Warm Again Today; Mostly Dry

| May 8, 2019 @ 5:54 am

WARM SPRING WEATHER CONTINUES: With a partly sunny sky, we project a high in the 86-89 degree range across Alabama today… the average high for May 8 at Birmingham is 80. A few isolated showers could pop up over the southern half of the state this afternoon, but even there most places will stay dry.

Clouds increase tonight, and we will mention a few isolated showers as moisture levels rise and an decaying MCS (Mesoscale Convective System) approaches from the west.

TOMORROW: A decent part of the day will still be rain-free; we expect a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the mid 80s. Showers and storms are possible by afternoon over West Alabama, and we will mention a chance of rain statewide tomorrow night. SPC has areas north and west of Birmingham in a “marginal risk” (level 1/5)…

Thankfully the best dynamic support will lift well north of Alabama, and the overall severe weather threat is low. Some storms could produce small hail and gusty winds tomorrow evening. There is no tornado threat.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A surface front will become stationary across Alabama, setting up an unsettled weather pattern for these three days. We will have the chance of occasional showers and a thunderstorm or two on a daily basis; the sky will feature more clouds than sun. We don’t expect any severe thunderstorms.

There are many outdoor events going on this weekend, including the Regions Tradition at Greystone and high school baseball playoff games. Unfortunately there is no skill in giving rain start/stop times at any specific point in a pattern like this. There will be some good breaks in the rain, but just be ready for a passing shower or thunderstorm from time to time; they could come at any hour of the day or night. We believe the highest coverage of rain will come on Sunday.

Rain amounts between tomorrow and Sunday will be in the 2-3 inch range for North Alabama, with lighter amounts for the southern counties of the state. The high Friday will be in the low 80s, followed by upper 70s Saturday and Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The front finally gets a southward push Sunday night, and Monday and Tuesday look dry for most of the state with ample sunshine and a high between 78 and 82. A short wave will bring a round of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, followed by drier air Thursday and Friday. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 2003: This was the second of three consecutive days with strong to violent tornadoes around Oklahoma City. A violent F4 tornado that affected Moore, Oklahoma City, Midwest City and Choctaw took on a path very similar to the 5/3/1999 devastating tornado. This particular storm back in 2003 affected areas from Newcastle and Moore to Del City and Choctaw. Although over 130 people were injured, there were no fatalities.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition starts today at the beautiful Greystone Golf & Country Club! Make plans to attend one of the majors of the PGA Champions Tour! You can see legendary golfers Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Fred Couples, John Daly, Vijay Singh, and more tee it off with Nick Saban, Gus Malzahn, Bo Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, and other celebrities in the NCR Pro-AM. Juniors 18 & under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, and five-day grounds tickets are $100. Single day grounds tickets are $25. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!

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I have a weather program this morning at Highland Elementary in Etowah County… be looking for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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