ANOTHER COLD START: These are temperatures across Alabama just before sunrise…
Fort Payne 29
Good Hope 33
Alabama’s weather won’t change much through Thursday; expect sunny cool days and clear chilly nights. Highs will be in the 60-65 degree range, with lows in the 30s. Friday will be another sunny day; we begin the day in the 40s and the high will be in the upper 60s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will feature a good supply of sunshine with a high in the low 70s. Moisture levels will increase Sunday, and we will mention just a few isolated showers with a high between 70 and 73.
THANKSGIVING WEEK: A surface front will approach Alabama early in the week, becoming stationary somewhere near North Alabama. This will bring a chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two Monday and Tuesday, then we trend drier over the latter half of the week. Highs will be mostly in the 60s… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Iota is inland over Central America and weakening quickly; it made landfall last night on the coast of Nicaragua as an upper end category four hurricane. The landfall point was within 15 miles of where Hurricane Eta moved inland on November 4; Eta was also a category four at the time of landfall.
Elsewhere, a broad area of low pressure could form in a couple of days over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for slow development, and a tropical depression could form by the weekend while the system moves slowly westward or west-southwestward across the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Regardless of development, areas of heavy rain are possible during the next several days from Nicaragua southward across Central America and into Colombia. These rains could cause new flooding concerns, especially across previously inundated areas.
No tropical trouble for the Gulf of Mexico for the next 7 days, and the hurricane season ends at the end of this month.
ON THIS DAY IN 1957: Just after noon, tornadoes started touching down in eastern Mississippi. Two people were killed by a strong tornado that cut a 15 miles path from near Macon. Mississippi. Then, a little after 3 p.m., a violent tornado touched down 6 miles northwest of Jasper. Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Bradford had just built a new home there. The ranch home was blown 150 feet and smashed to bits. The couple and their 14 year old daughter were killed. One other person was killed along the short 5 mile path that carried it near Saragossa and Manchester. An amateur photographer snapped a dramatic picture of the tornado that ran on front pages of newspapers all over the country, including the one on the front page of The Birmingham News the next day.
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