WE NEED RAIN: Today will be the 16th consecutive day with no rain for Birmingham and much of Alabama, and the weather will stay dry through Thursday with mostly sunny warm days and fair pleasant nights. Highs will remain in the 80s, with lows in the 60s. A few spots could touch 90 degrees during the afternoon hours.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A cold front will pass through the state Friday with some clouds possible a few sprinkles or patches of light rain. But, unfortunately with limited moisture the chance of beneficial rain is very low. Many communities won’t see a drop. Then, the coolest air so far this season will roll in just in time for the weekend. Highs will drop into the 67-73 degree range, with lows in the 40s early Sunday over the northern half of the state. We expect a good supply of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: At this point next week looks generally rain-free with a slow warming trend; highs reach the 80s by Thursday or Friday. Still no sign of any major rain event for Alabama for the next ten days… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Just one system is on the board this morning; Tropical Storm Philippe. It is about 125 miles east/southeast of Barbuda with winds of 50 mph. Philippe turns northward over the next few days, and is expected to be a minimal hurricane well east of Bermuda by Friday night. From there it heads into the North Atlantic far from land.
The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet, and we expect no tropical systems near the Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven days.
ON THIS DATE IN 1858: The only tropical cyclone on record to bring hurricane force winds to Southern California occurred on this date. San Diego experienced winds estimated at 75 mph (minimal category 1 hurricane), and tropical storm force winds extended as far north as Long Beach. Damage was extensive, especially in San Diego, where numerous structures were destroyed.
ON THIS DATE IN 1898: A Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Georgia. This is the only major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricane to make landfall in Georgia on record.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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