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Central Alabama 7 Day Forecast

Category: Alabama’s Weather

Colder Air Arrives Tonight

| 3:54 pm November 24, 2014

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COMFORTABLE AFTERNOON: Doesn’t get much better; lots of sunshine this afternoon with temperatures in the 70s east of a cold front, that is passing through in dry fashion. However, northwest Alabama is considerably cooler with upper 50s there behind the surface front.

Tonight will be mostly fair and colder; most communities will see a low between 36 and 40 degrees early tomorrow. Tomorrow will be cool and dry with a mix of sun and clouds and a high in the mid to upper 50s.

SOME LIGHT RAIN TOMORROW NIGHT: A strong upper trough will bring the risk of some light rain to our state tomorrow night, mainly between 8:00 p.m. tomorrow and 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. The best chance of significant rain will come over the eastern half of the state, and even there amounts will be generally under 1/4 inch. Higher rain totals statewide will come around Dothan, in the southeast corner of Alabama.

Wednesday will be cool and dry with a high in the 55-60 degree range along with a good supply of sunshine.

TRAVELERS BEWARE: A nor’easter will bring the threat of snow and rain to the East Coast Wednesday, the biggest travel day of the year. Expect airport delays Wednesday in Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

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THANKSGIVING DAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The weather looks very nice; expect sunshine in full supply Thursday and Friday with highs in the 50s. Coldest morning will come early Friday with upper 20s and low 30s. Saturday feature a partly sunny sky with a high in the low 60s, and on Sunday mid to upper 60s are likely with a mix of sun and clouds. We will mention a small risk of a shower over far North Alabama Sunday afternoon ahead of a cold front that will become stationary over Tennessee.

IRON BOWL: A perfect night for football in Tuscaloosa Saturday (6:45p CT kickoff)… mostly fair with upper 50s at kickoff, and low 50s by the final whistle. No risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: December begins with very pleasant, dry weather with highs in the 60s. The 12Z GFS hints the next risk of rain will come around December 5-6. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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Becoming Windy; Colder Air Arrives Tonight

| 6:29 am November 24, 2014

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AT DAYBREAK: It is a very pleasant morning with temperatures in the in the 60s; no rain is showing up on radar, and we don’t expect any today. It will be windy day with west winds averaging 12-22 mph, gusting at times over 25 mph. Dew points will drop steadily during the day as drier air works into the state; the sky should be partly sunny.

MID-WEEK: Tomorrow will be dry and cooler with a mix of sun and clouds along with a high in the upper 50s. Then, tomorrow night, a strong upper trough will rotate over the state, and will bring clouds, and some risk of light rain. The best chance of rain will be south of I-59, and east of I-65 from about 7:00 p.m. tomorrow through 4:00 a.m. Wednesday. Rain amounts will be very light, and most people will sleep right through it.

Then, the day Wednesday will be dry in Alabama with a decent amount of sunshine and a high in the 50s.

TRAVELERS BEWARE: A nor’easter will bring wind, rain, and snow to the east coast region Wednesday, which many say is the biggest travel day of the year. The rain/snow line will be very close to Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, and one way or another airport delays are likely. Potential for some big delays, in fact.

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THANKSGIVING DAY/BLACK FRIDAY/IRON BOWL SATURDAY: Looking very nice. For Thursday, we begin the day with temperatures down in the low to mid 30s, and the high will be in the low 50s. Sunshine in full supply. Pretty much the same story Friday; cool and dry with a high in the mid 50s.

Then, we hit the low 60s Saturday afternoon with a partly sunny sky.

IRON BOWL FORECAST: For the biggest football game in the state of Alabama, the weather looks perfect. Mostly fair when the game kicks off at 6:45 Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa; the temperature will fall from near 57 at kickoff into the low 50s by the final whistle. No chance of rain.

SUNDAY AND NEXT WEEK: A cold front will approach the Alabama/Tennessee border late in the weekend, and we will mention a chance of showers Sunday, mainly north of U.S. 278 (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden). The upper air pattern won’t allow this front to move into the state, however, and it looks like we will enjoy highs in the 60s at least for the first half of next week.

Model data from the GFS suggests the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) will remain positive for the next 10-15 days, which should prevent any seriously cold air from invading the Deep South. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

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Watch County Notification

| 2:44 pm November 23, 2014

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This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

WWUS64 KBMX 232043
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 558
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
243 PM CST SUN NOV 23 2014

ALC005-081-087-113-232145-
/O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0558.000000T0000Z-141124T0100Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 558 FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 4 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

LEE MACON RUSSELL

IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

BARBOUR

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…AUBURN…EUFAULA…OPELIKA…
PHENIX CITY AND TUSKEGEE.

$$

Severe Weather Threat Winding Down

| 2:38 pm November 23, 2014
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The rain has ended at the Birmingham Airport and it appears that we will fall just short of one inch of rain today. 0.89 inches had fallen through 2:12 p.m Still, we are grateful for the beneficial rains and even more grateful that severe weather has not been widespread across the state.

It does appear that a tornado may have touched down in eastern Barbour County. A Tornado Debris Signature was evident on radar as the storm prepared to move into Georgia. Trees were reported down at Lakepoint Resort near Eufaula.

A tornado watch remains in effect for Southeast Alabama, but it will be cancelled for the Alabama counties shortly since the activity is now mostly into Georgia.

To the north, just a steady rain as the line passes. Not even any lightning over Northeast Alabama, as the airmass is more stable thanks to the persistent easterly wedge that prevailed yesterday.

As predicted, some clearing is evident on visible satellite imagery now over West Central Alabama. You will see some breaks in the clouds in the Birmingham Metro before sunset.

Tornado Warning Barbour County (Possible TDS at 2:10)

| 2:00 pm November 23, 2014

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This storm likely produced a tornado as it crossed the Chattahoochee River into Georgia around 2:10. Check out the Tornado Debris Signature from the Fort Rucker Radar.

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It is evidenced by the low values (blues) on the correltaion coefficient panel (lower right panel on graphic).

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
EAST CENTRAL BARBOUR COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 215 PM CST

* AT 157 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED NEAR EUFAULA…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
LAKEPOINT RESORT STATE PARK AND TWIN SPRINGS.

Watch County Notification

| 1:54 pm November 23, 2014

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This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.

WWUS64 KBMX 231953
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 558
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
153 PM CST SUN NOV 23 2014

ALC011-101-109-232100-
/O.CAN.KBMX.TO.A.0558.000000T0000Z-141124T0100Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CANCELLED TORNADO WATCH 558 FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS CANCELS 3 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY

IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

BULLOCK PIKE

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…MONTGOMERY…
TROY AND UNION SPRINGS.

$$

ALC005-081-087-113-240100-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.A.0558.000000T0000Z-141124T0100Z/

TORNADO WATCH 558 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 7 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR
THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

LEE MACON RUSSELL

IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA

BARBOUR

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…AUBURN…EUFAULA…OPELIKA…
PHENIX CITY AND TUSKEGEE.

$$

Tornado Warning Russell County

| 1:48 pm November 23, 2014

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Radar indicated rotation approaching Seale in Russell County is the trigger for this tornado warning. It is moving in the direction of Phenix City.

This for panel radar image shows (from top left) 1. an inflow notch on the reflectivity display, 2. rotation on the strom relative velocity, 3. nothing on the correlation coefficient panel (where we would look for signs of tornadic debris) which would be confirmed by low values on 4. the differential reflectivity (indicative of tumbling debris).

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL RUSSELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 215 PM CST

* AT 146 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM
WAS LOCATED 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SEALE…OR 11 MILES EAST OF
HURTSBORO…AND MOVING NORTH AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
PHENIX CITY…SEALE…RUSSELL COUNTY SPORTS COMPLEX…LADONIA…
PARKMANVILLE…PHENIX DRAG STRIP…CRAWFORD AND LADONIA SPORTS
COMPLEX.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR
THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.

&&

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758 OR TWEET YOUR REPORT USING HASHTAG ALWX

LAT…LON 3214 8523 3216 8530 3247 8522 3247 8506
3249 8506 3249 8499 3245 8499
TIME…MOT…LOC 1947Z 200DEG 40KT 3221 8523

$$

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Rain/Storms Moving Northeastward

| 1:19 pm November 23, 2014

Well, as advertised rain and thunderstorms are pushing northeastward across much of Alabama on this Saturday afternoon.

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Rain is overspreading the Birmingham Metro at this hour. But the storms are not severe.

So far there have been a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings in South Alabama and the NWS in Birmingham had to issue a tornado warning based on radar rotation for Barbour, Bullock and Pike Counties. No touchdown was reported and no tornado debris signature appeared on radar.

There is a tornado watch over Southeast Alabama where the best combination of instability and wind shear is present producing a threat for tornadoes.

Over Central Alabama, it is mainly just rain now with very little thunder. The support for the widespread rain (an upper level disturbance) is moving quickly northeast and is outrunning the instability that is lagging behind a bit. That’s good news, cause it means we may get out of this without any severe weather across Central Alabama.

To the south, the risk continues for areas south of a line from Atmore to Thomaston to Phenix City.