Cooler Air Moves Into Alabama Tonight

| October 1, 2020 @ 3:11 pm

SUNNY AFTERNOON: We are enjoying a sunny sky across Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are in the 76-80 degree range at most places. The average high for Birmingham on October 1 is 80. A new surge of cooler air moves into the state tonight; we drop into 40s early tomorrow morning.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Dry weather continues with sunny days and clear nights. The high tomorrow will be in the low 70s, followed by mid 70s over the weekend. Lows will be mostly in the 40s; the coldest morning will come early Saturday with some of the colder spots across North Alabama could reach the upper 30s for the first time this season.

NEXT WEEK: Classic October weather continues; no rain through the week with sunny mild days and fair cool nights. Highs will be generally between 77 and 82, with lows mostly in the 50s. Models hint rain could return to Alabama about 12-15 days from now. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: NHC is monitoring two tropical waves in the Atlantic basin. One will move through the Windward Islands tonight and into the eastern Caribbean tomorrow; it has only a low (20%) chance of development over the next five days. The other wave, now designated as Invest 91L, is in the western Caribbean and has a high chance. (70%) of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next five days. It will likely move over the Yucatan Peninsula, and into the Bay of Campeche. From there, the most likely scenario is a westward drift into Mexico, but that is certainly not carved in stone.

No systems will threaten the northern Gulf Coast (Alabama, Northwest Florida, etc) for the next seven days.

RACE WEEKEND: The weather looks good for NASCAR fans. Sunny days, clear nights through Saturday at Talladega with highs 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 mostly sunny sky with a high in the mid 70s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Perfect autumn weather for the high school games tomorrow 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 74 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 68 at kickoff, to near 60 by the fourth quarter.

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 low to mid 70s during the game. Perfect day for college football across the Deep South. Jacksonville State is on the road; they take on Florida State in Tallahassee (3p CT kickoff). The sky will be mostly sunny with temperatures falling from the upper 70s at kickoff, to near 70 by the final whistle.

ON THIS DATE ONE YEAR AGO: An autumn heat wave was cranking up across the Deep South. Birmingham’s high on October 1 was 99; we would reach 101 degrees on October 3; the hottest temperature on record for the month of October.

ON THIS DATE IN 1893: The village of Caminadaville, Louisiana, was destroyed by a massive hurricane. Caminadaville was a vibrant fishing community in the late 19th century, located on Cheniere Caminada, adjacent to Grand Isle in coastal Jefferson Parish in Louisiana. It took five days for the news of this devastating hurricane to reach New Orleans.

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