Sunday (High 68, Low 53): Mostly sunny. Breezy.
May Day (High 65, Low 42): Sunny. Cool and breezy.
Tuesday (High 67, Low 40): Sunny and cool. Lightly breezy at times.
Wednesday (High 70, Low 43): Sunny.
Thursday (High 76, Low 45): Mostly sunny.
Friday (High 75, Low 56): Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Saturday (High 76, Low 58): Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.
This Thursday was April 27, the anniversary of one of our region's most widespread and deadly tornado outbreaks back in 2011. We tend to have an event like that roughly every 40 years or so. And I can tell you, nobody knew how bad it was going to be until it was ongoing. The two events I remember the setup being compared to the most were April 8, 1998 when an F-5 tornado hit Oak Grove near Birmingham and the Veterans Day Outbreak of 2002. And of course it far surpassed both of those, and the other analog events I am not remembering that people said it might be as bad as. It is a terrible memory for me, but it really happened. So whenever that time of year rolls around, we give it a reluctant nod of respect. Certainly we respect the people who lost their lives or were seriously injured by the storms that day. Or many who survived but lost their homes and livelihood, had to built things up from scratch. It is a fascinating case study from a meteorological perspective. And I'd recommend What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross or All You Can Do Is Pray by James Spann to anyone who wants to learn more about it. The human impact is what haunts me when I think about it. As beautiful as some of those storms were on radar or on camera . . . at what price.
The National Weather Service in Nashville is still doing Weather101 classes well into the month of May, and this coming Tuesday morning's class is on Global Circulations. The last class I took in this series, on forecast models, was excellent. A lot of the classes I've taken from them in Weather101 have been enjoyable, and I learned something. They are free to anyone, so if you are interested, by all means, take one of these.
We did have a severe thunderstorm in Cullman County, including the city of Cullman, late Thursday night/Friday morning after midnight. It was a supercell thunderstorm that produced hail up to egg or golfball size and also damaging winds, strong enough to even do some structural damage. No injuries were reported.
We do have some showers and thunderbumpers moving through the region this evening, but overall we have seen more sun than clouds in the Tennessee Valley today.
Plenty of towering cumulus and cumulonimbus clouds showing up on satellite imagery. The air has been unstable enough to support some thunderstorms today.