Thursday Afternoon Weather Discussion

A new tropical storm formed today over the far eastern Atlantic. Bertha is churning westward as a tropical storm, but the good thing is that this system is over 3,000 miles East of Miami, Florida. Bertha is expected to remain a tropical storm and eventually turn northward into the open Atlantic. Another disturbance has drifted into the eastern Caribbean and there is low potential for this system to further organize. This activity is a clear sign that hurricane season is here and we will be monitoring things closely in the warm waters to our south.

Back here in Alabama the only change we’ve noticed today is that a few isolated thunderstorms have developed to our south. We will have the chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm during the early evening hours tonight. Lows will be on the muggy side, with readings near 70. Tomorrow’s forecast will be very similar except a few more thunderstorms could pop-up closer to home. Highs will be in the low 90s.

A front dropping in from the north will combine with increasing moisture to create a good coverage of scattered showers and thunderstorms. It looks like we will not only deal with afternoon storms this weekend, but there could be some rain around during the morning hours. By Monday we will mainly have storms firing up in the afternoon and the rain will stay on the scattered side. Highs will remain in the low 90s, with heat index values nearing 100. Have a great evening!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist