HEATING UP: With a partly sunny sky today, we expect a high in the mid 80s across much of North/Central Alabama today… the average high for April 28 is 77. An isolated shower could fire up late this afternoon as the air becomes unstable, but the chance of any one spot getting wet is only about one in ten.
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New high resolution model data is now suggesting potential for the line of storm to become more “cellular” after midnight in Alabama, and with high storm relative helicity values we will need to hit the chance of a tornado or two a little harder. The limiting factor will be somewhat marginal instability values, but they are sufficient for severe storms.
WARM, DRY DAY AHEAD: We expect a good supply of sunshine across Alabama today with a high up in the mid 80s this afternoon. But, to the west, severe thunderstorms will form, and SPC has defined a “moderate risk” of severe storms for parts of North Louisiana and South Arkansas. Those storms will enter far West Alabama around midnight tonight, and we have a “marginal risk” defined for the western counties of our state in the Day One outlook that runs through 7:00 a.m. tomorrow.
VARIABLE CLOUDS, COOL: We have a mix of sun and clouds across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures mostly in the 60s, about ten degrees below average for late April. No rain on radar, and the sky becomes mostly fair tonight. Most communities will see a low between 48 and 52 degrees early tomorrow morning. Not […]
COOL AIR REMAINS IN PLACE: A deep upper trough is over the Southeast U.S. this morning… and should keep Alabama mostly cloudy and cool today with temperatures not getting out of the 60s in most places. Despite the clouds the day will be dry here; heavy rain is likely well to the east over the Carolinas and Virginia. We could see a little sun this afternoon, especially over West Alabama.
With so many out door events going on, here is a daybreak look at what we expect today… RIGHT NOW: It is raining over the northwest corner of Alabama early this morning; part of a larger mass of rain and storms from Nashville over to the Mississippi Delta. These storms are below severe limits. This […]
ANOTHER SUMMER-LIKE DAY: Temperatures are in the mid 80s over much of North/Central Alabama this afternoon, and as expected there is very little action on radar. Scattered storms remain possible over far North Alabama through the evening, and SPC maintains a “marginal risk” of severe storms there with a cold front just to the north.
The average high for Birmingham today (April 20) is 75… we expect to beat that by about 10 degrees today as temperatures return to the mid 80s this afternoon. Today’s record high is 88 set in 2002… we probably won’t get that warm. And, like yesterday, we expect a few random, widely scattered showers and storms this afternoon and into the evening hours.
RADAR CHECK: We have a few isolated showers and storms on radar this afternoon over far North and East Alabama… these will dissipate soon after sunset. Away from the showers, it is a warm day with a mix of sun and clouds; temperatures are in the mid 80s, about ten degrees above average for mid to late April in Alabama.