HOT, HUMID, A FEW AFTERNOON STORMS: Alabama’s weather won’t change much today. Partly sunny, hot, and humid with random, scattered showers and thunderstorms around mostly between 2:00 and 10:00 p.m. Odds of any one spot getting wet this afternoon are 35-45 percent, and the high will be at or just over 90 degrees. The average high for Birmingham on July 26 is 91.
Afternoon storms will thin out a bit tomorrow and Thursday as the air aloft will be a tad warmer, and the airmass a little more stable. Afternoon temperatures reach the low to mid 90s both days.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A surface front will drift down into Tennessee, becoming nearly stationary not too far the the Alabama state line. This will being an increase in the coverage of showers and storms for the northern half of the state Friday and over the weekend. We still can’t promise rain for everyone, and rain distribution will be uneven, but most communities across North/Central Alabama should see a few good downpours across these three days. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and highs will be in the 88-92 degree range. The southern half of the state will be a little hotter and a littler drier over. the weekend.
NEXT WEEK: We will broad brush the forecast with the standard summer formula through the week. Partly sunny, hot, humid days with “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be mostly in the low 90s… See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Same story; the Atlantic basin is very quiet and tropical storm formation is not expected at least for the next five days. The remaining names for the season are Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, and Walter. Tropical cyclone names are maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization (we don’t name ’em… we just forecast them).
ON THIS DATE IN 1921: On the summit of Mt. Wellenkuppe, in Switzerland, the temperature reached 100 degrees by 10 am. The summit had an elevation of 12,830 feet and was covered in snow.
ON THIS DATE IN 1979: Tropical Storm Claudette stalled over Alvin, Texas, inundating the town with 45 inches of rain in 42 hours. The total included 43 inches in 24 hours, which is the maximum 24-hour rainfall in American history.
BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.
Look for the next Weather Briefing video here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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