December 17, 2014 Leave a comment
Good Wednesday afternoon! A couple of earthquakes shook parts of Central Alabama this afternoon, the epicenter is located 11 miles northwest of Eutaw, Alabama in Greene County. The second of the two quakes was the strongest, marking a 3.4M on the Richter Scale around the 3pm this afternoon. No damage has been reported thus far, but the shaking could certainly have caused some concern for those nearby.
Some low clouds from this morning mixed out around lunchtime leaving us with a beautiful sunny afternoon and evening. Tonight our temperature will drop into the upper 30’s with some patchy clouds starting to work their way back into the area over night.
Thursday cloud cover will start to increase ahead of the next system. While some areas may see a stray afternoon shower accompanying the clouds, most areas will remain dry. The clouds will thicken overnight Thursday before rain develops across West Alabama late Friday morning. Temperatures will remain in the low 50’s for highs this weekend with cloud cover and rain.
Friday evening will be quite soggy. The rain will develop throughout the afternoon and could be quite heavy at times. Before the system clears out of Alabama, we could anywhere from 0.75″ to 2″ of rainfall.
The rain will finally clear on Saturday, we’ll dry out in the west first, but by Saturday evening, all of Central Alabama should be dry and clearing out.
Sunshine returns to end the weekend and start the week of Christmas, temperatures will still be seasonable in the low to mid 50’s Sunday and Monday.
Clouds return Tuesday ahead of a fairly strong cold front that will swing south Tuesday evening, bringing more rain, and some cold air just in time for Christmas Eve. Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid 50’s, and Tuesday night will be mild in the mid 40’s, but Wednesday’s high could easily remain in the 40’s, and be quite chilly and windy for Christmas Eve.
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