PLEASANT SPRING AFTERNOON: The sky is mostly sunny across Alabama; temperatures are in the 78-82 degree range for most places. The sky will stay mostly fair tonight with a low between 55 and 62.
Warm, dry weather continues tomorrow… with a partly sunny sky look for a high in the low 80s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Moisture levels will rise, and a few widely scattered showers are possible Saturday. But, many places will stay dry… the chance of any one spot getting wet is 10-20 percent. The high Saturday will be in the low to mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds. Then, on Sunday, the sky will be occasionally cloudy with an increase in the number of showers and storms as a weakening cold front approaches the Tennessee Valley. Still, this won’t be a “wash-out”… showers and storms will be scattered in nature (like a summer afternoon), and the sun will be out at times. Chance of one location seeing rain Sunday is 50-60 percent over the northern half of the state, and 20-30 percent over South Alabama. The high Sunday will be in the low 80s.
NEXT WEEK: We could see a few spotty showers Monday through Wednesday, but nothing widespread. Showers and a few storms will be more likely Thursday as a cold front passes through… drier air follows Friday. Highs will be in the 80s through Thursday, and then in the upper 70s Friday… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 2014: A total of 18 tornadoes touched down across Alabama, including three rated EF-3. One of the stronger tornadoes moved through parts of Russell and Lee counties in East Alabama, where 13 people were injured south of Opelika. An EF-1 moved through the southern part of Tuscaloosa, and four tornadoes impacted Jefferson County and the Birmingham metro, including Bessemer, Adamsville/Graysville, Kimberly, and North Johns. Five people were injured by an EF-2 tornado near Ethelsville in Pickens County.
ON THIS DATE IN 2002: During the evening hours, a violent F4 tornado carved a 64-mile path across southeast Maryland. The La Plata, Maryland tornado was part of a larger severe weather outbreak that began in the mid-Mississippi Valley early on that day and spread across portions of the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic States. In Maryland, three deaths and 122 injuries were a direct result of the storm.
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