Thursday Night, May 28, 2020
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson
Storms are over, but there’s one more round on Friday before drier air moves in!
Leftover showers diminish before midnight, and although a few more spotty showers may develop overnight, there is no longer a risk of any ‘strong’ storms for Thursday night/Friday morning.
Overnight, temperatures drop into the 60s with some patchy, thick fog to start out your Friday morning. That humid, foggy morning turns into a hot, humid afternoon with one more wave of locally-heavy thunderstorms: this time ahead of a cold front which knocks out the humidity and the chance of rain for the weekend ahead! Expect highs in the lower 80s Friday; the chance of a downpour in the early afternoon sits at 50% for North Alabama and Southern Tennessee.
A passing front on Friday pushes the sticky, tropical air out for a few days, and that means a nice-weather weekend to end the month! Look for a lot of sunshine: cool mornings in the 50s, warm afternoons in the upper 70s and lower 80s. The breeze may be a little more than you’d expect on a typical ‘summertime’ weekend; it stays up around 10 to 15 miles per hour with occasional gusts to 20 miles per hour on the lakes on both Saturday and Sunday (that’ll also add a little chill at a pool or splash pad).
Launch rescheduled: SpaceX Falcon 9 launch Saturday at 3:22 PM
The SpaceX Falcon 9 launch at Cape Canaveral on Saturday will have more weather challenges. It won’t be impossible to be ‘go for launch’ at 3:22 PM CDT, but the odds aren’t looking good as of now. Expect a lot of scattered thunderstorms and lightning within 50 miles of the launch site.
Hotter days ahead
There’s some hotter weather in the forecast! May 2020 is the first time in seventeen years that Huntsville International Airport has not had a high temperature at or above 90ºF. Denver, Nashville, and even Burlington, Vermont have already seen 90s this season; we will probably get it for the first time in Huntsville by the end of next week. For what it’s worth, Muscle Shoals has already hit the 90s, and this in no way means we’re in for a ‘cool’ summer! It’s just one of those strange things that happens sometimes when a lot of scattered storms occur.
Tennessee Valley Forecast
THURSDAY NIGHT: Showers still possible. Partly cloudy, some patchy fog. Lows in the lower 60s. Wind: S 2-7.
FRIDAY: A cold front brings one more day of scattered, unevenly-distributed, locally-heavy downpours and some thunderstorms. Highs in the low-80s. Wind: SSW 10-15.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Showers ending in the evening. Fair and cooler overnight. Lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Wind: N 5-10.
SATURDAY: Fair, warm and dry. Lower humidity! Highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Wind: N 7-14.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Comfortably cool. Some patchy fog. Lows in the upper 50s/low-60s. Light North wind.
SUNDAY: Sunny, warm and dry. Low humidity. Highs in the upper 70s/lower 80s. Wind: NNE 7-14.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Cool and quiet. Lows in the upper 50s. Wind: Light NE.
MONDAY: Another dry, warm day. Highs in the low 80s. Wind: ESE 5-10.
MONDAY NIGHT: Still cool and comfortable. Lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Light South wind.
TUESDAY: Hotter. A little more humid. Highs in the mid-80s. Wind: S 5-10.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Muggy. Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. Wind: Light South.
WEDNESDAY: Hot and more humid. Highs in the upper 80s. Still rain-free! Wind: SSW 7-14.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Muggy. Lows near 70°F.
THURSDAY: Warm and humid. Highs in the upper 80s and low 90s. A few spotty, isolated storms possible. Wind: SSW 6-12.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Muggy. Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s/lower 70s. Wind: Light SW.
FRIDAY: Hot and humid. A wave of heavy thunderstorms possible with a weak cool front. Highs around 88-92°F. Wind: SW 6-12.