JUST LIKE SUMMER: Alabama’s weather will stay hot and dry through tomorrow with highs in the 90-94 degree range, about ten degrees above average for mid to late May. An upper ridge over the Gulf Coast will deflect the rain producing systems north of the state through tomorrow night.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The ridge weakens, and moisture levels will rise. Saturday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms by afternoon. The chance of any one spot getting wet is in the 35-45 percent range, and the high will be in the mid 80s as heat levels begin to come down. Then, on Sunday, expect occasional showers and thunderstorms with a mostly cloudy sky. Not raining all day, but most places will get some rain at times with a high close to 80 degrees.
NEXT WEEK: A surface front will wash out just north of the state, leaving us in a moist, unstable airmass. This means some risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis through the week with highs 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; a few passing showers or storms are possible… 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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