Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Forecaster: Ryan Stinnett
Saturday for the most part was a decent day of weather for the last day of January. It was a freezing start with most areas in the 20s, but under the mainly sunny sky, temps were able to climb well into the 50s. There were just a few isolated showers across North Alabama, but most of us stayed dry. We can now officially say so long January, and hello February.
SOGGY SUNDAY: The month of February will start off on a wet note. Low pressure moving east will be the culprit behind widespread showers we will experience, especially later today. Through out the day, we will see periods of rain and we will likely hear a few rumbles of thunder. The rain will persist into the overnight hours. Highs this afternoon should once again be in the upper 50s.
RAINFALL TOTALS: Looking at the latest model output for rainfall amounts, show much of Alabama will see rainfall totals up to one inch. There will likely be some places that pass the one inch mark and approach an inch and a half. For the most part, most of us will certainly see a nice soaking rain the the next 24 hours.
MESSY UP NORTH: Looking at the weather maps, it is hard not to notice all the winter storm watches and warning to the north. A wide swath of accumulating snow will extend from Nebraska to New England and this is were we are seeing these alerts. Just to the south of this area of snow, marginal temps will lead to the possibility of a transition zone of sleet and freezing rain. Cities that will be seeing the snow are Des Moines, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, New York, and Boston. Up to a foot of snow will be possible in these areas through Monday.
GROUNDHOG DAY: Tomorrow will be the day that nature’s natural forecaster will tell us if we will experience and early spring or six more weeks of winter. Now for us in Alabama, we all look to Birmingham Bill, and no I am not talking about our colleague Bill Murray, but he is pretty good at predicting the weather. Tomorrow all eyes will be on the rodents known as groundhogs of North America. For Central Alabama, no matter what Bill says, it will be feeling very much like winter. It will be a cold day, with temps in the lower 40s. Winds will be briskly blowing from the northwest at 10-20 mph making it very chilly. The sky should be clearing, and we should see a mainly sunny afternoon. Then for Monday night, the winds will subside and we will see a bitterly cold overnight with many of us in the lower to mid-20s.
CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Saturday afternoon it was 80F Edinburg & Falfurrias, TX, as well as Santa Rosa, CA. Saturday morning it was -21F at Watertown, NY.
WEATHER ON THIS DATE IN 1893: Thunder and lightning accompanied sleet and snow at Saint Louis, Missouri during the evening hours, even though the temperature was just 13 degrees above zero.
THE REST OF THE WEEK: After the cold start to the day on Tuesday, we will see plenty of sun and our temps will rebound into the lower 50s. By late Tuesday, we will see another weak wave of energy move across the Southeast. It will bring an increase in clouds and there will be the chance of rain. The models continue to show the heavier rainfall totals will be down towards the Gulf Coast. We are going to mention the chance for a cold rain Wednesday into Thursday. Another cold front swings through the state Thursday and we will see our sky clear Thursday night. Before the moisture moves out, we could see a few snow flurries flying across Central Alabama. We see the sun return for Friday in full force, but it will be another cold day with highs once again stuck in the 40s. The dry weather will stick around into the weekend, when temps should stay below seasonal averages.