Pretty Quiet At Midday, But It Shouldn’t Be That Way For Much Longer

| July 14, 2017 @ 11:57 am

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Radar Check At 11:30AM
Believe it or not, radar is actually pretty quiet as we approach the midday hour. Only one shower is showing on radar over the western part of St. Clair County in between Moody and Margaret. Everywhere else at this time is dry. A few more may have formed since I typed this.

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It is actually a mostly clear midday across the area at this point, but I’m sure with the heating of the day, we’ll have more cloud development and showers and storms should begin to pop very soon.

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Temperatures at 11:30 AM are already up in the 85-90 degree range throughout the Central Alabama area. Several spots have already hit 90 degrees, including Birmingham, Alabaster, and Montgomery. The cool spot is currently Alexander City at 85 degrees.

Most of the area has already passed the convective temperature of 87 degrees, and with surface instability values already up into 3000-4000 J/kg range, showers and storms should begin firing up very soon. Precipitable water values are in the 1.75-2.00 inch range, so the available moisture is there for any storm to produce very heavy rainfall that could lead to ponding and possibly minor flash flooding.

Weather For The Rest Of The Day
Skies will become partly cloudy as we progress through the afternoon, and it will be a hot and muggy day. We’ll have scattered showers and thunderstorms developing throughout the afternoon hours, with those beginning to diminish as we hit the early evening hours. Highs will be in the lower to middle 90s. We’ll have a very small risk for showers and storms to linger into the overnight hours, and lows will be in the lower to mid-70s.

The Weekend’s Weather
Expect much of the same for your Saturday and Sunday… We’ll continue to have a very moist and unstable airmass over Central Alabama that will allow a better risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms during the daytime hours. Most of these will form during the afternoon hours, but don’t be surprised if some fire earlier or if some linger into the evening and overnight hours. It will not rain everywhere, but where it does, amounts could be heavy thanks to the slow movement of the storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s to the lower 90s.

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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 14, 1987 – Severe thunderstorms in Iowa produced eight inches of golf ball size hail near Grafton, IA, completely stripping corn stalks in the area. Hail caused more than a million dollars damage to crops in Worth County and Mitchell County, and another million dollars damage in Ada County and Crawford County. Unseasonably cool weather prevailed in the Great Plains Region. Eight cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Duluth, MN, with a reading of 37 degrees.

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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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