Sunday afternoon, April 23, 2017
Forecaster: Bill Murray
WADADM: What a difference a day makes! Instead of sunshine, balmy southerly winds and highs in the 80s, we are dealing with clouds, showers and temperatures in the 60s and even 50s in many locations. So we have gone from ten degrees above normal to ten degrees below in 24 hours. The consolation is that we aren’t facing a severe weather threat.
DROUGHTWATCH: Saturday’s rains did little to help alleviate the drought, except across parts of Walker, Winston and Lawrence Counties. A small part of Walker County probably benefitted the most as 2-3 inches fell across some of the severe drought territory.
RAINFALL NEEDS: The needs to bring Alabama out of the long term drought are staggering. Parts of East Alabama need 12-15 inches of rain, Northeast Alabama needs 6-9 inches and Northwest Alabama needs 9-12 inches.
THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS: A mix of clouds with a few peeks of sunshine if we are lucky, but there will be a round of light showers as well. They may not completely be done until after midnight tonight.
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS: Today’s April showers really will help to bring May flowers. Specifically the wildflowers I have planted on my front hillside. A mix of wildflowers, including Gloriosa Daisy, Bluebonnet, Wild Lupine, Blue Flax, Indian Blanket, Plains Coreopsis and Wild Sweet William. I have a nice big patch of Black Eyed Susan as well as Butterfly Bush and Milkweed. The light showers today will help to keep the soil moist without washing the lightly sown seeds away.
TEMPERATURES: This week’s forecast will be a story of temperatures after today’s showers move out tonight. Most spots will be in the lower and middle 60s today, but I have a hunch a few spots won’t get out of the 50s, especially over the north. We will be back in the 70s tomorrow. Then 80s will prevail the rest of the week. Lows will be in the 50s and upper 40s tonight and tomorrow night, but will quickly work back into the 60s by Wednesday night.
NEXT RAIN CHANCES: I will lean on the European for this part of the forecast package. A low moving through the Great Lakes will push a front our way on Thursday, which means we may get a round of showers and thunderstorms then. Severe weather will occur to the west Wednesday night, but we look like our weather should be less threatening. A warm front will come north on Friday producing more rain potential. Finally, the strongest low will move from Missouri to Illinois late Sunday or Monday. This might produce our best chance of severe weather.
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