While the large mass of rain that covered Alabama this morning has moved on to the east, a new line of showers and storms is forming from Decatur to Jasper as I write this around 3:00 p.m. Another cluster of showers is over far eastern Tuscaloosa County. We now have positive CAPE over much of Central Alabama, and SPC has mentioned some risk of severe storms for the next couple of hours as a surface trough passes through. The Birmingham dewpoint is up to 67 (downtown at our SKYCAM site atop the Daniel Building), and there are some breaks in the overcast. We will watch the storms that form closely since there is a very healthy degree of vertical wind shear right now.
Showers and storms will end this evening as the trough moves on to the east, and low clouds will cover most of the state overnight. Some drizzle will be possible in spots, but no additional measurable rain is expected beyond 8:00 p.m.
THE WEEKEND: The sky should become partly sunny tomorrow, although clouds could linger much of the day in some sections of Northeast Alabama. Sunday still looks like a beautiful day with ample sunshine and a high at or just over 70.
NEXT WEEK: Our dry forecast for the trick or treaters might be in danger; the GFS is now hinting at a band of showers and storms moving into Northwest Alabama Tuesday afternoon; some of those might reach us Tuesday evening. We will continue to mention a chance of showers Wednesday; much cooler air returns to the state by the end of the week. For now the rain event during the middle of next week does not look like anything that would bring a severe weather or really heavy rain event to Alabama. But, as always we will keep an eye on things.
QUICK RAIN TOTALS: Here are some quick rain totals from our SKYCAM network:
Mt. Cheaha 1.41"
PRIME TIME: Don't forget to watch our prime time special, "A Decade Of Alabama Weather" Sunday from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. on ABC 33/40. We will look back at the 10 year history of the ABC 33/40 weather operation, and you will re-live all of the big weather events we have covered!
Brian Peters will have the videos for you over the weekend... don't forget to set your clocks BACK one hour tomorrow night as we go back on standard time. Yep, an extra hour of sleep!