Nice Weather & Warming Up Through Midweek; Storms to End the Work Week

| April 3, 2021 @ 6:43 am

After a cold start to your Saturday, skies will be mainly sunny and temperatures will warm nicely into the lower to mid-60s for most locations. Skies will stay clear for tonight with lows getting back down into the mid to upper 30s. Easter Sunday will be even nicer as skies will remain sunny and afternoon highs reach the upper 60s to the lower 70s.

Monday will be another day featuring near-maximum sunshine with even warmer temperatures. Highs will be in the lower to mid-70s. Nearly the same story for Tuesday. Another nice and sunny day to start, but a few clouds start to move in during the afternoon. Highs will be warmer again, reaching the mid-70s to the lower 80s. Wednesday will be a degree or two warmer with mostly clear skies to start, but an approaching system will push clouds into the area throughout the second-half of the day. Highs will be in the mid-70s to the lower 80s.

A strong low will be moving northeastward through Illinois and the Great Lakes region on Thursday that will swing a cold front into Central Alabama late in the day. It will have a hard time moving across the area and will not exit Central Alabama until late Friday night.

A few showers will be possible early on Thursday, but with the heating of the day and increasing instability, thunderstorms will develop across the area throughout the afternoon and evening hours. A few of the storms may become strong to severe, but it is too early to determine the risk at this point. Early soundings from the models are pointing to the potential of damaging winds, hail, and maybe a brief spin-up tornado, but we’ll get a better idea as we get closer to the date. Highs will be in the mid-70s to the lower 80s.

Rain and storms will continue across the area during the pre-dawn hours on Friday, but the front and main line of storms will slowly drift southeastward and will eventually exit the southern parts of Central Alabama by the evening hours. After the rain moves out of your location, skies will remain mostly cloudy. Highs will be in the lower 70s to the lower 80s.

1974 – A “Super-Outbreak” of tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and the eastern U.S. Severe weather erupted early in the afternoon and continued through the next day. Severe thunderstorms spawned 148 tornadoes from Alabama to Michigan, most of which occurred between 1 pm (CST) on the 3rd and 1 am on the 4th. The tornadoes killed 315 persons, injured 5300 others, and caused 600 million dollars in damage. Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio were especially hard hit in the tornado outbreak. One tornado destroyed half of the town of Xenia OH killing 34 persons. Another tornado, near the town of Stamping Ground KY, produced a path of destruction a record five miles in width. A tornado raced through Guin AL at a speed of 75 mph. Two powerful tornadoes roared across northern Alabama during the early evening hours, killing fifty persons and injuring 500 others. Some rescue vehicles responding to the first tornado were struck by the second.

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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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