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James Spann: Dry holiday weekend ahead for Alabama

DRY DAYS: The sky is partly to mostly sunny across Alabama this afternoon with temperatures between 75 and 82 degrees. Tonight will be clear with temperatures falling into the upper 50s and low 60s for most communities.Dry weather will continue through the Memorial Day weekend with sunny days, clear nights and a warming trend. Expect a high in the low 80s Saturday, followed by upper 80s Sunday and Monday.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Tuesday and Wednesday with highs at or just over 90. A few spotty showers are possible Thursday and Friday with a weak front approaching from the north, but widespread rain isn’t expected. There’s no sign of any major rain event around here for the next seven to 10 days.TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet this afternoon; the hurricane season officially begins next Wednesday, June 1.

ON THIS DATE IN 1973: A violent, long-track F4 tornado touched down northeast of Demopolis and traveled northeastward. The tornado produced damage in Greensboro, Brent, Centreville, Montevallo, Columbiana, Wilsonville, Childersburg and many areas in between, and lifted near Mount Cheaha. In Greensboro, 72 people were injured and one person was killed. In Bibb County, 90% of the town of Brent was destroyed, with five people killed and 56 injured. A total of 216 buildings were destroyed, 570 buildings were damaged, 97 mobile homes were destroyed and 45 businesses were damaged or destroyed. More than 12,000 acres of timber was destroyed. This tornado also destroyed the National Weather Service radar facility southwest of Brent that Sunday night.

An F3 tornado the same day moved along a Tarrant-Center Point-Springville-St Clair Springs-Ashville-Gadsden path. Heavy damage occurred in Center Point, where 32 homes and 48 mobile homes were destroyed. More than 300 homes were damaged. One person was killed by that tornado.

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