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DRY DAYS: The sky is partly to mostly sunny across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures in the 75-82 degree range. Tonight will be clear with temperatures falling into the upper 50s and low 60s for most communities.
Dry weather will continue through the Memorial Day weekend with sunny days, clear nights, and a warming trend. Expect a high in the low 80s tomorrow, followed by upper 80s Sunday and Monday.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Tuesday and Wednesday with highs at or just over 90. A few spotty showers are possible Thursday and Friday with a weak front approaching from the north, but widespread rain isn’t expected. No sign of any major rain event around here for the next 7-10 days.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet this afternoon; the hurricane season “officially” begins next Wednesday, June 1.
ON THIS DATE IN 1973: A violent, long track F4 tornado touched down northeast of Demopolis and traveled northeastward. The tornado produced damage in Greensboro, Brent, Centreville, Montevallo, Columbiana, Wilsonville, Childersburg and many areas in between. The tornado lifted near Mount Cheaha. In Greensboro, 72 people were injured and one person was killed. In Bibb County, 90% of the town of Brent was destroyed killing 5 people and injuring 56. A total of 216 buildings were destroyed, 570 buildings were damaged, 97 mobile homes were destroyed, and 45 businesses were damaged or destroyed. More than 12,000 acres of timber was destroyed. This tornado also destroyed the NWS radar facility southwest of Brent that Sunday night.
An F3 tornado that same day moved along a Tarrant-Center Point-Springville-St Clair Springs-Ashville-Gadsden path. Heavy damage occurred in Center Point where 32 homes and 48 mobile homes were destroyed. Over 300 homes were damaged. One person was killed by that tornado.
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