A Few Raindrops in Birmingham on Friday, But the Count Continues
After the front passage on Friday, temperatures were still rather warm in the Central Alabama area, with afternoon highs reaching the the 80s for the most part. The Birmingham Airport reached 81, and did receive a trace of rain during the overnight and early morning hours. Unfortunately, a trace does not count as a measurable amount, and the count is now at 47 consecutive days without measurable. It looks likely that the record of 52 rain-free days may be beat.
A Dry But Beautiful Weekend Ahead
Today will be an absolutely beautiful day across Central Alabama, but the morning will start off quite cool compared to previous days. Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s as you wake, but will warm nicely under sunny skies. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 70s, still above normal for this time of the year. Skies will be mostly clear for the overnight hours, with lows dropping into the 40s for most. A few colder pockets will drop into the 30s. Same story for your Sunday as well… Mostly sunny skies, no rain, and really nice temperatures. Afternoon highs in the mid 70s, with mostly clear skies for the evening and overnight lows mostly in the 40s.
Auburn Tigers: Hosting the Vanderbilt Commodores at Jordan-Hare at 11AM. Sunny skies throughout the game, with temperatures will be in the upper 60s at kickoff, and be in the mid 70s by the fourth quarter.
Alabama Crimson Tide: Visits the LSU Tigers in Baton rouge. Kickoff will be at 7PM. Clear skies with temperatures falling into the 60s. A perfect night for football.
No Outdoor Burning
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.
Birmingham’s Climatology and Records
The normal high for November 5th is 68, while the normal low is 44. The record high for today was set back in 2003 at 83. The record low was set back in 1991 at 21.
The Week Ahead
The long dry spell continues for at least the first part of next week. Skies will start of sunny on Monday with partly cloudy skies for Tuesday through Thursday. Highs will be in the 70s with overnight lows in the 40s and 50s.
The GFS is showing the idea of a strong closed upper low developing and bringing rain to the area for the end of the week and weekend, while the European model keeps any moisture out of the area. So for now, I’ll mention a slight risk of a shower or two during the overnight hours of Thursday and into the day on Friday. The overnight low will be in the 50s, and the afternoon high for Friday will be cooler, in the upper 60s to low 70s.
Time Change Tonight
We make the switch back to standard time. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before heading to bed tonight. For those who use Universal Time, we go back to -6 UTC.
Headed to the Beach
Sunny days and fair nights on the Gulf Coast through Monday, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.
The Atlantic Basin is quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next five days. Good news is that the Atlantic Hurricane Season comes to a close at the end of this month.
On This Day in 2002
Severe thunderstorms moved across southeastern Alabama and the Florida panhandle, producing wind damage and several tornadoes. A tornado struck the Alabama town of Abbeville killing 2 people and injuring 25.