STILL DRY: Today will be the 13th consecutive day with no rain for Birmingham, and the dry spell continues through early next week with mostly sunny warm days and fair pleasant nights. Highs will be in the 86-91 degree range through Monday.
We continue to see good evidence of the potential for showers in 6-7 days, by Thursday night or Friday of next week with a cold front passing through the Deep South. Moisture will be limited, and rain amounts will most likely be light, but hopefully it will settle the dust. Noticeably cooler air will arrive for the following weekend (October 7-8)… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: The sky will be mostly fair for the high school football games across Alabama tonight with temperatures falling through the 70s.
Tomorrow, UAB travels to New Orleans to take on Tulane (11:00a CT kickoff). The sky will be partly too mostly sunny with an outside risk of a brief shower or storm during the game. Temperatures will rise from near 84 at kickoff to 88 degrees by the final whistle.
Auburn hosts Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny. Temperatures will hover in the mid to upper 80s through most of the game.
And, Alabama will be in Starkville to take on Mississippi State (8:00p CT kickoff). Expect a clear sky with temperatures falling through the 70s.
RACE WEEKEND: Mostly sunny warm days, fair nights at Talladega through the weekend with highs in the 80s.
TROPICS: We have our twins, Tropical Storms Philippe and Rina, in the Atlantic east of the northern Leeward Islands. Both have winds of 45 mph, and they will likely gain latitude over the next five days and seem to be no threat to land.
Philippe, further west, will become the stronger storm due to binary interaction (aka the Fujiwhara effect). As Philippe becomes better organized, Rina will be sheared and weaken.
No tropical systems will threaten the Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven days.
ON THIS DATE IN 1927: An outbreak of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Indiana caused 81 deaths and 25 million dollars damage. A tornado, possibly two tornadoes, cut an eight-mile long path across St Louis, Missouri, to Granite City, Illinois, killing 79 persons.
ON THIS DATE IN 1967: Unusually cool air dropped into the Deep South for late September, Birmingham dropped to 40 degrees, which still stands as the record low for the date.
No afternoon video briefing today due to high school football (I will be live on ABC 33/40 at the Friday Night Rivals game site at Pleasant Grove High School)… but I will post fresh forecast notes this afternoon. Enjoy the day!
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