WEDNESDAY Update: Picking Up the Pieces After Turbulent Tuesday – Much Nicer Pattern Ahead

Good Morning!  Folks across Alabama and the Deep South will be picking up the pieces today following a Turbulent Tuesday which brought dozens of reports of wind significant damage and some prolific flooding across the Birmingham metro area. 

    Early this morning, the front that brought the widespread severe weather is in central Alabama heading southeast.  The risk of showers will end early.  Cooler, much less humid air will funnel in.  That will lead to some big improvements this afternoon and tonight.  Thursday and Friday will be very comfortable.  So far, most of Mother’s Day weekend looks nice.  Showers and storms should hold off until Sunday night into Monday.

TODAY:  Risk of leftover showers early.  Showers exit the state before lunchtime.  Not as humid this afternoon.  Mostly cloudy with a few sunbreaks.  High near 80.  Mostly clear and pleasantly cooler tonight.  Low 58. 

This is kinda interesting. Look at the dramatic drop in Dewpoint from 73 at Midnight to 42 by Friday Evening. MUCH less humid!

NEXT FEW DAYS:  Beautiful Thursday & Friday.  Cooler.   Much less humid.  Sunshine.  Warmer, but nice Saturday.  Mother’s Day looks dry and warm during the day.  Risk of showers and storms hold off until Sunday night/Monday.

TURBULENT TUESDAY:  Tuesday played out as expected.  A mesoscale convective complex raced through the Deep South.  The preliminary Storm Reports map from SPC show 470 Wind Damage reports from Texas to Virginia, 17 reports of Large Hail and 6 tornado reports.

Alabamians will be picking up the pieces today after the major wind event produced widespread 60 to 75 mph winds in spots.  The official highest wind gust in Montgomery at the airport was 58 mph.  Here’s a closer look at the large number of preliminary Severe Reports from Tuesday.  Here’s a link to the interactive map.  You can click on individual reports.

https://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/reports/

Can you see where the strongest winds occurred? Early this morning many neighborhoods are dark. Over 76,000 Alabamians without power.

BEACH OUTLOOK:  Looks like a very nice Mother’s Day weekend down on the coast.  Upper 70’s on the Beach.  Gulf water temperature is 72.

I did a Blog Update instead of a video this morning.  I was up late..  We’ll get back to a regular full video tomorrow morning.  Enjoy a much quieter day today!

–Rich