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Dry Weather Through Sunday

| 6:11 am May 22, 2015

MAY, OR OCTOBER? Many communities are in the 40s to begin this late May day… some pre-dawn temperatures:

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 42
Fort Payne 43
Valley Head 43
Cullman 46
Haleyville 46
Concord 47
Center Point 48
Birmingham 49
Tuscaloosa 49
Anniston 59

The weather will be delightful day, with sunshine in full supply and a high in the mid 70s. Humidity levels will remain very low.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: We stay dry through Sunday; temperatures will be warmer tomorrow and Sunday with highs back in the mid 80s… and the sky will be partly to mostly sunny both days. Then, on Monday, moist air returns, and we will bring back the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” with a mix of sun and clouds.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: Warm, humid weather is the story, and each day there will be a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Otherwise, partly sunny days with highs in the 80s. Pretty much what you expect at the end of May in Alabama.

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SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: No rain through Sunday at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium… mostly sunny days and fair nights. The high today will be in the 70s, with 80s returning tomorrow and Sunday. It will be cool again tonight; a light jacket or sweater is not a bad idea.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores today and tomorrow, then about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine Sunday through all of next week, with the daily risk of widely scattered showers or thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the low 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 80 degrees.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s surplus for the year is down to 1.07″. The total since January 1 is 23.49″, and we have measured only 0.32″ for the entire month of May.

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Almost Like A Fall Day

| 3:20 pm May 21, 2015

MORE LIKE OCTOBER: The average high for Birmingham on May 21 is 82 degrees; today the 3:00 temperature at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport is only 67 with a north wind gusting to 22 mph at times. To the north, Nashville is in the mid 50s.

Pesky clouds have lingered today over the northern half of the state, keeping temperatures down…

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We do note upper 80s over South Alabama, where it feels more like late May.

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TOMORROW: The clouds will finally move out this evening, and with a clear sky and dry air, we expect many locations will see a low in the 40s early tomorrow. Then, during the day, the sky will be mostly sunny with a high in the mid to upper 70s.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: We trend warmer; look for highs back in the mid 80s Saturday and Sunday with a partly to mostly sunny sky both days. Then, on Monday, moisture levels will rise, and we will bring in the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”.

Warm, humid weather will continue through the week with partly sunny days, and the risk of a shower or storm in a few spots on a daily basis. Highs remain in the 80s.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: No rain through Sunday; sunny days and fair nights at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Highs in the mid 70s tomorrow, then back in the 80s Saturday and Sunday. It will be cool tonight with temperatures falling into the 50s… a light jacket or sweater will be in order.

BEACH FORECAST: Mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through Sunday with only a slight risk of a shower each day from Panama City west to Gulf Shores. Next week looks very routine for late May with about 7 to 9 hours of sun each day along with the risk of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be mostly in the low to mid 80s, the sea water temperature early this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

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Cool Change

| 6:23 am May 21, 2015

REFRESHING AIRMASS ARRIVES TODAY: A surface front has pushed into deep South Alabama this morning, and cooler, drier continental air will settle in. We project a high today only in the low 70s with a good supply of sunshine and low humidity levels. And, by daybreak tomorrow, cooler spots will see a low down in the 40s, well below average for late May in Alabama. The sky will stay sunny tomorrow with a high in the mid to upper 70s. Doesn’t get much better.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Afternoons turn warmer with highs back in the 80s, and we stay rain-free Saturday and Sunday with a good supply of sunshine both days. With rising moisture levels, we will mention the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” Monday with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the mid 80s.

A typical early summer pattern will continue through the week, with partly sunny days and the risk of a brief afternoon shower or storm on a daily basis. Highs next week will be in the 80s, at seasonal levels.

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SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: No rain through Sunday; sunny days and fair nights at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Highs in the 70s today and tomorrow, then back in the 80s Saturday and Sunday.

BEACH FORECAST: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine today with a few scattered thunderstorms this afternoon; some of those could be strong. Then, mostly sunny days and fair nights tomorrow through Sunday with only a slight risk of a shower each day. Next week looks very routine for late May with about 7 to 9 hours of sun each day along with the risk of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be mostly in the low 80s, the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 81 degrees.

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Turning Cooler Tomorrow

| 1:08 pm May 20, 2015

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; will be at our son’s high school graduation**

COLD FRONT APPROACHING: Looks like a few passing showers and storms are a good possibility through tonight as a cold front moves into Alabama; SPC maintains a “marginal” severe weather threat for a decent part of the state. The main threats will come from gusty winds and small hail as the storms move through this evening.

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Showers and storms will end late tonight as the front pushes south.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: These two days look delightful as cool, dry continental air covers much of our state. Sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. Tomorrow’s high will be only in the low to mid 70s, and by early Friday morning we expect a low in the 48-52 degree range, well below average for late May in Alabama.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Saturday and Sunday are looking warm and dry with highs in the low to mid 80s; I think we can drop that small risk of a shower Sunday afternoon. Moisture levels will rise a bit by Memorial Day, and a few widely scattered showers or storms are possible Monday afternoon with a high in the mid 80s. All in all a very nice weekend to open up the summer season (at least unofficially).

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: A good chance of a shower or storm passing through tonight, but everything looks fine tomorrow through Sunday with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Highs in Hoover will be in the 70s tomorrow and Friday, and back in the 80s over the weekend.

AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine each day through Memorial Day along the beautiful stretch from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with just a few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the low 80s, with mid 80s inland. Sea water temperatures are generally in the low 80s.

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Scattered Showers Later Today

| 6:22 am May 20, 2015

HUMID AIR STILL IN PLACE: A surface front remains north of Alabama, and as it drifts southward we expect scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight. After a very wet April, with rain amounts in excess of 10 inches, Birmingham has picked up only 0.32″ for the first 19 days of May, so it is getting pretty dusty around here…. a little rain would not be a bad thing.

It won’t rain everywhere, but a few spots could see a good downpour. In fact, SPC has a “marginal” severe weather risk into the western half of Alabama, so a few strong storms are possible as well. Otherwise, expect a mix of sun and clouds today with a high in the mid 80s.

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REFRESHING CHANGE TOMORROW: Models continue to trend cooler, and we have dropped the forecast high into the 70s with lower humidity and a nice north breeze along with a good supply of sunshine. Temperatures will drop down into the mid 50s by daybreak Friday, and some of the cooler pockets could see upper 40s. Then, during the day Friday, the sky will stay sunny with a high between 77 and 80. Delightful weather for late May in Alabama.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Saturday looks warm and dry with a high in the mid 80s; then with a slow increase in moisture levels we will bring back the risk of a few widely scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms Sunday and Monday, but nothing widespread or especially heavy. Highs remain in the mid 80s those two days.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: A passing shower or storm is possible at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium this afternoon and tonight, otherwise dry weather tomorrow through Saturday. A brief afternoon shower or storm is possible Sunday, but they will be scattered in nature and there is a good chance the weather stays dry for the championship game.

AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine each day on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the holiday weekend with just a few widely scattered showers or storms around. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the low 80s, and the sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 81 degrees.

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Our son, Ryan, graduates from Spain Park High School this evening… so there won’t be an afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… back to the two a day schedule tomorrow.

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Parents… be sure and spend time with your kids. One day they are in diapers, and the next day they are gone… Enjoy the day!

A Few Widely Scattered Showers

| 3:43 pm May 19, 2015

RADAR CHECK: A few widely scattered showers and storms are in progress this afternoon, especially east of I-65…

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Otherwise, we have a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures generally in the low to mid 80s.

TOMORROW: The daytime hours tomorrow should be generally warm and dry with a high in the mid 80s; a surface front will still be a little north of the state. Then front then moves through slowly tomorrow night, and it could bring a few scattered showers or storms. Core risk will come from about 6:00 p.m. tomorrow through 4:00 a.m. Thursday. Nothing too widespread or heavy.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These days look delightful; models have trended cooler in recent runs with lower dewpoints. We expect a good supply of sunshine both days with lower humidity levels with a high between 80 and 83 degrees. Doesn’t get any better in late May.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Saturday will be warm and dry with a high in the mid 80s; then just the risk of a few widely scattered showers during the afternoon hours Sunday and Monday as moisture levels rise a bit. No washout; highs will stay in the mid 80s.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Rain won’t be much of an issue for the game at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium through Sunday; highs will be in the 80s, and any showers will be few and far between. Great baseball weather for the boys of summer.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Looking good through the holiday weekend; about 8 to 10 hours of sunshine each day with only widely scattered showers or storms; highs on the immediate coast will be in the low 80s, with mid 80s inland. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is up to 84 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like temperatures will stay a little above average around here for the rest of May thanks to an upper ridge centered over Florida.

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Only Widely Scattered Showers Later Today

| 6:12 am May 19, 2015

NOT MUCH RAIN: The chance of any one spot seeing a shower later today is only about one in five… otherwise we expect a partly sunny sky today with a high in the mid 80s. The average high for May 19 is 82 (for Birmingham).

REST OF THE WEEK: Looks generally dry and warm, with partly to mostly sunny days and fair nights. The only possible exception is tomorrow night, when the NAM brings a batch of showers and storms through here in the 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. time frame…

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Saturday continue to look warm and dry with a high between 85 and 88 degrees; then we will bring back the risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms Sunday and Monday with a mix of sun and clouds both days. This, of course, is a standard part of a summer forecast in Alabama, and is not a “washout” situation. Highs will remain mostly in the mid 80s into early next week.

NEXT WEEK: Early summer weather looks likely with an upper ridge holding over Florida, with just a few widely scattered showers or storms around each afternoon; no sign of any big, organized rain event, and no risk of any severe weather problems. Highs will remain in the mid to upper 80s.

SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Big week for college baseball at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium; the event runs today through Sunday, and most days will be warm and dry with highs in the mid 80s. A brief afternoon shower is possible today, and also on Sunday, but any delays should be brief if one pops up near the stadium.

AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine each day on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the holiday weekend with only widely scattered showers or thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will remain in the low 80s, with mid to upper 80s inland. The sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 80 degrees.

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I will be speaking to an EMS group this morning at Trinity Medical Center, and then I head to Marshall County to speak to the Albertville Rotary Club. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

Trending Drier This Week

| 3:26 pm May 18, 2015

RADAR UPDATE: Showers and storms are most numerous over the northeast counties of Alabama this afternoon… but more could form over the next few hours in the moist environment.

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TOMORROW: A surface front will push through the state, but there is little upper support, and with warm air aloft we really don’t expect much more than widely scattered, mostly afternoon showers or storms. Otherwise, expect a mix of sun and clouds tomorrow with a high in the mid 80s.

REST OF THE WEEK: I still don’t see much reason to forecast any chance of significant rain Wednesday through Friday. These three days look warm and mostly dry, with partly to mostly sunny days and fair nights. Afternoon highs will remain in the mid 80s, just a few degrees above average for mid to late May in Alabama.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: No real change for Saturday; partly sunny and very warm with a high in the upper 80s. Then, on Sunday and Monday, we will introduce the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”, which is almost a daily part of summer weather in Alabama. The high Sunday and Monday will be in the mid 80s with a mix of sun and clouds both days.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 8 to 10 hours each day through the holiday weekend along the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores; just a few widely scattered showers and storms each day. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the low 80s, with mid to upper 80s inland. The sea water temperature at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 83 degrees this afternoon.

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