Humid With Sun and Showers Through The Weekend

| May 15, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

RADAR CHECK: As forecast this morning, we have scattered showers and storms on radar across Alabama this afternoon; they are moving southwest today around top of the circulation in the Northeast Gulf of Mexico. Heavier storms are producing heavy rain and gusty winds, but they are below severe levels. These showers and storms will fade away later tonight.

Away from the showers, we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures mostly in the 80s, although a few places over West Alabama have reached the 90s.

REST OF THE WEEK AND THE WEEKEND: We continue to watch a broad low pressure area over the northeast Gulf of Mexico; it is drifting northward and will pull deeper moisture up into Alabama and the Southeast U.S. We should note that NHC has now reduced the chance of this developing into a tropical or sub-tropical storm down to 10 percent.

There will be a chance of showers and storms on a daily basis tomorrow through Sunday with the moist air in place. We have many important 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…

*Some 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 will 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 84-88 degree range, slightly above 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.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition will 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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