CLOUDLESS SKY: Not a cloud in the sky across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Tonight will be clear and cold, but not quite as cold as last night (a few spots were actually in the upper teens early this morning, including Gadsden at 19). Lows early tomorrow will be mostly in the 27-35 degree range.
TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: A warming trend headlines the forecast. With sunny days and fair nights, we expect a high in the 60s tomorrow, followed by 70s over the weekend.
NEXT WEEK: Unfortunately the chance of rain looks very low through the week as drought conditions will continue to intensify across Alabama and the Deep South. We now have a dry forecast with highs in the 75-80 degree range through Wednesday, followed by a cooling trend Thursday and Friday. We continue to see signals of a decent rain event for the state by 10-15 days… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
DROUGHT MONITOR: The new drought monitor was released this morning, and as expected conditions continue to deteriorate. Right now 99.57 percent of Alabama is in a drought. An “extreme drought” is defined for the Tennessee Valley, and also the southwest counties of the state.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Expect a clear sky for the high school games across Alabama tomorrow 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: Disorganized showers and thunderstorms over portions of the central and western Caribbean Sea are associated with a broad area of low pressure (Invest 97L). Development, if any, of this system is expected to be slow to occur before it moves inland over Central America tomorrow night or Saturday. Regardless of development, this system has the potential to produce heavy rains over portions of Jamaica through tonight and across Central America on Friday and over the weekend. The chance of development has dropped to 20 percent.
The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.
ON THIS DATE IN 1992: Another infamous November Great Lakes storm brought windy conditions to Minnesota’s Lake Superior shoreline. 70 mph winds caused waves to crash over 130-foot walls along the shore.
Look for the next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…
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