COLD START: These are observations across Alabama just before daybreak. Where the wind has gone calm, temperatures are below freezing… but a number of locations are still seeing a persistent north wind of 5-10 mph, which is keeping those places a bit warmer than forecast.
Tuckers Chapel (Cherokee County) 28
Fort Payne 31
Good Hope 32
Today will be a sunny, cool day with a high in the 50s over North Alabama, with 60s to the south. A freeze warning has been issued for tonight for all of Alabama, with the exception of communities south of I-10 in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The wind is expected to go calm statewide, with a clear sky. Lows early tomorrow will be in the 25-35 degree range.
A warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon… with sunshine in full supply the high will be close to 60 over North Alabama, with mid 60s for the southern half of the state.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with mostly sunny days, fair nights, and a warming trend. Highs will be in the 60s and low 70s Friday, followed by low to mid 70s statewide over the weekend. Clouds will increase Sunday night.
NEXT WEEK: A disturbance could bring a few showers to the state Monday, but with limited moisture and weak dynamic support, meaningful rain isn’t likely (amounts under one tenth of an inch). The rest of the week is looking generally dry for now, and a few surge of cooler air will arrive by Thursday and Friday. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Expect a clear sky for the high school games across Alabama Friday night with temperatures falling through the 50s.
Saturday, UAB hosts Florida Atlantic at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham (2:00p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny with temperatures in the low 70s.
Auburn travels to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt (3:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with upper 60s at kickoff, dropping into the low 60s by the final whistle.
And, Alabama will host LSU Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:45p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 60s. A perfect night for football in Tuscaloosa.
TROPICS: Shower and thunderstorm activity remains disorganized in association with a trough of low pressure (Invest 97L) over the central Caribbean Sea. Environmental conditions are forecast to become slightly more conducive for development in a couple of days, and a tropical depression could form during the latter part of this week while moving generally westward over the central and southwestern Caribbean Sea. Regardless of development, this system has the potential to produce heavy rains over portions of Central America late this week and into the weekend.
The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet. Hurricane season ends on November 30.
ON THIS DATE IN 1925: A late season hurricane began to affect the west coast of Florida as it strengthened during the day. The storm made landfall very early on December 1st south of Tampa Bay, weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed central Florida, and exited around St. Augustine. The storm regained Hurricane strength of Jacksonville late on the 1st. Heavy rain continued over northeast Florida on the 2nd. Gale force winds were reported from the Keys to Jacksonville and over 50 people lost their lives, mostly on ships at sea. Damage along the coast south of Jacksonville was heavy and excessive rain and wind seriously damaged citrus and truck crops.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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