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ACTIVE DAY FOR STORMS: As expected, there has been a marked increase in the number of showers and thunderstorms across the great state of Alabama this afternoon thanks to colder air aloft and an approaching surface boundary. The stronger storms are producing gobs of lightning and very heavy rain, but so far they have remained under severe limits. Storms are moving slowly to the southeast, and temperatures are down today as forecast thanks to the clouds and showers.
Showers and storms will taper off later tonight as the sun goes down and the air becomes more stable.
WEEKEND FORECAST: Not sure the idea of dry air moving into Alabama is still the best solution, but no doubt the showers and storms should not be as numerous tomorrow and Sunday. It is very hard to get any kind of surface boundary deep into Alabama in the middle of summer with the primary upper air storm track well to the north. I think we need to hang on to the risk of at least widely scattered showers and storms statewide tomorrow, and then by Sunday only isolated showers are expected as the air aloft becomes slightly warmer. Highs over the weekend should be in the low to mid 90s both days with a partly sunny sky. Another words, pretty routine mid-summer weather for Alabama.
NEXT WEEK: Showers and storms will begin to increase by Tuesday and Wednesday as the air becomes more unstable; the core of the intense heat will be well to the west of here thankfully. Highs will be in the mid 90s Monday and Tuesday, and then be closer to 90 over the latter half of the week with scattered showers and storms around, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. See the Weather Xtreme video for more details and all of the graphics that go along with this discussion.
GULF COAST WEATHER: We expect fairly routine summer weather on the coast from Panama City west to Gulf Shores through the weekend; about 5 to 7 hours of sunshine each day with the usual risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87-90 degree range, and sea water temperatures are in the upper 80s.
TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend. A vast amount of dry air covers the Atlantic from the deserts of Africa, inhibiting development.
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Category: Alabama's Weather