September 26, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Monday afternoon! A much advertised cold front is moving southeast across Alabama this afternoon, which will bring a nice airmass change to the state. At 4:30pm, a few scattered storms were oriented from northeast to southwest across central Alabama, but some areas will miss out on the rain. Given the drought situation, it would be nice to see a more widespread coverage of storms, but unfortunately, there’s not enough coverage to combat the drought. Temperatures will drop into the middle 60s overnight, as the front slowly tracks southeast across the state.
We’ll still have a mix of sun and clouds on Tuesday before the main surge of dry air moves in this week, with highs in the lower 80s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Areas along and north of HWY 278 will remain in the 70s for highs both Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows will drop into the middle or upper 50s Tuesday night and Wednesday night.
A secondary surge of cooler and drier air will move in on Thursday, with highs both Thursday and Friday in the upper 70s. Skies will be in full sunshine mode Thursday through the weekend, with no risk of rain. Lows will dip well into the lower 50s Thursday night and Friday night, with a few spots reaching the upper 40s across north Alabama!
In the tropics, we’re watching a very large tropical low develop in the central Atlantic. All models agree this will become a tropical storm by mid week and a hurricane later this week. The system will move across the southern Lesser Antilles by mid to late week, so interests there need to carefully monitor the intensification. Some models develop this into a major hurricane in the central Caribbean, then turn the storm north into Greater Antilles. This would be in response to the trough across the eastern US, if the storm indeed catches the trough north. This would lead to the possibility to the storm turning north before reaching the US, however, if the storm misses the trough, it could progress further west. We’ll carefully watching this one, but the risk of it impacting our local weather appears low at this time… not impossible… just a low risk for now. If evidence points towards this becoming a Gulf storm, I will update you.
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