RADAR CHECK: We actually had a few “illegal” patches of light rain overnight in a few places across Alabama (rain that was not forecast), but that is fading fast this morning as an upper high builds over the region. Look for a partly sunny sky today with a high in the low 80s; the average high for Birmingham on April 21 is 76.
Dry weather continues tomorrow through the weekend with mostly sunny days, fair nights, and highs in the 82-85 degree range. It will be the warmest weekend so far this year.
NEXT WEEK: A cold front with very limited dynamic support will bring a few showers to the state Monday night and Tuesday of next week, but rain amounts should be one tenth of an inch or less for most communities. The weather will be dry Wednesday through Friday with highs in the 78-82 degree range. Still no sign of any big rain event or severe weather issues for Alabama for the rest of April. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RACE WEEKEND: The weather will be warm and dry over the weekend at Talladega. For the Geico 500 Sunday, the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures in the 82-85 degree range. Morning lows at the Superspeedway will be close to 60 degrees.
TORNADO COUNTS: The Birmingham NWS reports 39 tornadoes in their CWA (County Warning Area) since January 1. In Mississippi, the tornado count for the year so far is now 89; they have already surpassed the total number of tornadoes for every year except 2019, 2008, 2005 and 2011.
ON THIS DATE IN 1967: Severe thunderstorms spawned 48 tornadoes in the Upper Midwest. Hardest hit was northern Illinois where sixteen tornadoes touched down during the afternoon and evening hours causing fifty million dollars damage. On that Friday afternoon, tornadoes struck Belvidere IL and the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, killing 58 persons.
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