First, it was weeks without seeing rain. Now, it's days without seeing sunshine. Our heavy rain event has been immensely beneficial for the state of Alabama, some more so than others. But before you go thinking our drought is over, there's a discussion to be had.
TODAY: With only a few leftover showers left to fall, our rain totals are pretty much set in stone.
Much of central Alabama received anywhere from 1-3" of rain over the last few days. The Wiregrass received much more with some spots totaling nearly 6" according to rainfall estimates. Obviously, those that got close to that 6" mark made a HUGE dent in the drought. There will be significant improvement in southeast Alabama once the drought monitor is updated Thursday. But across central Alabama, 1-3" was great, but there's still a long ways to go. Before this episode, Montgomery was roughly 11.32" in the hole since the start of the year. This wet stretch knocked that number to just shy of 10". Helpful...but we're still in a drought.
But, the burn ban has been lifted. So that's good.
Temperatures will slowly fall into the 50s into the afternoon as skies only minimally clear out.
REST OF THE WEEK: A pleasant Wednesday preludes a major frontal boundary that will place Alabama in the big chill later this week. Highs tomorrow are in the lower 60s under partly cloudy skies. A few morning showers Thursday, but the big headline will be plummeting temperatures with highs Thursday only in the lower 50s.
Overnight lows Thursday night dip into the upper 20s and only warm into the lower 40s Friday. Coldest night appears to be Friday night/Saturday morning when temperatures fall into the lower 20s. That's hard freeze territory and pets/plants & pipes will need to be tended to accordingly.