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Rain Returns Thursday Night/Friday; Cooler Weekend Ahead : The Alabama Weather Blog

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WARM, DRY NOVEMBER WEATHER: We have scattered high cirrus clouds over Alabama this afternoon, otherwise the sky is mostly sunny with temperatures in the 70s over North Alabama, with low 80s near the coast. Tonight will be mostly fair with a low in the 47-55 degree range.

Alabama’s weather won’t change much through mid-week with mostly sunny warm afternoons and fair, cool nights. Highs not too far from 80 degrees, with lows mostly in the 50s.

RAIN RETURNS: Clouds will increase Thursday ahead of a cold front, and we will bring a good chance of light rain at times Thursday night and Friday. This won’t be a “drought buster”, but amounts of around 1/2 inch are likely statewide. The high Friday will drop into the 65-71 degree range.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Model consistency is very poor concerning weekend weather. The American GFS model is mostly dry, while the European global model suggests periods of rain will linger Saturday and Sunday. We will trend toward the drier solution for now, but watch for forecast changes in coming days. Highs will be in the 60s, with lows around 50 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: For now the week looks generally dry with seasonal temperatures (highs mostly in the 60s, and lows in the 40s). Global models show evidence of the next rain event in the November 19-22 time frame). See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next seven days.

ON THIS DATE IN 1961: Santa Ana winds in southern California downed trees, utility lines and blew 10 to 50 percent of the avocado crop from trees. Dust from the winds lowered the visibility, which led to a 16 car pileup, injuring 23 people. In addition, the winds brought the lowerest relative humidity of record to Burbank, 3 percent, and contributed to disastrous fires in the hills of the Los Angeles area.

ON THIS DATE IN 1977: Several possible causes lead to the collapse of the Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia to give way. The failure allowed a 40-acre lake to flood the Toccoa Falls College, killing 39 people and injuring 60 more

ON THIS DATE IN 2005: The deadliest tornado to strike Indiana since April 3rd, 1974, occurred around 2 am. A single F3 tornado inflicted 24 fatalities, 238 injuries, and nearly 90 million dollars in damage with a path length of 41 miles. This storm moved in a northeasterly direction from just north of Smith Mills, Kentucky, to Gentryville, Indiana, and crossed the Ohio River three times. Most of the damage occurred as the tornado passed southeast of the city of Evansville, Indiana.

Look for the next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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James Spann

2023-11-06 20:50:26

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