Archive for December 27th, 2011
Much of Alabama received some impressive amounts of rain overnight. Much it it occurred in the middle of the night ahead of a cold front. It was a cold rain also. Most of it has shifted eastward to the Atlantic Coast this morning
Here is a sampling of the rain…far from a complete list:
0.83 West Trussville, just west of downtown
0.57 Anniston Airport
0.80 Birmingham Airport
1.13 Calera (Shelby County Airport)
0.75 Montgomery Airport
0.92 Muscle Shoals
While we are at it here is the USA extremes of temperature
* Warmest yesterday 84 at Fort Meyers
* Coldest 9 below zero this morning at Grants, New Mex.
No Weather Xtreme Video this morning due to a rather hectic morning, but I hope to have one on Wednesday morning.
Temperatures will not be changing much today as cold air advection occurs behind the cold front that moved through Alabama this morning. Rain has moved out of the state, a tad earlier than I expected with amounts for the whole rain event running around 1 to 1.5 inches in many locations. Clouds should hold tough for much of the day, though there is a possibility that we will see some sunshine by late afternoon especially across the western sections of the state.
Wednesday will be another chilly day with a low around freezing and the high reaching about 50 degrees. The good news is that the sunshine should return in full force.
At this time, it looks like we stay dry to end 2011 and begin 2012. A fairly strong trough will move across the Southeast US on New Years Day, but I think the may effect will be some briefly cloudy skies. We may have to introduce a small chance for rain, but since moisture is likely to be lacking, I’d rather stay with a dry forecast for the moment.
After a couple of chilly days, the temperatures should moderate nicely bringing us highs in the lower 60s by the end of the week. Another cool down will occur with the front on New Years Day dropping temperatures back to seasonal values with highs in the mid 50s and lows near freezing.
Voodoo country has flipped again. After three days of a fairly consistent forecast for a winter weather event around January 6th, that has now left the forecast altogether. The GFS is suggesting a trend to a colder scenario around the 12th of January with the development of a fairly deep trough over the eastern half of the country. This is consistent with the NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) which also suggests a trend to colder weather by the middle of January.
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