SUNNY WINTER DAY: The sky is sunny for a change across Alabama this afternoon, and as advertised temperatures have warmed nicely. A few spots across West Alabama have reached 60 degrees, most spots are in the mid to upper 50s. Clouds will increase tonight ahead of a cold front, and a few scattered showers are possible statewide. But, moisture is very limited, and rain amounts will be light and spotty.
TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: The weather trends colder; we expect partly sunny days with a high in the 47-50 degree range tomorrow, mid 40s Saturday, and close to 50 Sunday. The weather will be mostly dry, although a few scattered snow flurries are possible tomorrow night and Saturday morning over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama. Morning lows will be somewhere between 27 and 32 degrees.
NEXT WEEK: The weather stays dry Monday and Tuesday with highs in the 50s; we will be close to 60 each afternoon Wednesday through Friday. Moisture levels rise over the latter half of the week, and a few periods of rain are possible Thursday and Friday. But, for now, we see no heavy rain, severe storms, winter storms, or any other high impact event around here for the next 10 days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
GRAUPEL: Many communities saw graupel yesterday; some some it is a new term, but that precipitation type has been around forever. Graupel is a type of frozen precipitation that is also referred to as snow grains. It forms when snowflakes fall through a layer of supercooled water (water that remains liquid in a below-freezing environment), and those supercooled droplets coat the snowflakes with a layer of ice in a process known as riming. Graupel pellets are white, roundish, soft and spongy, and are easily crushed, bearing a resemblance to Dippin Dots.
ON THIS DATE IN 1972: In Loma, Montana, the temperature soared from 54 degrees below zero to 49 degrees above zero on January 14-15, 1972. The 103 degree change is the greatest ever recorded in the world for a 24 hour period.
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