7:22AM April 4, 2020

CLOUDS INCREASE TODAY; SHOWERS POSSIBLE TONIGHT… Mostly cloudy skies are expected across south Alabama and northwest Florida on this Saturday. High temperatures will peak in the mid-80s. There could be a shower or two late this evening across west Alabama, but I expect vast majority of us to remain dry into Sunday. Our next more active round of weather will happen during the middle part of the upcoming week when a surface low and trailing front may trigger thunderstorms across our area. Let’s look at a few brief details.

FEW SHOWERS SUNDAY… We’ll call it a 20-30% chance of showers on Sunday for our local area as an area of low pressure develops to our west. Highs on Sunday will again be in the mid-80s. The greatest chance of rain on Sunday will happen across coastal counties. No severe weather is expected on Sunday.

STORMS POSSIBLE MIDWEEK… Thunderstorms will be possible Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday across our region as an unsettled pattern sets up. There have been some model scenarios that support the potential for a few strong to severe thunderstorms across our area during the midweek timeframe, but it’s too early to give specifics. This is April in the Deep South, meaning we all need to be ready for severe weather events. March and April are our primary severe weather season months. I’ll keep you posted over the next few days.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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6:50AM April 3, 2020

NICE WEEKEND AHEAD; SHOWERS & STORMS EARLY NEXT WEEK… Nice weekend weather is on tap for south Alabama and northwest Florida. There could be a few showers and storms around on Sunday, but I expect rain chances to remain pretty low (20-30%) with hardly any chance of rain on Saturday. Temperatures will be quite pleasant with high temperatures in the 80s and morning lows in the upper-50s and near 60° in most spots. We’re looking ahead to Monday and Tuesday of the upcoming week when rain chances will rise considerably. We also could have a few thunderstorms in the mix early next week, although severe weather parameters for now look low. Let’s look at a few more details.

SHOWERS & STORMS POSSIBLE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY… Rain chances will likely peak Monday through Wednesday of the upcoming week as a frontal boundary slides across our region. The overall weather pattern during the upcoming week will favor the potential for storms at times, but so far, it remains to be seen whether severe storms will be a possibility. That is something I will be monitoring in the model trends this weekend. I’ll bring you the latest in the RedZone Weather app.

WARMER TEMPS NEXT WEEK… Temperatures will progressively be increasing over the next 7 days. While we have had upper-70s for afternoon highs over the last few days, by this time next week, most spots will be peaking near 90°. By the time we get to Wednesday and Thursday of next week, we actually may be looking at heat index values that could be in the low-90s briefly in the afternoon hours.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link.

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6:56AM April 2, 2020

NEAR PERFECT WEATHER TODAY; SHOWERS TO RETURN THIS WEEKEND… I would venture to say it doesn’t get much better for an early April day across south Alabama and northwest Florida than what we are expecting today, in terms of our local weather. High temperatures will peak in the upper-70s with ample sunshine expected throughout the day. Cloud coverage will increase on Friday ahead of showers becoming possible late Saturday into Sunday. Next week looks increasingly unstable with a chance of showers and thunderstorms coming back into our weather picture for Monday and Tuesday. Let’s look at your forecast details.

MOSTLY CLOUDY FRIDAY… We’ll start the day in the low-50s in most spots on Friday at 6AM, but we quickly will rebound into the low-80s in the early afternoon hours. Partly cloudy skies are expected in the morning with mostly cloudy skies in the afternoon and evening hours. Rain will hold off on Friday but there could be more in the way of shower activity Saturday evening into Sunday.

FEW SHOWERS LATE SATURDAY… Vast majority of the daytime hours on Saturday will be dry, with temperatures increasing into the low- to mid-80s by 2PM. Mostly cloudy skies are expected throughout the day. There could be a few showers after sunset, but widespread thunderstorms are not expected.

ISOLATED SHOWERS SUNDAY… Isolated showers will be possible on Sunday as an area of low pressure skirts by our region. Rain amounts should generally be light. Temperatures will again peak in the mid-80s.

MORE RAIN POSSIBLE MONDAY… Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be the story on Monday and Tuesday. There have been some scenarios that would support a few stronger storms on Tuesday, but for now, the overall severe weather risk remains low.

WARMER TEMPS NEXT WEEK… Temperatures will progressively be increasing over the next 7 days. While we have upper-70s expected for afternoon highs today, by this time next week, most spots will be peaking in the low-90s. By the time we get to Wednesday and Thursday of next week, we actually may be looking at heat index values that could be in the mid-90s briefly in the afternoon hours.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link.

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1:00PM April 1, 2020

HIGH-LEVEL ALERT QUARTERLY TEST… Good news! You are receiving High-Level Alerts from RedZone Weather if you just received the quarterly test push notification. Did you know that you should have other alerts set up too? Visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner of the RZW app), then read the descriptions and turn ON the other types of alerts you want to get when I send them. Make sure you turn on alerts for the county you live in, too. Tornado Warning alerts are sent in the specific county selectors. You can turn on as many alert selectors as you want!

ABOUT OUR ALERTS… High-Level Alerts are reserved for the most extreme weather events and are rarely sent. Our next quarterly test will happen Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 1PM. Medium-Level Alerts are sent sparingly. Low-Level Alerts are sent quite a bit. You’re in control of the information you get from us. If you want more alerts, make sure Medium-Level Alerts are turned ON. For even more info, turn on Low-Level Alerts.

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12:00PM April 1, 2020

HIGH-LEVEL ALERT TEST AT 1PM… Please remember that we will have the quarterly test of the High-Level Alert System in the RedZone Weather app at 1PM CDT today. That is one hour from right now. If you have the RZW app downloaded to your iOS or Android device with notifications enabled, you should receive the High-Level Alert Test.

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6:50AM April 1, 2020

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY; COOL NIGHT AHEAD… Picture perfect weather is on tap for this Wednesday across south Alabama and northwest Florida. High temperatures will peak in the low- to mid-70s across the region! That’s 10 to 15 degrees below where high temperatures have been over the last few days. Mostly sunny skies are expected throughout the day. Clear skies tonight will allow overnight lows to dip into the upper-40s on Thursday morning. Our next considerable rain chance will happen in the latter half of the weekend. Let’s look at your forecast details.

FEW SHOWERS POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND… Rain chances will progressively rise as we get into the weekend. Temperatures will also be on an increasing trend in the days ahead. High temperatures by Saturday will rise into the low- to mid-80s.

MORE UNSETTLED PATTERN NEXT WEEK… Our next round of active weather is slated for Monday into Tuesday of the upcoming week when we could have another round of showers and thunderstorms. It is too early to know if severe weather will be an issue, but that is something we will be watching for in the model trends over the next few days. We’re now in early April, the prime time for our severe weather season. Each system that moves by warrants careful attention. We’ll keep you posted over the next few days in the RedZone Weather app.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link.

SET UP APP ALERTS… Be sure to set up the RedZone Weather app on your smartphone! redzoneweather.com/app is the link where you can download the iOS or Android version of the app. Once you have the app downloaded to your device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner of the app), then tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

See all the details in your Wednesday #rzw forecast video. Enjoy the day!

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2:28PM March 31, 2020

ALL CLEAR… Thumbs up for everyone as I can give a final ALL CLEAR to all parts of south Alabama and northwest Florida west of Destin and Crestview, including all of our local area. The severe weather risk has come to an end. Thank you so much to everyone (many thousands!) who tuned in to watch our live severe weather coverage today. MAKE SURE you support our RedZone Weather sponsors! They are the businesses across our region that support us and we want you to directly support them. redzoneweather.com/sponsors is where you can find the full list.

OVER-PERFORMING EVENT… Today is a classic example of why we encourage everyone to take “Level 2 (out of 5) risk days” seriously. We covered 10 tornado warnings and 15 separate severe thunderstorm warnings. Nearly all of our coverage area was under a warning at some point today. Sometimes you’ll get a Level 2 risk day that underperforms, but today was clearly “an overperformer” with numerous trees down and damage in several places across our region.

I appreciate you watching and I appreciate everyone who chooses RedZone Weather every, single day. Overnight lows will be in the upper-40s by Thursday morning under clear skies. Plenty of sunshine tomorrow!

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8:12AM March 31, 2020

SEVERE STORMS IN WEST ALABAMA… We encourage everyone in Thomasville, Grove Hill, Fulton, Coffeeville, Tallahatta Springs, Zimco, Springfield, Lower Peach Tree, Sunny South, Chatom, Millry, Yarbo, Jordan, and areas near the Washington County Public Lake to be sheltered and away from windows as this narrow band of severe thunderstorms moves through.

You don’t want to be outside or driving during this storm as winds could gust as high as 70 mph. Hail up to the size of a quarter is also possible. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings continue.

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6:52AM March 31, 2020

STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE TODAY… Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible on this Tuesday ahead of a cold front that will move through our area later this evening. Damaging wind gusts, an isolated tornado or two, large hail, and cloud-to-ground lightning will be the hazard concerns today. Much of our area remains involved in the Level 2 (out of 5) risk zone. The primary window for strong to severe storms to happen will be from 7AM to 4PM today with the core risk being from 10AM to 3PM. If you’re in an inland community, you are slightly more likely to have severe storms close by today compared to communities near the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches. Sunshine is set to return on Wednesday with much cooler temperatures expected. Highs on Wednesday will only top out in the low-70s. The cool down will be short-lived, however, as temperatures warm into the low-80s by Friday. Rain chances are set to rise again as we go into the weekend. Be sure to join me on Facebook Live and in the RedZone Weather app if we have tornado warning coverage. That is your summary, see all the details below.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS TODAY: DAMAGING WIND & ISOLATED TORNADOES… The primary concern on this Tuesday will be damaging “straight line winds” that happen in the stronger storms. We’ll be watching radar trends for any bowing segments that could produce severe winds (58+ mph) that could knock down trees and cause other damage. In addition, there also is some risk of a tornado or two in the stronger storms. If we have discrete, isolated supercell storms form, the tornado risk will end up being a bit higher. We’ll have a better idea of the specific storm modes over the next few hours. Large hail up to the size of golfballs will also be a concern. Due to the higher amounts of instability in the atmosphere compared to the active weather events we had earlier in the year, there will likely be more in the way of cloud-to-ground lightning with this event as well.

TIMING OF SEVERE WEATHER TODAY… 7AM to 4PM today is the window when severe storms will be most likely across south Alabama and northwest Florida. The core risk will be from 10AM to 3PM. Storms will move from west to east, but we note that there could be a few isolated stronger storms out ahead of the main batch of storms that will progressively move across our region. I’ll be giving “all clear” messages throughout the day in the RedZone Weather app as the threat ends from west to east.

LEVEL 2 (OUT OF 5) RISK INLAND… Our inland communities across southwest Alabama have a slightly increased severe weather risk compared to locales farther south near the beaches. Inland areas appear to be where the greater combination of “severe weather ingredients” will come together to support strong to severe storms. The following locations are involved in the Level 2 (out of 5) risk: Andalusia, Opp, Florala, Brewton, Atmore, Flomaton, Poarch, Huxford, Uriah, Frisco City, Excel, Monroeville, Beatrice, Peterman, Evergreen, Castleberry, Brooklyn, Repton, Greenville, Georgiana, McKenzie, Thomasville, Grove Hill, Jackson, Leroy, Chatom, and surrounding areas. This Level 2 risk also extends into central and southeast Alabama, including Geneva, Elba, Enterprise, Daleville, Dothan, Abbeville, Troy, Eufaula, Auburn, Montgomery, Hayneville, Camden, Selma, and Prattville.

LOWER-END, LEVEL 1 RISK NEAR COAST… Most locations in coastal counties are involved in the lower-end, Level 1 (out of 5) marginal risk zone where the atmosphere is not AS favorable for tornadoes or damaging winds. This zone includes Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, Dauphin Island, Wilmer, Pensacola, Fairhope, Daphne, Spanish Fort, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Pace, Milton, Molino, Jay, Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Destin, Crestview, Baker, and surrounding areas.

WIND ADVISORY TILL 7PM… Winds will be gusty at times today, especially across the southern half of our region. The National Weather Service has places all coastal counties and Escambia (AL) and Covington counties in a Wind Advisory due to the likelihood of 15-25 mph winds with gusts as high as 30-35 mph throughout the day. 

TORNADO WARNING POLICY… Any time there is an active tornado warning in effect for southwest Alabama or northwest Florida, we provide uninterrupted, live video coverage on Facebook Live and in the RedZone Weather app. Our detailed coverage commitment is outlined at redzoneweather.com/coverage. We are proud to cover all parts of Escambia (AL), Covington, Monroe, Conecuh, Baldwin, Mobile, Clarke, Washington, Butler, Escambia (FL), Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties. If you live in any locale in those counties, be sure to tune into our coverage whenever there is an active tornado warning!

DOUBLE TROUBLE: COVID-19 & TORNADO WARNINGS… While we certainly all want to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus, if your location goes under a tornado warning, the tornado is the more IMMEDIATE threat of the two hazards. If you, your family, or your friends use a community underground storm shelter, please take the opportunity to read the recommended guidelines established by our local National Weather Service offices and the state health department. Basically, the tornado warning takes precedence over social distancing when/if necessary as the tornado is the more immediate threat. Here is the post outlining the details.

“WEATHER AWARENESS” ON LEVEL 2 RISK DAYS… We have observed an interesting phenomenon over the last year or so in that more people seem to pay attention and help get the word out during Level 3 and Level 4 severe weather risks. This makes sense, but it also is a bit concerning because we CAN have real problems on Level 2 risk days like what we’re looking at today. Obviously there is a bit more uncertainty involved on Level 2 risk days compared to the higher risk days, but there still is the potential for tornadoes and damaging winds involved. We greatly appreciate you helping us to inform folks who may not be as “weather aware” as you are! It takes a team to get the word out. Thanks for your help! I appreciate it. This is one of the many things we discuss with our friends and colleagues in the social science departments at colleges in Alabama, specifically the Center for Advanced Public Safety at UA in Tuscaloosa.

COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THIS EVENING… One of the reasons we have the potential for active weather today is because a cold front is approaching our area from the northwest. Right now, we’re out ahead of the front in the unstable warm sector. Once the cold front moves through your specific location, that is when the severe weather risk will come to an end for you. Temperatures will peak in the upper-70s and low-80s across the region today, but we will drop into the 60s this evening ahead of temperatures in the low-50s overnight.

COOL, MOSTLY SUNNY WEDNESDAY… High temperatures will struggle to reach 75° in most spots on Wednesday as a cooler, drier, much more stable air mass moves into our region. Any lingering clouds tomorrow morning will clear out to the east by midday.

WARMER ON THURSDAY & FRIDAY… The cool down that happens on Wednesday won’t last long as temperatures quickly reboud into the low-80s by Friday. Mostly sunny skies are likely on Thursday with just a few more clouds in the sky, comparatively, on Friday. There could be a few showers late Friday evening across our region, but I expect the daytime hours of Friday to be dry.

SHOWERS & STORMS POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND… Don’t fret if you don’t get much rain today as we have more rain chances setting up for this weekend into early next week. Our weather pattern will probably be more active, with multiple areas of low pressure expected to move by, sparking the chance of showers and thunderstorms this weekend into early next week.

TURN ON APP ALERTS… Many updates will be posted throughout the day in the RedZone Weather app. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Be sure to visit the Alerts tab (bottom right corner) and tap the large, yellow “Alert Settings” button to customize the alerts you’d like to receive from me. If you like a lot of info, be sure to toggle ON Low-Level Alerts.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link.

See all the graphics, details, and in-depth analysis in your Tuesday #rzw forecast video. Have a great day and please have a way to get urgent weather warnings!

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12:37AM March 31, 2020

RISK LARGELY UNCHANGED… For the night owls that may be checking the website or app early this morning, the new convective outlook valid at 6AM has just been released by the Storm Prediction Center. They will maintain the Level 2 (out of 5) severe weather risk today for the majority of our local area.

Main concerns will be the potential for damaging wind gusts and perhaps a tornado or two. Large hail and cloud-to-ground lightning will also be possible.

I’ll have your next full forecast discussion and detailed video posted by 7:15AM on Facebook and in the RZW app. See you then!

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7:42PM March 30, 2020

DAMAGING WIND GUSTS & TORNADOES POSSIBLE ON TUESDAY… Severe storms will have the potential to produce damaging winds and potentially a few tornadoes on Tuesday as a potent storm system moves through from west to east across our local area. The Storm Prediction Center continues to outlook much of our area in their Level 2 (out of 5) severe weather risk valid on Tuesday, meaning scattered instances of severe weather will be possible. Let’s be clear: Not everyone will have weather issues on Tuesday, but there could be multiple locales that experience trees down and perhaps more damage IF tornadoes happen. Unfortunately, this system likely will not be a significant rain event for our region. Most spots can expect upwards of one half inch to one inch of rainfall in total. Let’s look at the information you need to know tonight…

HAVE A WAY TO GET URGENT WEATHER WARNINGS TONIGHT… Before you go to sleep, I would encourage you to have at least one (if not multiple) ways to receive urgent weather warnings. You need something like a NOAA Weather Radio that will wake you up if your area goes under a tornado warning or a severe thunderstorm warning. Cell phone apps, including our free RedZone Weather app, are a great choice for alerting options too. Let’s be clear in stating that the core risk will be in the daytime hours of Tuesday (more info on specific timing below), but I can’t completely rule out a few stronger storms over west Alabama as early as 4AM or 5AM. Thus, we want everyone to have a way to get warnings before you go to sleep this evening as a course of least regret.

MAIN CONCERNS TUESDAY – DAMAGING WINDS & TORNADOES… Based on the latest model guidance, it has become increasingly apparent that damaging straight line winds will likely be our greatest risk on Tuesday in the stronger storms. There could be a few tornadoes involved as well, but this may not matter if we have a widespread damaging wind event as straight line winds can sometimes be as bad or worse than tornadoes. Large hail, up to the size of golfballs, will be possible in the strongest of the storms. The overall risk for flash flooding remains very low as overall rain amounts will probably less than one inch in total across the region. Cloud-to-ground lightning will also be a concern.

TIMING – SEVERE WEATHER RISK TUESDAY… 6AM to 4PM on Tuesday remains the ten hour window when strong to severe storms will be most likely to happen across south Alabama and northwest Florida. The core risk will be from 9AM to 3PM. Storms will move from west to east, but we note that there could be a few isolated stronger storms out ahead of the main batch of storms that will progressively move across our region.

HELP THOSE WHO AREN’T AS “WEATHER AWARE”… We have observed an interesting phenomenon over the last year or so in that more people seem to pay attention and help get the word out during Level 3 and Level 4 severe weather risks. This makes sense, but it also is a bit concerning because we CAN have real problems on Level 2 risk days like what we’re looking at for Tuesday. Obviously there is a bit more uncertainty involved on Level 2 risk days compared to the higher risk days, but there still is the potential for tornadoes and damaging winds involved. We greatly appreciate folks helping us to inform folks who may not be as “weather aware” as you are! It takes a team to get the word out. Thanks for your help!

The following information has not changed since our previous detailed update this morning.

COVID-19 AND TORNADO WARNING GUIDELINES… We’re in a strange time when the guidelines on what to do during a tornado warning versus what to do regarding social distancing because of COVID-19 may seem to conflict. If you, your family, or your friends use a community underground storm shelter, please take the opportunity to read the recommended guidelines established by our local National Weather Service offices and the state health department. Basically, the tornado warning takes precedence over social distancing when/if necessary as the tornado is the more immediate threat. Here is the post outlining those details.

COOLER, DRIER AIR ARRIVES TUESDAY NIGHT… The reason we have a chance of severe storms on Tuesday is partly because of the forcing caused by the advancing cold front that will be moving into our area on Tuesday evening. This front will bring cooler, drier air into our region by Tuesday night.

BETTER WEATHER ON WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY… Nicer, slightly cooler, and drier conditions will be in place for Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures will drop into the mid-70s by Wednesday with overnight lows falling into the mid- to upper-50s. Mostly sunny skies are likely Wednesday with partly cloudy skies on Thursday.

MORE RAIN & STORMS POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND… There could be a few showers ahead of an area of low pressure inching closer to our area on Friday. Rain chances will rise as we go into next weekend with a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday. It is too early to talk specifics on that system, but it is late March and early April (heart of severe weather season!), meaning we need to watch this system closely. I’ll have more details about this once we get through the active weather on Tuesday.

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.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link.

I’ll have more updates overnight and on Tuesday morning in the RedZone Weather app before the next detailed video and text discussion. The video will be posted by 7:15AM tomorrow morning. Have a great evening!

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6:48AM March 30, 2020

SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY… Tuesday could feature strong to severe thunderstorms with a chance of tornadoes and damaging wind gusts. The Storm Prediction Center maintains a Level 2 (out of 5) severe weather risk for just about all areas in south Alabama and northwest Florida, minus a few communities right on the Alabama-Mississippi state line. Storms will be most likely to happen during the daytime hours of Tuesday, although we are advising everyone to have a way to receive urgent weather warnings before you go to sleep tonight just in case we have early morning storm activity. Before we get to Tuesday, warm and dry conditions are expected on this Monday. High temperatures will peak in the mid-80s today. Cooler temperatures are on the way as we have a cold front set to move by on Tuesday evening. Highs on Wednesday will drop into the mid-70s. Below are all of your forecast details.

ANOTHER WARM DAY; DRY THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON… High temperatures today will peak in the 83-87° range across inland areas of south Alabama with temperatures closer to 80° closer to the immediate coast. Mostly cloudy skies are likely throughout the day.

FEW SHOWERS LATE THIS EVENING… Rain chances remain very low for ALL of us across south Alabama and northwest Florida through midnight. There could be a few showers (only a 10-20% chance) over west Alabama in parts of Clarke, Washington, Choctaw, Mobile, and Marengo counties as early as 8PM. I expect much of the rain to hold off until Tuesday, however.

STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY… The Storm Prediction Center continues to advise that all of south Alabama and northwest Florida will have a risk of strong to severe thunderstorms on Tuesday. This morning we have some new data that suggests the damaging wind potential may be the greatest threat, but there will be at least some risk of a few tornadoes as well. Large hail up to the size of golf balls may also be possible in some of the storms.

TUESDAY – SEVERE WEATHER TIMING… 6AM to 4PM is the ten hour window in which strong to severe storms will be most likely to happen across south Alabama and northwest Florida, with the core risk being from 9AM to 2PM. We encourage everyone to have multiple ways to receive urgent weather warnings before you go to sleep on Monday night just in case isolated storms get an early start.

LEVEL 2 RISK – LOCATIONS INVOLVED… Nearly all of us in south Alabama and northwest Florida are involved. Basically a line from Columbus (Georgia) to Montgomery to Selma to Chatom and points south to the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches are included. ALL parts of these counties are included in the risk zone: Monroe, Baldwin, Escambia (AL), Conecuh, Butler, Wilcox, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia (FL), Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, in addition to all counties in southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. In addition, parts of Mobile, Clarke, and Washington counties in west Alabama are included in the risk zone, including the cities of Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, Satsuma, Jackson, Grove Hill, and Thomasville.

LEVEL 2 (OUT OF 5) RISK FOR LOCAL AREA… When a Level 2 (out of 5) risk is in place, that means that scattered instances of severe thunderstorms are possible, including the potential for isolated intense thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. MOST times when we have a Level 2 (out of 5) slight risk in place, we simply do not have major issues. There have been times, however, when big issues have happened on Level 2-type days. Take the Century-Flomaton EF3 tornado that happened on February 15, 2016. That was a Level 2 risk day. That is certainly not the NORM for a Level 2 risk day, but it just goes to show that intense thunderstorms CAN happen.

COVID-19 AND TORNADO WARNING GUIDELINES… We’re in a strange time when the guidelines on what to do during a tornado warning versus what to do regarding social distancing because of COVID-19 may seem to conflict. If you, your family, or your friends use a community underground storm shelter, please take the opportunity to read the recommended guidelines established by our local National Weather Service offices and the state health department. Basically, the tornado warning takes precedence over social distancing when/if necessary as the tornado is the more immediate threat. Here is the post outlining all of those details.

COOLER, DRIER AIR ARRIVES TUESDAY NIGHT… The reason we have a chance of severe storms on Tuesday is partly because of the forcing caused by the advancing cold front that will be moving into our area on Tuesday evening. This front will bring cooler, drier air into our region by Tuesday night.

BETTER WEATHER ON WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY… Nicer, slightly cooler, and drier conditions will be in place for Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures will drop into the mid-70s by Wednesday with overnight lows falling into the mid- to upper-50s. Mostly sunny skies are likely Wednesday with partly cloudy skies on Thursday.

MORE RAIN & STORMS POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND… There could be a few showers ahead of an area of low pressure inching closer to our area on Friday. Rain chances will rise as we go into next weekend with a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday. It is too early to talk specifics on that system, but it is late March and early April (heart of severe weather season!), meaning we need to watch this system closely. I’ll have more details about this once we get through the active weather on Tuesday.

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.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link.

Let me know if you have any specific weather-related questions. Have a great Monday!

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1:34AM March 30, 2020

FEW SHOWERS INLAND… Areas of sprinkles are happening early this morning across parts of Choctaw, Wilcox, Marengo, and Dallas counties in west-central Alabama. Most of the echos you see on the radar display are precipitation not actually reaching the ground.

Monday will be mostly dry with high temperatures in the mid-80s.

My next forecast video will be posted by 7:15AM. See you then!

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2:42PM March 29, 2020

SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE TUESDAY; WARM TODAY & MONDAY… Warm, dry conditions are in place on this Sunday across our region, but the focus is now on Tuesday when we could have a few strong to severe thunderstorms move across our area. Tornadoes and damaging winds will be the main concerns in any of the storms that can ramp up to severe levels. The Storm Prediction Center continues to include nearly all of our local area (other than communities right on the Alabama-Mississippi state line in west Alabama) in their Level 2 (out of 5) slight severe weather risk. This means that scattered instances of severe storms will be possible Tuesday, primarily in the daytime hours. Before we get to Tuesday, we have warm temperatures happening now and more warmth ahead for your Monday. There are some abnormal considerations we have to plan for during this upcoming severe weather potential, in terms of the tornado warning sheltering guidelines and COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Please see the paragraph (and separate linked post in the paragraph) below about that. Let’s look at all of the forecast specifics.

FEW SHOWERS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING… Nearly all of us across south Alabama and northwest Florida will remain dry and warm on this Monday. There are a few areas of sprinkles happening to our north across central Alabama but I expect any rain that happens today to remain light and isolated. Temperatures are peaking now in the mid-80s across the region. We’ll be in the 80s through 6PM with 70s on the board through 10PM.

MAINLY DRY & WARM ON MONDAY… Clouds will continue to increase in coverage across the region ahead of the potential for rain and storms Monday night into Tuesday. High temperatures on Monday will peak in the mid-80s. There will inevitably be some peeks of sunshine throughout the day, meaning we won’t be completely under 100% cloud cover all day.

SHOWERS POSSIBLE MONDAY NIGHT… Isolated showers will become possible on Monday evening after 7PM across west Alabama. I expect rain coverage to progressively increase throughout the night into Tuesday. Rain amounts probably won’t be very high at all on Monday night with most spots getting less than a tenth of an inch of rain in total over the western part of Alabama.

UPDATED: TUESDAY – SEVERE WEATHER TIMING… 6AM to 4PM is the ten hour window in which strong to severe storms will be most likely to happen across south Alabama and northwest Florida, with the core risk being from 9AM to 2PM. We encourage everyone to have multiple ways to receive urgent weather warnings before you go to sleep on Monday night just in case isolated storms get an early start.

LEVEL 2 RISK – LOCATIONS INVOLVED… Nearly all of us in south Alabama and northwest Florida are involved. Basically a line from Columbus (Georgia) to Montgomery to Selma to Chatom and points south to the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches are included. ALL parts of these counties are included in the risk zone: Monroe, Baldwin, Escambia (AL), Conecuh, Butler, Wilcox, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia (FL), Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, in addition to all counties in southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. In addition, parts of Mobile, Clarke, and Washington counties in west Alabama are included in the risk zone, including the cities of Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, Satsuma, Jackson, Grove Hill, and Thomasville.

LEVEL 2 (OUT OF 5) RISK FOR LOCAL AREA… When a Level 2 (out of 5) risk is in place, that means that scattered instances of severe thunderstorms are possible, including the potential for isolated intense thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. MOST times when we have a Level 2 (out of 5) slight risk in place, we simply do not have major issues. There have been times, however, when big issues have happened on Level 2-type days. Take the Century-Flomaton EF3 tornado that happened on February 15, 2016. That was a Level 2 risk day. That is certainly not the NORM for a Level 2 risk day, but it just goes to show that intense thunderstorms CAN happen.

COVID-19 AND TORNADO WARNING GUIDELINES… We’re in a strange time when the guidelines on what to do during a tornado warning versus what to do regarding social distancing because of COVID-19 may seem to conflict. If you, your family, or your friends use a community underground storm shelter, please take the opportunity to read the recommended guidelines established by our local National Weather Service offices and the state health department. Basically, the tornado warning takes precedence over social distancing when/if necessary as the tornado is the more immediate threat. Here is the post outlining all of that.

COOLER, DRIER AIR ARRIVES TUESDAY NIGHT… The reason we have a chance of severe storms on Tuesday is partly because of the forcing caused by the advancing cold front that will be moving into our area on Tuesday evening. This front will bring cooler, drier air into our region by Tuesday night.

NICE, SEASONAL, & DRY WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY… Nicer, slightly cooler, and drier conditions will be in place for Wednesday and Thursday. High temperatures will drop into the mid-70s by Wednesday with overnight lows falling into the mid- to upper-50s. Mostly sunny skies are likely Wednesday with partly cloudy skies on Thursday.

MORE RAIN & STORMS FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY… There could be a few showers ahead of an area of low pressure inching closer to our area on Friday. Rain chances will rise as we go into next weekend with a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday. It is too early to talk specifics on that system, but it is late March and early April (heart of severe weather season!), meaning we need to watch this system closely. I’ll have more details about this once we get through the active weather on Tuesday.

SET UP APP ALERTS TODAY… Now is the time, before we get to this severe weather potential, to set up the RedZone Weather app on your smartphone! redzoneweather.com/app is the link where you can download the iOS or Android version of the app. Once you have the app downloaded to your device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner of the app), then tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

NEXT UPDATE… My next detailed video update and long form text discussion will be posted on Monday morning no later than 7:15AM. Before we get to that, I’ll have quite a few updates this evening into tonight and Monday morning in the RedZone Weather app. Let me know if you have any weather-related questions.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link.

Have a nice Sunday evening!

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7:58PM March 28, 2020

STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY… The Storm Prediction Center has added nearly all of south Alabama and all of northwest Florida into their Level 2 (out of 5) severe weather risk zone valid for Tuesday. A few tornadoes and damaging wind gusts will likely be the convective hazards with this event. Timing is still a bit uncertain due to model disagreement, but it appears this will be a daytime event for most of us across the region. The reason we have a severe weather risk setting up Tuesday is because a cold front will be diving southeastward across our region, putting nearly all of us in a warm, unstable sector out ahead of the front that could potentially support the development of strong to severe storms. There are obviously some abnormal considerations we have to look at in terms of the tornado warning sheltering guidelines and COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Please see the paragraph (and separate linked post in the paragraph) below about that. That is your summary, below are all the details.

WHO IS INVOLVED IN LEVEL 2 RISK… Nearly all of us in south Alabama and northwest Florida are involved. Basically a line from Columbus (Georgia) to Montgomery to Selma to Chatom and points south to the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches are included. ALL parts of these counties are included in the risk zone: Monroe, Baldwin, Escambia (AL), Conecuh, Butler, Wilcox, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia (FL), Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, in addition to all counties in southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. In addition, parts of Mobile, Clarke, and Washington counties in west Alabama are included in the risk zone, including the cities of Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, Satsuma, Jackson, Grove Hill, and Thomasville.

MAIN HAZARDS: A FEW TORNADOES & DAMAGING WIND GUSTS… The main concerns in the storms that can ramp up to strong and severe levels on Tuesday will be the potential for a few tornadoes and damaging straight line winds that could knock down trees across our region. It is too early to be specific on where potential specific threats may set up. That is something we’ll be trying to nail down on a more specific level in the days ahead.

SEVERE WEATHER TIMING – TUESDAY… 6AM to 6PM on Tuesday, March 31 is the 12 hour window when severe weather appears to be most likely to happen across south Alabama and northwest Florida. We will be able to get a more specific, focused timeline over the next few days as more model data firms up the details. Please have a way to receive urgent weather warnings in place BEFORE this event.

LEVEL 2 (OUT OF 5) RISK FOR LOCAL AREA… When a Level 2 (out of 5) risk is in place, that means that scattered instances of severe thunderstorms are possible, including the potential for isolated intense thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes. MOST times when we have a Level 2 (out of 5) slight risk in place, we simply do not have major issues. There have been times, however, when big issues have happened on Level 2-type days. Take the Century-Flomaton EF3 tornado that happened on February 15, 2016. That was a Level 2 risk day. That is certainly not the NORM for a Level 2 risk day, but it just goes to show that intense thunderstorms CAN happen.

COVID-19 AND TORNADO WARNING GUIDELINES… We’re in a strange time when the guidelines on what to do during a tornado warning versus what to do regarding social distancing because of COVID-19 may seem to conflict. If you, your family, or your friends use a community underground storm shelter, please take the opportunity to read the recommended guidelines established by our local National Weather Service offices and the state health department. Basically, the tornado warning takes precedence over social distancing when/if necessary as the tornado is the more immediate threat. Here is the post outlining all of that.

SET UP APP ALERTS… Now is the time, long before we get to this severe weather potential, to set up the RedZone Weather app on your smartphone! redzoneweather.com/app is the link where you can download the iOS or Android version of the app. Once you have the app downloaded to your device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner of the app), then tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

NEXT UPDATE… My next detailed video update and long form text discussion will be posted on Sunday no later than 3PM. I hope you’ll tune in and join us for that. In the meantime, I’ll have quite a few updates this evening into tonight and Sunday morning in the RedZone Weather app. Let me know if you have any weather-related questions. 

Have a great Saturday evening!

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7:20AM March 28, 2020

WARM TODAY; FEW SHOWERS TONIGHT… Warm temperatures and increasing cloudiness will be our weather headlines locally today. While no severe weather issues are expected across south Alabama or northwest Florida today, there could be a major severe weather outbreak later today across parts of Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. Parts of those states are being monitored for a potential upgrade to a rare Level 5 (out of 5) high risk of strong tornadoes. We note that north Alabama could have a few strong storms later today as well (although probably nowhere close to the intensity of the storms expected across the Midwest). Closer to home, we’re expecting a few showers overnight into Sunday. Let’s look at all the details.

MAJOR SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK TO OUR NORTH TODAY… The Storm Prediction Center has included parts of Illinois in a highly uncommon Level 4 (out of 5) significant severe weather risk zone. There is a chance of an outbreak of significant/strong tornadoes in areas in or near Bloomington and Peoria in Illinois. Be aware of this if you happen to be traveling in or near that area. If you have family or friends there, be sure to reach out and make sure they’re aware of this extreme risk area. SPC has indicated they will consider upping part of this zone into an exceedingly rare Level 5 (out of 5) HIGH risk zone later today. Regardless of the risk level, a dangerous, high-impact severe weather setup is expected with multiple strong or violent tornadoes being possible.

STRONG STORMS POSSIBLE IN NORTH ALABAMA… Parts of north Alabama are involved in a Level 2 (out of 5) severe weather risk today into tonight, meaning isolated severe storms will be possible. The northwestern corner of Alabama, in areas near Florence, Muscle Shoals, Russellville, Moulton, and Ardmore are involved in the Level 2 risk zone. Most areas north of Interstate 59 are involved in the lower-end, Level 1 (out of 5) risk zone. This includes communities like Scottsboro, Boaz, Albertville, Cullman, Jasper, Fayette, and Aliceville. While the overall severe weather risk is lower in those communities, the risk is not entirely zero.

NO SEVERE WEATHER RISK LOCALLY TODAY… While storms could be plentiful later today from the midwestern U.S. into the northern parts of Alabama and Mississippi, there is no formal risk of severe weather anywhere locally in south Alabama or northwest Florida. Showers will become possible tonight, but severe weather is NOT expected locally.

FEW SHOWERS TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY… Vast majority of our region will remain dry today into tonight. There could be a few showers late this evening across the far western part of Alabama. Clarke and Washington counties will have the highest (20-30%) chance of rain locally this evening. That is the approximate rain chance regionwide on Sunday as well. Temperatures will peak in the upper-80s today with mid-80s likely on Sunday afternoon.

MOSTLY CLOUDY & WARM MONDAY… Our last day with temperatures in the 80s (for a few days anyway) will happen on Monday. Clouds will increase in coverage from west to east across the region on Monday ahead of higher rain chances on Tuesday.

STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY… Rain chances on Tuesday are now in the 70-80% range. There could be a few strong to marginally severe storms on Tuesday locally as a cold front slides across our region from the northwest.

COOLER END TO NEXT WEEK… Temperatures will be close to our climatology norms for this time of year as we get into the latter half of the upcoming week. Highs will be in the 70s with lows in the 40s inland and near 50° closer to the coast.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/400827163408962/posts/1525439774281023/

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.

Have a great Saturday!

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6:56AM March 27, 2020

WARM & DRY TODAY; RAIN & STORMS RETURN TUESDAY… Today will be quite similar to yesterday with near record-breaking heat and sunshine throughout the day. High temperatures on this Friday will peak in the mid- to upper-80s. More warmth is ahead for Saturday ahead of a few showers being possible Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Temperatures will remain above our seasonal norms through Tuesday. Showers and thunderstorms will move by Tuesday during the daytime hours as a cold front works in from the northwest. Significantly cooler, drier air will take hold of our weather pattern starting on Wednesday. High temperatures will drop into the 70s with morning lows in the 40s and 50s. Let’s look at all of your forecast details.

WARM SATURDAY; FEW SHOWERS LATE IN EVENING… Saturday will be dry across our region with the exception of a few showers being possible late in the evening hours (long after sunset) across west Alabama. Showers will be isolated with most spots receiving very little in the way of rainfall. These showers could extend into the very early morning hours of Sunday. High temperatures on Saturday will again be in the mid-80s.

MOSTLY CLOUDY & WARM SUNDAY… Skies will remain mostly cloudy on Sunday with high temperatures in the low- to mid-80s. Any rain showers that happen early Sunday morning will be out of our area no later than 10AM. Rain chances remain very low (10-20%) on Sunday across our region.

FEW SHOWERS POSSIBLE LATE MONDAY… Monday will be somewhat of a transition day as we get set for a cold front to move through. Temperatures will still be quite warm (low-80s in most spots by 2PM). You’ll notice winds shifting to out of the south ahead of the front, ushering in warm, Gulf air.

CHANCE OF RAIN & STORMS ON TUESDAY… Our next chance of active weather happens on Tuesday of the upcoming week. There could be a few stronger storms involved, depending on the specific scenario that shapes up across our region. It is far too early to know specific details at this point, however. We are in the midst of our primary severe weather season, which runs through the end of April. We encourage everyone to brush up on your severe weather safety plan and know what you would do if severe weather becomes a possibility in our area. I’ll keep you posted about this evolving active weather potential over the next few days.

MILD & DRY LATER NEXT WEEK… After the passage of a cold front, temperatures will drop into the 70s for afternoon highs on Wednesday through Friday of the upcoming week. Overnight lows will be in the 40s and 50s.

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/400827163408962/posts/1525439774281023/

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.

See all the details in your Friday #rzw forecast video. Have a great weekend!

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9:26PM March 26, 2020

COOLER AIR ARRIVES NEXT WEEK… After record-setting heat earlier today and more on the way for Friday afternoon, we’re looking ahead to cooler temperatures set to arrive in the middle part of the upcoming week. A cold front will move by on Tuesday, bringing a chance of showers and storms into south Alabama and northwest Florida. Wednesday morning and Thursday morning of next week will likely be the coolest mornings. Overnight lows on Thursday are depicted in the attached map. Temperatures won’t ever get close to the freezing mark and no frost is expected at this time. The cool down will last 3-4 days, at least.

RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY… 84° was today’s record high temperature at Pensacola, breaking the old record of 83° set in 2012. Mobile tied the record high set in 1935 of 86° today. Temperatures on Friday will again be in record-setting territory with most spots expected to peak in the mid- to upper-80s across our region by 2PM.

DON’T FORGET: CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/400827163408962/posts/1525439774281023/

APP… 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 your next full forecast video posted by 7:15AM on Friday. See you then!

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6:52AM March 26, 2020

HOT AFTERNOON TODAY AND ON FRIDAY; COOLER NEXT WEEK… Today will likely be the first 90 degree day of 2020 for many locations across south Alabama and northwest Florida. Mostly sunny skies are expected throughout the day, meaning we’ll have plenty of heat content in the atmosphere this afternoon. No significant rain is expected until Saturday evening into Sunday morning when a round of showers is possible. Greater rain chances will happen on Tuesday as a cold front moves by our region. Much cooler air will be in place next week with highs dropping back into the 70s by Wednesday. That’s the summary, below are all of your forecast details.

NEAR RECORD HEAT TODAY AND FRIDAY… Temperatures will be in the 80s and even low-90s during the afternoon and early evening hours today and on Friday. Our average high temperature, in terms of the climatology for our local area, is around 78° but we’ll have temperatures 10 to 14 degrees above that value today and tomorrow. Plenty of sunshine is expected today and on Friday.

FEW SHOWERS POSSIBLE SATURDAY EVENING… A few showers may become possible late Saturday evening into Sunday morning. For now, no severe weather issues are expected locally, although we note there could be a few strong storms across the northern half of Mississippi. The Storm Prediction Center has much of northern Mississippi and western Tennessee involved in a Level 2 (out of 5) slight risk for Saturday. There could be a few strong storms over north Alabama Saturday evening as well.

COLD FRONT SET TO MOVE BY NEXT WEEK… We finally revert to our climatological mean/average for this time of year as cooler air arrives by the middle part of the upcoming week. Highs will drop into the 70s by Wednesday with morning lows being at or below 50° in many spots. Most forecast guidance suggests this won’t be a long bout of cold weather as opposed to a brief, 3-5 day stint of cooler conditions.

STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY… The cold front discussed above will potentially cause a few thunderstorms to our west on Monday and then in our region on Tuesday. There is a chance some of the storms could be on the strong side, although its too early to nail down specifics. Keep in mind that we are in the heart of our primary severe weather season, thus it would not be surprising to see this morph into a severe weather setup. We’ll keep you posted.

COOLER, DRIER BY WEDNESDAY… Cooler, drier air will rush in behind the advancing cold front on Wednesday of the upcoming week. High temperatures will likely drop into the 70s with overnight lows likely to be below 50 degrees as we go into the latter half of next week.

DON’T FORGET: CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/400827163408962/posts/1525439774281023/

APP… 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.

See all the details in your Thursday #rzw forecast video. Hope you have a great day!

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6:50AM March 25, 2020

MAINLY SUNNY & QUITE WARM THROUGH SATURDAY… Get ready for the warmest temperatures so far of the year 2020. Temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-80s this afternoon ahead of even warmer temperatures expected on Thursday. High temperatures on Thursday will likely peak at or near the 90 degree mark in the afternoon hours. Keep in mind, our climatological normal high temperature for this part of the month of March is around 76°. That means we’re running 10 to 15 degrees above where we should be. Our entire region will likely be dry today through Friday night. Our next chance of rain will happen on Saturday and Sunday. Let’s look at your forecast details.

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY; NICE, WARM EVENING… Plenty of sunshine is expected on this Wednesday across south Alabama and northwest Florida. High temperatures will peak in the 84-87° range inland (locales north of Interstate 10) but I expect beach communities to peak near 80 degrees.

HOT THURSDAY AFTERNOON AHEAD… There is a good chance Thursday will be the warmest day out of the next 7 days. High temperatures will peak near 90 degrees in most spots across the interior of south Alabama. There is a chance some locales may spike to 91-92° but most spots will peak in the 89-90° range. Mid-80s are expected closer to the coast.

SUNNY FRIDAY… No significant weather issues, other than patchy areas of dense fog being possible in the morning hours, are expected on Friday. Sunny skies are expected with high temperatures peaking in the upper-80s.

HIGHER RAIN CHANCES POSSIBLE SATURDAY… Rain is set to return on Saturday, primarily in the form of scattered showers and thunderstorms becoming possible in the evening hours. For now, severe weather parameters remain low. High temperatures on Saturday will again rise into the mid- to upper-80s.

COLD FRONT APPROACHES SUNDAY… Cooler air arrives on Sunday after a cold front moves through our region. The front will approach from the northwest and progressively move southeast throughout the day. High temperatures Sunday will drop to around 80 degrees. Rain will be possible early in the day.

UNSETTLED MONDAY INTO TUESDAY… Rain and perhaps a few thunderstorms will be possible early next week. High temperatures will be in the upper-70s with morning lows dropping back into the mid-50s.

DON’T FORGET: CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… Please don’t forget to take advantage of our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program. We want to be able to safely send as many encouraging cards as possible to our local senior adults in nursing homes. Be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/400827163408962/posts/1525439774281023/

APP… 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.

See all the details in your Wednesday #rzw forecast video. Have a great day!

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3:12PM March 24, 2020

SHOWER NEAR FAIRHOPE… The only rain observed on radar as of 3:12PM is happening near Point Clear and Fairhope in Baldwin County as a small shower moves in from Mobile Bay. The rest of us across south Alabama and northwest Florida remain dry and warm with temperatures in the 80s.

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1:34PM March 24, 2020

STATEMENT FROM NWS REGARDING COVID-19… Severe weather is in the forecast for this afternoon and this evening across the northern half of Alabama. Let me stress that no severe weather issues are expected across the southern half of Alabama or northwest Florida. If you know someone in north Alabama or Tennessee, you may tag them in the comments so they’ll see this critical information. IF we have a severe weather situation over the next few weeks locally, this same info will quickly become pertinent to our local area!

TORNADO WARNINGS & COVID-19 GUIDANCE… The guidance for the ongoing COVID-19 situation can sometimes conflict with the guidance generally given on what to do if a tornado warning is issued for your location. During a tornado warning, you generally want to move to the lowest floor of a site-built structure, away from windows and doors, putting as many walls as possible between you and the outside world. Mobile/manufactured homes and vehicles are generally the worst place to be during tornado warnings. For COVID-19/coronavirus, the guidance generally is to socially distance yourself, stay home, and avoid as much close interaction with people as possible. The National Weather Service offices in Mobile, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Tallahassee issue all the warnings for various Alabama and northwest Florida counties. The following is a joint statement from the 4 NWS offices dispatched to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) concerning community storm shelters. Directly quoting NWS/ADPH:

The decision to seek shelter in a community storm shelter is certainly made more difficult by the consideration for COVID-19, and each individual will need to make an educated decision on where and when to shelter from a tornado.

At this time, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is recommending that your first priority should be to protect yourself from a potential tornado. If a warning is issued for your area, you are more likely to be affected by the tornado than the virus.

However, the decisions to open any community shelters are done at the local or county level. Before you make a decision to go to a community shelter, you should check with your community shelter managers to ensure they are open, and if there are any local COVID-19 considerations. Certainly, wherever you choose to shelter from a tornado, you should use as many precautions as possible to inhibit the spread of COVID-19 as best as you can. If you rely on public community shelters, now may be the time to explore other options that might keep you safer from severe weather and possibly limit your exposure to COVID-19.

The best way to prepare for this potential scenario is to keep up with the latest weather forecast as well as the latest recommendations regarding COVID-19 from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the ADPH, and local authorities.

CHECK WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES FIRST before heading to a community shelter! The WORST case scenario would be showing up and having a shelter not open. Some extra planning is certainly advised in this situation.

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8:38AM March 24, 2020

Get ready for very warm, borderline HOT, temperatures later this week. Highs will top out near 90 degrees on Thursday and Friday!

11:15AM EDIT: It has come to my attention that my normal 7 Day Forecast tweet (usually posted in the 8AM hour) didn’t upload as expected. See the 7 Day Forecast above. My apologies for the inconvenience. I am looking into why the tweet didn’t upload this morning.

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6:54AM March 24, 2020

SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE TO OUR NORTH TODAY; WARM LOCALLY… Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible across the northern half of Alabama, but no storms are expected in south Alabama or northwest Florida. You’ll be hard pressed to find any rain locally either, although I’ve included a very small (<10%) chance of rain this morning to account for the possibility of one or two tiny showers. The bigger issues today will clearly be well to our north where tornadoes and damaging winds will be possible in the stronger storms across Tennessee and north Alabama. More details about that are below. Over the next few days, warm temperatures are expected. Some spots will rise into the low-90s on Thursday and Friday. Let’s talk details.

MOST TO STAY DRY LOCALLY TODAY… Warm, dry conditions are expected throughout the day across south Alabama and northwest Florida. High temperatures will peak in the mid-80s across our region except at the immediate beach zones where upper-70s are more likely. One or two tiny, brief showers are possible, but most spots will remain dry.

LEVEL 2 RISK ACROSS TENNESSEE AND NORTH ALABAMA… The Storm Prediction Center maintains a Level 2 (out of 5) slight severe weather risk today for parts of north Alabama, much of western and central Tennessee, and southern Kentucky. A few tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, and hail will all be possible in these areas today. In Alabama, the following locales are involved in this: slightly higher risk zone: Huntsville, Decatur, Cullman, Double Springs, Moulton, Russellville, Hamilton, Ft. Payne, Scottsboro, Boaz, Athens, Ardmore, Florence, and Muscle Shoals. Nashville, Jackson, and Chattanooga are included in Tennessee. If you’re traveling to these areas today for essential work, be aware of the potential for severe storms, including tornadoes.

LOWER RISK FOR CENTRAL ALABAMA… Much of the central part of Alabama is involved in the lower-end, Level 1 (out of 5) risk zone. This is where the atmosphere is much more marginal for stronger storms, aka not as supportive for severe weather. This zone includes Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Talladega, Jasper, Anniston, Roanoke, and Aliceville.

NO FORMAL RISK FOR SOUTH ALABAMA… If you are anywhere south of U.S. Highway 80, including all of south Alabama and northwest Florida, you have NO formal risk of severe weather today! Our weather pattern is much more stable locally and not supportive for active weather today. A shower or two can’t be completely ruled out, but the issues will clearly be to our north today.

WARM (BORDERLINE HOT) DAYS AHEAD… Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will likely be dry, sunny, and warm. I would venture to say that some would call our weather pattern h-o-t, as temperatures could surpass 90 degrees at times in the afternoon hours, especially on Thursday. No rain is expected after today until Sunday.

COOLER AIR RETURNS SUNDAY INTO MONDAY… Slightly cooler air will rush into our region on Sunday as a cold front moves by. High temperatures are slated to drop back into the 70s both on Sunday and into the early part of next week. Morning lows will dip into the 50s.

RAIN CHANCES RISE EARLY NEXT WEEK… Multiple rounds of rain appear possible in the early forecast guidance for the upcoming week. Rain will be possible Sunday and then again Monday into Tuesday. For now, severe weather parameters remain low. Something to monitor over the next few days!

CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY… If you missed our detailed post on Thursday evening about our new RedZone Weather Cards for the Elderly program, be sure to visit the link below for all the information. This is an opportunity for students and adults across our region to write encouraging notes to elderly people currently under lockdown in local nursing homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/400827163408962/posts/1525439774281023/

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.

See all the details in your Tuesday #rzw forecast video. Have a nice day!

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4:17PM March 23, 2020

SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA SHOWERS… A large cluster of showers continues to push eastward across parts of northern Covington, Butler, and Crenshaw counties as of 4:17PM. The heaviest rain associated with this cluster of showers is happening near Dozier and Luverne.

No severe weather issues are expected this evening.

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