COOL MONDAY: Temperatures are mostly in the 20s across Alabama early this morning with clear skies…we hit the mid 50s later in the day with full sunshine. The average high for Birmingham on February 14 is 59.
Dry weather continues tomorrow and Wednesday with a warming trend. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 60s, followed by the high in the 60s on Wednesday. A few scattered clouds will appear on Wednesday, otherwise we expect good sunshine both days.
POSSIBLE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THURSDAY: A dynamic weather system will bring the threat of strong to severe thunderstorms to Alabama on Thursday. Shear and instability values look favourable, but the main air support aloft will lift north of the region by mid to late afternoon, meaning the highest probability of severe weather will concern Mississippi and the western half of Alabama. The CPS has much of the state at risk of severe weather Thursday.
For now, it looks like all severe weather modes will be possible, including strong straight-line winds, hail and a few tornadoes. It should also be noted that pressure gradient winds (unrelated to thunderstorms) will be in the range of 15-25 mph on Thursday with higher gusts. Rainfall amounts will likely equal or slightly exceed one inch for most of the state, but widespread flooding issues are not expected. The main window for stronger storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours. We will be much more specific about the threat tomorrow.
FRIDAY AND WEEKENDS: Skies turn mostly sunny on Friday, and the day will be cooler with a high in the 50s. Dry weather continues over the weekend for most of Alabama with days mostly sunny and fair nights; the high on Saturday will be in the high 50s, followed by the low 60s on Sunday. Clouds will persist near the immediate Gulf Coast with some scattered light rain possible over the weekend.
NEXT WEEK: Warming trend continues; the high will be in the 60s on Monday, the low 70s on Tuesday and the mid-70s on Wednesday. The next weather system will bring a chance of rain and thunderstorms by Wednesday or Thursday… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, charts and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1895: The heaviest snowfall in the history of Houston, Texas occurred on the 14th and 15th. The Houston area saw 20 inches of snow.
ON THIS DATE IN 1958: Snow lovers have received a special treat as the heaviest snowfall since 1948 blanketed Birmingham in over two inches of snow. The roads of Magic City quickly became snowy and impassable. The roads between Birmingham and Atlanta were particularly dangerous. The northwest corner of Alabama was covered in 3 to 6 inches of snow. Six to eight inches fell in Decatur. At Birmingham Municipal Airport, a Delta Airlines DC-7 slid off the runway the following morning and buried its nose deep in slush and mud when the nose wheel broke. None of the 43 passengers was injured.
ON THIS DATE IN 2021: Freezing rain and some snow led to hazardous travel into northwest Alabama; it was the start of a five-day period of very cold and unstable weather; there were several bouts of winter snow and precipitation over the northern half of Alabama through February 17.
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