FOGGY START: A dense fog advisory is in effect for parts of north and central Alabama early this morning; the fog dissipates by mid-morning. Otherwise, today will be sunny and pleasant with a high in the low 70s. Tonight’s weather will stay clear and cool; we drop into the 40s early Saturday morning.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Mostly sunny weather continues Saturday with a high between 72 and 76 degrees. A cold front passes through the state Sunday with potential for a few showers over the northern third of the state. Moisture will be very limited, and rain amounts very light. Most places south of I-20 will see the front passing through in dry fashion. Otherwise Sunday will be partly sunny with a high in the 60s over north Alabama and 70s for the southern half of the state.
NEXT WEEK: No rain as a cool, dry air mass settles into the state. Look for sunny days and clear nights with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s.
TROPICS: Eta has finally become post-tropical off the U.S. East Coast. Tropical Storm Theta, in the far eastern Atlantic, will become post tropical by Sunday night southeast of Portugal. And Invest 98L in the Caribbean is expected to become Tropical Storm Iota over the weekend. It is moving westward and is expected to arrive in Central America as a hurricane early next week. For now no impact is expected in the Gulf of Mexico.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season ends at the end of this month.
LEONID METEOR SHOWER PEAKS: From midnight to dawn this weekend watch for meteors in the annual Leonid meteor shower. The new moon Sunday guarantees a dark sky in rural locations on the shower’s peak mornings. The meteors are expected to fall most abundantly in the dark hours before dawn on Tuesday, but you should see several over the weekend. At the shower’s peak, you might see as many as 10 to 15 meteors per hour.
ON THIS DAY IN 1946: General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern-day cloud-seeding experiment. Scientist Vincent Schaefer dropped six pounds of dry ice pellets into a cloud over Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A 4-mile-long cloud was converted into snow flurries. The success of the experiment became the basis of many weather modification projects.
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