RADAR CHECK: Rain lingers over parts of North and South Alabama this afternoon… the central counties are mostly dry. Temperatures are about 30 degrees colder than yesterday, when many communities soared into the low to mid 80s. A strong upper air short wave will bring widespread rain to Alabama late tonight and tomorrow; rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely. It will be a cold rain as many cities will hold in the 40s all day, even down into South Alabama. No severe weather worries, and probably very little thunder in a cold, stable airmass.
REST OF THE WEEK: Dry air returns Wednesday… the sky becomes partly to mostly sunny with a high in the 60-65 degree range. Thursday will be a bright, sunny day with a high in the upper 60s. Clouds will increase Friday, and a disturbance will have potential to bring some light rain to the state Friday night. Moisture will be limited, and rain amounts should be under 1/2 inch.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Light rain should end Saturday morning, with some clearing possible late in the day. Then, look for sunshine in full supply on Sunday as dry air returns. The high Saturday will be around 60 degrees, followed by mid 60s Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: For now much of the week looks dry as a strong upper high builds over the region… highs will be in the 60s Monday and Tuesday, followed by 70s over the latter half of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 2007: An EF-4 tornado tore through Enterprise, eight students were killed at Enterprise High School when a concrete wall collapsed on top of them as they huddled in a hallway in a crouched position. The students were Michael Bowen, Peter Dunn, A.J. Jackson, Ryan Mohler, Katie Strunk, Michael Tompkins, Jamie Ann Vidensek, and Michelle Wilson. A ninth fatality occurred in Downtown Enterprise. 83-year-old retired nurses’ aid Edna Hays Strickland was killed. She was standing behind a living room window of her home as the glass shattered.
The national media came down and mocked school officials for not sending students home. The death toll, most likely, would have been much, much higher if the students were released. Many would have been in cars, or unsafe places in homes.
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