Improving Weather Today; Severe Storms Likely Easter Sunday

| April 9, 2020 @ 5:58 am

STORMY START: Strong storms are over West Alabama as I write this post just before daybreak; severe thunderstorm warnings were required for parts of Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Greene, Hale, and Sumter counties. These storms will weaken soon, and rain will end by mid-morning as drier air works into the state. The sky becomes sunny today with a high between 75 and 80 degrees for most communities. The average high for Birmingham on April 9 is 73.

TOMORROW/SATURDAY: Look for mostly sunny days and fair cool nights. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 60s, followed by a 70 degree maximum Saturday. Colder pockets will visit the 30s early Saturday morning with some potential for scattered light frost; lows will be in the 37-44 degree range. Clouds will increase late Saturday into Saturday night.

EASTER SUNDAY SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: All ingredients are coming together for the potential for severe thunderstorms across Alabama and the Deep South on Sunday. SPC has already defined a high end, 30 percent risk of severe storms Sunday for the southern half of the state, with the standard 15 percent probability up to the Tennessee state line.

Ingredients for a potential severe thunderstorm outbreak appear likely to come together Sunday into Sunday night. An ejecting shortwave trough is forecast to take on a neutral to somewhat negative tilt by Sunday afternoon as it moves quickly east-northeastward across the Southeast states. Rich low-level moisture will be drawn inland from the Gulf of Mexico in advance of a deepening surface low that will move from the mid-Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley by Monday morning.

We expect a very favorable environment for organized convection, including the potential for long-track supercells and a corresponding strong tornado risk. Very strong low/mid level flow fields will also support widespread damaging wind potential.

For now it looks like the best chance of severe thunderstorms in Alabama will come Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. Now is the time to be sure your NOAA Weather Radio is programmed properly with a fresh battery. Be sure Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on your phone are enabled, and have the free ABC 33/40 app on your phone as well. Know your tornado action plan, and in that safe place have helmets, portable air horns, and hard sole shoes for everyone. If you live in a mobile home, know where you are going, and the quickest way of getting there. Be prepared, have a plan. This is April in Alabama and these kind of days can easily happen this time of the year.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks generally dry through the week with below average temperatures. We will likely see one or two mornings with potential for a late season freeze and frost across North/Central Alabama… growers will need to keep a close eye on temperature forecasts. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1947: An estimated F5 tornado struck Woodward, Oklahoma during the late evening killing 95 persons and causing six million dollars damage. The tornado, one to two miles in width, and traveling at a speed of 50 mph, killed a total of 167 persons along its 221-mile path from Texas into Kansas, injured 980 others, and caused nearly ten million dollars damage.

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