Active Showers & Storms Out There At On A Hot & Muggy Midday

| July 13, 2017 @ 11:53 am

radar at 11:30 am

Radar Check At 11:30AM
Radar is quite active as we make our run up to the midday hour. A big mass of showers and storms are affecting the northwest corner of the state and has made it into the northwest corner of Marion County. Other showers and storms have popped in the east-central Alabama, especially in parts of Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, and Etowah counties. All of these storms are very slowly drifting to the northeast.

temperatures at 11:30 am

As you can tell by looking at the radar image, the convective temperature in much of Central Alabama has already been met. Current temperatures across the area ale already running in the 84-90 degree range, while the convective temperature from this morning’s sounding was only 84 degrees. We also have more available moisture in the atmosphere today compared with yesterday, and this is allowing for earlier development of showers and storms.

Weather For The Rest Of The Day
So you can expect a little better coverage in showers and storms throughout the day. The extreme southern locations of Central Alabama may have a little less risk of storms today due to a little drier airmass over that part of the state. If it is not raining at your location, expect a mix of sun and clouds with hot and muggy conditions. Highs will be in the lower to mid 90s throughout Central Alabama. Storms will be slow movers, and with precipitable water values approaching 2 inches, they could produce torrential downpours that could lead to localized ponding or even flash flooding. And as always, lightning could be pretty intense, so when thunder roars, go indoors. Don’t become a statistic.

Most of the activity should die off during the evening, but don’t be surprised if we have one or two rogue storms either linger or develop into the overnight hours. Lows will be in the lower to middle 70s. Skies will be partly cloudy for the most part.

Friday’s Weather
Expect much of the same for your Friday… hot and muggy with the daily dose of mainly afternoon and evening scattered thunderstorms. Remember that with this airmass that some could fire during the late morning hours. Skies will be partly cloudy, and afternoon highs will be in the lower to middle 90s once again.

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A Look At The Tropics
The Atlantic Basin is pretty quiet with no development expected throughout the next 5 days.

Today In Weather History
July 13, 1895 – A tornado struck Cherry Hill in New Jersey causing fifty thousand dollars damage. It also descended into the Harlem and Woodhaven areas of New York City killing one person, and finally ended as a waterspout in Jamaica Bay.

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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