December 4, 2022

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Cooler Air Arrives Tonight; Rain Possible Next Thursday

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DRY COLD FRONT ARRIVES TONIGHT: Look for another sunny day across Alabama today with a high in the 81-85 degree range; the average high for Birmingham on October 7 is 79. A cold front will roll through the state tonight in dry fashion, and cooler air settles into the state for the weekend. Expect highs between 72 and 76 degrees, and by early Sunday morning lows will be well down in the 40s. Cooler spots across North Alabama will likely visit the 30s for the first time this season. The air stays dry with sunny days and clear nights.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change Monday through Wednesday; we expect a warming trend with highs exceeding 80 degrees again by mid-week. Then, a cold front will approach Thursday, which will bring our first chance of rain in quite a while. We aren’t expecting a big rain event, but periods of rain are likely Thursday with amounts generally 1/4 inch or less. Then, Friday will be sunny and cooler with a high in the low 70s. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.

Some notes on the dry conditions (based on data at Birmingham)…

*Today will be the 12th consecutive day with no measurable rain.
*Our last measurable rain was on September 25, but the amount was only 0.03″.
*We have gone without measurable rain on 26 of the last 27 days.
*The last day with over one tenth of an inch of rain came on September 4, when the total was 1.55″.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Another delightful evening for high school football games across the state tonight; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling into the 60s.

Auburn travels to Athens tomorrow to take on the Georgia bulldogs (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be sunny; about 75 degrees at kickoff, falling to near 70 by the final whistle. UAB has a home game in downtown Birmingham tomorrow at Protective Stadium against Middle Tennessee (also a 2:30p CT kickoff)… it will be sunny afternoon with temperatures falling from around 73 degrees at kickoff into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

Then, tomorrow night Alabama hosts Texas A&M (7p CT kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 67 degrees at kickoff into the 50s by the fourth quarter. A perfect night for football.

TROPICS: Tropical Depression 12 has dissipated in the eastern Atlantic far from land. Tropical Depression 13 has formed in the far southern Caribbean… it should become Tropical Storm Julia today, and landfall is expected Sunday on the coast of Nicaragua. A decent chance the system will dissipate inland over Central America; if any circulation survives it could either move into the Pacific, or the Bay of Campeche.

The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.

ON THIS DATE IN 2018: Only 8 hours after becoming a depression, the National Hurricane Center upgraded the system to Tropical Storm Michael. Tropical storm force winds and torrential downpours were affecting portions of the coastal east-central Yucatan Peninsula. Michael would go to to become a category five hurricane with landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida a few days later.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

Look for the next update here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

James Spann

2022-10-07 10:52:54

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