Cool, Dry Weather For Alabama Today; Warm Christmas Weekend Ahead

| December 22, 2021 @ 5:53 am

SUNNY AND SEASONAL: Dry air has returned to Alabama; we are starting the day with a clear sky and temperatures in the 28-35 degree range for most places. The sky will be sunny today with a high in the mid 50s… the average high for Birmingham on December 22 is 56. Tonight will be clear and cold… most places will go below freezing early tomorrow in the 24-32 degree range. It will most likely be our last sub-freezing morning of 2021.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS WEEKEND: Look for a big warm-up tomorrow… with sunshine in full supply expect a high in the low 60s. Then, we rise into the upper 60s Friday with a good supply of sunshine.

Christmas Day will be dry and warm with a high in the low to mid 70s. The latest NBM (National Blend of Models) is printing a high of 74 degrees for Birmingham Saturday. If we reach that, it will be a tie for the third warmest Christmas Day on record (tied with 1987, when the high was also 74). Temperatures have reached or exceeded 70 degrees in Birmingham on December 25 ten times since 1900…

2016 78
2015 77
1987 74
1982 73
1942 73
1964 72
1926 71
1922 71
2019 70
1901 70

Sunday will be dry as well… we are forecasting a partly to mostly sunny sky with a high in the 70-75 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Mild weather will continue across the Deep South thanks to an upper ridge over the northern Gulf of Mexico. New global model data suggests some rain is likely over the northern 2/3 of the state by Wednesday… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

While we will see temperatures above average next week, brutally cold air will cover parts of the northern U.S. and the western half of Canada…. many places there stay below zero all week. We will keep an eye on that airmass since at some point it will have to move.

ON THIS DATE IN 1929: Weather records show that 5.5 inches of snow fell at the Birmingham Weather Bureau office on December 22, 1929. On December 24th, there was still 2.5 inches of snow on the ground at 7 PM. However, most of the snow melted Christmas Day when the temperature climbed to 51 degrees.

ON THIS DATE IN 1989: Extremely cold air rolled into the Deep South. A dusting fell across most of North Alabama but parts of Sand Mountain had one inch of accumulation, including two inches in Crossville. Even more amazing was the snowfall that was occurring along the Gulf Coast, the Florida Peninsula, and up the Georgia Coast. Snow and ice-covered the ground in New Orleans. It snowed in places like Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores, Panama City Beach, Tampa and Daytona Beach. It was the most widespread snowstorm in the history of Florida. Two inches fell at Savannah and 3.9 inches in Charleston, South Carolina. As the low moved up the coast, it intensified, dumping an astonishing 15 inches of snow at Wilmington, North Carolina and 13.3 inches at Cape Hatteras.

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