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How dry we are once more
Slight chance of rain Tuesday, area to see cooler temperatures

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

Valley residents may find a drop of hope in the National Weather Service's forecast.

Meteorologist Michelle Parcus of the weather service's Huntsville office said a cold front is moving into North Alabama on Tuesday and bringing a 30 percent chance of rain, along with fall-like weather by the end of the week.

She said there's hope that this cold front could have more muscle than previous cold fronts that were unable to push through a warm front that's formed a ridge along the Eastern sea-board, creating a rainless October.

What little rain we get shouldn't last long, as then cooler and drier air will move into the area behind the front.

"We should get some rain," Parcus said. "But it won't be enough to end the drought or give us the rain we need. It will give us a few drops in the bucket."

The driest year on record is 1925, when the area got 37.18 inches. Precipitation is at only 20.86 through nine months and eight days. The area has not received any rain of substance since Sept. 13 and 14.

"If things continue as they have, we'll have the driest year on record," Parcus said. "Hopefully, some of those cold fronts will stick around and we'll some rain in the final months of the year."

The lack of rain brings higher temperatures. While the average high temperatures are usually in the high 70s, weekend and Monday temperatures were in the low 90s.

The NWS office in Huntsville is predicting highs in the upper 70s Thursday and lower 70s Friday, with lows by Wednesday night dropping into the lower 50s.

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