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