Summer-Like Weather Ahead

| April 15, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today**

WARMING UP: The weather will feel more like June in coning days; we rise into the mid 80s each afternoon… dewpoints rise into the 60s. This will create unstable conditions, and like June, we will mention the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms” tomorrow and Wednesday. Storms that form during the heat of the day can be strong with potential for some hail and gusty winds. The chance of any one spot seeing a storm is about one in four both days.

TO THE WEST: SPC has identified a “moderate risk” of severe weather on “Day 3″… which is Wednesday…

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This has the potential to be a major severe weather event for cities like Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Wichita.

Here in Alabama Thursday, the day should be generally dry with a high in the mid 80s again… any afternoon storms will be pretty widely spaced.

THE ALABAMA SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: The new 12Z GFS continues to show a line of strong to severe storms moving into Alabama Friday morning…

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With the primary surface low to the north, it still looks like the primary severe weather threat will come from damaging straight line winds along the line. But, isolated tornadoes will certainly be possible with bulk shear values of over 50 knots (see the bulk shear from the surface to 850 mb below)

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Still looks like the primary risk of severe weather will come from 3:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. This, of course, could change as the event gets closer.

COOLER AIR FOR THE WEEKEND: Expect early morning lows in the 40-45 degree range early Saturday and Sunday morning; the high Saturday will be in the upper 60s, followed by a high around 70 Sunday. We project a good supply of sunshine both days with dry air in place.

You can see the morning Weather Xtreme video for more details.

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I had a great time visiting the 3rd graders at Edgewood Elementary in Homewood today… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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