DRY DAYS: Dry weather will continue across Alabama thorough the weekend with sunny warm afternoons and clear pleasant nights. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, with lows in the 60s through Sunday as very dry air holds in place.
NEXT WEEK: Heat levels crank up a bit as an upper ridge builds over the region… highs will be in the low 90s most days with dry weather continuing. Still no sign of any high impact or big rain event for Alabama for the next 7-10 days. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Clear weather is the story for the high school football games across Alabama Friday night with temperatures falling into the 70s during the games.
Saturday, Auburn hosts Penn State (2:30p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium… the sky will be sunny; about 87 degrees at kickoff. Alabama will host LA-Monroe Saturday (3:00p CT kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It will be sunny and very warm with temperatures falling from near 88 degrees at kickoff into the low 80s by the final whistle.
UAB is also at home; they host Georgia Southern at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). Expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature around 87 degrees… lows 80s by the end of the game.
TROPICS: Tropical Depression 7 has formed in the Atlantic, about 800 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Winds are 35 mph, and the system is expected to become Tropical Storm Fiona soon. The NHC forecast track keeps it below hurricane strength over the next five days, and has it near Hispaniola late in the weekend. There is a real chance the system could dissipate over the mountainous island… if it survives, most global models suggest a northward turn before impacting the contiguous U.S. Of course, still too early to know the final destination. Just something to watch for now.
The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.
ON THIS DATE IN 1928: A violent, estimated F4 tornado, with winds of 200 mph, tore across Rockford, Illinois. The tornado first touched down 8 miles south-southwest of Rockford and moved across the southeast part of the city. The tornado was on the ground for 25 miles with a width varying from 200 to 500 feet. A total of 14 people were killed, with around 100 injuries reported in Rockford alone.
ON THIS DATE IN 2008: Hurricane Ike became extratropical on this day. The St. Louis Metropolitan Area experienced hurricane conditions, with Ike’s remnants inflicting severe damage to homes. Several areas in Illinois and Indiana, already flooded by the frontal boundary to the north, saw significant additional rainfall. Due to flooding in Chicago, a state of emergency was declared for Cook County due to flooding of the Des Plaines River. Hurricane-force wind gusts were reported to the east of the center across parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania with significant wind damage including structural damage to buildings and trees.
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