Warm This Afternoon; Strong Cold Front On The Way

| October 10, 2019 @ 5:59 am

WARM THROUGH TOMORROW: We project highs mostly in the mid 80s today and tomorrow with a partly sunny sky. Showers will remain few and far between, although do note some rain this morning over Southwest Alabama, in the broad zone from Demopolis to Mobile.

TOMORROW NIGHT AND THE WEEKEND: A strong cold front will bring clouds, and showers to Alabama tomorrow night into Saturday morning. For now, it looks like the main risk of rain will come from roughly midnight tomorrow night through 12:00 noon Saturday. Some thunder is possible, but no severe storms are expected, and rain amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch.

Saturday will be much cooler over North Alabama… many places north of Birmingham will hold in the 50s all day; quite the contrast to the triple digit heat we experienced just a week ago. The high will be in the 60s for Central Alabama… South Alabama will see 70s and 80s south of the front.

The front will become nearly stationary over South Alabama Sunday, and moisture will ride up and over the shallow layer of cooler over the northern half of the state. Rain will most likely break out again Sunday afternoon and Sunday night as the “overrunning” pattern sets up.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks fairly wet during the first half of the week; highest coverage of rain statewide most likely comes on Tuesday… rain amounts between tomorrow night and Wednesday could exceed two inches for parts of North/Central Alabama. Thursday and Friday look cool and dry; See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A non-tropical storm (nor’easter) is bringing wind and rain to the New England coast today, otherwise the tropics are quiet.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA: A few showers are likely around the Superspeedway late tomorrow night or Saturday… rain amounts should be light and spotty. For Sunday, the sky will be mostly cloudy, and some rain is possible during the big race. The high Saturday will be in the low 60s, followed by low 70s Sunday. Sunday morning will be chilly with lows in the upper 40s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games tomorrow night, the sky will be mostly cloudy, and scattered showers are possible over the western half of the state. Temperatures will be in the 70s at kickoff, falling into the upper 60s by the fourth quarter.

Alabama travels to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 71 degrees.

UAB will also be in Texas Saturday; they play at UTSA (5:00p CT kickoff). Temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, through the 60s during the game with a brisk northwest breeze (although the game will be played in a dome). Mostly fair; no risk of rain.

Jacksonville State will take on Eastern Illinois Saturday (12:00 noon CT kickoff) in Charleston, IL… the day will be cool and dry with mid 50s at kickoff; sunshine will be in full supply during the game.

ON THIS DATE LAST YEAR: Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida… it was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. In addition, it was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States in terms of pressure, behind the 1935 Labor Day hurricane and Hurricane Camille of 1969. It was the first Category 5 hurricane on record to impact the Florida Panhandle, and was the fourth-strongest landfalling hurricane in the contiguous United States, in terms of wind speed.

At least 74 deaths were attributed to the storm, including 59 in the United States and 15 in Central America. Hurricane Michael caused an estimated $25.1 billion in damages, including $100 million in economic losses in Central America, damage to U.S. fighter jets with a replacement cost of approximately $6 billion at Tyndall Air Force Base, and at least $6.23 billion in insurance claims in the U.S. Losses to agriculture alone exceeded $3.87 billion.

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