Good Wednesday morning! Our local weather remains quiet, with cool starts to each day and hot afternoons. A cold front is on the way, but it looks to have little impact on our weather. Dry conditions continue to take over, so we’ve backed off on the idea of a few showers on Friday. As the front slips in from the north, it will have very limited moisture to work with, so don’t expect rain. A few extra clouds on Thursday and Friday will be all that is noticed. Skies return to sunny for the rest of the weekend.
This afternoon will be rather hot, with highs in the lower to middle 90s. Heat index won’t be much of a factor due to the dry atmosphere. Temperatures tonight will return into the lower and middle 60s. We can expect clear skies and comfortable conditions. Thursday will feature another big warm-up, with temperatures returning into the lower to middle 90s. An upper level ridge of high pressure will keep our weather quite over the coming days. The ridge has been in a perfect place to deflect tropical systems away from Alabama and much of the US coastline. Later down the road, models are in better agreement that the ridge shifts eastward, which could mean some different weather around here.
This weekend and early next week will remain a carbon copy of what’s happening now. We can expect a good supply of sunshine each day, with highs in the lower to middle 90s. Temperatures at night continue very nice, with lower 60s expected. There are no signs of organized rain over the next 7 days, which isn’t good news for the late season farmers. The farmers were hurt with dry weather to start off the spring growing season, and now the fall crops are in trouble as we introduce a dry late season as well. Also, it’s getting that time of the year to start preparing fields for hunting season. With the dry pattern we’re in right now, it’s a good idea to wait a while before planting. Hopefully, we’ll get some good rain in here soon!
As for the tropics, we have lots of tropical activity, with tropical storm Karl, Major Hurricane Igor and Major Hurricane Julia. All of these features are staying well away from Alabama, but over the next couple of weeks, we’ll deal with a pattern change. The ridge shifts eastward, which will open the door for tropical systems to move towards the US Mainland. In-fact, some of our longer range data has a hurricane moving into the Gulf of Mexico. I’m not forecasting that to happen just yet, but I will tell you that the door may become open for activity to move closer to us. We still have a long way to go before the tropical threats are gone. This is a very active season, but we’ve been fortunate due to the number of storms turning north before impacting the US. This is again due to the placement of the ridge/trough pattern. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the tropics over the next couple of weeks…
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WVUA Meteorologist Richard Scott