WET AT TIMES: An approaching cold front will bring occasional showers to Alabama today. There could be a rumble of thunder in spots, but no severe storms are expected, and rain amounts should be under one-half inch for most places. Otherwise, today will be cloudy with a high in the 70s.
Look for a clearing sky Thursday along with noticeably lower humidity; the high will be in the mid 70s. Friday promises to be a very nice fall day with ample sunshine and a high around 70 degrees after a morning low in the 40s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather stays dry Saturday; with a good supply of sunshine the high will be in the 72- to 75-degree range. Look for a partly sunny sky Sunday with a high in the mid 70s. A cold front will bring some risk of isolated showers Sunday afternoon and evening, but moisture will be very limited and rain amounts will be very light and spotty.
NEXT WEEK: Much cooler air flows into Alabama. The week looks rain-free and seasonally cool; highs will be in the 60s with lows in the 30s and 40s.
ETA UPDATE: Tropical Storm Eta is packing sustained winds of 70 mph in the southeast Gulf of Mexico early this morning and is expected to briefly become a hurricane today before weakening again tonight. Landfall is now forecast on the Florida west coast north of Tampa Bay Thursday.
We now have good clarity and model agreement; Eta will not affect Alabama or the central Gulf Coast, other than rip current danger today and Thursday from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach.
THETA: Tropical Storm Theta is in the eastern Atlantic, moving eastward. It is expected to become post-tropical in four to five days southwest of Portugal.
INVEST 98L: A well-organized tropical wave in the Caribbean is expected to become Tropical Storm Iota over the next few days as it moves to the west. This one should move into either Central America or Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
ON THIS DATE IN 1940: An Armistice Day storm raged across the Great Lakes region and the Upper Midwest. A blizzard left 49 dead in Minnesota, and gales on Lake Michigan caused shipwrecks resulting in another 59 deaths. Up to 17 inches of snow fell in Iowa, and at Duluth, Minnesota, the barometric pressure reached 28.66 inches. The blizzard claimed 154 lives and killed thousands of cattle in Iowa. Huge snowdrifts isolated whole towns.
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