December 3, 2023

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Midday Nowcast: Outstanding October Weather

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We are seeing a clearing sky this afternoon across the state. Highs this afternoon are ranging from the mid 70s to low 80s across the state. Heading into tonight, for those Friday night football games, the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 65° at kickoff, into the upper 50s by the final whistle. A fantastic Friday night for football across Alabama. By tomorrow morning, most of North/Central Alabama will see lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.

OUTSTANDING OCTOBER WEEKEND: Tomorrow will feature sunshine in full supply, and highs will be in the upper 70s. Sunday will feature passing clouds and highs in the low to mid 70s Sunday. Nights will remain cool and refreshing with 40s common across North/Central Alabama.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Saturday, UAB will host Memphis at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham (11a CT kickoff)…the sky will be sunny with temperatures rising from near 72° at kickoff, to around 77° by the fourth quarter.

Alabama hosts Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (2:30p CT kickoff). It will be a fine fall afternoon with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

And, Auburn will host Ole Miss Saturday evening (6:00p CT kickoff) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Expect a clear sky with temperatures falling from near 70° at kickoff, into the low 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: A ridge will build across the Deep South, meaning dry weather is likely through the week with highs mostly in the 70s, and lows in the 40s and 50s. Our next rainmaker looks to arrive towards the end of next week and into the weekend, but that is still ten days away and timing of the system will change.

IN THE TROPICS: Tammy strengthened into a hurricane this morning. Tammy is moving toward the west-northwest near 7 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through this afternoon. A turn toward the northwest is anticipated by this evening, followed by a north-northwestward and northward turn Saturday night through Sunday night. On the forecast track, the center of Tammy will move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands tonight and on Saturday, and then move north of the northern Leeward Islands on Sunday.

Data from NOAA and Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Tammy is expected to be a hurricane while it moves near or over portions of the Leeward Islands. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles. The minimum central pressure estimated from reconnaissance aircraft data is 992 mb (29.30 inches).

The rest of the basin is quiet. 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 111.6F at Cuiaba, Brazil. The lowest observation was -86.1F Vostok, Antarctica.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 106F at Ogilby, CA. The lowest observation was 16F at Peter Sinks, UT.

Ryan Stinnett

2023-10-20 16:57:43

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