DRY THIS WEEK: Today will be a mostly sunny, breezy, and cool day across Alabama with a high in the 50s. North winds will average 10-20 mph this afternoon as a surge of colder air rolls in. A freeze is likely over the northern 2/3 of the state tomorrow morning with lows in the 24-32 degree range. Wind chill indices will dip into the upper teens in some places over North Alabama.
Tomorrow will be sunny with temperatures below average; highs will be in the 40s over the northern half of the state, with low to mid 50s to the south. The weather will stay dry for the rest of the week… freezing temperatures are likely over North and Central Alabama again Wednesday and Thursday morning. A warming trend begins later this week, and by Friday many places will see highs between 58 and 65 degrees.
CHRISTMAS WEEKEND: At this point Saturday looks dry with a highs similar to those on Friday, but clouds will likely increase during the day ahead of a weather system to the west. We will bring in a chance of rain Sunday and Christmas Day, but it is just too early to be specific about timing, rain amounts, chance of thunder, etc with considerable model differences. Highs will likely be in the upper 50s and low 60s both days, a little above average for late December in Alabama. And, for now, the chance of severe thunderstorms looks low with no surface based instability.
Still no sign of Arctic air for the rest of December as temperatures are expected to remain a little above average through next week. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1944: Typhoon Cobra, also known as the Typhoon of 1944 or Halsey’s Typhoon (named after Admiral William “Bull” Halsey), was the United States Navy designation for a tropical cyclone that struck the Task Force 38 in the during World War II in the Pacific. The typhoon was first observed on December 17 as it surprised a fleet of ships in the open waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Sustained winds associated with the storm were up to 100 mph with gusts to 140 mph. On December 18, the small but violent typhoon hit the Task Force while many of the ships were attempting to refuel. Due to the extreme seas and winds, three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 officers and men were lost or killed with another 80 injured.
ON THIS DATE IN 1986: A strong winter storm, which developed off the coast of New Jersey and moved out to sea, lashed the northeastern U.S. with high winds, heavy rain, and heavy snow. The storm left snowfall amounts of up to 30 inches in Vermont, 24 inches in Massachusetts, and 20 inches in New Hampshire. The highest rainfall amounts approached four inches in southern New England, where winds gusted to 70 mph.
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