An area of storms made its way across parts of north Alabama this morning. BHM only received 0.11" of rain, but lightning was intense in some areas, causing a few power outages northeast of downtown (like at my house). The radar is clear now, with only a small shower up around Clay. The question is whether or not more storms will develop this afternoon and evening.
A weak front is still to our north, and moisture levels over Alabama are very high. The number of storms may depend on how much sunshine and warming we get this afternoon. Temperatures now are in the lower to mid 80s in central Alabama, with 90 at MSL where the sun has come out more.
We won't see clear skies this afternoon, but the sun could come out at times. If we get 2 or 3 hours of sunshine, temperatures will warm into the upper 80s or so, making the atmosphere very unstable and making strong storms more likely. But, even if we stay mainly cloudy, we can't rule out storms just about anytime with the front to our north and the very humid air mass.
Dr. Tim Coleman
UAH Research Meteorologist
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