Archive for January 10th, 2017

A Few Showers; Warming Trend Continues

| January 10, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

CLOUDS INCREASING: Expect a mostly cloudy sky across North/Central Alabama through tomorrow, and we will mention the chance of a few showers, but the most widespread rain will be to the north, closer to the Tennessee border near a surface front that is stalling out. Temperatures will hold in the 50s tonight, and we will rise into the upper 60s tomorrow afternoon as the warming trend continues.

A good chance we touch 70 degrees Thursday afternoon, and as an upper ridge begins to build the chance of a shower will be pretty small, although clouds will linger much of the state.

MILD WEEKEND: Friday through Sunday we project highs in the 70-74 degree range with a mix of sun and clouds each day. The upper ridge will keep the rain west and north of the state over the weekend; it will be a very nice preview of spring.

NEXT WEEK: The ridge weakens a bit, allowing a storm system to bring rain back to the state on Tuesday; the latest GFS is a little weaker with the system, suggesting rain amounts under 1/2 inch and no risk of severe storms. Relatively mild weather will continue through the rest of the week; see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

35 YEARS AGO: On January 10, 1982, the low in Birmingham was 2 degrees… it would drop to 1 below zero the following day. Then, in coming days, Birmingham would experience one of its worst ice storms of the twentieth century as freezing rain and sleet swept into Central Alabama about midday on January 12, 1982. Morning forecasts had called for a winter storm watch for occasional sleet and freezing rain that would arrive by sundown. By mid-morning, as freezing rain and sleet across South Alabama was spreading rapidly north, the watch was changed to a winter storm warning.

The snow arrived about 8 hours earlier than anticipated in the Birmingham area and quickly changed over to a mix of freezing rain and sleet that turned roads in skating rinks. Thousands of motorists had to abandon their vehicles on roads and hike home or spend the night in shelters. Brookwood Village mall became a huge shelter. So many wrecks occurred that the Birmingham Police Department could not answer the calls for accident investigation. As temperatures hovered near the freezing mark through the night, freezing rain created a thick coating on all exposed objects. Trees snapped, pulling down power lines and putting as many as 750,000 Alabamians in the dark. A state of emergency was declared in Alabama and National Guard Armories were opened to serve as shelters.

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At The Midday Hour, Clouds Are Moving In & So Are Rain Chances

| January 10, 2017 @ 11:53 am

Clouds Moving In, And So Are The Rain Chances
Clouds have moved in over most of the north and western parts of Central Alabama at 11:40 AM, but radar is free of any shower activity at this point. Clouds will continue to build throughout the area for the remainder of the afternoon hours, and there is a very small risk for a shower or two in the extreme northern parts of Central Alabama, especially north of a line from Reform to Warrior to Cedar Bluff. It will be rather breezy out there as well, with southerly winds averaging around 15 MPH, with gusts as high as 25 MPH. Highs will make it into the mid 50s to the lower 60s across the area.

Rain chances will increase for the northern half of Central Alabama for the evening and overnight hours tonight. Lows will not fall much at all from the daytime highs, with lower to mid 50s expected throughout the area. The risk of showers stretches as far south as a line from Geiger to Jemison to Wedowee, but the higher risks will remain in the northern parts of the area. Rain totals will be 0.25 inches or less from now to midnight.

Temperatures Across Central Alabama
At 11:23 AM, temperatures are ranging from the upper 40s in the northern parts of the area, to the lower 60s in the southern parts of the area. The warm spot is currently Montgomery at 61 degrees. The cool spot is Haleyville at 48 degrees.

Birmingham’s Climatology And Records
The normal high for January 10th is 52, while the normal low is 32. The record high for today was set back in 1949 at 81 degrees. The record low was set back in 1982 at 2 degrees.

More Clouds With A Risk Of Showers For Wednesday
Wednesday will be another cloudy day across Central Alabama, with a risk of showers for most of the area north of a line from Selma to Clanton to Wedowee. It will be a warmer day, with highs reaching the upper 60s to the mid 70s across the area. Cloudy skies will continue into the evening and overnight hours, along with a small risk of showers for the northern parts of Central Alabama, especially north of the I-20 and I-20/59 corridors. Overnight lows will range throughout the 50s for the area. Rain totals for the entire day will be light, less than 0.25 inches.

For Those Who Are Beach Bound
A small risk for showers for today and Wednesday, with mostly clear skies through the rest of the week and weekend. Highs will be near 70 degrees today, with 70s expected for the remainder of the week and weekend. Click here to see the Beach Forecast Center page.

National High & Low Temperature
The warmest high temperature for the United States on Monday was 86 degrees, recorded at Fort Stockton in Texas. The coldest low temperature for the United States on Monday night into early this morning was -16 degrees, recorded at Lewistown in Montana.

On This Day In Weather History: 1975
The “Storm of the Century” hit Minnesota. A severe blizzard moved northward across the state producing up to two feet of snow. High winds drove wind chill readings to 80 degrees below zero; and at Duluth, the barometric pressure dipped to 28.55 inches. The storm, which claimed 35 lives, occurred on the 102nd anniversary of the infamous “Pioneer Blizzard” in Minnesota.

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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A Few Showers Tonight/Tomorrow

| January 10, 2017 @ 6:15 am

WARMER DAYS AHEAD: Alabama continues to dig out of the deep freeze; most communities are well above freezing this morning with temperatures in the 40s and a good south breeze. Clouds will increase today, south winds will average 10-20 mph, gusting higher at times, and the high will be close to 60 degrees this afternoon as the warming trend continues.

We will mention a chance of showers across the northern third of Alabama tonight and tomorrow as a cold front approaches, but the main dynamic support will be lifting well to the north, and rain amounts should be fairly light. The warm-up continues; expect a high in the upper 60s tomorrow.

THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The front will hang up north of Alabama and stall out, and as an upper ridge builds across the Southeast U.S. the weather looks spring-like on these four days. Highs rising into the low 70s each afternoon with very little chance of rain. Days will feature a mix of sun and clouds; nights mostly fair.

NEXT WEEK: The ridge breaks down, and we will forecast rain to return to Alabama Monday night and Tuesday; for now severe storms are not expected, and rain amounts should be in the 1/2 to 1″ range. No sign of any true Arctic air returning to Alabama for the next 10 days.

LONG RANGE: The CFS (Climate Forecast System) model does hint at much colder air returning to the Deep South toward the end of January…

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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