RADAR CHECK: While most of Alabama is enjoying a sunny afternoon, we do note scattered showers and a few thunderstorms over the southeast part of the state. Temperatures are around 90 degrees in most spots, and the showers will dissipate after dark. Tonight will be mostly fair with a low in the low 70s.
TOMORROW AND THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Moisture levels rise tomorrow, and we will bring back the chance of a few scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours; odds of any one spot getting wet are 30-40 percent, and the high will be in the 87-90 degree range with a mix of sun and clouds.
Then, over the weekend, the weather will be rather unsettled with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms Saturday through Monday. This doesn’t mean a “washout”, and the sun will peek out at times, but be ready for occasional showers along with some thunder. Most (but not all) of the showers will come from noon to midnight, and highs will be in the low to mid 80s. No way of knowing in advance the exact location and timing of the showers; you just have to watch radar trends if you have an outdoor event planned. Rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely over the these three days for most places across Alabama.
NEXT WEEK: Showers become fewer in number Tuesday through Friday as an upper ridge builds; expect partly sunny days with a few scattered showers and storms around during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be mostly in the mid to upper 80s… See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Tropical Storm Danielle has formed in the North Atlantic; it is expected to become a hurricane soon, but it will remain far from land.
NHC is monitoring two other tropical waves… one is in the Atlantic several hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands; this one has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next few days, but it will turn north, and then northeast over the open Atlantic well east of the U.S. The other wave is in the far eastern Atlantic… it most likely won’t develop due to dry air and strong upper air winds in the region.
No tropical systems will be anywhere close to the U.S. for at least the next 5-7 days.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: UAB kicks off their season tonight, hosting Alabama A&M at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham (7p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 83 at kickoff, into the 70s by the second half.
Auburn begins their season Saturday evening; they host Mercer at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff). A shower or storm is very possible during the game; the sky will be mostly cloudy. About 81 at kickoff, upper 70s for most of the game.
Alabama also plays Saturday evening; they will host Utah State at Bryant Denny Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… pretty much the same situation as Auburn. A passing shower or storm is a distinct possibility, otherwise it will be a warm, humid night with temperatures falling from the low 80s at kickoff into the 70s for most of the game.
For all the other games in the state Saturday; scattered to numerous showers and storms will be around, but the day won’t be a washout. Take the rain gear.
ON THIS DATE IN 1859: One of the largest geomagnetic storms on record was underway. Known as the “Carrington Event” (named after British astronomer Richard Carrington, who recorded the solar flare), it was the most intense geomagnetic storm in recorded history, peaking from 1 to 2 September 1859 during solar cycle 10. It created strong auroral displays that were reported globally and caused sparking and even fires in multiple telegraph stations. A geomagnetic storm of this magnitude occurring today would cause widespread electrical disruptions, blackouts, and damage due to extended outages of the electrical power grid.
ON THIS DATE IN 1974: Lt. Judy Neuffer became the first female to fly a Hurricane Hunter aircraft through the eye of a hurricane.
BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.
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