James Spann: Clearing with lower humidity for Alabama today

James Spann forecasts a nice change in the weather for Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

DRIER AIR MOVING IN: Clouds this morning across Alabama will give way to a sunny afternoon as dry air returns to the state. Humidity will be noticeably lower than recent days. Tonight will be clear and cool with a low in the 40s, and on Friday we will enjoy sunshine in full supply with a high at or just over 70 degrees.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another delightful fall day is ahead for Saturday; after a morning low between 40 and 45 degrees we rise into the low to mid 70s with a sunny sky. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high in the 70s; a cold front will bring some risk of isolated showers during the afternoon and evening, but moisture will be extremely limited and rain amounts will be very light and spotty.

NEXT WEEK: Much cooler air settles into the state for the week. No rain is expected, with sunny days and clear nights; highs will be in the 60s with lows in the 30s and 40s. Looks like we will see widespread frost early Tuesday, with a freeze for colder spots.

We are in the peak of the late fall tornado season in Alabama, but we see no risk of severe storms for at least the next 10 days, and very little rain.

WEDNESDAY’S RAIN: Rain totals around Alabama Wednesday included:

  • West Blocton — 3.01 inches
  • Remlap — 1.82
  • Rock Creek –1.72
  • Oak Grove — 1.55
  • Black Creek — 1.32
  • Bessemer — 1.28
  • Hueytown — 1.02
  • Concord — 0.89
  • Moody — 0.78
  • Carbon Hill — 0.17
  • Decatur — 0.13
  • Weaver — 0.13
  • Muscle Shoals — 0.05
  • Montgomery — 0.05
  • Huntsville — 0.04
  • Coker — 0.01
  • Mobile — trace

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Eta is inland this morning over north Florida with sustained winds of 50 mph; it will move out into the Atlantic tonight.

In the far eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Theta will become post-tropical by early next week southwest of Portugal.

In the Caribbean, Invest 98L is expected to become Tropical Storm Iota over the next few days. Most guidance suggests it will reach hurricane strength by Sunday or Monday as it approaches Central America.

ON THIS DATE IN 1970: The deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded and one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern times occurred in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. The Bhola Cyclone formed over the Bay of Bengal on Nov. 8 and traveled north. This cyclone reached peak intensity, Category 3, on Nov. 11 and made landfall on the coast of East Pakistan the following afternoon. The Bhola Cyclone killed an estimated 500,000 people and caused nearly $90 million in damage (in 1970 U.S. dollars).

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