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Hot, Hazy Weather

| May 10, 2011 @ 3:40 pm | 3 Replies

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JUNE IN MAY: Before you know it, the words hot, hazy, and humid will become an almost daily part of our weather forecast as spring fades into the long, hot southern summer. We are getting a good preview of the coming season today with temperatures mostly in the 87-91 degree range at mid-afternoon. There is potential for active storms to the east, where a severe thunderstorm watch is up for the Carolinas. But, those storms won’t bother us at all as we remain directly under a strong upper ridge.

The weather won’t change at all tomorrow. Hazy sun, highs between 87-91, and no significant chance of rain. But, to the west, SPC continues a moderate risk of severe storms near and west of I-35 over Oklahoma and Kansas. That active convection will move east on Thursday, and there is a slight risk defined from East Texas, through Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Here in Alabama on Thursday our weather will stay mostly dry, although we might consider a small risk of a late afternoon shower as the upper ridge begins to break down.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: We will continue to mention a good chance of showers and storms on Friday as the cold front eases into the state. The chance of severe weather still looks minimal with only marginal instability and shear values. A strong storm is possible, but the main threat, if any, will be from hail. Rain amounts on Friday should be generally one-half inch or less.

The weekend weather will be cooler and showery as a deep upper low north of Alabama slips southward. The rain won’t be continuous, and not really heavy, but just be aware that a few showers are possible at times Saturday and Sunday. Highs will drop back into the 70s with more clouds than sunshine.

NEXT WEEK: The cooler and unsettled weather continues Monday and Tuesday as the ULL drops into North Alabama and then slowly moves east. The 12Z GFS suggests we won’t get out of the 60s on these two days with a continued risk of showers. The rest of the week will be mostly dry with a warming trend.

LONG RANGE: Still no sign of any serious severe weather situation for Alabama for the next 15 days… see the Weather Xtreme video for more voodoo land ideas.

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James Spann is one of the most recognized and trusted television meteorologists in the industry. He holds the AMS CCM designation and television seals from the AMS and NWA. He is a past winner of the Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from both professional organizations.

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