Mild Days Ahead… No Rain… Tropical Update… Friday Forecast – 4pm #alwx @wvua23
October 7, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Friday afternoon! It’s been another dry and hot day across Alabama, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s to lower 90s across the state. A nice north to northwest breeze has developed in response to Hurricane Matthew to our southeast. The north wind is pulling drier air southward into Alabama, so there will be no rain through the weekend. Expect temperatures to fall into the low 60s tonight, under a clear sky.
A weak cold front will pass through Alabama on Saturday, with a breezy north wind locally. Winds could gust to 25mph due to the pressure gradient between Matthew to the east and a surface high to the west. We’ll reach the lower to middle 80s for highs through the weekend, with lows dropping into the middle 50s by Saturday night. Highs will remain in the lower 80s all of next week, with lows in the middle 50s. There is no chance of rain for the next 7 days. We need the rain as we’re in a worsening drought across central Alabama.
At 4pm, Hurricane Matthew is no longer a major hurricane. Winds have dropped to 110mph, which is the top end of a category 2 hurricane. Fortunately, the core of strong winds remains off the coast, as the center and eye wall of Matthew remain east of the US coast of Florida. At 4pm, the center of Matthew was east of Jacksonville, FL, moving north. A bend toward the northeast is expected tonight and a turn to the east on Saturday. Matthew will continue to run parallel to the US coast of Georiga tonight and South Carolina on Saturday. While flooding rain, storm surge and gusty winds will be the issue along the coast, the core of the strongest winds should remain just offshore. Officially, Matthew has not made a US landfall, as that occurs when the eye moves onto land. Matthew came within 20 miles of Making landfall in Florida, but turned parallel to the coast and never made it inland. Now the storm is below major hurricane status and the center remains over water, the 11 year streak will continue with no major hurricane landfalls in the US. This was an extremely close call to the US, and there is no doubt wind damage, flooding and storm surge issues. Keep in mind, if this storm would have tracked 30 miles further west, this would have been a much worse disaster. While our friends in Florida didn’t come out without problems, the amount of damage is much lower than what could have happened.
Heavy rain, strong winds and some storm surge will continue to be an issue along the Georgia coast tonight and the South Carolina Coast on Saturday.
Tropical Storm Nicole to the east of Matthew will weaken in the open Atlantic over the next few days and is no risk to the US.
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist