COLD START: Here are some temperatures just before sunrise across Alabama early this morning…
Muscle Shoals 30
Fort Payne 32
Look for a partly to mostly sunny sky today with a high in the 58-62 degree range; clouds will increase late in the day.
RAIN RETURNS: A weather disturbance will push rain into the state tonight and tomorrow. Most of the rain will come from about midnight tonight through noon tomorrow, but some light rain could linger into East Alabama tomorrow afternoon. Any thunderstorms will be confined to the Gulf Coast… for most of the state it will be a cold rain with no thunder; amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely. Temperatures will hover in the 45-50 degree range tomorrow as the rain falls.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: The weather will be cold and dry over the latter half of the week with highs in the 40s and 50s, and lows mostly in the 20s by Thursday and Friday morning. These values are well below average for mid-November in Alabama.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with sunny days and clear nights. Highs mostly in the 50s, lows generally between 25 and 32 degrees.
NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues through at least the first half of the week; models hint some rain could return late in the week, but they are not in good agreement. Temperatures remain below average, and we see no chance of any severe storms in Alabama for the next 7-10 days. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the week. The hurricane season ends at the end of this month.
ON THIS DATE IN 1969: Apollo 12 was launched into a threatening gray sky with ominous cumulus clouds. Pete Conrad’s words 43 seconds after liftoff, electrified everyone in the Control Center: “We had a whole bunch of buses drops out,” followed by “Where are we going?” and “I just lost the platform.” Lightning had stricken the spacecraft. Warning lights were illuminated, and the spacecraft guidance system lost its attitude reference.
Flight controller John Aaron made a call, “Flight, EECOM. Try SCE to Aux”, to switch the SCE (signal conditioning electronics) to a backup power supply. The switch was fairly obscure, and neither Flight Director Gerald Griffin nor Conrad knew what it was; astronaut Alan Bean knew where to find it and threw the switch, after which the telemetry came back online, revealing no significant malfunctions. The flight was not aborted and the mission was successful. Aaron’s call “SCE to Aux” remains legendary.
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