James Spann: Lower humidity in Alabama today as dry pattern continues

James Spann forecasts dry, less humid weather for Alabama today from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

DEW POINTS COMING DOWN: A cold front passed through Alabama early this morning in mostly dry fashion, and today will feature temperatures about 5 degrees cooler than yesterday, but humidity levels will be noticeably lower. With a good supply of sunshine, most places will see a high in the upper 70s this afternoon. Tonight will be clear and cool with a low between 47 and 52 degrees.

REST OF THE WEEK: After the cool start, we warm into the low to mid 80s Wednesday afternoon with a sunny sky. Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high in the low 80s; then a cold front passes through Thursday night. Moisture will be very limited, but a few light showers are possible. On Friday, the weather will be much cooler in the wake of the front. The sky will be sunny, but the high will be only in the low to mid 60s with a cool north breeze.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday morning will feature the coldest temperatures so far this season for many communities. Lows will be between 33 and 43 degrees for most places with scattered frost. During the day Saturday, the sky will be sunny with a high between 67 and 70. Sunny weather continues Sunday with a high in the mid 70s; it will be a picture-perfect autumn weekend.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be dry, but we are seeing evidence a few showers could return to the state Tuesday or Wednesday ahead of the next cold front. Rain amounts will be light.

TROPICS: A tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure about 600 miles east of the Windward Islands have changed little in organization this morning. Upper-level winds are gradually becoming less conducive, so only some slow additional development is possible today. By tonight, upper-level winds are expected to become even less favorable for tropical cyclone formation to occur. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

RAIN UPDATE: These are rain totals for the year so far, and the departure from average:

  • Muscle Shoals — 64.26 inches (23.56 inches above average)
  • Birmingham — 63.73 inches (21.41 above average)
  • Huntsville — 60.02 inches (18.66 above average)
  • Montgomery — 58.75 inches (16.92 above average)
  • Tuscaloosa — 56.75 inches (15.98 above average)
  • Anniston — 53.39 inches (14.39 above average)
  • Troy — 50.55 inches (7.47 above average)
  • Mobile — 49.3 inches (4.43 below average)

ON THIS DATE IN 2006: The October 2006 Buffalo storm was an unusual early-season lake effect snowstorm that hit the Buffalo, New York, area and other surrounding areas of the United States and Canada. Downtown Buffalo reported 15 inches from this event. Depew and Alden recorded 24 inches, the most from this lake effect storm.

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