President's Day (High 67, Low 48): Breezy with clouds gradually increasing throughout the day. Scattered rain showers are possible at night.
Tuesday (High 70, Low 59): Cloudy and breezy. Periods of scattered rain showers are possible throughout the day and night.
Wednesday (High 80, Low 62): Mostly cloudy, muggy, and windy. Periods of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible, mainly in the afternoon and evening - and some could become strong, or even reach severe limits.
Thursday (High 82, Low 63): Becoming partly to mostly sunny with a 20% chance of a lingering shower.
Friday (High 61, Low 52): Partly to mostly sunny.
Saturday (High 76, Low 54): Increasing clouds with a 30% chance of showers/thunderstorms.
Sunday (High 72, Low 60): Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers/thunderstorms.
SKYWARN classes are being held by the Huntsville and Birmingham offices ahead of our Spring severe weather season, with some actual in-person classes again as well as the online ones. They are free, and anyone with an interest in learning more about storms/weather is welcomed to take one.
There were a few tornadoes confirmed across the Tennessee border from our last severe weather event on February 16, also some damaging straight-line thunderstorm winds in Wayne County estimated at 70 mph.
And that Nashville office is very busy right now, with some classes on the basics of weather safety, and also Severe Weather Awareness Week this week, culminating in a Severe Weather Awareness Day with several good speakers lined up this coming Saturday.
As we approach 4:30 PM in Cullman the skies remain sunny, with a temperature of 63 degrees, looks like that is going to be our High for the day. The Low this morning was a little "warmer" than expected, at 41 degrees. We did have a few clouds overnight that limited the radiational cooling we needed to drop down into the 30's. Back to the present, while it is 63 degrees, our dewpoint temperature is 21 degrees, making the relative humidity 25%. Winds are from the Southwest at 14 miles per hour. Most of today has been breezy with Southwest winds. Barometric pressure is 30.12 inches and holding steady. Looking to some of our neighbors, the observations for Jasper are not available here lately. Haleyville is sunny and 63 degrees, had a Low of 39 this morning. And up in Fort Payne, it is sunny/breezy and 61 degrees. They made it up to 62 within the past hour. Their Low this morning was 33 degrees at that higher elevation.
The models were right about the shift in the upper-level pattern to bring us wind flow more from the West/Southwest, bringing up some Gulf moisture into the region again. Also notice we have a cold front across the Midwest and a Low pressure system around Kansas City.
But let's also look at a weather map that's less technical and easier to read for the average person. We have high pressure still centered over the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic that is keeping our weather dry for now. You can see our most recent cold front (that caused those storms on the 16th, think that was Thursday) stalled out from about Miami to the coast of Southern Mexico. Then we have that front across the Northern Plains/Midwest. Got a little snow/ice going on along the Rocky Mountains, some rain South of there in New Mexico and parts of Arizona. Minnesota and the Dakotas, mainly North Dakota for now, are dealing with some more significant snow.
And while I was looking at that, I noticed that a significant winter storm is expected to affect the Pacific Northwest and much of the country the next few days. So I just made a link to what the Weather Prediction Center is saying about it. For the hardest hit areas, it does look like a big deal, with a few feet of snow possible. No such luck (?) around here.
Tomorrow that front will make some progress while high pressure stays centered in the Gulf of Mexico, so slowly shifting to our South. It looks like the front will try to stall out this week before finally passing through our region late in the week. Again, that winter storm up North does look like it means business. I think tomorrow will be a day of increasing clouds and breezy again like today, with any rain holding off until the night hours. High of about 67, Low rebounding to about 48.