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Fourth Of July To Be Wet At Times

| 3:53 pm July 1, 2013

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NO 90s: Not a 90 degree reading on the board this afternoon across the great state of Alabama… temperatures are only in the 80s, and nobody seems to be complaining. Showers that were over East Alabama earlier today have mostly moved into Georgia, and the sky is partly sunny.

REST OF THE WEEK: Showers will remain pretty scattered in nature tomorrow, but look for an increase in the coverage and duration of showers and storms over the latter half of the week, Wednesday through Friday. We will forecast occasional showers and storms on those three days, with highs only in the 80 to 85 degree range. Some spots, where the rain begins early in the day, might not get out of the 70s. Needless to say, those temperatures are way below average for the Fourth of July in Alabama.

We don’t expect any severe weather, but don’t forget all summer storms pack lots of lightning, so plan on rain/storm issues if you have outdoor plans for Independence Day. Rain amounts Wednesday through Friday should be in the one to two inch range, but some communities could see more than that where the heavier downpours develop.

OUR WEEKEND: Showers and storms will become fewer in number, and mostly during the afternoon and evening hours as high pressure aloft begins to nose in here from the east. And, look for a warming trend; the high Saturday will be in the upper 80s, and we might touch 90 degrees Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: For now the weather looks more typical for July… highs up in the low 90s, with a few scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms each day. We will watch the strength of the upper ridge… model consistency has not been very consistent in recent runs, so a forecast close to climatology will probably work best for now.

TROPICS: Tropical storm formation is not expected in the Atlantic basin through the week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 5 to 7 hours of sunshine tomorrow with a few scattered storms, but only 1 to 2 hours of sun a day Wednesday through Friday with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The rain could be heavy at times over the latter half of the week; storm totals could approach five inches in spots. Highs will be in the 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the low 80s from Panama City west to Gulf Shores.

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Welcome to July

| 9:30 am July 1, 2013


Photograph by Kathy Bell, owner of kbella photography.

As you would expect, July is the hottest month of the year in Birmingham. The average daytime high is 90.6F. The average overnight low is 69.7. There really isn’t much difference on average between July and August. The hottest day ever in Birmingham, occurred on July 29, 1930, when the mercury hit a sizzling 107F. The temperature has reached 105F or higher on 16 occasions in Birmingham. Eleven of those times were observed in the month of July. The coolest reading ever observed in the Magic City in July was 51F back on July 15, 1967.

July is not one of our sunniest month with 59% of possible sunshine on average. Six months are sunnier. Rain is usually observed just over twelve days in the month and thunderstorms occur on nearly twelve days in the month, both tops for the year. The mercury reaches 90F or higher on 17.3 days on average in July. On average, 5.09 inches of rain falls during the month. The most ever observed is 20.12 in July 1916. That is also the wettest month ever in Birmingham history. In 1983, 0.30 fell during the month, the driest July ever.

Temps Below Average This Week

| 6:17 am July 1, 2013

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NO 90s FOR A WHILE: Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston all failed to reach 90 degrees yesterday, and we expect that to continue all week thanks to an upper trough that will be over the eastern half of the nation. The air is pretty dry this morning (dewpoints are generally in the low 60s), so we figure showers and storms will remain widely spaced today and tomorrow with a partly sunny sky. Highs will generally be in the 85 to 88 degree range, which, of course, is below average for the first week of July in Alabama.

LOOKING WET WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Tropical moisture surges into Alabama over the latter half of the week, and with good ascent from the upper trough, with the axis a little west of here, we expect occasional showers and thunderstorms on these three days. There will be some breaks in the rain, but the Fourth of July for now looks pretty wet across much of Alabama. And, thanks to the clouds and rain, highs will be only in the 80-85 degree range. Some places might not get out of the 70s where the rain begins early in the day.

I know many outdoor events are scheduled, and there is no way to give you specific start/stop times for rain at any given location, but you will need to plan on wet weather. While severe thunderstorms are not expected, all summer storms do pack lots of lightning.

OUR WEEKEND: The weather trends drier thanks to a 5940 meter 500 mb upper high nosing into the state from the east. Showers and storms become scattered on Saturday, and it looks like a pretty decent part of the day Sunday could be rain-free. And, temperatures will trend upward. We will see a high Saturday between 87 and 90, and by Sunday low 90s are likely.

NEXT WEEK: The GFS wants to bring the core of the upper high right over us… which could mean hot and mostly dry weather for the first few days of the week. We could very well reach the mid 90s, but thanks to the deep soil moisture that should be in place, we high see highs in the low 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for the maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICAL WEATHER: Tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin this week.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Conditions not too bad today and tomorrow… about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with scattered showers and thunderstorms. We should note that the purple flags were out yesterday at Orange Beach due to stingrays and jellyfish… not sure how long that will last (a little out of our weather domain).

Unfortunately the weather looks pretty wet Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with occasional showers and thunderstorms… only 1-2 hours of sun on each of these three days. Highs will be in the 80s on the coast this week; the sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 80 degrees.

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