Wet Weather Returns To Alabama

| April 3, 2013 @ 5:49 am

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RADAR CHECK: A big MCS (mesoscale convective system) is over the western Gulf of Mexico, while around Alabama we see just a few scattered sprinkles early this morning. The sky is cloudy, and temperatures are mostly in the 40s at daybreak.

WET: We will mention a chance of scattered light rain today with a cloudy sky and a high only in the low 60s. Rain will increase tonight and tomorrow as a deepening surface low passes just south of Mobile Bay. It will be a cool rain with stable air; we won’t get out of the 50s tomorrow, so no severe weather threat. Rain amounts of around one inch are likely here, with potential for two inches over South Alabama.

We should mention there is a risk of severe weather tomorrow, mainly along and south of I-10 in the warm sector; places like Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, and Daytona could see a few severe storms, and an isolated tornado is possible there is well.

Clouds will linger into Friday, and a touch of light rain is still possible in spots Friday morning. But, the sky will clear late Friday afternoon into Friday night.

SUNNY WEEKEND: Saturday and Sunday look fantastic, with sunny mild days along with highs in the mid 70s. It will be cool early Saturday morning with a low in the 39-43 degree range, but we warm quickly during the morning hours.

NEXT WEEK: Monday and Tuesday should bring our warmest weather so far this year, with a high not too far from 80 degrees. But, a powerful storm system moving out of the Southwest U.S. seems poised to bring the risk of strong to severe thunderstorms to the Deep South Wednesday, and possibly into early Thursday. Way too early to define the magnitude of the event, and the specific risks, but the idea is clearly on the table.

And, we should mention the 00Z GFS pulls down colder air in the wake of the mid-week system, and even hints at some risk of lows in the 30s toward the end of next week. Just about the time we wanted to give the growers an “all-clear” from a frost risk. Take a few minutes to watch the Weather Xtreme video to see the latest graphics, maps, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Showers and storms are likely today and Thursday, but sunshine returns Friday, and the weekend looks great along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Highs will be mostly in the low to mid 70s… the sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 66 degrees.

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