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Scattered Showers Today/Tomorrow; Summer-Like Temperatures This Week : The Alabama Weather Blog

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RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers are moving across Alabama early this morning, otherwise the sky is mostly cloudy with temperatures generally between 65 and 72 degrees. We are forecasting a warm, humid day ahead with a mix of sun and clouds. A few additional showers or storms could form this afternoon, but they should be widely spaced. An organized mass of storms over Tennessee could slip into North Alabama tonight; SPC has the Tennessee Valley in a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms tonight for the potential for hail and strong, gusty winds.

The high today will be in the mid 80s; the average high for Birmingham on May 8 is 80.

REST OF THE WEEK: A summer-like pattern will continue for the rest of the week with partly sunny, warm, humid days along some risk of widely scattered showers and storms on a daily basis. The better chance of seeing a shower each day will come during the afternoon and evening hours, and the chance of any one spot getting wet is near 35 percent tomorrow, and 20-30 percent Wednesday through Friday. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s… a few spots could touch 90 degrees.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No real change; a broad upper ridge will keep the weather very warm with highs in the 86-90 degree range Saturday and Sunday. The sky will be partly too mostly sunny with only widely scattered afternoon and evening showers and storms around.

NEXT WEEK: The overall pattern won’t change much, but some global models are hinting at higher shower coverage toward the middle of the week. Highs will hold in the 80s… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

TORNADO SEASON DONE? The upper ridge that has formed across the Deep South means no tornado risk for Alabama for the next 7 days. Too early to say for sure that our tornado season is done; technically it is in place through the end of May. Still some time for one more pattern change before the summer that would bring organized severe thunderstorms to the Deep South, but we aren’t seeing any sign of that for now.

ON THIS DATE IN 1979: Widespread damage occurred in the Tampa Bay area. The 19 tornadoes reported are the most in one day in Florida history. Three people drowned in Pinellas County where flooding was most severe. Rainfall amounts of 18 inches in 24 hours were reported with 12.73 inches falling at Tampa, FL; with 7.84 inches of that in just six hours. Worst hit was the Polk County community of Auburndale where a tornado made a direct hit on the Auburndale School. Flying debris hurt only eight students.

ON THIS DATE IN 2008: An EF-1 tornado moved across parts of Walker and Cullman counties, moving across Smith Lake along the way as a brief waterspout. The tornado blew down or snapped off hundreds of trees, damaged or destroyed at least 5 chicken houses, and destroyed at least 5 boat houses at the Euskin Point Marina.

Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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James Spann

2023-05-08 10:37:44

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