Interesting Changes to Stats of Hurricane Camille of 1969… – Monday Update – 6pm

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There has been some new information and changes to the well-known Hurricane Camille of 1969. As many of you know, Hurricane Camille made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a category 5, with winds of 190 mph. The winds were an estimate, as the surface wind measurements were destroyed in the powerful winds. . This makes Camille the strongest US hurricane landfall in recorded history. Not anymore…

NOAA has reassessed Hurricane Camille and found evidence to indicate Camille was actually weaker at landfall. While it was still a category 5 at landfall, winds were not 190mph, but winds were actually 175mph. This means Camille no longer holds the record to the strongest US hurricane landfall in recorded history. The new record has the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, with winds of 185mph, as the most powerful hurricane at landfall in the US.

Even with the new stats of Hurricane Camille, it was still a horrific storm, that cost many lives on the night of August 17th of 1969…

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Warm Days Continue… Monday Forecast Update – 5pm

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Good Monday afternoon! We have had a beautiful start to the day, with lots of sun and mild temperatures. Most areas have reached the upper 70s this afternoon, which is pleasant after the recent cool weather. If you were awake around sunrise the morning, temperatures were actually pretty cold, with most areas in the 30s. A little frost was reported in scattered areas, generally north of I-20. I don’t expect any issues with frost of freezing temperatures over the next 7 days.

Temperatures this evening will gradually fall after sunset. Look for temperatures to drop into the 50s after 7pm, with lows in the upper 40s or lower 50s tonight. We’ll have lots of sun on Tuesday, with a high around 80. There is no risk of rain in the forecast between now and Wednesday, as the air will remain pretty dry. As moisture gradually increases, we’ll notice a few extra clouds on Wednesday and Thursday. There could be a shower or two on Thursday, but the higher rain chances will arrive on Friday, as a cold front passes through Alabama. At this time, I don’t expect severe weather issues on Friday, but it’s a system we’ll keep an eye on. Highs will top out near 80 on Friday. With the best upper air support well north of Alabama, the atmosphere just isn’t setup for a big severe weather event.

We’ll go dry and a tad cooler on Saturday, with a high in the lower 70s. We’ll likely have a cloud/sunshine mix on Saturday. A few showers are possible on Sunday and Monday.

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Warm Days Ahead… Sunday Forecast Update – 7:50pm

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It’s been a very nice Sunday, with temperatures reaching the lower 70s in some areas. Temperatures will get cold on this Sunday night, with a low in the middle to upper 30s across all of west and central Alabama. There could be a little patchy frost across parts of the state. The National Weather Service has issued our area under a frost advisory for tonight, but I really don’t expect a widespread frost. If you have planted your garden or have outdoor plants you want to protect, you may want to take your cold weather precautions tonight…

Temperatures will really start to warm a bit this week, with highs in the upper 70s on Monday, and lower 80s on Tuesday. We’ll deal with a stretch of warmer weather through atleast Friday, with highs between 78 and 81 each day. Clouds will increase as moisture increases on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We’ll be watching a storm system west of Alabama at that time, but it won’t impact our weather until Friday.

On Friday and Friday night, we’ll deal with a batch of showers and storms. At this time, I don’t expect severe weather issues, but we’ll keep an eye on it over the next few days.

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Spring-Like Weather Returns

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After a nice batch of spring-like showers last night we should see spring-like temperatures starting Sunday after a chilly start. The low should bottom out in the mid to upper 30s and our high for Sunday should (Finally) make it into the low 70s.

High pressure should hangout with us for a few days keeping us dry and warm. Our high temperatures should increase everyday until we reach 81 on Wednesday. Beautiful blue skies with a few clouds will be the trend until Wednesday when clouds begin to build back in.

Thursday will be in the upper 70s with rain and possible some storms moving in late. The storms should not be severe in nature. A low pressure system will bring in a 40% chance of rain and a cold front associated with this low Pressure system should cool us off a bit. Rain chances will linger into Friday morning and by the heat of the day (3 pm) the clouds should begin clearing out. The good news is that the 70s should hang with us on Saturday.

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Rain & Storms Late Tonight… Friday Eve Update – 9:30pm

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At 9:30pm, we’re watching a large batch of storms to the west of Alabama. At this hour, there are numerous severe thunderstorm warnings with this line and even a couple of tornado warnings. As the storms move east tonight, they will gradually weaken. The airmass over Alabama is cooler and more stable, so the storms won’t have the kick like they do now.

Rain and thunder will reach west Alabama sometime after 11pm. I’ve put a couple of time frames on the map above to show what time the storms will be in your area. We’re looking at generally 11pm to 3am for west Alabama, and 1am to 5am for central and east Alabama. This time frame is just a general estimate of when the heavier rain and stronger storms will be in your area. The bottom line, expect some rain and thunder late tonight… At this time, I don’t expect any severe weather issues for west or central Alabama. Rain totals will range 1 to 2 inches across the state tonight. Sure, some areas will get a little more and some areas will get a little less. If the storms weaken a bit and move quickly through the area, then the risk of flooding will remain low. At this point, I don’t expect the heavy rain to last long enough to cause big flooding issues. However, any additional rain will cause creeks and rivers to rise more…

The good news… The rain should move out early Saturday morning. If you have outdoor events planned, expect conditions to become dry and sunny, especially by the lunch-time hour.

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Round 2 Rain Tonight… Mostly Nice Weekend… Friday Forecast Update – 4:30pm

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Good Friday afternoon! We’ve had a big soaking across Alabama lastnight and this morning, with most of central and south Alabama picking up between 2″ and 5″. This has caused creeks and rivers to quickly rise, especially along and south of I-20. Rain totals were a bit lower over north Alabama. Here’s some totals so far:

Akron (Hale Co) – Gary Tate: 4.40″

Mobile: 3.87″

Myrtlewood (Marengo Co)- Adele Anderson: 3.00″

Fosters (Tuscaloosa Co)- Steven Ray: 2.80″

Childersburg (Talladega Co)- Brett Adair: 2.78″

Northport: 2.38″

Tuscaloosa: 2.27″

Birmingham: 1.48″

Coker (Tuscaloosa Co.) – Ronald Hughes: 2.15″

Butler (Choctaw Co) – Patricia Hall: 3.10″

Dayton (Marengo Co) – Shelly Morgan: 2.50″

 

I’ll add more totals to the list after tonight’s round of rain. I would expect an additional inch out of the storm tonight, so there may be some isolated flooding issues across central and west Alabama.

The storms tonight should remain below severe limits, since the morning rain really worked over the atmosphere across the state. There’s just not much energy to get things popping this evening or tonight, plus, a complex of storms near the gulf coast is blocking the inflow of warm and moist air into Alabama, which will really limit the severe potential tonight.

What to expect tonight: Rain and thunderstorms will build into the area from the west, with locally heavy rain at times. These storms may produce a bit of lightning, but severe weather isn’t expected. Temperatures will remain mild tonight, with a low near 60. Rain will end early Saturday morning, with a return to sunshine around or just after lunch. Temperatures will top out near 70 on Saturday.

Expect cooler temperatures during the overnight hours both Saturday night and Sunday night, with lows in the lower 40s. Daytime temperatures will feel great, with a high near 70 on Sunday and upper 70s on Monday. Models have increased temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday, so in response to that, I’ve bumped the high up to 80 both days.

We’re watching another storm system for next Thursday or Thursday night. There is some evidence of strong to severe storms with that system, but it’s too early to be specific. We’ll continue to monitor it and let you know of any forecast changes as we get a bit closer.

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1st Round of Rain is Over… More Rain Tonight… Friday Update – 1:30pm

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At 1:30pm, the first batch of heavy rain has ended across west and central Alabama. We’ve had some really impressive rain amounts across Alabama lastnight and early this morning, with weather watcher reports between 2″ and 5″ across parts of west, central and south Alabama. I’ll post a list of reports a little later today.

It is a mess along Alabama’s Gulf Coast and the Florida Panhanle, so if you’re down there for spring break, expect the rain to continue at times through early Saturday. After noon Saturday, the weather should be much better along the coast.

What’s next for west and central Alabama? The complex of storms to our south is robbing the return of unstable air into our area. This will prevent severe weather issues tonight, however, severe weather is very possible over west Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas later today and tonight. As the storms reach west Alabama tonight, they should weaken a bit, as they reach stable air over Alabama. Our area will deal with periods of rain tonight and very early Saturday morning. Any additional heavy rain may lead to some flooding problems, so remain alert if you live in a low or flood prone area.

Much of this afternoon will be dry, so if you need to take care of things outdoors, now is the time. The rain will likely hold off until after 9pm tonight. Most of Saturday will be dry, with sunshine returning after lunch. We’ll enjoy really nice weather on Sunday…

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