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Severe Weather Threat

October 13th, 2014 at 3:21 pm by under Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors


Severe weather is possible this evening and tonight. A tornado watch is already in effect for parts of the area. You can sign up for text and email alerts on fox10tv.com, and tune into Fox Ten for the latest information.

It’s been a very breezy as a deep southerly flow is setting up off the Gulf of Mexico. A strong cold front will approach the area tonight, crossing the forecast area in the early morning hours on Tuesday. The Storm Prediction Center has in the slight risk zone for severe weather. The primary threat is t-storm winds and hail. Isolated brief tornadoes are possible, in an enhanced risk zone, mainly north and west, up HW 43, HW 45, and HW 98. We expect 2”-3” of rain with isolated higher amounts. The storms should clear the area early Tuesday and much drier and cooler air moves in for the rest of the week.

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Tropics are Quiet

September 3rd, 2014 at 4:27 pm by under Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors

Scattered storms are again showing up on radar, with locally heavy rainfall amounts across the panhandle. These storms are being generated by a weak upper level low over the Panhandle. Rain chances will decrease after 10pm. Scattered storm chances continue each day this week, especially in the afternoon. The rain is welcome for many, after an abnormally dry August. Daytime highs will remain slightly above average for the next seven days, with readings in the low 90s. There are no signs of any cooler air in the extended forecast.

Tropical Storm Dolly dissipated over the higher terrain of Mexico. There are no other areas of concern in the tropics.

Hard Freeze Tonight

November 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors

frost_advisoryFreeze Warning

It’s been a very cold day with highs in the upper 40’s. Winds have been very strong out of the n’west, adding to the chill factor. The precipitation is long gone, and the main focus is on cold weather the next two nights.

Colder air arrives tonight. We expect the first hard freeze of the season, with lows in the low 20’s in most spots north of I-10. Expect mid-upper 20’s in the coastal locations. The hard freeze means that there is an increased risk for exposed pipes and sensitive vegetation.

The gfs model is suggesting a low of 23 degrees tonight for Mobile Regional Airport. Keep in mind, that last year’s winter was relatively mild. We haven’t seen temperatures this cold since January of 2011 when the readings bottomed out at 21 degrees. This could also be a record breaking cold snap for the region. The record for November 28th is 25 degrees set in 1938.

Thanksgiving Day & the Weekend

The forecast looks cold and sunny for Thanksgiving. Highs will only be in the 50’s. We will see plenty of sunshine. More light freezing temperatures are possible Thanksgiving Night. Expect a warming trend for Black Friday and the weekend. Temperatures will be back into the 60’s by Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Rain Arrives Late Tonight

October 31st, 2013 at 8:25 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors, Uncategorized

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Halloween Forecast

Skies are mostly cloudy and temperatures are quite warm tonight! Winds are also very breezy, averaging about 15 mph out of the south with higher gusts. Our radar is mainly clear closer to the coast, with the exception of a few very light showers over Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. The main area of rain is just now entering Greene, Washington, and Clarke counties at 8:30pm.. We saw only isolated rain, with temperatures near 70 for the trick or treaters earlier tonight.

Late Tonight & Friday AM Rain

A slow moving cold front, gradually pushes through on Friday. Ahead of this feature, rain chances really ramp up late tonight and Friday. We expect at least an inch of rain with this system in most areas. Heavier rain totals and a more significant severe weather threat will be an issue for areas just to our north & west. We do expect a few strong thunderstorms, however, widespread severe weather is not expected.

The Weekend

The rain will end rather quickly by Friday afternoon. Lows will range from near 50 along I-10 Friday night, to the mid 40’s for the inland locations. Surface ridging will keep things dry through early next week. Highs will remain near 70, with lows in the 40’s through the weekend. Skies will be mostly clear.

Tropical Moisture Affects Our Weekend

August 16th, 2013 at 4:25 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors

tropics_quickmapThe surface low over the Yucatan is struggling to develop and is more likely to track well to our west. This broad low still has a good chance of developing into a depression or storm in the next few days.  Moisture from this feature, along with a stalled front, and upper energy will combine to bring us impressive rain chances this weekend. The highest totals are most likely across the Panhandle. Some areas may see 3″-5″ amounts by Sunday evening. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the Florida Panhandle.

State Record Tuna ?

August 7th, 2013 at 8:16 pm by under Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors
tuna_1This could be the new state record for Bigeye Tuna caught aboard the 31ft Cape Horn “Shake It Out”. A Bigeye Tuna is a cousin of the more common Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna. It’s often called “ahi” tuna. Eric Brousard caught the fish on a trip 150 miles south of Dauphin Island this past weekend. The current record is 102.7 lbs caught in 2011. This fish is 107.1 lbs. The fish was weighed on the certified scales at Jemisons near Alabama Port. The application is being submitted, and we will soon know if this is an official state record.. Rick Ely, a crew member on the Shake it out” sent us the pics.

Snapper Season Extended

May 23rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm by under FOX10 News, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors


Weather & Fishing

February 2nd, 2012 at 9:49 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors

It was an honor to be invited to speak to a group of the top anglers in the Mobile area! I talked to a group of a hundred fisherman from around the area about weather patterns and fishing. I covered topics like spring trout fishing, seasonal trends, and local weather impacts. The weather has a tremendous impact on where I choose to fish on a given day. It is always fun to meet other anglers from around the area. For more information, check out www.acfafish.com .

Adventures on Wolf Bay

July 12th, 2011 at 8:46 pm by under Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors, Uncategorized

My family and I were invited to go kayaking with Alabama Kayaking Adventures last Saturday.  To say we had a good time, would be an understatement.

Did you know that Alabama’s coastal area includes 607 miles of shoreline with over 400,000 acres of estuaries? Talk about having plenty to see!

Captain Chris Nelson was our guide.

Our adventure started in Foley, at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve.  It was a 4-mile kayak (round-trip) that took us into Wolf Bay near Orange Beach, AL.  We went from fresh water to salt water and back to fresh water.

Now, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast what I’m about to say next –may come as no surprise.  But as soon as you hit the water, the kind of peace you experience is hard to put into words.  The water is calm.  The rhythm from paddling is hypnotizing.  And the sounds of nature, like the different calls from shore birds, offer such tranquility.

We saw just about everything you could imagine on our trip:

Swamp Iris, Coastal Morning Glory, Wax Myrtle aka Bayberry, Red-winged Blackbirds, Great Blue Herons, Ospreys, jellyfish, a couple of snakes and a whole of lot of wasps’ nests.

It was quite the experience and especially for my 4-year-old son.

The Gulf Coast is filled with such beauty.  My only wish is that I had more time to get out and enjoy it.


Still Looks Good for Senior Bowl….

January 27th, 2011 at 4:25 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors

Upper level cloudiness kept it a little cool today, despite a wind shift to the southwest. This image was taken around 10am on County Road 9 in Washington County, AL. I was up that way on assignment today with Fox Ten Outdoors. The upper trough that created the high clouds today will exit out of the region leaving us clear for tonight. Temperatures are still expected to be fairly mild on Friday and Saturday. We could hit highs of nearly 70 degrees on Saturday. Showers are looking more likely for Sunday.