Heat Levels Cranking Up

| May 21, 2019 @ 3:19 pm

HOT, DRY PATTERN: With a sunny sky this afternoon, temperatures are close to 90 degrees across the great state of Alabama. And, as a strong upper high continues to strengthen, heat levels will build through the rest of the week. Mostly sunny days, fair nights through Friday. The high tomorrow and Thursday will be in the low 90s, followed by mid 90s Friday. All of the big rain producing systems will be shunted well to the west and north of Alabama.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Not much change as the ridge holds. Sunny hot days, fair nights Saturday through Monday with highs generally in the mid 90s. A few spots could reach the upper 90s, right at record levels for late May in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Hot, dry weather continues Monday through Wednesday. Models hint the ridge could weaken a bit by Thursday and Friday (May 30-31) with a risk of showers then. But, noting really heavy, and no risk of severe storms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Andrea is a sub-tropical depression in the Atlantic west of Bermuda… the system will dissipate tonight or tomorrow morning, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet. The season “officially” begins June 1. The names to be used this year are Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya. Van, and Wendy.

ON THIS DATE IN 2001: Golfers participating in a golf tournament at the Majestic Golf Course in Hartland, Michigan received an urgent message while on their carts. The message, relayed from the clubhouse, was that a tornado was bearing down on the course. Most of the golfers made it to safety in the clubhouse, although some had to take shelter on the course. Only one golfer suffered a minor injury. The F2 tornado damaged 70 cars in the parking lot along with numerous golf carts and a pontoon boat.

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I had a great time today visiting with 5th and 6th graders at Lee Scott Academy in Auburn… 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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