ANOTHER BIG WARM-UP: Temperatures will rise quickly across Alabama today, with most communities reaching the low 70s this afternoon with a strong February sun. The average high for Birmingham on February 24 is 61. Clouds will increase late tonight and a few isolated showers or sprinkles are possible tomorrow ahead of a cold front, but most of the day will be dry with a high between 67 and 70 degrees.
Rain becomes likely statewide late tomorrow night and Friday; rain amounts of around one inch are likely, with heavier totals over the northern third of the state. A few rumbles of thunder are possible, but severe storms are not expected. Friday will be cooler over the northern third of the state with a high in the 50s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The front will drift northward, and will be near the Tennessee border Saturday. The weekend will be very mild for Alabama with highs in the 70s, and with a moist airmass in place we will need to mention a chance of showers both days. But, for most of the state, the weekend won’t be a “wash out” with even potential for a few intervals of sunshine. The most widespread rain will be over the Tennessee Valley and points north.
NEXT WEEK: The position of the surface front will determine the chance of rain on a daily basis, and global models are not in good agreement. Showers remain likely Monday, but there is a chance drier air could creep into North Alabama Tuesday and Wednesday with cooler temperatures. But again, the forecast for the week is a low confidence one… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
Rain totals over the next seven days will vary a good bit across Alabama with a tight gradient; Muscle Shoals could see over 4 inches of rain, while Dothan will be mostly dry.
ON THIS DATE IN 1961: An F2 tornado moved through Russell County in East Alabama… although it moved mostly through rural areas, the tornado left several homes obliterated while others were heavily damaged and many trees were blown down or broken off. Four people were injured.
ON THIS DATE IN 1969: The famous “100-Hour Storm” began in Boston, MA. Snow fell much of the time between early on the 25th through noon on the 28th. The 26.3 inches at Logan Airport is the 2nd greatest snowstorm in Boston’s history. 77 inches fell at Pinkham Notch Base Station in New Hampshire, bringing their February total to 130 inches. Their snow cover on the 27th was 164 inches. Mt. Washington, NH, received 172.8 inches of snow in the month.
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