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We are seeing a few more clouds today and with those clouds, a few light showers are ongoing. These are mainly along or just east of the Interstate 65 corridor, but for the most part are very light.
The clouds and rain are holding temperatures down a bit, with upper 70s, but outside these areas, where there is more sun, temperatures are in the 80s this afternoon.
Tomorrow, we are not expecting as many clouds or showers, so temperatures will likely once again approach the 90s for Central Alabama. Rain chances are very low, but not zero, so don’t be surprised to see a few isolated showers across the Alabama landscape.
WAITING ON BONNIE: Still a tropical depression as of the 1100 AM EDT update. The center of Tropical Depression Two was estimated by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft to be near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 78.5 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph. This general motion, accompanied by a decrease in forward speed, is expected later today and on Sunday as the system nears the coast. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts.
Recent data from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the tropical cyclone remains just below tropical storm strength. However, the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb (29.80 inches). No impact for Alabama, but weather along the Georgia and Carolina Coast is only going to deteriorate the next 24 hours as the system approaches the coast.
MEMORIAL DAY: Not much change in the overall weather pattern. Monday, there could still be a few isolated showers possible, but many communities will remain dry with a partly sunny day. The high will be close to 90F Monday.
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A frontal boundary continues to slide south through the state, and behind it, drier air is sliding in thanks to an area of high pressure. This high pressure will be the main feature impacting our weather the rest of the weekend and into much of next week.
The clouds from this morning, have given way to more sunshine. With the sunshine, temperatures have been able to climb into the upper 70s and lower 80s for most locations this afternoon.
The sky will clear tonight and with the drier air, we are in store for a very nice night. Temperatures will settle down into the mid and upper 50s for most of Central Alabama by tomorrow morning and we can see that on the forecast model output below for 7AM tomorrow morning.
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SUNNY SUNDAY: A very nice day tomorrow, with ample sunshine and nice temperatures. After starting the day in the 50s, we will see upper 70s and lower 80s. Humidity levels will remain low and overall it will be very comfortable day of weather.
It was a rather chilly start to the day with upper 40s and lower 50s across Central Alabama. This afternoon, we are seeing more sun than clouds, but there are some cumulus and cirrus clouds out there this afternoon.
It is much less humid today as dew points are in the 30s for most us. With the lower humidity values and temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s across the area this afternoon, it is a pleasant afternoon and overall a very nice day, but almost cool.
Get out there and enjoy it if you can, we are in store for an active weather pattern that will bring showers and storms back in the forecast later this work week.
Monday will be another nice day as we warm up. Morning temperatures will dip into the lower and middle 50s with a few 40s across the northeast part of Alabama. Highs under a partly cloudy sky should move back toward the 80 degree mark.
The first half of our Saturday has been sun-filled and gorgeous. Temperatures have been able to make it into the upper 70s and lower 80s across Central Alabama. But cooler air temperatures, 50s and 60s, are just to the north of the area, and are heading south.
The rest of today, we are going to see some weather changes as a dry cold front is pushing through the state. No rain associated with it, but there are a few clouds, and once the front passes, winds will become quite breezy this afternoon and into tonight. Winds will be on the order of 10-20 mph with gusts to 30mph.
Temperatures will be falling too, and as we head into the overnight hours many locations in Central Alabama will be in the 40s, while lower 50s are expected for our southern communities. Forecast model output below is pretty close to our thinking for 7AM tomorrow morning.
For your Sunday, high pressure will be in control of our weather and at the surface cooler and drier air will continue to flow into the state. Tomorrow will be cooler and afternoon highs will be about ten degrees cooler than today. That means upper 60s and lower 70s for many of us. We will see a few more clouds, but overall, a very nice and almost cool May Sunday for us all.
Hard to find fault with the weather today as this first Saturday of May is just marvelous with lots of sunshine and blue sky and very few if any clouds in the Alabama sky this afternoon.
We have warmed well into the upper 70s and lower 80s through out Central Alabama.
TONIGHT: The sky will remain clear and temperatures will not be as cool. After 40s for many of us this morning, we are going to add about ten degrees to tonight’s lows, meaning mid and upper 50s, but still very nice!
ELSEWHERE ON THE MAPS: Several areas of active weather today, with the threat of severe weather in the Western and Central Plains , along with areas in the Ohio Valley.
These showers and storms are mainly associated with frontal boundaries in place. For us in the Southeast, a 1019mb area of high pressure was centered just off the Louisiana Coast early this afternoon and it continues to be the main feature impacting and providing this terrific weather all weekend.
MOTHER’S DAY: A near repeat of today, with the exception of warmer temperatures. The lower 80s from today, will be replaced with mid and even some upper 80s for some tomorrow. Still no threat of rain, and expect plenty of sunshine to highlight the day.
Most of the day has been rather decent with with a mix of sun and clouds, but clouds are on the increase once again, as a complex of showers and storms is moving across Mississippi and will be arriving in Alabama later today. Also, additional showers and storms are developing ahead of the main complex.
The SPC has much of West & Southwest Alabama highlighted in their standard “slight risk” of severe weather today. This risk area is essentially along the U.S. 43 corridor from Fayette and Tuscaloosa counties, south through Demopolis, all the way down to Mobile. East of this area, a “marginal risk” covers much of the rest of Alabama.
Much like we saw yesterday, storms that impact Alabama could produce damaging wind gusts, and large hail. The tornado threat if very low, but not zero. The main impact from storms will be over western portions of the state. Timing on the storms will be later this afternoon, and through the evening hours, but storms should be weakening after the sun sets.
FOR SUNDAY: May looks to start off the way April ends with the threat of showers and storms. The SPC has a “marginal risk” covering the northwestern half of the state. This risk area includes Gadsden, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville, Cullman, and Muscle Shoals.
Sunday will be a rather warm and muggy with showers and storms once again a possibility. Tomorrow will be very similar today, with most of the day expected to be dry, but showers and storms will occur. Due to the unstable air mass, specific start and stop times are nearly impossible to pin point, but have the rain gear close to hand tomorrow. The race out at Talladega, should be able to be completed tomorrow, but of course a weather delay cannot be ruled out.
Plenty of sunshine across the state today, but there are a few fair weather clouds in the Alabama sky this afternoon.
Temperatures are in the 70s and most locations, and with dew points in the lower 50s, it is feeling very nice and pleasant.
Heading into tonight, expect a clear night with cool temperatures, most locations across Central Alabama will settle in the lower to mid 50s.
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SUNNY SUNDAY: Another gorgeous day is ahead with nothing but sunshine and blue sky. It will be a warmer day with most locations likely making it into the lower 80s. No chance of rain and any outdoor plans you have will be A-OKAY as far as the weather.
THE WEEK AHEAD: The ridge will remain firmly in control of our weather for much of the week ahead. Expect moderating temperatures as well, and we are going to be seeing lower and mid 80s all week, making this the warmest week of weather so far this year. Once again, I would not be surprised to see some 90s on the maps across South Alabama this upcoming week as well.
The days will feature more sun than clouds, and nights will be clear. Lows in the 60s are what most of us can expect. The weather stays active to the west of the state, where multiple days of severe weather are expected across the Plains and Midwest. The ridge will keep that active weather away from Alabama for much of the week ahead. By the end of the week, it looks as though we are going to see our rain chances increase. A lot of model divergence for the end of the week, but as of now, we will mention the chance of showers and storms, but at this time severe weather does not look to be a threat for Alabama.
After the cloudy start to our day, drier air is moving in from the east and we are seeing the sunshine return from east to west across the state today.
Temperatures are in the lower 70s for most of this afternoon, and it continues to be breezy at times. For the rest of today and into tonight, the sky will continue to clear.
By tomorrow morning, we are forecasting chilly temperatures. Expect 40s across East Alabama, while lower 50s are expected west of Interstate 65. Forecast model output below for 7AM tomorrow morning looks pretty consistent with our thinking.
A ridge will continue to build in across the Southeast this weekend, and we are going to see more sun and warmer temperatures ahead in the forecast. For tomorrow, expect a day full of sunshine and plenty of blue sky. After the chilly start, we should all see temperatures well into the 70s tomorrow afternoon. Definitely a splendid spring Sunday of weather ahead.
With ridge in control of our weather, the weather for the week ahead is shaping up to be quite nice, and after this past week’s cloudy and dreary conditions, we sure need it. Through at least Wednesday, each day sure feature more sun than clouds and afternoon highs will be in the the upper 70s and lower 80s through out Central Alabama. Nights will be fair and cool, with overnight lows in the 50s.
Though it is a gorgeous day outside, and it is looking like spring with blue sky, sunshine, and the trees all dressed in green, it is not feeling like spring. It was a chilly start to our day with many spots well down into the 40s. Temperatures have moderated, but they are only in the upper 50s and lower 60s across North-Central Alabama this afternoon.
We continue to deal with breezy northwest winds as well, and that will keep us unseasonably cool for the weekend.
ANOTHER CHILLY NIGHT: Our winds will decrease some heading into the overnight hours, but they should remain up enough to keep the boundary layer mixed, and prevent any widespread frost issues. However, it is going to be cold tonight, with 30s and 40s for the vast majority of us. There will be the threat of patchy frost across extreme North and East Alabama by tomorrow morning, especially in those colder sheltered spots. Growers beware, and to be safe, I would cover sensitive vegetation. The forecast model output below is at 7AM, which is on the hour, and a lot of time temperatures will drop lower between hours. This is also, model output and not an official forecast, but a general idea of what to expect tomorrow morning.
WARMER SUNDAY: After the cold start, we will see temperatures begin a warming trend and afternoon highs should be around the 70 degree mark. Forecast model output below for highs tomorrow looks pretty close to what we expect.
We will see more clouds tomorrow as a shortwave moves across the area. It will allow for clouds to develop, but due to the lack of moisture, rain is not expected. Winds will be lighter tomorrow as well.
Sunshine and blue sky are the story today. It is a gorgeous Saturday across the state, and after the active week of weather, we sure need it. Most of Alabama is severe clear, but there are a few fair weather clouds across the Tennessee Valley of the state, as well as the immediate Gulf Coast.
From my vantage point in Central Alabama, I am not seeing a cloud in the sky, and it sure is looking like spring outside. Most locations across Central Alabama are seeing the same thing.
The frontal boundary is pushing south through the state of Florida, and we are seeing high pressure move into the Southern Plains. Since it is to our west, the clockwise flow around it, means our flow will be out of the northwest today. Our winds should increase this afternoon, and it will be quite breezy at times, and a touch cool. A look at the temperature maps this afternoon, temperatures will hold in the lower and mid-60s for much of Central Alabama.
Clear sky tonight will allow temperatures to fall into the upper 30s and lower 40s. Our winds will stay up as well, and that should keep the boundary layer mixed and should prevent frosty conditions. Here is a look at the NAM-4km projected forecast temperatures for 7AM tomorrow morning.
As a precaution, if you live in those notorious colder spots and valleys in Alabama, you may want to cover sensitive vegetation, but I think the vast majority of Central Alabama will be okay on temperatures. You will need the jackets tonight, and first thing tomorrow morning.
For your Sunday, after the chilly start, we are going to warm up nicely under a sun-filled sky. Our winds, will be on the order of 7-14 mph out of the northwest, but temperatures will be several degrees warmer than today. Upper 60s should embrace much of Central Alabama, while lower 70s are expected in our southern counties.