THURSDAY Update:   Cooler Days – More Rain This Weekend

Good Morning!  The frontal system that brought rain and thunderstorms in the overnight hours, will sweep through the state this morning.  Expect improvement by this afternoon and cooler air will follow tonight and Friday.  We’ll get a brief break between storm systems through Friday, before more rain overspreads the state this weekend.  Best chance of rain will be Saturday night and Sunday.   The active pattern continues next week.  Here’s my brief forecast discussion. 

TODAY:   Risk of showers and perhaps some thunderstorms mainly in the morning hours.  Breezy & mild today.  High 73.  South wind 10 to 15 gusting to 25 mph.  Partly cloudy and cooler tonight.  Low 42. 

NEXT FEW DAYS:  It will be cool Saturday with highs in the 50’s.  A Gulf Coast storm system will spread more rain across the Gulf South over the weekend, especially Saturday night and Sunday.  Monday looks dry, but more rain will return Tuesday and maybe some thunderstorms, as the active pattern continues. 

Could be a lot of rain across the region over the next 5 days, especially closer to the coast.  

The next storm system next week does not appear to be severe at the moment.  We’ll watch it.

WETUMPKA TORNADO ANNIVERSARY:  On this date 4 years ago today, January 19, 2019, an EF-2 tornado did considerable damage in Wetumpka.  It was a Saturday.  2:52 PM.   EF2, 135 mph winds.  18 mile track, 700 yards wide.

TORNADO OUTBREAK 1/12/23 UPDATED:    NWS continues to revise/update the details of the ten tornadoes surveyed in the January 12th Outbreak.  For instance, the Old Kingston-Lake Martin EF3 has been adjusted to 82 miles length, making it #6 on the all-time long-track tornado distances.  It far exceeds the longest in January, breaking the previous record of the Maplesville tornado on 2012.  Complete updated details and a map below.

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