Drought Will Continue… Cooler Air Ahead… Thursday Forecast Update – 5:20pm #alwx @wvua23
October 20, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Thursday afternoon! As expected, a thin batch of showers and storms moved into west Alabama this afternoon, but basically fizzled out as it approached the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. I was hoping model data was wrong and we would have got a surprise big rain event to help the drought, but that obviously did not happen. Check out the rain totals for today across our area. Columbus, MS got nearly 1″ of rain, but Tuscaloosa and Birmingham has had 0.00″, which means the consecutive stretch of no measurable rain at the airport will continue. It has been 33 days since it has rained enough to measure at the Tuscaloosa airport and the number will continue to increase.
Here’s the new drought monitor for our area. Severe to extreme drought conditions are occurring over most of west Alabama, with extreme to exceptional drought conditions across most of east Alabama. This is the most significant drought in our local area since 2007. Looking at our long range forecast models, there is no additional rain chances over the next 7 days, so drought conditions will continue to get worse…
Our local weather will turn much cooler on Friday, as a sharp upper air trough digs across the eastern US and the cold front responsible for today’s showers moves well to our south. Expect a breezy north wind on Friday, with a high in the low 70s along and south of I-20, with upper 60s for highs north of I-20.
A surface high will build into the area and we’ll have a beautiful Fall weekend. Highs will top out in the lower 70s on Saturday and upper 70s on Sunday. Temperatures at night will dip into the lower 40s Friday night and upper 30s to near 40 Saturday night.
As the trough moves out early next week, we can expect a modifying trend will take over by Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday , with highs in the upper 70s to near 80.
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