THE HEAT IS ON: July in Alabama means heat, humidity, and random storms around during the afternoon and evening hours. That will be the situation through Friday with highs mostly in the mid 90s. The average high for Birmingham on July 6 is 91.
Due to the high dew points/humidity levels, there is a “heat advisory” in effect for about the northern 2/3 of Alabama today… this is where the heat index could reach 105, and an “excessive heat warning” in effect for Lauderdale, Colbert, Limestone, and Madison counties in the Tennessee Valley, where the heat index could touch 110.
Scattered showers and storms will fire up during the heat of the day, mostly between 2:00 and 10:00 p.m. Odds of any one spot seeing rain are 25-35 percent…. mostly a matter of luck if you see a cooling shower or not.
THE WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK: Evidence the upper high will shift a little to the west, meaning heat levels will be a tad lower, and coverage of afternoon storms a bit higher, but the overall pattern just won’t change much. Partly sunny days with random, scattered showers and thunderstorms around during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be mostly in the low 90s… See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: All remains calm across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected for at least the next seven days. FYI… the next named storm will be called “Danielle”.
ON THIS DATE IN 1893: A violent tornado killed 71 persons on its forty-mile track across northwestern Iowa. Forty-nine persons were killed around Pomeroy, where eighty percent of the buildings were destroyed, with most leveled to the ground.
ON THIS DATE IN 1928: A seven-inch hailstone weighing 1.5 pounds fell in Potter Nebraska. With a circumference of 17 inches, this appeared to be the largest hailstone in the world at that time.
BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.
Look for my next Weather Briefing video here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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