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Friday 11/21/2014
Rain, Gusty Winds On The Way For Sunday

FRIDAY: We'll see a few passing clouds across the Tennessee Valley this morning with a slight chance of light rain showers in Northwest Alabama. Otherwise temperatures will flirt with the 60 degree mark thanks to southerly winds advancing ahead of our next storm system. These southerly winds will keep Friday Night Football's forecast across the Tennessee Valley mild with kickoff temperatures into the mid to lower 50's and game ending temperatures into the upper 40's.

SATURDAY: We'll see increasing clouds and a few light showers building West of I-65 throughout the day. Otherwise temperatures will climb into the mid 60's with breezy conditions.

SUNDAY: Our storm system will finally get a kick and push through the Tennessee Valley all day Sunday. Heavy rainfall and winds potentially gusting up to 50 to 60 mph are expected. Since warmer air will be moving through all levels of the atmosphere, this actually hinders the potential for thunderstorm develop. We may hear a few rumbles of thunder, but the severe threat will be on the lower side. However, if you are heading South of Birmingham or into the New Orleans/Jackson, MS area, be aware, they have a better potential of picking up on severe thunderstorms a possible a spin up.

NEXT WEEK: This pesky storm system will move up the Eastern seaboard allowing a flow of northwesterly winds to scurry across the Valley for the workweek next week, dipping temperatures down into the mid 50's to upper 40's. We'll stay fairly dry with a good dose of sunshine, but we won't be as warm as what we have been seeing.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Warmer Weather But Rain This Sunday

FRIDAY: The weather looks great with highs close to 60. Skies will be partly cloudy at times with some high clouds. Friday night football looks very good weather wise.

SATURDAY: The majority of the day will be dry. The only areas that could see any stray showers south of Huntsville. The rain will be move Saturday night.

SUNDAY: The rain will be heavy at times but most of it should be out late in the afternoon. The question has been will we see any severe weather? The odds for that are incredibly low. The main reason why is that there will be a strong cap in place that will inhibit storms from forming in the first place. The instability will be very low but there will be a lot of wind energy. That is why there is a good chance to see gusty winds. As far as damaging winds, that would be more of an isolated case.

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Brief Cool Down Before Warmth & Storms Move In

EARTHQUAKE THIS MORNING IN CENTRAL ALABAMA: At 4:25 A.M. this morning a 3.8 earthquake was record 10 miles Northwest of Eutaw, Alabama. Reports of shakes were felt as far as Alabaster and Tuscaloosa. No aftershock has been reported.

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SLIGHT COOL DOWN TONIGHT: A very weak cold front will scurry across the Tennessee Valley late this afternoon, continuing a flow of southerly winds ahead of it that will allow temperatures to boost up into the mid 50's.  As this cold front passes, however, winds will pull back in from the North, causing a slightly cool overnight forecast than what we saw this morning. Lows will plummet into the mid to lower 30's with a few passing clouds. This cool down will be brief as southerly winds will move back into the Tennessee Valley come Friday as we welcome in our next storm system from the South over Texas and Arkansas.

WARM UP WEEKEND:  Our next storm system will be a slow mover, continuing to pump in winds from the South which will allow our temperatures to rise up into the mid to upper 50's for Friday with a few passing clouds. We should mirror what we see Friday for Saturday forecast with temperatures increasing to the mid 60's before rain and thunderstorms arrive Sunday.

STORMY SUNDAY: The warm front of this storm system is looking to bring in gusty winds, heavy downpours and a couple rumbles of thunder to the Tennessee Valley starting Sunday morning and lasting into the afternoon hours. I don't expect anything to turn severe, but due to this strong flow of warm, moist air, if you are travelling South of Birmingham that's where we could see things turning severe. 

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Warm Air Remains; Rain Chances Sunday

RECORDS: We had two record lows today. Huntsville tied the previous record and Scottsboro crushed their previous record

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WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The weather will be quite pleasant the next few days with increasing temperature each day. Friday night football looks much warmer than last Friday. The high pressure that is over the southeast will continue to pull in more warm air and moisture. The low that forms over Texas will just help amplify that Saturday evening/Sunday.

SUNDAY: The low will stay NW of the Valley. This will create a pretty good cap that will keep the chances way down for severe weather. Heavy rain will be the biggest threat on Sunday. Rain totals could be anywhere from .25" to 1.5". 12

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Finally A Warm Up Is Here!

WARMING UP END OF WORKWEEK!: Higher pressure will continue to reign supreme in our forecast, which suppresses the air and allows the sun to shine! Just a few passing clouds will move in due to an upper level disturbance over Illinois and Indiana, which could bring snow to places like South Bend and Gary Indiana today. We won't have to worry about any type of cold weather as winds will start to move from the South which will help aid a temperatures increase. Temperatures will soar into the upper 40's on Wednesday to mid 50's by Friday! Overnight lows will gradually warm up as well pushing above the freezing mark!

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WEEKEND RAIN & WARMTH: As higher pressure moves East over the Carolina coast, our next storm system will begin to approach the Tennessee Valley, fueling in southerly air to push us into the mid to upper 60's! We may see a few spotty showers, especially West of I-65 on Friday and Saturday with plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather! Before the warm front of this system will move a heavier band of rain showers and possible thunderstorms Sunday Morning, then leave us with gradual clearing during the afternoon! Relief is in sight, and we'll finally be back to average with overall highs and lows temperatures!
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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Arctic Air Leaves But Warm Rain Takes Its Place

MORNING LOWS: It did not as cold as expected but it was certainly a bitter cold morning nonetheless. There was however one new record low. 

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TONIGHT: Conditions are right for another very cold night. Most lows will be in the low 20s but a few teens will also be likely. Will we see more record lows tonight...probably not but not without a good try.

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WEEKEND: Things will get nice and warm again even with a few areas hitting 70. We will see a large push of warm air and moisture. This will set the stage for heavy rain and storms. As far as exact placement of moisture the models are keeping the heaviest rain Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Amounts could easily go 1.5-2.5 for areas south of the Tennessee River.

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Last Day Of Cold Conditions!

TUESDAY: Northwesterly winds will continue drive in a blast of cold, arctic air for today. Temperatures will only reach into the lower 30's, which could break out Record Low High temperature of 36 degrees set back in 2000! Overnight lows will plummet to the lower 20's before we start to see a warm up!

WARMING UP!: It's been a long time coming, but southerly winds will finally start to move back into the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday thanks to an incoming storm system from the West. We'll see temperatures climb into the upper 40's by Wednesday to the upper 60's by Sunday morning. The brunt of the rain showers will come in Sunday Morning as the warm front of this system will move into the Tennessee Valley. Behind it, southerly winds with mostly cloudy skies will be in the forecast for Sunday afternoon, allowing you to get outside to enjoy the upper 60 degree temperatures! Finally relief is here from the frigid weather!

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Monday 11/17/2014
Record Cold Possible But Then A Warm-Up

TONIGHT: Overnight lows will be in the low 20s but with the wind it's going to feel like the single-digits at times at daybreak. There will also be a weak disturbance that will pass to the NE of Huntsville. This could give us a few flurries for Lincoln and Franklin Counties in Tennessee along with parts of Madison and Jackson Counties.  We do have the potential for some record lows tonight and here are the records as they currently stand.

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CURRENT RECORD LOWS:

HUNTSVILLE 18° (1959)

MUSCLE SHOALS 18° (1959 & 1914)

DECATUR 22° (2008)

SCOTTSBORO 18° (1959)

FAYETTEVILLE, TN 15° (1959)

TUESDAY: Bitterly cold temperatures will be around all day. We will see plenty of sunshine but it won't warm us up that much. We will only see highs in the low 30s. This means we could see a few record low highs.

CURRENT RECORD LOW HIGHS:

HUNTSVILLE 36° (2000)

MUSCLE SHOALS 36° (1903)

DECATUR 36° (2000)

SCOTTSBORO 36° (1959)

FAYETTEVILLE, TN 32° (1959)

LONG TERM: Those who are sick of the cold we do have good news. It will be much warmer later this weekend and through the beginning of next week. A few highs could even hit 70 on Sunday. The catch is we will see plenty of rain on Sunday mainly during the morning hours.

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Cooling Down Again For Start Of Week

COOL START TO WEEK: A blast of cold, arctic air will be moving into the Tennessee Valley today, dropping temperature throughout the day into the mid to lower 30's. Winds moving at 20 to 25 mph in gusts could make it feel like it's into the mid to lower 20's. Overnight lows will plummet into the lower 20's with the wind chill making it feel like it's into the mid to lower 10's.

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WARMING TREND BEGINS: As we head into the end of the workweek, a southerly flow of winds will help temperatures warm up into the mid 40's by Wednesday and close to the mid 60's by Sunday. It's all due in part to another incoming storm system that will bring plain old rain into the Tennessee Valley by Friday and linger with us until Sun

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Friday 11/14/2014
Late Weekend Showers Followed By Possible Record Cold

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Conditions will be very cold. Kick-off temperatures will be between 30-34 degrees depending on your location. Skies will be clear and winds will be breezy to start but will become lighter throughout the game.

SATURDAY: This will be our nicest day for a while. Highs will be close to 50 with mostly sunny skies.  Clouds will increase Saturday night.

SUNDAY/MONDAY: Showers will be begin for our western counties late morning and areas east of I-65 will be during the afternoon. As far as start times, that will depend on how long it takes for the atmosphere to become saturated in the lower levels. The rain will be heaviest Sunday night. Monday the cold air will begin to move in but most of the rain will out of the Valley before it arrives. The only areas that may see a changeover to sleet or a few snowflakes will be northern Wayne and Lawrence (TN) Counties. 12

TUESDAY: With our next round of arctic air we could see some record low highs.

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VIDEO: Robert Work discusses the new offset strategy

The Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert O. Work spoke at the Defense One Summit Wednesday about the importance of keeping the US ahead of the rest of the world technologically, and the challenges that the Department of Defense must overcome due to the uncertain financial environment in Washington.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel just recently announced the DoD's third offset strategy,the plan for keeping the US ahead of other countries, and with it comes some new challenges. First there is the budget issue. The DoD has been operating under a continuing resolution for years due to lawmakers' inability to pass a budget, and on top of that sequestration looms just over the horizon in 2016.

Couple that with the fact that other countries are nipping at our heals when it comes to copying our current weapons systems and you have the reason for a new approach to how the DoD does things.

That's why he said it is important to increase the partnership with industry, especially when it comes to research, development, and prototyping.

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The Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert O. Work spoke at the Defense One Summit Wednesday about the importance of keeping the US ahead of the rest of the world technologically, and the challenges that the Department of Defense must overcome due to the uncertain financial environment in Washington.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel just recently announced the DoD's third offset strategy,the plan for keeping the US ahead of other countries, and with it comes some new challenges. First there is the budget issue. The DoD has been operating under a continueing resolution for years due to lawmakers' inability to pass a budget, and on top of that sequestration looms just over the horizon in 2016.

Couple that with the fact that other countries are nipping at our heals when it comes to copying our current weapons systems and you have the reason for a new approach to how the DoD does things.

"We are going to have to do rapid prototyping … or we will continually lose ground,” Work said while speaking at the summit.

That's why he said it is important to increase the partnership with industry, especially when it comes to research, development, and prototyping.
"Now much of the innovation in the areas that we are interested in is being led in the commercial sector," he said. "How do we do this? That's another real different aspect of this particular offset strategy."
Here in Huntsville, leadership at the Aviation and Missile Research Engineering and Development Center is trying to find the answer to that very question.

AMRDEC recently announced their intent to host a Futures Brief to Industry on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bob Jones Auditorium on Redstone Arsenal.The intent, says Director James Lackey, is to bring industry and the government together, along with academic partners, to look at the future of the defense industry as it applies to research, development, and the changing financial environment.

"When you think about our mission and our role to develop technologies for the future, the more we can understand the roadmaps in which AMRDEC is working under to support the Army enterprise and how industry and academia can help us in that regard, the more we can come onto a common wavelength and a common picture of how we want to partner," said AMRDEC Director James Lackey.

In accordance with the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense's Better Buying Power 2.0 Initiative, the brief will provide the opportunity for all interested parties to have an open discussion about the future of the industry and any challenges that may be on the horizon.

"Then we will have a series of detailed briefings from each directorate to talk about challenges and opportunities moving forward," explained Lackey. “We will hold a separate aviation and missile panel where we will have some experts on the stage to talk about some of the activities going on and allow open dialogue.”