Mild & Dry Days Ahead… Tropical Update… Weekend Forecast… Tuesday Update – 3:30pm #alwx

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Good Tuesday afternoon! It’s been 10 years since west and central Alabama was heavily damaged from Hurricane Ivan. Ivan came ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a strong category 3 hurricane, with winds sustained at 120mph and higher gusts. Numerous trees and powerlines were downed across our part of Alabama, as a result of the powerful winds from Ivan. Numerous homes were damaged due to falling trees as the storm tracked through central Alabama. Landfall offically occurred at 1:50am on September 16, 2004. Below is a radar image, showing the eye of Hurricane Ivan, as it moved over Gulf Shores…

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Our local weather is pretty quiet today, but a weak cold front is tracking southward through the area this afternoon. The front will bring drier and slightly cooler conditions tomorrow through Saturday, with highs in the middle to upper 80s and lows in the lower 60s. With low dewpoints, conditions will feel fantastic during the morning and evening hours. The risk of rain for the rest of this afternoon and evening is very low, but I can’t rule out a passing shower or storm. Skies will become clear tonight as dry air settles into the area from the north.

Skies will remain mostly sunny on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with no risk of rain for our area. An area of high pressure will remain just north of the area, but it will be close enough to influence our local weather. With clear skies and calm winds during the evening and morning hours, it will feel great. By mid afternoon, temperatures will rise into the upper 80s in many spots.

Football Friday: Conditions will be perfect for the local high school football games happening on Friday night. Expect clear skies and temperatures in the 70s during game-time. Areas along and north of I-20 may reach the upper 60s to end the local games at 10pm.

Football Saturday: Alabama takes on Florida on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, with a 2:30pm kickoff. Conditions will be rather mild during the game, with temperatures in the upper 80s at kickoff. With sunny skies and calm winds, it will feel hot inside the stadium for the game. If you have outdoor events going on during game time, the weather will be nice and quiet.

In the tropics, we have category 2 hurricane Edouard… Edouard will not impact the US or any landmass, as it remains in the open waters of the Atlantic. Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center:

AT 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…THE EYE OF HURRICANE EDOUARD WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 32.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 57.5 WEST. EDOUARD IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 15 MPH…24 KM/H.  A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST WITH A LARGE INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY…FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE EAST ON THURSDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 105 MPH…165 KM/H… WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  GRADUAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES…75 KM…FROM THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 185 MILES…295 KM.

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY A NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT WAS 958 MB…28.29 INCHES.

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