Forecast Details for Birmingham, AL

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Current Alerts for Birmingham, AL: Special Weather Statement
Today: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers. High near 65. Breezy, with an east wind 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tonight: Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. East wind around 5 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.
Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.
Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

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Weather Topic: What is Sleet?

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Sleet Next Topic: Snow

Sleet is a form of precipitation in which small ice pellets are the primary components. These ice pellets are smaller and more translucent than hailstones, and harder than graupel. Sleet is caused by specific atmospheric conditions and therefore typically doesn't last for extended periods of time.

The condition which leads to sleet formation requires a warmer body of air to be wedged in between two sub-freezing bodies of air. When snow falls through a warmer layer of air it melts, and as it falls through the next sub-freezing body of air it freezes again, forming ice pellets known as sleet. In some cases, water droplets don't have time to freeze before reaching the surface and the result is freezing rain.

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Weather Topic: What are Stratocumulus Clouds?

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Stratocumulus Clouds Next Topic: Stratus Clouds

Stratocumulus clouds are similar to altocumulus clouds in their fluffy appearance, but have a slightly darker shade due to their additional mass.

A good way to distinguish the two cloud types is to hold your hand out and measure the size of an individual cloud; if it is the size of your thumb it is generally an altocumulus cloud, if it is the size of your hand it is generally a stratocumulus cloud.

It is uncommon for stratocumulus clouds to produce precipitation, but if they do it is usually a light rain or snow.

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