Warm, Mostly Dry Weather For Alabama

| May 28, 2013 @ 6:02 am

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CRUISING TOWARD SUMMER: For most, the Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. In meteorology, we like to define summer as the period from June 1 through August 31. Over in the world of astronomy, summer starts in their world on June 21 at 12:04 a.m., when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer. June 12 will be our “longest day of the year” in terms of the amount of daylight, and the day with the most direct sunlight of the year.

WARM, DRY DAYS: Temperatures will be very close to seasonal averages for the rest of the week with daily highs between 85 and 90 degrees. Warm air aloft should keep the state rain-free through mid-week, while very active weather will continue across the nation’s heartland with a daily risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in states like Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. Heavy rain is possible at times, and flash flood watches are up for parts of this region. Around here, days will be partly to mostly sunny, and nights generally fair through Thursday.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Moisture levels will rise, and we will introduce the risk of “widely scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers or storms” on Friday and Saturday. On both days, the chance of any one spot getting wet is only about one in four. Then, on Sunday and Monday, showers and storms will show an increase in coverage as a surface front stalls out around the Alabama/Tennessee border and goes stationary. Still, the showers will be scattered in nature and we will have some sun at times. Afternoon highs will stay mostly in the 80s over the weekend.

The 06Z GFS brings in drier air on Tuesday of next week with lower humidity levels.

EARLY SEASON TROPICAL MISCHIEF: The primary American global computer continues to show the potential for a tropical depression or tropical storm in the far southern Gulf of Mexico at some point next week, during the first week of June. Most runs take the system over the Florida Peninsula with little impact on Alabama… the 06Z GFS is a little more to the west with the low coming in over the Florida Panhandle. One way or another, if by chance something does develop down there, it seems like Alabama will be on the dry side. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and details.

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