Thursday, January 03, 2008

Coldest temps in years

As mentioned here on December 26, this morning we had the coldest weather of the season, and since this blog began in April 2006. This morning's low at my location was 11.1.

On December 26, I wrote,

"The big news next week will be an intrusion of very cold air. Models have been pointing to this possibility for some time and it now appears likely that the coldest air of the season will arrive by this time next week. It is to early to pin down numbers, but it seems safe to say that temperatures will drop into the teens or lower. Highs will be in the 30's and we may have a day or two that we struggle to make it above freezing."

The models nailed this cold wave over a week in advance.

Below are some low temperature reports from across the state that were collected this morning by Meteorologist J.B. Elliott at I have reorganized them a little. The only location in the state that did not dip below freezing in the entire state was Dauphin Island, which is my dream retirement location. These reports are a combination of NWS sites, NWS cooperative observers, ABC 33/40 Skywatchers, and other reliable weather contacts known by J.B.

6 Hamilton (NWS coop observer)
7 Oneonta (3 miles NE)
9 Haleyville
9 Hamilton
9 Black Creek/Scrougeout
10 Vigo
10 Cottondale
10 West Jefferson
10 Gaylesville
10 Bankhead National Forest
11 Attalla
11 Vinemont
11 Concord/Hueytown
11 Muscadine
11 Wynville (North Blount County)
12 Rainbow City
12 Mentone
12 Kimberly
12 Springville/Simmons Mountain
12 Walnut Grove
12 Heflin
12 Helena (small protected valley)
12 Pinson
12 Decatur
12 DeSoto State Park
12 Dearmanville
13 Birmingham Airport
13 Fayette
13 Moody
13 Crossville
13 Oneonta
13 Ellisville
14 Huntsville Airport
14 Lincoln
14 Tri County (Jefferson/St. Clair/Blount)
14 Greystone Farms
14 SE Trussville
14 Wilsonville
14 Ingramtown (Hale County east of Havana)
14 Alabaster/Navajo Pines
14 Clay/Pinson
14 Cullman Airport
14 Fort Payne Airport
14 Meridianville
14 Ashland
15 Tuscaloosa Airport
15 Oxford
15 Munford
15 Crumly Chapel
15 Helena (Brian Peters)
15 Muscle Shoals
15 Alexander City
15 Centreville
16 Hayden
16 East Trussville (Jay Shelley, NWS retired)
16 Clanton
16 Warrior/Hayden off Highway 160
17 Montgomery/Dannelly Field
17 Marion
17 Noccalula Falls
17 Anniston
17 Tuscaloosa
17 Livingston
17 Cordova
17 Wadley
18 Albertville
18 Shelby County Airport (BHM NWS Office)
19 Geneva
19 Meadowbrook
21 Mobile Regional Airport
21 Dothan
27 Atmore
28 Bay Minette
33 Dauphin Island

Decatur, Alabama did not rise above freezing until after 2. p.m today, which came to 43 consecutive hours below freezing. The above freezing temperatures will not last long and Alabama will go back into the deep freeze tonight and tomorrow morning.

I will be posting a few pictures later showing what can happen when a sprinkler is left on when the temperature dips to 12 degrees as it did in Decatur last night.


Dewdrop said...

Way to call it.

Mike Wilhelm said...

Thanks. Sometimes those models are really helpful. We're having too much cold weather not to ever get any snow with usual!