Archive for October 27th, 2011
The horrible EF-4 moved through Tuscaloosa at this hour.
No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today…. I am in Tuscaloosa getting set for special coverage of the April 27 tornado event after six months. No real change in the forecast… wet and much colder tomorrow, followed by a beautiful fall weekend. Watch the morning Weather Xtreme video on the right side of the blog.
The first afternoon tornado six months ago today was in Cullman…
That was a big snowstorm yesterday in parts of the Rocky Mountain Region, especially Colorado. Here are some interesting numbers:
* 13 inches, Black Hawk, Gilpin County
* 13 inches near Jefferson and Evergreen
* 20 inches (19.8 to be exact) west of Jamestown, Boulder County
*18 inches Copper Mountain, Summit County
* 13 inches Greeley, Weld County
* 8 inches south of Fort Collins, Larimer County. Significant tree damage, 30-foot Chinese Elm tree, split down the middle
*16 inches near Jamestown, Boulder County
* 5 inches Cheyenne
* 14 was the low temperature at Denver International Airport
USA TEMPERATURE EXTREMES
…93 yesterday at Laredo, Tex.
…7 below zero this morning at Laramie, Wyo.*
* Another report was 15 below at Laramie so not sure which one is correct.
* 18 inches near Jmestown
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CLOUDS INCREASING: Clouds should move into Alabama today ahead of a cold front that is over West Tennessee. While a shower is possible late this afternoon, the best chance of rain will hold off until tonight and tomorrow in the colder air behind the front. The NAM has become a little more aggressive with rain here, showing 0.38″ for Birmingham. The GFS is now even wetter with 0.46″, so we will bump up the QPF forecast a bit.
Tomorrow will be a raw, cold, and wet day with temperatures holding in the 50s along with periods of rain. Still looks like the rain will be mostly over by the time the high school football games begin tomorrow night, although some lingering drizzle is not totally out of the question over East Alabama.
BRIGHTER WEEKEND: Still looks delightful this weekend, with sunny cool days and clear cold nights. Highs will be in the 60s with lows in the 30s; frost is likely early Sunday, with a freeze for the colder valleys of North and Central Alabama.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Only a small risk of some light rain tonight for the high school games across Alabama, with temperatures falling from the upper 60s at kickoff into the upper 50s by the fourth quarter. For tomorrow night, the weather should be cold and dry for most stadiums, although a little light drizzle is possible over the eastern half of the state. The kickoff temperature will be near 53 degrees, falling into the mid 40s by the final whistle.
On Saturday Auburn hosts Ole Miss at 6:00 p.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The sky will be clear, with temperatures falling from near 60 at kickoff into the upper 40s by the final whistle. UAB is on the road; they play Marshall University at Huntingdon, West Virginia Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. CDT. The sky will be sunny, with temperatures rising from near 50 at kickoff into the mid 50s by the fourth quarter.
NEXT WEEK: The weather looks pretty quiet with only a slow warming trend. The idea of a significant storm system toward the end of the week is off the table for now as the GFS shows a pretty benign pattern continuing. See the Weather Xtreme video for more long range details.
RINA: The hurricane is struggling now over the Northwest Caribbean due to stronger winds aloft and dry air near the system. Looks like it will be a tropical storm as it passes over Cozumel and Cancun over the next 48 hours. The system should turn back to the south this weekend as the cold air approaches from the north, and it is no threat to Alabama or the Gulf Coast.
SIX MONTHS AGO TODAY: We all lived through history on April 27, 2011. A total of 63 tornadoes touched down in Alabama that day, killing 250 people and injuring countless others. The combined track lengths added up over 1,100 miles, meaning many of the twisters were the particularly violent, long track variety. Some of the hardest hit places were Hackleburg, which was blown away by an EF-5 tornado, Tuscaloosa, Concord, Pleasant Grove, Sawyerville, Pratt City, Shoal Creek Valley, Ohatchee, and Cullman. This sentinel weather event has produced a humanitarian crisis that continues today, and will for some time to come with so many still homeless and displaced. ABC 33/40 will produce special live newscasts all day today and tonight from some of the hardest hit areas, and I will share my thoughts of the day with a long interview that will be aired in segments on newscasts at 4, 5, and 6:00 p.m. Let’s remember that those families that lost loved ones will be going through the holidays soon, a time that promises to be very difficult. Your thoughts, prayers, and support is needed and appreciated.
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I am looking forward to speaking at the Tuscaloosa Exchange Club today… then I will be live in Tuscaloosa for ABC 33/40 News at 4, 5, and 6. Not sure if I will be able to produce a Weather Xtreme video on the road, but one way or another we will have a full discussion by mid-afternoon. Enjoy the day…