A Few Clouds Out There But Warmer At Midday

Other than a few rogue clouds floating over the north-central and southwestern parts of Central Alabama, skies are mainly clear as of 12:34 PM. Temperatures were in the upper 60s to the mid-70s across the area as of the 12:00 pm roundup. Montgomery was the warm spot at 74 degrees while Sylacauga and Gadsden were the cool spots at 69 degrees. Birmingham was at 71 degrees.

Skies will continue to be mostly clear to partly cloudy throughout the remainder of the daylight hours across Central Alabama, and with a high located to our southeast and a low approaching from the west, our air will be warmer and a little more humid than what we’ve had over the past two days. Afternoon highs will top out in the mid to upper 70s across the area, maybe touching 80 degrees in the extreme southeastern parts of the area. Skies will continue to be partly cloudy throughout the late-night and overnight hours, but the moisture will continue to stay out of the area and we’ll remain dry. Lows will be in the lower to mid-50s.

The above map is showing a chance of rain for Central Alabama on Saturday, and while I don’t believe everyone in Central Alabama will see rain, I can’t rule out a stray light shower or two over the western portions of the area late in the day or into the night time hours. The chance of rain for those locations will be less than 20% at this point. We’ll have a mix of sun and clouds throughout the day and afternoon highs will be in the upper 70s to the lower 80s.

1974 – The “Superoutbreak” 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 in damage. Alabama, Kentucky, and Ohio were especially hard hit in the tornado outbreak. In Alabama, there were at least eight tornadoes, including four extremely intense and long-lived storms. 86 persons were killed, 949 were injured, and damages exceeded $50 million. Sixteen counties in the northern part of the state were hit the hardest.

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