1997 Weather Year in Review

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, you'll be able to sum up 1997 weather across the area as very normal. Both temperature and precipitation across much of Alabama and west central Georgia were about average for the year.

Here are some general weather facts for 1997:

The 1997 figures for temperature, rainfall and snowfall are all very close to normal. Especially since the last week of 1997 looks fairly wet.

 

City Hottest Temperature Coldest Temperature Rainfall Snowfall
Huntsville 97 on July 27th 7 on January 11th 57.48 3.6 inches
Birmingham 97 on September 20th 11 on January 17th 55.49 1.7 inch
Montgomery 98 on August 18th 17 on January 18th 47.30 Trace
Columbus, GA 98 on July 3rd 19 on January 18th 51.59 Trace

 

Here are the average annual rainfall and snowfall for these four cities.
Huntsville 57.18 inches of rain and 4.1 inches of snow
Birmingham 54.58 inches of rain and 1.4 inches of snow
Montgomery 53.43 inches of rain and 0.3 inches of snow
Columbus 51.00 inches of rain and 0.7 inches of snow

 


 

As far as new record temperatures for 1997,
  • Huntsville saw 11
  • Birmingham had 3
  • Montgomery broke 5
  • Columbus set 9

Here they are:

 


 

As far as severe weather was concerned, again 1997 was slightly above normal with 29 tornadoes across Alabama. There were 16 tornadoes across the northern 2/3rd of Alabama and 1 in the Columbus, Georgia area in 1997, they were:

Date Tornado Strength County City Deaths Injuries
January 5th F0 Jackson Stevenson 0 0
January 24th F1 Elmore Elmore 0 0
January 24th F1 Lawrence South of Moulton 0 0
January 24th F2 Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa 1 10
January 28th F2 Tuscaloosa Coker 0 1
Febuary 21st F0 Shelby Maylene 0 0
March 13th F1 Muscogee Columbus 0 1
April 22nd F2 Dekalb Rainsville 0 10
May 3rd F0 Limestone Reid 0 0
May 3rd F2 Limestone Athens 0 12
May 3rd F2 Madison Meridianville 0 1
May 3rd F0 Madison Owens Crossroads 0 0
May 3rd F0 Madison Owens Crossroads (two separate storms) 0 0
May 25th F0 Madison Huntsville 0 0
June 16th F1 Colbert Leighton 0 1
July 22nd F0 Lee Opelika 0 0
July 28th F0 Cullman Holly Pond 0 0

 

The only hurricane to impact the U.S. in 1997, was Hurricane Danny that plagued the coastal counties of Alabama in July with very heavy rainfall. The remains of Danny tracked north and caused downpours and severe weather across the Montgomery and Columbus, GA areas.

What does 1998 have in store for us weather wise? With the strong El Niño in place, there is a tendency to increase the precipitation and severe weather across the deep south.

Huntsville 5 record high temperatures of,

 

  • 68 on January 2nd
  • 68 on January 3rd
  • 70 on January 4th
  • 80 on March 1st
  • 85 on October 8th
11 record low temperatures of,

 

  • 43 on May 5th
  • 43 on May 11th
  • 62 on August 1st
  • 60 on August 2nd
  • 58 on August 23rd
  • 56 on August 24th
  • 58 on August 25th
  • 52 on September 5th
  • 34 on October 23rd
  • 33 on October 28rd
  • 20 on November 17th
Birmingham 2 record high temperatures of,

 

  • 73 on January 3rd
  • 82 on March 1st
1 record low temperature of,

 

  • 57 on August 24th
Montgomery 1 record high temperature of,

 

  • 82 on March 1st
5 record low temperatures of,

 

  • 42 on May 5th
  • 60 on August 22nd
  • 55 on September 6th
  • 57 on September 8th
  • 23 on November 18th
Columbus 6 record high temperatures of,

 

  • 82 on March 1st
  • 83 on March 3rd
  • 84 on March 22nd
  • 85 on March 29th
  • 96 on September 19th
  • 97 on September 20th
3 record low temperatures of,

 

  • 46 on May 11th
  • 55 on July 31st
  • 62 on August 1st

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