Strong/Severe Storms Possible Tomorrow Evening

| March 23, 2020 @ 1:29 pm

WET MONDAY: Rain, mostly light to moderate, continues across parts of North/Central Alabama this afternoon. The sky is cloudy, and temperatures are mostly in the 60s. On the positive side, SPC has removed the “marginal risk” of severe thunderstorms for today and tonight. Rain will diminish this evening, although a few scattered showers could linger through the night.

TOMORROW: Any showers tomorrow morning should be widely spaced, but showers and thunderstorms will increase by late afternoon and early tomorrow night as a surface low forms northwest of Alabama, aided by an upper trough. Some of the storms could become strong to severe; SPC has a “slight risk” (level 2/5) defined for North Alabama, north of a line from Winfield to Oneonta to Centre. A “marginal risk” (level 1/5) extends as far south as Eutaw, Jemison, and Roanoke.

The main window for heavier storms will come from 3:00 until 9:00 p.m. The main risks will come from hail and strong straight line winds, but an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out, especially in the “slight risk” area over the northern third of the state. Just be sure you have a way of hearing severe weather warnings tomorrow evening if they are needed. We are in the core of the spring tornado season in Alabama.

REST OF THE WEEK: Drier air returns Wednesday, and Alabama will be rain-free through Friday with sunny warm afternoons and fair pleasant nights. The high Wednesday will be in the mid 70s, followed by mid 80s Thursday and Friday. These two days should be the warmest so far in 2020 for most communities across Alabama.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The day Saturday will be dry and warm with a high in the 80s; a cold front will bring a band of showers and thunderstorms Saturday night or early Sunday. New model data hints that the rain could end fairly early in the day Sunday, followed by a clearing sky along with a high between 68 and 71. Too early to know if severe storms will be an issue Saturday night; we will have better clarity after the system tomorrow night exits the state.

NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week looks dry and pleasant with highs in the 70s. A few showers could return late in the week, but for now it doesn’t look like a major event. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1932: Clean-up continued after a superoutbreak of tornadoes on March 21 across the Deep South. The 1932 outbreak produced 10 violent tornadoes, classified EF4 or EF5 on the Fujita scale of tornado intensity, eight of which occurred in Alabama alone, and is surpassed only by the March 1952 tornado outbreak, with 11 violent tornadoes; the 2011 Super Outbreak, with 15; the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, with 17; and the 1974 Super Outbreak, with 30. Nobody knows exactly how many died in Alabama, but the death toll was at least 268. Thousands more were injured. Some of the hardest hit counties included Tuscaloosa, Talladega, Cullman, Chilton, Marengo, Clay, Shelby, and Perry. Near Faunsdale on U.S. 80 in Northeast Marengo County east of Demopolis (one of the first towns hit), the owner of an 800-acre plantation found a horse collar, a dead pig and the body of a three-year-old child all jammed together in a hollow tree stump. The child and the pig were both dead.

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