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Forecast Discussion Update 9/22 3:39 PM

As I write this discussion it is summer 2009 but in a matter of minutes it will officially be fall. Autumn is usually my favorite time of the year but this particular season is coming in like a lion. Rain and thunderstorms will return this evening and even though we haven’t had much rain today, it wouldn’t take long for flash flooding to return. I have the National Weather Service Radar estimated rain totals posted above this discussion, on our weather blog. One image is for Birmingham and the other for the Atlanta area. Each image displays some amazing totals, with parts of the Georgia measuring over a foot of rain according to radar. Yesterday Tuscaloosa set a daily rainfall record at 1.85 inches and for the entire event Tuscaloosa measured 3.11 inches. With that said, parts of our area measured between 5 and 10 inches. Look for more clouds with rain and thunderstorms possible tomorrow. There will be some peaks of sunshine, with highs reaching the middle 80s.

On Thursday an upper air ridge to our southeast will help to suppress widespread rain development. We will mainly have isolated showers and thunderstorms, with highs in the middle to upper 80s. There is another broad low pressure system diving into the Plains states. This deepening storm system is bringing cold weather to Colorado where temperatures have dropped into the 40s. The storm system will head east and it appears the threat for rain will pickup up again late Friday and into Saturday. Drier air will be heading southeast and we will have a good chance for rain and thunderstorms during the Friday/Saturday timeframe, followed by clearing on Sunday. Early next week looks nice at this time, with lots of sunshine for Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to join us tonight for more details!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist