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Dry Tomorrow; Storms Return Late Sunday/Sunday Night : The Alabama Weather Blog

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QUIET AFTERNOON: Most of Alabama is rain-free this afternoon… but we do note a few isolated showers over West-Central Alabama, and a cluster of heavier showers over Mobile Bay. We have filtered sunshine through high cirrus clouds, and temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 70s. The average high for Birmingham on April 30 is 78.

THE WEEKEND: Tomorrow will be a dry day statewide; with a mostly sunny sky we expect a high between 77 and 80 degrees. Then, on Sunday, clouds will increase during the day, and a few showers could reach the northern and western counties by mid to late afternoon. An organized batch of rain and storms will arrive Sunday night; SPC maintains a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms near the Mississippi border, with a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) as far east as Moulton, Vance, Pine Hill, and Gulf Shores.

Instability will be limited… the main threat with the storms Sunday night will come from gusty winds and small hail.

NEXT WEEK: Wet, unsettled weather is the story for Alabama Monday through Thursday. Understand there will be some good breaks in the rain, and the sun will break out at times, but there will be some risk of showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis. Along the way the rain could be heavy at times, and one or two rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms are possible. But, it is still too early to define the specific timing of the heaviest rain and strong storms. Rain amounts between Sunday and Thursday will be in the 3 to 5 inch range for much of the state, some flooding issues could very well develop.

Drier air pushes into the state Thursday night, and for now Friday (May 7) look rain-free. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1924: A significant tornado outbreak occurred from Alabama to Virginia on the 29 through the 30th. 26 tornadoes were of F2 intensity or greater. A total of 111 people were killed, and over 1,100 injured. An estimated F4 tornado tore through Steedman and Horrell Hill, SC. This tornado killed 55 people.

ON THIS DATE IN 1953: An F4 tornado 300 yards in width leveled homes on the north side of Warner-Robins Georgia, and barracks on the south side of the Warner-Robins Air Force Base. 19 people were killed and were 300 injured. Estimated damage was $15 million.

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James Spann

2021-04-30 20:14:22

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