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Hit And Miss Showers And Storms

| 4:05 pm June 24, 2013

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SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS: As usual on a summer day… some Alabamians were soaked by a thunderstorm today, while others enjoyed lots of sun with hot afternoon temperatures. At 3:00… Decatur reported 92 degrees, while Anniston was at 71 with some lingering light rain after an early afternoon downpour.

Radar at 4:00 showed some lingering light rain over parts of Calhoun, Cleburne, Clay, and Randolph Counties, and a few new scattered showers and storms up north over the Tennessee Valley of extreme North Alabama where the air is more unstable. All of these showers should fade quickly once the sun goes down.

REST OF THE WEEK: The pocket of colder air aloft that was over Alabama today will be a little east of the state tomorrow, but we will still mention some risk of widely scattered showers and storms, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. The high tomorrow will be in the 87-91 degree range. Pretty much the same situation Wednesday; the high resolution models look pretty dry, but a shower or storm could pop up in a few spots. The high Wednesday should be close to 90 degrees.

We expect a slow increase in the number of scattered showers and storms Thursday and Friday as the upper high over the continental U.S. builds to the west, and an upper trough begins to form over the eastern half of the nation.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The 12Z GFS looks relatively wet this weekend. This isn’t to say it will rain all weekend long, but we will need to mention occasional showers and storms Saturday and Sunday as the upper trough continues to deepen across the eastern half of the U.S. Highs should be in the 80s, and while the sun will be out at times, the overall amount of sunshine will be rather limited.

NEXT WEEK: Global models are advertising a shot of drier, continental air moving into Alabama early next week; if this happens to be correct Monday and Tuesday would be generally dry with a good supply of sunshine, lower humidity levels, and cooler nights. We don’t say those words very often in early July around here.

VOODOO LAND: The GFS still is trying to push a deep layer of tropical moisture up this way with enhanced rain chances in the July 3-6 time frame; see the Weather Xtreme video for the details. Still just an idea; no way of knowing the specific weather conditions yet for the Fourth of July holiday.

GULF COAST WEATHER: We still expect about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City west to Gulf Shores with the daily risk of scattered showers and storms through Friday. Sea water temperatures are running mostly in the low to mid 80s.

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