SUNNY FRIDAY: A dry airmass covers Alabama this morning… look for a mostly sunny sky today with a high in the 50s over North Alabama, with 60s over the southern counties. Tonight will be fair and cold with a low between 30 and 38 degrees.
RAIN RETURNS: Clouds move roll in tomorrow, and rain breaks out initially across South Alabama during the day. Then, rain become widespread statewide tomorrow night into Sunday morning. Some thunder is possible, but the air will be cool and stable and there is no risk of severe storms. Rain will end from west to east Sunday afternoon as dry air begins to push into the state; rain amounts over the weekend will be around one inch. Highs will be in the 50s both days.
NEXT WEEK: Monday will be a dry day with highs in the 50s and 60s, but a dynamic weather system will bring rain and storms back into Alabama Tuesday and Tuesday night, possibly into early Wednesday morning. SPC has introduced a risk of severe thunderstorms for the southern half of the state in their “Day 5” outlook…
The big question involves thermodynamics for this event. There will be very little instability over the northern 2/3 of the state, but no doubt this system could bring severe storms to the Gulf Coast region. We will have a much better handle on how this one plays out once we get past the weekend rain producer.
Thursday and Friday will be cool and dry with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1937: The wettest Inaugural Day of record with 1.77 inches of rain in 24 hours. Temperatures were only in the 30s as Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term.
ON THIS DATE IN 1985: The most intense cold wave to invade the Southeast U.S. since the great arctic outbreak of February 1899 was underway. Birmingham’s low on January 20, 1985 was -4F. All-time cold records were set at many significant sites from Chicago to Charleston, South Carolina.
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Look for the next Weather Briefing video here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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