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Mix Of Sun And Storms Through The Weekend

| May 11, 2023 @ 5:33 am

MUGGY MAY DAYS: The weather transition continues from the active, changeable days of spring to the stagnant days of summer across Alabama. We just don’t expect much change through tomorrow as a blanket of moist air remains parked over the state. The sun will be out at times, highs will be in the 80s, and showers and storms will form during the afternoon and evening hours.

SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for the southern 2/3 of Alabama today, from Birmingham south.

Like recent days, heavier thunderstorms will be capable of producing hail and strong, gusty winds. They will also be efficient rain producers with some flooding possible in spots. The chance of any one spot across Alabama seeing rain today and tomorrow is 55-65 percent.

THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge will be a tad stronger, and the air a bit more stable. Expect a mix of sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with afternoon highs in the 88-91 degree range. Scattered storms will still form; chance of any one specific place seeing rain both days is around 35 percent.

NEXT WEEK: Warm, humid weather continues through the first half of the week with scattered showers and thunderstorms; there is some chance drier air could filter into the state Thursday and Friday. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1934: A tremendous dust storm affected the Plains as the Dust Bowl era was in full swing. According to The New York Times, dust “lodged itself in the eyes and throats of weeping and coughing New Yorkers,” and even ships some 300 miles offshore sawdust collect on their decks.

ON THIS DATE IN 1953: A terrifying F5 tornado rips through downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114 people and injuring nearly 600 more. More than 850 homes, 600 businesses, and 2,000 cars are destroyed or severely damaged. Losses have been estimated at $41 million. The tornado is the deadliest in Texas history.

Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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