Dry Through The Weekend

| March 6, 2013 @ 5:44 am

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BLUSTERY MARCH DAY: Windy and chilly weather is the story for Alabama today. I don’t think we can get out of the 40s, and a brisk north wind of 15-30 mph will make it feel colder. A good chance the clouds linger today over the northeast counties of the state, but for most of Alabama the sky will be partly to mostly sunny as dry air takes over.

We drop below freezing early tomorrow; most places will see a low in the upper 20s.

REST OF THE WEEK: A warming trend kicks in tomorrow afternoon as we rise into the upper 50s. That trend continues through the weekend; we reach the mid 60s Friday, upper 60s Saturday, and low 70s Sunday. The sky will be sunny each day, although scattered clouds will begin to show up Sunday along with a gusty south wind ahead of a storm system west of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS and the ECMWF are in good agreement; showers and storms will return to our state Monday. For now the GFS shows no surface based instability over North Alabama, and with a positive tilt upper trough the risk of severe weather looks low. Drier air returns for the middle of next week with seasonal temperatures; highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the details, maps, and graphics.

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RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s rain total for the year is 14.83?; the surplus for the year is 4.60?. Tuscaloosa is drier; they have a deficiency of 0.44? since January 1. Anniston has a surplus of 3.71?.

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