Mild Days… Weekend Rain… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:40pm

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Temperatures are a little cooler across Alabama today, with all locations below 90 degrees; in-fact, areas east of I-65 are struggling to reach the lower 80s. Skies across Alabama are partly cloudy, but there is no rain across the entire area. With a light east breeze, slightly cooler, Atlantic air will continue to drift into Alabama. Temperatures will cool quickly after sunset, with upper 70s by 8pm and lower 70s by 10pm. Overnight lows will reach the middle 60s late tonight and early Thursday morning.

The forecast on Thursday and Friday will remain very similar, with partly cloudy skies and mostly dry weather. Highs will reach the upper 80s both days, with lows in the 60s at night. I can’t rule out a lone shower or storm, but most areas will remain rain free.

Football Friday: We can expect most stadiums to remain rain free Friday night. Temperatures will start off around 82 at the 7pm kickoff and end up in the lower or middle 70s to end the local games. If a shower does pop in our area, it won’t last long at all.

A cold front will move into Alabama sometime on Saturday, with a good chance of rain at times. This isn’t the usual setup, where a front moves through quickly and we get a burst of rain. The front and upper air trough will pull a tropical low northward out of the Gulf. As tropical moisture interacts with the cold front, rain will become widespread and locally heavy across Alabama. While it won’t rain non-stop all day, there will likely be several hours of rain in one spot. I know there are lots of outdoor events happening on Saturday, so an indoor option or rain gear may be needed. Storm totals will range from 1 to 3 inches across our area on Saturday, with some isolated flash flooding.

 

Football Saturday: Alabama takes on Colorado State on Saturday, with a 6pm kickoff. If you’re going to the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, look for a good chance of rain. For the tailgaters, expect a mess, with periods of rain at times. We expect a good chance of rain at times during the game, so take the poncho with you. There’s still room for forecasting changes for the game-time weather, so keep it here for the latest.

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Our local weather will start to dry out during the day on Sunday, with only a few showers sticking around. Temperatures will drop into the lower 80s for highs on Sunday, with lows in the lower 60s. Sunday will feel a lot like fall, which works out perfect, since it is the first day of fall… We can expect a return to sunshine on Monday and Tuesday of next week, as temperatures warm into the middle 80s for highs and lows continue in the lower 60s.

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Watching The Gulf… Forecast Update – 4:10pm Wednesday

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Good Wednesday afternoon! The attention once again turns to the Gulf of Mexico, as a low pressure tracks northwest. As of 4pm, the center of low pressure is positioned just northwest of the Yucatan Peninsula and is slowly moving northwest. The National Hurricane Center expects this to become tropical storm Jerry sometime on Thursday or Friday, as the low pressure moves into a favorable environment for development.

Steering currents will weaken over the Gulf, so the low will likely meander around for a couple of days, with gradual development. Notice the satellite image above shows a large area of clouds and precipitation over the southern Gulf and Caribbean.  As an upper air trough moves in from the northwest on Saturday, this large area of tropical mositure will get pulled into Alabama. While it’s unclear where the center of circulation will track at this point, we will likely deal with some heavy rain on Saturday, as moisture gets pulled into the advancing cold front and trough.

If you have an outdoor event planned on Saturday, rain gear will be needed. I expect some locally heavy rain at times, with storm totals between 2 and 3 inches across the state. There could be some isolated flash flooding under the areas  of heavier rain. Even if Jerry doesn’t move directly over our area, rain from this large system will interact with the cold front and move into our area. As for the time-frame… It looks like rain will become possible at any point on Saturday, with rain at times all day and into Saturday night. More updates to come…

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