Some “Monster” Frost

| November 17, 2008 @ 8:41 am | 1 Reply

UPDATED AT NOON TO ADD THREE ADDITIONAL REPORTS

Not winter yet, but it seemed like it earlier this morning across Alabama. A number of communities reported a championship frost. A final list of lows from all sources:

ALABAMA
24 Cottondale, Broomtown
26 Muscadine, Cedar Bluff on Weiss Lake,
27 Scrougeout** with a “monster frost”
27 Valley Head, Hanceville, Munford, Sycamore, Remlap
28 Belle Mina, Anniston, Crossville, Coker, Concord/Hueytown
29 Moody, Roanoke/Rock Mills, Helena (Brian Peters) Russell Cave, Vinemont, Alabaster/Navajo Pines, Montgomery/Dannelly Field, Tuscaloosa
30 Decatur, Gadsden, Evergreen, Fort Payne Airport
31 Weaver, Coldwater, Pleasant Grove, Greenville, Eufaula, Coldwater, Pleasant Grove
32 Moulton, Guntersville, Russellville, Birmingham Airport, Fairhope, Meridianville, Haleyville, Noccalula Falls
33 Selma, Haleyville, Mobile, Andalusia/Opp, Florala, Muscle Shoals
34 Shelby County Airport, Ozark, Albertville, Bankhead National Forest, Cullman Airport
36 Auburn, Mobile/Brookley Field
38 Clay/Deerfoot Parkway, Dothan

TEMPERATURE INVERSIONS
We all know about those because of the very uneven terrain in parts of Alabama, Cold air, being heavier, goes to sleep in the lower valleys at night if there is little or no wind while the higher elevations fare better. This is reversed when there are brisk winds. Two examples this morning:
* 36 atop Mt. Cheaha, 10 degrees colder (28) at Anniston Airport
* 38 Clay/Deerfoot but 28 at Pinson about 5 air miles away.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
14 on Mt. Leconte this morning where there is still a 7-inch snow cover. (The 7 inches was already on the ground Sunday morning.) High yesterday 25 so little wonder that there was little or no melting.

USA EXTREMES
96 Sunday El Cajon and Santa Ana, Calif.*
12 this morning at Grand, Marias, Minn.
29 below zero at Arctic Village, Alaska

* Santa Ana is a dreaded word in Southern California when it comes to wind. The Santa Ana wind was named after that place. Strong downslope winds pouring out of the canyons. In the current fire disaster, gusts were as high as 70 mph for several days. The current fire disaster in that region now being described as the worst on record.

** Scrougeout. Wish Vic Bell would tell us again how that (little) (small) (no, TINY!) community in NE Etowah County got that name!

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