LATE SEASON COLD SNAP: Sunshine will be out in full force across Alabama today, but temperatures won’t get out of the 50s over the northern half of the state with a brisk north wind. And, tonight, as the winds drop off and the sky remains clear, a freeze is likely for much of our state and the Deep South. A freeze warning is in effect as far south as Washington, Clarke, Monroe, Conecuh, Butler, Crenshaw, Pike, and Barbour counties.
Temperatures early tomorrow will drop into the 22-30 degree range over North and Central Alabama, with lows 30s down into the southern counties of the state. Then, during the day tomorrow, temperatures rise into 56-61 degree range with a sunny sky.
EASTER WEEKEND: Another freeze is possible Saturday morning… we project a low in the 27-34 degree range over the northern half of the state. Then, a warming trend begins. Sunny weather continues; the high Saturday will be in the mid 60s, followed by low 70s Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: The weather stays dry through Wednesday with sunny days and fair nights. Afternoon temperatures will be close to 80 degrees by Wednesday as the warming trend continues. Then, a cold front will bring a chance of showers Thursday, but for now we aren’t expecting severe storms or excessively heavy rain. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals for the year so far, and the departure from average….
Huntsville 19.09″ (+4.15″)
Muscle Shoals 19.03″ (+5.00)
Dothan 17.25″ (+1.97″)
Tuscaloosa 16.59″ (+1.38″)
Birmingham 16.36″ (+1.76″)
Montgomery 14.05″ (-1.93″)
Mobile 11.06″ (-5.85″)
Anniston 8.87″ (-5.69″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1960: The first weather satellite, TIROS 1 (Television and Infra-Red Observation Satellite) began sending pictures back to Earth. The TIROS series would have little benefit to operational weather forecasters because the image quality was low and inconsistent. The most critical understanding achieved from the new technology was the discovery of the high degree of organization of large-scale weather systems, a fact never apparent from ground and aircraft observations.
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