DECEMBER HEAT: Most of Alabama will remain dry until tomorrow, although a few isolated showers may appear over counties in the southwestern state tomorrow afternoon as humidity levels rise. With partly sunny skies we are projecting high degrees into the 70s today and then into the 72 to 75 degree range tomorrow.
Here are the daily records for the rest of the week in Birmingham…
Today (Dec 16) 76 (1924)
Tomorrow (December 17) 73 (1984)
That record of 73 tomorrow could very well be in jeopardy with temperatures here 15 to 20 degrees above average for mid-December.
ALABAMA WEEKEND: A cold front will bring showers back to the state on Saturday. It won’t be “all day” rain, but if you have something planned outside, be aware that occasional showers are likely. There will be some surface instability available, so a thunderous rumble is possible, but severe storms are not expected with low dynamics. The day will be cloudy with a maximum of 67 to 71 degrees.
The rain stopped on Saturday evening and the sky became partly to mostly sunny on Sunday. The day will be considerably cooler with a high in the range of 50 to 55 degrees, a drop of almost 20 degrees from the heat on Saturday.
NEXT WEEK: Monday will be a partly to mostly sunny day with a high between 56 and 60 degrees. Then, clouds return Tuesday and rain is possible mainly over the southern half of the state as a wave passes through the northern Gulf of Mexico. We note that the reliable European global model suggests that the rain will be confined to the area near the Gulf Coast.
From Wednesday to Friday, the weather will be dry with mostly sunny days and clear nights; the vertices will be close to 60 degrees.
CHRISTMAS DAY: For the moment, the weather promises to be dry and pleasant on Saturday December 25th. Mostly sunny with a high of 60 degrees or a little more after a morning low of around 40 degrees. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics and more details.
AT THIS DATE IN 2000: An EF4 tornado ravaged the southern part of Tuscaloosa, killing eleven people and injuring over 100. Nine of the deaths were in mobile homes, one in a vehicle and one in a commercial building converted to use. residential. Six of those killed were women and five were men. The ages ranged from 16 months to 83 years. The tornado was on the ground for a total of 18 miles, all in Tuscaloosa County. The path of the tornado was estimated to be 750 meters wide at its maximum intensity.
There was an excellent warning for the tornado; a warning was issued at 12:40 p.m. on this murderous Saturday, 14 minutes before the tornado first hit a rural area southwest of Tuscaloosa, near the Black Warrior River. The tornado passed through Alabama 69 near Shelton State Community College and Hillcrest High School; destroying a shopping center and many houses. Bear Creek Trailer Park was hit, where many fatalities have occurred. The tornado moved east / northeast, south of Skyland Boulevard, and eventually crossed I-59/20 near the Cottondale exit.
Later that day, the same parental storm dropped an F3 tornado that struck the Coats Bend area of Etowah County, near Gadsden, destroying 250 homes and injuring 14 people. Like Tornado Tuscaloosa, excellent warnings were issued by the National Weather Service long before damage occurred.
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