RADAR CHECK: We had isolated thunderstorms overnight across the northern half of the state, some were noisy with heavy rain. We have just a dissipating showers on radar at daybreak over the northwest counties, otherwise it is a warm, muggy morning with temperatures in the 70s. Look for a partly sunny sky today with a high in the mid to upper 90s again; widely scattered storms will form during the heat of the day ahead of a surface front. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for areas east of a line from Waterloo to Brookwood to Troy to Abbeville.
Heavier storms later today will produce strong winds and possibly some small hail; odds of any one spot getting wet this afternoon is 20-30 percent.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Drier air enters the state late tonight, and will slowly spread southward during the day tomorrow. Isolated storms are possible ahead of the push of drier air tomorrow over the southern counties of the state… North and Central Alabama will enjoy a sunny day with lower humidity values along with a high in the 91-95 degree range. By Sunday morning, we project lows between 57 and 64 thanks to the dry air. Sunday will be a sunny day statewide with a high generally in the low 90s.
NEXT WEEK: Heat levels rise again as the upper ridge builds; highs will be in the mid 90s Monday, upper 90s Tuesday, and close to 100 Wednesday through Friday. Thankfully heat index values won’t be too excessive thanks to dry air in place… but that also means very few cooling showers or storms through the week. Temperatures will likely remain above average through the rest of June; See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: A trough of low pressure located along the coast of Honduras is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Some gradual development is possible today while the disturbance drifts west-northwestward over the Gulf of Honduras. Subsequent development is unlikely once the system moves inland over northern Central America and southeastern Mexico Saturday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over Honduras, Belize and southeastern Mexico through the weekend.
NHC gives the system only a 10 percent chance of development; the rest of the Atlantic basin, including the Gulf of Mexico, remains very quiet.
HEAT PARADE: Here are some high temperatures across Alabama today…
Muscle Shoals 99
Carbon Hill 97
Birmingham Airport 96
Birmingham (Oxmoor Valley) 94
Mountain Brook 94
ON THIS DATE IN 1946: The third deadliest tornado in Canadian history struck southwestern Ontario from Windsor to Tecumseh. 17 people were killed and hundreds injured. Damage was conservatively estimated at $1.5 million.
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