May ended on a damp note and June begins in the same key. Most cities averaged 1.50" of rainfall though isolated areas received much more in just a week. Gadsden had the jackpot amount of over 5". What's interesting is the fact that despite ending the month on a wet note, all reporting sites show below normal monthly precipitation amounts.
City Monthly Amounts vs Departure:
Anniston: 2.53" vs -1.73"
Birmingham: 2.56" vs -2.43"
Tuscaloosa: 2.32" vs -1.66"
Observed precipitation amounts the past 7 days:
Here's how the past 7 day rainfall amounts compared to normal:
The damp pattern may or may not persist the rest of this week. Model data continues to fluctuate regarding the future of an upper low. Latest data suggests a faster exit which would mean a faster entrance of drier weather. For now, the consensus is to keep a slight chance for rain each day in the forecast.
Be ready for rain and storms this afternoon if you live along the I-59 corridor and points eastward!
Jill Gilardi Meteorologist