A Warm Weekend Coming Up

| October 7, 2010 @ 3:00 pm | 1 Reply

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DRY THROUGH SUNDAY: Today is the tenth consecutive day with no rain for Alabama, and the long dry spell continues into the weekend with considerably warmer afternoons. Looks like we will see mid 80s, and potential for upper 80s Saturday and Sunday. But, the humidity will stay low, and nights will be pleasant with lows mostly in the 50s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games tonight and tomorrow night, the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from the upper 70s at kickoff into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter. Absolutely no chance of rain.

Saturday, Alabama travels to Columbia, SC to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (2:30 p.m. CDT kickoff). The sky will be sunny with a kickoff temperature near 83 degrees, then falling into the 70s by the final whistle. Auburn is also on the road; they will play Kentucky in Lexington at 6:30 p.m. CDT… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 80 at kickoff, into the 60s by the final whistle. And, Jacksonville State travels to Martin, Tennessee to take on UT-Martin at 1:00 CDT… lots of sunshine during the game with temperatures in the low 80s at kickoff.

NEXT WEEK: A trough aloft will pass over Alabama Tuesday, but with very limited moisture it looks like nothing more than isolated showers… nothing really widespread or beneficial. Then, a fresh shot of cool air arrives later in the week that will probably push lows back down in the 40s by Friday morning.

LAND OF VOODOO: Watch the Weather Xtreme video and you will see a very sharp upper trough shows up on the 12Z GFS around October 22-23 with a chance of rain and much colder temperatures. This could change, of course, but the idea of a mean upper trough in the east continues for the rest of October.

TROPICS: Otto is now a tropical storm, and looks much better on satellite images. The system is about 600 miles south of Bermuda, and could become a hurricane briefly in coming days. It will move to the northeast, and is no threat to the U.S. or any other land area in the short term. Another disorganized disturbance is over the Southwest Caribbean, and the rest of the Atlantic basin for now is quiet.

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I had a great time today seeing the kids at R.L. Young Elementary in Talladega… be sure and watch for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News. The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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