RADAR CHECK: Rain continues this afternoon in areas generally east of a line from Huntsville to Mobile. Some showers are producing heavy rain and gusty winds, but the overall severe weather threat for the rest of the evening is very low due to the lack of surface based instability. The sky will clear from the west as dry air punches into the state.
Look for a partly to mostly sunny sky tomorrow with a high in the 75-80 degree range. Any showers will be confined to areas near the Tennessee state line; most of the state will be rain-free.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: A fine holiday weekend is ahead with sunny days, fair pleasant nights, and a warming trend. The high Saturday will be in the low 80s, followed by upper 80s Sunday. Monday’s high will be very close to 90 degrees. Lows will be mostly in the 60s, but cooler spots will be in the pleasant 50s Saturday and Sunday morning.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: The weather continues to look very quiet with mostly sunny days and clear nights. A few spotty showers could show up late in the week as moisture levels rise; highs will be close to 90 on most days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1917: A major tornadic thunderstorm took a 293-mile track across parts of central Illinois and Indiana. Once believed to be a single tornado, the later study indicated it was likely at least eight separate tornadoes. Overall, 101 people in Illinois were killed during the tornado outbreak, with 638 injured.
ON THIS DATE IN 2003: A BMI Airbus bound for Cyprus from Manchester, England encountered a violent thunderstorm over Germany. The plane bounced and twisted violently as it ran into severe turbulence with huge hailstones pounding the exterior. A football-sized hole was punched in the aircraft’s surface. None of the 213 passengers or eight crew members was seriously hurt.
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