Storms Likely on Friday…Some Severe – Thursday Forecast Update 5:30pm
August 16, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Thursday afternoon to you! Parts of west Alabama dealt with big storms this afternoon, thank to an old stationary boundary across the area. With a lifting mecanhism close by and deep tropical moisture, scattered storms developed like clock work this afternoon. Storms have since built westward into Mississippi, as much of our western counties dry out. I know many of you didn’t get rain today. If you didn’t get rain today, look for a good chance of scattered to numerous storms on Friday. As a new cold front moves into the deep south, we can expect a soaking rain at times. It will not rain all day on Friday, but storms are likely.
We could deal with some isolated severe weather issues on Friday due to some wind shear and instability ahead of the cold front. Damaging winds and hail are the main threat. I don’t expect issues with tornadoes, but some wind damage is possible. Look for temperatures to fall into the upper 80s for highs on Friday and Saturday due to the extra clouds and rain. The upper air trough will dig into the southern US on Saturday and Sunday. The deepening trough will allow the surface cold front to dip south of Tuscaloosa sometime Saturday and Sunday. This will take the better rain chances south of town on Saturday and Sunday. While areas near and south of I-20 continue to deal with scattered storms on Saturday, areas to the north should dry out a bit. I expect much of the area to go dry on Sunday and Monday as the front slides south of HWY 80.
Temperatures will remain fairly mild on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, as highs reach the upper 80s. Skies will become partly cloudy to mostly sunny early next week. Look for overnight lows to fall into the middle 60s by Sunday night through Tuesday night.
Tropical Storm Gordon has formed in the central Atlantic today. This system will stay out to sea, so there are no impacts expected around here.
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