July 1, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Sunday evening to you! Scattered storms have packed a punch this afternoon, with damaging winds, hail and lots of lightning. The storms west of HWY 69 are weakening now, and I expect that trend to continue through this evening. Some storms are still at severe limits, but most of the activity across central Alabama will calm down a bit as the sun sets and temperatures cool this evening. If you didn’t get rain today, there’s a chance you’ll get a storm in your area at any time over the next several days. Some of these afternoon storms will grow to strong or severe limits, mainly during the afternoon hours, as the daytime heating get going.
The risk of storms is at about 40% each day through next week and the weekend. The very humid and hot environment we’re in now will support scattered thunderstorm development. If you’re outdoors and a thunderstorm approaches your area, go indoors. Lightning will be a bit concern due to the high instability. This will not be an all day or night rain through next week, so don’t worry if you have vacation plans for the 4th. If a storm hits your area, it may last an hour or less. Some spots won’t get much at all over the next few days.
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