James Spann: Freezing temperatures for Alabama tonight; Showers through the weekend

DRY AIR RETURN: The sky over Alabama is sunny this afternoon. Temperatures range from the high 40s over the Tennessee Valley to the 60s over the southern third of the state. Tonight it will be clear and cold; Look for a low between 27 and 32 degrees over northern counties.

Thursday will be sunny with a maximum temperature between 55 and 60 degrees. The weather will remain dry on Friday, but clouds will increase late in the day; the high will be in the 60s.

THE WEEKEND: A surface front is falling in the state and will become stationary over the weekend meaning Saturday and Sunday will be mostly cloudy skies with occasional showers both days. The weekend won’t be a washout, and there’s no risk of heavy storms (and likely small thunder), but be prepared for some rain at times if you’re planning anything outdoors. Highs remain in the 60s.

NEXT WEEK: With the front stalled, the weather remains somewhat unsettled for the first half of the week, with the possibility of showers Monday through Wednesday. Afternoon highs remain above average, generally between 68 and 72 degrees. Cooler, drier air will return on Thursday and Friday.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEYS: The tornado that struck Eutaw in Greene County Tuesday night was rated EF-1, and the early morning tornado north of Montgomery in the township of Flatwood was rated EF-2. The survey work will continue for a few more days.

HURRICANE SEASON ENDS TODAY: This hurricane season produced 14 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), eight of which became hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater) and two major hurricanes, with winds of 111 mph or greater. An average hurricane season has 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

In the 2022 season, three hurricanes made landfall along the US mainland coast. Hurricane Ian made landfall first as a Category 4 storm in Cayo Costa, Florida, and again as a Category 1 storm in Georgetown, South Carolina. A Category 4 with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, Ian was the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States. Hurricane Nicole made landfall as a Category 1 north of Hutchinson Island, Florida.

ON THIS DAY IN 1925: An extremely rare hurricane in late November began to batter Florida’s west coast, gaining strength throughout the day. The storm made landfall south of Tampa Bay very early on December 1, weakening to a tropical storm as it crossed central Florida and exited around St. Augustine. The storm regained hurricane strength late December 1 off Jacksonville. Heavy rain continued over northeast Florida on December 2nd. Hurricane gusts were reported from the Keys to Jacksonville and more than 50 people died, mostly on ships at sea. Damage along the coast south of Jacksonville was severe, with excessive rain and wind severely damaging citrus and truck crops.

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