Humid Air Stays In Place

| May 17, 2018 @ 3:36 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have large areas of rain and a few thunderstorms across Alabama this afternoon… a few pulse type severe storms have formed over the southwest counties of the state. The storms are slow movers, and a number of locations have received heavy amounts of rain again today.

Rain will taper off late tonight, but the sky will remain mostly cloudy.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Very moist air will stay in place, and we will have the risk of showers and storms on a daily basis through Sunday.

There are many outdoor events going this weekend, including the Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores, the Regions Tradition at Greystone, and Do Dah Day in Birmingham. This is what you need to know about the weather…

*No doubt some rain is possible each day, but the rain won’t be continuous, and we won’t have an all day “wash out”.

*Best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours, generally between 1:00 and 11:00 p.m. But, with this kind of airmass you can’t totally rule out a late night or morning shower.

*The thunderstorms that form will tend to be rather random and scattered; no way of knowing exactly when and where they form far in advance. Just be ready for a rain/lightning delay.

*Organized severe thunderstorm activity is not expected, but a few “pulse” type severe storms are possible. The main threat from these will come from gusty straight line winds.

*The sun will be out at times, and highs will be in the 80s for most locations.

*If you hear thunder, get inside (or in a vehicle)!!! We had a lightning fatality in Florida yesterday.

NEXT WEEK: We are looking at a fairly routine late May situation… partly sunny, warm days with a few scattered showers and storms around, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be generally in the upper 80s, although a few spots could touch 90 on a day or two.

We note that the CPC outlook for May 23-27 suggests precipitation across the Southeast U.S. will remain above average…

See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition 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. 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 third graders at Concord Elementary… 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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