Even though clouds can't actually speak, their shape sure says a lot! On my way to Fox 6, I noticed how puffy the clouds were and the fact that it was before 10AM and they already showed signs of vertical growth spoke volumes to me.
There is plenty of moisture in the atmosphere for cloud development, but that's not the only thing needed for clouds to grow and potentially form into showers or storms. LIFT! Lift can either come in the form of surface heating or from a front and we have both of those things present.
The convective temperature today in Birmingham is 83° which means once the air reaches that temperature we'll start to see showers and storms popping. Temperatures are very close to that as of 10AM in many locations. Model data jives with this pretty well and shows activity popping by noon.
SIMULATE RADAR IMAGES:
No only will surface heating cause showers and storms to pop but an approaching front will aid in the lifting process. Some of the storms during the afternoon and early evening hours could grow to strong or severe levels and that's why there is a marginal risk across most of the Fox 6 viewing area.
We aren't expecting widespread strong to severe storms but the possibility certainly there for a few storms to produce damaging wind gusts and severe hail. Some storms may just be strong and produce wind gusts up to 40mph or 50 mph and marginal size hail up to nickel size. Other hazards include heavy rainfall and lightning.
Be prepared to possibly have outdoor games or practices either delayed or cancelled due to stormy weather. Remember that lightning can strike over 10 miles away from a storm. The Fox 6 weather app will be a useful tool today and if you have any question as to whether a storm is nearby then check out the radar map.
We'll monitor storm development today and alert you if any strong or severe storm forms!
Stay weather aware,
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist