Down Right Hot!

| October 9, 2010 @ 7:23 am | 2 Replies

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We could sum up the whole discussion with high pressure, warm, and dry! But there’s always more to the discussion than just a few words, but those words do cover the topic of weather for Central Alabama for the next week or so.

The high of 89 at the Birmingham airport yesterday was only 2 degrees from the record high of 91 set back in 1897. Today’s record is also 91 set back in 1940. I think these temperatures qualify to be called HOT! And along with the warmth, I’m afraid that it is also going to continue to be dry. The dryness has created high fire danger across much of the state of Alabama.

Surface high pressure sticks with us for much of the week, however, there are a few changes expected at mid-week. A strong trough and a closed low will impact us by bringing a cold front through the area and driving away the heat once again. However, due to limited moisture, it appears that all we see will be isolated showers with this weather system. And we really could use some rain.

The trough moves by Thursday ushering in more seasonable air dropping highs back into the 70s. Morning lows will not change much hovering mainly in the 50s. This means great weather for high school football games on Friday evening as well as for most college games across the eastern two-thirds of the country on Saturday.

Looking further a field, the long range GFS continued to show an active pattern with at least two shots at some rain, one around October 19th and another around October 23rd. I’ve got my fingers crossed that the long range projections are correct to help us end the current dry spell.

Tropics remain fairly active. We are definitely out of the climatologically active part of hurricane season. An area of disturbed weather in the Southwest Caribbean is bringing rain to that area but there are no encouraging signs of development. Hurricane Otto is moving northeast into the open Atlantic and is expected to remain a hurricane for another couple of days before degrading to a sub-tropical storm.

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Colors are still a bit muted here on Mt. Cheaha. The color is definitely there but the impact of the dry conditions is being seen in the lack of dramatic color so far. I anticipate having the next Weather Xtreme Video posted by 8 am or so tomorrow morning. Make it a great day today. Godspeed.


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Brian Peters is one of the television meteorologists at ABC3340 in Birmingham and a retired NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist. He handles the weekend Weather Xtreme Videos and forecast discussion and is the Webmaster for the popular WeatherBrains podcast.

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