Just How Cold Was It Today?

| December 11, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

As we’ve been telling you for the last week or so, some mighty cold air came into Alabama late Monday and today. I recall noting that my forecast high of 50 for today might be somewhat optimistic. And it sure was. The graphic below shows the high temperatures for today, Tuesday, December 11th, for North and Central Alabama.

Highs for Dec112012

Just to put today’s highs in perspective, the 30-year average high for December 11th based on temperatures at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport is 57 while the average low is 37. Birmingham started out the day at 36, but as you can see from the high for the day, the mercury only traveled up about 5 degrees. And Cullman didn’t even make it out of the 30s!

Another interesting fact for cold weather fans – today’s high of 41 is the third coldest high for 2012. Only January 3rd and 13th recorded colder highs than today, 38 and 40, respectively. Rounding out the five coldest highs for 2012 were 42 on February 12th and 43 on February 11th.

With more sunshine expected tomorrow, we should see the high in Birmingham climb to about 54, still below the 30-year average, but much warmer than the 41 today.


Category: Alabama's Weather

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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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