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HOURLY
63
Overcast
Friday-
Cloudy
77
59
10%
77
59
Cloudy
Precipitation10%
Wind14mph SSE
Humidity59%
UVHigh
Saturday-
Strong Storms/Wind
75
59
80%
75
59
Strong Storms/Wind
Precipitation80%
Wind15mph SSE
Humidity60%
UVModerate
Sunday-
Thundershowers
75
60
30%
75
60
Thundershowers
Precipitation30%
Wind11mph SSW
Humidity73%
UVModerate
Monday-
PM Thunderstorms
78
58
40%
78
58
PM Thunderstorms
Precipitation40%
Wind11mph S
Humidity71%
UVModerate
Tuesday-
Showers
74
48
40%
74
48
Showers
Precipitation40%
Wind8mph WSW
Humidity71%
UVHigh
Wednesday-
Mostly Sunny
76
49
10%
76
49
Mostly Sunny
Precipitation10%
Wind7mph SSE
Humidity59%
UVVery High
Thursday-
Thundershowers
77
59
40%
77
59
Thundershowers
Precipitation40%
Wind11mph SSE
Humidity63%
UVHigh
RIGHT NOW
Precipitation0%
Wind10mph SE
Humidity71%
UVLow
Visibility9 miles
61
0%
63
0%
64
0%
67
0%
70
0%
72
0%
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0%
74
0%
75
0%
74
0%
74
0%
73
0%

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Friday March 24, 2017
Forecaster: James Spann

ONE MORE DRY DAY: We will project a partly sunny sky across Alabama today with a high in the 70s this afternoon. While we enjoy a quiet day, severe storms are possible west of the state as an upper trough lifts out of the Rockies. Places like Tulsa, Shreveport, Houston, and Little Rock will have a risk of severe storms this afternoon and tonight.

ACTIVE DAY TOMORROW: A surface low will be near St. Louis tomorrow with Alabama in a moist, unstable airmass. SPC maintains the standard "slight risk" of severe storms over the western side of Alabama, with a "marginal risk" to the east.

It is important to point out that it won't rain all day tomorrow, but when storms do pass through they will pack a punch.

TIMING: Understand we will certainly have chance of showers, and possibly a thunderstorm tomorrow morning, but the core threat of strong to severe storms will come from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m.

THREATS: Seems like damaging straight line winds will be the main issue; the highest shear values are displaced from the highest instability which should mitigate the overall tornado threat. But, an isolated tornado can't be totally ruled out, especially over far West Alabama tomorrow afternoon. Stronger storms could also produce some hail.

RAIN: Rain totals should be in the 1/2 to 1 inch range; flooding is not expected.

SUNDAY: The surface low weakens and lifts northeast, but a moist, unstable airmass will remain over Alabama. We will forecast a mix of sun and clouds, we will need to introduce the chance of a few widely scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours due to the instability. In fact, SPC has the northeast corner of Alabama in a "marginal risk" for severe storms Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Another upper trough/surface low will bring the chance of strong to severe storms to Alabama Monday, followed by yet another opportunity later in the week. The latest GFS hints that strong/severe storms will be possible Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. Understand in an active pattern like this we simply need to take the waves one at a time; it is very hard to determine the overall magnitude of the threats and the timing several days out.

PUT AWAY THE WINTER CLOTHES? While we don't see any sign of a late season cold snap into early April, I still expect one more flush of colder air toward mid April that will bring the threat of frost or a freeze.

STORM SPOTTER TRAINING: We will be on the road through early April offering free storm spotter classes. We need more trained spotters in Alabama; by attending you can make the severe weather warning process better. No need to register; just come with a curious mind. And, there is no age limit... kids that love weather will enjoy it. You will never look at a storm the same again. Next week we are at Oxford Tuesday (at the Oxford Civic Center) and Jasper Thursday (at the Jasper Civic Center).

See the detailed seven day forecast here.

See the latest Gulf Coast forecasts here.


SUNRISE
06:45:32 am
SUNSET
07:02:08 pm

Today's Record Temperatures

Record High89
F
Record Low23
F