James Spann: Warming Trend Ahead for Alabama; Rain returns later this week

James Spann predicts warmer days for Alabama from the Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

ANOTHER FRIG MORNING: Here are some temperatures across Alabama just before sunrise:

  • Tuckers Chapel – 17th
  • Meridianville – 18
  • Gadsden – 18
  • Oneonta – 18
  • Trussville-19
  • Haleyville – 20th
  • Decatur – 20th
  • Cottondale – 20th
  • Pell City – 20th
  • Chelsea – 21
  • Cullman-21
  • Jasper – 21
  • Muscle Swarms – 22
  • Talladega – 22
  • Fort Payne – 22nd
  • Heflin – 22
  • Leeds – 23
  • Huntsville – 24
  • Birmingham — 26
  • Tuscaloosa – 26
  • Demopolis – 26
  • Montgomery – 27
  • Anniston — 29
  • Greenville – 29
  • Dotan — 32
  • Mobile – 35

This is the fifth straight morning of below-freezing temperatures for most of Alabama. Expect partly sunny skies today with a high in the 50’s.

Clouds will increase tonight and many places will remain above freezing overnight. Disturbance could produce a shower or two on Tuesday, but there is only a 10-20% chance of any spot getting wet. The high will be in the upper 50s.

REST OF THE WEEK: Wednesday will be dry and warmer; skies will be partly sunny with a high in the 60’s. Clouds return for Thanksgiving and we will mention that there may be intermittent rain late Thursday, Thursday night and early Friday morning. At the moment it looks like the main window for rain will come from around 3pm Thursday to 6am Friday. Volumes of about half an inch are likely, and while thunder is possible, no severe storms are expected. Temperatures will be very comfortable on Thanksgiving Day, with a high in the mid to over 60’s. Friday will be slightly cooler; with persistent clouds, the altitude is between 57 and 62 degrees.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We believe the weekend will be dry with partly to mostly sunny days and light nights; Highs are around 60’s, lows are around 40’s.

IRON BOWL: For the biggest football game of the year in Tuscaloosa (Auburn at Alabama, kick-off at 2:30 p.m.), skies will be partly sunny, with a kick-off temperature of nearly 62 degrees that will drop back into the 50s by the fourth quarter. We currently see no risk of rain.

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week looks dry and comfortable with highs in the 60’s; global models point to some risk of rain later in the week.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains calm and the hurricane season ends in nine days.

ON THIS DAY IN 1992: The November 21-23 tornado outbreak was the third largest in recorded history and one of the longest continuous outbreaks on record. There was no interruption in tornado activity from 1:30 p.m. on November 21, when the tornadoes began in Texas, until 7:30 a.m. on November 23, when the last tornadoes lifted in North Carolina. That day, severe thunderstorms spawned six tornadoes within 70 minutes in the Houston, Texas area. At one time there were three locals in Harris County. The strongest, an F4, pursued 20 miles through Houston’s eastern suburbs, destroying 200 homes and damaging 1,000 others.

A long-track F4 had a 128-mile damage path in Mississippi, stretching from just outside Hopewell to west of Sherwood. Twelve people were killed, eight of them in mobile homes. Another 122 people were injured as this monster swept through seven counties, damaging or destroying at least 700 homes, including well-built brick mansions.

Thirteen tornadoes would make landfall in Alabama on November 22nd.

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