Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast

Sunday morning, May 20th, 2018
Meteorologist: Ryan Stinnett

A SEA OF HUMIDITY: A very warm and muggy air mass has settled into Alabama and it is going no where fast. Unfortunately, it looks like we are stuck with the humidity until the fall, but of course this is nothing new to us in the South. The good news, with the moisture-rich air mass in place it doesn’t take much to get showers and storms to develop, and those are about the only heat relief we get this time of year. For today, expect a mix of sun and clouds, with temperatures reaching into the upper 80s this afternoon. Of course, we will be watching the radar waiting on showers and storms to develop, but the greatest coverage of these will occur during the afternoon and evening hours when the instability is highest. However, within this air mass, showers and storms are possible at anytime.

IT’S TEE TIME AT GREYSTONE!: The Final Round of the Regions Tradition is today at the beautiful Greystone Golf & Country Club! Today is the last day to attend one of the majors of the PGA Champions Tour! You can see legendary golfers Bernhard Langer, John Daly, Vijay Singh, and more. Juniors 18 & under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Single day grounds tickets are $20. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!

NEW WEEK, SAME FORECAST: Fairly routine late May weather as the air mass will not be changing all that much over the next 7-10 days. Expect partly sunny, very warm and muggy days with scattered showers and storms on a daily basis, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Once again, some showers and storms are possible during the morning hours. Highs will be generally in the upper 80s and lower 90s, while lows will be in the upper 60s.

Within this air mass, the rain and storms that develop will be random and scattered in nature and there is no way of knowing exactly when and where they will develop. Organized severe thunderstorm activity is not expected, but a few “pulse” type severe storms are possible. The main threat from these will come from gusty straight line winds. Also, intense tropical downpours are expected with any storm, and these can produce torrential amounts of rain over a short period of time and can produce isolated flash flooding. Always remember to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN, if you encounter flood waters. In additions, tremendous amounts of lightning are produced by these storms; if you can hear thunder you can be struck by lightning, so WHEN THUNDER ROARS, HEAD INDOORS.

A PEEK AT THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WEATHER: I will give you three guesses on what to expect in the weather, but you will only need one. Muggy days with a mix of sun and clouds, and scattered showers and storms; highs will generally be in the mid 80s. Of course, no washouts for the holiday weekend, but there will be a decent coverage of showers and storms each day.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: The 2018 SEC Baseball Tournament takes place on May 22-27 at the Hoover Met. Don’t miss some of the best baseball in the country as the top-12 teams will battle it out in Hoover on the road to Omaha. Join us for the indoor FanFest which is free to the public, open each day of the tournament and fun for all ages. Single-session tickets are $18 each for adults and $9 each for kids 3-12. Bleacher seats are first-come, first-served in the General Admission sections. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!!!

THE ALABAMAWX BEACH FORECAST CENTER: Typical late May weather at the beach. Some sun, some clouds, highs in the 80s, with the daily threat of storms. Rip currents are moderate, and the water temperature is right around the 80 degree mark. Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 ours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 118.0F at Chandrapur, India. The lowest observation was -99.4F at Dome C, Antarctica.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: The highest observation was 105F at Death Valley, CA. The lowest observation was 22F at Estcourt Station, ME.

WEATHER ON THIS DATE IN 1957: A tornado touched down to the southwest of Kansas City and traveled a distance of seventy-one miles cutting a swath of near total destruction through the southeastern suburbs of Ruskin Heights and Hickman Mills. The tornado claimed the lives of forty-five persons, and left hundreds homeless. It was the worst weather disaster of record for Kansas City. About all that remained of one house was a small table and a fish bowl atop, with the fish still swimming about inside the bowl, rather unconcerned.