Temperatures across Alabama will run 8-12 degrees above normal for this time of year as our late-summer-in-October pattern continues.
HIGH PRESSURE IN CONTROL: A long ridge of high pressure extending from Maine to Alabama remains in control of weather along the East Coast. A stationary front is stranded for now to our northwest, but it will be on the move again by Thursday and will bring us rain starting Thursday evening into Saturday.
TODAY: You can expect partly cloudy, warm and humid conditions today across Alabama, with the only chance of rain over the far southeastern sections around Dothan. Highs today will range from the lower 80s in the north to middle 80s across north central Alabama, with some upper 80s in south central Alabama. Humidity levels are on the rise and you will feel it, with dewpoints reaching the middle 60s today. Lows tonight will be in the middle and upper 60s.
SHOWERS TO RETURN: Thursday starts off nice with partly cloudy skies and mild conditions. Temperatures will warm into the lower 80s on average. A few showers will start to show up by evening with high moisture levels and an approaching front. Those showers will continue into Friday and may be accompanied by a few thunderstorms at times Friday afternoon and evening. Highs on Friday will be right around 80 degrees.
WEEKEND OUTLOOK: The front will push through the state with a few more showers and storms on Saturday, setting the stage for a partly cloudy, mild day on Sunday.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, showers are likely with a cloudy sky. Temperatures will be in the 70s.
UAB has a Friday night special at Legion Field, hosting Louisiana at 7. Showers are a good possibility, but it won’t rain the entire game. Temperatures will be in the 70s.
Saturday, Auburn will take on Ole Miss in Oxford (11 a.m. kickoff), with just a slight risk of a shower during the game. Otherwise, expect a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures rising from near 66 at kickoff to 70 degrees by the final whistle.
Alabama is also on the road, taking on Tennessee in Knoxville (2:30 p.m. CT kickoff).The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and a few passing showers are possible. Temperatures will be in the low 70s.
TROPICS: Hurricane Epsilon is about 500 miles southeast of Bermuda this morning. It will bring winds near tropical storm force to Bermuda as it passes well east of the island on Thursday night. It will then turn northeast and pass out through the open Atlantic. We still will be watching the Caribbean as we head toward the first week of November for some sort of tropical development. Don’t be surprised to see a hurricane develop in that region during that period.
BEACH FORECAST: One more perfect day along the beautiful beaches of Alabama and northwest Florida before showers and storms return Thursday and Friday. Highs will be in the lower 80s today and Thursday, lowering to the upper 70s by Friday. Overnight lows will be near 70. The rip current risk will remain high for much of the week ahead. Water temperatures are still running in the lower 70s.
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ON THIS DATE IN 1743: Benjamin Franklin was waiting with great anticipation in Philadelphia to view a lunar eclipse. Franklin was disappointed when clouds obscured the sky and a terrible nor’easter set in, blocking his view of the eclipse. The storm wreaked havoc all along the coast from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. As Franklin read accounts of the storm from newspapers over the next few weeks, he was surprised to find that observers in Boston had been able to view the eclipse before the storm set in. He learned in a letter from his brother in Boston that the storm had arrived there four hours after the eclipse. How could that be? Franklin observed that winds at his location were from the northeast. He assumed that the storm had come from the direction of Boston since his winds were blowing from the direction of Boston. But the storm had arrived in Boston later than in Philadelphia. Franklin sought other observations from up and down the coast. He later observed to his friend Jared Eliot that the winds had blown from northeast to southwest, but that the storm had traveled from southwest to northeast. Franklin had come to the revolutionary discovery that the wind in storm systems rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around a center that moves across the earth’s surface. It was a brilliant deduction considering he had no satellite to show him the big picture. Follow my weather history tweets on Twitter. I am @wxhistorian at Twitter.com.
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