James Spann: A few scattered showers for Alabama today

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UPPER LOW TO THE NORTH: Not much change in our weather today; an upper low near Nashville will continue to bring cloudy periods to the northern half of the state with some risk of widely scattered showers, mostly this afternoon and early tonight. The high should be close to 70 degrees this afternoon, below the average high of 76 for April 24 (at Birmingham).

REST OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow looks like a dry day with a mix of sun and clouds; we project a high in the low 70s for most communities. Clouds increase tomorrow night, and Thursday looks like the wettest day of the week as a wave moves in from the west. Rain is likely Thursday with a high in the 60s; some thunder is possible but no severe storms are expected. Rain amounts should be around one-half inch.

Then, on Friday, much of the day looks dry, but a cold front will approach and we will mention just the chance of a few scattered showers during the afternoon and evening. Moisture will be very limited.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather looks delightful as a nice surge of dry air arrives. Look for sunshine in full supply both days; the high Saturday will be in the mid 70s, followed by upper 70s Sunday.

RACE WEEKEND: Thursday looks pretty wet at the Talledega Superspeedway, with periods of rain likely and a high in the 60s. For Friday, we expect just a few widely scattered afternoon and evening showers; the high will be close to 70 degrees. Then, the weather could not be better for the weekend — sunny Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the low 70s Saturday followed by upper 70s Sunday for the Geico 500.

NEXT WEEK: A strong upper ridge will form over the eastern third of the nation; this means a generally warm and dry week. Mostly sunny days, fair nights and highs in the low 80s. Showers and storms could return on Friday as moisture levels rise.

ON THIS DATE IN 2010: Severe storms and tornadoes moved across Alabama. An EF4 tornado struck southeastern DeKalb County in the Mount Vernon area. The most serious damage occurred near the intersection of County Roads 80 and 55, where a church and a two-story home were destroyed. Several mobile homes were destroyed and numerous large trees were snapped or uprooted. Five injuries occurred from this tornado. An EF3 tornado touched down in south Albertville. Throughout the event, the tornado skipped and hit other places along its path from Marshall County to Geraldine in DeKalb County. Fifty-nine homes in Albertville were destroyed by the tornado. Another 198 had major damage while 157 had minor damage – a total of 414 homes impacted by the storm. It also caused damage to the middle and high school in Albertville. Another EF3 tornado touched down in Parrish and tracked through Cordova and Corner. Significant damage to buildings occurred in Parrish and Cordova, while Corner and Blount County primarily suffered uprooted or broken trees, with at least one travel trailer overturned and some minor structural damage. A third EF3 tornado in Alabama struck a trailer park in Mentone and resulted in seven injuries.

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