Scott Martin: Cool, dry weekend for most of Alabama

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: After a chilly start, clouds will increase throughout the day but all shower activity will be confined to the Gulf Coast. Highs will be in the upper 40’s to the upper 50’s.

Clouds will decrease on Sunday and bright sunshine will return. However, we remain with below average temperatures with highs in the mid 40’s to low 50’s.

NEXT WEEK: A short wave will move towards Alabama on Monday bringing more clouds but we’re trying to stay dry at this point. We will start to see a warming trend with highs in the low 50’s to low 60’s. The first half of Tuesday looks dry, but with the passage of shortwave some showers are possible during the afternoon and into the evening. Highs will be in the 50’s. A few showers seem possible during the first half of Wednesday, which will clear up in the early afternoon. Highs are between the high 50s and low 60s.

Daylight on Thanksgiving Day looks dry, with mostly sunny skies, but clouds will increase from the west as a frontal system approaches. The rain will move into western Alabama at sunset or shortly thereafter and appears to hit the I-59 corridor by midnight. Highs will be in the high 50s to high 60s.

On Friday, the rain will continue to push east as the front slowly moves through Alabama. Buyers must definitely have an umbrella handy. The rain appears to have completely cleared the area by midnight. Afternoon highs are between the low 50s and low 60s.

TROPICS: The tropics are all calm at this point as we near the end of the Atlantic hurricane season. No new tropical or subtropical systems are expected to form within the next five days.

ON THIS DAY IN 1988: Strong thunderstorms developed in the morning, causing storms in east Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley into the early hours of the night. Thunderstorms spawned 21 tornadoes, including 13 in Mississippi. A tornado killed two people and injured 11 others in Nettleton, Mississippi, and another tornado injured eight people in Tuscaloosa. Thunderstorms generated baseball-sized hail across east Texas and northern Louisiana, and Summit, Mississippi, was inundated with 6 inches of rain in four hours.

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