By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
CLANTON – Thursday, 7:30 am June 15, 2023
Unfortunately, an unusually volatile atmosphere for June combined with continued upper level disturbances moving across the state will result in wave after wave of showers and thunderstorms today through Sunday, with the unsettled weather continuing into the middle of next week.
There will be breaks between waves and not every location in each day’s Severe Weather Outlook will receive severe weather. Still, where severe weather does occur, these will be more like spring storms packing a punch rather than the typical summer events with less intensity.
For today, a Tornado Watch is in effect for the southern portions of the state through 3 pm. For areas south of a Livingston – Montgomery – Auburn line, damaging wind gusts, very large hail, torrential rainfall and a couple of tornadoes are all possible. North of this line to just north of I-20, only a couple of severe storms are possible, with damaging gusts and hail the primary threats.
In addition, Flood Watches are in effect near and south of I-20 into this evening.
On Friday, another wave of storms is expected to move through the state, although confidence on timing and exact locations of the storms are unclear. A few storms with damaging wind gusts and large hail are possible and development is unlikely.
On Saturday, another wave of storms may produce a few damaging wind gusts and large hail during the afternoon and evening hours south of a Tuscaloosa – Montgomery – Troy line.
Yet another wave is likely sometime on Sunday with a severe threat across the northern portions of the state, but confidence is low on exact timing and location.