SEVERE CLEAR: Not a cloud in the sky across the great state of Alabama this afternoon, but temperatures remain below average with most places in the 58-64 degree range at mid-afternoon. Tonight will be clear and cool with a low in the 40-48 degree range.
Our weather will stay dry through the rest of the week with sunny days, fair nights, and a warming trend. Look for a high in the mid 70s tomorrow, low 80s Thursday, and mid 80s Friday. Then, we will enjoy the warmest weekend so far this year as highs remain in the 80s Saturday and Sunday with a good supply of sunshine both days.
NEXT WEEK: Global models suggest a few showers will be possible early next week, mainly on Monday, but the rest of the week looks dry and quiet with highs in the 76-81 degree range. No sign of any severe weather events for Alabama for the next 7-10 days… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals since January 1, and the departure from average…
Birmingham 27.76″ (+8.97″)
Huntsville 27.42″ (+9.05″)
Muscle Shoals 24.41″ (+6.86″)
Tuscaloosa 23.36″ (+5.10″)
Anniston 20.71″ (+2.69″)
Montgomery 20.64″ (+3.39″)
Mobile 17.31″ (-1.68″)
Dothan 15.46″ (-1.95″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1986: A major storm system produced ten tornadoes in Texas. One of these tornadoes virtually annihilated the town of Sweetwater. The tornado struck at the unlikely time of 7:17 am. One person was killed, and 100 were injured.
ON THIS DATE IN 2020: A severe thunderstorm developed quickly over Chilton County north of Clanton, with significant straight-line wind developing. Extensive wind damage began in Chilton County (just west of Thorsby and Jemison) where maximum winds were estimated in the range of 80 to 90 MPH. The wind damage continued eastward through Coosa County and Tallapoosa County, where maximum winds were estimated in the range of 70 to 80 MPH. The damage, as confirmed by a NWS survey team, was the result of straight-line wind consisting of numerous snapped and uprooted hardwood/softwood trees, trees falling onto structures, trees falling onto campers, especially notable in Wind Creek State Park where several were crushed, damage to roofs, siding, overhangs, awnings, outbuildings, and a case of wind-driven hail causing severe exterior damage to buildings in the Kellyton area of Coosa County. At least 3 injuries were reported, all in Tallapoosa County.
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