QUIET PATTERN: With a sunny sky, temperatures are mostly in the low 80s across Alabama this afternoon, right at average values for May 10. Tonight will be mostly fair with a low in the 58-63 degree range.
REST OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow will be partly to mostly sunny day with a high in the 86-91 degree range. We will mention some risk of isolated showers over North and West Alabama tomorrow night and early Thursday morning as a disturbance passes through, but rain will be very light and spotty. The rest of the day Thursday and Friday will be dry with highs in the mid 80s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Moisture levels will rise slightly, and we will mention some risk of isolated showers Saturday and Sunday, but the chance of any one spot getting wet is only 10-20 percent. With a partly sunny sky afternoon temperatures will rise into the mid to upper 80s both days.
NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge holds, and the week will remain mostly dry through Thursday with only isolated showers on a couple of days. We are seeing evidence in medium range models that rain chances could increase by Friday (May 20) as an upper trough approaches. Highs will be in the 88-92 degree range. No sign of any severe weather threats for Alabama, and I think it is safe to say we are pretty much done with the 2021-22 severe weather season (it runs from November through May). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
HURRICANE SEASON: With the tornado season winding down, now we look ahead to the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through June 1 through November 30. Phil Klotzbach and his team at Colorado State released their outlook for the season, and they expect above average activity with 19 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes. Names this year are Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie and Walter.
ON THIS DATE IN 1905: On Wednesday, May 10th, 1905, the Oklahoma Territory was struck by one of the worst natural disasters in early American history. Tornadoes pounded the southwest part of the Territory, one of which flattened the town of Snyder. The “official” death toll is listed today as 97, but the actual number of victims may never be known.
ON THIS DATE IN 2010: On this day, Oklahoma experienced its largest tornado outbreak since May 3, 1999. Fifty-five twisters tore through the state, including two rated EF4. The EF4 storms took three lives and injured 81 people. Ironically, both EF4 tornadoes struck Norman, Oklahoma, home of the Storm Prediction Center and the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
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