A Mighty Cold Midday Across Central Alabama

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-24-47-pmMaximum Sunshine But Mighty Cold
A sky that is crystal clear out there across Central Alabama with maximum sunshine is not helping it feel any warmer. Temperatures across the area at 12:30 PM range from the mid 30s in the northern parts of the area to the mid 40s in the southern parts of the area. With winds blowing out of the north to northwest at 6-12 MPH, this makes the wind chills out there in the low to mid 30s. Be sure to bundle up.

It will pretty much be the same story for the remainder of the afternoon and evening hours. Skies will be clear, with north-northwesterly winds at 6-12 MPH keeping the wind chill values colder than the current temperature. Afternoon highs are only expected to be a few degrees warmer than they are at this time, in the low to mid 40s from north to south across the area. Some spots in the north may not break out of the upper 30s, while some in the extreme southern parts may get close to 50 degrees. For the evening and overnight hours, the winds will die down which will allow the wind chill values to be near the actual temperature. Lows will be in the low to mid 20s across the area, with the colder spots hitting the teens.

Birmingham’s Climatology And Records
The normal high for December 9th is 57, while the normal low is 36. The record high for today was set back in 1946 at 74. The record low was set back in 1917 at 9.

A Cold Saturday To Start Off The Weekend
Another day filled with maximum sunshine, but cold temperatures will be the main story once again. After temperatures start off in the 20s for most at daybreak, afternoon highs will warm into the mid 40s to near 50 degrees from north to south across the area, with low 50s in the extreme southern parts of the area.

National Extremes
Opa Locka Florida, recorded the warmest high temperature for Thursday at 86 degrees. The coldest low temperature for last night into the early morning hours today was recorded in Hohnholz Range Colorado at -27 degrees.

On This Day In 1989
A strong storm produced wind gusts of 40 to 65 mph from the Alaska Peninsula to the North Gulf Coast of Alaska. Southeasterly winds gusted to 75 mph in the Anchorage hillside. Gusty winds associated with a strong cold front caused a power outage across much of the island of Hawaii.

Forecaster: Scott Martin (Twitter: @scottmartinwx)

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