RAIN RETURNS: Today will be cloudy and considerably cooler; most places won’t get past the low 70s today. And, rain will move into the state by late morning into the midday hours. A few thunderstorms are possible this afternoon; SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington counties, but severe weather won’t be an issue for most of the state. Periods of rain will continue through tonight.
Rain amounts will be under 1/2 inch for the northern half of Alabama, with totals to 1 inch for the southern counties. Some lingering rain is possible early tomorrow, especially for the southern part of the state, then the sky becomes partly to mostly sunny tomorrow afternoon as drier air works in. Tomorrow’s high will be in the 66-71 degree range.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Clouds will increase again Friday, and periods of mostly light rain are likely Friday night into Saturday morning. Heavier rain totals will be over South Alabama, and most of the rain will come from about midnight Friday night through noon Saturday. Saturday afternoon will be dry, but clouds will linger. Temperatures will remain below average with highs in the mid to upper 60s Friday and Saturday.
Sunday will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds… the high Sunday will be somewhere between 66 and 72 degrees.
NEXT WEEK: A period of quiet weather is likely for Alabama… much of the week looks dry with temperatures a bit below seasonal averages. 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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