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Showers For West Alabama Today; Another Warm Afternoon

| September 30, 2021 @ 5:59 am

RADAR CHECK: We have a fairly large area of rain across West Alabama early this morning, covering counties like Pickens, Greene, Sumter, Choctaw, and Marengo just before sunrise. The rest of the state is dry with temperatures in the 60s. Look for a partly sunny sky today with a high in the mid-80s; showers will remain possible over the western half of the state through the afternoon.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: Tomorrow and Saturday will be warm and mostly dry; odds of any one spot getting wet tomorrow is 5 percent, and 10 percent Saturday. Then, moisture levels rise Sunday, and we will bring in a chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm during the day. The chance of rain for any given location Sunday is 40-50 percent, and the high will be around 80 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds.

NEXT WEEK: An upper low will set up west of the state, and we will have a chance of showers on a daily basis throughout the week. No “washout”, but it will rain from time to time next week with the sky occasionally cloudy. Highs will be in the 77-81 degree range… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Sam remains a powerful category four hurricane in the Atlantic about 340 miles northeast of the northern Leeward Islands… sustained winds are 145 mph. It will turn north over the weekend, passing east of Bermuda Saturday before heading out into the North Atlantic.

And, in the eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Victor has winds of 45 mph… and is expected to become a hurricane tomorrow. It will turn north as well and is no threat to land.

The rest of the Atlantic basin, including the Gulf of Mexico, is very quiet.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: The sky will be mostly fair for the high school games tomorrow night with temperatures falling through the 70s.

For the college games Saturday…

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT KENNESAW STATE (2:00p CT kickoff at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, GA): Mostly sunny and warm; kickoff temperature near 84 degrees, falling into the upper 70s by the fourth quarter.

OLE MISS AT ALABAMA (2:30p CT kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium): Partly to mostly sunny and warm; temperatures falling from near 86 at kickoff, to near 80 by the final whistle.

TROY AT SOUTH CAROLINA (2:30p CT kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia SC): The weather will be warm and dry with a good supply of sunshine. About 88 degrees at kickoff, near 80 by the final whistle.

SAMFORD AT MERCER (5:00p CT kickoff in Macon, GA): A mostly clear sky during the game; temperatures will fall from 86 at kickoff into the upper 70s by the fourth quarter.

LIBERTY AT UAB (6:00p CT kickoff at Protective Stadium): Mostly fair; kickoff temperature near 78 degrees, falling into the low 70s by the end of the game.

AUBURN AT LSU (8:00p CT kickoff at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge): A passing shower or storm is possible during the first half, otherwise mostly fair with temperatures falling from around 80 at kickoff, into the mid-70s by the fourth quarter.

RACE WEEKEND: Saturday will be a mostly sunny, warm day at Talladega with a high in the mid-80s. Then, on Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds with a passing shower possible during the YellaWood 500. Most of the day will be dry, however, with a high around 80 degrees.

ON THIE DATE IN 1896: The great “Cedar Keys Hurricane” made landfall. It entered the Gulf of Mexico as the equivalent of a major hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale and struck the Cedar Keys, an offshore island chain that includes the island and city of Cedar Key, early on the morning of September 29 with winds of 125 mph. The area was inundated by a devastating 10.5-foot storm surge that undermined buildings, washed out the connecting railroad to the mainland, and submerged the smaller, outlying islands, where 31 people were killed.

Once inland, up to 20 inches of rain fell over parts of Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. In all, there were 130 deaths attributed to the storm.

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