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WET START: A band of showers and storms is moving through Alabama early this morning. As I write this (around 5:30), the rain is in a broad area from Demopolis to Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden. The rain has already ended over Northwest Alabama, and the rain will end from west to east during the next few hours. Clouds will linger through the day, and we won’t get out of the 50s as cooler air slips in from the north.
The sky will clear tonight, and by daybreak tomorrow many communities over North Alabama will be very close to freezing.
TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: These three days will feature a good supply of sunshine with warmer afternoons. The high tomorrow will be near 60, followed by mid 60s Thursday and Friday. We will be well down in the 30s again early tomorrow and Thursday morning, but the low Friday morning will be closer to 40.
MILD START TO DECEMBER: The GFS is printing a high of 71 degrees Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as we begin meteorological winter. Looks like a fabulous weekend with a mix of sun and clouds both days. There will be some increase in low level moisture, but for now the chance of a shower looks so small it isn’t worth mentioning in the formal forecast. Nights will be warmer as well; the low will be in the low 50s early Saturday and Sunday morning.
NEXT WEEK: A cold front is expected to pass through Alabama Wednesday (Dec 5) with a band of showers and storms, followed by colder air Thursday and Friday (Dec 6-7). Out in the land of voodoo, the GFS shows a very cold airmass moving into the state around December 12, but we all know that can and probably will change. See the Weather Xtreme video for the graphics and details.
CONSISTENTLY COLD? I often hear people ask “When will it turn cold and stay cold?”… the answer is NEVER in Alabama! This is a low latitude state; our average high never drops below 52, and the average low never drops below 32. If you are looking for long term cold weather, you need to head north…
THIS WINTER: I also have people asking me often about the “winter outlook”. I am not a big fan of seasonal outlooks… there isn’t much skill in that, and I don’t even try. Having said that, I figure this winter won’t be as mild as last year, and not as cold and snowy as 2010-11. I guess an “average” winter might describe it meaning lots of changes, occasional shots of really cold air, and one or two decent snow or winter storm threats. We will see.
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Category: Alabama's Weather