DRY THROUGH FRIDAY: Alabama’s weather won’t change much through Friday. A surge of cooler air will drop into the state tomorrow; highs will be in the 50s statewide. A freeze is likely early Thursday across North/Central Alabama, but we warm back into the 60s by Friday. Dry air means sunny days and fair nights.
STORMY WEEKEND: A dynamic weather system will approach Saturday. SPC has defined a severe weather risk to the west, for parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.
This will be a classic December storm system for the Deep South with excellent dynamics, but poor thermodynamics. We will mention a chance of showers during the day Saturday, but the main window for rain and heavier storms will come from about 9:00 p.m. Saturday until 6:00 a.m. Sunday.
An organized line of thunderstorms will roll through the state Saturday night and very early Sunday morning; heavier storms will be capable of producing strong winds and heavy rain. But, the lack of surface based instability will likely mitigate a major severe weather threat. For now SPC doesn’t have any part of Alabama in a formal risk area. Rain amounts of around one inch are likely statewide.
Sunday will be a breezy day with a clearing sky; highs drop back into the 50s.
NEXT WEEK: Our weather Monday through Thursday is looking dry with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Global models suggest some risk of rain could return on Friday (December 15)… see the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: The Alabama Super 7 high school football championships will be played tomorrow through Friday in Tuscaloosa at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The weather will be cool and dry for all the games; daytime temperatures will be in the 50s Wednesday and Thursday, and in the 60s Friday. For the evening games, temperatures will be mostly in the 40s. No risk of any rain.
ON THIS DATE IN 1953: A tornado outbreak occurred over northeastern Louisiana, southeastern Arkansas, and western Mississippi on this day. At least four confirmed tornadoes touched down. The strongest tornado was rated F5 as it destroyed the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. This tornado first touched down just west of the Mississippi River in East Madison Parish in Louisiana. The tornado crossed the Mississippi River and tore through the downtown area of Vicksburg. On the ground for seven miles, this tornado caused 38 deaths and 270 injuries.
ON THIS DATE IN 1954: A strong tornado started in Ohatchee, hitting the towns of West Wellington, Wellington, Angel, West Point, Merrellton, Possum Trot, Maxwellborn, Price, and Piedmont Springs before dissipating as it was passing through Piedmont. A total of 37 homes were destroyed and 50 others were damaged. Additionally, 15 other buildings were destroyed and 28 others were damaged. A total of 26 people were injured.
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