Humid Summer Days With Sun And Scattered Storms2 min read
RADAR CHECK: We have the classic case of random showers and thunderstorms this afternoon across Alabama. Shower are moving little, and the heavier storms are producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. Away from the storms, the sky is partly sunny with temperatures in the 86-90 degree range. Showers and storms will fade away late tonight after sunset.
HOLIDAY WEEKEND: No real change in the pattern. Partly sunny, humid days with “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Most of the showers will come from 2:00 until 10:00 p.m… odds of any one spot seeing rain remain in the 45-55 percent range tomorrow and Sunday, and 30-40 percent Monday. No way of knowing in advance exactly when and where the storms fire up, so if you have an outdoor event planned over the weekend, just watch radar trends. Afternoon highs will be very close to 90 degrees each day.
REST OF NEXT WEEK: Not much change; partly sunny days, a few scattered storms during the afternoon and evening hours, and highs in the low 90s. Very routine weather for early July in Alabama. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Tropical Storm Bonnie, with winds of 40 mph, will move into Central America this evening far south of the U.S. If the system can maintain a low level circulation over land, it will keep the name Bonnie as it emerges into the Pacific tomorrow.
Also, satellite and radar images along with surface observations indicate that a low pressure system has formed just off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. Surface pressures are high in this region, and development, if any, of this system should be slow to occur while it drifts northeastward along the Southeast U.S. coastline during the next day or so. Regardless of development, this system is expected to produce heavy rains, which could cause flash flooding across portions of southeastern Georgia and the Carolinas through tonight and into tomorrow.
And, a tropical wave located over the Windward Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Significant development of this system is not expected to occur while it moves westward into unfavorable conditions over the eastern Caribbean Sea. There are no tropical systems threatening the Central Gulf Coast (Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach) over the next seven days.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals since January 1, and the departure from average…
Birmingham 40.21″ (+9.80″)
Huntsville 33.78″ (+4.70″)
Tuscaloosa 33.65″ (+5.18″)
Montgomery 29.61″ (+2.93″)
Anniston 29.51″ (+1.07″)
Muscle Shoals 29.20″ (+0.16″)
Dothan 28.67″ (+1.58″)
Mobile 27.89″ (-5.33″)
ON THIS DATE IN 2002: San Antonio, Texas recorded 9.52 inches of rain on this day to set a new record for its greatest rainfall for the entire month of July.
BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.
Look for the my Weather Briefing Video here by 6:00 a.m. Monday… enjoy the weekend!
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