April 25, 2024

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Strong/Severe Storms Possible Tomorrow Afternoon/Tomorrow Night

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CLOUDY, DRY AFTERNOON: Temperatures are in the 77-81 degree range across most of Alabama this afternoon with a mostly cloudy sky. Nothing on radar, and our weather should remain dry tonight. Then, a dynamic weather system will bring active weather to the Deep South tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night.

SPC has defined an “enhanced risk” (level 3/5) of severe thunderstorms areas north of a line from Vernon to Birmingham to Piedmont; a “slight risk” (level 2/5) is now up for the rest of the state.

The primary window for strong to severe thunderstorms will come from around 3:00 p.m. tomorrow through 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. The main threat for Alabama will come from strong, potentially damaging straight line winds. The main parameters needed for tornadoes will be to the north (a level 4/5 risk is now up for much of Ohio), although an isolated tornado or two can’t be ruled out across North Alabama. Some hail is possible as well.

Rain amounts will be in the 1/2 to 1 inch for the northern half of Alabama, and under 1/2 inch for the southern counties of the state.

Wednesday will be breezy and much cooler with highs in the 57-64 degree range over North Alabama along with lingering clouds. South Alabama will see lots of sun Wednesday with a high in the 60s. Thursday and Friday will be sunny and cool statewide with a high in the 60s.

FROST/FREEZE THREAT: We have frost potential over the northern 2/3 of Alabama Friday, and possibly Saturday morning. Colder spots could see a freeze. Growers will need to monitor temperature forecasts.

THE WEEKEND: Dry weather continues over the weekend with lots of sun along with highs in the 70s. New model data suggests showers are possible Monday, followed by a more signifiant system by mid-week. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ECLIPSE WEATHER: Alabama will experience a partial solar eclipse one week from today (Monday April 8)… new data suggests the sky will be mostly cloudy across much of the southern U.S… including Alabama. Of course, this could change.

ON THIS DATE IN 1960: The first weather satellite, TIROS 1 (Television and Infra-Red Observation Satellite) began sending pictures back to Earth. The TIROS series would have little benefit to operational weather forecasters because the image quality was low and inconsistent. The most critical understanding achieved from the new technology was the discovery of the high degree of organization of large-scale weather systems, a fact never apparent from ground and aircraft observations.

ON THIS DATE IN 2023: An EF-3 tornado moved through northern Madison County near Hazel Green; one person was killed. An EF-1 tornado moved through parts of Marion and Winston counties.

Look for the next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…

James Spann

2024-04-01 20:24:35

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