Cooler Air Moves Into The State Over The Weekend

| September 18, 2020 @ 5:58 am

DRY PATTERN: Look for a partly sunny sky across the great state of Alabama today with a high this afternoon in the low to mid 80s. The average high at Birmingham for September 18 is 85. The sky will stay fair tonight; it will be a very pleasant night for high school football games with temperatures falling through the 70s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Cooler air drops into the state. With a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow we expect a high in the 75-79 degree range, and on Sunday the sky will be mostly sunny with a high not too far from 80 degrees. Mornings will be very pleasant with low temperatures between 58 and 62 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Delightful early fall weather continues with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs will be in the upper 70s Monday through Wednesday, followed by low 80s Thursday and Friday. Lows will be mostly in the 50s, although some of the cooler spots across North Alabama could reach the upper 40s for the first time this season by Tuesday and Wednesday morning. We do note the European global model tries to bring in some rain toward the end of the week with a tropical system, but the American model (the GFS) is dry and will keep the forecast rain-free for now. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Teddy is a major hurricane with winds of 130 mph in the middle of the Atlantic; it will weaken a bit late in the weekend, and it is forecast to be near Bermuda late Sunday night or Monday morning. From there, it heads toward the Canadian Maritimes, staying east of the U.S.

A tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic, Invest 98L, has a medium chance of development over the next few days; if anything forms it will most likely gain latitude in 4-5 days, recurving into the open Atlantic. Most likely no threat to land.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION 22: A new tropical depression formed in the Southwest Gulf of Mexico late yesterday; winds are 35 mph. It is forecast to become Tropical Storm Wilfred later today, moving to the north/northeast, followed by a sharp turn to the west tomorrow night. NHC forecasts Wilfred to become a hurricane briefly on Sunday, before weakening again to a tropical storm early next week just off the Texas coast.

Steering currents will be weak; Wilfred could drift into Texas, dissipating inland. Or, it could move northeast in the direction of the Louisiana coast. One way or another there is no way of know the ultimate destination of the system now.

ON THIS DATE IN 1926: The great “Miami Hurricane” produced winds of 138 mph that drove ocean waters into the Biscayne Bay drowning 135 persons. The eye of the hurricane passed over Miami, at which time the barometric pressure reached 27.61 inches. Tides up to twelve feet high accompanied the storm, which claimed a total of 372 lives.

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