Dry Through Thursday

| April 12, 2011 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

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THIS AFTERNOON: What a delightful spring afternoon. A sunny sky with temperatures generally in the low 70s along with low humidity values… dewpoints have dropped into the low 40s.

MID-WEEK: After a cool start tomorrow with a low in the mid 40s, look for a good supply of sunshine tomorrow and Thursday with a warming trend. We reach the mid 70s tomorrow, followed by a high near 80 on Thursday.

FRIDAY STORM EVENT: The 12Z GFS continues to trend slower with our end of the week system…. looks like the main thunderstorm threat will come from about 3:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight. CAPE values rise to near 1,500 j/kg, with EHI values over 2.5 over West Alabama around sunset, so severe weather is certainly a possibility, and SPC has most of Alabama in a severe weather risk on their day 4 outlook. The configuration of the upper air and surface features suggest that once again damaging straight line winds could be the main threat.

WEEKEND OUTLOOK: We will forecast clearing and cooler weather on Saturday as we get into the dry slot rotating around a deep upper low well to the north; the high will be in the 66-70 degree range. Sunday should feature maximum available sunshine, low humidity, and a high in the low to mid 70s following a morning low in the low 40s. Great weather for race weekend at Talladega, or anything else you want to do outdoors.

NEXT WEEK: The 12Z GFS keeps us dry Monday and Tuesday, followed by a round of thunderstorms Wednesday. Model consistency has not been really good, so confidence in a specific forecast next week is not especially high. See the Weather Xtreme video for more details.

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I had a great time today visiting with the residents at Merrill Gardens in Northport, and also with the 3rd graders at Vance Elementary in Tuscaloosa County. Be looking for the kids from Vance on the Pepsi KIDCAM on ABC 33/40 News at 6:00 this evening. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…


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