Showers Return; Lower Heat Levels

| May 15, 2018 @ 5:56 am

WATCHING THE GULF: A broad low in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico is drifting northward, and will push deeper moisture up into Alabama in coming days. Odds are fairly low (30 percent) this becomes a tropical or sub-tropical storm, but the impact will be same one way or another; higher rain chances for the Southeast U.S. this week and into the weekend.

TODAY: The sky will be partly sunny today, and we will forecast “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Words you hear just about daily in summer. The chance of any one spot seeing a shower this afternoon is about one in three, and the weather won’t be as hot as yesterday. Most places will see a high between 87 and 90 degrees this afternoon.

REST OF THE WEEK AND THE WEEKEND: The weather will be basically the same tomorrow through Sunday. More clouds than sun, and a chance of showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis. Heat levels will be lower with highs mostly in the low to mid 80s.

We have many important outdoor events ahead that are outdoors, including high school graduations, the Regions Tradition at Greystone, the Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores, and Do Dah Day in Birmingham. For all of these events, here are some important weather points…

*Rain is possible at times on a daily basis along with some thunder.
*Severe storms are not expected.
*The rain won’t be continuous; there will be good breaks between showers, and the sun should be out at times.
*Best chance of showers will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower as deep moisture will be in place.
*It is impossible to give the specific start/stop times of the showers for any one given point; they will tend to be rather random.
*Afternoon highs will be generally in the 82-85 degree range, right at seasonal levels for mid to late May in Alabama.
*If you hear thunder, GET INDOORS. Lightning is frightening; don’t risk it.

NEXT WEEK: Showers should thin out as the upper ridge redevelops, and heat levels creep up a bit. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

YESTERDAY’S HEAT: Highs across Alabama yesterday included…

Mobile 97
Evergreen 97
Tuscaloosa 96
Huntsville 95
Montgomery 95
Muscle Shoals 94
Birmingham 93
Anniston 92

New daily record highs were established at most reporting stations for May 14. A very good chance it will be the hottest day of the month as we expect mostly 80s for the next 15 days.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition begins tomorrow, and continues through Sunday at the beautiful Greystone Golf and Country Club! Make plans to attend one of the majors of the PGA Champions Tour! You can see legendary golfers Bernhard Langer, John Daly, Vijay Singh, and more tee it off with Nick Saban, Gus Malzahn, Bo Jackson, and other celebrities in the NCR Pro-AM. Juniors 18 & under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, and five-day grounds tickets are $80. Single day grounds tickets are $20. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!

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I have a weather program this morning at Kitty Stone Elementary in Jacksonville… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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