Sticky Start to September… Saturday Forecast Update –7:30pm

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Another football Saturday is winding down here in Tuscaloosa, and it was certainly a hot day across the area especially in the morning hours. Tuscaloosa hit a high of 95 before storms came through and cooled things down considerably. Below is a great shot off of our tower camera, overlooking Bryant-Denny Stadium, and what a beautiful evening it has turned out to be! The clouds will linger tonight, and temperatures will slowly cool into the lower 70s. Some patchy fog late tonight could occur in areas that saw the heaviest downpours and didn’t fully dry out before the sun set.

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Sunday will be another hot and humid day, even with a weak surface front trying to push south, the front is simply too weak and will wash out of over Central Alabama Sunday afternoon/evening. Some more storms will fire again during the afternoon, although the storm activity will be relegated to areas south of the front for the most part. The front does not have any significantly drier or cooler behind it, and so as we head into the work week, expect the sticky conditions to continue, although I think enough dry air will work in to limit the afternoon storm coverage the first couple of days in the week to a minimum. Throughout the week, highs will be in the low to mid 90s, hot and sticky with partly cloudy skies, and some afternoon storms.

The humidity will bounce back though as we head late next week ahead of another cold front. The next cold front due late next week will bring some significantly drier and cooler air to us. I don’t anticipate a cold snap or a noticeable “crisp-ness” to the air next weekend; but the humidity and heat will be broken, and temperatures should only reach into the mid-upper 80s with dewpoints comfortably down into the upper 50s.

As for the Tropics, a disorganized mess of storms and a weak surface low pressure are hanging out nearly the Florida/Georgia coastline. The low pressure will get swept up into this weak frontal system that is sliding into Alabama on Sunday. Additionally, there are a couple disturbances/waves well out into the Atlantic, the northerly of the two will likely not survive the next couple of days, however the one south and slightly east of it could slowly move across the Atlantic and build strength. The picture below shows the disturbance’s location and cloud cover. This one is somewhat further south than most we have seen this summer, and that positioning could help it gain strength and not be tugged back out to sea by the Bermuda High. However, there is no need to panic or worry at this point, the disturbance is just at its beginning stages, and could end up taking an infinite number of tracks with varying intensities. We’ll continue to monitor this one and keep you updated!

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Peter Crank

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