HOT MAY DAY: Temperatures are in the 88-93 degree range across most of Alabama this afternoon with a good supply of hazy sunshine. The smoke and haze in the upper atmosphere is coming from wildfires burning in the southwest part of the U.S. The sky will be mostly fair tonight with a low in the low 70s.
Tomorrow will be another hot, dry day with a partly to mostly sunny sky along with a high between 88 and 92 degrees.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The upper ridge over the region weakens, and moisture levels rise. For Saturday, expect a mix of sun and clouds with scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Odds of any one spot getting wet are 35-45 percent, and the high will be in the mid to upper 80s. Then, on Sunday, the sky will be mostly cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms. It won’t rain all day, but periods of rain are likely with afternoon highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.
NEXT WEEK: A surface front just northwest of the state will wash out Monday, and we will be in a moist, unstable airmass through the week with somewhat elevated rain chances. Look for scattered to numerous showers and storms each day with highs mostly in the 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
GETTING DRY: Birmingham’s rain total for the month of May is only 0.39″. We have measured only 0.05″ since May 2, and the last time we saw over inch of rain was back on April 16 when we picked up 2.59″. We still have a surplus of 5.08″ for the year, however.
HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: For those of you headed to Gulf Shores, here is the weather situation for the weekend…
Tomorrow: A mix of sun and clouds; just an outside risk of a brief passing shower or storm. High 85-88.
Saturday: Occasionally cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Not an “all day” rain, but be ready a passing shower/storm from time to time. High will be in the mid 80s.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a few showers and storms likely. Still, not a “washout”. Expect a high between 80 and 85 degrees.
ON THIS DATE IN 1780: The infamous “dark day” in New England tradition. At noon, it was nearly as dark as night. Chickens went to roost, and many persons were fearful of divine wrath. The “dark day” was caused by forest fires to the west of New England.
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