James Spann: Humid air stays in place over Alabama

RADAR CHECK: We have large areas of rain and a few thunderstorms across Alabama this afternoon. A few pulse-type severe storms have formed over the southwest counties of the state. The storms are slow movers, and a number of locations have received heavy amounts of rain again today.

Rain will taper off late tonight, but the sky will remain mostly cloudy.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Very moist air will stay in place, and we will have the risk of showers and storms daily through Sunday.

There are many outdoor events going on this weekend, including the Regions Tradition at Greystone, the Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores and Do Dah Day in Birmingham. This is what you need to know about the weather:

  • Some rain is possible each day, but the rain won’t be continuous, and we won’t have an all-day washout.
  • The best chance of showers and storms will come during the afternoons and evenings, generally between 1 and 11 p.m. But with this kind of air mass you can’t totally rule out a late-night or morning shower.
  • The thunderstorms that form will tend to be rather random and scattered; there’s no way of knowing exactly when and where they form far in advance. Just be ready for a rain/lightning delay.
  • Organized severe thunderstorm activity is not expected, but a few pulse-type severe storms are possible. The main threat from these will come from gusty straight-line winds.
  • The sun will be out at times, and highs will be in the 80s for most locations.
  • If you hear thunder, get inside (or in a vehicle). We had a lightning fatality in Florida yesterday.

NEXT WEEK: We are looking at a fairly routine late-May situation — partly sunny, warm days with a few scattered showers and storms around, mostly during the afternoon and evening. Highs will be generally in the upper 80s, although a few spots could touch 90 on a day or two.

The Climate Prediction Center outlook for May 23-27 suggests precipitation across the Southeast will remain above average.

 

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