SUNNY MEMORIAL DAY: No change in the weather for Alabama; look for a good supply of sunshine today with a high in the 87-91 degree range this afternoon. The average high for Birmingham on May 30 is 85. The weather will stay dry through Wednesday with mostly sunny days and fair nights… the high tomorrow and Wednesday will be close to 90 degrees.
We will introduce the chance of scattered showers Thursday and Friday as a weakening front approaches from the north, but the rain won’t be especially widespread or heavy. Most places will see 1/4″ or less. Otherwise, look for a mix of sun and clouds both days with highs in the mid to upper 80s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky will be partly to mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs between 88 and 92 degrees. Odds of any one spot getting a cooling shower will be very low… generally 15 percent or less.
NEXT WEEK: We are looking at a pretty routine week for early June; partly sunny days, fair nights, and the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” on most days. Highs will stay close to the 90 degree mark… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet this morning; hurricane season begins Wednesday. However, the season over in the eastern Pacific started on May 15, and Hurricane Agatha is nearing the Pacific coast of Mexico this morning with sustained winds of 115 mph. Landfall comes later today, and the system will dissipate inland by tomorrow night.
The remnants of Agatha will have some chance of regeneration in the Bay of Campeche later this week; for now NHC keeps the probability of that at 30 percent. If the system does become a tropical storm, it will get the name Alex. Global ensemble model data suggests the higher probability of U.S. impact would be over the Florida Peninsula (not the panhandle) in 5-6 days, mostly as a big rain producer. The system will remain well to the south of the Alabama and Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, but it could bring a higher threat of rip currents.
ON THIS DATE IN 1988: Memorial Day heralded heavy snow in some of the mountains and higher passes of Wyoming, closing roads in Yellowstone Park. McDonald Pass, Montana was blanketed with eight inches of snow, while the temperature at Miles City, Montana soared to 94 degrees.
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