October 25, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out very warm this afternoon, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s over west Alabama and middle 80s across east Alabama. Tuscaloosa has tied the record high of 86 for the day, with Anniston breaking the old record of 84. Given how dry the soil is, all of the sun’s energy is going into heating the surface rather than the cooling process of evaporation. This is one reason drought and hot temperatures go hand in hand. Since the drought will likely persist for a while, we can expect generally, warmer than average temperatures ahead; in-fact, record highs are possible this weekend and into next week.
A weak disturbance will pass north of Alabama on Thursday. We’ll notice increasing clouds on Wednesday and Thursday. Isolated light rain showers are possible Wednesday night into Thursday morning, but most areas will not get rain. An upper air ridge will build into the area over the weekend and will remain over our area through early next week. This will keep our local weather very warm and dry, with no rain chance. There’s a real chance that we will not get rain for atleast 10 to 12 days and perhaps longer than that.
Below is a comparison of the drought conditions of Oct 24, 2007 and Oct 24, 2016. Our area is in the worst drought since the 2007 drought, but if you look at the comparson between the two maps, the are of Exceptional Drought is less and concentrated to east Alabama only now. Back in 2007, the exceptional drought covered most of the state, including all of central and north Alabama. Either way, the drought is significant this year and some communities have called on water restrictions as well as a large area of an outdoor fire ban. Currently, most of central and west Alabama is classified under a severe to extreme drought.
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