FALLING TEMPERATURES: The very sharp, well defined cold front is dropping south through the state today. There is a big temperature contrast across the state with 40s over North Alabama this afternoon, while South Alabama is in the upper 70s and lower 80s. As the front continues south today, temperatures will begin to fall once it passes your location with a chilly north breeze. There is some patchy light rain along the front, but amounts will be very light and very spotty, and certainly no drought buster and most locations will remain dry.
COLDEST AIR SO FAR: As the front pushes south overnight, the much colder air settles into all of Alabama the next several days. Tomorrow and Wednesday will feature highs in the 50s over the northern half of the state, with low 60s for the southern half of the state.
A freeze watch, which will become a freeze warning, has been issued for the northern half of Alabama for Wednesday morning as we expect lows in the 25-35 degree range with a clear sky and diminishing wind. This should bring an end to the growing season for much off the state. Thursday morning will be just as cold.
A warming trend begins Thursday afternoon, and by Friday highs will range from the 60s over North Alabama, to the low to mid 70s over the southern counties.
WEEKEND AND BEYOND: The weekend will be dry with mostly sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights. Highs mostly in the 70s, lows in the 40s and 50s. The very nice, fall air will remain in place for much of next week as well. Unfortunately the chance of any beneficial rain the next 7-10 days looks very small as this long dry spell continues and the drought and fire weather dangers will continue
IN THE TROPICS: Tammy is dead again. Elsewhere, in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean, Invest 96L is an area of low pressure with associated disorganized showers and thunderstorms is located a couple of hundred miles east of the northwestern Bahamas. This system is moving into an area of strong upper-level winds and dry air, and the chances of it becoming a short-lived tropical storm appear to be decreasing. The low is expected to move slowly west-northwestward today and then turn northward and northeastward on Tuesday and Wednesday. Formation chance through 7 days…low…20 percent.
Also, in the Southwestern Caribbean Sea, a trough of low pressure over the eastern Caribbean Sea is associated with disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This system is expected to move westward during the next several days, and \environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development. A tropical depression could form late this week when the system reaches the central or southwestern Caribbean Sea. Formation chance through 7 days…medium…50 percent.
Hurricane season ends November 30th and the remaining names on list this year are Vince and Whitney.
BEACH FORECAST CENTER: Get the latest weather and rip current forecasts for the beaches from Fort Morgan to Panama City on our Beach Forecast Center page. There, you can select the forecast of the region that you are interested in visiting.
WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 109.4F at Rivadavia, Argentina. The lowest observation was -76.0F Dome A, Antarctica.
CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 96F at Falcon Lake, TX. The lowest observation was -24F at Peter Sinks, UT.
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