It is Friday, November 3, 2023, and while the morning started out in the chilly upper 30s, the day will be pretty much perfect. Sunny skies will warm us to near 70 by mid-afternoon and the weather for high school football tonight will be like it should, clear and mid 50s at kickoff.

The bad news is the drought continues to worsen according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. West Alabama, roughly north of the I20 corridor, is in Severe Drought. South of that line is in Moderate Drought and there is no significant rain in the forecast through next week.

Three wildfires less than five acres are among the 41 currently burning across the state. According to the Alabama Forestry Commission 430 fires were recorded statewide in October alone.

The weather for tomorrow night's battle with LSU at Bryant-Denny, like tonight's prep football weather, should be perfect. It should be clear and in the mid 50s at the 6:45pm kickoff. So, there is no excuse for Crimson Tide fans not making Bryant-Denny the most difficult and unbearable place for an opponent to play. Get Loud and Get Proud cause Bama is going to do it again!

The Forecast:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

High School Football Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 43. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.

Crimson Tide Football Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Calm wind.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48.

The New Work Week: Mostly sunny days with highs around 80 and partly cloudy to clear nights with lows in the upper 50s.


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Topping the News:

With tomorrow night Bama/LSU game having such national significance, thousands of fans are expected to show up today and tomorrow looking for tickets. UA is warning about the potential for counterfeits. If fans have any doubt about the validity of their tickets, they can visit the UA Athletic Ticket Office at Coleman Coliseum today or tomorrow after 2pm go to the East Will-Call (near Gate 44). After 4 you can also no to Northwest Will Call (Near Gate 4).


 

A renaming ceremony for a portion of U-S 43 North will be held at One Hope Church at 1501 McFarland Boulevard at 11 this morning. The highway between mile markers 212 and 213 will be named the Audra Rogers Memorial Mile.  In July 2021 the 36yo pregnant Rogers died in a 2-car crash that injured her other four children.


 

Alabama Cannabis Commission Chair Rex Vaughn believes the court delayed approval and operational beginning for medical cannabis in the state is moving forward now. Court challenges to the awarding of licenses in June have stalled the process. The plan now is to re-evaluate applications on the 27th; the commission then hopes to award licenses by December 12 and products to be available by March.


 

The U.S. Senate was able to work around the military promotion hold being conducted by Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville. Three top military officers were confirmed on Thursday — including the first female member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Admiral Lisa Franchetti.

Republican senators plan to hold a closed-door meeting next week to discuss the state's senior senator's block of senior military nominees, which he has been waging over a Pentagon abortion policy.


 

Come this Sunday daylight saving time is out and standard time is back in and will last until March 10. When you head to bed Saturday after Alabama's big win over LSU you can celebrate by turning your clock back an hour so you can get an extra hour's sleep.

There is a downside to the switch, it means it will be dark by the time many people leave work on Monday morning. AAA’s Auto Club Group is warning that there may be an uptick in accidents on the road following the time change because going home traffic will be in the dark.



 

In Sports:

It is the last week of the Alabama High School 2023 Regular Football Season. In last night's action Gordo blasted Hale County 58-26, it was Pickens County 34 Marion County 15, Winfield 64 Lamar County 7 and Aliceville 46, Greene County 6.

Tonight's regular season finales finds Brookwood at Tuscaloosa County, Holt hosting TA, Brilliant traveling to South Lamar, Berry visiting Sumiton Christian, Sipsey Valley welcoming Northside, Paul Bryant at Demopolis, Northridge on the road at Alma Bryant, Fayette home to Hamilton, Holy Spirit traveling to Fayetteville, R.C. Hatch at Francis Marion, University Charter traveling to Choctaw County, A.L. Johnson hosting Verbena, and Oakman hosting Meek.


 

Alabama men's basketball duo Grant Nelson and Mark Sears are Southeastern Conference Preseason Second Team All-SEC selections. The honor is based on media votes.


 

Atlanta Braves right field Ronald Acuna Jr. has been voted the player of the year in the national league by the Major League Baseball Players Association.


 

Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban is asking UA students and fans to replicate the rowdy atmosphere they created for the Tennessee game at Bryant-Denny. Saban and his players credited the loud Alabama home crowd for helping make the game a true home field advantage that helped the Tide beat the Vols.

Gametime is 6:45 on Tide 100.9 and 95.3 The Bear on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.


ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY will be on the UA campus tomorrow morning broadcasting their iconic college football preview program to the nation as will SEC NATION.

Rece Davis hosts the three-hour College Gameday show joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, and Pat McAfee along with college football insider Pete Thamel and reporters Jen Lada and Jess Sims. The premier college football pregame show airs from 9 a.m. to noon ET on ESPN and ESPNU.

SEC Nation is hosted by Laura Rutledge alongside Paul FinebaumRoman HarperJordan Rodgers and Tim Tebow.


 

Everyone wear Crimson at Bryant-Denny tomorrow night and be as loud as possible when LSU has the football. We can make put Tiger Stadium to shame and make life difficult for LSU! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!

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