Saturday Morning - October 1, 2016
Forecaster: Scott Martin
IN STORE FOR A WONDERFUL FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER:
We will start a slow warming trend today for the week ahead. Skies will be mostly sunny, with just a few stray clouds swooping in the northern parts of Central Alabama from a low pressure system to our north. No rain from those clouds, and afternoon highs will make it into the low 80s for the most part, with a few places in the southern part of the area reaching the mid 80s.
NORMS AND RECS FOR TODAY IN BIRMINGHAM:
The normal high for September 30th is 80, while the normal low is 58. The record high for today was set back in 1904 at 95. The record low was set back in 1967 at 37.
ROLL TIDE WEATHER:
Alabama will host Kentucky this evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 73 at kickoff, into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.
Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe this afternoon at Jordan Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature of 78 degrees…falling into the upper 60s by the final whistle.
THE WEEKEND THROUGH THE WEEK AHEAD:
Mostly sunny days and fair nights can be expected from Sunday all the way through Friday. Afternoon highs will be in the 80s, with overnight lows in the upper 50 to the low 60s range. We will continue to be in a very dry pattern, especially with Hurricane Matthew passing well to the east.
DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO WORSEN:
The GFS model is suggesting basically no significant rain for Alabama over the next 10 days. Be extremely careful if you are doing any outdoor burning; the wildfire danger will remain high for the foreseeable future. And, pay attention to messages from your local water works authorities, water conservation is certainly in order.
HEADED TO THE BEACH:
Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only a small risk of a shower daily on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores through next week. Highs in the 80s.
BARBER VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE FESTIVAL:
This event runs from Friday October 7 through Sunday October 9 at the Barber Motorsports Park. No real skill in a specific forecast this far out, but October is our driest month of the year, and for now we see nothing to suggest any chance of rain event on these three days. Get ticket information right here.
Hurricane Matthew is the first category five hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007 (3,314 days). Matthew is in the Caribbean, with top winds of 160 mph. It will turn right, moving over Jamaica, eastern Cuba, and the Bahamas in coming days. No threat to the Gulf of Mexico; it remains to be seen if this will directly threaten any part of the U.S. East Coast. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.
ON THIS DAY IN 1989:
Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. through the daytime and evening hours. Severe thunderstorms spawned eleven tornadoes, with seven of those tornadoes in Georgia. A tornado southwest of Moultrie, GA, killed two persons and injured a dozen others. Tornadoes also injured one person north of Graceville, FL, and two persons at Bartow, GA.
Today's Record Temperatures