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Occasional Showers Through Tomorrow Morning

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:33

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RADAR CHECK: A little light rain is showing up in spots over West Alabama this afternoon; heavier showers are over the northwest corner of the state…

WET START TO THE WEEKEND: We are still forecasting periods of rain tonight and tomorrow across North/Central Alabama… for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden, the most significant rain will come from about 9:00 tonight through 12:00 noon tomorrow. It won’t rain for that entire nine hour time frame, but occasional showers are likely. No severe weather threat (although SPC has defined a “marginal” risk tonight from Memphis to Shreveport), and probably not much thunder. Rain amounts should be generally under 1/2 inch, although amounts will be higher over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama.

To the south, showers are a possibility tomorrow afternoon over the southern counties of our state, but rain there will be light and spotty. Highs tomorrow will be generally in the 60s.

The sky will clear tomorrow night, and sunshine returns Sunday; the day will be cooler with a high between 58 and 62 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The weather next week looks very quiet; the 12Z GFS shows no rain for Alabama, with temperatures right at seasonal averages; generally we expect highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s. Coolest day will be Wednesday; some North Alabama communities might have a hard time getting out of the 40s, and upper 20s are possible by daybreak Thursday. Still no sign of any really cold, Arctic air for the next 15 days.

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Some Rain As The Weekend Begins

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:23

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AT DAYBREAK: Birmingham is reporting 59 degrees at 5:00 a.m. CT… which is average high for December 5. Needless to say, it will be another warm December day today with temperatures reaching the low 70s in most places this afternoon. The sky will feature more clouds than sun, and while we can’t rule out a shower or two, most of the day will be dry.

WET BEGINNING TO THE WEEKEND: Rain coverage will increase tonight as the short wave west of the state gets closer. We will forecast periods of rain late tonight and tomorrow; at this point for North/Central Alabama it looks like the main window for the more widespread rain will come from about 9:00 tonight through 12:00 noon tomorrow. This doesn’t mean it will rain all nine hours; it will rain at times.

The heavier rain totals will be seen over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama; for places like Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston, and Gadsden we project rain amounts of under 1/2 inch. Some places will see under 1/4 inch. No severe weather risk, and probably very little thunder. The rain will end from west to east early tomorrow afternoon as drier air moves into the state, and the sky will clear tomorrow night. Expect a high in the mid 60s tomorrow.

JACKSONVILLE STATE FOOTBALL: The Gamecocks host Sam Houston State tomorrow at Burgess-Snow Field at 1:00; the sky will be cloudy with some rain possible at times, especially during the first half of the game. Temperatures will be in the mid 60s during the game.

SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: No weather worries with the Alabama/Missouri game played in the Georgia Dome, outside tomorrow in Atlanta the sky will be cloudy with some rain at times; the high will be in the low 60s. Sunday will be dry and a bit cooler with a high between 57 and 60.

Sunday will be a brighter day, with ample sunshine… the weather will be a bit cooler with a high closer to 60; many places north of Birmingham won’t get out of the 50s.

NEXT WEEK: Looks quiet; the last few GFS runs show no rain for Alabama through the week with temperatures near seasonal averages; highs 58-62, lows 38-42. A good supply of sunshine each day.

LONG RANGE: The upper air pattern simply won’t allow any extremely cold, Arctic air down into the Deep South for the next 15 days. Not looking good for those dreaming of a “White Christmas” at this point, but we all know we will have some good cold periods as we get deeper into winter. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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I will be the Grand Marshall of the Cullman Christmas parade tonight, so no afternoon Weather Xtreme video today, but I will post some forecast notes by 4:00. Enjoy the day!

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