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A Cold Night Ahead

| 3:30 pm February 1, 2013

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FRIGID FRIDAY: As expected, most communities north of Birmingham are not out of the 30s this afternoon. In fact, Decatur has yet to rise above freezing; they report 32 degrees at 2:00. Birmingham is at 42 degrees with a chilly north breeze averaging 8 mph. We also note the air is very dry… the dewpoint at Haleyville at 2:00 is only 6!

Temperatures will drop quickly tonight; most places will see a low in the mid 20s early tomorrow, but the colder valleys should reach the 18-22 degree range with a clear sky and light wind.

CLOUDS RETURN TOMORROW: Clouds will increase Saturday ahead of a cold front, and we will mention the chance of a little scattered light rain late in the day and Saturday evening. Moisture will be very limited, and where rain falls the amounts should be under one-tenth of an inch. Then, we will have sunshine back in full force on Sunday. The high should be in the mid 50s both days.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry with a high between 57 and 60, then on Tuesday we will mention the chance of a few passing showers thanks to a compact disturbance moving in from the west. Rain amounts on Tuesday should be fairly light with only limited moisture. Then, Wednesday and Thursday look dry with a high at or just over 60 degrees both days.

A decent rain event still looks to unfold the following weekend (2/9-10)… see the Weather Xtreme video for the details, graphics, and maps.

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I really enjoyed seeing everybody over at Ragland today at First United Methodist Church; what a great crowd! Look for my next Weather Xtreme video here Monday morning by 7:00…. Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

Welcome to February!

| 9:30 am February 1, 2013


Photograph by Kathy Bell, owner of kbella photography.

February 2nd is Candlemas Day. It is the traditional midpoint of winter. By early February, Alabama is beginning to really feel the move toward spring. Days are lengthening and average temperatures are slowing warming as the amount of sunshine increases each day. At the beginning of the month, the average high and low for Birmingham is 55F/35F. By the end of the month, the averages are 62F and 40F. On average, the mercury drops to freezing or below on 13 nights, down slightly from the 17 in January.

Birmingham’s coldest day on record (-10F) occurred on February 13, 1899, during the mother of all U.S. cold waves. Records in Birmingham were kept at the U.S. Weather Bureau Office in Fountain Heights then. If the observation had been made at the current Airport location, the all time low would probably be -14F. The warmest February reading on record in Birmingham is 83F, recorded on three different dates in history.

February is the middle month in the wettest three month period on average in the Magic City. During our “rainy season,” we typically receive just under 16 inches of rain. On average, 4.21 inches of rain falls in Birmingham in February. 17.67 inches fell in February 1961, the wettest second month observed here. February 1968 saw only 1.20 inches of rain, the driest February ever. The 6.00 inches of rain that fell on February 7, 1903 is the daily record for the month.

Typically, it will rain on ten days in February and thunderstorms occur on two days. By these measurements, February looks a lot like January. On average, Birmingham receives a trace of snow in February. The greatest daily amount of snow observed in the city is 5 inches on February 23, 1901.

After January, which features the lowest percentage of possible sunshine at 42%, February is sunnier featuring 50% of possible sunshine on average, moving toward the sunniest month, May which features 66% of possible sunshine on average. Fog reduces visibility to ¼ mile or less on one day during the month.

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Frigid Friday

| 5:52 am February 1, 2013

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SUNNY, BUT COLD: A surge of Arctic air is moving into Alabama this morning in the wake of an Alberta Clipper. A few snow flakes fell during the pre-dawn hours over the northeast counties of the state, but there was no accumulation. We expect a good supply of sunshine today, but temperatures won’t rise much. We don’t expect to get past the low 40s along the I-20 corridor (Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston), and some folks up in the Tennessee Valley might have a tough time getting above freezing.

Tonight will feature a significant freeze; most communities around here will be in the 22-25 degrees at daybreak tomorrow, but some of the colder pockets could wind up in the upper teens.

QUICK WEEKEND CHANGES: A cold front will bring clouds into the state during the day tomorrow, and a little scattered light rain is possible late in the day into the evening hours. Needless to say, the air is very dry, so rain amounts should be light and spotty; under one tenth of an inch. Any snow with this band of precipitation should be northeast of Alabama. Then, on Sunday, sunshine returns in full force. Highs both tomorrow and Sunday will be in the mid 50s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks pretty calm. We might consider a small risk of a shower Tuesday with a weak disturbance, but amounts, if any, will be very light. We rise into the low 60s Tuesday, but highs back down slightly into the upper 50s Wednesday and Thursday. And, at the end of the week, another small risk of a shower will be needed on Friday (one week from today), but again it doesn’t look like a big deal for now.

The next decent chance of rain should come at some point over the following weekend, followed by another cold air shot. But, the pattern is progressive, so the cold air blasts won’t last long. See the Weather Xtreme video for all the maps, graphics, and details.

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I will be doing a community severe weather program today at Ragland’s First United Methodist Church in St. Clair County. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!