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A Few Rounds Of Storms This Week; Very Warm Through Thursday : The Alabama Weather Blog

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RADAR CHECK: Showers and thunderstorms are moving across the northern quarter of Alabama early this morning… heavier storms are producing small hail and gusty winds. We also note a few isolated showers over South Alabama, south of Montgomery. Otherwise, we expect a mix of sun and clouds today with a few widely scattered showers or storms around this afternoon. The high will be in the mid to upper 80s in most places… the average high for Birmingham on May 6 is 80.

Not much change in the weather tomorrow; with a partly sunny sky the high will be in the 85-90 degree range with a few showers or storms around; they will be random and scattered, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: Looks like Wednesday will be the warmest day this year with many places touching 90 degrees. This will make the air unstable, and will open the door for a few strong to severe thunderstorms by afternoon and into Wednesday night. SPC has defined a severe weather threat for the northern half of the state, and the main concern will come from hail and strong winds. The main dynamic support/wind profiles needed for tornadoes will be north and west of Alabama based on current model data.

A few lingering showers or thunderstorms are possible Thursday; for now no severe weather risk is defined since the air could be worked over by storms Wednesday night. The high Thursday will be in the mid 80s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A refreshing, cool, dry airmass will drop into Alabama, setting the stage for sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs will be mostly in the 70s, with lows in the 50s. Colder spots across North Alabama could easily dip into the 40s Saturday morning. We do note some model inconsistencies in the weather Sunday, but we will stick with the reliable European global model which keeps our weather dry. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1967: An EF-2 tornado tore through the western part of the city of Birmingham that Saturday evening, just west of downtown… some of the heaviest damage was along Lomb Avenue, near Rickwood Field and the GES store (the Walmart of the day). One person was killed, and 25 people were injured along four mile path. Two homes were destroyed and sixty damaged. Another thirty industrial buildings were damaged.

ON THIS DATE IN 1975: A massive tornado hit Omaha, Nebraska killing three persons, injuring 133 others, and causing over 250 million dollars damage. The tornado struck during the late afternoon moving northeastward through the industrial and residential areas of west-central Omaha and lifting over the northern section of the city. The twister, which cut a swath ten miles long and as much as a quarter of a mile wide. It was the most costly in U.S. history up till that time.

Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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James Spann

2024-05-06 10:49:34

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