RADAR CHECK: There were actually two showers on radar early this morning, shortly after 5:00…
But, as I write this around 6:00 those are long gone, and hope for any additional rain is very small today, despite an upper trough passing through. We expect a mix of sun and clouds with a high near 80 degrees this afternoon.
For Birmingham, today will most likely be the 39th consecutive day without measurable rain, and since we expect no rain tomorrow through Monday, we will finish October with only a trace for the entire month. Birmingham also had no measurable rain in October 1901 and 1924.
Speaking of 1924, that was the longest dry spell on record, with 52 consecutive days without measurable rain.
TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: With no soil moisture for the sun to evaporate, afternoon temperatures will be close to record levels, with highs between 85 and 88 degrees. Sunny days, fair nights.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: A clear sky for the high school games tomorrow night with temperatures falling through the 70s.
For Saturday’s Magic City Classic in Birmingham (Alabama State vs Alabama A&M… 3p CT kickoff), the sky will be sunny with temperatures falling from near 85 degrees at kickoff, into the 70s by the fourth quarter.
Auburn is on the road this weekend; they play at Ole Miss in Oxford (6:15p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 75 at kickoff into the upper 60s by the fourth quarter.
Alabama has the weekend off.
NEXT WEEK: Still warm and dry for the first half of the week, but global models have hopped back on the idea of some chance of rain at the end of the week with an upper trough approaching. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
AT THE BEACH: A small risk of a shower today, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores through early next week; highs will be in the low 80s. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet, and Hurricane Seymore is weakening rapidly in the eastern Pacific and is no threat to land.
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I have a weather program this morning for the kids in the Tuscaloosa HeadStart program… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!
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