10/6: A Late Look at the Next 7 Days in Central Alabama

The morning will start off a little cool under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s. You can expect a mix of sun and clouds out there during the day, with southeasterly winds averaging around 5 to 8 MPH out there. Relative humidity numbers will once again be down in the upper 20% range during the middle of the day, and dewpoints will be in the low 40s. Afternoon highs will top out mostly in the mid to upper 70s with a couple of spots touching 80 degrees in the extreme southern part of Central Alabama. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy for the evening and overnight hours, with lows in the 40s for the eastern half of the area, with 50s in the west.

As today will be our 50th consecutive day in the Birmingham area without any measurable rain, our drought conditions will continue to worsen. 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.

The normal high for November 7th is 67, while the normal low is 44. The record high for today was set back in 2005 at 82. The record low was set back in 1993 at 24.

Drier air from an upper low located off of the New England coast will come down the eastern seaboard and into the area on Tuesday. At the same time, a short wave will push southward and try to pull Gulf moisture northward. The drier air will pinch off the moisture as it shifts eastward towards the state, limiting and rain chances to the south and western parts of the state, most likely none for our area. Temperatures will be cooler, with afternoon highs in the low to mid 70s through Friday. Lows ranging in the 40s and 50s.

Temperatures will be cooler for the weekend as a deep upper trough will bring more cool and dry air into the area. Highs will be in the 60s, with overnight lows mostly in the 40s, with the colder pockets hitting the 30s.

About 3 to 5 hours of sun can be expected each day for the beginning of the week along the Gulf Coast from Fort Walton over to Panama City Beach, as a few showers can be expected through Wednesday. Highs in the 70s. Skies will be mostly sunny for the rest of the week and weekend. Highs in the 70s.

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.

Shortly after daybreak strong thunderstorms developed over a narrow, but almost stationary, east-west band across New Orleans, in southeastern Louisiana. As a result, heavy rains persisted over the same area until mid afternoon before tapering off, and triggered flash flooding across a five county area. Eight to twelve inch rains deluged the area between 9 AM and 6 PM, and totals for the 48 hour period ending at 7 AM on the 8th ranged up to 19.78 inches, between Lake Lexy and Lake Borgne. Approximately 6000 homes in the area reported water damage. The rainfall total for November of 19.81 inches at New Orleans was their highest total for any given month of the year.

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