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COLD NIGHT AHEAD: The sky is mostly sunny across most of Alabama this afternoon, but clouds linger over some southeast counties. Temperatures are only in the 37-45 degree range; the average high for Birmingham on December 17 is 55. Tonight will be clear and cold with a low well down in the 20s.
Tomorrow will be a mostly sunny day with a high in the mid 50s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds will increase Saturday, and some rain is likely Saturday night into Sunday morning. Moisture will be very limited with this feature, and rain amounts should be 1/4″ or less for most places. The high Saturday will be in the mid 50s, followed by upper 50s Sunday.
CHRISTMAS WEEK: The weather will be dry Monday through Wednesday with mostly sunny pleasant days and fair cold nights. The high Monday will be in the 57-60 degree range, followed by low 60s Tuesday and Wednesday. A cold front will bring showers Thursday, followed by sharply colder air for Christmas Day. We project highs on Friday in the 40s, with morning lows well down in the 20s. Parts of North Alabama could hold in the 30s all day Friday.
NORTHEAST U.S. SNOW: Here are the highest snow totals by state so far…
NY-Newark Valley 44″
CT-New Milford 16.5″
ON THIS DATE IN 1903: On the morning of December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright took turns piloting and monitoring their flying machine in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Orville piloted the first flight that lasted just 12 seconds and 120 feet. On the fourth and final flight of the day, Wilbur traveled 852 feet, remaining airborne for 59 seconds. That morning, the brothers became the first people to demonstrate sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine under the complete control of the pilot. Kitty Hawk was selected after writing the U.S. Weather Bureau in Washington, D.C. requesting a list of suitable places on the east coast where winds were constant.
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