Scattered Storms Continue… Latest on Tropics… Solar Eclipse Forecast… Monday Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Our local weather included a good coverage of showers and storms passing through the area today. While storms didn’t last all that long in one area, storms did drop heavy rainfall in a short period of time. At 4pm, storms have pretty much ended for areas along and northwest of I-59. A few storms remain possible in spots tonight, with a very muggy airmass.

Tuesday will feature a day much like today, with a wave of showers and storms passing through. Rain amounts will vary from nothing in a few spots to 1″ in a few spots. Keep in mind, summer convection can drop a lot of rain in a short period of time, but not everyone will see that due to the nature of scattered storms. The risk of storms will decrease some for the rest of the week and into the weekend, as we go into more of a typical summer routine. Some spots will get a passing afternoon or evening storm. Highs will top out in the lower 90s each afternoon, with lows at night in the middle 70s.

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Tropical Storm Gert in the western Atlantic will become a hurricane sometime this evening, as it continues to organize to the east of the US. Fortunately, this storm will remain out to sea, as it dodges the US and Bermuda. Another tropical wave in the east Atlantic has a good chance of developing in the coming days, but it’s far too early to know where that system is heading.

On Monday, Alabama will experience a solar eclipse during the early afternoon. The main show will be happening between noon and 3pm, with the peak of the eclipse happening right around 1:30pm. Most of central and west Alabama is in the 90% to 94% eclipse, meaning we’re not in the totality zone. We will see an incredible eclipse however, as only 10% or less of the sun will be visible for a few minutes. As always, we advise you not to look directly at the sun, and use some sort of protective glasses to view the eclipse. There are lots of options online or in local stores to purchase… There is a 40% risk of a few scattered afternoon storms on Monday of next week, so some people will not get a view of the eclipse, while others will. Given the random nature of scattered storms, it will be impossible to say where the puffy clouds will block out the sun at 1:30pm. By the way, totality (100%) eclipse will be at it’s closest point to our area in central Tennessee, so make a quick trip north if you want to see that.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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