It is Wednesday, October 11, 2023, and it looks like we will get some rain today thanks to a sub-tropical system moving across the northern Gulf of Mexico. But it will not be much. Forecast models are predicting a half inch or less in West Alabama. That will help but not end Moderate Drought in West Alabama.

The heaviest rainfall will be where it is most desperately needed, South Alabama. Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Monroe and Conecuh counties are all in Exceptional Drought. The remainder of Southwest Alabama is in Severe Drought.  One to two inches of rain today will help but not do away with drought conditions.

The new Drought Monitor will be issued tomorrow.

The Forecast:

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 73. Light southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. East wind around 5 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. East wind around 5 mph.

Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 5 mph.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind around 5 mph.

High School Football and Bama Homecoming Pep Rally Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Crimson Tide Homecoming Parade and Game Weather: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 51.

Remainder of the Weekend: Clear skies, highs in the mid 60s and lows in the lower to mid 40s.

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Traveling from the Middle East to the U-S is taxing under normal circumstances but try it during a mass exodus caused by the War in Israel. Tuscaloosa Businessman Gene “Poogie” Poole and part of their travel party missed their flight out of Jordon yesterday. Now they have made alternate plans thru Africa, but their son John reports the worst is over. Part of the Tuscaloosa party was able to make their flight and are on their way to the U-S. Several hundred Alabamians were in Israel when Hamas terrorist began their attacks.

A Birmingham man has been arrested and charged with the September 24th shooting death of a man in Northport's Northwood Lake. 24-year-old Demetrius Damon Windham, Jr. is in jail under Aniah’s Law because he committed the alleged shooting while out on bond on other charges.

Carly Russell got national attention when she reported to Hoover Police that she had been kidnapped while trying to help a child wondering down I459 at night. It turned out the report was false and no she faces a court hearing this morning. Legal experts believe she will receive a suspended sentence and may have to reimburse for the money spent on the 48-hour search.

Groundbreaking for the long sought new Benjamen Barnes YMCA Branch is set for October 24. It will be held on the grounds of the McDonald-Hughes Center on MLK Blvd.

The iconic home of the Tuscaloosa News will be at least partially demolished to make way for the still-being-designed Saban Center. Earlier this year during her State of the State, Gov. Ivey pledged the state of Alabama to chip in $25 million for the project.

With Veteran’s Day coming next month, the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency is thanking vets for their service by performing a service for them, offering free programmed weather radios. The event will be Monday, Nov. 6 between 2 and 4 pm at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center on Loop Road.

Burlington has begun remodeling the old Bed, Bath and Beyond store in the Shoppes at Legacy Park. While there is no date set for opening, the national discount retailer says, in a press release, that some 65 employees will be hired. Persons interested in a job can click on to apply.

Hopefully this is an omen, the Alabama Football Team feasted on BBQ, the whole pig at a team meal. The Tide plays the Arkansas Razorbacks for homecoming Saturday morning at 11am in Bryant-Denny.

Former Crimson Tide and Kansas City Chiefs player, the late Derrick Thomas, a Pro and College Football Hall of Famer, will be inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame’s Ring of Excellence. Derrick was 1989 4th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Alabama fans can commiserate with Arkansas fans about a poor running game. University of Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman delved into some of the details of why the Razorbacks are having run blocking issues during his Monday news conference. He says the offensive line is too slow reacting to defensive movement.

Arkansas is averaging 111.5 rushing yards per game to rank 114th in the country heading into Saturday's 11 a.m. game at #11 Alabama.

Have a happy "Hump Day"!!


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