Sun/Storm Mix To Continue

| May 16, 2018 @ 3:28 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have a number of showers and strong thunderstorms across Alabama this afternoon; they are in rather random places, and are moving very slowly to the south. Additional showers and storms will form through the evening hours.

A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Colbert and Lauderdale Counties due to cluster of slow moving storms there at mid-afternoon.

There was flooding in parts of Lee County earlier this morning; rain totals of 2-3″ were common around Auburn and Opelika. I had one report of 2.97″ between Opelika and Lafayette.

Temperatures are mostly in the 80s, although places with rain are in the 70s. Showers and storms will end later tonight.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Tropical moisture will stay in place, and the weather won’t be much different. Warm, humid days with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

BIG EVENTS: Many outdoor events are coming up across Alabama through the weekend, including high school graduations, the Regions Tradition at Greystone, the Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores, and Do Dah Day in Birmingham. These points apply to all of these events and all venues in Alabama…

*This is not a situation where rain will go on for hours, instead showers and thunderstorms will be somewhat scattered.

*Showers and storms will be rather random, meaning there is no way of knowing exactly when and where they will pop up in advance, and we can’t give specific start/stop times for any one given location.

*Rain distribution will be very uneven; some places on any given day could see well over one inch of rain, other spots will see nothing (much like yesterday).

*Most of the showers will come during the peak of the daytime heating process, between 1:00 and 11:00 p.m. But, we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower.

*Organized severe storms are not expected, but heavier thunderstorms will produce very heavy rain, and will also have potential for small hail.

*When thunder roars, GO INDOORS. When you hear thunder, get into a car, truck, house, church, etc. Don’t risk it.

We lapsing in a summer pattern, when “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” are mentioned almost daily. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition is underway, 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!!!

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: The 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament takes place on May 22-27 at the Hoover Met. Don’t miss some of the best baseball in the country as the top-12 teams will battle it out in Hoover on the road to Omaha. Join us for the indoor FanFest which is free to the public, open each day of the tournament and fun for all ages. Single-session tickets are $18 each for adults and $9 each for kids 3-12. Bleacher seats are first-come, first-served in the General Admission sections. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!

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I had a great time today visiting with the 3rd graders at Elvin Hill Elementary in Columbiana… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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