe weather ingredients today, but there is at least some chance that a few of the storms could produce gusty winds and perhaps even a brief tornado or two. The overall tornado risk is low, but it is not at zero today. Rain totals today into tonight will generally be pretty low with most spots having one half inch of rain or less. We are also looking ahead to Thanksgiving Day tomorrow and the Iron Bowl this weekend. Rain chances are slated to rise this weekend when heavy rain may become an issue. COLD air is set to arrive early next week as a potent cold front moves by our region. All of your Wednesday forecast notes are below.

UPDATED: LEVEL 1 (OUT OF 5) SEVERE WEATHER RISK TODAY… The Storm Prediction Center maintains a low-end, Level 1 (out of 5) marginal severe weather risk today for a big chunk of our local area, with the greatest tornado risk focused across west Alabama (Washington, Clarke, Monroe counties). The updated SPC low-end severe weather risk zone includes areas along and WEST of a line from Orange Beach to Munson to Andalusia to Troy to Opelika. These are the zones that have the greatest chance locally of seeing a strong to severe thunderstorm. This updated zone now includes Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, Theodore, Wilmer, Citronelle, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Bay Minette, Brewton, Atmore, Flomaton, Poarch, Evergreen, Lyeffion, Repton, Monroeville, Beatrice, Uriah, Excel, Thomasville, Grove Hill, Jackson, Chatom, Millry, Wagerville, McIntosh, and surrounding areas. The remainder of the local area is involved in the lower risk, “general thunderstorms” zone where widespread severe weather is not expected.

A FEW SHOWERS POSSIBLE ON THANKSGIVING DAY… Thursday will be mostly dry across the region with mostly cloudy skies in place. Rain chances on Thanksgiving Day will be around 20%, meaning most of our area should remain dry. There also is a small chance of a few thunderstorms on Thanksgiving Day, but again, most spots will remain dry throughout the day. Severe weather is not expected on Thursday or on Friday. Temperatures will be quite mild for Thanksgiving with most spots peaking in the upper-70s.

ANOTHER ROUND OF STORMS THIS WEEKEND… Saturday and Sunday could be quite wet at times with heavy rain being possible. There also is a chance we could have some thunderstorms around this weekend, potentially on the strong side. A potent cold front will approach our area from the northwest. This “clash of the air masses” will create an opportunity for heavy rain and potentially strong storms. We will focus on this event after we get through the round of storms today into this evening.

TEMPERATURES BELOW FREEZING POSSIBLE BY TUESDAY MORNING… There is a strong signal in the ongoing model guidance that we will have a significant cold air intrusion into our area early next week. Overnight lows by Tuesday morning could easily end up below freezing (32°) with some spots experiencing temperatures as low as the mid-20s across inland areas. We’ll keep watching the data and bring you the latest about this potential over the next few days.

GULF & CARIBBEAN QUIET; SUBTROPICAL DEVELOPMENT POSSIBLE… No tropical storms or hurricanes are expected in the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean Sea over the next 5 days. The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor an area of disturbed weather south of Bermuda that continues to have a 30% chance of becoming a subtropical storm in the days ahead. Regardless of if this system develops, it will not be a direct concern for the United States. If the storm becomes a subtropical storm, it will take the name “Kappa,” which is the next letter in the Greek Alphabet after Iota. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season will officially end on Monday, November 30.

APP ALERTS… redzoneweather.com/app is the link where you can download the free RedZone Weather app. We post brief updates throughout each day in the app, keeping you up-to-date about the latest happenings in weather across south Alabama and northwest Florida. Once you have the free app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) then tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

I will have many radar updates posted in the RedZone Weather app throughout the day. Have a nice Wednesday!

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7:28PM November 24, 2020

FEW STRONG STORMS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY; TORNADO RISK LOW BUT NOT ZERO… Rain is set to finally return to our forecast on Wednesday, but along with that chance comes a risk of a few stronger thunderstorms. The main concern in any thunderstorms that can become strong or even marginally severe will be gusty winds capable of knocking down a few trees. The tornado risk is very low on Wednesday, but for inland areas, the tornado risk is not zero. The main risk of stronger storms will happen on Wednesday afternoon into the early evening hours. Rain totals with this event will generally be quite low, with most locales picking up less than one half inch of rain in total. The bigger rain event is slated to happen this weekend as another cold front approaches our area.

LEVEL 1 (OUT OF 5) RISK ZONE FOR INLAND AREAS… The Storm Prediction Center has included several of our inland communities in their low-end, Level 1 (out of 5) severe weather risk zone valid for Wednesday. Right now, parts of Clarke, Monroe, Butler, Washington, Choctaw, Wilcox counties, and areas to the north are included in this low-end risk zone. That includes Thomasville, Grove Hill, Jackson, Coffeeville, Chatom, Millry, Wagerville, Silas, Toxey, Gilbertown, Butler, Camden, Sweet Water, Pine Hill, Forest Home, and points north and west. The remainder of our local area is involved in the “general thunderstorms” zone where widespread severe weather is not expected on Wednesday.

SLIGHTLY INCREASED RISK FOR PARTS OF CENTRAL & NORTH ALABAMA… The greater dynamics and perhaps better combination of shear and instability is set to happen well to our north across parts of north and central Alabama along with parts of Tennessee. A squall line may develop across parts of northern Mississippi and western Tennessee and push eastward into the northern half of Alabama in the afternoon or evening hours. These are the areas that have the slightly higher risk of seeing damaging straight line winds and a tornado or two.

WHAT TO EXPECT – WEDNESDAY… Around sunrise on Wednesday, there could be a few small showers developing close to the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches. These areas of rain will gradually spread inland tomorrow morning. Scattered showers and storms will increase in coverage throughout the day. The low-end risk of a few stronger storms will happen in the afternoon and early evening hours.

THANKSGIVING DAY FORECAST… Thursday will be mostly dry across the region with mostly cloudy skies in place. Rain chances on Thanksgiving Day will be around 20%, meaning most of our area should remain dry. There also is a small chance of a few thunderstorms on Thanksgiving Day, but again, most spots will remain dry throughout the day. Severe weather is not expected on Thursday or on Friday. Temperatures will be quite mild for Thanksgiving with most spots peaking in the upper-70s.

SET UP APP ALERTS… We send quite a bit of Low-Level Alerts in our RedZone Weather app. The app is totally free for you! redzoneweather.com/app is the link where you see the download links to your respective app store for iOS and for Android devices. Once you have the app downloaded to your smartphone or tablet device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

My next forecast video update will be posted by 7:15AM tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. See you then!

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3:58PM November 24, 2020

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