Monday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

The major drought of 2007 continues and now the humidity has made a comeback. Today we reached the lower 90s, but it felt more like 100-degrees at times. There are some scattered thunderstorms showing up on radar in areas north of Tuscaloosa. Tonight we could have a stray thunderstorm north of Tuscaloosa before midnight. Otherwise, the sky will be partly cloudy with a light south wind. As expected a stationary front has setup shop over Tennessee and this boundary will become active and drift southward during the day tomorrow. This will bring us a good chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm by the afternoon and some of the storms could be strong. The boundary will then stall out over south Alabama and this will keep the chance for scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Highs will be in the upper 80s, but the lingering moisture will make it feel warmer.

Another more potent front will drop in on Friday and this will bring us a good chance for rain and thunderstorms Friday night. Some of the thunderstorms could be strong or severe Friday afternoon and evening. Beyond that point a very pleasant air mass will settle in for the weekend. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will be in the lower 80s, with lots of sunshine. At night it’s really going to feel pleasant, with some areas north of Tuscaloosa dipping into the upper 50s Sunday morning. In the tropics, the westerly winds have picked up tropical depression Gabrielle and are carrying that system out to sea. A tropical wave over the gulf will spread moisture into coastal areas by the end of the week. We will be monitoring this feature. Also, there is Cape Verde system well out in the Atlantic that has the greatest potential to become better organized. Stay tuned!

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
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