RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers are in progress at mid-afternoon across parts of North Alabama, mostly between Birmingham and Huntsville. Scattered showers are also over parts of Baldwin County, mainly south of I-10… and over a few Southeast Alabama counties. But, most of the state is hot and dry with temperatures in the low to mid 90s. Scattered showers will end after sunset, and the sky will be mostly fair tonight.
The weather won’t change much tomorrow… partly sunny, hot, and humid with a few widely scattered showers and storms around from about 2:00 until 10:00 p.m. The high will stay in the 91-95 degree range for most communities.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: We expect an increase in the number of showers and storms over the northern half of the state on these three days as a surface front will drift down toward the Alabama/Tennessee border. SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms across the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama Friday due to the potential for strong winds.
It won’t everywhere, but most places across North/Central Alabama should see a few decent downpours Friday through Sunday. With a mix of sun and clouds look for a high in the 88-92 degree range; South Alabama will be hotter and drier with only isolated afternoon storms over the weekend.
NEXT WEEK: Look like routine summer weather through the week as August begins. Hot, humid days with “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms”…. highs in the low to mid 90s. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Conditions remain very calm across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next five days.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals since January 1, and the departure from average…
Birmingham 45.88″ (+10.87″)
Mobile 37.15″ (-2.56″)
Tuscaloosa 35.97″ (+3.92″)
Huntsville 35.20″ (+2.23″)
Anniston 34.20″ (+1.80″)
Montgomery 33.41″ (+2.42″)
Dothan 33.05″ (+1.00″)
Muscle Shoals 32.94″ (-0.22″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1819: A hurricane affected the coast from Louisiana to Alabama. New Orleans was on the fringe of the storm and suffered no severe damage. Ships at the Balize experienced a strong gale for 24 hours that only grounded three ships. Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne rose five to six feet during the storm, with farms along the lakes flooded by the storm tide. Forty-one lives were lost on the U.S. Man of War schooner Firebrand, a 150-ton gunship, while it lay off the west end of Cat Island.
ON THIS DATE IN 1943: A “surprise,” Category 2 Hurricane moved ashore near Galveston, Texas. Due to World War II, all news underwent censorship, including any weather reports making this the surprise storm. The hurricane killed 19 people and caused millions of dollars in damages. Of particular note, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Duckworth and Lieutenant Ralph O’Hair flew an AT-6 Texan into the eye of the hurricane, becoming the first flight into the eye of the storm.
BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.
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