A BEAUTIFUL & COOL MIDDAY ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA
Welcome to the first day of Meteorological Winter. Yes in the meteorology world, December 1st is the first day of Winter. For everyone else who goes my the calendar, the Winter Solstice takes place at 4:44 AM CST on December 21st.
Across Central Alabama at the noon hour, skies are absolutely clear. Not only for the area, but for nearly the entire southeast. A few clouds left over from the system that moved through yesterday are hiding the sun down on the eastern panhandle of Florida.
Temperatures across Central Alabama are rather cool at the noon hour as well, with just about everyone in the 50s. The warm spot in the area is Montgomery at 61 degrees, with the cool spot being Cullman at 52 degrees.
BIRMINGHAM’S CLIMATOLOGY AND RECORDS
The normal high for December 1st is 60, while the normal low is 38. The record high for today was set back in 1991 at 75. The record low was set back in 1965 at 17.
FOR THE REST OF TODAY
Skies will continue to be absolutely clear throughout the remainder of the day and evening time, with afternoon highs reaching the mid to upper 50s north of I-20 & I-20/59, and upper 50s to low 60s south of that. Winds will be out of the north averaging between 5-10 MPH. For those who will be attending Christmas parades later this evening, like the great one that is put on by the city of Gardendale, temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s at 6PM and dropping into the low to mid 40s by 9PM. Overnight lows will mainly be in the 30s, with a few of the colder spots dropping down into the 20s.
Another beautiful and cool day across Central Alabama for the first Friday of the month. The sun will be out in full force and afternoon highs are expected to be in the low 60s across much of the area with a few locations making it into the mid 60s. Clouds will start to move into the western counties of the area close to midnight tomorrow night and skies will become partly to mostly cloudy by the time you wake up early on Saturday morning. Overnight lows will be in the 30s and 40s.
NUMBER OF THE DAY: 11.35
Even though the storm totals from yesterday’s storms were impressive, at 2.07 inches, we are still deficient in our rain for the year by 11.35 inches (measured at the Birmingham airport).
ON THIS DAY IN 2011
Wind speeds as high as 102 MPH were measured in Centerville, Utah and surrounding cities. Damage was reported throughout Weber and Davis counties ranging from South Ogden down to Bountiful. More than 400 trees were down at the Davis Golf course alone due to the winds. Up to 54,000 residences were without power throughout the day and into the evening. Train service between Layton and Salt Lake City was suspended due to damaged train stations, debris on the train tracks, and power outages. Cleanup costs totaled $8 million in Centerville alone. No injuries were reported from the wind, but a number of injuries were reported from those helping with the cleanup effort.
Forecaster: Scott Martin (Twitter: @scottmartinwx)