James Spann: Scattered showers, storms for Alabama through Friday
James Spann forecasts a few showers and storms, then a nice weekend in Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.
RADAR CHECK: While most of Alabama is dry this morning, we have a cluster of dishonest showers over parts of Tuscaloosa and Jefferson counties around sunrise. We expect a mix of sun and cloud today, with the potential for more scattered showers or thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. The chance that a particular location will see rain today over the northern half of the state is 20-25%, and the maximum will be in the mid-1980s.
Coverage for scattered showers and storms will be higher on Friday afternoon and night as a cold front approaches the state, and some of the storms could be strong. The Storm Prediction Center maintains marginal risk (level 1 in 5) for areas along and north of I-59.
More severe thunderstorms could produce gusts of wind and small hail; most storms will occur from about 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. High Friday will be between the low and mid 80s with the sky at times cloudy.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Cooler, drier air will settle in the state on Saturday, setting the stage for a delicious holiday weekend. Look for sunny, pleasant days and clear, cool nights from Saturday to Monday. Highs fall in the 70s over northern Alabama on Saturday and Sunday, and cooler spots will likely hit the 40s early Sunday morning. Monday’s high will rise until the mid-1980s as a warming trend begins.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: A few isolated showers are possible on Tuesday as humidity begins to return, but showers and storms become more likely Wednesday through Friday as an upper low approaches. The peaks will remain in the 80s.
DRY BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: A brief downpour cannot be ruled out this afternoon or evening in Hoover, but if not, look for partially sunny skies today with a high in the 80s. A downpour or passing thunderstorm is possible Friday afternoon or evening ; then the sky will be sunny on Saturday and Sunday without worrying about rain. The peaks fall in the mid-70s over the weekend in Hoover.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains calm; no tropical storm formation is expected over the weekend. The official start of the Atlantic season is next Tuesday.
AT THIS DATE IN 1973: An F4 tornado touched northeast of Demopolis and moved northeast through central Alabama. The tornado caused extensive damage in Greensboro, Brent, Centerville, Montevallo, Columbiana, Wilsonville, Childersburg and many areas in between. He got up near Mount Cheaha. In Greensboro, 72 people were injured and one person was killed. Ninety percent of the city of Brent was destroyed, killing five people and injuring 56. A total of 216 buildings were destroyed, 570 buildings were damaged, 97 mobile homes were destroyed and 45 businesses were damaged or destroyed. Over 12,000 acres of timber have been destroyed.
That same evening, an F3 landed northeast of Tarrant and passed through Center Point, where most of the damage from this storm occurred. One person was killed and 32 frame houses and 48 mobile homes were destroyed. Over 300 houses also suffered minor damage in this area. The storm then continued northeast, passing south of Springville, near St. Clair Springs, just north of Ashville, and rising near Gadsden.
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