Scattered Storms Possible Through Friday…Nice Weekend! Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update – 5pm

Good Monday afternoon to you! It turned into a busy afternoon for the Tuscaloosa area, as a heavy thunderstorm dumped nearly 3 inches of rain in an hour over parts of town. Due to the deep layer of tropical moisture over Alabama, summer storms have the opportunity to dump very heavy rain in a short period of time. Be sure to scroll down to see the flash flooding pictures from parts of Tuscaloosa in a post below. While there was a flash flooding issue in Tuscaloosa, much of the area didn’t get a drop of rain today. Scattered afternoon storms that moved across parts of Alabama this afternoon have died out over the past hour or two. We could still see an isolated shower or storm through 10pm, but the risk of rain for the rest of the day looks pretty low.

Temperatures will fall into the upper 70s after 9pm tonight and remain in the 70s through daybreak Wednesday morning. Areas that dealt with rain today may have some fog tonight, so use caution while on the roads tonight or early tomorrow. Foggy issues should be pretty isolated. A few more scattered storms are possible on Wednesday, but the chance is pretty low. Keep the rain gear handy incase a storm develops over your area. Even if you get rain tomorrow or on Thursday, don’t expect it to last very long. It may rain at your house for 30 minutes, and then end. The risk of scattered storms is at 30% on Wednesday and 40% on Thursday. Skies will remain partly cloudy, with a high near 93 both days.

Rain chances have increased on Friday, with the risk of showers and storms at 50%. An approaching trough will send a cold front through Alabama Friday night or Saturday morning. This will bring the risk of scattered showers and storms Friday afternoon through Friday night. Some storms could reach severe limits, with the threat of damaging winds. I think most spots will get a good soaking on Friday or Friday night.

The weekend forecast is looking really nice, as dry air takes over for a couple of days. Temperatures may stay in the 80s all day Saturday and Sunday across parts of north Alabama. I’ve got a forecast high of 90 for the rest of central and west Alabama for the weekend. Lows may reach the middle 60s both Sunday and Monday morning. The airmass will be nice and refreshing, atleast for the weekend. Muggy weather will return on Monday and Tuesday.

We’re watching Hurricane Ernesto move into the Yucatan Peninsula this evening. Ernesto is a category 1 hurricane, with winds of 80mph. Once the system makes landfall tonight, it will track across the Yucatan and re-emerge into the southwest Gulf of Mexico or Bay of Campeche. Here’s a statement from the National Hurricane Center.

ERNESTO HAS NOW BECOME A WELL-ORGANIZED TROPICAL CYCLONE WITH DISTINCT CONVECTIVE BANDING FEATURES OVER ALL QUADRANTS OF THE CIRCULATION…AND WELL-DEFINED CIRRUS-LEVEL OUTFLOW.  THE INITIAL INTENSITY IS KEPT AT 70 KT PENDING THE ARRIVAL OF ANOTHER AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT…SCHEDULED FOR A 0000 UTC FIX.  GIVEN THE CONDUCIVE CONDITIONS…ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS CERTAINLY POSSIBLE UNTIL THE CENTER MOVES INLAND.  RESTRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED WHEN ERNESTO MOVES INTO THE BAY OF CAMPECHE…BUT RAPID WEAKENING AND DISSIPATION SHOULD OCCUR AFTER THE SECOND LANDFALL IN MEXICO DUE TO VERY HIGH TERRAIN.  ALTHOUGH THE GLOBAL MODELS SUGGEST THAT ERNESTO COULD REGENERATE OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC… THAT UNUSUAL EVENT IS NOT BEING PREDICTED AT THIS TIME.

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Scattered Storms Moving South…Tuesday Update 2:45pm

After some flash flooding in Tuscaloosa around 1pm, the storm has moved well to the south of town. Strong storms are moving near Eutaw and Greensboro at this 2pm hour, and will slide south of HWY 80 between 3 and 4pm. Another batch of strong storms is moving south out of Walker and Fayette County. These storms will likely weaken as they move into rain cooled air over Tuscaloosa. All storms will die out after sunset this evening.

If you get under one of these storms, expect heavy rain and intense lightning. They are not severe and are not expected to become severe. Not everyone will see rain today, but the risk of these scattered storms will continue for much of the week.

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Flash Flooding in Tuscaloosa…Tuesday Update 2pm

Check out the flash flooding pictures taken in Tuscaloosa this afternoon. A summer thunderstorm dumped nearly 3 inches of rain in an hour across parts of Tuscaloosa. These pictures were taken on Bryant Drive at JD’s Food Mart. Reports of flash flooding have been coming in all across town. The storm has moved on, so any issues should dry up over the next hour or two.

Flooding on 7th Street, sent by Lindsey Tidmore

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Nice Soaking Rain in Spots, Others Stay Dry… Tueday Radar Update 1:20pm

A nice batch of scattered storms have developed over parts of west Alabama as of 1:20pm Tuesday. Scattered storms stretch in a line from Winston County to parts of Walker and Fayette to Tuscaloosa and Pickens County. These storms are moving south southwest at 20 to 30 mph. Some spots will get a good soaking, while other spots stay hot and dry. Look for storms to decrease after sunset this evening. You’ll need to keep the rain gear handy through the rest of the afternoon incase a storm develops over your area. Even if you get rain at your house, it won’t last all that long. It may rain for 30 min to an hour, then the storm will move on.

Scattered storms much like today’s activity will continue through Friday. The best chance of rain will happen during the afternoon hours. Keep in mind lightning safety. Storms will produce lots of lightning, so go indoors if a storm moves your way.

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