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Mostly light to moderate rain is over Northwest Alabama; a stronger storm is over southern Pickens County, but it is weakening as it moves east. After light showers overnight, tomorrow will be mostly sunny with a high in the upper 70s...
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Storms will enter Northwest Alabama 10-11pm. They weaken as they move deeper into the state after midnight. See the blog for details... http://www.alabamawx.com
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Important note concerning the Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio situation...

NWS technicians have successfully installed a temporary fix to the Birmingham transmitter. While not returning to full power and coverage, we hope that this fix will provide coverage to a good number of radios that may not have been able to receive a sufficient signal from a backup transmitter. There are technical issues as to the type and length of cable, as well as the height of the tower that will limit our capabilities until the permanent replacement can be installed. We are still hoping to have that happen on or about May 3rd.

To allow NWR Birmingham radio users to check/confirm reception on their radios, we will be conducting tone alert tests on the BIRMINGHAM TRANSMITTER ONLY at 6 PM CDT tonight (Thurday), and again at 11 AM and 6 PM CDT Friday and Saturday. For all other transmitters, we will conduct the regularly scheduled weekly test Saturday at 11 AM CDT. If NWR listeners receive the test signal, their radios should activate for any warnings that are issued. Note that not all weather radios are configured to alarm for the weekly test; users may need to be near their radios at those times to confirm receipt of the test signal. If they do not receive the test signal from the Birmingham transmitter, they may need to reprogram their radios to one of the backup transmitters. Our webpage has all the specific information needed to do that.

At this point, we do not anticipate any significant changes to the status of the transmitter in the near term. We truly appreciate all the offers to assist us in fixing the tower, however, we are bound to existing contracts and the Federal contracting regulations for the maintenance and repair of the transmitters. While it is highly unlikely, if anything changes in that regard, we will let everyone know.
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Multiple day severe weather threat will impact the southern U.S. Sunday into Monday. See the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog for a detailed look at the Alabama situation... http://www.alabamawx.com/?p=82034
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Alabama's weather today will be warm and dry with a  high in the low 80s. Showers and storms enter the northwest corner of the state late tonight, but they weaken quickly as they move deeper into the state after midnight. Tomorrow will feature a mostly sunny sky, and the weekend will be warm and dry. Then, early next week, we have the dual threat of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms Monday into Tuesday morning. See the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog for complete details... http://www.alabamawx.com
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Showers/storms are moving into far Northwest Alabama tonight. They will weaken greatly as they move deeper into our state overnight….
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The Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio alarm will be tested this evening at 6:00 CT. If you do not get the test warning (this is for those only in the Birmingham metro only), then you won't be able to get a warning for the event early next week.

Best alternative is a good smart phone app like iMap WeatherRadio or MyWarn.... Both are available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. #alwx
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Thunderstorms will move into extreme Northwest Alabama around midnight tonight, but they weaken as they move deeper into the state during the pre-dawn hours. The weekend ahead will be warm and dry, but rain and storms are likely early next week with the dual threat of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms. See the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog for the latest update... http://www.alabamawx.com
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Sunrise over Bear Creek Lake this morning. Photo from @tfb_dollar
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Evening update on the Birmingham NOAA Weather Radio transmitter outage...

"Based on some late afternoon updates, we are now hopeful that the Birmingham transmitter may be back on the air before the threat of severe weather next week.

As you can imagine, pulling together any sort of repair on short notice is challenging in the best of circumstances.  We are working closely with technicians and our regional and national management teams to do everything we can to return the transmitter to operations as soon as possible."
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James we depend on you We live near your family in Tuscaloosa, so we know things will be reasdy!
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Meteorologist
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  • Big Brains Media
    Partner, 2012 - present
  • The Weather Factory
    Partner, 1997 - present
  • ABC 33/40
    Chief Meteorologist, 1996 - present
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Demopolis, AL - Dallas, TX - Montgomery, AL - Tuscaloosa, AL - Greenville, AL
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Media meteorologist. ABC 33/40-TV. WeatherBrains host. Weather and Mac geek.
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I am a media weather guy. I do weather for ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, along with two dozen radio stations around the nation, and the Rick and Bubba network. I host the weekly Internet show WeatherBrains, and am a children's minister in my spare time.... not to mention being a husband and father. Life is never dull. And, I don't sleep much.
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    Meteorology
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