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Friday Morning, October 21, 2016

Rain ends early this morning, then turning much cooler



Heavy rain moved into the Tennessee Valley Thursday afternoon and evening, producing as much as 3/4″ of rainfall in areas that are experiencing serious to exceptional drought conditions.

While the rain was much needed, it was only a “drop in the bucket”. For example, Huntsville received 0.77″, a value that is only 9% of the yearly rainfall deficit of 8.52″.

Unfortunately, dry conditions will settle back into the region over the next several days, with skies clearing this afternoon. With that said, much cooler air will filter into the Valley, and highs will only climb into the 60s and 70s this weekend.

Football Friday:  Be sure to bundle up! Temperatures fall into the 50s Friday morning, and it only recovers to the upper 60s with a sunny sky in the afternoon.  Let’s get real: fifties aren’t cold, but the air for high school football tonight will be downright chilly since we are not acclimated to it yet!  Expect kick-off temperatures will be around 55-60ºF, but it drops into the upper 40s and lower 50s by game’s end this week.

Schedules, videos, coverage from previous weeks and specific game forecasts for Football Friday can be found here on!

Weekend weather: There will be a definite chill to the air late Friday night, but it gets downright cold by Saturday morning! A few usually cold areas could be as low as 35-38ºF with some light frost on windshields, rooftops, and the like, but this is not a killing frost or freeze.

Saturday and Sunday look seasonably chilly in the mornings and mild in the afternoons with nearly full sunshine. Expect a high in the 60s on Saturday and the 70s on Sunday.

NASCAR at Talladega: You are going to need a little bit of everything this weekend, including sunglasses and sunscreen during the day and heavy jackets/blankets if you are camping out at night. Remember: There is a burn ban in effect during the weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway!

(Click here for the Talladega Weekend forecast)

College Football:

Alabama vs. Texas A&M – Bryant Denny Stadium – 2:30pm WHNT News 19 – Look for a pleasant afternoon in Tuscaloosa. Temperatures will be in the lower 70s at kickoff with lower 60s in the 4th quarter. There will be a little breeze, so a little jacket or wind breaker isn’t a bad idea. It will be cool in the morning if you are going to GameDay or going out after the game. No rain is in the forecast.

Auburn vs. Arkansas – Jordan-Hare Stadium – 5pm – Auburn host the Hogs this weekend. It will be a great day with temperatures for tailgating in the middle 70s. Expect readings in the upper 60s at kickoff with lower 60s in the 4th quarter. Winds will be out of the northwest at 5-15 mph. No rain in forecast.

UNA vs. North Greenville – Braly Stadium – 6pm – Jackets required in Florence on Saturday night! Temperatures at kickoff will be in the middle 60s with upper 50s in the second half. No rain in the forecast.

Alabama A&M is off this week. The Magic City Classic is next weekend in Birmingham.

Cool downs don’t last forever in the Fall: We’ve gotten this question a lot lately: “when does it cool down for good?”  This is Alabama.  It doesn’t.

A close approximation of “permanent cool down for the season” would be late November.  On November 20th, the average high drops to 60ºF, and the average low is 39ºF.  There’s a standard deviation (basically the normal range of temperatures) of about 10 degrees then, so highs range from 50ºF to 70ºF and lows range from 29ºF to 49ºF.

After next week, the “heat” naturally starts backing down.  We don’t see any more 90s, and there aren’t many 80-degree days left before the natural cooling of the seasons gets us to that “permanent” cool down.  By the way, 2016 has had 172 days (including Thursday) above 80ºF this year.  That’s only the seventh-most on record.

Tennessee Valley Forecast:

TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a few showers/drizzle this morning, mostly sunny for the afternoon. Much cooler and windy behind the front. High: 66. Wind: NW 10-20 mph.

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and chilly, with lows all the way down to the low 40s! Low: 41. Wind: N 5-10.

SATURDAY: A chilly morning followed by a seasonably warm afternoon. Mostly sunny and dry. High: 67. Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

SUNDAY: A crisp, cool morning. Warm and dry in the afternoon. High: 77. Wind: SW 6-12.

MONDAY: Partly sunny and warm. High: 79. Wind: NW 7-14.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny, dry and fair. A fair sky. High: 76. Wind: SE 5-15.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny and very warm for late October. High: 77. Wind: SE 5-15.

THURSDAY: Partly to mostly sunny. Warming up again. High: 84. Wind: S 5-10.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy.  Warm and a little more humid.  High: 84.  Wind: S 5-10.