We’ve been watching this storm system for days and the potential for strong to severe storms in our area. While that’s just what we saw across west Alabama, the storms didn’t really do that much. Some scattered wind damage was reported in Sumter, Greene and Marengo County, but damage reported was minor. The complex of storms weakened as they crossed the state line this evening.
That being said, showers and storms will continue on and off tonight. Don’t be shocked if you get woken up by a few claps of thunder from time to time. The risk of severe weather is very low for the rest of the night as the airmass has stabilized this evening. The cold front is along the Mississippi River now and will be crossing through Alabama during the pre-dawn hours. All rain and storms should be east of I-65 by 7am and out of east Alabama around lunch. We needed the rain and much of the area has picked up some nice totals out of this event. It’s nice to deal with a lack of severe weather issues and just a good ole fashioned rain event.
The forecast gets nice for the next couple of days before the heat returns. Highs will only reach the lower 80s tomorrow with increasing sun during the day. Look for the risk of morning storms to move out quickly. A northwest breeze and low humidity will make conditions feel very nice. Lows will fall into the middle 50s Friday night, which will be rather cool compared to recent days. Skies will remain sunny on Saturday and Sunday. There is no risk of rain through Sunday, but that starts to change early next week. Highs will reach the lower to middle 80s on Saturday. We’re back in the lower 90s on Sunday, and humidity will gradually increase by that point.
We’ll get setup under a northwest flow aloft on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This will set the stage for scattered storms to return as a stationary front sets up across our area. This will be the dividing line between dry and cooler air northeast of Alabama and tropical air to our southwest. Highs will reach the upper 80s to lower 90s with a risk of scattered storms Monday through Thursday.
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