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Highs Drop Into The 70s

| September 29, 2016 @ 6:21 am

VERY DRY PATTERN: Let’s start with the bad news; today will be the 11th consecutive day with no rain for Birmingham (at BHM-Shuttlesworth Airport, where the records are kept), and we see no signifiant chance of rain for the next seven to 10 days. Drought conditions will only deteriorate, and keep in mind October tends to be the driest month of the year.

REFRESHING AIRMASS: An upper low just north of Alabama will send the coolest air so far this season down into the state today. We project highs only in the mid 70s today and tomorrow with sunshine in full supply. Humidity values will be low, and we will be well down in the 50s early tomorrow morning.

THE WEEKEND: Not much change. Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. The high Saturday will be in the 77-80 degree range, followed by low 80s Sunday.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looking fantastic for Friday night’s high school games; a clear sky with temperatures falling through the 60s during the games (remember, they were falling through the 80s this past Friday night). Some stadiums will see 50s by the fourth quarter, and a light jacket will be in order.

Alabama will host Kentucky Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 73 at kickoff, into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.

Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature of 76 degrees…falling into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Still dry with mostly sunny days; highs will be in the 80s and lows in the upper 50s and low 60s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores with only isolated storms; highs will be in the 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

BARBER VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL: This event runs from Friday October 7 through Sunday October 9 at the Barber Motorsports Park. No real skill in a specific forecast this far out, but October is our driest month of the year, and for now we see nothing to suggest any significant chance of rain event on these three days. Get ticket information right here.

EYES ON MATTHEW: Tropical Storm Matthew, in the eastern Caribbean, is expected to become a hurricane within the next 24 hours. It will take a hard right turn to the north this weekend, and should be over eastern Cuba Monday night of next week.

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Odds are very high Matthew will stay well east of the Gulf of Mexico; it remains to be seen if it will move into any part of the U.S. East Coast, or stays offshore. Looks like a close call, and those from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Cape Cod will need to keep a very close eye on this next week.

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Coolest Air So Far This Fall Arrives Tonight

| September 28, 2016 @ 3:21 pm

LONG DRY SPELL: Today is the 10th consecutive day with no rain for Birmingham (and most of North/Central Alabama), and unfortunately we see no real signifiant chance of rain around here for the next seven to ten days. And, remember October is typically the driest month of the year here. Lake Purdy is very low (photo below from Edward Burch of ABC 33/40), and the Birmingham Water Works announced a stage-one drought advisory yesterday… asking customers to “use water wisely and limit unnecessary usage.”

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COOLEST AIR SO FAR THIS SEASON: It arrives tonight. Tomorrow and Friday will be delightful with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs drop into the mid 70s, with lows well down in the 50s. Cooler spots, like this morning, will hit the mid to upper 40s.

THE WEEKEND: Not much change. Lots of sunshine both days; the high Saturday will be in the upper 70s, followed by low 80s Sunday. Lows hold in the 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looking fantastic for Friday night’s high school games; a clear sky with temperatures falling through the 60s during the games (remember, they were falling through the 80s this past Friday night). Some stadiums will see 50s by the fourth quarter, and a light jacket will be in order.

Alabama will host Kentucky Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 73 at kickoff, into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.

Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature of 76 degrees…falling into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Still dry with mostly sunny days; highs will be in the 80s and lows in the upper 50s and low 60s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores with only isolated storms; highs will be in the 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

NEW TROPICAL STORM: A good chance Matthew, now in the vicinity of the Windward Islands, becomes a hurricane within the next 48 hours as it moves through the Caribbean. Just about all model guidance still suggests a sharp turn to the north this weekend, and the official NHC track does the same.

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The chance of Matthew getting into the Gulf of Mexico is not zero, but very low based on the projected upper air pattern, and looking at analogs. One interesting analog is Hurricane Hazel from 1954, which also made that sharp right turn in the Caribbean. It would go to make landfall in the Carolinas, but it remains to be seen if Matthew impacts the U.S. East Coast. But, everyone from Key West to Cape Cod will need to monitor the system closely over the next 5 to 10 days. See the Weather Xtreme video for more graphics and details.

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Midday Nowcast: You Think Today is Great, Wait Until Tomorrow

| September 28, 2016 @ 12:27 pm

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If you haven’t been outside today at all, what are you doing? There is a case of severe clear for the skies over Central Alabama at this hour. It is warm out there, but not too warm, and dewpoints are low at this point as well meaning that it feels great. Our afternoon highs in the mid to upper 80s will actually feel comfortable. But if you think that is great, wait until you walk outside tomorrow.

Of course, the only bad news is that we are not going to receive any rain in the area today, or anytime soon. The Birmingham Water Works has issued a Stage 1 Drought Advisory, and is asking customers to become water-wise after the lack of rain over the past 45 days. Low levels in Lake Purdy and higher water demand is what led to this advisory being issued.

CODE YELLOW AIR QUALITY ALERT:
Ozone levels will be high enough to raise an Air Quality “Code Yellow” Alert for the Birmingham metropolitan area today. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.

TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AT THIS HOUR:
Birmingham 82
Tuscaloosa 81
Gadsden 81
Anniston 83
Cullman 77
Alexander City 84
Auburn 84
Selma 82
Montgomery 87

NORMS AND RECS FOR TODAY IN BIRMINGHAM:
The normal high for September 28th is 81, while the normal low is 58. The record high for today was set back in 1986 at 94. The record low was set back in 1942 at 42.

TOMORROW’S FORECAST:
The sun will be out in full force on Thursday, but the reinforcing shot of cooler air will have blown in, and temperatures will be much cooler than today. Early morning lows will range throughout the 50s in Central Alabama, with a few colder pockets in the 40s. As the day progresses, temperatures area-wide will be below normal for this time of year, and will top out in the mid to upper 70s during the afternoon. Dewpoints are expected to remain low, so it will really feel like Fall out there. It will be breezy out there at times as well with winds out of the northwest averaging 10-15 MPH.

HEADED TO THE BEACH:
Just a few widely scattered storms today, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights will continue through the weekend with highs in the 80s from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

BARBER VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL: This event runs from Friday October 7 through Sunday October 9 at the Barber Motorsports Park. No real skill in a specific forecast this far out, but October is our driest month of the year, and for now we see nothing to suggest any big rain event on these three days. Get ticket information right here.

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THE TROPICS:
Tropical Storm Matthew was upgraded from “Invest 97L” a little before 10AM CDT this morning. At this time, maximum sustained winds are at 60 MPH, and movement is to the west at 21 MPH. It is forecasted to continue on its path for the next few days and strengthen into a hurricane before meeting a ridge that will force it to turn to the north on Saturday. It will be very close to Jamaica on Monday if it holds to the forecast track. Matthew doesn’t appear to be a threat to the Gulf of Mexico as of yet, but we’ll keep our eyes on it if there needs to be any change in the forecast.

ON THIS DAY IN 1988:
Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front in the central U.S. produced severe weather from northern Texas to the Lower Missouri Valley during the late afternoon and evening hours. Hail three inches in diameter was reported at Nolan TX, and wind gusts to 80 mph were reported at Lawrence KS. Thunderstorms drenched downtown Kansas City MO with up to four inches of rain, leaving some cars stranded in water six feet deep.

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Invest 97L Has Been Upgraded to Tropical Storm Matthew

| September 28, 2016 @ 10:25 am

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A little before 10AM CDT this morning, the National Hurricane Center have determined from surface observation and data taken from Hurricane Hunter aircraft that a closed circulation has formed in Invest 97L and have upgraded the wave into Tropical Storm Matthew. At the moment, maximum sustained winds are topping out at 60 MPH, and the storm is moving to the west at 21 MPH. Minimum pressure is at 1008 mb at this time.

Matthew is forecasted to continue on its current motion for the next couple of days, with slow strengthening expected. Sometime during the day on Saturday, the storm will be approaching a ridge that will sharply turn it to the north-northwest. By Monday, the center of Matthew will be approaching Jamaica, according to the forecast track by the NHC.

This storm doesn’t appear to be a threat to the Gulf of Mexico, but we’ll keep our eyes on it if there is any change in the forecast.

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A Refreshing Change

| September 28, 2016 @ 5:50 am

COOL SEPTEMBER MORNING: Check out these temperatures across North Alabama just before sunrise…

Meridianville 46
Decatur 47
Cullman 48
Scottsboro 48
Haleyville 48
Muscle Shoals 48
Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 49
Fort Payne 52
Concord 55
Coker 55

Expect a sunny sky today with a high in the 80s again this afternoon. A reinforcing shot of cool blows in here tonight, and highs will drop into the mid 70s tomorrow and Friday despite sunshine in full supply. Morning lows will be in the 50s, with 40s for colder spots.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Delightful autumn weather continues with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. The high Saturday will be in the upper 70s, followed by low 80s Sunday. Morning lows hold in the cool 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looking fantastic for Friday night’s high school games; a clear sky with temperatures falling through the 60s during the games (remember, they were falling through the 80s this past Friday night). Some stadiums will see 50s by the fourth quarter, and a light jacket will be in order.

Alabama will host Kentucky Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 73 at kickoff, into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.

Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature of 76 degrees…falling into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: It will be warmer, and dry. Lots of sun each day with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.

DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE: Yesterday The Birmingham Water Works announced a stage-one drought advisory and asked customers to “use water wisely and limit unnecessary usage.”

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Needless to say, with no rain expected over the next seven days there won’t be any improvement in the situation. And, keep in mind October is normally our driest month of the year. We note the rain deficiency for the year in Anniston is up to 11.07″.

AT THE BEACH: Just a few widely scattered storms today, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights will continue through the weekend with highs in the 80s from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

BARBER VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL: This event runs from Friday October 7 through Sunday October 9 at the Barber Motorsports Park. No real skill in a specific forecast this far out, but October is our driest month of the year, and for now we see nothing to suggest any big rain event on these three days. Get ticket information right here.

TROPICS: The wave approaching the Windward Islands (Invest 97L) is still forecast to become Tropical Storm Matthew in coming days as it moves into the Caribbean. Guidance is still suggesting this will take a hard right turn, with a movement up through the channel between Cuba and Haiti this weekend. This will keep it out of the Gulf of Mexico if it verifies, but understand until the system gets a defined low level circulation, model guidance will be subject to significant change.

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We note that there is potential for “Matthew” to become a major hurricane, so we will need to keep a close eye on it.

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Pleasant Days; Cool Nights

| September 27, 2016 @ 3:35 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, we have a few isolated showers and storms south and east of Birmingham this afternoon… they won’t last long, and most places will be dry this evening…

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Temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s, and the sky is partly sunny. Tonight will be fair and very pleasant with temperatures in the 50s early tomorrow. Then, during the day tomorrow the sky will be mostly sunny, and once again we rise into the mid 80s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A secondary surge of cool air drops into the state. We project highs only in the mid 70s both days, with lows well down in the 50s. Sunny days, clear nights.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The latest GFS is printing a low of 52 degrees for Birmingham early Saturday morning; colder spots go down in the 40s. Then, the sky will stay sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 70s Saturday, and close to 80 Sunday.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looking fantastic for Friday night’s high school games; a clear sky with temperatures falling through the 60s during the games (remember, they were falling through the 80s this past Friday night). Some stadiums will see 50s by the fourth quarter, and a light jacket will be in order.

Alabama will host Kentucky Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 73 at kickoff, into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.

Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature of 76 degrees…falling into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: We stay dry with mostly sunny days and fair nights; highs in the 80s; lows around 60. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Just a few widely scattered storms around tonight and tomorrow, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Highs in the 80s. Interesting to note there was a waterspout at Orange Beach late this morning… photo below from William Wesson…

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TROPICS: Invest 97L will move into the Caribbean tomorrow, and is expected to become Tropical Storm Matthew by the end of the week. Most tropical models turn the system northward, with a movement between Cuba and Haiti up toward the Bahamas. But, remember this system doesn’t even have a low level circulation now, and I would not trust any guidance until we get an organized cyclone for good initialization.

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There is a chance this becomes a significant hurricane, so it bears watching in coming days.

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Midday Nowcast: A Cooler Day, But Even Cooler Temperatures Are On Their Way

| September 27, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

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COLD FRONT IS STILL DRAPED ACROSS THE STATE:
Skies are currently mostly clear out there across Central Alabama, but the big difference is that the current temperatures for the most part are five to ten degrees cooler than this same time yesterday. The cold front is currently located from Mobile County up to the northwest to Etowah County, and it becomes an occluded front from there off to the east through the northern parts of Georgia.

The front is expected to move southward later today and tonight, and any rain chances will remain out ahead and along of it. It looks like the best chances for anyone receiving any showers and storms will be in the locations south of I-20 and east of I-65. The odds for any one spot in those areas will be around one in three today. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and any rain development that forms today should be completely diminished by 9PM tonight.

Areas behind the cold front will have partly to mostly clear skies and will stay dry today. Temperatures will still be warm today as the short wave that will be bringing us even cooler and drier air will not arrive until the midday hours on Thursday. Afternoon highs will be in the low to mid 80s.

CODE YELLOW AIR QUALITY ALERT:
Ozone and Particulate Matter 2.5 levels will be below criteria needed to raise an Air Quality Alert for the Birmingham metropolitan area today. No actions will be needed.

TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AT THIS HOUR:

Birmingham 77
Tuscaloosa 79
Gadsden 79
Anniston 84
Cullman 77
Alexander City 85
Auburn 82
Selma 84
Montgomery 84

NORMS AND RECS FOR TODAY IN BIRMINGHAM:
The normal high for September 27th is 81, while the normal low is 59. The record high for today was set back in 1998 at 94. The record low was set back in 1889 at 42.

TOMORROW’S FORECAST:
The day will start off nice, cool, and refreshing, with the morning temperatures in the 50s. The skies will be mostly sunny with afternoon highs in the low to mid 80s.

HEADED TO THE BEACH:
Just a few widely scattered storms around today, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Highs in the 80s See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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THE TROPICS:
“Invest 97L” is the one to watch; it is in the Atlantic, and will approach the Windward Islands tonight. A high chance this becomes Tropical Storm Matthew in coming days as it moves through the Caribbean. Just about all models suggest “Matthew” will make a hard right turn in the Caribbean, then moving northward through the channel between Cuba and Haiti; if this turn happens it won’t be a Gulf of Mexico problem. It remains to be seen if this will threaten the U.S. East Coast… way too early to anyone to know.

ON THIS DAY IN 1988:
Thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front produced large hail in southeastern Wyoming during the afternoon, with tennis ball size hail reported at Cheyenne. Strong winds ushering the cold air into the north central U.S. gusted to 59 mph at Lander WY.

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No More 90s For A While

| September 27, 2016 @ 5:55 am

COOL CHANGE: The long awaited change to cooler weather begins across Alabama today, thanks to a cold front that is passing through early this morning. We project a high today in the 81 to 85 degree range, so you won’t need a jacket or sweater for sure, but it will sure be better than the upper 90s we saw this past weekend.

We will still need to mention the risk of a few isolated showers this afternoon, mainly for areas east and south of Birmingham, but rain amounts, if any, will be light and spotty. Unfortunately prospects for beneficial rain look very small through the next ten days, and remember October is our driest month of the year (based on climatology). Here are rain deficiencies for the year for some Alabama cities…

Birmingham -4.60″
Montgomery -4.92″
Tuscaloosa -6.83″
Anniston -10.98″

TOMORROW: We begin the day with temperatures in the refreshing 50s… the sky will be mostly sunny, and the afternoon high will be in the low to mid 80s.

EVEN COOLER THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A secondary push of cool air arrives. Highs drop into the mid 70s on these two days despite sunshine in full supply. Coolest morning will come early Friday with low 50s likely; many North Alabama communities will dip into the 40s for the first time this fall season. Cool weather fans will love it.

THE WEEKEND: Fine fall weather continues with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs 75-79, lows mostly in the 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looking fantastic for Friday night’s high school games; a clear sky with temperatures falling through the 60s during the games (remember, they were falling through the 80s this past Friday night). Some stadiums will see 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama will host Kentucky Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 73 at kickoff, into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.

Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature of 76 degrees…falling into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change. Little if any chance of rain through the week with highs around 80, and lows around 60. A good supply of sun each day. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Just a few widely scattered storms around today, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Highs in the 80s; See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here..

TROPICS: “Invest 97L” is the one to watch; it is in the Atlantic, and will approach the Windward Islands tonight. A high chance this becomes Tropical Storm Matthew in coming days as it moves through the Caribbean. Just about all models suggest “Matthew” will make a hard right turn in the Caribbean, then moving northward through the channel between Cuba and Haiti; if this turn happens it won’t be a Gulf of Mexico problem. It remains to be seen if this will threaten the U.S. East Coast… way too early to anyone to know.

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WeatherBrains 558: Fat Fingers, Long Day

| September 27, 2016 @ 5:15 am

WeatherBrains Episode 558 is now online (September 26, 2016). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Joining us tonight from the Kansas Turnpike Authority are Chief Executive Officer Steve Hewitt and Eric Becker, Roadway Operations Director. They employ about 500 employees and handle roughly 236 miles of turnpike. They use a private weather firm, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, and they have been using them since 2000. Mr. Hewitt was the City Manager of Greensburg, KS, when the EF5 hit that community wiping out 95 percent of the town.

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 107 at Fullerton, CA, and 21 at Climax, CO
  • Cold front passing through Southeast US finally bringing cooler air
  • Flooding in South Central Texas
  • Astronomy Outlook with Tony Rice
  • and more!

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From The Weather Center:

WeatherBrains 101: Two tools used for visualizing the weather include radar and satellite. Sometimes these images get names when they are associated with a specific feature. Such is the case of the V-notch, a feature in radar echoes that often is associated with supercells that produce tornadoes – often, but not always.

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Aubrey Urbanowicz – Total precipitable water satellite product

The WeatherBrains crew includes your host, James Spann, plus other notable geeks like Nate Johnson, Bill Murray, Aubrey Urbanowicz, Rick Smith, Kevin Selle, and Brian Peters. They bring together a wealth of weather knowledge and experience for another fascinating netcast about weather.

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Cold Front Pushing Through North Alabama

| September 26, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

RADAR CHECK: Showers and storms have formed ahead of the front over North Alabama this afternoon… they are dropping southward.

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Some of the storms are strong; a few trees and power lines were blown down over Walker County around 2:45pm. Showers and storms will continue to move southward tonight ahead of our long awaited cold front.

TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: Cooler air finally arrives. Highs drop into the 80-85 degree range, and we will be down in the 50s early Wednesday morning. Humidity values drop as well… days will be mostly sunny with fair nights.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A secondary surge of cool air arrives; this will drop highs into the mid 70s both days. Looks like our coolest morning this week will come early Friday; the GFS model is printing a low of 52 at Birmingham… many North Alabama communities will drop into the 40s. The air remains dry, and the sky will feature a sunny sky both days.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Fine fall weather continues. Lots of sunshine Saturday and Sunday with highs between 77 and 81 degrees; lows will stay in the 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looking fantastic for Friday night’s high school games; a clear sky with temperatures falling through the 60s during the games (remember, they were falling through the 80s this past Friday night). Some stadiums will see 50s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama will host Kentucky Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 73 at kickoff, into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.

We note the high in Tuscaloosa this past Saturday was 99, and if you use maximum temperature as a metric, it was the hottest day for a University of Alabama home game on record. The top three…

Kent State Sept 24, 2016 (Tuscaloosa) 99
Southern Miss Sept 8, 1990 (Birmingham) 98
Arkansas Sept 20, 1997 (Tuscaloosa) 96

Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature of 76 degrees…falling into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: The first part of the week looks dry and pleasant; highs around 80, lows around 60. And again, unfortunately, no sign of beneficial rain through the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: A few widely scattered storms will be around tonight and tomorrow, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend. Highs mostly in the 80s… See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: “Invest 97L” should become Tropical Storm Matthew in coming days as it moves through the Windward Islands and into the Caribbean. Both primary global models (the GFS and the ECMWF) suggest Matthew will make a hard turn to the right, then moving across Hispaniola and out into the Atlantic. Please understand this tropical system hasn’t even formed, and there is little confidence in any specific solution at this phase of the game.

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I had a great time today visiting with the students at Cahawba Christian Academy in Centreville, and the 6th graders at Brookwood Forest Elementary in Mountain Brook; be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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