A Fine But Rather Cool Tuesday At Midday

| December 4, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

CONDITIONS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AT 12:45 PM: Skies are mainly sunny across Central Alabama on this fine but rather cool Tuesday. All of this sunshine is not winning the battle over the cooler air being pulled into the state, keeping our temperatures below normal for the early December. Temperatures are in the mid-40s to the mid-50s across the area from north to south at this point, with the warm spot being Troy at 54 degrees. The cool spot is Haleyville at 45 degrees.

WEATHER FOR THE REST OF YOUR TUESDAY: We’ll continue to have mostly sunny across Central Alabama as temperatures will remain mighty cool. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 40s to the upper 50s across the area from northwest to southeast. For tonight and through the overnight hours, skies will have a few extra clouds across the extreme northern parts of the area, while the rest of Central Alabama will be mainly clear. Overnight lows will be in the mid-20s to the lower 30s.

WEDNESDAY WILL BE BEAUTIFUL BUT VERY COOL: Temperatures will continue to run below normal for the first Wednesday of December, even with nearly maximum sunshine through the daylight hours. Afternoon highs will top out in the mid-40s to the lower 50s, which will be around 10 degrees below normal. It will be downright cold during the late night and overnight hours as temperatures will plummet into the 20s across the area underneath mainly clear skies.

CLASS 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL GAME AT JORDAN-HARE STADIUM: Central of Phenix City will be taking on Thompson down on the plains in Auburn for the AHSAA Class 7 State Championship with kickoff slated at 7:00 pm CST on Wednesday night. Skies will be clear throughout the game with temperatures at kickoff in the mid-30s and falling into the lower 30s by the end of the game. Wind chill values will be in the lower 30s as winds will be out of the northwest at 3-6 MPH.

TORNADO CONFIRMED IN PERRY COUNTY ON SATURDAY: A confirmed weak EF-0 tornado touched down at approximately 2:34 pm on Saturday near State Highway 5 just northeast of the Vaiden Field Airport in Perry County. The tornado was on the ground for a total of 0.31 miles, causing some minor structural damage and downing a few trees. The damage path was about 75 yards wide and lifted just two minutes after touchdown. You can read the full details of the Perry County Tornado on the NWS Birmingham’s Event Summary Page.

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ON THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY: 2002 – An early season winter storm brought an expansive shield of snow and ice through much of the eastern U.S., from the lower Ohio Valley, southern Appalachians and into the Northeast. Snow accumulations of 4-8 inches were common along the northern edge of the precipitation shield, while a significant accrual of glaze occurred in the Carolinas. The storm caused at least 17 fatalities, mostly from traffic accidents (CNN). In the Carolinas, electric utilities provider Duke Power characterized the ice storm as the worst in the company’s history, with 1.2 million customers or nearly half its entire customer base without power on the morning of the 5th. This surpassed electrical outages inflicted by Hurricane Hugo as it swept through the central Carolinas in September 1989.

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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