Sunday morning, October 22, 2017
Meteorologist: Ryan Stinnett
RAIN, RAIN, IS ON THE WAY: It is a dry start to the day, but we are going to see clouds increasing through the day and rain is set to return to Alabama as we head through the afternoon hours. Our weather setup shows a strong upper trough digging down through the Plains and this is pushing a surface cold front across the Lower Mississippi River Valley today. Rain will begin to move into our western counties first and much of Alabama will be experiencing wet weather by late this evening and through the overnight hours. As of late last night, the SPC continues no threat of severe weather for Central Alabama the next 24 hours, but extreme southwestern portions of Alabama, are highlighted in "marginal risk" today. Temperatures are mainly in the lower 60s this morning, and by this afternoon many of us will see highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
TONIGHT: It is going to be wet and stormy night with heavy rain expected. A surface low is expected along the develop along the northern Gulf Coast and lift north across Alabama along the frontal boundary and it will be bringing with lots of moisture and is why it is expected to be a wet night. It will be rather muggy night and temperature are likely not to fall below the upper 60s.
WET START TO WEEK: Tomorrow will start off wet with widespread rain and storms ongoing. Once again, still not expecting severe weather, but there certainly could be a few strong storms along the way. All of Alabama is in store for a nice soaking rain, and there could be some isolated areas of flash flooding. Rainfall amounts are expected to be substantial for October, with widespread amounts of 2 to 3 inches possible, with locally higher amounts. By Monday afternoon, we are likely to see improving weather as the system exits and many of us could be drying out.
MIDWEEK: Tuesday through Thursday will be highlighted by dry and cool weather for Alabama. Expect days with abundant sunshine and high below average with 60s, and actually Wednesday should be the coolest day with lower 60s; some locations will hold in the 50s all day. Night will be clear and chilly with upper 30s and lower 40s. Temperatures slowly begin to moderate for the second half of the week.
WEEKEND SNEAK PEEK: Friday will start off dry, but another trough will be digging south and will cause another cold front to move towards Alabama, meaning rain and storms are expected Friday night and into Saturday. Highs Friday will be in the 70s, while upper 60s are expected Saturday. The GFS shows this too be a rather quick system and exiting the state late Saturday. As of now, Sunday will be dry with lows in the 40s and highs in the lower 60s.
"BOO"DOOLAND: A quick look at the Halloween weather, of course just looking at model trends and not an official forecast, that would just be spooky knowing the exact weather so far into the future. According to the latest run of the GFS, for Halloween Day, we are going to be in between systems and for now it looks dry and comfortable. This will likely change several times the next ten days. Another storm system is expected by November 2nd & 3rd.
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WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 112.1F at Marble Bar, Australia. The lowest observation was -67.0F at Dome A, Antarctica.
CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: The highest observation was 95F at Rio Grande Village, TX. The lowest observation was 15F at Ely, NV and Big Piney, WY.
WEATHER ON THIS DATE IN 1985: A guest on the top floor of a hotel in Seattle, WA, was seriously injured while talking on the phone when lightning struck. Several persons are killed each year when the electrical charge from a lightning bolt travels via telephone wiring.
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