September 18, 2014 2 Comments
Good Thursday afternoon! It has turned out to be a rather hot day across Alabama, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s to near 90 in many locations. There is a very low risk of a stray shower or storm this afternoon and evening, but the chance of that happening at your house is less than 20%. Skies will remain partly cloudy this evening and tonight, as a weak disturbance moves across the area. With dry air in place, widespread storms aren’t expected with this setup. Expect lows to fall into the lower to middle 60s after midnight tonight.
Friday through Sunday will feature partly cloudy to mainly sunny skies and mild temperatures. Highs will reach the upper 80s each afternoon, with lows falling into the middle 60s at night. The risk of rain is very low for the next few days, but I can’t rule out a passing shower or storm. The chance of a pop-up storm in your area Friday through Sunday is near or less than 20%. We’ll be watching a cool air wedge set-up over east Alabama and Georgia on Friday and Saturday. That could allow for a mostly cloudy sky in extreme east Alabama both days, but areas along and west of I-65 is expected to remain mostly sunny.
A weak cold front will pass through on Monday, but limited moisture will mean for limited rain chances. The risk of rain for any one spot on Monday is about 20%. Cooler air will take over on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs in the middle 80s. Overnight lows should drop into the upper 50s for many areas Monday night and Tuesday night.
Football Friday: Conditions will be perfect for the local high school football games happening on Friday night. Expect clear skies and temperatures in the 70s during game-time. Areas along and north of I-20 may reach the upper 60s to end the local games at 10pm.
Football Saturday: Alabama takes on Florida on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with a 2:30pm kickoff. Conditions will be rather mild during the game, with temperatures in the upper 80s at kickoff. With sunny skies and calm winds, it will feel hot inside the stadium for the game. If you have outdoor events going on during game time, the weather will be nice and quiet.
In the tropics, we have Tropical Storm Edouard… Edouard is moving east across the northern Atlantic and will not impact the US or any landmass. Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center:
AT 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 39.9 NORTH…LONGITUDE 41.3 WEST. EDOUARD IS MOVING TOWARD THE EAST NEAR 16 MPH…26 KM/H…AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 70 MPH…110 KM/H… WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS…AND EDOUARD IS EXPECTED TO DEGENERATE TO A POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE ON FRIDAY.
TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 230 MILES…370 KM FROM THE CENTER.
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 980 MB…28.94 INCHES.
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