CALM, DRY WEATHER: Alabama’s weather won’t change much through the weekend. Expect mostly sunny warm days and fair pleasant nights with afternoon temperatures above average. Highs will be in the 78-83 degree range through Friday, and in the low to mid 80s Saturday and Sunday. Lows will be mostly in the 60s.
With the lack of rain, drought conditions will continue to intensify. Due to low relative humidity values/dry air in place as well as the dry soil, fires will be able to start easily today. Dispose of cigarettes properly, avoid leaving fires unattended, avoid dragging chains, and don’t do any outdoor burning.
NEXT WEEK: A cold front will bring a chance of some light rain and colder air into the Deep South. Some rain is possible at times Tuesday through Thursday as the front stalls out near the coast, but it looks like amounts will be light (generally under one-half inch). Highs drop into the 50s and 60s through mid-week, with lows in the 40s. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Tammy remains a hurricane this morning with 75 mph winds. It is about 600 miles south/southeast of Bermuda, and is moving to the northeast at 9 mph. Tammy is expected to become post-tropical Thursday, and the latest NHC track has the circulation center near Bermuda over the weekend.
Short lived Tropical Depression 21 developed late yesterday over the Southwest Caribbean; it is now inland over Nicaragua. It will become a remnant low today, and will continue to head westward toward the eastern Pacific.
The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: The sky will be clear for the high school games across Alabama Friday night with temperatures falling from the mid 70s at kickoff into the upper 60s by the quarter.
For Saturday’s Magic City Classic in Birmingham (Alabama State vs Alabama A&M, 2:30p CT kickoff at Legion Field)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures in the low to mid 80s. It will be a warm October afternoon.
Auburn hosts Mississippi State (2:30p CT kickoff) at Jordan Hare Stadium… dry and warm weather is the story with temperatures in the 81-84 degree for most of the game. The sky will be mostly sunny.
ON THIS DATE IN 2005: After passing northwest of the Florida Keys, Hurricane Wilma struck southwestern Florida near Cape Romano on October 24, 2005 with winds of 120 mph. Wilma rapidly crossed the state and weakened, emerging into the Atlantic Ocean near Jupiter. Before the Florida landfall, at one point Wilma was a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of 185 mph. After Wilma, no major hurricane made landfall in the contiguous United States until Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas on August 26, 2017, ending a record period of 11 years and 10 months.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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