April has gotten off to a cooler than average start across Central and North Alabama. And it appears that that same trend will continue for most of the next two weeks, with the exception of today and tomorrow.
FOR YOUR SUNDAY: We are getting off to a mild start this Sunday morning, with temperatures in the upper 40s over the North and Northwest, lower 50s in the I-20 Corridor, and middle and upper 50s over South Central Alabama. The last remaining clouds will shift out of East Central Alabama this morning, giving way to full sunshine all day. Temperatures will range between 70-76F this afternoon, with the coolest readings over Northeast Alabama. Under clear skies tonight, temperatures will fall into the upper in the normally cooler spots, with lower 50s elsewhere.
SECOND COLD FRONT: The cold front that brought an end to Saturday morning’s storms is near Dothan this morning. A second cold front will sweep through the area Monday night and Tuesday morning. It just won’t have much moisture to work with. Skies will start off completely sunny again Monday morning, but give way to partly cloudy skies by afternoon. We can’t rule out a stray shower Monday night or Tuesday morning, but the chance of rain at any one spot is very low. Highs on Monday will be on the warm side, topping out in the lower 80s. Monday night lows will drop into the lower and middle 50s. Tuesday readings will warm back into the upper 70s.
MIDWEEK: Partly cloudy and cooler conditions will prevail on Wednesday, with highs in the 60s. The mild conditions will continue on Thursday, with highs in the lower 70s. Lows will be in the lower 50s both mornings.
WEEKEND OUTLOOK: A weak ridge will build over the southern United States by midweek, but our eastern and western troughs will link up by Friday producing lowered pressures over Alabama and the Southeast. There could be a few showers Friday with a better chance of showers and storms by Saturday and Sunday. Highs through the weekend will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Lows will be in the lower 50s. We can’t rule out a few strong storms on Saturday, but it doesn’t look like a significant severe weather situation.
VOODOO TERRITORY: Heavy rain looks possible around Thursday night the 22nd. The progressive pattern continues that week with another potential wet weather system around Monday the 26th.
BEACHCAST: Dense fog shrouds the beautiful beaches of Northwest Florida and Alabama. Today and Monday will be pleasant, with ample sunshine and warm temperatures. Showers and storms will re-enter the forecast by Tuesday and continue much of the remainder of the week. Highs will be in the middle 70s for the remainder of the week, with lows in the lower 60s. The showers and storms will continue into the weekend.
DANCING WITH THE STATS: Mobile picked up 3.48 inches of rain yesterday, establishing a new record for the date.
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ON THIS DATE IN 1965: One of the most famous tornado outbreaks of all time struck the Midwest on Palm Sunday. The Palm Sunday outbreak produced 51 tornadoes across six states and caused 256 fatalities. 72 people died in Culver, Indiana. Another killer storm in Michigan stayed on the ground for 92 miles, resulting in 44 deaths. Damage totaled more than $200 million. The outbreak did leave a positive legacy, however, as the government’s role in warning the public was transformed. Some results of the disaster: spotter programs, NOAA Weather Radio, and increased public awareness Follow my weather history tweets on Twitter. I am @wxhistorian at Twitter.com.
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