|Moon Phase||Waning Gibbous Moon|
Wednesday Morning, April 16, 2014
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson/Meteorologist Ben Smith
Sunshine & Milder This Afternoon
Wednesday Morning Update: We started very cold this morning. We officially made it down to 33° in Huntsville. Not quite the record of 30° in 1962. The wind kept temperatures up a little. Wind chills were in the middle 20s. Now we warm into the lower 50s approaching noon. Enjoy plenty of sunshine this afternoon.
We see a slow moderating trend for the rest of the week. "Moderating" is a better word than "warming" because it's not going to get all that warm! The temperature recovery from this morning's freeze only gets us to around 60 degrees in the afternoon with a mostly sunny sky.
Showers Stall the Warm-Up: The sky stays mostly sunny Thursday, and this chilly air mass warms up a little more. Look for a breezy, milder afternoon with highs around 65 to 70 degrees. A weak disturbance brings some spotty, generally light rain to the Valley on Friday. The best chance of rain is only about 30%, and that is in the afternoon and evening. The clouds will slow the warming trend a little; temperatures stay in the middle and upper 60s for Good Friday.
A Warmer Easter Weekend: We have made some tweaks to the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, but they are improvements! The odds of rain are under 10% on Saturday, and Easter Sunday looks totally dry until late evening. That's when some showers and even a few thunderstorms will approach from the west. Monday is clearly looking like the better rain day as of now.
That means the weather for Easter Sunrise Services will be good: temperatures in the 50s with a partly cloudy sky and a light southwest wind. By lunchtime, it will be in the mid-70s with a partly sunny sky. The rain holds off until after 7 PM, and even then, we are only talking a 10% chance of showers in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee.
Rain and Some Storms to Start the Week: Scattered showers and storms are looking more likely on Monday now; however, there is still some uncertainty as to the timing (and intensity) of the rain. Expect to need your umbrella Monday morning! Showers end by Tuesday morning, and the rest of next week looks warmer and drier. Highs get close to 80ºF again by the end of the week.
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TODAY: Cold start. Mostly sunny and milder. High: 62. Winds: SE 5-15 mph.
TONIGHT: Clear and chilly. Low: 39. Patchy frost in spots. Winds: Light and variable.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny. High: 68. Winds: SE 10-20 mph.
FRIDAY: Scattered showers. High: 66. Rain: 40%.
SATURDAY: Partly cloudy and pleasant. High: 73. Rain: 10%.
EASTER SUNDAY: Variably cloudy. Isolated showers. High: 71. Rain: 20%.