June 22, 2024

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Wet, Stormy Weather For Alabama Through Mid-Week

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RADAR CHECK: A large mass of rain covers the northern half of Alabama early this morning, expect occasional rain and a few thunderstorms through tonight. The most widespread rain will continue over the northern and central counties of the state, but showers are possible across South Alabama as well.

TOMORROW: Rain becomes even more widespread, especially tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. The rain will be heavy at times, and NWS Birmingham has issued a flash flood watch for the counties they serve. But, understand heavy rain is possible statewide, with amounts between 2 and 3 inches likely over the next 72 hours.

A few strong, possibly severe thunderstorms are possible as well. SPC has become pretty aggressive in their outlook, now defining a “moderate risk” (level 4/5) for a small part of Southwest Alabama. The rest of the state is in either an “enhanced” or “slight risk” (level 2-3/5).

This is a very dynamic weather system, but with poor thermodynamic fields. Basically very little surface based instability. A large, rain cooled airmass should limit the overall severe weather threat for Alabama. Having said that, we have to watch any weather system like this closely in April, and a few severe storms can’t be ruled out, especially near the Gulf Coast where there is a chance of higher instability. But clearly the main concern is heavy rain and flooding potential.

THURSDAY: Thursday will be a mostly cloudy, breezy, cool day with a chance of lingering showers. The high will be in the 60s over the northern half of the state with a gusty northwest wind. South Alabama could see some sun.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The weather looks great with mostly sunny days and fair cool nights. Temperatures drop into the 40s early Friday and Saturday morning… the high will be close to 70 Friday, followed by upper 70s and low 80s over the weekend. Perfect spring weather.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like the warmest week so far this year with daily highs between 80 and 85 degrees. There will enough moisture around for a few isolated afternoon/evening showers on some days, but much of the week will be dry. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1947: An estimated F5 tornado struck Woodward, Oklahoma during the late evening killing 95 persons and causing six million dollars damage. The tornado, one to two miles in width, and traveling at a speed of 50 mph, killed a total of 167 persons along its 221-mile path from Texas into Kansas.

Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

James Spann

2024-04-09 10:45:17

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