Strong storms are likely across Alabama today
*Radar Check 10:25 AM: A large mass of showers/storms continue to push East across North/Central Alabama at mid-morning. Everything is below severe limits, but the storms are producing lots of lightning and heavy rain. A batch of storms actually moved through Northwest Alabama around 4:00 this morning. You more than likely got woke up by the thunder, but most of you probably slept through it.
*We will see a significant increase in the coverage of showers/storms today as they become more numerous and widespread thanks to a strong short wave trough that is moving across the Lower 48 states and an unstable airmass in place. It won’t rain all day, but expect periods of off and on showers/storms with the sun peaking out at times.
*Any storms that form today will pack a punch and will have the potential to become strong to severe with very heavy rain, intense frequent lightning, and strong gusty winds, or wet microburst(localized areas of damaging winds that can knock down trees and power lines) and some small hail is possible as well. Heavy rain should be the primary threat with potential for some flooding issues over rural areas. These are the type of storms that will last for a good while and produce torrential rainfall over a short period of time. At least the air will be much cooler with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.
*I do note our friends at SPC(Storm Prediction Center) has upgraded parts of North/Central Alabama to the standard “slight” severe weather risk for this afternoon and evening…
**I will watch radar trends throughout the day and have updates as needed.