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Valley gets touch of rain; more expected

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

The TennesseeValley finally got a touch of that elusive precipitation Tuesday, and now forecasters are watching for the possibility of stormy weather.

Decatur's Pryor Field got 0.53 of an inch as of about 9 p.m. It's the first trace of rain for this drought-stricken area in October.

"That's like giving someone a taste of water in the middle of the desert," said Robert Boyd, meteorologist for the National Weather Service's Huntsville office.

Boyd is more optimistic, however, about the coming days. Wednesday brings a 50 percent chance with possible isolated thunderstorms. Thursday could be a stormy day, with possible storms in the afternoon and evenings as a cool front approaches.

"We could get enough (about an inch) to give us a little relief from the drought," Boyd said.

Forecasters are particularly concerned about Thursday's storms after temperatures reach the 80s and the cool front collides with the warmer, more unstable air.

"We could get a few rumbles Wednesday, but, if it the daytime heating really warms us up, we could have some strong to severe storms on Thursday," Boyd said. "I wouldn't expect it to be anything real bad with any super cells."

After the rain ends Friday morning, Boyd said the weather would probably clear off and Valley residents would be in for another warm, sunny weekend with highs in the 80s.

For those Tide and Vols fans heading to Tuscaloosa on Saturday morning, temperatures will start in the mid-70s and rise into the upper 80s during the Alabama-Tennessee football game.

The weather service forecast for the Auburn University showdown with LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge calls for a clear night with a low of 63.

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