ANOTHER FINE FALL AFTERNOON: Temperatures are generally in the 68-72 degree range across Alabama this afternoon with a mostly sunny sky. Tonight will be fair with a low not too far from 50 degrees for most communities.
Dry, pleasant weather continues tomorrow with a partly to mostly sunny sky; the high will be in the 71-75 degree range. Then, on Sunday, an approaching front could trigger a few isolated showers over the northern third of the state, but moisture and dynamic support will be very limit. Mostly places will be dry; the high will be around 70 with a mix of sun and clouds.
THANKSGIVING WEEK: Monday and Tuesday will be dry with a good supply of sunshine both days. The high Monday will be in the mid 60s, followed by a 70 degree day Tuesday. Then, a storm system will bring a batch of rain and thunderstorms to the state Wednesday. For now, global models are showing very limited instability, with little chance of organized severe thunderstorms. However, we will still keep a close eye on the situation as the event gets closer. Rain amounts on Wednesday should be around one inch.
Dry weather returns for Thanksgiving Day and “Black Friday” with a mostly sunny sky both days; highs will be in the upper 60s. Rain returns the following day, Saturday (November 28). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school playoff games tonight, the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 50s. Tomorrow, Alabama hosts Kentucky (3:00p CT kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium)… the sky will be sunny with temperatures in the low 70s at kickoff, falling back into the 60s during the second half.
Auburn hosts Tennessee tomorrow evening (6:00p kickoff at Jordan Hare Stadium)… a great night for football with a clear sky. Temperatures will fall from the low 60s at kickoff, into the upper 50s by the final whistle.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected for the next several days. The 2020 hurricane season ends in ten days.
ON THIS DATE IN 1900: A tornado outbreak in the Lower Mississippi Valley resulted in 73 deaths and extensive damage across Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The strongest tornado of the evening struck the town of Columbia, in Maury County, Tennessee; 27 people were killed there.
ON THIS DATE IN 1985: Kate intensified to a major Category 3 Hurricane and as she moved west of Key West, Florida with top winds of 115 mph and a minimum central pressure of 954 millibars or 28.17 inches of mercury. The next day Kate made landfall between Panama City and Apalachicola, Florida. Tides ran 8 to 10 feet above normal. Many power poles and lines were downed. Several roads were washed out.
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