ANOTHER CHILLY MORNING: Here are some temperatures across Alabama just before sunrise:
- Black Creek — 42
- Cullman — 46
- Fort Payne — 46
- Heflin — 46
- Haleyville — 47
- Oxford — 47
- Hueytown — 47
- Talladega — 48
- Pell City — 48
- Gadsden — 48
- Anniston — 49
- Huntsville — 49
- Eufaula — 51
- Muscle Shoals — 52
- Birmingham — 52
- Tuscaloosa — 52
- Troy — 52
- Montgomery — 55
- Dothan — 54
- Mobile — 54
LONG DRY SPELL AHEAD: Today will be another picture-perfect autumn day for Alabama with ample sunshine and a high between 75 and 79 degrees. Dry air will continue to cover the state over the weekend and next week, and for now we see no chance of rain for at least the next seven days with lots sunshine each day and clear nights. Look for highs in the low 80s over the weekend, followed by mid 80s for much of next week. Lows will be in the 50s over the weekend, then in the low 60s next week.
Longer-range guidance shows no rain for the state into early October.
TROPICS: In the central Atlantic Sam is now a hurricane with winds of 75 mph. It is expected to become a major hurricane over the weekend; thankfully it will gain latitude and is expected to recurve into the open Atlantic well east of the U.S. The Gulf of Mexico is quiet and will remain quiet next week.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: We’ll have perfect weather for the high school games across Alabama tonight — clear and cool, with temperatures falling through the 60s.
Here are the forecasts for the college games Saturday.
ON THIS DATE IN 1939: The only tropical storm on record to make landfall in California in the 20th century arrived. Known as the 1939 Long Beach tropical storm and El Cordonazo, it was responsible for September rain records in Los Angeles with 5.66 inches and 11.6 inches at Mt. Wilson. A total of 45 people died from sinking boats, and harbors were damaged. Total damage was estimated at $2 million. Californians were unprepared and were alerted to their vulnerability to tropical storms.
ON THIS DATE IN 2005: Major Hurricane Rita came ashore near the Texas/Louisiana border. In the midst of the very active 2005 hurricane season, Rita caused considerable panic as it approached the coast, with scenes of destruction from Hurricane Katrina still playing on TV news programs. It left behind a swath of flooding, destruction and death. A total of 4,526 single-family dwellings were destroyed in Orange and Jefferson counties in southeast Texas. Texas reported 113 deaths, 107 of which were associated with the evacuation of the Houston metropolitan area.
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