A COUPLE OF NICE DAYS: Sunshine and comfortable weather headlines the forecast for the next couple of days. Temperatures top out in the upper 60s to lower 70s today and tomorrow, with cool evenings and chilly mornings. No chance of rain today and only a tiny risk of a sprinkle tomorrow.
NEXT COLD FRONT: A front rolls through Alabama late Friday. Moisture is very limited, but the upper dynamics are very impressive, so we can't rule out a quick sprinkle. A 5% coverage, tops, most of us should stay dry. Trick-or-Treat weather looks OK - cloudy and windy, with temperatures falling through the 60s. The big impact of this front will be to deliver a huge cooldown to the state - our coldest weather since Winter.
RAW, WINDY WEEKEND: Saturday morning will be very cold, with readings in the upper 30s and a stiff northwest wind. The strong breeze will make it feel like upper 20s early Saturday. Highs Saturday go only into the mid to upper 50s, then we'll drop into the mid 30s Saturday night/Sunday morning. Frost is possible by sunrise Sunday. Highs Sunday rebound only into the lower 60s.
Bundle up, the cold is coming!
--Josh Johnson, Doppler 12 StormVision Meteorologist
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RAIN? REALLY? Yes, it might come as a shock to the system, but rain is on the way to much of Alabama today. A broke line of showers and storms will push through the state, bringing rain to roughly 60% of us. That means that about 40% of us will miss out on the rain. Still, it's the best rain chance we've had in two weeks, so we'll take it. Amounts will be light, with most spots picking up under one-quarter inch.
NOTICEABLY COOLER: The front swings through the state this evening, ushering in a much cooler airmass. By sunrise Thursday, much of our area will be in the upper 40s underneath a clear sky. Highs tomorrow and Friday will stay in the lower 70s, several degrees cooler than today.
HUGE COOLDOWN: Then, on Friday, a powerful upper level trough digs into the Southeast. That will allow drastically colder air to spill into Alabama Friday night. Trick-or-treaters will want a jacket, as temperatures will fall through the 60s into the 50s Friday evening. By Saturday morning, upper 30s and lower 40s will be common. Saturday will be a cold, raw day, with afternoon temperatures struggling to reach 60 degrees. We drop into the mid to upper 30s Saturday night, which will make it our coldest night since Winter. Highs head for the lower 60s on Sunday, still well below normal. No rain, plenty of sun, but chilly. Bundle up!
NEXT WEEK? Sunshine and a gradual warming trend headline the forecast for early next week; highs will return to the 70s Monday and beyond. Our next rain chance arrives around the middle of next week.
-Josh Johnson, Doppler 12 StormVision Meteorologist
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OCTOBER, C'MON MAN?! Yes, this is still late October in Alabama. A time for changing leaves, low humidity and...upper 80s? No, that last one doesn't fit, but that's exactly what we are expecting today - afternoon highs will surge into the 84-88 degree range later today. The record high of 90 (2010) should be safe.
SLOW COOLDOWN: Today's the hottest day of the week; tomorrow, we'll warm into the lower 80s, then we anticipate a high near 80 on Wednesday.
NEXT RAIN CHANCE? A cold front slices into Alabama Tuesday night into Wednesday, bringing a broken, weak line of showers along for the ride. We do not expect widespread rain; some locations will miss every drop, while others pick up a few light showers. Rainfall amounts will be very light; those who have rain should see one-quarter inch or less. The scattered showers taper off late Wednesday/early Thursday.
DRY AND MUCH COOLER: Sunshine, dry weather and noticeably cooler conditions headline the forecast Thursday and beyond. High temperatures head for the upper 60s to lower 70s with overnight readings in the mid to upper 40s. It'll be much cooler for Halloween. In other words, October returns...just in time for November to begin.
-Josh Johnson, Doppler12 StormVision Meteorologist
As our leaves continue evolve into typical Fall reds, oranges & yellows, it feels fitting to enjoy the sight while wearing a jacket. After all, it comes with the territory of Fall. But we enjoyed those colors in shorts this afternoon...and it just feels odd. As warm as it was today, we'll likely be a touch warmer tomorrow. But not to worry. More typical Fall-like air is lurking just around the corner...
TONIGHT: A clear & mild night will feature only patchy fog as the weather headline. Overnight lows will settle into the 50s with relatively calm winds.
MONDAY: The calendar says October 27th, but the temperatures disagree. As winds turn more southerly out ahead of our next weak storm system, temperatures will warm into the mid-upper 80s under plenty of sunshine.
Monday will be our warmest of the week ahead.
COLD FRONT COMING: Our last few cold fronts have been duds, offering no rainfall and little in the way of temperature difference. The next one in line set to arrive Wednesday isn't exactly a condender for "cold front of the year", but it will have a little more kick to it.
The front will be weak, but enough moisture ahead of it could spark a few showers and storms Wednesday. Right now, rain chances don't appear particularly high. More than likely, many backyards will stay dry. But a few could see the first raindrops in more than 2 weeks.
Behind that front, cooler air returns by late week.
Friday is Halloween, and our early week warmth will give way to cooler (and more Halloween-like) air. Highs in the 70s will drop into the 40s overnight...so those trick-or-treaters may need to sneak a jacket underneath those costumes.
-Doppler12 StormVision Meteorologist Eric Snitil-
Another day with clear, sunny skies and a lack of rain to talk about… that is because there is currently a pool of dry air in place over central and southern portions of Alabama. Since dry air can be heated up/cooled down more efficiently than moist air, some towns today saw a 30-40 degree difference between the temperatures at daybreak compared to this afternoon. For example, this morning’s low in Montgomery was 43 degrees (chilly), and the afternoon high was 80 degrees (much warmer than what we have been seeing the past couple of afternoon)… talk about hard weather to dress for!!
An upper level ridge will continue to build eastward this evening… this will help keep us dry and allow temperatures to continue on their upward climb through the rest of the weekend. Expect overnight lows tonight to be much warmer than this morning; many of us will only drop into the mid to upper 50s. By the end of the afternoon on Sunday, we could be seeing the mercury climbing as high as the mid 80s!! This upward climb will continue into the new workweek, too. But, don’t expect for this to last too long. Some refreshing rain could return by midweek as a weak cold front pushes through the area, and temperatures will then drop back down to the low 70s by Halloween. As of right now, the higher confidence lies with the cooler temperatures. We will continue to monitor the rain chances as we get closer to the start of the workweek. No widespread rain is expected, unfortunately.
But for now, go outside and enjoy this beautiful weather. :)
Amanda Curran, Doppler 12 StormVision Meteorologist
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