Frontal Boundary Is Slowly Moving Across The Area At Midday

Screen Shot 2016-12-27 at 1.30.25 PM.pngMostly Cloudy Across Central Alabama At 1:30 PM
For most of the Central Alabama area at this midday report, clouds are alligned along a frontal boundary that is currently draped near the I-59 and I-20/59 corridor. Ahead of that skies are partly cloudy, while behind the boundary clouds are breaking and sum blue sky and sun is starting to peek through.

radar.jpgAll of the shower activity at this point is lined up just ahead of the boundary from Anniston, back to the southwest through Montevallo, Brent, Marion, and Linden. A few more showers are over parts of Dallas County just south of Selma.

CentALTemps.jpgTemperatures Across Central Alabama
Temperatures at this hour are ranging from the low to upper 50s in the northern parts of the area, to the mid 70s in the south. The warm spot is currently Montgomery at 77 degrees. The cool spot is currently Cullman at 58 degrees.

Remainder Of The Day
As the boundary continues to slowly move across Central Alabama, the line of showers will move ahead of the boundary, bringing rain chances for areas south of the I-59 and the I-20/59 corridors. As the day continues, the upper air support for the boundary will move out of the area, and showers could become less in coverage. North of the boundary, rain chances have ended for the day, and some clearing should happen throughout the late afternoon and evening hours. The boundary should exit the state by midnight. Some patchy fog formation is expected later tonight and into the overnight hours across the southern parts of the area. Afternoon highs will be in the low 60s to the mid 70s across the area from northwest to southeast. Lows tonight will be in the low 40s to the upper 50s from north to south.

Birmingham’s Climatology And Records
The normal high for December 27th is 54, while the normal low is 33. The record high for today was set back in 1982 at 74 degrees. The record low was set back in 1925 at 10 degrees.

Wednesday’s Weather
With Central Alabama sandwiched in between an approaching trough and cold front moving in from the northern Plains, and high pressure over the Gulf of Mexico, the airmass will remain moist. There will be a slight chance of a scattered shower or two across the area, before the better rain chances move in late tomorrow and into the day on Thursday. There should be enough instability for a few claps of thunder, but with most of the energy still being displaced to our north, that will limit the chance of any severe development. Afternoon highs will be in the low 60s to mid 70s across the area from north to south. Lows will be in the mid 40s to upper 50s from north to south.

Going To The Bowl Game
Rain will have moved out of the Birmingham Metropolitan Area well before the 1:00 PM CST kickoff between South Florida and South Carolina, and skies will begin to clear throughout the remainder of the afternoon. Temperatures at kickoff will be near 54 degrees, and falling to near 50 degrees by the final whistle. It will be quite breezy at Legion Field, with winds out of the northwest averaging around 15 MPH.

On This Day In Weather History: 1988
Severe thunderstorms developing along a cold front in the south central U.S. spawned a dozen tornadoes in Mississippi between early afternoon and sunrise the following day. A tornado at Harperville destroyed five chicken homes killing thousands of chickens. Strong thunderstorm winds gusted to 80 mph at Rolling Fork MS.

Forecaster: Scott Martin (Twitter: @scottmartinwx)

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