PLEASANT SPRING DAY: With a good supply of sunshine, temperatures are in the 60s over the northern half of Alabama this afternoon, with 70s for the southern counties. The sky will stay mostly fair tonight with a low not too far from 40 degrees.
Tomorrow will be windy and noticeably cooler; the sky will be occasionally cloudy, and a few spotty showers will form over the northern third of the state under a deep upper trough. Rain amounts will be light and spotty, and temperatures won’t get out of the 50s across most of North Alabama. A west wind of 12-25 mph will make it feel colder.
FREEZE/FROST THREAT: We are still forecasting lows well down in the 30s Saturday and Sunday morning with frost likely over the northern half of the state. Colder pockets will dip into the 26-32 degree range; growers will need to monitor temperature forecasts for their specific communities. On the positive side, look for lots of sun over the weekend… the high Saturday will be around 60, followed by low to mid 70s Sunday as a warming trend begins.
NEXT WEEK: Moisture levels will be on the rise Monday, and a few showers will likely form. We will mention a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday… then an organized band of storms will arrive late Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Too early to know if severe storms will be an issue here; SPC does have risks highlighted for areas west of Alabama Monday through Wednesday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals since the first of the year, and the departure from average…
Huntsville 23.88″ (+7.41″)
Birmingham 23.86″ (+7.16″)
Tuscaloosa 20.97″ (+4.81″)
Muscle Shoals 20.87″ (+5.23″)
Anniston 19.50″ (+3.26″)
Montgomery 17.59″ (+1.98″)
Mobile 13.31″ (-3.41″)
Dothan 13.29″ (-2.05″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1980: Severe thunderstorms spawned tornadoes that ripped through central Arkansas. The severe thunderstorms also produce high winds and baseball size hail. Five counties were declared disaster areas by President Carter. A tornado causing F3 damage also affected St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri producing $2.5 million in damage.
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