ANOTHER PLEASANT SUMMER DAY: Most of Alabama is in the 60s early this morning as a dry, continental airmass continues to cover the Deep South. Expect sunshine in full supply today with highs in the mid to upper 80s over the northern half of the state, and low 90s for the southern counties. Humidity levels will remain low for August.
TOMORROW, THE WEEKEND, AND NEXT WEEK: Most of the state will be rain-free for the next seven days, and as an upper high builds over the region expect rising heat and humidity levels. With mostly sunny days and fair nights, the high will be in the low 90s tomorrow, followed by mid 90s over the weekend. Next week afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 90s as the upper high takes over. Any afternoon storms will be confined to areas near the Gulf Coast, and even there most communities will stay dry. See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Two tropical waves are in the central and eastern Atlantic; NHC gives both of them a 60 percent chance of development over the next seven days. They are far from land, and it remains to be seen if they will ultimately get close to the U.S. Just something to watch for now.
Closer to home, a broad area of low pressure could form in the central or western Gulf of Mexico by the beginning of next week. Some slow development
of this system is possible thereafter as it moves westward and approaches the Texas coast by the middle of next week. NHC gives it only a 20 percent chance of becoming a depression or storm, and it could bring some needed and beneficial rain to parts of Texas in a week or so.
Over in the eastern Pacific, Hilary is expected to become a hurricane later this morning, and a major hurricane by tomorrow night off the coast of Mexico. It will weaken and make landfall over northern Baja California, and the deep plume of tropical moisture will move up into Southern California and parts of Arizona and Nevada Monday and Tuesday with flooding potential.
ON THIS DATE IN 1946: An estimated F-4 tornado killed 11 people and injured 100 others in the Mankato, Minnesota area around 6:52 PM. The deaths and most of the injuries occurred in the complete destruction of the 26 cabins at the Green Gables tourist camp, 3 miles southwest of Mankato. A 27-ton road grader was reportedly hurled about 100 feet. Another tornado an hour later destroys downtown Wells, Minnesota.
ON THIS DATE IN 1969: Hurricane Camille made landfall a half hour before midnight on in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. At peak intensity, the hurricane had peak 1-minute sustained winds of 175 miles per hour and a minimum pressure of 900 mb, the second-lowest pressure recorded for a U.S. landfall behind the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. It is one of just four Category 5 hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S.
Camille caused tremendous damage in its wake and produced a peak official storm surge of 24 feet. It flattened nearly everything along the Mississippi coast and caused additional flooding and deaths inland while crossing the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. In the U.S., Camille killed more than 259 people.
Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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