QUIET PATTERN: An upper ridge will build across Alabama and the Deep South this week, keeping the weather quiet with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Moisture levels will increase slowly over the latter half of the week, opening the door for a few isolated showers by Friday, but odds of any one spot getting wet will be only in the 10-20 percent range. Look for a high in the low 80s today, mid 80s tomorrow, and then in the 87-90 degree range by Wednesday. Expect mid to upper 80s Thursday and Friday.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We will mention some risk of widely scattered showers over the weekend, but nothing widespread or heavy. Otherwise, look for a partly sunny sky Saturday and Sunday with highs remaining in the mid to upper 80s. Chance of any one place seeing rain both days are around 20 percent, and mainly over the northern half of the state.
NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge will hold, deflecting most of the major rain producing systems north and west of Alabama. For now the week looks fairly quiet with only a few isolated showers around from time to time. Highs will be in the 86-91 degree range most of the week… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals since January 1, and the departure from average…
Birmingham 28.63″ (+6.63″)
Huntsville 28.52″ (+6.83″)
Muscle Shoals 25.74″ (+5.08″)
Tuscaloosa 25.52″ (+5.35″)
Montgomery 22.09″ (+2.42″)
Anniston 21.58″ (+0.71″)
Mobile 17.87″ (-4.75″)
Dothan 15.72″ (-4.09″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1933: An estimated F4 tornado moved through Monroe, Cumberland, and Russell Counties in Kentucky along a 60-mile path. The town of Tompkinsville, KY was the hardest hit with 18 people killed. Overall, 36 people lost their lives.
ON THIS DATE IN 1995: An F3 tornado produced $10 million in damages along its 40-mile path across central Illinois. The tornado caused significant damage in Cantrall where three homes were destroyed, 10 had significant damage, and 11 had minor damage. The roof and interior of a grade school suffered extensive damage. The tornado passed about 2 miles southeast of the new NWS Office in Lincoln, Illinois.
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