DRY DAYS AHEAD: As I write this a bit before sunrise, there is one narrow line of showers over the northeast corner of the state; it will be gone by the time you read this, and we are looking at an extended period of dry weather for Alabama. The sky will be partly to mostly sunny today with a high between 77 and 81 degrees… the average high for Birmingham on May 27 is 85.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Look for sunny days, clear nights, and a warming trend tomorrow through Monday. The high tomorrow 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 enjoy early morning temperatures in the 50s tomorrow and Sunday.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Tuesday and Wednesday with highs at or just over 90 degrees. We will mention the chance of a few spotty showers Thursday with a weak front approaching from the north, but many places won’t see a drop. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN TOTALS THIS WEEK: Here are some storm totals for the week from the ABC 33/40 Skywatchers…
Egypt (near Gadsden) 4.94″
West Blocton 4.41″
Rock Creek 3.42″
Oak Grove 3.18″
Oxmoor Valley 2.87″
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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We are on a holiday schedule, so just one Weather Xtreme video today, but I will post fresh forecast notes here later this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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