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A Cold Winter Day

| 3:38 pm January 2, 2013

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RAW, COLD DAY FOR NORTH ALABAMA: Our fancy computer models suggested a high in the upper 40s today; for some places in North Alabama they are barely above freezing at mid-afternoon with low clouds hanging tough. The observation station at Haleyville reports only 33 degrees at 3:00… that is 20 degrees below average for January 2.

But, to the south, the sun made a brief appearance and Montgomery and Auburn are in the low 50s.

TONIGHT: A disturbance will bring the risk of a little light rain to communities near the Gulf Coast tonight; up this way the low levels are very dry and I doubt if we have any precipitation at all. Having said that, I would not be totally surprised to hear of a touch of sleet or a flake of snow somewhere. But, it won’t be significant and most places will remain dry despite the low clouds.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: The weather on these days won’t be as cold thanks to returning sunshine. The high both days should be close to 50 degrees, with early morning lows at or below freezing.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: There will be an increase in clouds over the weekend due to an approaching short wave, but there just isn’t much moisture to work with, and I figure we won’t see anything other than a sprinkle or two Saturday night or Sunday. Afternoon temperatures both days will be near seasonal values with low to mid 50s.

NEXT WEEK: We stay dry Monday and Tuesday, the GFS continues to hint our next rain event will come Wednesday night into Thursday. Some thunder will be possible, but the lack of instability and weakening dynamics should prevent a severe weather issue.

MID-MONTH: The GFS continues to look very cold for mid-month… too early to say exactly how cold and when it gets here; see the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details. I know the snow lovers are wanting a day to make them happy, but no evidence for now through the next 15 days of a significant snow event for Alabama. But, the season is young, you know…

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Rain Is Gone; Clouds Hang Tough

| 6:01 am January 2, 2013

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CLOUDS STICK AROUND: Yesterday’s rain was a “good rain” for Alabama. A slow, all day soaker with no severe weather, no thunder, no lightning, no flooding. The kind of rain you pay good money for in the summer. Most places had between 1.00″ and 1.50″. The rain ended late last night, but the clouds are still in place this morning thanks to a southwest flow aloft over the colder air. I don’t think we see any sunshine today, and temperatures won’t get out of the 40s. But, the day will be dry.

REST OF THE WEEK: A disturbance will bring rain to the immediate Gulf Coast late tonight and early tomorrow, but that stays well to the south of here, and we expect the sun to finally make an appearance tomorrow. The day will be cool with an early morning low just below freezing, followed by a high around 50 degrees. Friday will be very similar; a good supply of sunshine with a sub-freezing low followed by a high near 50.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Not much change; the weather will feature seasonal temperatures and we don’t expect any rain. An upper trough will bring some clouds Saturday night and Sunday, but the low levels are very dry and I don’t see any reason to mention a chance of rain for now. Highs over the weekend will remain in the low to mid 50s. We will probably be a little above freezing early Sunday due to clouds, but we go back into the 20s at daybreak Monday.

NEXT WEEK: The dry, cool weather continues for the first half of the week, but the GFS hints at the next rain event coming toward the end of the week on Thursday or Friday (1/10-11).

VOODOO LAND: Global models sure look cold for the latter half of January. The kind of cold that covers the eastern half of the nation, and could easily drive us well down into the teens at some point. See the Weather Xtreme video for details. Snow lovers have a little hope around Jan 12-13 for light accumulation, but the cold is the big story.

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WEATHER: Monday of next week looks warm and humid in Miami with a mix of sun and clouds. We project a kickoff temperature in the low 70s for the Alabama/Notre Dame game, with the chance of a passing shower in the 20 to 30 percent range during the game. Very routine weather for South Florida in January.

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