Weather Xtreme: A Cool & Dry Weekend, Warming Trend Starts on Tuesday

| May 9, 2020 @ 4:30 am

A CHILLY START & REMAINING COOL TODAY
High pressure will be building to our northwest today which will bring cooler and dry continental air across Central Alabama throughout the day. Temperatures will start off in the upper 30s to the mid-40s, but plenty of sunshine should help us out a little and make us feel a little warmer. Highs will top out in the lower 60s to the lower 70s from north to south across the area. Overnight lows will be in the upper 30s to the lower 40s.

MILDER TEMPERATURES FOR MOTHER’S DAY
We may start off the day with a few clouds on Sunday, but Mother’s Day will turn out beautiful as skies will be mostly sunny by the afternoon. While still below average for this time of year, temperatures will be warmer. Highs will range from the lower 70s in the north to the upper 70s in the extreme south. Overnight lows will be in the mid to upper 40s.

THE WORK WEEK STARTS OFF MILD; WARMING TREND STARTS ON TUESDAY
On Monday, ridging starts to build to our west and will help the trough over the eastern US push on out to sea. It will be a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine; plus, this looks to be the last day of these cooler temperatures. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 60s to the upper 70s.

A disturbance approaches Central Alabama from the west on Tuesday, but it looks like it will stay west of the area throughout the entire day. We’ll have partly to mostly sunny skies with afternoon highs reaching the lower 70s to the lower 80s.

Once again for Wednesday, the disturbance will continue to hang out just to our west that will float some clouds over in our direction, but it looks like we’ll stay dry once again for the most part. A stray shower or two may venture over the Mississippi state line into the western parts of Central Alabama, but that doesn’t look likely at this point. Highs will range from the lower 80s in the north to the upper 80s in the extreme south.

It looks like the showers will split around us on Thursday as much of the activity will go north of us while the rest moves to the south. We’ll have plenty of sunshine and afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Friday may contain our best shot for any shower activity as moisture from a disturbance in the Gulf will move up into the southeastern parts of Central Alabama. At this point, it may only reach as far north as the I-85 corridor and chances look to only be topping out around 20%. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny and afternoon highs will be in the mid-80s to the lower 90s.

ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON IS LESS THAN ONE MONTH AWAY
That’s right, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1st and will go through November 30th. According to the experts at Colorado State University, 2020 may go down as a busy year. They are forecasting 16 named storms, including eight hurricanes. For of those hurricanes will become major hurricanes reaching Category 3 strength or greater. There is a 95% chance that a hurricane will move onshore along the US Coastline and a 69% chance that a major hurricane will make landfall on the US Coastline.

Here are the names on the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane list:
Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, and Wilfred.

If we happen to exceed the 21 names on the list, then names will be taken in order of the Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omicron, Pi, Rho, Sigma, Tau, Upsilon, Phi, Chi, Psi, and Omega.

A SPECIAL WEATHERBRAINS EVENT ON MONDAY NIGHT
WeatherBrains will have a treat for the fans of the show as they will have special guests who took part in the making of the “Mr. Tornado” episode of American Experience all about Dr. Ted Fujita. Michael Rossi (writer, director, and producer of “Mr. Tornado”) and the legendary Dr. Greg Forbes (of The Weather Channel) will talk about their roles in the episode. Also joining the show is WeatherBrains alum Jen Henderson who is writing a book on Dr. Ted Fujita. WeatherBrains starts at 8:00 pm CDT at live.bigbrainsmedia.com or on James Spann’s Youtube channel. PBS’ American Experience: Mr. Tornado will premiere on Tuesday evening, May 19th at 8:00 pm on your local APT channel.

ON THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY
1985 – Lightning struck some trees about 150 yards away from a home in Alabama, and followed the driveway to the home. The charge went through the house and burned all the electrical outlets, ruined appliances, and blasted a hole in the concrete floor of the basement.

1988 – A massive cyclone in the central U.S. produced severe thunderstorms from eastern Texas to the Upper Ohio Valley. A strong (F-3) tornado ripped through Middleboro KY causing more than 22 million dollars damage. Thunderstorms in east-central Texas produced hail three and a half inches in diameter at Groesbeck, and near Fairfield.

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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.

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