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Cooler Tomorrow; Rain Returns Thursday

| 3:29 pm April 1, 2013

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FINE APRIL 1: Doesn’t get much better… tons o’ sun; temperatures in the low to mid 70s, and low humidity. Not many folks complaining about the weather on this April Fool’s Day.

A cold front will pass through the state in dry fashion tonight… and that will drop highs down into the mid 60s tomorrow with a partly sunny sky.

LAST FROST? Many of you are wanting to get some flowers in the ground with these warmer temperatures. Looks like we will have more two mornings with potential for a little frost this season, but mainly over the colder pockets of Northeast Alabama. Early Wednesday morning, temperatures will drop into the 35-40 degree range… and early Saturday morning a few spots could see upper 30s. But, the chance of a widespread freeze/frost situation is over for a large percentage of Alabama.

Clouds will begin to increase Wednesday ahead of a low forming over the Northwest Gulf of Mexico. Rain will arrive late Wednesday night, most likely after midnight.

THURSDAY SOAKER: Thursday still looks like a wash-out, with a cool, soaking rain most of the day. Rain amounts of at least one inch are likely, and some spots could see totals nearing two inches, especially over South Alabama. No severe weather threat with the surface low to the south, and no instability as temperatures won’t get out of the 50s.

The rain will end very early Friday, with some clearing possible by Friday afternoon. Our weather stays cool Friday, and we could hold in the 50s all day unless the sun breaks out early.

WONDERFUL WEEKEND: The weekend ahead still looks fantastic… sunny mild days, clear cool nights. Highs will be in the mid 70s Saturday and Sunday. The low early Saturday will be in the 40s, with low 50s early Sunday. Doesn’t get much better.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like our warmest week so far this season, with potential for 80 degree warmth. A mid-week storm system could bring a chance of strong to severe storms to Alabama and the Deep South, but it is way too early to be specific. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details…

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I had a great time today seeing the kids at Evangel Classical School in Alabaster, and Calera Elementary… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 and 6:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

A Cruel April Fools Joke in 1974

| 6:00 am April 1, 2013

On Monday, April 1, 1974, Mother Nature played a cruel April Fools joke on Alabama.

That morning, a warm and humid airmass was in place across the state.  At 6 a.m., the temperature at Birmingham was 66F with a dewpoint of 64F.  At the surface, a low pressure system was centered over northeastern Missouri.  A cold front trailed southwestward to just east of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  In the mid-levels of the atmosphere, at 500 millibars, or about 18,000 feet, a trough of low pressure was swinging through the Plains states.

It would be a warm day with temperatures in the 80s.  The high at Birmingham was a balmy 86F.  It was 87F in Montgomery.   The stage was set for thunderstorms in the warm sector of the low over Alabama and the Deep South.  I remember the night clearly.  I was 12 years old and very anxious about tornadoes.  I am not quite sure what made me that way, but the chance of severe weather always meant a worrisome night.

The Billy Graham Crusade was on television.  I remember keeping the window open to listen for the sound of thunder or something worse.  A strong southerly windy made the curtains blow in the breeze.

The evening passed with tornado watches and warnings.  A couple of tornadoes skipped across the state.  One was uncomfortably close to home in Blount County.  It moved along an 18 miles path from Hayden to Locust Fork to Oneonta.  Three houses and 13 mobiles were destroyed.  Most of the damage was at a mobile home park on Highway 79 near Oneonta.  Eleven people were injured.

But the most newsworthy tornado of the evening occurred around 9 p.m.  It touched down in the Sherwood and Research Park sections of western and northwestern Huntsville. One man died in a mobile home north of Huntsville.   But the damage would be nothing compared to what would follow two days later.

Dry And Mild Today; Big Soaker Thursday

| 5:55 am April 1, 2013

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MILD AFTERNOON: We project a high in the low to mid 70s across the great state of Alabama today with a pretty good supply of sunshine… a great way to start the month of April. There is a touch of dense fog in spots, but that will burn off soon.

A cold front will pass through tonight; it will bring some clouds, but no rain is expected. Then, tomorrow, the high will drop about ten degrees, as we will peak in the mid 60s in the wake of the front. We will forecast a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow as the weather stays dry.

WEDNESDAY MORNING: Fear of a late season frost has greatly lessened early Wednesday. Clouds will be moving into the state, and most places will see a low in the 40s. However, colder valleys across the far northeast tip of Alabama might make a run at the mid 30s with a touch of frost possible.

The sky will be mostly cloudy Wednesday as a storm builds strength over the western Gulf of Mexico; the high will be in the low to mid 60s. Rain will likely move into Alabama Wednesday night.

THURSDAY SOAKER: A deep surface low is expected to pass just south of Mobile, and a cool, soaking rain is likely Thursday statewide. No severe weather with the low to the south, and probably very little thunder. Just a big rain event with temperatures holding in the 50s much of the day. Rain amounts of one to two inches are likely around here before the rain tapers off Thursday night.

Any lingering showers will end Friday morning, and the clearing process should begin by Friday afternoon.

DELIGHTFUL WEEKEND: The weekend looks just about perfect. Sunny mild days, clear cool nights. Early Saturday morning will be in the 40s, but we rise quickly, with a high in the mid 70s Saturday afternoon. Sunday will be mostly sunny, and the GFS is printing a high of 77 for Birmingham.

TIME TO PLANT: Let’s look at the 12Z model set later this morning, but I am just about ready to declare no more frost/freeze threats for this season for most of Alabama. Look for a green light this afternoon for growers. No sign of any cold air shots through mid-April on models, and late season frost/freeze threats are extremely rare here past April 10. See the Weather Xtreme video for more long range ideas, along with the maps and graphics.

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I have weather programs today at Evangel Classical School in Alabaster, and at Calera Elementary School. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon; enjoy the day!