COLD START: Here are temperatures across Alabama just before daybreak this morning…
Black Creek 20
Pell City 23
Good Hope 24
Expect a sunny sky today with a nice warm-up; we reach the 51-55 degree range this afternoon. Tonight will be clear and cold again, we drop into the 27-32 degree range early tomorrow morning.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Clouds increase tomorrow with a high in the mid 50s. Then, we expect periods of rain tomorrow night into Sunday morning as the next upper trough moves through; rain amounts should be generally 1/2 inch or less, and there is no risk of severe storms (probably no thunder). The best chance of showers by Sunday afternoon will shift into the southern half of the state; the high Sunday will be in the mid to upper 50s.
CHRISTMAS WEEK: Monday and Tuesday will be dry with a good supply of sunshine both days; highs will be somewhere between 58 and 62. Clouds increase Wednesday, and a cold front will bring showers to the state Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Much colder air will roll into Alabama during the day Thursday following the frontal passage; there is a brief window where a snow flake or two is possible over the northern third of the state Thursday morning, but the air will dry out quickly, and meaningful snow is not expected. Christmas Day on Friday will be cold and dry with a sunny sky; we begin the day well down in the 20s, maybe even the upper teens for a few places. The high Friday will be in the 37-44 degree range. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1944: Typhoon Cobra, also known as the Typhoon of 1944 or Halsey’s Typhoon (named after Admiral William “Bull” Halsey), was the United States Navy designation for a tropical cyclone that struck the Task Force 38 in the during World War II in the Pacific. The typhoon was first observed on December 17 as it surprised a fleet of ships in the open waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Sustained winds associated with the storm were up to 100 mph with gusts to 140 mph. On December 18, the small but violent typhoon hit the Task Force while many of the ships were attempting to refuel. Due to the extreme seas and winds, three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 officers and men were lost or killed with another 80 injured.
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Just one Weather Xtreme video today…but I will post fresh forecast notes later this afternoon. Enjoy the day!