Saturday AM Edition, May 27, 2017
Forecaster: Scott Martin
A MAINLY DRY SATURDAY BEFORE WET WEATHER RETURNS
A mix of sun and clouds can be expected across Central Alabama to start off this Memorial Day weekend, along with very warm temperatures. Afternoon highs are expected to be in the mid 80s to the lower 90s across the area. There is a very slight risk for isolated showers and storms across the extreme northern parts of the area, but the rest of Central Alabama will remain dry. Skies will become mostly cloudy during the evening, with temperatures starting off in the lower to mid 80s across the area, and only dropping into the upper 60s to the lower 70s for the lows.
A SCATTERED STORM POSSIBLE SUNDAY, BECOMING LIKELY AT NIGHT
The headline for this paragraph pretty much describes Sunday to a "T..." A cold front will be approaching the state, and with warm and moist air advecting out in front of that, we could have a few scattered showers/storms moving into the area from a weakening line of storms that will affect the northern counties of the state during the morning hours. Most will diminish before moving into the area, but I wouldn't be surprised if one or two hang on and give someone in Central Alabama a brief shower. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 80s to the lower 90s across the area. As the surface front gets closer to the area, our risk for showers and storms will be on the increase.
The SEC Baseball Tournament is back at the Hoover Met this weekend. Come see some of the best college players in the country as they compete for the championship. Like said earlier, the weather will be fine, but a little warm for the final two days of the tournament. Also, for the first time ever, you can take advantage of the Hoover Metropolitan Complex which will feature a free, indoor Fan Fest – ferris wheel, sports bar and much more! Tickets start at only $9!
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! UNFORTUNATELY IT WILL BE A WET & STORMY ONE
The cold front finally moves into the state on Monday, and we can expect intervals of showers and storms throughout the day and into the evening hours. When it is not raining, skies will be generally cloudy. At this point, there is not a specific severe storm risk up for the holiday, but a strong storm or two could be possible. Afternoon highs will be in the lower to mid 80s.
BACK TO WORK & WE WELCOME THE RETURN OF METEOROLOGICAL SUMMER
The cold front will stall out somewhere across Alabama during the week, and will be with us throughout the remainder of the week. This will keep a decent risk for showers and storms in the forecast for each day, with Wednesday possibly being our best day. Highs will be in the 80s, with overnight lows in the 60s.
That's right! Hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin starts on Thursday. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is predicting that we could see an above-average year in the Atlantic... According to the forecasts, it is likely that there will be 11 to 17 named storms in the Atlantic basin, with 5 to 9 of those becoming hurricanes, with 2 to 4 of those possibly becoming major hurricanes. An average season usually have 12 named storms, with 6 of those becoming hurricanes, and 3 of those becoming major hurricanes. Tropical Storm Arlene, a rare pre-season storm that formed over the eastern Atlantic in April, has been accounted for in these numbers. I'll start A Look In The Tropics in my midday forecasts on Thursday.
ON THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY - 1896
A massive tornado struck Saint Louis, MO, killing 306 persons and causing thirteen million dollars damage. The tornado path was short, but cut across a densely populated area. It touched down six miles west of Eads Bridge in Saint Louis and widened to a mile as it crossed into East Saint Louis. The tornado was the most destructive of record in the U.S. up until that time. It pierced a five-eighths inch thick iron sheet with a two by four inch pine plank. A brilliant display of lightning accompanied the storm.
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