Labor Day Cookout Conditions… Sunday Forecast Update — 6:45pm

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A good Sunday to you, and a early Happy Labor Day, also! 

As the afternoon storms die off tonight, some patchy fog will develop overnight into early on our Labor Day. Temperatures tonight will be in the low 70s with mostly cloudy skies. For our Labor Day, we are all concerned as to whether or not the cookout or barbecue needs to be moved indoors. For the majority of us, the cookout can remain outside! It will be warm Monday afternoon in the low to mid 90s, with partly cloudy skies. Some widely scattered storms will develop Monday afternoon, so keep an eye out as you set for the event. The best chances for those storms will be north toward Huntsville, and south, along the Gulf Coast. Monday evening will be humid with lows back in the low 70s.

The short work week ahead will be hot with partly cloudy skies. Mainly dry conditions mean our temperatures will heat up into the mid 90s this week. Things will remain humid throughout the week though, and a stray storm or two each afternoon cannot be ruled out. Better storm chances look to be this late this week into the weekend with the potential for a cold front late in the weekend.

As for the tropics, the system to keep an eye on is over the Yucatan Peninsula right now and looks a bit disorganized. The disorganization is common with tropical systems that are over land as they need the warm waters to keep their strength. It should organize and strengthen once again on the other side, in the southwestern Gulf. All indications are for the storm to move back ashore in Mexico and pose no real threat to the U.S..

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A Look Back… Hurricane Baker: August 31, 1950

On this day, 64 years ago, Hurricane Baker came ashore on the Alabama Gulf Coast bringing with it prolific rain and causing significant damage to crops due to the heavy, pounding rain. Here is a summary from the National Hurricane Center of the life of Hurricane Baker, and the resulting effects.

 

Hurricane Baker – August 22-September 3, 1950

Forming east of the Leeward Islands, Baker passed over Antigua on August 20th as a hurricane.
Moving west-northwest, the system weakened as it passed by Puerto Rico, when it was a weak
tropical storm.  Once south of Cuba on the 25th, the system redeveloped, moving across the western
tip of Cuba and turning northward into the Gulf of Mexico before regaining hurricane strength.  It
peaked as a major hurricane while south of Alabama, but weakened prior to its landfall in southern
Alabama.  The resultant heavy rainfall across the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama caused
significant crop damage. Below are the rainfall graphics for Baker, which used data from the National
Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

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This information and more on other signifcant hurricanes can be found here: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/rain/baker1950.html

 

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Summery End to August… Saturday Forecast Update — 7:45pm

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A good Saturday to you! We finally saw some much needed rain here in Tuscaloosa, and across much of Central Alabama late this afternoon and evening. Despite the rain cooling us off this evening, the warm and sticky pattern to our weather is going to continue through Labor Day and into September.

For tonight, the clouds will remain keeping our temperatures in the low 70s tonight with a light southerly/southwesterly breeze. Sunday will be partly sunny and warm with high temperatures in the low 90s. There will be a few more storms popping across the state on Sunday afternoon, although the focus of these storms will be north of Tuscaloosa. Sunday night will be partly clear and mild in the low 70s. Labor Day Monday will be partly cloudy with warm conditions as highs climb once again back into the low 90s. A stray storm or two in the afternoon and early evening is possible, so you might want to keep an eye out as you prepare for your Labor Day cookout or barbecue.

The rest of the work week will be mostly dry and hot in the mid 90s again. Partly cloudy conditions each day with a stray storm or two Tuesday and Wednesday. Better chances for scattered afternoon storms return Thursday into the weekend.

As for the tropics, we are continuing to monitor the cluster of storms that are approaching the Yucatan Peninsula tonight. The track for these storms will bring them across the peninsula, and into the far southwestern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Once these storms cross over, there is some dispute as to what path they will take, the general trend is for it to move into Mexico, and not affect the U.S.. However, the storms will take another 36-48 hours to cross the peninsula, and a lot could change in that time, so we will continue to monitor the storms and keep you up to date with it all!

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Alabama v. West Virginia… Saturday AM Forecast Update — 10:30pm

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The day has finally arrived! Alabama football is back!

For today in Atlanta, things will be warm, with some scattered storms around the Atlanta Metro, so while tailgating, you might want to make sure you are close to an awning, tent, car, or some structure in the event of a storm hitting where you are tailgating. A few peeks of sun especially this morning up to game time.

Kickoff is set for 2:30, so things will be warm as you are heading into the Georgia Dome. Good news is that during the game, the weather should be perfect.. since you’ll be inside the Dome with a roof and some A/C.

As you head out from the game, there will be a few more storms still rumbling around the area, but those will slowly die off this evening into the overnight hours. Temperatures will cool into the low 70s once again tonight.

Tune in at 11am on WVUA-TV for CTKO and all the details on the matchup between Alabama and West Virginia!

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Beneficial Rain for Labor Day Weekend… Friday Forecast Update — 4:30pm

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Good Friday evening to you! Another hot and mostly dry week is behind us, and for most, a three day Labor Day weekend is on hand!

For tonight, we will see slowly increasing cloud cover across the state ahead of a line of energy that will spark thunderstorms tomorrow morning in Louisiana and Arkansas before moving east across Mississippi and into Alabama Saturday afternoon and evening. Lows for Friday night will be just a touch warmer in the low 70s thanks to mostly cloudy skies. 

Mostly cloudy skies will remain for the first half of the weekend with those storms moving through Saturday afternoon and evening. There appears to be a good shot of much needed rain out of these storms, although at times the downpours could be quite heavy. High temperatures on Saturday will be cooler with the extra cloud cover in the upper 80s.

Sunday will see mostly cloudy skies once again with some more scattered storms during the day; although with slightly less widespread coverage across the state, some people may not see a storm at their house. Highs for the day on Sunday will be right around that 90 degree mark.

Labor Day Monday looks to be the driest day of the weekend which is good news for many. There will still be a chance for some storms across the area on Monday afternoon, so keep an eye on the skies as you go about your cook outs, picnics, and other plans for your Labor Day.

The 4 day work week next week will be warm and mostly dry like this week with highs in the mid 90s and a couple stray storms popping up each afternoon.

As for the Tropics, Cristobal has officially become an extra-tropical storm moving north toward Iceland; however there is a cluster of storms that are being monitors in the southern Caribbean which have potential to slowly develop over the next 5 days. This cluster of storms will move northwest over the Yucatan Peninsula, and into the southwestern Gulf by early next week. As the weekend progresses, we will be better able to assess where this cluster may go, and whether or not it will develop into a tropical system.

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Scattered Weekend Storms Likely… Thursday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx

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Good Thursday afternoon! We’ve had another incredibly dry day across Alabama today, with dewpoints in the lower 50s! As dewpoints rise tomorrow and over the weekend, expect a return of the humidity. An upper air trough axis will be moving into Alabama over the holiday weekend, which will provide lift for scattered storms on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The higher rain chances will occur on Saturday and Sunday, but I don’t expect an all day type of rain event. If you have an outdoor event planned this weekend, keep the umbrella handy. There could be a storm in your area at any time during the day or night. There will be large breaks between storms, so again, I don’t expect it to rain non-stop all weekend.

Friday will remain hot and mainly dry. While I can’t rule out a shower or storm, the risk of rain at your house is low. Highs will approach the middle 90s on Friday. Temperatures will come down some over the weekend, due to an increase in clouds and scattered rain. Expect highs in the upper 80s over the weekend, with lows in the lower 70s. The upper air ridge will gradually build back into the area on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, which means hotter temperatures and drier conditions.

If you have a holiday beach trip planned for Labor Day Weekend, expect a mix of sun and clouds, with the risk of a few scattered storms at any time. I don’t expect an all day type of rain at the beach, but there’s a good chance you’ll get a downpour or two while there. Highs will top out in the upper 80s, with lows in the 70s.

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster along the central Gulf Coast. Here’s a post from earlier on the storm: https://sky7weather.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/looking-back-at-the-hurricane-katrina-disaster-of-2005-thursday-update-1pm-alwx/

The tropics are still fairly active, with hurricane Cristobal in the north Atlantic and a couple of tropical waves. One tropical wave is moving into Texas now, so development will not occur, as it moves into land this evening and tonight. South Texas could really use the rain off this feature! A second tropical wave in the eastern Caribbean is moving west and will likely move into central America sometime late in the weekend or very early next week. Some models try to move the feature into the far southwest Gulf next week, but US impacts are very unlikely. A 3rd tropical wave on the African coast is tracking west and may become a depression or storm in the next 3 to 5 days, but it’s far too early to know if this will impact the US. At this time, there is nothing tropical threatening the lower 48, which is great news!

 

Alabama takes on West Virginia in Atlanta on Saturday, with a 2:30pm kickoff. Since the game will be inside the Georgia Dome, conditions will be comfortable during the game. If you are traveling to or from the game, there will be a few scattered storms nearby. Outside temperatures will top out in the upper 80s, while it will be in the 70s inside the air conditioned dome… 

Auburn is playing Arkansas in Auburn on Saturday, with a 3pm kickoff. Expect the risk of scattered storms during the game, with temperatures in the low to middle 80s. While there is a chance the rain may miss the game-time, have the rain gear handy incase a storm passes over the stadium!

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Looking Back at the Hurricane Katrina Disaster of 2005… Thursday Update – 1pm #alwx

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It was this day 9 years ago, when we were getting ready for one of the worst US Natural Disasters to occur. On this day, Hurricane Katrina was turning northwest, in the direction of Louisiana and Mississippi. The official landfall would occur early the next morning in southeast Louisiana and again on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. On the morning prior to landfall, the National Weather Service issued a statement unlike one I’ve ever seen. This statement is chilling, but according to the data, accurate…

“””URGENT — WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA

1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28, 2005

…DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED…

HURRICANE KATRINA…A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED STRENGTH… RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS…PERHAPS LONGER. AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL…LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL. PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE…INCLUDING SOME WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY…A FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD…AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATEADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS…PETS…AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS…AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

 THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING…BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE KILLED.

AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR HURRICANE FORCE…OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE…ARE CERTAIN WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

ONCE TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ONSET…DO NOT VENTURE OUTSIDE!””””

At 6:10am, on August 29, 2005, the eye of hurricane Katrina had made it’s first northern Gulf Coast landfall along the southeastern tip of Louisiana. It would then make a second landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast a few hours later, as it tracked north. There were actually 3 landfalls in the US with Katrina, with the first happening in southeast Florida, as the storm was just starting to get organized. Hurricane Katrina was a monster as it tracked across the gulf. The setup was perfect for this wild storm, due to extremely warm gulf water temperatures, no wind shear, no nearby dry air and general rising motion in the tropics.

The storm tracked around a ridge of high pressure, located from Bermuda to Georgia. There was a weakness in the ridge over the northern Gulf Coast, which caused the storm to turn north and impact our area, as well as the surrounding states.

What made Katrina such a mess for so many was her size. Katrina was an enormous storm… Small hurricanes typically die out quickly at landfall and the core of the strong winds and surge only affect a small area. With Katrina’s enormous size, the storm took a long time to weaken over land and the damaging winds and surge extended well out from the center. There was a storm surge in Gulf Shores similar to the one with Hurricane Ivan. Katrina made landfall over 100 miles away from Gulf Shores! The damaging winds extended hundreds of miles inland, which caused major issues, even across Alabama.

Below is a great article from the National Weather Service in Birmingham, which includes the local impacts from Katrina in west and central Alabama. Check it out!

Hurricane Katrina formed near Long Island in the Bahamas on the afternoon of August 23rd, 2005. Katrina reached hurricane strength just before making landfall north of Miami, Florida on the evening on August 25th, 2005. Katrina produced 10 to 20 inches of rain, flooding, tornadoes, and injuries across far southern Florida.

Katrina moved southwestward across the extreme southern tip of Florida and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Katrina reached category five in the central Gulf of Mexico with sustained winds around 175 mph. This occurred on Sunday August 28th, 2005. Katrina then turned on a northward path.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast early Monday morning August 29th, 2005 as a large category four hurricane. Sustained winds were around 145 mph in Southeast Louisiana. Katrina continued northward, affecting areas from near New Orleans, Louisiana to near Mobile, Alabama. Devastating damage occurred along the Gulf Coast. Katrina will most likely go down as one of the worst natural disasters in United States history.

Katrina weakened to a tropical storm Monday evening August 29th, 2005 northwest of Meridian, Mississippi. Katrina continued to move northward across far eastern Mississippi overnight, then into Tennessee Tuesday morning. Katrina finally lost its tropical characteristics as it merged with a cold front over northern Pennsylvania on August 31st, 2005.

Katrina produced local effects that were widespread across Central Alabama. Numerous trees and power lines were downed, minor to major structural damage occurred, and power outages were widespread. Many locations remained without power for a week or more. Storm damage effects across parts of West Central Alabama were worse than what was sustained during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Four tornadoes occurred across Central Alabama, two F0s and two F1s.  Here is the information on those tornadoes.

Storm total rain amounts of 1 inch or less were measured in the northeast and east central portions of Central Alabama. This was due to dry air wrapping into the circulation Katrina and diminishing the rain area. Rain totals of 1 to 2 inches were common over the southeast sections. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches occurred over much of West Alabama, west of interstate 65. Some locations received 5 to 6 inch amounts in the northwest sections, specifically in Lamar and Marion Counties.

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 The highest sustained winds from Katrina ranged from 25 mph along the Georgia state line to around 65 mph along the Mississippi state line. Peak wind gusts generally ranged from around 35 mph to near 80 mph, with the highest gusts occurring across West Central Alabama and in the highest elevations.

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Here are some peak wind gusts and storm total rainfall amounts associated with Hurricane Katrina.

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