Scattered storms may be strong at times this weekend

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Need some rain?

Sunday afternoon in Madison, Alabama.

Sunday afternoon in Madison, Alabama.

Though widespread clouds are keeping temperatures down in the upper 80s to lower 90s Sunday, a moderate to severe drought has developed in the Tennessee Valley, so showers and storms would still bring welcomed relief to the parched region.

Thankfully, heavy rains have already moved through the Valley this weekend, putting a small dent into the rainfall deficit that has developed this spring and summer.

Locally-heavy storms Friday evening dumped as much as two to three inches of rain in Lincoln and Giles Counties in Southern Tennessee between 8 and 10 PM.

(MORE: Your photos of lightning in the Tennessee Valley)

Windy Goat Farm in northwestern Lincoln County had 2.73″ in the bucket by 10:25 PM!

Scattered storms developed in the Valley Saturday afternoon and evening, producing another 0.72 inches of rain at the Huntsville International Airport Saturday night.

Sunday morning, a cluster of storms moving through Mississippi congealed into a mesoscale convective system that produced beneficial rains in the Shoals as well as much of Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin counties.

(MORE: What is a mesoscale convective system (MCV)?)

We expect more of that in scattered spots on Sunday afternoon, with individual storms producing tremendous rain, strong winds, intense lightning and some hail.

The risk of "severe" weather is limited mainly to gusty winds that could briefly exceed 60 miles per hour in a few isolated areas.  Saturday will not be a major severe weather kind of day.

By Monday, rainfall may exceed two inches for some; others may not even get a full quarter-inch! That's life with scattered storms, though.

RPM Rainfall

One single model output showing just how chaotic the precipitation pattern will be this weekend (actual amounts will vary greatly from this image)

Forecasts like this do not equal a total wash-out of a weekend; just have Live Alert 19 on your mobile device so that whether you're sliding the city, out on the lake, hiking a trail, or having an outdoor get-together you'll be in-the-know about any storms that may briefly disrupt your plans.

-Jason
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