For the most part, skies across Central Alabama are mostly clear at this hour, but we do spot some scattered shower activity popping up on radar already. Right now, the hot spot for shower activity is located in northern Jefferson, southwestern Blount, and eastern Walker Counties. Another small shower has popped up in southwestern Winston County, and a few more located in southern Clay and northern Tallapoosa Counties.
Looking at the southeastern United States, most areas are high and dry at this time, with the only hot spots for shower activity being in northern Georgia and the southern half of the Florida Peninsula. Skies are mostly clear otherwise except for the mountain areas of eastern Tennessee, western North and South Carolina, and western Virginia.
TEMPERATURES AT THIS HOUR: Here is a list of temperature observations from across the area at this hour:
Alexander City 90
CODE YELLOW AIR QUALITY: The Air Quality Index for the Birmingham Metropolitan Area is in the “Code Yellow” for ozone and particulate matter 2.5. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.
TODAY’S CLIMATOLOGY FOR BIRMINGHAM: The normal high for August 24th is 89, while the normal low is 68. The record high for today was set back in 1924 at 103. The record low was set back in 1997 at 57.
REMAINDER OF TODAY: Another typical summertime day expected across Central Alabama. It will be hot and humid out there this afternoon, with a small risk for widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. Afternoon highs will be in the low 90 degrees for the most part, with a few places flirting with the mid 90s. The odds of any one spot getting rain today will be around one in four.
THURSDAY’S WEATHER: Much of the same news for tomorrow, as it looks like the typical summertime weather pattern will be in place for a while. It will be hot and humid, with partly to mostly clear skies, and a small risk for widely scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Afternoon highs will mostly be in the low 90s, with a few spots reaching the mid 90s. The odds of any one spot getting rain today will be around one in four.
HEADED TO THE BEACH: Very nice weather continues on the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend; about 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily with widely scattered showers or storms. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low to mid 90s inland. If a tropical system does get into the Gulf of Mexico, there will be no impact until sometime next week (if there is any impact at all). See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.
THE TROPICS: The latest update from the National Hurricane Center still have Invest 99L as a tropical wave, but they are expecting it to strengthen to a tropical depression or storm at anytime during the next day or two. As James said in his post from earlier this morning, forecasting the track and intensity will be almost impossible until we get a well defined low level circulation center. If this becomes a tropical storm, it will be Hermine.
As far as Tropical Storm Gaston, it is knocking on the door of being a hurricane. Maximum sustained winds are at 70 MPH, and minimum pressure is at 999 mb. Good news is that Gaston should recurve over the open waters east of Bermuda and will be no threat to land.
ON THIS DAY IN 1988: Thunderstorms in the Delaware Valley of eastern Pennsylvania produced wind gusts to 95 mph around Philadelphia, and gusts to 100 mph at Warminster. A tropical depression drenched the Cabo Rojo area of southwestern Puerto Rico with up to ten inches of rain. San Juan received 5.35 inches of rain.
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