HOW’S THE WEATHER ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AT MIDDAY
A line of light to moderate rainfall is stretching across the eastern parts of Central Alabama down to the south-central parts of the area, with scattered pockets of rain over the western parts of the state. There are no lightning strikes showing up at this time, as this is just a good soaking rain where it is falling. You can tell where the rain has fallen and where it hasn’t due to the difference in temperatures across the area.
Back to our west, thunderstorms are occurring over parts of west-central Mississippi back into the southern parts of Arkansas and the northern parts of Louisiana. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms have formed along the southern parts of Mississippi and the eastern parts of Louisiana. A few severe thunderstorm warnings are currently in effect in southern Louisiana, mostly for damaging wind and quarter-size hail. Most of all of the activity is lined up along a stationary front that will turn into a warm front later tonight.
TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA
At 12:51 PM, temperatures are ranging from the upper 40s in the northeastern parts of Central Alabama, to the lower 70s in the southeast. Much of Central Alabama is in the lower to mid 50s. The warm spot is currently Eufaula at 71ºF, with the cool spot being Alexander City at 47ºF.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR THE REST OF TODAY
Skies should remain mainly cloudy throughout the remainder of the day and into the evening hours tonight. Shower chances will continue mainly for locations south of the I-20 and I-20/59 corridors, but a few passing showers are possible just north of that. There will be a big temperature difference across the area with mid 50s to the lower 60s for most locations, with a few spots in the southeastern locations reaching the lower 70s. A few spots in the northeastern corner of the area could stay in the upper 40s to the lower 50s.
A warm front will move to the north across Central Alabama during the evening and overnight hours, allowing for dewpoints to increase. A risk for showers will continue for tonight, with the better chances being over the northern parts of the area. Overnight lows will be in the lower 50s to the lower 60s.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON TUESDAY
With a southerly low-level flow over Central Alabama, temperatures will be quite warm and a risk of scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms will continue through the day on Tuesday. The better rain chances will be over the northern half of the area, especially for the extreme northern locations in Central Alabama. Any severe weather risks will stay out of the area, and any thunder will occur north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden. Most of the activity will start during midday through the afternoon hours during the main heating of the day when the atmosphere destabilizes. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 70s to the low 80s across Central Alabama from north to south. Things seem to quiet down for the evening and rainfall should come to an end for most of the area, but patchy dense fog could form especially in the southeastern part of the area. Overnight lows will be in the mid 60s across the area.
CLIMATOLOGY AND RECORDS FOR BIRMINGHAM
The normal high for February 27th is 62ºF, while the normal low is 38ºF. The record high for today was set back in 1962 at 82ºF. The record low was set back in 1963 at 15ºF.
TODAY IN WEATHER HISTORY
February 27, 1717: What was perhaps the greatest snow in New England history commenced on this date. During a ten day period a series of four snowstorms dumped three feet of snow upon Boston, and the city was snowbound for two weeks. Up to six feet of snow was reported farther to the north, and drifts covered many one story homes.