NEW YEARS DAY UPDATE:  –  Beautiful Start to 2020! –But,  Gulf Storm System Approaches

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Welcome to 2020…  Beautiful weather is on the menu today.  We are near freezing this morning, but bright sun will make for  comfortable day.  (Normal High 57, normal low 36).

Big changes are on the way. A Gulf storm system will bring drenching rain to Alabama tomorrow, tomorrow night and Friday.  Some parts of our state will see excessive rainfall.

TODAY & TONIGHT:  Sunshine will dominate.  We’re starting near the Freeze Mark at Dawn, but we will warm to the upper 50s to near 60.  High clouds will increase later in the day.  Cloudy tonight.  Chance of rain after about 3AM.

SIGNIFICANT GULF STORM SYSTEM:  The rain chance dramatically increase during the day Thursday.  The later in the day Thursday, the better the rain chance.  By, Thursday evening and Thursday Night, rain and a few thunderstorms become likely.  The rain continues on Friday, even behind the front.  Here’s the map set-up Thursday PM and early Friday.

How much rain?  It depends where you live in the state.  Check out this map. Over the southeast third of the state, 1” or more is possible.  Over central Alabama the rainfall amounts accelerate quickly.  Northwest Alabama could see more than 4” in spots.  A drencher!

According to the Storm Prediction Center, the Marginal Severe Risk will be closer to the Gulf coast.  They have trimmed back the risk area for late Thursday and Thursday night.  Damaging wind gusts are the main threat, and maybe a brief tornado.  All of this depends on the exact track of the Gulf low, so this could be adjusted.

NEXT FEW DAYS:  Much colder air follows the storm system.  Saturday will be breezy and cold.  That high in the low 50’s will seem much colder due to the wind.  By Sunday morning, wind chill readings in the 20’s will extend all the way down to the Florida border. The Big Chill won’t last long.  We’ll warm back to the low 60’s by Monday.

NEW YEAR’S  PAST:

Have we ever had a WHITE New Years in Montgomery?   YES!  .6” in 1881. Weather records began in 1872 at the Dexter Avenue Post Office. Our Warmest New Years Day was 79 was in 1952.  Coldest was 18 in 1928. Three years ago we had a WET 1.86” of rain in 2017.
Nice today!

I hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year.  Enjoy the bowl games today!  Bailey and I are just going to chill.  I’m going to fire up the grill and cook a steak.  I’ve had my share of turkey, ham and chicken over the holidays.  BEEF!  J  Bailey is walking slow, but seems to be in relatively good spirits…with an appetite, and an occasional smile.

I plan to have a video for you first thing in the morning. I’ll update you on this storm system on the way.   It should be online by 4:45AM.

–Rich