Isolated to Scattered Showers & Storms Through Tonight
Radar at 12:40 pm shows the only shower and thunderstorm activity in Central Alabama is located over the extreme southeastern part of the area over portions of Pike and Barbour counties. The rest of the area is dry with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures as of the 12:00 pm roundup were in the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Birmingham was at 81 degrees while the warm spot was Troy at 86 degrees. The cool spots were Alexander City and Sylacauga at 76 degrees.
For the rest of your Friday, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy across Central Alabama with a chance of isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Rain chances are around 20% to 50% from north to south. Afternoon highs will top out in the mid to upper 80s. For tonight, rain chances will end for the northern half of the area while a few showers will remain possible for locations south of the I-20 corridor. Some locations may see some patchy dense fog develop after the sun goes down. Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s for most.
The Central Alabama Weekend
Saturday will be much like today weather-wise as any afternoon shower and thunderstorm development will be isolated to scattered and widely spaced. Otherwise, skies will be partly sunny with highs reaching the mid to upper 80s. Moisture levels will rise on Sunday and so will the likelihood of scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms from late morning through the evening. Highs will be in the upper 70s to the mid-80s.
Model trends continue to show that the forecast will become repetitive as we are seeing a pattern across Central Alabama that you would expect in June. Skies will be partly sunny and it will be very warm and humid, plus we’ll have a chance of scattered afternoon to evening showers and storms on each day. Highs will be in the 80s across the area with some locations crossing over into the lower 90s by the end of the week. For now, the coverage of showers and storms looks to be higher for the first half of the week.
Good news for the tropics… All remains quiet across the Atlantic Basin and no new tropical systems are expected to form within the next five days over the tropical Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.
On This Day in Weather History
1825 – A hurricane struck Long Island NY leveling trees and causing damage to ships. The early season hurricane, which originated around Cuba, caused major damage along the Atlantic coast from Charleston SC to New York City. Many were lost at sea.
1860 – Iowa’s Commanche Tornado, with wind speeds estimated in excess of 300 mph, was unquestionably one of the worst experienced by early settlers, with nearly a million dollars damage.