Archive for January 9th, 2017

Big Warming Trend Ahead

| January 9, 2017 @ 3:18 pm

INTO THE 40s: Temperatures are generally in the 45-49 degree across Alabama this afternoon with a good supply of sunshine. And, for a change, most places will stay above freezing tonight as a warming trend begins. However, some of the normally colder spots across Northeast Alabama will still see a low between 28 and 32 early tomorrow.

MID-WEEK: The sky will become mostly cloudy tomorrow, and a few showers are possible tomorrow night, but the best chance will be over the far northern part of the state, across the Tennessee Valley. Tomorrow’s high will be close to 60 degrees.

The sky will be cloudy at times Wednesday and Thursday, but the chance of showers around here will be pretty low as an upper ridge begins to build across the southeast U.S., keeping the really organized rain to the west and north of here. The high Wednesday will be in the upper 60s Wednesday, followed by low 70s Thursday.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: These three days look very mild, and mostly dry as the upper ridge stays in place. Highs will be in the 70-73 degree range, with lows in the 50s. While the chance of a shower is not zero, wet weather will remain mostly west and north of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: The ridge breaks down, and with the approach of a Pacific front we do expect a good chance of rain Monday and Tuesday. No sign of any true Arctic air in here for the next 10-15 days as the gates to the Yukon will be closed for us.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Perfect football weather tonight in Tampa; a clear sky with temperatures falling into the 50s during the game. No rain worries.

WORLD CLASS TENNIS RETURNS TO BIRMINGHAM:  The BJCC will host the first-round tie against Switzerland February 3rd-5th.  Single-day tickets are on sale now.  Get them while they last!   Buy tickets here.

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At Midday, It’s Time To Kick The Ice Outta Here

| January 9, 2017 @ 12:42 pm

Time For You To Go Ice
Its a mostly sunny day across much of Central Alabama at the midday hour, with only a few clouds located over the southwestern counties of the area. This sunshine, along with a change in the flow across the area, has allowed temperatures to climb above freezing for the first time in a while. The good news is that areas where ice remain, that ice should be allowed to melt off and not refreeze, as temperatures will remain above freezing for the foreseeable future.

Temperatures Across Central Alabama
At 12:15 PM, we are above freezing across all of Central Alabama! Temperatures are ranging from the lower to mid 40s in the northern parts of the area, to the mid and upper 40s for most in the southern parts of the area. The warm spot is currently Eufaula at 50 degrees. The cool spots are currently Cullman and Demopolis at 42 degrees.

Birmingham’s Climatology And Records
The normal high for January 9th is 52, while the normal low is 32. The record high for today was set back in 1949 at 77 degrees. The record low was set back in 1970 at 5 degrees.

Weather For The Remainder Of The Day
Sunny skies and quite warmer compared to the past few days. Any ice that remains across Central Alabama should be able to melt away. Afternoon highs will range from the mid 40s to just above 50 degrees across the area. It will be a mostly clear evening across Central Alabama, with the exception of a few low clouds moving in over the northwestern part of the area. Overnight lows will range from near 30 degrees to the upper 30s, with the warmer temperatures located under the cloud cover in the northwest.

Tuesday’s Forecast
Another warmer day in store for Central Alabama, but clouds will be on the increase, and a very small chance of a few showers may pop up in the northwestern and extreme northern parts of the area. Highs will be in the mid 50s to the low 60s across the area. During the evening and overnight hours, skies will be cloudy and rain chances will begin to creep southward. If any rain does fall, amounts will be small (less than 0.10 inches), and will occur north of a line from Reform to Fultondale to Piedmont. South of that should remain dry. Lows will be in the low to mid 50s.

For Those Who Are Beach Bound
A pretty nice week ahead on the beaches of Fort Morgan all the way over to Panama City Beach. Partly to mostly sunny skies expected throughout the week, with highs starting off in the upper 50s on Monday, and climbing into the 70s for the remainder of the week. Click here to see the Beach Forecast Center page.

National High & Low Temperature
The warmest high temperature for the United States on Sunday was 82 degrees, recorded at San Pasqual Valley in California. The coldest low temperature for the United States on Sunday night into early this morning was -29 degrees, recorded 1 mile north-northeast of Masardis in Maine.

On This Day In Weather History: 1973
A severe ice storm struck Atlanta GA. The storm paralyzed the city closing schools and businesses, and damage from the storm was estimated at 25 million dollars. One to four inches of ice coated northern Georgia leaving 300,000 persons without electricity for up to a week. Between 7 PM and 9 PM on the 7th, 2.27 inches (liquid content) of freezing rain, sleet and snow coated Atlanta, as the temperature hovered at 32 degrees (7th-8th).

World Class Tennis Returns To Birmingham
The BJCC will host the first-round tie against Switzerland February 3rd-5th. Single-day tickets are on sale now. Get them while they last! Buy tickets here.

Central Alabama Chapter Of The NWA
The Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association will be hosting famed engineer and storm chaser Tim Marshall. He will speak at Vulcan Museum on the evening of Tuesday, January 24th. This is an event you won’t want to miss. Look for details on the chapter’s website.

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Taking Time to Enjoy Some Good News Stories from Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends!

| January 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am

Because winter weather took center stage on Friday, our weekly edition of Good News Stories from Alabama NewsCenter was abbreviated. Be sure to take time today to enjoy some of our favorite stories from across the lovely state of Alabama!

Boxing champion Deontay Wilder announces fourth Birmingham bout

Alabama academic researchers work to power new discoveries

Crimson Tide adds coaching drama to national championship game preparations

State parks offer a winter holiday from the holidays – at a discount

Wine at Morgan Creek Vineyards makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

2016 Birmingham Bowl by the numbers

Birmingham transplant lab worker becomes donor, part of UAB’s world-record kidney chain

Southern Research influenza program searches for new drug to counter flu virus

UAB MASTERS Trial uses exercise, diabetes medicine to increase strength in seniors

Using epigenetics to help the immune system fight ovarian cancer

Take Action: Dr. Josh has three keys to help you succeed in making changes

Ring in the new year with home improvements for energy efficiency

Mercedes wins back luxury lead from BMW with Zetsche-led makeover

Ten cars Americans loved or hated in 2016

What the world’s top chefs like to eat at home

A different mile-high club with drinks and dinner

Warmer Days Ahead For Alabama

| January 9, 2017 @ 6:19 am

ICE WILL MELT AWAY: Temperatures are mostly in the 20s across Alabama early this morning, but a warming trend begins his afternoon; we project a high in the 45-49 degree range with a good supply of sunshine.

MILD DAYS AHEAD: A big upper air pattern change will evolve across the region this week; the deep upper trough that brought the frigid air will be replaced by an upper ridge. This means mild afternoons, and it will keep the heaviest and most widespread rain west and north of Alabama.

Clouds increase tomorrow, and the high will be close to 60 degrees. A few showers are possible the northern third of the state tomorrow night and Wednesday, but amounts probably won’t be too heavy. And, Wednesday will be noticeably warmer with a high in the upper 60s.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A pretty decent chance we see 70 degree warmth on these two days. Yep, this is Alabama…. it never “gets cold and stays cold” here. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, but just a small risk of a shower.

THE WEEKEND: The GFS is printing a high of 74 degrees at Birmingham Saturday… so we can promise no icy travel this weekend. Cloudy periods both days, but only a small risk of a shower. Sunday will be mild as well with a high around 70 degrees. The upper ridge will continue to hold most of the rain west and north of our state.

NEXT WEEK: The ridge breaks down, and should allow a more widespread rain event in here by Tuesday (January 17). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details. No sign of any winter weather mischief for the state for the next 10-15 days.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Perfect football weather tonight in Tampa for the big game between Bama and Clemson. A clear sky, the temperature will fall from 60 degrees at kickoff into the mid 50s during the second half.

WORLD CLASS TENNIS RETURNS TO BIRMINGHAM: The BJCC will host the first-round tie against Switzerland February 3rd-5th. Single-day tickets are on sale now. Get them while they last! Buy tickets here.

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