VERY FINE WINTER DAY: Temperatures are in the 60s across Alabama this afternoon with a sunny sky. Clouds are beginning to move into the Tennessee Valley ahead of an “Alberta Clipper”, and we will mention the chance of a few sprinkles over the northeast counties of the state tonight. Most places won’t see enough rain to measure.
REST OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow will be a sunny, cooler day with a high in the 50s. Dry weather continues through Friday with a warming trend; the high Thursday will be in the 57-64 degree range, followed by 60s statewide Friday. Some South Alabama communities could touch 70 degrees.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The day Saturday will be dry with a high in the 60s and low 70s, but clouds increase by afternoon. Then, we will forecast periods of rain Saturday night and Sunday as a complex weather system moves through the Deep South. There could be thunder, and maybe a strong thunderstorm near the Gulf Coast, but for now we are not expecting severe storms. The high Sunday will be in the 55-65 degree range.
NEXT WEEK: The latest global model data is now suggesting dry air returns Monday, and the rest of the week will be dry as well with seasonal temperatures… highs mostly in the 50s and 60s. Still no sign of any true Arctic air for the Deep South for the next ten days… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1966: Alabama’s coldest temperature ever (-27F) was measured at New Market in Northeast Madison County about 25 miles northeast of Huntsville.
The reading was recorded under clear skies with light winds and 12 inches of snow on the ground, perfect for extremely cold weather. This broke the previous state record of -18F at Valley Head, which was measured on February 14, 1905.
Other lows on that frigid morning:
-24F at Russellville
-17F in Haleyville
-12F at Redston Arsenal
-11F in Valley Head
In the Birmingham area, it was -4F at the Airport, -5F in Pinson and -2F in Bessemer.
In South Alabama, it was:
9F in Fairhope and Bay Minette
13F in Mobile
14F at Fort Morgan
5F at Montgomery and Selma.
Look for the next weather briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…
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