June 22, 2024

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A Summer-Like Mix Of Sun And Showers Tomorrow/Sunday : The Alabama Weather Blog

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RADAR CHECK: We have a classic case of random, scattered showers across Alabama this afternoon. There are few thunderstorms as well… otherwise we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures mainly in the 80s. Showers will fade late tonight.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much change in the weather. It will be a mixed bag with periods of sun along with random, scattered showers tomorrow and Sunday. Not as wash-out at all, but you will see some rain from time to time. Higher rain probabilities will remain over the northern half of the state. Some thunder is possible, but there is no risk of severe storms. Afternoons will stay warm with highs in the mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: A few widely scattered showers will remain possible pretty much on a daily basis through the week, otherwise partly sunny days with highs in the mid to upper 80s. A cold front will likely bring a higher cover coverage of showers and thunderstorms toward the end of the week on Friday… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1999: There were 63 tornadoes in Oklahoma, making this the worst outbreak ever to strike the state. In Central Oklahoma alone, eight individual supercell thunderstorms produced 57 tornadoes. Bridge Creek, Moore and southern parts of the Oklahoma City Metro area were hit the hardest. When it was near Moore, Oklahoma, a truck-mounted Doppler radar measured a wind speed of 318 mph, the highest ever observed in a tornado.

Forecasters at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK were faced with the unprecedented situation of a major tornado on the ground threatening their location. As a major F5 tornado was approaching the Oklahoma City metro area from the southwest, the SPC notified its backup, the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska that they might have to assume operational responsibility if the tornado approached Norman. The storm remained several miles west of the facility but was visible from the SPC roof. Damage from this single tornado was around one billion dollars, making it the most costly tornado in history.

To the north in Kansas, an F4 tornado tracked 24 miles through Sumner and Sedgwick Counties, killing 6, injuring 154, and causing $146 million in damages.

ON THIS DATE IN 2009: A derecho moved across Central Alabama on Sunday afternoon. A derecho is a widespread and long-lived straight line wind storm associated with a fast moving squall line. A derecho can produce a long-lived gust front which causes straight line wind damage with winds over 58 mph. The derecho on Sunday produced damage in several counties from the Mississippi state line to the Georgia state line. In addition, five tornadoes touched down across the state.

Look for my next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. Monday… enjoy the weekend!

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James Spann

2024-05-03 20:20:00

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