RADAR CHECK: A few scattered showers are across Central Alabama early this morning; rain and storms are more widespread to the west over North Mississippi, moving to the southeast. We expect scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms across Alabama today with a mix of sun and clouds; the high will be in the 81-85 degree range. Like recent days, the stronger thunderstorms will be very efficient rain producers, and some spots will see heavy amounts of rain. Chance of any one spot getting wet today is in the 60-70 percent range.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather trends drier as the upper trough lifts out, and precipitable water values slowly fall. Showers and storms tomorrow will be widely scattered, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. Then, on Sunday, any afternoon showers should be very isolated with a good supply of sunshine during the day. Chance of any one community seeing rain tomorrow is 30 percent, and 10-20 percent Sunday. With increasing amounts of sun heat levels will rise, expect a high in the upper 80s tomorrow, and we will be close to 90 degrees Sunday afternoon.
NEXT WEEK: The first half of the week looks relatively dry with only a small risk of a shower; moisture will increase Wednesday through Friday over South Alabama where showers and storms will be possible, but the northern counties will stay relatively dry. Highs through the week will be in the 88-92 degree range most days… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is expected to remain quiet through the weekend, but global models are showing a good chance of tropical depression or storm development in the western Gulf of Mexico by the middle of next week. The general idea is for the system to bring potential for heavy rain to parts of the Texas and Louisiana coast by the end of next week, but it is simply too early to be specific. One way or another this will likely increase the rip current danger along the entire Gulf Coast in a week or so.
ON THIS DATE IN 1990: One of the most expensive hailstorms in U.S. history occurred as $625 million of damage was caused along the Colorado Front Range from Colorado Springs to Estes Park. Golf to baseball sized hail fell along with heavy rain. 60 people were injured in the storm.
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