A late-spring cold snap is sometimes called a “blackberry winter.” Alabama’s temperatures on Friday may have qualified. (AL.com file photo)
The numbers are in — almost — and today has been cool enough to score a spot in the record books for several Alabama cities.
High temperatures in many areas didn’t get out of the 50s, breaking records for the coolest highs, according to the National Weather Service.
All of central Alabama’s climate sites had record low maxes, according to the weather service in Birmingham.
Forecasters there said they were watching temperatures in Tuscaloosa, where skies were beginning to clear — which topped out at only 1 degree below the record value on Friday.
In north Alabama, Huntsville set a record for lowest max temperature, but Muscle Shoals did not — reaching a relatively balmy 56, which is 2 degrees above the record value but still 22 degrees below average.
Mobile also missed a record mark. Its temperature climbed above its record value of 66 degrees, but the weather service in Mobile hasn’t released the official high yet.
Here’s a look at other high temperatures on Friday:
Anniston: 52, 27 below average
Birmingham: 51, 28 below average
Dothan: High 62, 22 below average
Huntsville: 53, 26 below average.
Montgomery: 58, 23 below average
Muscle Shoals: 56, 24 below average.
Troy: 58, 24 below average
Tuscaloosa: 57, 24 below average
After a chilly night tonight temperatures are forecast to moderate on Saturday, with highs climbing back into the 60s and 70s statewide.
A late-season cold snap is nothing new. It even has a name.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, cold snaps in late spring can, and have, gone by many names, but one of the most common here is “blackberry winter.”
Dogwood Winter, Locust Winter, Whippoorwill Winter and Redbud Winter are some of the others.