Talk about going out with a bang. Our week of daily doses of afternoon thunderstorms culminated in Thursday's soaking that lead to isolated flooding problems. Photos and video out of parts of Elmore and Lee counties showed the rapid water rise created by several inches of rain in a short period of time. Our forecast finally changes today as widespread thunderstorms are not expected for the first time this week...
TODAY: A little morning fog affected parts of the area, the residual effect of all the rain from last night. Our afternoon is going to go down a little differently today. Impulses of upper level energy that have helped trigger widespread daily thunderstorms won't be there today. The end result will be a radar that features rain of a more isolated variety as opposed to areawide.
Without the upper level kick, we'll turn to other means of generating the rain. Moisture levels remain rather high, but there is some drier air that will work into the eastern half of Alabama. Dew point and precipitable water values will be lower across our eastern counties. That should allow afternoon development of showers and storms to favor the western half of Alabama today. That's not to say there won't be a few blips on radar east of I-65, but I'd figure the best coverage is west. And even there it is much more isolated than yesterday.
With less rain around, temperatures will be able to warm into the upper 80s in spots.
THIS WEEKEND: It's a typical late May weekend ahead. Temperatures will rise to around 90 degrees with only a slight threat of an isolated afternoon thunderstorm. That should make for a nice weekend for outdoor activities all things considered.
Better rain chances creep back in early next week as a front stalls out across the region and upper level energy become detached across the Deep South.
-Doppler12 StormVision Meteorologist Eric Snitil-