HOT, HUMID DAYS; A FEW STORMS: It is that time of the year when the weather doesn’t change too much, and we have some risk of a shower or storm just about every afternoon. That will be the case this week; the forecast will include partly sunny, hot, humid days with highs around 90 degrees. And, on daily basis, we will deal with “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. These are totally random, and come mostly between 2:00 and 10:00 p.m. The chance of any one spot (like your front yard) seeing rain daily is in the 40-50 percent range this week. Unfortunately it is just about impossible to identify the placement and timing of the afternoon storms in advance… you just have to watch radar trends if you have something planned outdoors.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Global model data suggests we will see scattered to numerous showers and storms Saturday as an upper trough approaches, but it won’t rain all day. The sky will be occasionally cloudy with a high in the low to mid 80s. Then, Sunday looks like a drier day with a good supply of sunshine and only isolated showers around. The high Sunday will be in the mid to upper 80s.
NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge is forecast to strengthen, with potential for highs in the mid 90s by the middle of next week. Some risk of scattered storms during the afternoon and evening hours, but much of the week for now looks dry. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Tropical Storm Alex, with winds of 65 mph, is passing just north of Bermuda early this morning. It is headed out to sea, and will become post-tropical later today. The rest of the Atlantic basin, including the Gulf of Mexico, is very quiet.
RAIN UPDATE: Here are rain totals since January 1, and the departure from average…
Huntsville 32.07″ (+6.41″)
Birmingham 31.27″ (+4.87″)
Tuscaloosa 30.40″ (+5.91″)
Muscle Shoals 28.79″ (+4.00″)
Montgomery 26.24″ (+3.00″)
Anniston 26.23″ (+1.46″)
Mobile 24.65″ (-3.07″)
Dothan 24.46″ (+1.68″)
ON THIS DATE IN 1894: One of the greatest floods in U.S. history occurred as the Willamette River overflowed to inundate half of the business district of Portland, Oregon. The river crested at 33.5 feet, the worst flood ever recorded in the city.
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