Pleasant Days, Cold Nights, Dry Through Saturday

| November 17, 2020 @ 3:18 pm

SEVERE CLEAR: Another day with a cloudless sky across Alabama… all you can see on weather satellite images are a few prescribed burns with smoke plumes running from north to south. Temperatures are in the 60s over the northern half of the state; low 70s over far South Alabama. A picture perfect fall day.

Tonight will be clear and cold; a freeze is possible across North Alabama, with frost down into the southern counties of the state. Lows will range from 25 to 35 for most communities early tomorrow morning.

We stay dry for the rest of the week; look for a high in the low to mid 60s tomorrow and Thursday, followed by upper 60s Friday.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be dry with a good supply of sunshine; the high will be in the low 70s. Moisture levels will begin to rise Sunday, and a few isolated showers are possible. Otherwise, the day will be partly sunny with a high between 70 and 74 degrees.

THANKSGIVING WEEK: A front will stall out near North Alabama early in the week. We will mention a chance of isolated showers Monday; new model guidance suggests showers become more widespread Tuesday through Thanksgiving day with the stalled boundary nearby, followed by drier air Friday. Highs during the week should be mostly in the 60s… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Iota is now a tropical storm, weakening inland over Central America after making landfall last night on the coast of Nicaragua as a category four hurricane. Elsewhere, A broad area of low pressure could form in a day or so over the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Environmental conditions do not appear to be as conducive for development as once thought, but slow development is possible over the next several days while the system moves slowly westward or west-southwestward across the southwestern Caribbean Sea. Regardless of tropical cyclone formation, areas of heavy rain are possible during the next several days from Nicaragua southward across Central America and into Colombia. These rains could cause new flooding concerns, especially across previously inundated areas.

The Gulf of Mexico will stay quiet for the next 7-10 days.

ON THIS DAY IN 1957: Just after noon, tornadoes started touching down in eastern Mississippi. Two people were killed by a strong tornado that cut a 15 miles path from near Macon. Mississippi. Then, a little after 3 p.m., a violent tornado touched down 6 miles northwest of Jasper. Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Bradford had just built a new home there. The ranch home was blown 150 feet and smashed to bits. The couple and their daughter were killed. One other person was killed along the short 5 mile path that carried it near Saragossa and Manchester. An amateur photographer snapped a dramatic picture of the tornado that ran on front pages of newspapers all over the country, including the one on the front page of The Birmingham News the next day.

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