Monday (High 77, Low 47): Mostly sunny. Becoming lightly breezy by evening.
Tuesday (High 75, Low 57): Partly to mostly sunny. Lightly breezy.
Wednesday (High 64, Low 48): Partly cloudy. Widely scattered showers are possible.
Thursday (High 58, Low 49): Partly to mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers.
Friday (High 69, Low 54): Rain likely - thunderstorms possible.
Saturday (High 57, Low 40): Partly to mostly sunny.
Sunday (High 54, Low 36): Mostly sunny.
Embedded in the swath of damaging straight-line winds this past Friday were three tornadoes that affected North Alabama. Oddly enough nobody was injured from any of them, while we actually had a few deaths from the straight-line winds. The ones I read about were trees falling on people either directly or in some sort of vehicle.
The Spencer, Tennessee NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is offline right now. Severe weather is not likely this week, but still as a precaution, if you normally use that, might want to look into some backups in case they are not able to restore service by the next time we do have stronger storms.
And we have a SKYWARN class at Trinity Town Hall 6 PM Wednesday. And then another class the next night, Thursday 6 PM at Haleyville City Hall. That one was originally scheduled for February 16 but was postponed due to a threat for severe weather. I'm going to encourage people to attend one of these (free) classes while they are still being held, rather than reading my own advice about severe weather safety for now. Because taking one of these classes not only educates you about your own safety, but helps you understand how storms work and be a valuable part of the community by knowing what to look for and how to report, when something is worth reporting.
Today was a much nicer day, a lot like yesterday, sunny skies prevailing across the Tennessee Valley. Winds were light and variable most of the day, tended to be most often from the East and Southeast. Our High in Cullman was 72 after a morning Low of 37. I think my forecast was High of 70 and Low of 39, and when I get it within three degrees, I figure I'm doing all right. Always room for improvement though. I was not as happy with my severe weather forecasts for last week, really missed the timing of some things, and did not have the energy to update the forecast after the first round that came in Wednesday evening/night instead of Thursday. Anyway I'm just a college dropout who is seeing if he can still do this. I do appreciate those of you who read it. Jasper saw a High of 75 today and also a Low of 37 this morning. They had a little fog and haze around daybreak, which I did not notice if it was in the Cullman observations, already closed that tab. Double-checked, nope, no fog reported in Cullman observations this morning. And Haleyville had a High of 73 and Low of 39 today.
I was going to take a day off since the weather has calmed down, but glancing at things, noticed that there was a significant change to the extended part of the forecast regarding the late-week frontal passage. And thought that was worth another post to talk about it in detail.