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Race weekend draws thousands of race fans from across the country to Talladega Superspeedway each fall. In addition to fans gathering for 3 days of racing, tens of thousands of people will be camping trackside, enjoying several days of race festivities. With a large number of people, many from other parts of the country, gathering in the local area, it is essential to refresh everyone on weather safety and the potential hazards that central Alabama weather can pose.

Though October is not part of Severe Weather Season in Alabama, dangerous weather is always possible. Remain weather aware throughout the weekend, whether you are attending race festivities during the day or camping out near the track. Below are potential weather hazards that could affect race weekend. Review these weather safety tips so you are prepared before severe weather occurs!
 
Lightning occurs in EVERY thunderstorm and should to be taken seriously. One lightning related death has already occurred in Alabama this year. Lightning travels much faster than the sound of thunder. If thunder is heard or lightning is observed, immediately move to a protected structure or inside your non-convertible vehicle. Plan ahead so you are not entering or leaving the speedway during periods of lightning. If caught outside during a thunderstorm, do not take shelter under trees, in exposed areas around the track, concession stands and tents, and avoid metal objects such as fences and antennas. Remember, lightning can strike far away from the rain area of a thunderstorm.

Take Severe Thunderstorm Warnings seriously
. Severe thunderstorms can produce damaging winds and large hail. If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued for the Superspeedway, weather conditions could deteriorate quickly. Hail at least the size of quarters or winds of 58 miles per hour or greater are possible. Take action immediately to protect yourself and those around you. Take shelter in a hardened building or other structure with four enclosed walls
. When thunder roars, go indoors!
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Hail Picture Hail is a dangerous product of thunderstorms and can cause significant damage and bodily harm. Though the hail pictured here is only around the size of a quarter, 2 inch hail has already been recorded this year in Central Alabama. Large hailstones can break tree limbs or windshields, and leave bruises on your body.

Picture courtesy of Billy Green, Tuscaloosa County EMA.
 
Strong Winds can knock down tree limbs and blow around loose objects, such as tents, trash cans, and chairs. If thunderstorms are expected, secure loose objects in your area and be prepared to seek shelter immediately. NOAA Logo
 
Here are some resources to keep up on the weather at Talladega Super Speedway during race weekend:
7-Day Forecast for Talladega Hazardous Weather Outlook Graphicasts with the latest weather info
 

NOAA Weather Radio

Bring your NOAA Weather Radio with you to the track. You can program it to the Mt. Cheaha transmitter, which is 162.475 mHz or SAME code 001121 (Talladega County).  For more info on weather radios and codes, click here.

 

Climatology

The following tables show the average high and low temperatures and the record high and low temperatures, as well as the number of times it has rained, for October 5-7th at Talladega from 1950 through 2011:

 
Oct 5th
Average High Average Low Record High Record Low Days with Rain
79 52 99 in 1954 33 in 1987 7
Oct 6th
Average High Average Low Record High Record Low Days with Rain
79 52 98 in 1954 35 in 2010 11
Oct 7th
Average High Average Low Record High Record Low Days with Rain
78 51 89 in 2002 32 in 1991 11
 

Fall Race Weather History 

This is a chart of the high and low temperature with rainfall for each of the past fall races at Talladega:

Season Date Max Min Rain   Season Date Max Min Rain
1969 14-Sep 83 53 0.00   1991 28-Jul 89 69 0.00
1970 23-Aug 87 71 0.00   1992 26-Jul 90 71 M
1971 22-Aug 87 62 0.05   1993 25-Jul 98 74 0.00
1972 6-Aug 92 63 0.00   1994 24-Jul 92 69 0.00
1973 12-Aug 91 62 0.00   1995 23-Jul 96 71 0.00
1974 11-Aug 89 65 0.20   1996 28-Jul 84 67 1.47
1975 17-Aug 90 61 0.00   1997 12-Oct 85 55 0.00
1976 8-Aug 83 57 0.00   1998 11-Oct 76 44 0.00
1977 7-Aug 99 67 0.00   1999 17-Oct 82 52 0.00
1978 6-Aug 96 67 0.40   2000 15-Oct 79 36 0.00
1979 5-Aug 95 69 0.00   2001 21-Oct 76 42 0.00
1980 3-Aug 97 71 0.00   2002 6-Oct 89 65 0.00
1981 2-Aug M 71 0.00   2003 28-Sep 85 52 0.00
1982 1-Aug 87 62 0.00   2004 3-Oct 85 56 0.00
1983 31-Jul 93 67 2.10   2005 2-Oct 84 64 0.00
1984 29-Jul 81 63 0.07   2006 8-Oct 74 64 0.00
1985 28-Jul 87 73 0.43   2007 7-Oct 87 63 0.00
1986 27-Jul 98 79 0.00   2008 5-Oct 82 51 0.00
1987 26-Jul 96 78 0.00   2009 1-Nov 54 36 0.09
1988 31-Jul 93 68 0.00   2010 31-Oct 73 39 0.00
1989 30-Jul 92 67 0.70   2011 23-Oct 66 31 0.00
1990 29-Jul 91 61 0.00            

M = Missing Data     T=Trace

 
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