SUNNY AFTERNOON: Showers that moved through Alabama earlier today are long gone, and the sky is now mostly sunny across the state with temperatures generally in the 60s… some South Alabama communities have reached the low 70s. Tonight will be fair and cool with a low between 37 and 44 degrees.
REST OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow and Wednesday will be mostly sunny with mild afternoons… the high tomorrow will be in the mid 60s, and very close to 70 Wednesday. Clouds will increase on Thursday, but we will mention only a few isolated showers with a high between 65 and 70. Rain becomes more likely Friday as a surface front creeps into the state from the north; parts of North Alabama could hold in the 50s all day, but South Alabama will enjoy highs in the 60s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not a “wash-out” at all, but a few showers will be possible Saturday and Sunday. The sky will be mostly cloudy both days with highs between 67 and 74 degrees as the mild late February weather continues. The best rain coverage over the weekend most likely will be over the northern third of the state.
NEXT WEEK: Mild weather continues with highs mostly in the mid to upper 60s through the week. A nearly stationary front will be around, so each day will feature more clouds than sun with some risk of showers. But, for now, we see no really heavy rain event, or risk of severe thunderstorms, for the state for the next seven to ten days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK: We ask that you consider getting your family for severe weather this week. While I consider the Alabama tornado season from November through May, we have a well defined peak in the months of March and April. Last year, 73 tornadoes touched down across Alabama. Unfortunately, 4 lives were lost, and over a dozen were injured.
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ON THIS DATE IN 1998: Seven tornadoes struck east-central Florida late on this date and early on the 23rd. Three of the tornadoes were rated F3 on the Fujita scale. 24 people were killed in Kissimmee alone. A total of 42 people were killed, with 265 injured, and total damage was $106 million.
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