Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

More areas that haven’t measured rain in a very long time are finally seeing some much needed precipitation today. Officially, we are in a drought and we will take what we can get. I mentioned in the morning discussion that some rain moved through parts of Lamar and Fayette counties last night. Well, today a nice downpour popped up over Pickens County, but the activity later weakened. A thunderstorm has popped up near Epes in Sumter County and this will soon impact the communities of Miller and Fowler, near the Greene/Sumter County line on the Tombigbee River. Hopefully, this cell will spread some rain eastward to Boligee. Today we’ve seen the pulse type thunderstorm, as the heating of the day is allowing these storms to pulse up, with weak upper air winds. Some of the storms have pulsed to severe limits, as is the case for Marshall County, which as I write this post, is under a severe thunderstorm warning. A severe thunderstorm watch is also in place for South Mississippi.  Look for the chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm to continue into the nighttime hours. Lows will be in the 60s.

Right now an upper level disturbance is pivoting into the region and this will help bring us scattered showers and thunderstorms through tomorrow. I can’t rule out one or two strong storms. Temperatures are currently in the middle 80s and tomorrow the readings will also soar into the middle 80s. Lows at night will be dropping into the middle 60s.

By Saturday and Sunday another ridge of high pressure will be building in from the west. I’m expecting partly sunny days, with highs in the warm 80s. Isolated afternoon and early evening showers and thunderstorms will be possible. Expect conditions similar to what we’re dealing with today expect the radar will be quieter. Monday and Tuesday will be dry days, with a big warm-up on the way. Highs by the mid-portion of next week will be flirting with the 90-degree mark. Look for scattered thunderstorms to return to the forecast by next Thursday.

I want to send out a big congratulation’s to our weather interns. You may see them posting on the blog from time to time. They received awards last night for their contributions in helping the weather department throughout the year. These guys really do a lot behind the scenes during times of threatening weather. Also, they created an interesting web program called “Weather Flash” that can be seen on the weather intern page. Check it out! Another special award went out to Barry Durand who is our Northport Weather Watcher. Barry has done an exceptional job over the past three years in sending us daily observations. We will have a new site for you soon that will allow you to view and post weather watcher reports.

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