SUN FOR SOME, CLOUDS FOR OTHERS: Satellite images this afternoon show a well defined clearing line across Alabama. Clouds are hanging tough generally west of a line from Lake Guntersville to Tuscaloosa to Livingston. Temperatures there are only in the low 60s… for the rest of the state, the sky is sunny with 70s.
Here is a look at what to expect across Alabama today… WINDY: A wind advisory is in effect for most of the state today. Keep in mind a tropical storm (Olga) moved onto the Louisiana coast overnight; it is now “post-tropical” after merging with the cold front, but a tight pressure gradient will produce southeast […]
UNSETTLED WEATHER: As advertised, we have widespread rain across Alabama this morning ahead of warm front over the southern counties of the state, and a tropical system in the western Gulf of Mexico. Rain will continue through the day, but by afternoon South Alabama should get a back as the warm front continues to move slowly northward. We will continue the chance of rain for the northern counties tonight; heaviest rain will fall over North and West Alabama over the next 18 hours.
**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video; I am live on ABC 33/40 at the Hoover Hayride at Veterans Park** CIRRUS NEAR US, STRATUS COMING AT US: Another delightful fall day for Alabama; lots of sunshine today through high altitude cirrus clouds, around 25,000 feet off the ground. These thin clouds are ice crystals, and often are […]
TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: A warm front will move slowly northward through Alabama tomorrow, bringing widespread rain. A decent part of the afternoon could be dry over South Alabama as the front moves north (most all of the rain will be along and north of the front), but we will keep rain in the forecast over the northern half of the state into tomorrow night. Temperatures will hold in the 60s over North/Central Alabama tomorrow with clouds and rain; the air will be stable so we aren’t expecting much in the way of lightning.
**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today** CLOUDLESS SKY: Quite the fall day for Alabama. A cobalt blue sky, low humidity, and temperatures mostly in the upper 60s and low 70s. Tonight will be clear and cold again; most places will drop into the 40-45 degree range, but again the colder spots could see 30s. We […]
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Rain becomes widespread across Alabama Friday and Friday night as a warm front lifts northward. The rain could even be heavy at times, especially over the northern and western counties. The air should be fairly stable, so we don’t expect any severe storms, and probably little lightning. Temperatures should hold in the 60s.
DRIER AIR RETURNS: Radar shows the last batch of showers over far East and Southeast Alabama early this morning; that rain is rapidly moving into Georgia, and dry air will take over. We are projecting some delightful autumn weather through Thursday with sunny pleasant days and clear chilly nights. Highs will be in the low 70s today and tomorrow, followed by mid 70s Thursday. Lows will be well down in the 40s, with 30s possible for colder spots.
WET: A large mass of rain covers much of North/Central Alabama this afternoon. Not seeing any lightning over the northern half of the state; the best instability is over South Alabama, where SPC maintains a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe storms for tonight. The risk of severe thunderstorm activity for North Alabama is very low, although a “marginal risk” is still in play.
STRONG STORMS LATER TODAY: On the maps this morning, a deep surface low will move from the Great Plains up to the Great Lakes region by tonight, dragging a cold front into Alabama. Early morning strong to severe storms are lined up from Southeast Texas into southern Illinois. These storms will weaken and move into Northwest Alabama later this morning. Odds of severe storms over North/Central Alabama look very low during the afternoon as the air will be fairly stable; in fact the first batch of storms should basically dissipate at some point over North Alabama. To the south, storms will maintain their intensity over the southern part of the state, most likely… this is where instability values will be higher.
Post-Tropical Cyclone Nestor will move farther inland over the Florida Panhandle this afternoon, and will then move across portions of the southeastern United States later tonight and Sunday. The cyclone is expected to move offshore of the coast of North Carolina into the western Atlantic by late Sunday.
FINE FALL DAY: Temperatures are mostly in the mid 60s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine through high, thin cirrus clouds. The average high for Birmingham on October 17 is 75. Tonight will be clear and very cool with lows well down in the 40s; colder spots go back in the 30s again.
TONS O’ SUN: A very dry airmass covers Alabama this morning, and we are clear and very cool to start the day. Most places are in the 40s over the northern and central counties of the state, but colder pockets are on the 30s. Vic Bell, our Skywatcher at Black Creek, northeast of Gadsden, reports 36 degrees just before daybreak. Today will feature a cloudless sky with a high between 67 and 70 degrees.
CLEARING: The sky is clearing across Alabama this afternoon as dry air blows into the state; most communities will drop into the 40-45 degree range early tomorrow, with 30s for colder pockets. Tomorrow and Friday will be delightful fall days with lots of sunshine, low humidity and chilly nights. The high tomorrow will be in the upper 60s, followed by low 70s Friday.
WET DAY: Rain covers much of Alabama this afternoon; so far the heavier totals have been over the southern half of the state, close to a stalled front. Rain will continue at times through tonight, and potential for strong storms remains over far South Alabama, where unstable air is in place. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for areas south of a line from Sweetwater to Greenville to Abbeville.
WET: Beneficial rain will fall on much of Alabama today thanks to an upper wave interacting with a stalled surface front over South Alabama. Heaviest rain will fall over the southern two-thirds of the state, with 1-3 inches possible south of I-20. Amounts over the northern third of Alabama will be under 1/2 inch. A few strong to severe storms are possible this afternoon over South Alabama; SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe storms south of a line from Demopolis to Montgomery to Eufaula.
COOL OCTOBER DAY: Temperatures are mostly in the low to mid 70s across North/Central Alabama this afternoon; the average high for October 14 at Birmingham is 76. The sky is generally cloudy, although there are few blue patches around. Clouds will thicken tonight as a wave approaches from the west, interacting with a stalled surface front over South Alabama.
SHOWERS OVER SOUTH ALABAMA TODAY: On the maps this morning we have a stalled front over the southern counties of the state; we will maintain the chance of showers today, mostly south of U.S. 80. North Alabama will experience a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the mid 70s. Clouds increase statewide tonight, with showers possible after midnight.