RADAR CHECK: We have a classic case of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms on radar this afternoon… the thunderstorms are lined up near I-20, heaviest east of Birmingham. Small hail was reported around Anniston and near Piedmont in Calhoun County. The rest of the state is dry with a mix of sun and cloud…temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s; for some places it is the hottest day so far this year. The widely scattered thunderstorms will end tonight after sunset, and tonight will be fairly fair with lows in the 60s.
Tomorrow will be warm and mostly dry with only a small chance that one location will see showers…highs will be around 86 to 90 degrees.
FRIDAY: Showers and thunderstorms are likely Friday before a cold front. SPC has much of the state in a “slight risk” (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms.
It looks more and more like we will have two rounds of storms on Friday. One in the morning and another (storms being more dispersed in nature) in the afternoon. It won’t rain all day, but be aware that when the storms pass, you’ll be lucky to have large hail and strong winds with the heaviest cells. The wind patterns really do not favor a tornado threat, but a brief, isolated tornado cannot be completely ruled out in this pattern. Rainfall amounts on Friday are generally expected to be 1/2 inch or less, and the maximum will be between 79 and 83 degrees.
Most storms will be over in the northern half of the state by Friday evening, and lingering storms over southern Alabama are expected to be over by midnight.
MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND: Dry air returns on Friday evening, and the weekend will see sunny days… the high on Saturday will be near 80s, followed by the mid 80s on Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: Most of the week will be dry, with the potential for the hottest weather so far this year by the middle of the week as temperatures climb towards the 90 degree mark. Global patterns suggest some showers could appear by Friday (May 13)… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, charts and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 2007: A devastating EF5 twister demolishes nearly every structure in Greensburg, Kansas around 9:30 p.m. CT and kills ten. The Mammoth Wedge Tornado cuts a 1.7-mile-wide, 22-mile-long swath across the Kansas landscape. It was the worst tornado to hit the United States in eight years.
ON THIS DATE IN 2021: Rainfall totals have reached five to seven inches in and around Shelby/Jefferson counties. A rare flash flood emergency has been issued to highlight the deadly nature of flooding in Birmingham Underground. Many roads were closed, some structures were flooded and water rescues were carried out.
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