Lingering Showers; Much Cooler Today

| September 29, 2020 @ 5:49 am

MUCH COOLER: A cold front passed through Alabama yesterday and last night, and temperatures today will be a good 10-20 degrees cooler than yesterday for most communities. Communities north of Birmingham most likely won’t get out of the 60s; highs will be in the 70s over the southern 2/3 of the state. And, a deep long wave upper trough is approaching the state this morning; this feature is still producing clouds and showers in scattered pockets. The lingering showers will generally end by midday, with some sun possible this afternoon as the trough axis moves to the east. Additional rain amounts today should be under 1/4″ for most places.

REST OF THE WEEK: Look for sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights; the high tomorrow and Thursday will be mostly in the mid 70s, but closer to 70 by Friday as a secondary surge of cool air arrives. Lows will be in the 40s and 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday morning will be the coolest one so far this season with lows well down in the 40s; some of the colder valley locations over North Alabama might even reach the upper 30s. Then, we warm into the mid 70s by afternoon with a sunny sky. Then, on Sunday, an upper trough will bring some clouds into the state, and maybe even a few isolated showers. But, moisture will be very limited, and at this point the chance of really meaningful rain looks low. The high Sunday will also be in the mid 70s.

NEXT WEEK: The quiet weather pattern continues. Just a small risk of a shower Monday, otherwise the week looks dry with highs mostly in the 70s and lows in the 50s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RACE WEEKEND: The weather looks good for NASCAR fans. Sunny days, clear nights Thursday thorough Saturday at Talladega with highs mostly in the 70s, and lows in the 40s and 50s. Coolest morning will be early Saturday when temperatures will drop into the 40-45 degree range. For the YellaWood 500 on Sunday, we expect a mix of sun and clouds with only a small risk of a light rain shower during the race. The high Sunday will be in the mid 70s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Perfect autumn weather for the high school games Friday night. The sky will be clear with temperatures falling from the mid 60s at kickoff, into the 50s by the second half.

Saturday, Alabama will host Texas A&M and Bryant-Denny Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature around 75 degrees, then dropping to near 70 by the final whistle. Auburn will Auburn is on the road; they take on Georgia in Athens Saturday night (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear; temperatures will fall from near 70 at kickoff, to near 60 by the fourth quarter.

And, UAB has a home game Saturday at Legion Field (11:30a CT kickoff) against UTSA; the sky will be sunny with temperatures rising into the mid 70s during the game. Perfect day for college football across the Deep South.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet for now, but NHC is now upping the chance of development in the western Caribbean to 50 percent by the end of the week or the weekend ahead. If anything forms in this region, it will most likely drift westward.

MONDAY’S RAIN: Rain totals across Alabama yesterday included…

Weaver 1.23″
Jacksonville 0.90″
Hueytown 0.88″
Heflin 0.77″
Jemison 0.54″
Remlap 0.47″
Huntsville 0.42″
Mobile 0.22″
Montgomery 0.16″
Moody 0.11″
Crestwood 0.08″
Birmingham Airport 0.06″
Muscle Shoals 0.06″

ON THIS DATE IN 1927: An outbreak of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Indiana caused 81 deaths and 25 million dollars damage. A tornado, possibly two tornadoes, cut an eight-mile long path across St Louis, Missouri, to Granite City, Illinois, killing 79 persons.

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