Hottest October Day On Record Ahead

| October 1, 2019 @ 5:54 am

HEAT WAVE ROLLS ALONG: We are projecting a high of 96 in Birmingham today… if we reach that, it will be hottest October day on record. The current record for the month is 94… recorded on these dates:

October 1, 1919
October 5, 1927
October 6, 1941
October 6, 1954

Daily record highs are likely through Thursday as the strong upper high remains parked across the Deep South.. highs will hold in the mid to upper 90s as the “endless summer” continues. Friday’s high will be in the low to mid 90s just a degree or two lower. The chance of a cooling shower each day remains very small.

FINALLY, A BREAK: The upper high breaks down over the weekend. Saturday will be partly sunny with only isolated showers and a high around 90, but on Sunday showers become more likely, and the high will be in the 80s. Then, with the approach of a cold front, rain is likely at times Sunday night into Monday, and we won’t get out of the 70s Monday as temperatures go below average for a change. Rain amounts Sunday and Monday should be around 1/2 inch, with isolated amounts to 1 inch. Not a “drought buster”, but beneficial nonetheless.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: For now it looks dry with sunny comfortable days and fair cool nights Tuesday through Friday; highs will be mostly in the upper 70s with lows in the upper 50s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Hurricane Lorenzo, in the Atlantic, is packing sustained winds of 100 mph, and will pass by the western Azores tonight. It becomes post-tropical later in the week. NHC is also monitoring two tropical waves… one north of Hispaniola will move northeast, another near Jamaica will move northwest, toward the far southern Gulf of Mexico. Conditions don’t favor development in either region for now.

NUMBER TWO: The month that ended yesterday was the second warmest September on record for Birmingham. Here are the top five (based on average temperature)

September 1925 84.2
September 2019 82.1
September 1921 81.7
September 2018 81.4
September 1931 81.0

ON THIS DATE IN 1890: The weather service is first identified as a civilian agency when Congress, at the request of President Benjamin Harrison, passes an act transferring the meteorological responsibilities of the Signal Service to the newly-created U.S. Weather Bureau in the Department of Agriculture.

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I have weather programs this morning at Berry Middle School in Hoover, and the J.W. Stewart HeadStart Center in Gadsden… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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