DRY AIR RETURNS: The sky is clear across West Alabama early this morning; lingering clouds over the eastern 2/3 of the state will move out soon, and today will be a sunny, cool day with a high in the 50s for most communities. Tonight will be clear with a low in the 30s and low 40s.
Dry weather continues tomorrow and Thursday with highs in the 60s. Then, clouds return Friday, and we will bring in a chance of rain late Friday and Friday night ahead of a cold front. Rain will continue Saturday, ending from the north during the day as a surge of chilly air drops into the Deep South. Temperatures will hold in the 40s Saturday over the northern third of the state, with 50s to the south.
Rain amounts Friday night and Saturday will be generally under 1/2 inch for the northern half of Alabama, with 1/2 to 1 inch for the southern counties. No risk of severe thunderstorms, and probably no thunder with a cool, stable airmass in place.
Sunday will be a sunny day with a cold morning; temperatures will be below freezing over much of the state with 20s for the northern counties. Sunday’s high will be in the 50s.
NEXT WEEK: A clipper system will bring some risk of light rain to North Alabama Tuesday, otherwise the week looks dry with a warming trend… afternoon temperatures will reach the 65-72 degree range by mid-week. Still no sign of any bitterly cold Arctic air for the Deep South through the rest of February. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1899: An incredibly cold airmass made it all the way to the Gulf Coast. Birmingham’s low was -10F… the coldest temperature on record for the city.
It was 7F in New Orleans and Pensacola. Mobile dropped to a numbing -1F. The reading of -2F at Tallahassee still is the state’s coldest reading ever. Many all time state record lows were observed during the cold wave. Montgomery recorded -4F.
ON THIS DATE IN 2000: Late in the day and into the early morning hours of the 14th, severe thunderstorms spawned six tornadoes over southwestern Georgia that killed 19, injured 202, and caused $35 million in damages. An F3 tornado hit southern Camilla, killing 11 people and wounding 175 others in the town.
ON THIS DATE IN 2014: A winter storm was winding down over North Alabama; snow amounts of 2-4 inches were common from Birmingham north.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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