Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast

Tuesday afternoon morning, March 20, 2018
Forecaster: Ryan Stinnett

HELLO SPRING: The spring severe weather season made its presence known last night across North and Central Alabama, today the vernal equinox occurred at 11:15 AM CDT, meaning we are officially into the new season. As we start the new season, it will be a bit on the cooler side with temperatures below normal the next several days.

Outside today, it is mostly cloudy, breezy, and cooler with scattered light rain at times as we get wrap-around moisture on the back side of the departing low pressure. A wind advisory is in effect until 7PM as winds could gust to 35 mph. Temperatures are hovering in the 50s, while some communities north of Birmingham are holding into the 40s. The sky will gradually clear tonight, and by daybreak tomorrow we drop into the mid 30s. Colder spots could be close to freezing, but we don’t expect much frost due to a north wind that will continue overnight.

ACROSS THE USA: Heavy rain along the west coast, especially, in Southern California will bring a threat of mud and debris flows from burn scars. Severe thunderstorms with potential for damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes may occur across the Florida Peninsula and portions of the Southeast. Another Nor’easter will bring snow and gusty winds to the Middle Atlantic and Northeast.

CALM, COOL PATTERN REST OF WEEK: Tomorrow will be sunny and cool with a high in the 50s, and we have the risk of another late season freeze early Thursday with lows in the upper 20s and low 30s for most places across North/Central Alabama. The wind will be near calm, and widespread frost is likely as well. Then, during the day Thursday, the sky will remain sunny with a high in the low 60s. Moisture levels will rise a bit Friday, but for now we will leave the forecast dry; the day will be partly sunny with a high in the 60s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND & BEYOND: The weekend looks generally dry, but a few showers are possible over the northern quarter of the state Saturday night and Sunday. With a mix of sun and clouds, we project a high in the 70s both days. A surface front will bring a chance of showers early in the week, mostly on Tuesday, but for now we don’t expect any severe weather problems. The latter half of the week looks dry and mild for now.

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WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 109.2F at Birni-N’Konni, Niger. The lowest observation was -85.4F at Vostok, Antarctica.     

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: The highest observation was 96F at McAllen, TX. The lowest observation was -15F at Saranac Lake, NY.
WEATHER ON THIS DATE IN 2005: An F1 tornado hits South San Francisco. Trees are uprooted. At least twenty homes and twenty businesses are damaged, including the city’s new fire station.