Growing up North Carolina I was impacted by severe thunderstorms, snowstorms and the occasional land-falling hurricane. One of my earliest memories is chainsaws clearing trees brought down by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 in Charlotte, NC. I was fascinated by these experiences as a kid and this interest in weather lead me to a B.S. in meteorology from North Carolina State University.
After college I went west to KRCR in far northern California. Unlike the stereotype, California does occasionally see active and severe weather. One of my most important responsibilities in my time in California was tracking fire-weather conditions throughout fire season. I was on-air for several days straight covering both the Carr Fire and Camp Fire in 2018. Over 7 fire seasons I covered dozens of devastating wildfires but the 2018 fire season will stay with me the rest of my life.
My wife and I are thrilled to be in Huntsville and we look forward to exploring the Tennessee Valley.
Friday is the last day of well above normal temperatures in North Alabama for a while. Showers and thunderstorms are possible by late this afternoon.
A few stray showers are possible today but most of North Alabama will remain dry and warm Thursday. Next cold front arrives late Friday night.
Wednesday will warm to the low to mid 80s for North Alabama. Next chance for rain arrives Friday night and into Saturday.
Clouds will slowly clear out this morning and into the afternoon. Expect partly to mostly sunny skies Tuesday with highs in the mid to upper 70s.
Widespread rain and thunderstorms is bringing the first soaking rain to North Alabama in weeks Monday. Expect drier conditions by this afternoon.
Gusty winds and very dry conditions will lead to quick moving fires in North Alabama. Widespread rain on Sunday and Monday will help to lower the fire threat.
After historic heat in North Alabama the last week, highs fall to near 90 Friday afternoon. Though it will be cooler Friday the fire danger will be higher due to gusty winds.
Both Huntsville and Muscle Shoals hit 100° Wednesday. This is a new October record high, surpassing yesterday's record of 99°.
Afternoon highs will warm back to the mid to upper 90s Wednesday and Thursday. Widespread rain finally returns by early next week.
October begins with more record afternoon heat. Expect highs in the mid to upper 90s Tuesday through Thursday.