DRY SUMMER PATTERN: With a sunny sky, temperatures across Alabama this afternoon range from the upper 80s over the northern counties to the upper 90s at Mobile. Tonight will be fair with a low in the 66-76 degree range.
Alabama’s weather will stay dry through the weekend with mostly sunny days and fair nights. Heat and humidity levels will slowly rise; expect a high in the mid 90s over the weekend. A brief, isolated storm can’t be ruled out Sunday near the Gulf Coast, but even there most places will stay dry.
It sure looks like next week will be the hottest of the summer for the Deep South. Highs will be in the 97-101 degree range most days, with lows in the 70s. A strong upper ridge and the associated sinking air will keep most of the state dry. NWS will be issuing their heat products (advisories, warnings, etc) for high heat index values.
The upper ridge will weaken in 7-10 days with lower heat levels and the return of scattered showers and thunderstorms… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: NHC has identified four areas to watch across the Atlantic basin… of those four, only one has a decent chance of development. This is the eastern Atlantic, Invest 98L. It is far from land, and is forecast to turn north over the open Atlantic, and most likely will remain far from land.
Closer to home, an area of disturbed weather located over the southeastern Bahamas is forecast to move into the Gulf of Mexico by early next week, where a broad area of low pressure could form. Thereafter, some slow development of this system is possible and a tropical depression could form as it moves westward and approaches the Texas coast by the middle of next week. NHC gives this disturbance a 40 percent chance of becoming a depression or storm.
There are no tropical systems that will threaten the central Gulf Coast (Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach) over the next seven days.
In the eastern Pacific, Hilary remains a major category four hurricane off the coast of Mexico with sustained winds of 145 mph. It will make landfall on Baja California Sunday, and the tropical moisture plume will move up into the Southwest U.S. Sunday and Monday with potential for major flooding issues across parts of southern California, southern Nevada, and far western Arizona.
ON THIS DATE IN 1925: During the late morning hours a severe hailstorm struck southeastern Iowa destroying crops along a path six to ten miles wide and 75 miles long. The hail also injured and killed poultry and livestock, and caused a total of 2.5 million dollars damage. The hailstorm flattened fields of corn to such an extent that many had to leave their farms in search of other work.
ON THIS DATE IN 1931: The Yangtze River in China peaks during a horrible flood that kills 3.7 million people directly and indirectly over the next several months. This flood was perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th century.
ON THIS DATE IN 1991: Hurricane Bob brushed the Outer Banks of North Carolina; it would make landfall the following day on Long Island. Bob left extensive damage throughout New England in its wake, and eighteen fatalities were reported in association with the system. The loss of life and most of the damage occurred as a result of high winds and rough seas. There were six confirmed tornadoes during its passage. Bob is the most recent hurricane to hit the New England states directly as a hurricane.
Look for my next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. Monday… enjoy the weekend!
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