DRY AIR: Temperatures are below freezing over much of Alabama early this morning, but we expect a nice warm-up today with a high in the mid 50s. The average high for Birmingham on January 29 is 55. Tonight will be clear and cold again; we drop into the low 30 early tomorrow morning.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We start the day tomorrow with a mostly sunny sky, but clouds will increase by afternoon…. the high will be around 60 degrees. Rain moves into the state tomorrow night; models are trending a little slower, and it now looks like the main window for rain will come from about midnight tomorrow night through 12:00 noon Sunday. There won’t be any surface based instability, so no threat of severe storms, and probably very little thunder. Rain amounts for most places will be 1/2 inch or less. Clouds will linger through Sunday afternoon, and Sunday’s high will be in the 64-69 degree range.
NEXT WEEK: Much colder air drops into Alabama Monday, with a partly sunny sky the high will be only in the mid 40s. Then, the weather will be dry Tuesday and Wednesday with a warming trend; we will be close to 60 Wednesday afternoon. Rain returns late in the week, most likely Thursday night and Friday. While a few thunderstorms will be possible, for now severe storms are not expected. Still no sign of any bitterly cold Arctic air for the Deep South for the next 10 days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIE DATE IN 1921: A small but intense windstorm resulted in the “Great Olympic Blowdown” in the Pacific Northwest. Hurricane force winds, funneled along the mountains, downed vast expanses of Douglas fir trees, and the storm destroyed eight billion board feet of timber. Winds at North Head WA gusted to 113 mph. On January 31, 1921, the International News Services reported from Aberdeen, Washington, “It is reported that thousands of dollars in damage was done to buildings and storms in Aberdeen and Hoquiam. The wind velocity was estimated at from 125 to 150 miles an hour. Four steel smokestack reaching almost 200 feet into the air were the first to collapse before the terrific onslaught of the gale. The giant chimneys crashed down on dwellings crushing them like houses of cardboard.”
ON THIS DATE IN 1966: This was a bitter cold day across Alabama in which 7.2 inches of snow fell in Huntsville. The morning temperature at Huntsville was -3F…. Birmingham’s low was 2 degrees above zero. Mobile’s low that morning was 19. Temperatures the following morning would be even colder.
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