December 3, 2023

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Midday Nowcast: Warm Fall Days Continue

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TODAY & TOMORROW: Sunshine and warm temperatures continue the next couple of days across Alabama. The weather remain dry both days with highs ranging from the low to upper 80s. Nights will remain cool and pleasant, with lows in the 50s and 60s.

FRIDAY FRONT: A strong cold front will pass through the state Friday. Expected more clouds than sunshine, and some patchy light rain is expected, but with limited moisture the chance of meaningful rain remains very low. Certainly not the kind of rain we need, but some locations could see enough to settle the dust, but many locations will remain dry.

FANTASTIC FALL WEATHER: Behind the front, the coolest air so far this season will roll into Alabama for the weekend. Highs will drop into the upper 60s and low 70s, with lows in the 40s Sunday and Monday mornings. It will be downright chilly, and you will need those jackets out the door in the morning hours. We expect a good supply of sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. We note, Saturday will be quite breezy at times with a brisk, north wind blowing in the cooler air.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, just an outside risk of a little light rain. Otherwise mostly cloudy with temperatures falling through the 60s with a fairly stiff north breeze.

Jacksonville State has a Wednesday night special this week… they will be at Middle Tennessee State tonight in Murfreesboro (7:00p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 70s, reaching the 60s by the fourth quarter.

Saturday, Alabama will be in College Station to take on Texas A&M (2:30p CT kickoff). About 73 degrees at kickoff with a mostly sunny sky. It will be a very pleasant afternoon.

UAB will host USF Saturday at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham (3:00p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny with temperatures falling from near 68 at kickoff, into low 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: At this point next week looks generally rain-free with a slow warming trend. Highs early in the week will be in the 70s, but should reach the 80s by Thursday or Friday. Still no sign of any major rain event for Alabama for the next ten days. Again, October is statistically our driest month of the year in Alabama, but we sure could use some rain!

IN THE TROPICS: We only have one system in the Atlantic currently…Philippe. Philippe is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 mph, and this motion is expected to continue today. A northward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast to begin tonight and continue into the weekend. On the forecast track, the center of Philippe will approach Bermuda Thursday night and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days. Some strengthening is possible late this week. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles to the east of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).

The rest of the basin is quiet with no tropical development expected the next seven days. The remaining names on list this year are Sean, Tammy, 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 119.8F at Siteki, Eswatini. The lowest observation was -100.8F Vostok, Antarctica.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 104F at Rio Grande Village, TX. The lowest observation was 20F at Flagstaff, AZ.

Ryan Stinnett

2023-10-04 15:41:44

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