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Archive for December 13th, 2012

Another Cold Night Ahead

| 3:30 pm December 13, 2012

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DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON: After a morning featuring temperatures as cold as 17 degrees in Alabama, the dry air has warmed very nicely this afternoon; most places are reporting temperatures in the 55-62 degree range with sunshine in full supply. But, temperatures will drop quickly tonight, and most places will see another freeze early tomorrow.

But, the warm-up continues tomorrow afternoon as we reach the low 60s with a sunny sky.

SHOWERS RETURN THIS WEEKEND: Not much change in the overall thinking for the weekend. The day Saturday should be generally dry with a high in the mid 60s, but clouds should increase, especially late in the day. Then, periods of rain are likely Sunday and Sunday night statewide, with rain amounts around one inch likely. Some thunder is possible Sunday evening, but severe weather is not expected. The rain should end very early Monday, possibly during the pre-dawn hours.

NEXT WEEK: We might see a touch of sunshine Monday afternoon, and the weather will stay relatively pleasant with a high in the 60s. But, on Tuesday, a deep upper trough will swing through. Dynamic cooling with this feature will push temperatures downward, and we might see a little light rain or drizzle. We could very well have a hard time getting out of the 40s if the ECMWF verifies. A snow flake or two is possible to the north over East Tennessee, but for now it doesn’t look like a big deal there.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high in the low 60s. Another approaching front could bring a few showers toward the end of the week, Thursday night or Friday.

CHRISTMAS WEATHER IDEAS: The GFS is very persistent with the idea of dry and cold weather in the December 23-25 time frame; see the Weather Xtreme video for a day by day look at weather around the big day.

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Showers Return This Weekend

| 6:21 am December 13, 2012

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SLOW WARM-UP: Most Alabama communities are or below freezing this morning; Vic Bell at Black Creek (northeast of Gadsden) reports 25 degrees at 5:00… Russellville is the coldest place I can find… they have 21. We warm up into the upper 50s today with sunshine in full supply. Tomorrow will be another sunny day with a high in the low 60s.

RAIN RETURNS OVER THE WEEKEND: Finally getting better computer model clarity, and forecast confidence is accordingly higher. Most of the day Saturday should be dry and pleasant. Partly sunny Saturday with a high in the mid 60s with clouds thickening during the afternoon. The bulk of the rain should come Sunday into Sunday night with a cold front slowly approaching from the northwest. Both the GFS and the ECMWF are showing better dynamic support, and there might even be a few thunderstorms involved Sunday night. And, rain amounts are higher, with most places possible seeing at least one inch of rain before it all ends early Monday.

NEXT WEEK: The rain should end very early Monday morning, possibly during the pre-dawn hours, and most of the day Monday looks dry. Maybe even a few intervals of sunshine. The air won’t be much cooler; we should see a high near 60 degrees Monday.

Then on Tuesday, a deep upper trough passes overhead. Not much moisture to work with, but there could be a little light rain or a few sprinkles. Not sure we can get out of the 40s Tuesday thanks to dynamic cooling, and the ECMWF reflects this well. To the north, a few snow flakes are possible Tuesday over East Tennessee and Kentucky, but it probably won’t amount to much with only limited moisture.

The sky becomes mostly sunny Wednesday, with a high near 60 degrees.

CHRISTMAS WEATHER THOUGHTS: The GFS continues to suggest that our weather will be dry and cold on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day… but keep in mind this is 11-12 days out, and we all know this could change. But, there has been good consistency in the overall idea. Take some time and watch the Weather Xtreme video for a day by day walk through with maps and graphics.

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