RADAR CHECK: Not much on radar across Alabama this afternoon; we are seeing more clouds than sun on satellite images and temperatures are in the mid 60s for most places, about ten degrees below average for April 16.
Rain will move into the state tonight… heaviest rain will fall over the southwest counties, where a flash flood watch is in effect for Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington counties. For the rest of the state, rain tonight will be light, with amounts generally under 1/4″.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will keep the chance of some rain going through tomorrow morning; the rain should end by midday for the northern 2/3 of the state. Rain could linger into tomorrow night over the southern counties… otherwise tomorrow will be cloudy and cool with a high only in the low to mid 60s. The sky becomes partly sunny Sunday as drier air creeps into the state; the high Sunday will be in the upper 60s.
NEXT WEEK: For now the week looks pretty quiet. A cold front could squeeze out a little light rain over the Tennessee Valley Tuesday night, and noticeably cooler air rolls into the state Wednesday following the frontal passage. Temperatures will drop into the low 40s early Thursday, and some of the traditionally colder spots could reach the mid 30s over the northern half of the state with some risk of scattered light frost. The next chance of rain will likely come around Saturday April 24… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Both Auburn and Alabama will hold their annual spring scrimmage games tomorrow. The game in Tuscaloosa kicks off at 12 Noon… kickoff in Auburn is set for 1:00. Some rain is likely Saturday morning across the state, but that will be mostly gone by afternoon. Expect dry, but mostly cloudy weather in Tuscaloosa with temperatures in the 60s. Some lingering light rain is possible around kickoff in Auburn, but most of the game will be rain-free with overcast conditions. Temperatures there will also be in the 60s.
For the Magic City Classic at Legion Field in Birmingham Saturday night (Alabama State vs Alabama A&M… kickoff 6:30p CT)… the weather will be dry with a gradually clearing sky. Temperatures will fall from near 64 degrees at kickoff, into the upper 50s by the final whistle.
ON THIS DATE IN 1851: “The Lighthouse Storm” of 1851 struck New England on this date. Heavy gales and high seas pounded the coasts of New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. The storm arrived at the time of a full moon, and high tide was producing unusually high storm tides. The storm was so named because it destroyed the lighthouse at Cohasset, Massachusetts. Two assistant lighthouse keepers were killed there when the structure was swept away by the storm tide.
ON THIS DATE IN 2011: The same system that produced 45 tornadoes in Alabama on April 15, 2011 moved eastward; North Carolina was the hardest hit state. Thirty confirmed tornadoes occurred in North Carolina, the greatest one-day total for North Carolina on record. A total of 24 individuals lost their lives in North Carolina with thirteen tornadoes classified as strong (EF-3 or higher).
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