Friday Afternoon, September 30, 2016

Dry, cool night Football Friday, no substantial rain in the near future

Clouds kept temperatures lower for the most part Friday afternoon; at 2 PM, Fayetteville had only climbed to 60ºF, Huntsville was at 69ºF, and Gadsden was 74ºF.  The sky clears late tonight, and temperatures drop into the upper 40s and lower 50s.

Football Friday: The first two weeks of the season we dealt with lightning and heavy rain.  The following two weeks were just hot.  Now, it’s finally football weather!  This Football Friday features some of the finest weather we’ve seen all season; temperatures drop from the upper 60s at kick off to the upper 50s and lower 60s by the fourth quarter.  Check out our page here on for everything Football Friday from pep rally of the week to specific game forecasts!

The Black Moon: Scary event or something with good branding?  There’s nothing to be afraid of with all of the talk of the “Black Moon” tonight.  It’s a normal “New Moon.”  The only thing that makes it different is that it’s the second New Moon of the month: more about the Black Moon on the Valleywx blog!

Warming up on Saturday

Warming up on Saturday

Watch out for some patchy, thick fog early Saturday morning!  The foggiest spots likely end up in Tennessee and Northwest Alabama.  The weekend begins on a chilly note, but it warms up nicely Saturday afternoon.  Expect a high around 75ºF to 80ºF with a mostly sunny sky in the afternoon.


Sunday looks a little warmer, but it’s still pretty nice for early October: highs in the lower 80s under a sunny sky.

College Football Forecast: Headed to a college game Saturday?  The weather looks great across the entire region.

Alabama vs. Kentucky, 6 PM @ Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa: Sunset in Tuscaloosa is just after 6:30 PM these days, so it gets nice quickly after a sunny, warm afternoon for tailgating in the pre-game.  Expect a kick-off temperature around 78ºF with a clear sky and a light north wind.

Auburn vs. ULM, 2:30PM @ Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn: Saturday may be deceptively hot in Auburn!  Expect a high in the mid-80s (close to 83ºF) at kick-off with full sunshine and a light north wind.  As the sun sets, the west side of the stadium will get noticeably cooler while the east side bakes in the sun.  Temperatures drop into the upper 70s as the game ends Saturday evening.

UNA vs. West Georgia, 6PM @ Braly Stadium in Florence:  It’s a huge game in the GSC for UNA Saturday night, and the weather looks fantastic for football: temperatures start out in the lower 70s and fall into the lower 60s in the fourth quarter.

Alabama A&M at Texas Southern, 7 PM in Houston, Texas:  It will be warm and dry in Houston Saturday night.  Expect a kick-off temperature around 77ºF with a slow fall into the upper 60s late Saturday night.

Tennessee at Georgia, 2:30 PM (Central) on WHNT News 19 from Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga: Look for warm, sunny, and dry weather in Georgia Saturday afternoon.  Temperatures start out around 80ºF and fall to the mid-70s by game’s end.

Hurricane Matthew, 230pm September 30, 2016

Hurricane Matthew, 230pm September 30, 2016

Hurricane Matthew: The Atlantic’s fifth hurricane of the season is Matthew and the first major hurricane in the Caribbean since 2007. This storm moves west through Friday then begins to take a hard right turn Saturday; a north heading means this could be a factor on the East Coast of the United States next week. If you are traveling to the Carolinas or points north toward New England, stay informed.

You can use’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19 to follow the latest on Matthew’s strength and forecast path. There’s also a “Locations” feature on Live Alert 19 that allows you to see the current and forecast weather information for any place in the United States whether you’re traveling there or just have an interest in what’s happening there.


Tennessee Valley Forecast:

THIS EVENING: A great, cool, dry night for high school football!  Expect kick-off temps in the upper 60s falling to the low-60s in the fourth quarter.  Fair and cool with a light wind.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, cool and dry for high school football. Temperatures in the 60s with a light north breeze during games. Overnight Low: 52. Wind: NW 2-5.

SATURDAY: Fair and cool in the morning, a pleasantly mild afternoon! High: 78. Wind: W 6-12.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and cool. Low: 55. Wind: Light NE.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. Dry. High: 81. WNW 5-10.

MONDAY: Sunny, warm and dry. High: 82. Wind: NE 5-10.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 82. Wind: ENE 5-10.

WEDNESDAY: Partly to mostly sunny, warm and dry. High: 83. Wind: E 6-12.

THURSDAY: Fair, warm and dry. Increasing clouds in the afternoon and evening, still no substantial threat of rain or storms. High: 84. Wind: SW 7-14.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and dry. High: 82. Wind: NW 6-12.

SATURDAY: Fair, pleasantly cool in the morning, warm in the afternoon. High: 84. Wind: NNE 5-10.