Monday Morning, May 29, 2017
Meteorologist Christina Edwards/Meteorologist Ben Smith
Scattered Showers/Areas of Rain This Memorial Day
After a very stormy start to Sunday, we start Memorial Day with more wet weather. Areas of light to moderate rain move through the Tennessee Valley at 2am. Click here for our interactive radar.
We start this morning in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Highs today reach the upper 70s to near 80.
Memorial Day Forecast
For many, Memorial Day is a solemn holiday: A time to reflect upon and remember those who have fallen to protect our American Freedom. The holiday also marks the unofficial start to summer: a time for pool parties, cookouts, and time spent relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family.
No matter how you choose to celebrate the holiday, you’ll want to keep an eye on the weather if you plan to spend time outside.
Early in the morning, runners will be lining up for the Cotton Row Run in downtown Huntsville. Temperatures will be cool (in the mid to upper 60s), but it will be very humid; showers are possible at anytime this morning. Be prepared for areas of light to moderate rainfall through the races.
Scattered showers and storms are expected to develop throughout the Valley; some of these storms may dump heavy rain at times, but we are not expecting a widespread “wash out”, nor for these storms to become severe.
However, lightning would still be an issue; be sure to head indoors if you hear thunder or see lightning.
The rain is expected to sweep east through the Valley and exit into Georgia from 5pm through 10pm. For this reason, if you are west of I-65 and are planning on ending Memorial Day with a fireworks display, it should be able to occur without Mother Nature interrupting with her own fireworks. East of I-65, the showers and storms may still be around through any late cookouts or fireworks shows.
Summer-like weather pattern continues this week
The official start of summer is still another month away (June 20), but with a warm, humid air mass in place for the next several days, it might as well already be June since we will be dodging scattered afternoon showers and storms.
Despite the damper that rain has on activities like camping or hanging out on the water, the rain is certainly a good thing.
Despite receiving an average amount of rainfall during the month of May, the Valley is still about 1.5-2.5 inches below the average with respect to the amount of rain that has fallen throughout the first half of the year. This is still compounded with the 9-12 inches missing from 2016. And though the showers are hit-and-miss in nature, some communities may go several weeks before they receive another drop.
Tennessee Valley Forecast:
MEMORIAL DAY (MONDAY): Showers/storms possible in the morning, then widely scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Otherwise partly cloudy, warm and muggy. High: 80. Wind: W 5-15. Rain: 60%.
TONIGHT: Isolated showers possible. Mostly cloudy and mild. Low: 66. Wind: WSW 5-10. Rain: 30%.
TUESDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and humid with scattered thunderstorms during the heating of the day. High: 83. Wind: NW 5-10. Rain: 30%.
WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy and seasonably warm. A stray shower possible, mainly south of the Tennessee River. High: 86. Wind: SSW 5-10. Rain: 20%.
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and muggy with scattered showers and storms. High: 85. Wind: SW 5-10. Rain: 30%.
FRIDAY: Partly cloudy, muggy and much warmer. Scattered storms possible. High: 88. Wind: SW 5-10. Rain: 40%.
SATURDAY: Warm and muggy with scattered showers and storms. High: 82. Wind: NW 3-5. Rain: 30%.
SUNDAY: Warm and muggy with scattered showers and storms. High: 83. Wind: NNE 3-5. Rain: 30%.