Very Serious Drought… Dry Days Continue… Thursday Forecast Update – 5:15pm #alwx @wvua23
October 13, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Thursday afternoon! The very latest US drought monitor is out and the news is bad. There is not an “exceptional drought” across portions of east Alabama, roughly in areas near and northeast of Anniston. Areas around Birmingham and Chelsea and Pell City, as well as an area covering most of Lamar County area in an “extreme drought.” All of central and north Alabama is in some sort of drought classification, and conditions will remain dry for a while. Most of central Alabama is approaching 1 month since the last measurable rain event.
The forecast through the weekend and the first portion of next week continues to suggest a dry pattern. There could be a few showers over extreme north Alabama Friday into Saturday, but I don’t expect rain in our local area. We’ll notice a few clouds passing by from time to time. Highs will reach the middle 80s on Friday through the weekend.
An upper air ridge will build into the area by Sunday and into early next week, allowing for sunny skies and fairly hot daytime temperatures. Highs will reach the upper 80s during the afternoon hours. Lows will drop into the lower to middle 60s at night this weekend and early next week.
A deep trough will dig across the central US late next week, sending a cold front through Alabama. This may be our first opportunity of rain in about a month across the state, but it is still unclear if we will get a widespread beneficial rain or just a few showers. As we get closer, I’ll update you in the local forecast.
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