October 4, 2023

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SOAKED: Radar suggests parts of West and Southwest Alabama have received 5-10 inches of rain since midnight, and flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Choctaw, Clarke, Washington, and Wilcox counties at mid-afternoon. Showers are more scattered in nature over the rest of the state… the sky is mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 75-80 degree range for most communities. Rain across Southwest Alabama will gradually diminish tonight.

Tomorrow will be another mostly cloudy day across Alabama with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms; the high will be in the low 80s.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: The weather will trend drier as the air becomes more stable. Scattered showers and storms are still possible each day, but they will be mostly during the afternoon and evening hours, and we will enjoy a partly sunny sky with temperatures rising into the mid 80s Friday, and upper 80s over the weekend. The chance of any one spot getting wet is 40-45 percent Friday, and 25-35 percent Saturday and Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: For now the week looks like it will feature routine summer weather with partly sunny days and “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Highs will be in the 87-90 degree range most days, not far from seasonal averages. A little too early to be specific about Labor Day weekend weather, but at the moment we don’t see any sign of major weather issues. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: NHC is monitoring two tropical waves this afternoon. One is located a few hundred miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands. Environmental conditions could become more conducive for slow development of this system in several days after it crosses the Windward Islands and moves across the eastern and central Caribbean Sea late this week into early next week.

The other is over the far western part of the African continent. The wave will move off the coast of Africa in the next day or so. Environmental conditions could support some slow development of this system late this week or over the weekend while it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph.

With both waves the chance of development is only 20 percent over the next five days, and the rest of the Atlantic basin remains very quiet.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, a few scattered showers are possible, mostly during the first half of the games. Temperatures will be near 83 at kickoff, falling into the upper 70s during the second half.

Saturday, Jacksonville State will take on Stephen F. Austin at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery (2:30p CT kickoff on ESPN)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with only an outside risk of a shower or storm during the game. Kickoff temperature near 89, falling back into the mid 80s by the final whistle.

ON THIS DATE IN 1992: Andrew made landfall in southern Florida as a category five hurricane at 4:30 a.m. The high winds caused catastrophic damage in Florida, with Miami-Dade County cities of Florida City, Homestead, and Cutler Ridge receiving the brunt of the storm. About 63,000 homes were destroyed, and over 101,000 others were damaged. This storm left roughly 175,000 people homeless. As many as 1.4 million people were left without electricity at the height of the storm. The total death toll in Florida was 44.

Andrew is one of only four hurricanes to make landfall on the U.S. coast at category five strength; the others were the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, Camille in 1969, and Michael in 2018.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

Look for the next Weather Briefing video here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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James Spann

2022-08-24 20:02:12

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