Midday Nowcast: Cooler Today; Watching Nicole

| November 9, 2022 @ 10:15 am

We have a cooler, northeasterly flow into the state today with temperatures 10-15 lower than yesterday. It is a mainly sunny day with highs in the low 70s this afternoon. Tomorrow will feature increasing clouds and we should begin to see rain push into southeast Alabama associated with Nicole. Rain will spread into the eastern 2/3 of the state tomorrow night, with rain amounts of 1-2 inches possible over the eastern counties. Communities over far West Alabama will see little to no rain. Winds will also increase, gusts in the 40/45 mph range are likely over Southeast Alabama tomorrow afternoon. Clouds and a few showers will linger into Friday with a high in the 60s.

SPEAKING OF NICOLE: The center of Tropical Storm Nicole was located near latitude 26.5 North, longitude 76.7 West. Nicole is moving toward the west near 12 mph. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Thursday, and north or north-northeast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move near or over the Abacos and Grand Bahama in the northwestern Bahamas today and move onshore the east coast of Florida within the hurricane warning area tonight. Nicole’s center is then expected to move across central and northern Florida into southern Georgia Thursday and Thursday night, and then across the Carolinas Friday and Friday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected today, and Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane near the northwestern Bahamas and remain a hurricane when it reaches the east coast of Florida tonight. Nicole is expected to weaken while moving across Florida and the southeastern United States Thursday through Friday, and it is likely to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday night over the Mid-Atlantic states. Nicole is a large tropical storm. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 460 miles especially to the north of the center. The minimum central pressure based on NOAA and Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter data is 986 mb (29.12 inches).

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: The weather will be dry for the high school playoff games Friday night across Alabama, but it will be mostly cloudy and breezy with temperatures falling into the 50s.

COLD WEEKEND: Much colder air moves into Alabama on the backside of the departing tropical system east of Alabama. This will be the coldest air so far this season as highs drop into the 50s Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s by Sunday morning. Some North Alabama communities might not get out of the 40s Sunday as the cold air continues to settle into the state. The weather will be dry with sunny days and clear nights.

FOOTBALL FORECAST: Saturday, Alabama travels to Oxford to take on Ole Miss (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s along with a brisk, chilly north wind.

UAB will host North Texas at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly sunny with a kickoff temperature around 52 degrees, falling into the 40s by the final whistle.

Auburn hosts Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 47 at kickoff, into the low 40s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Another freeze is likely early Monday morning…the day will be dry with a high in the 50s Monday afternoon. Clouds increase Monday night, and global models bring rain a disturbance into the state Tuesday with a good chance of rain at times. Then, the weather looks dry Wednesday through Friday with temperatures remaining below average.. highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s and 40s.

BEACH FORECAST CENTER: Get the latest weather and rip current forecasts for the beaches from Fort Morgan to Panama City on our Beach Forecast Center page. There, you can select the forecast of the region that you are interested in visiting.

WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 108.3F at Wyndham Airport, Australia. The lowest observation was -70.4F at Vostok, Antarctica.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 93F at Falcon Lake, TX. The lowest observation was -20F at Choteau, MT.

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