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Hot May Weekend Ahead; Showers/Storms Fewer In Number

| May 12, 2023 @ 3:04 pm

RADAR CHECK: Stronger thunderstorms across Alabama at mid-afternoon are over the southeast counties, in the broad zone between Troy and Dothan. Showers continue across the Tennessee Valley, and stronger storms are moving into the northwest part of the state. Otherwise, we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures mostly in the 80s, although some places are in the 70s where clouds have been persistent today.

Scattered showers and storms will remain possible through tonight with a low in the 60s.

The upper ridge will be a tad stronger over the weekend, and we project highs in the 88-91 degree range tomorrow and Sunday… making it the hottest weekend so far this year. The sky will be partly sunny, and odds of any one spot seeing a shower or storm are around 30 percent both days. Most of the scattered showers will come from 2 until 9 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: The overall pattern won’t change much, but models continue to hint we might have a couple of days with lower humidity toward the middle of the week. But, on most days, we will still have to deal with the usual risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the 80s… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

DID YOU KNOW? As we go through the summer months, it is helpful to know the official definition of a severe thunderstorm. In order to be considered severe, the storm must have 58 mph winds or greater, or 1 inch diameter hail or larger. Severe thunderstorm criteria has nothing to do with lightning, heavy rain, or creepy looking clouds. If that was the case, it would be all warnings, all the time every summer afternoon. But, for most summer storms, lightning is the biggest issue. When thunder roars, get indoors… even if it’s not raining!

ON THIS DATE IN 1997: A towering F1 tornado ripped its way through the middle of Miami, Biscayne Bay, and Miami Beach right after lunch Monday, smashing cars and windows, tossing trees skyward and scaring the dickens out of thousands of people.

Look for my next video update here by 6:00 a.m. Monday… enjoy the weekend!

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