SUNNY, HAZY, WARM DAY: We have lots of hazy sunshine across Alabama today with temperatures mostly in the mid 80s… we note the average high for Birmingham on October 3 is 81. Tonight will feature a clear sky with a low in the 55-65 degree range.
our weather won’t change much through Thursday. Sunny warm afternoons, fair pleasant nights. Highs in the 80s, lows in the 55-65 degree range. A sharp cold front moves in Friday… the sky will be occasionally cloudy and a few sprinkles or areas of light rain are possible, but beneficial rain is not expected. Many places won’t see a drop… the high Friday will be close to 80.
COOL WEEKEND: The coolest air so far this season rolls into Alabama over the weekend. Highs drop into the 65-73 degree range, with lows in the 40s over the northern 2/3 of the state by Sunday morning. Even far South Alabama will see a low in the low 50s. The air will be dry, and we expect sunny days and clear nights.
NEXT WEEK: The weather continues to look mostly dry through the first half of the week week with highs in the 70s. Some global models are now hinting at a chance of rain by late Thursday or Friday as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico surges northward… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Still just one system on the map this afternoon… Tropical Storm Philippe is passing near the British Virgin Islands with winds of 45 mph. It will move northward over the next few days, passing just near or just east of Bermuda Friday night. NHC now keeps the system below hurricane strength as it gains latitude and remains well east of the U.S.; it becomes post-tropical by the weekend as it approaches the Canadian Maritimes.
The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet; we expect no tropical systems near the Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven days.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, just an outside risk of a little light rain. Otherwise mostly cloudy with temperatures falling through the 60s with a fairly stiff north breeze.
Jacksonville State has a Wednesday night special this week… they will be at Middle Tennessee State tomorrow in Murfreesboro (7:00p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s, reaching the 60s by the fourth quarter.
Saturday, Alabama will be in College Station to take on Texas A&M (2:30p CT kickoff). About 73 degrees at kickoff with a mostly sunny sky. It will be a very pleasant afternoon.
UAB will host USF Saturday at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham (3:00p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny with temperatures falling from near 68 at kickoff, into low 60s by the final whistle.
ON THIS DATE IN 1903: An unusual late-season tornado moved northeast from west of Chatfield, Minnesota, passing through and devastating St. Charles, Minnesota. Seven people were killed, and 30 injured as 50 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
ON THIS DATE IN 1979: An F4 tornado struck the towns of Windsor, Windsor Locks, and Suffield in Connecticut, causing an estimated $400 million in property damage, on this day. The New England Air Museum, which housed more than 20 vintage aircraft, was destroyed. This tornado also caused a United Airlines flight to abort a landing at the Bradley International Airport because the pilot saw the tornado.
ON THIS DATE IN 2002: Hurricane Lili made landfall between White Lake and Vermilion Bay, Louisiana as a Category 1 storm.
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