WET IS THE WORD: A well defined upper air short wave will bring occasional rain to Alabama today; rain amounts of 1/2 inch are likely for the northern half of the state… some spots over South Alabama will see over one inch. The air will be cold and stable… most North Alabama communities will hold in the 40s all day, meaning no risk of severe storms, and probably no thunder. The rain will end from the west tonight.
REST OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow will be brighter and warmer… the sky becomes partly to mostly sunny with a high in the low 60s. Thursday will feature sun in full supply with a high between 66 and 70 degrees. Friday will be dry with a high in the upper 60s, but clouds will increase by afternoon ahead of a disturbance that could squeeze out some light rain across the southern 2/3 of the state Friday night.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Some patchy light rain is possible Saturday morning, followed by gradual clearing Saturday afternoon. Sunday will be a bright, sunny day as dry air settles into the state. The high Saturday will be in the low 60s, followed by mid 60s Sunday… very close to seasonal averages for early March in Alabama.
NEXT WEEK: The week looks fairly quiet. Moisture levels rise a bit over the latter half of the week with some risk of scattered showers, but for now we are not expecting any really major or widespread rain event. Highs will be in the 60s Monday, close to 70 Tuesday, followed by low to mid 70s over the latter half of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 2012: Twelve tornadoes touched down in Alabama, including one EF-2 in Tallapoosa and Chambers counties that killed one person. This large multiple-vortex tornado crossed Lake Martin near the beginning of its path before passing near Jackson’s Gap, Eagle Creek, and Trammel Crossroads. Several homes sustained significant damage, and multiple mobile homes were completely destroyed. One mobile home frame was wrapped completely around a tree trunk. Thousands of trees were snapped and uprooted along the path.
In the Tennessee Valley, an EF-3 tornado tore through parts of Limestone and Madison counties. This tornado first moved through multiple subdivisions near Athens, with roofs torn off homes, windows and garage doors blown out, exterior walls damaged, and garages collapsed. The tornado then caused major roof and exterior wall damage to homes in and around Harvest. Homes at the north edge of Meridianville had their roofs torn off, a metal shed was severely damaged, a concrete power pole was snapped, and buildings at Meridianville Middle School sustained roof damage. The most intense damage occurred near Hazel Green, where several homes had roofs torn off and walls collapsed, and three were reduced to rubble.
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