RADAR CHECK: Rain continues to fall this afternoon over much of East, Central, and Southwest Alabama. There have been a few embedded thunderstorms today, but they have been well below severe limits. We will maintain the chance of some rain at times tonight and early tomorrow, but a punch of dry air rolls into the state during the day tomorrow with a clearing sky. Most communities will enjoy a good supply of sunshine by midday and through the afternoon; temperatures will remain below average with highs between 67 and 71 degrees.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Clouds will increase again Friday, and we will mention the chance of rain at times late Friday night into Saturday morning. Looks like the main window for rain comes from around midnight Friday night through 12:00 noon Saturday; amounts should be 1/2 inch or less, and there is no risk of severe thunderstorms. Clouds will linger Saturday afternoon with a high in the mid to upper 60s… about ten degrees below average for mid-April in Alabama.
Sunday will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds… the high will be in the 65-70 degree range.
NEXT WEEK: A quiet weather pattern continues. The weather looks dry Monday through Thursday… some rain could return toward the end of the week on Friday (April 23). Temperatures will be near, or a little below average. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Both Auburn and Alabama will hold their annual spring scrimmage games Saturday. The game in Tuscaloosa kicks off at 12 Noon… kickoff in Auburn is set for 1:00. Some light rain is likely Saturday morning across the state, but at both stadiums, we believe the weather will be dry by afternoon with lingering clouds. Temperatures will be in the 65-69 degree range in Tuscaloosa and Auburn Saturday afternoon.
ON THIS DATE IN 1935: Black Sunday refers to a particularly severe dust storm that occurred on April 14, 1935, as part of the Dust Bowl. During the afternoon, the residents of the Plains States were forced to take cover as a dust storm, or “black blizzard,” blew through the region. The storm hit the Oklahoma Panhandle and Northwestern Oklahoma first and moved south for the remainder of the day. It hit Beaver around 4:00 p.m., Boise City around 5:15 p.m., and Amarillo, Texas, at 7:20 p.m. The conditions were the most severe in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, but the storm’s effects were felt in other surrounding areas.
ON THIS DATE IN 2019: Eleven tornadoes touched down across Alabama. All were rated EF-0/1 and there were no fatalities or injuries. These tornadoes moved through communities like Troy, Glencoe, Gallion, and Phenix City. One EF-0 tornado moved through Highland Lakes in Shelby County.
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