QUIET: Skies cleared across most of Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are in the range of 55 to 65 degrees. Tonight will be fairly sunny and cold with lows in the mid to high 30’s…there could be a touch of light frost in scattered areas.
The dry weather will continue throughout the weekend tomorrow with pleasant sunny days and cool nights. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 60s, followed by the low 70s on Saturday and the mid 70s on Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry and mild with a high in the 70s…then the next weather system will bring rain and thunderstorms back to the state on Tuesday. Global models suggest strong to severe storms will be possible with this system, but it is simply too early to know the magnitude of the threat. The rain could also be heavy and we will have to monitor the risk of flooding. The second half of the week will be dry with below average temperatures… I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a threat of late season freezing/frost by Friday morning. Watch the Weather Xtreme video for maps, charts and more details.
STORM SURVEY: NWS Birmingham rated Chelsea (Shelby County) tornado EF-1; he was on the ground for 4.52 miles with peak winds of 110 mph. Other survey teams are across Alabama examining other storm damage; it will take days for the work to be completed. Tornadoes are also likely to have touched down in Pickens, Marengo, Greene, Perry, Bibb, Choctaw, Mobile and Baldwin counties.
ON THIS DATE IN 1973: A devastating F4 tornado traveled a nearly continuous 75-mile path through north-central Georgia, causing over $104 million in damage. Athens was heavily damaged.
ON THIS DATE IN 2020: An EF-2 tornado moved through areas just south of Eufaula…the tornado intensified as it crossed Highway 431 and was captured on video, with the most damage occurring in the Country Club of Alabama neighborhood along the south side of Pebble Beach Drive. Large sections of roofs were removed from a few well-built residences with some exterior walls collapsing. The tornado moved through Walter F. George Reservoir along the Chattahoochee River and continued into Quitman County, Georgia.
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