DRY THROUGH FRIDAY: Alabama’s weather won’t change much through Friday; expect mostly sunny pleasant days and clear chilly nights. Highs will be in the 57-63 degree range, with lows in the 30s and 40s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A deep surface low will form in the Gulf of Mexico Friday, and will move northeast across the Florida Peninsula by Sunday. The heaviest rain with this feature will be south and east of Alabama, but we will mention a chance of some scattered light rain across the state Saturday night and Sunday. No risk of severe storms, and probably no thunder. Rain amounts for most of the state will be a quarter inch or less; the exception is the far southeast counties where places like Dothan could see up to one inch.
Highs over the weekend will be close to 60 degrees, with lows mostly in the 40s.
NEXT WEEK: For now the week looks dry, and seasonal temperatures will continue. Highs in the 55-65 degree range, with lows in the 30s and low 40s. And, in the longer range, global models continue to suggest mild Pacific air will flood much of the nation in the December 20-26 time frame with above average temperatures for much of the U.S. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals so far in 2023, and the departure from average… all of the major reporting stations in Alabama have a deficit.
Mobile 55.05″ (-8.47″)
Birmingham 46.41″ (-7.15″)
Montgomery 46.38″ (-1.57″)
Dothan 46.03″ (-4.78″)
Tuscaloosa 45.36″ (-4.91″)
Anniston 44.57″ (-4.69″)
Huntsville 42.58″ (-8.16″)
Muscle Shoals 38.78″ (-12.27″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1997: A freak cold snap and snowstorm struck parts of northern Mexico left 12 people dead, and the area paralyzed. It snowed in the city of Guadalajara for the first time since 1881, leaving amazed residents to gawk at the white stuff and make snowmen. The temperature plunged to 5 degrees in Chihuahua.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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