James Spann: A few isolated showers for Alabama; otherwise warm and mostly dry

James Spann forecasts a mostly quiet stretch for Alabama’s weather from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

RADAR CHECK: We have a few small, spotty showers on radar early this morning across the central counties of Alabama. These are moving southward, and we also note a couple of lightning strikes as well. We will see these through the afternoon, but odds of any particular spot getting wet remain 20% or less. Otherwise, look for a partly sunny sky today with a high in the mid 80s. The average high for Birmingham on May 12 is 81.

FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather won’t change much as an upper ridge holds. Look for partly to mostly sunny days, fair nights and a handful of isolated showers, mostly during the afternoons and evenings. The chance of your front yard seeing rain each day remains in the 10-20% range, and highs will remain in the 80s. Most of the big rain-producing systems will remain well to the west and north of Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: The pattern just won’t change much. We will see a few isolated showers from time to time, but most of the week will be dry with above-average temperatures. We will likely see low 90s over the latter half of the week.ON THIS DATE IN 1760: Ben Franklin was the first person to identify nor’easters. In a letter on this date to Alexander Small of London, Franklin described an experience that happened to him in November 1743 when storm clouds in Philadelphia blocked his view of an eclipse. Franklin assumed that the storm had blown in from the northeast because the surface winds at his location were from that direction. He was puzzled to find out later that his brother had viewed the eclipse with no problems and that the storm had arrived in Boston four hours later. The information caused Franklin to surmise correctly that the storm had moved from southwest to northeast.

ON THIS DATE IN 1997: A towering F1 tornado ripped its way through the middle of Miami, Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach right after lunch, smashing cars and windows, and tossing trees skyward.

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