ON THE MAPS: An upper trough over the Southern Plains will bring clouds into Alabama today, and potential for a few sprinkles of rain tonight and early tomorrow. Moisture will be very limited, and most places won’t see enough rain to measure… the high today will be in the mid 60s. The average high for Birmingham on March 5 is 64.
Clouds tomorrow morning will give way to a partly sunny afternoon, and the day will be a bit cooler with highs in the 50s north of Birmingham. Central Alabama will see highs in the 60-65 degree range, with 70 degree warmth possible near the coast. Sunday will feature sunshine in full supply… after starting the day in the 30s, the high will be in the low to mid 60s.
NEXT WEEK: For now we see no significant chance of rain through the week thanks to a building upper ridge across the Gulf Coast region. Look for mostly sunny days, fair nights, and a warming trend. The high Monday will be in the upper 60s, and by the latter half of the week afternoon highs will be in the 77-81 degree range. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN UPDATE: These are rain totals since January 1, and the departure from average…
Muscle Shoals 9.91″ (-0.33″)
Tuscaloosa 8.89″ (-2.44″)
Huntsville 8.47″ (-1.92″)
Birmingham 7.63″ (-2.43″)
Montgomery 7.15″ (-3.55″)
Mobile 7.06″ (-4.51″)
Anniston 5.24″ (-5.06″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1963: An EF4 tornado moved through the Birmingham metro area. It first touched down in the southwest part of Bessemer and then moved northeast through the Oxmoor Valley and Bluff Park before lifting in Homewood. Most of the damage was in the first 2 miles of the tornado’s path in Bessemer. Over 200 buildings were damaged, 29 were destroyed, and 25 had major damage. Outside of Bessemer, 40 buildings were damaged. There were 35 injuries and no fatalities.
ON THIS DATE IN 1989: A F2 tornado killed one person and injured six others in Heard County, Georgia. A stronger, F3 tornado injured 23 persons and caused more than 5 million dollars damage around Grantville, Georgia.
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