RADAR CHECK: We note a band of showers near the Mississippi River early this morning, but Alabama is rain-free with a mostly fair sky. We are forecasting a partly sunny day for Alabama with a high in the low 80s; a few isolated showers could show up later today or tonight, but odds of any one spot getting wet are only about one in eight.
To the west, severe thunderstorms will likely form across Texas and Oklahoma later today and tonight ahead of a deep upper low over the western U.S. All of this will stay well to the west of Alabama.
Tomorrow will be another warm day with a mix of sun and clouds, and once again we will mention a few isolated showers during the afternoon and evening hours. Like today, most places will be dry due to the scattered nature of the showers. The high tomorrow will be in the 79-83 degree range.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: An upper ridge will strengthen across the Deep South, setting the stage for dry weather with rising heat levels. Look for mostly sunny days, fair nights, and highs in the mid to upper 80s.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Dry weather continues; we are forecasting a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday with hot afternoons. Look for a high in the upper 80s Saturday, and there is a good chance many places will see their first 90 degree day of the year Sunday.
NEXT WEEK: The ridge holds. Little, if any rain through the week with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be mostly in the low 90s, making it the hottest week so far this year. I can safely say we can stick a fork in the tornado season… it is over for Alabama and the adjacent states. We can now turn our attention to the hurricane season, which begins June 1. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1896: An estimated F5 tornado tracked 100 miles through northeastern Kansas and extreme southeastern Nebraska. Seneca, Oneida, Sabetha, and Reserve, Kansas sustained severe damage. While passing through Reserve, the tornado was 2 miles wide. 25 people were killed, and 200 were injured.
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