June 15, 2024

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Dry Through Thursday; Storms Return Friday Night/Saturday Morning

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PLEASANT DAY: Most all of Alabama is rain-free at mid-afternoon… the batch of rain and storms that was over the southern counties earlier in the day has moved into Georgia. Temperatures are in the 65-75 degree range, and tonight will be mostly fair and colder with a low in the 36-44 degree range. Colder spots across North Alabama could dip into the mid 30s with a touch of light frost possible.

Tomorrow and Thursday will feature a good supply of sunshine statewide with highs in the 60s and 70s. Colder spots will visit the 30s again early Thursday morning with some scattered light frost possible.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The day Friday will be dry and mild with a high in the 70s. A band of showers and thunderstorms will push into the state Friday night into Saturday morning ahead of cold front… SPC has defined a risk of severe thunderstorms for areas north and west of Birmingham in their “Day 4” outlook, which runs through 7:00 a.m. Saturday.

Models are trending toward better dynamic support for strong thunderstorms. The air will be unstable, and severe storms certainly could become an issue. For now it looks like the main window for strong to severe storms will come from 9:00 p.m. Friday through 7:00 a.m. Saturday, and all modes of severe weather will be possible including hail, strong straight line winds, and a few tornadoes.

By Saturday afternoon, the best chance of showers and storms will shift into the southern half of the state. And, Sunday looks dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky. Highs Saturday will be in the 70s, and on Sunday North Alabama will hold in the 60s as cooler air drops in.

NEXT WEEK: Moisture returns Monday with some risk of showers and storms, and the first half of the week looks generally unsettled with multiple rounds of rain and thunderstorms likely through Wednesday. Too early to know the severe weather risk, but the first week of April usually brings some very active weather to the Deep South. Drier air will likely return by Thursday and Friday; highs will be in the 70s and 80s… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1920: A long track tornado moved from near Deatsville to West Point, Georgia, killing 17 people. Some of the greatest destruction was in Tallapoosa County in the vicinity of Susanna, Agricola, and the Red Ridge settlement. This tornado was part of an outbreak which saw 38 tornadoes hit the Midwest and the Deep South states. Over 380 people died, and at least, 1,215 were injured during the Palm Sunday outbreak.

ON THIS DATE IN 1963: A decision was handed down in the case of Whitney Bartie vs. the United States of America. Bartie sued the U.S. Weather Bureau for negligence in failing to provide a warning about Hurricane Audrey in 1957. Bartie’s wife and five children were killed after the 12-foot storm surge struck Cameron Parish, LA on the morning of June 27, 1957. It was ruled that the evidence presented did not establish negligence on the part of the Weather Bureau.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

Look for the next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…

James Spann

2023-03-28 19:58:35

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