July 4, 2012 1 Comment
Good Wednesday afternoon to you and happy Independence Day! A few spots got a nice downpour across the area this afternoon, as scattered storms developed. As of 4pm, there are still a few scattered storms across west and central Alabama, but many spots remain rain free. If you have outdoor events planned this evening or tonight for the firework festivities, don’t cancel your plans. The risk of rain will decrease after sunset. A stray shower can’t be ruled out through 9pm, but this activity should be out of here shortly after. The risk of rain at your house remains at 30% through 9pm. Where rain has fallen this afternoon, temperatures have cooled nicely, but the rain cooled air is limited to only a few spots. Conditions will remain very muggy through tonight.
The summer ridge is centered over the central Plains, but its affects extend as far east and southeast as Alabama. Tuscaloosa managed to reach the 100 degree mark again this afternoon, and I wouldn’t be shocked if we reach 100 again on Thursday. Since we’re positioned on the southeast of the ridge, and a deep tropical airmass has moved over Alabama, the risk of scattered storms will continue each day through the weekend and early next week. The risk of rain each day is at 40%, which means many spots won’t get rain each day, but I think most everyone gets a good downpour at some point between now and the weekend. The best chance of thunderstorms will occur during the afternoon hours. Please keep in mind lightning safety over the next 5 days, as storms will produce frequent cloud to ground lightning. Just like today, storms won’t last long. If a storm moves over your area, it will pass by quickly and the rest of the day will likely feature nice weather.
The beach forecast is looking nice over the next 5 days, but just like today, there’s a risk of scattered storms. The storms along the coast won’t last long. We can expect partly cloudy skies through the weekend along the Alabama Gulf Coast and northwest Florida Panhandle. Temperatures will top out in the upper 80s to around 90. Just like here locally, storms will produce lots of cloud to ground lightning. Use common sense when a thunderstorm moves near your area.
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