RADAR CHECK: We have a few scattered thunderstorms over Northeast Alabama early this morning moving eastward… the rest of the state is dry with temperatures generally in the low and mid 70s. Look for a mix of sun and clouds today with more random, scattered storms firing up this afternoon and early tonight. Chance of any one spot getting wet today is 50-60 percent, and the high will be in the upper 80s for most communities. Just what you expect this time of the year.
The overall pattern won’t change much through Friday. Muggy days with a mix of sun and “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening thunderstorms”. We note SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for the northern third of the state today and tomorrow for potential for hail and strong gusty winds. Another risk is defined for parts of West and Northwest Alabama Friday. Most of the storms, but not necessarily all of them, will come in the 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. window. And, chance of any one spot getting wet will remain in the 50-60 percent range most days.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No real change Saturday. The sun will be out at times, scattered storms will be around, and the high will be in the upper 80s. We have seen evidence that drier air will try and push into the state Sunday, but that doesn’t happen too often in June, and we will maintain at least a risk of widely scattered showers and storms in our forecast. The high will remain in the 85-89 degree range.
NEXT WEEK: A strong upper ridge will build across the Southwest U.S. next week, and it will creep into the Deep South from the west. This means highs at or over 90 degrees on most days; we will probably see some mid 90s over the western half of the state by mid-week. Scattered showers and storms will remain possible during the afternoon and evening hours… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.
ON THIS DATE IN 1816: The following is found on page 31, from the book, “History of the American Clock Business for the Past Sixty Year, and Life of Chauncey Jerome,” written by Chauncey Jerome. The book was published in 1860. “The next summer was a cold one of 1816, which none of the old people will ever forget, and which many of the young have heard a great deal about. There was ice and snow in every month of the year. I well remember on the seventh of June, while on my way to work, about a mile from home, dressed throughout with thick woolen clothes and an overcoat on, my hands got so cold that I was obliged to lay down my tools and put on a pair of mittens which I had in my pocket. It snowed about an hour that day.” This bitter cold event occurred in Plymouth, Connecticut.
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