Most of the shield of rain has pushed east of the I-65 corridor at this hour, and the threat for severe weather has now moved out of Central Alabama. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning had just expired for Barbour County, and that storm has now pushed off into Georgia. We have had plenty of damage reports coming in from across Central Alabama caused by thunderstorm winds. We’ll have a post about damages and rainfall totals a little later today.
Good news for the rest of Central Alabama is that the severe weather threat has passed and some moderate rainfall with a few claps of thunder will be all that is left until the rain moves out of the state by 1-3PM this afternoon. We’ll have a few scattered showers move through the northwestern parts of the area later this evening, and there is a small possibility that a few of these could become strong if the atmosphere has enough time to destabilize and if any of the cloud cover breaks before they reach the area. Skies will start to clear out from west to east later this afternoon and evening, and tonight looks to be really nice. Afternoon highs will top out in the low to mid 70s across Central Alabama, with lows falling back into the mid 50s to the lower 60s.
It will be a fine spring day on Tuesday, as dry weather will be in place for just a day before our next chance of strong to severe storms move in on Wednesday morning. Skies will be mainly sunny and temperatures will be quite warm, with highs reaching the lower to mid 80s across Central Alabama, with a few locations in the extreme southern parts hitting the upper 80s.
TODAY IN WEATHER HISTORY – APRIL 3RD, 1974
A “Super-Outbreak” of tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and the eastern U.S. Severe weather erupted early in the afternoon and continued through the next day. Severe thunderstorms spawned 148 tornadoes from Alabama to Michigan, most of which occurred between 1:00 PM CST on the 3rd and 1:00 AM on the 4th. The tornadoes killed 315 persons, injured 5,300 others, and caused 600 million dollars in damage. Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio were especially hard hit in the tornado outbreak. One tornado destroyed half of the town of Xenia OH, killing 34 persons. Another tornado, near the town of Stamping Ground KY, produced a path of destruction a record five miles in width. A tornado raced through Guin AL, at a speed of 75 mph. Two powerful tornadoes roared across northern Alabama during the early evening hours, killing fifty persons and injuring 500 others.
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