11/2: A Few Clouds But Still Dry At Midday

simuawipsOther than a few high whispy cirrus clouds floating overhead, skies at this midday hour are mostly clear. If you notice, there is rain inching closer to the state on the latest radar image, as a line of light to moderate showers are starting to move across the Mississippi River. Unfortunately, those won’t matter much at all, as those will dissipate as the day progresses and never gets close to the Alabama/Mississippi state line.

It will be another dry day for Central Alabama, and most likely will be dry for the next seven days. We are currently up to day 44 of consecutive days without measurable rainfall at the Birmingham Airport, and by the end of the day, we’ll be at 45. We will have a cold front move through the area late tomorrow, but no moisture to work with, the odds for any rain is slim to none, with none most likely winning out. One thing is for certain… its another unseasonably warm day out there at midday, thanks to the upper ridge and our drought situation.

Temperatures in Central Alabama at 12:30 PM CDT:

  • Birmingham 79
  • Tuscaloosa 81
  • Gadsden 79
  • Anniston 75
  • Cullman 79
  • Haleyville 77
  • Alabaster 77
  • Sylacauga 80
  • Alexander City 77
  • Auburn 75
  • Selma 79
  • Montgomery 79

Burn Ban and Fire Alert:
A Drought Emergency continues in effect, banning any outdoor burning for the northern two-thirds of the state. A Fire Alert remains in effect for the whole state. Click here for more information.

Code Yellow Air Quality Alert:
Particulate Matter 2.5 levels will be high enough to raise a Code Yellow Air Quality Alert for the Birmingham metropolitan area today. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.

Birmingham’s Climatology and Records:
The normal high for November 2nd is 69, while the normal low is 45. The record high for today was set back in 2003 at 85. The record low was set back in 1954 at 24.

Rest of Today:
Skies will be partly cloudy and it will be quite warm out there, with afternoon highs in the low to mid 80s. I do not believe any record highs will be broken today, as we’ll be about 3 to 5 degrees cooler than yesterday, which broke the record for warmest day ever recorded in the month of November in the Birmingham area. For tonight, skies will be partly cloudy and overnight lows will range in the 50s to the 60s.

Thursday’s Forecast:
Someone may get lucky in the rain department, especially for the extreme northern parts of the area, but it looks like most of Central Alabama will miss out on rain for tomorrow. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with afternoon highs in the low to mid 80s. Odds for most in Central Alabama are so low that I will not even mention it for those. The extreme northern portions of the area (north of I-22 and I-59) have the best odds for a scattered shower, but that is only about one in eight, and any rain that falls will be less than 0.1 inch, not even helping the drought situation at all. Thursday will probably be the last 80 degree day that you will see in Central Alabama for a while.

Headed to the Beach:
Sunny days, fair nights on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores through early next week; highs in the low 80s through Thursday, then dropping into the 70s Friday and over the weekend.

The Tropics:
Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days across the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and the North Atlantic Ocean. Good news is that the Atlantic Hurricane Season comes to a close at the end of this month.

On This Day in 1946:
A heavy wet snow began to cover the Southern Rockies. Up to three feet of snow blanketed the mountains of New Mexico, and a 31 inch snow at Denver CO caused roofs to collapse.

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