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Another Day Of Showers And Strong Storms

| May 18, 2023 @ 5:31 am

NEW DAY, OLD FORECAST: Alabama’s weather won’t change much today. Scattered showers and storms will form later today and early tonight in the humid air across the state. SPC has a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) in place much for many of the northern and central counties.

Like recent days, heavier storms this afternoon and early tonight will produce small hail, strong gusty winds, heavy rain, and lots of lightning. Storms will diminish tonight after sunset. Otherwise, today will be occasionally cloudy with a high between 77 and 82 degrees. We note the average high for Birmingham on May 18 is 83.

Scattered showers and storms will form again tomorrow, but they are expected to be fewer in number… with a partly sunny sky the high will remain in the upper 70s and low 80s. Chance of any one spot getting wet tomorrow is 40-50 percent.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: A cold front will bring scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms to the state Saturday. It won’t rain all day, but a few passing showers or storms are likely for any one given spot during the day. SPC has much of the state in a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for the potential for small hail and strong, gusty winds.

The sky will be mostly cloudy Saturday with a high around 80 degrees. Then, drier air moves into the northern 2/3 of the state Sunday; the day will be mostly sunny there with lower humidity. A few showers will remain possible Sunday mainly over the southeast counter of Alabama. Sunday’s high will be in the low 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The week generally looks quiet and drier for the Deep South. Still, a few scattered showers or storms are possible Monday, followed by only isolated showers for the rest of the week. Highs will be mostly in the 80s, with lows in the 60s. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

ON THIS DATE IN 1883: The massive tornado outbreak on record in Illinois affected the northern and central parts of the state. At least 14 strong to violent tornadoes touched down killing 52 people.

ON THIS DATE IN 1980: Mount Saint Helens erupted, spewing ash and smoke sixty-three thousand feet into the air. Heavy ash covered the ground to the immediate northwest, and small particles were carried to the Atlantic coast.

ON THIS DATE IN 1995: In the warm, humid late afternoon hours of May 18, 1995, a tornado touched down just northwest of Athens. It tracked from that point through eastern Limestone County, through Harvest, Meridianville, and New Market in northern Madison County, and ended near Princeton in northwest Jackson County. The strongest portion of the tornado’s path was near Harvest in northwest Madison County around the Anderson Hills subdivision and the Huntsville Dragway, which is the reason it is usually referred to as the “Anderson Hills Tornado”. One person was killed, 55 others injured; the tornado was rated F4 on the Fujita Scale.

Look for the next video update here by 3:30 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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