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Archive for October 5th, 2012

Cooler Air Blows In Tomorrow Night

| 3:33 pm October 5, 2012

**No Weather Xtreme video this afternoon; I am live at Boo at the Zoo!**

The afternoon discussion today is courtesy of J.B. Elliott….

THE ALABAMA STORY: It is another story of a bright blue sky today with humidity that is not bad at all and temperatures that are fairly comfortable. We are going to see a whole lot more on the thermometer that will be welcomed and not much chance of any significant showers and thunderstorms for the next several days. That does not mean that there will not be any. We have introduced just a few showers Saturday afternoon and possibly a thunderstorm Saturday night. A few of those showers will linger into Sunday morning. After that we expect dry pleasant weather until a few thunderstorms may show up next Tuesday.

A LOOK AT THE WEATHER MAPS: It has been very cold in the Upper Midwest lately and a lot of snow considering it is so early in the season. Cool air from that region continues to push southward. A stalled front was near Louisville and Tulsa this morning. By Saturday morning, that front will be pressing close to Birmingham and by Saturday evening all the way down to Mobile and by Sunday it should be all the way down into North and Central Florida with a big high-pressure system over the center of the country. All of this means that more cool air will flow into Alabama from the northwest. Indeed, by next Thursday still another front will move through.

SPORTS WEATHER: For Saturday’s Fred’s 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway, it will be mostly cloudy with a few showers during the race. The chance is about 20-30 percent, so rain should not be a major issue. Temperatures will be in the 70s. Some light rain or drizzle may linger during the morning Sunday, but it should be over by the time the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 begins. Great weather tonight for high school football in almost all sections of Alabama. It will be mostly clear with temperatures in the 70s at kickoff and the 60s by the second half. At 11:00 tomorrow morning, the kickoff in Auburn between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Auburn, clouds will increase during the game and there is just a slight chance of a shower by the fourth quarter. There is a pretty good chance the entire game will be dry despite some cloudiness. It should be about 73 degrees at kickoff and 75 at the end of the game.

ON THE BACKYARD THERMOMETER: Look for some chilly temperatures over the next several days. By Sunday we expect a high of only 63 and 67 on Monday. Even from next Tuesday through Thursday highs will only be in the 70s with a lot of sunshine and lower humidity. It looks like Monday morning still shapes up to be our coolest morning with lows generally 40 to 43 here in Central Alabama, but some 30s in the Northeast Alabama valleys, which are always cooler.

USA NOTES: An unusual start to some significant snow over the Upper Midwest. In the next 24 hours, more snow is forecast from Montana, Northern Minnesota, Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and heavy snow in parts of Wyoming. The State of Alaska is already over half covered by snow. Temperature extremes in the lower 48 states in the last 24 hours included 107 Thursday at Bullhead City, Arizona and a low this morning of 11 in Stanley, Idaho.

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Much Cooler By Sunday

| 6:04 am October 5, 2012

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COOLER AIR GETS CLOSER: The leading edge of the coolest air so far this season is from near Cleveland to Tulsa to Dallas this morning. Around here we expect another pleasant day with ample sunshine and a high in the low 80s.

OUR WEEKEND: The front is expected to pass through this part of Alabama tomorrow evening. We will mention a chance of scattered showers along the front, generally in the 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. time frame. Moisture will be limited, and so the rain won’t be heavy, but a few places could very well get wet. The sky should become mostly cloudy during the day, with a high in the mid 70s.

Cool air flows into the state Sunday. It now looks like we will have low clouds to start the day as the cold air advection process begins, and the NAM and other mesoscale models are even hinting at the chance of a little light rain or drizzle, and we will amend the forecast to include this possibility. We will be optimistic and indicate clearing by afternoon, but if the clouds stick around all day we won’t get out of the 50s. Factor in a stiff north breeze and it will be a chilly day for October.

NEXT WEEK: The sky should go totally clear by Sunday night, and we still project a low in the 37-44 degree range by early Monday morning. The weather looks great through Wednesday with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights.

The 00Z GFS hints that a surface front will enter North Alabama and become nearly stationary Wednesday night, and this could set up a chance of showers Thursday and Friday; first time we have seen this look so confidence in the forecast toward the end of next week is not very high. See the Weather Xtreme video for details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Great weather for the high school games tonight. The sky will be mostly clear, with temperatures falling from the 70s at kickoff into the 60s by the second half.

Tomorrow Auburn will host the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium; the kickoff comes a little after 11:00 a.m. The sky will become mostly cloudy during the game, and we will mention just a slight chance of a shower by the fourth quarter. A pretty decent chance the entire game will be dry despite the clouds; the kickoff temperature will be near 73 degrees, rising to near 75 by the final whistle.

UAB will host Southeast Louisiana at Legion Field (2:00 kickoff). The sky will be mostly cloudy, and a brief passing shower is possible during the game. Temperatures will be in the mid 70s at kickoff, falling into the 60s by the fourth quarter. Identical weather conditions can be expected for Samford’s home game tomorrow against The Citadel.

RACE WEEKEND: For tomorrow’s Fred’s 250 at the Talladega Superspeedway, the sky will be mostly cloudy, and a passing shower is possible during the race. The chance of a shower at the track is in the 20-30 percent category, so rain won’t be a big issue, but just keep in mind a few raindrops are not out of the question. Temperatures will be in the 70s.

On Sunday, the day will begin cloudy and cool at Talladega with a chance of some light rain or drizzle during the morning. That should be over by the time the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 begins. We expect gradual clearing during the race with a cool breeze and temperatures peaking around 60 degrees. Many will need a light jacket.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Oscar in the Atlantic is not doing well; the system should dissipate today far from land, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

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