Public Information Statement

Issued: November 15, 2007

...Central Alabama Weather & Climate Information...
...September & October 2007...

September was characterized by above normal temperatures for both highs and lows. Although a few inches of rain fell in most spots, monthly rainfall deficits were reported again and this did not improve the prolonged drought situation. A large part of Central Alabama remained under D4 Exceptional Drought conditions. Soil moistures remained very low adversely affecting most crops and producing a High Fire Danger. River and lake levels were close to all time low marks and water restrictions continued for many municipalities across Central Alabama. Read the latest Drought Statement...Here.

The National Weather Service strives to emphasize lightning awareness and safety as no location is immune to a lightning strike. The National Weather Service office took a direct lightning strike on September 2nd. Luckily, no one was injured but several computer and electrical systems were significantly damaged.

October continued the trend of above normal monthly temperatures with average highs well above normal. Conversely, several surges of drier air from the north allowed average low temperatures to drop several degrees below normal. Typically, October rainfall amounts are the lowest of the year for any month. Central Alabama generally reported below normal rainfall again. Although drought conditions fluctuated a bit in October, most locations ended the month in D4 Exceptional Drought. Area waterways continued to be severely impacted and a few wildfires occurred due to the dry conditions. Local municipalities continue with water conservation efforts. Read the latest Drought Statement...Here.

Storm-Based Warnings were put into effect on October 1st. Storm- Based Warnings show the specific meteorological or hydrological threat area and are not restricted by geopolitical boundaries. By focusing on the true threat area, warning polygons will improve the National Weather Service warning accuracy and quality. Read more...Here.

Severe weather, including tornado development, is typically at a minimum during the late summer and early fall across Central Alabama. Most severe weather occuring in September and October would be related to tropical cyclone activity. But a few tornadoes did develop during September and October this year. In fact, the last time a tornado occurred in Central Alabama during October was back in 2001.

A low pressure area developed in the northeast Gulf of Mexico on September 28th. Thunderstorms formed during the late afternoon in association with this low. A weak tornado touched down near Clio in Barbour County, but fortunately, little to no damage was reported.

A cold front moving all the way through Central Alabama in October is somewhat unusual as October is climatologically the driest month of the year. Nevertheless, a cold front pushed through the region on October 18th and 19th. Several damaging wind events and one hail episode occurred as the front moved through. A weak tornado touched down in Marion County on the southern side of Haleyville. Several trees and power lines were toppled over and one home was damaged. View Storm Survey...Here. From October 17th through October 19th, 87 tornadoes occurred nationwide according to the Storm Prediction Center. This tornado outbreak in October surpassed the previous record of 63 tornadoes that occurred from October 23rd to October 27th in 1997.

An unseasonably deep upper level trough moved eastward across the continental United States on October 22nd and 23rd. This allowed another cold front to zip across the area. This front was responsible for numerous wind damage occurrences and a few tornadoes. Instability was limited with this event as little to no lightning activity was produced by the severe thunderstorms. One tornado developed near Newbern in Hale County, one touched down just southwest of Brent in Bibb County, and another tornado dropped down near Lowndesboro in Lowndes County. View Storm Survey...Here. Nationwide, 105 tornadoes occurred in October 2007 which ranks second behind the 117 tornadoes reported back in October 2001.

Montgomery set a new record high October 17th when 92 degrees was measured. The previous record was 88 degrees set in 1962.

The Climate Prediction Center Long Range Outlook for the remainder of November through January calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

Unofficial Precipitation Deficits for the Period January 1st through November 14th 2007;

Birmingham
26.07
Montgomery
32.11
Anniston
17.32
Tuscaloosa
22.10
Calera
28.72
Troy
33.44

 

Unofficial temperature and precipitation data for selected sites;

Birmingham
September 2007
Highest Temperature 93 on the 10th
Lowest Temperature 51 on the 16th
Average High Temperature 86.7
Average Low Temperature 67.9
Average Daily Temp 77.3
Departure From Normal +3.5
Precipitation 3.30
Departure From Normal -0.75
Highest Wind Gust 38 mph on the 14th
Birmingham
October 2007
Highest Temperature 90 on the 8th
Lowest Temperature 43 on the 27th
Average High Temperature 78.1
Average Low Temperature 57.5
Average Daily Temp 68.7
Departure From Normal +4.5
Precipitation 3.23
Departure From Normal -1.52
Highest Wind Gust 31 mph on the 23rd
Montgomery
September 2007
Highest Temperature 96 on the 10th
Lowest Temperature 53 on the 16th
Average High Temperature 89.2
Average Low Temperature 67.3
Average Daily Temp 78.3
Departure From Normal +2.0
Precipitation 4.52
Departure From Normal +0.30
Highest Wind Gust 37 mph on the 23rd
Montgomery
October 2007
Highest Temperature 92 8th & 17th
Lowest Temperature 42 on the 27th
Average High Temperature 80.5
Average Low Temperature 57.3
Average Monthly 68.9
Departure From Normal +3.4
Precipitation 3.35
Departure From Normal +0.77
Highest Wind Gust 29 mph on the 23rd
Tuscaloosa
September 2007
Highest Temperature 93 8th & 17th
Lowest Temperature 51 on the 16th
Average High Temperature 88.5
Average Low Temperature 65.1
Average Monthly 76.8
Departure From Normal +0.5
Precipitation 2.82
Departure From Normal -0.82
Highest Wind Gust 26 mph on the 11th
Tuscaloosa
October 2007
Highest Temperature 91 7th & 8th
Lowest Temperature 38 27th & 30th
Average High Temperature 79.1
Average Low Temperature 54.7
Average Monthly 66.9
Departure From Normal +1.8
Precipitation 2.35
Departure From Normal -1.12
Highest Wind Gust 36 mph on the 18th
Anniston
September 2007
Highest Temperature 96 on the 5th
Lowest Temperature 50 on the 16th
Average High Temperature 88.1
Average Low Temperature 64.3
Average Monthly 76.2
Departure From Normal +2.4
Precipitation 0.41
Departure From Normal -2.91
Highest Wind Gust 29 mph on the 11th
Anniston
October 2007
Highest Temperature 91 on the 8th
Lowest Temperature 41 on the 30th
Average High Temperature 78.5
Average Low Temperature 55.4
Average Monthly 67.0
Departure From Normal +4.1
Precipitation 1.69
Departure From Normal -1.18
Highest Wind Gust 36 mph on the 23rd
Calera
September 2007
Highest Temperature 93 on the 10th
Lowest Temperature 50 on the 16th
Average High Temperature 86.8
Average Low Temperature 65.9
Average Monthly 76.3
Precipitation 3.62
Highest Wind Gust 23 on the 24th
Calera
October 2007
Highest Temperature 89 7th & 17th
Lowest Temperature 41 on the 27th
Average High Temperature 78.1
Average Low Temperature 55.5
Average Monthly 66.8
Precipitation 2.09
Highest Wind Gust 28 on the 23rd
Troy
September 2007
Highest Temperature 94 10th & 11th
Lowest Temperature 52 on the 16th
Average High Temperature 88.8
Average Low Temperature 65.5
Average Monthly 77.2
Precipitation 1.09
Highest Wind Gust 26 on the 20th
Troy
October 2007
Highest Temperature 91 on the 8th
Lowest Temperature 41 on the 27th
Average High Temperature 80.0
Average Low Temperature 55.5
Average Monthly 67.7
Precipitation 5.24
Highest Wind Gust 32 on the 23rd

 

Unofficial temperature and precipitation data for selected sites;

 

September 2007
Location Highest Temp/Date Lowest Temp/Date Precipitation
Alexander City 94 on the 11th 51 16th & 17th 2.26
Ashland 94 on the 6th 45 on the 30th 1.58
Clanton 94 on the 11th 50 on the 16th 1.87
Demopolis 95 on the 11th 55 16th & 17th 2.29
Fayette 96 on the 10th 51 on the 16th 1.29
Gainesville 96 on the 11th 53 on the 17th 1.08
Haleyville 92 on the 1st 50 on the 30th 4.70
Hamilton 98 on the 6th 46 16th & 17th 6.22
Heflin 92 6th & 11th 47 on the 16th 1.58
Jasper 95 on the 11th 50 16-19 & 29-30 3.66
Lafayette 95 on the 10th 47 on the 30th 2.95
Livingston 96 on the 11th & 12th 51 16th & 17th 3.80
Pinson 97 on the 10th 48 on the 16th 3.43
Rockford 93 on the 10th 55 16th & 30th 3.62
Selma 94 11th & 12th 53 on the 17th 1.47
Sylacauga 94 6th & 10th 48 15th & 16th 0.74
Thorsby 97 on the 10th 57 15th & 29th 4.62
Union Springs 92 on the 11th 50 16th & 17th 1.75
Wetumpka 95 on the 12th 49 14th & 16th 1.84
Winfield 92 on the 9th 48 on the 19th 4.82

 

October 2007
Location Highest Temp/Date Lowest Temp/Date Precipitation
Alexander City 89 on the 9th 38 30th & 31st 2.38
Ashland 88 8th & 9th 31 on the 30th 2.80
Clanton 90 on the 8th 42 12th & 13th 3.02
Demopolis 89 on the 11th 44 27th & 28th 3.57
Fayette 93 on the 8th 36 on the 30th 2.83
Gainesville 91 on the 9th 40 on the 31st 4.86
Haleyville 91 on the 7th 40 on the 29th 4.55
Hamilton 90 7th-9th 32 on the 30th 5.93
Heflin 87 on the 9th 33 on the 30th 2.63
Jasper 90 on the 9th 35 on the 31st 2.41
Lafayette 86 7th &10th 37 12th-13th & 30th 2.40
Livingston 90 on the 9th 40 28th & 30th & 31st 5.05
Pinson 91 on the 7th 34 on the 30th 1.68
Rockford 87 on the 8th 41 on the 12th 2.12
Selma 91 on the 9th 44 on the 28th 2.47
Sylacauga 88 on the 8th 36 on the 29th 2.72
Thorsby 89 on the 8th 45 12-13 & 30-31 1.91
Union Springs 90 on the 9th 39 13th & 14th 2.65
Wetumpka 92 on the 9th 41 27th & 28th 2.92
Winfield 88 on the 9th 35 30th & 31st 4.25

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