Huntsville and Muscle Shoals both have rainfall deficits near NINE inches on the year. Remember how much it rained last Christmas? Huntsville got 5.82″ of rain on December 25th and 26th; even that flood wouldn’t be enough to bring us out of the drought at this point. See the contrast with “then” and “now” in the video below:
Huntsville’s streak of rain-free days technically ended Sunday with a “Trace” reported at Huntsville International Airport. That now ties us for the second-driest October on record (a trace in 1963). Dry, warm weather continues this evening, and it does not get very cool tonight: lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s.
Record high temperatures this week? It looks possible on Tuesday and Wednesday; both days feature highs between 88ºF and 90ºF. Tuesday’s record is 88ºF in 1926; Wednesday’s is 90ºF also set in 1926. That should be it for the excessively hot weather in 2016 because a strong cold front brings a decent chance of rain and a big cool down from Thursday to the weekend.
Thursday’s cold front: We see the best chance of rain since early September coming up on Thursday as a strong cold front moves into the region. There is still a lot of doubt in the true rainfall potential, but confidence is growing that most of the Tennessee Valley will get at least a tenth of an inch of rain by the time the sun comes up on Friday.
A few lucky communities may get as much as 1.00” to 1.25” with that front, but the expectation is for lower amounts on average.
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