Showers Will Remain Scarce Across Alabama Through The Weekend

| May 31, 2023 @ 2:48 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have a few small, isolated showers across Alabama this afternoon moving northwest; these won’t last long and will all dissipate after sunset. Otherwise, we have a partly sunny sky with temperatures mostly in the 80s. Tonight will be fair with a low in the 60s.

For the rest of the week heat and humidity levels continue to slowly rise with just a few isolated afternoon showers around; most places will be dry. Highs will be in the upper 80s for most places.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No real change. Only isolated afternoon showers, otherwise partly sunny days and fair highs with highs close to 90 degrees. The chance of any one place getting wet both days is 10-20 percent.

NEXT WEEK: We just don’t see much reason for any major change in the weather. No sign of any high impact, widespread rain event… only isolated showers around daily with highs in the 87-91 degree range most days. Pretty typical weather for early June in Alabama. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: An area of low pressure has formed over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico in association with disorganized showers and thunderstorms displaced to its northeast. Environmental conditions appear marginally favorable for some slow development over the next day or two as the system meanders over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. However, by this weekend environmental conditions are forecast to become unfavorable for additional development as the system drifts southeastward towards the Florida Peninsula. Regardless of development, the system could produce heavy rainfall and gusty winds over portions of the Florida Peninsula through this weekend.

NHC gives it only a 20 percent chance of development over the next few days, and any impact to the Central Gulf Coast (Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach) will be minimal. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

ON THIS DATE IN 1889: The Johnstown, Pennsylvania disaster occurred, the worst flood tragedy in U.S. history. Heavy rains collapsed the South Fork Dam sending a thirty-foot wall of water rushing down the already flooded Conemaugh Valley. The wall of water, traveling as fast as twenty-two feet per second, swept away all structures, objects, and people. The flood killed around 2100 people.

ON THIS DATE IN 2013: An intense, long-track tornado formed southwest of El Reno, Oklahoma. This exceptionally wide tornado took a complex path, rapidly changing in both speed and direction. This tornado was well sampled by two separate mobile research radar teams – both radars captured high temporal and spatial resolution data relatively close to the large tornado. Both radars measured winds in the tornado of more than 200 mph. The RaXPol radar data shows winds of at least 295 mph very close to the surface. The maximum tornado width was 2.6 miles.

Eight people were killed in the tornado, all in vehicles. This included three severe storm researchers who were killed east of U.S. Highway 81 as the tornado overtook their position. Additionally, several other people were killed while attempting to escape the tornado near U.S. Highway 81. Finally, two people were killed along I-40 while waiting for the storm to pass.

Look for the next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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