CHILLY EARLY APRIL MORNING: Here are some temperatures across Alabama just before sunrise:
- Black Creek — 34
- Fort Payne — 34
- Gadsden — 36
- Hueytown — 38
- Cullman — 38
- Haleyville — 38
- Weaver — 39
- Pell City — 39
- Alexander City — 40
- Bessemer — 41
- Decatur — 41
- Muscle Shoals — 41
- Huntsville — 41
- Tuscaloosa — 42
- Montgomery — 46
- Mobile — 46
Today will feature sunshine in full supply with a high in the mid 60s. The average high for April 1 at Birmingham is 71. We stay dry through Friday; the high Thursday will be in the low 70s, followed by mid to upper 70s Friday.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday, for now, looks warm and generally dry, with a mix of sun and clouds and a high in the upper 70s. The risk of a shower for any one given place during the day is very low. A few scattered showers are possible on Sunday, but there will be intervals of sunshine with a high between 77 and 80 degrees.
NEXT WEEK: There will be a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms daily Monday through at least Wednesday with a moist air mass in place. But an upper ridge will be over the region, so the rain probably won’t be too heavy or widespread. Highs will remain in the 78- to 82-degree range. Some global models suggest an upper trough will approach late in the week with some potential for severe storms, but that is certainly not carved in stone at this point.
ON THIS DATE IN 1960: The first weather satellite, TIROS 1 (Television and Infra-Red Observation Satellite) began sending pictures back to Earth. The TIROS series would have little benefit to operational weather forecasters because the image quality was low and inconsistent. The most critical understanding achieved from the new technology was the discovery of the high degree of organization of large-scale weather systems, a fact never apparent from ground and aircraft observations.
ON THIS DATE IN 1981: Two people were killed and 23 injured when a major tornado (EF-3) devastated the business district of Hurtsboro in Russell County, along with much of the residential area. Eight of the injured were admitted to hospitals. Damage was estimated at $8.5 million with about 80% of the property in the city damaged or destroyed. Twenty-five homes, eight mobile homes and 25 businesses were destroyed.
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