Showers Ending; Long Dry Spell Ahead

| March 15, 2019 @ 5:43 am

CALMER DAY: We still have a few lingering showers across North/Central Alabama early this morning; those will end over the next few hours, and by afternoon rain will be confined to the southern half of the state. The sky becomes partly sunny, and today will be cooler with a high in the 60-65 degree range.

THE WEEKEND: Dry weather is the story; look for a good supply of sunshine both days with afternoon highs close to 60 tomorrow, followed by low to mid 60s Sunday. Mornings will be cold with lows generally in the 30s over the northern half of the state; some frost is likely early Sunday when the wind will be near calm, and colder spots will see a freeze.

NEXT WEEK: An unusually dry pattern for March sets up across the Deep South. We see no significant chance of rain through the week with cool days and chilly nights. Highs mostly in the 60s, lows in the 30s and 40s. Some scattered frost is a good possibility each morning Monday through Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

THURSDAY’S STORMS: Damage and/or tornado debris signatures on radar in Cullman, Marengo, Perry, Dallas, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Autauga, Elmore, St. Clair and Blount counties. Some of the more significant damage was in the White City community of Cullman County (just north of Hanceville), around Allgood in Blount County, south of Ashville in St. Clair County, and northeast of Clanton in Chilton County. Despite the damage, no serious injuries were reported, and there were no fatalities. NWS survey teams will be in all of these areas today.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s rain total for the year is 14.76″… the surplus is 2.98″.

ON THIS DATE IN 1952: On Reunion Island, some 400 miles east of Madagascar 127.56 inches of rain fell in a three-day period in the spring of 1952. This set a world record for the most rainfall in a 72 hour period. Also from the 15th to the 16th 73.62 inches of rain fell in this 24 hours period at Cilaos, La Reunion Island in the South Indian Ocean to set a world record.

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