Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast

Saturday Morning, September 23, 2017
Forecaster: Scott Martin

THE CENTRAL ALABAMA WEEKEND
We’ll continue this weather pattern to start off the first weekend in fall, as we’ll have a mix of sun and clouds on Saturday with a chance of isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs will top out in the mid to upper 80s. On Sunday, we may have a wedge of slightly less moist air moving in from the east and this should keep rain chances really low for much of the area. We’ll have partly to mostly sunny skies, with a slight chance of an isolated shower or two in the southwestern parts of the area. Rain chances for the rest of Central Alabama look almost too low to even worry about. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, with lows in the mid to upper 60s.

SATURDAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEATHER
Alabama travels up to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt, with kickoff around 2:30 PM. Temperature will start off near 88 degrees at kickoff and will fall into the mid-80s by the fourth quarter. Just a small chance of a brief shower or storm.

Auburn travels up to Columbia to take on Missouri, with kickoff around 6:30 PM. Temperature will start off around 85 degrees and will fall into the upper 70s by the end of the game. No rain is expected.

UAB travels out to the Lone Star State to take on North Texas, with kickoff around 5:30 PM. Temperature will start off around 90 degrees and will fall through the 80s during the game. No rain is expected.

THE WORK WEEK AHEAD
Rain chances look pretty slim on each day from Monday through Thursday, and it’s really not even worth mentioning in this forecast. Skies will feature mostly sun and a few cumulus clouds, and highs will be in the mid to upper 80s with a few locations hitting 90 degrees. Friday might be the only day of next week that could have an isolated shower or two with a cold front beginning to slowly move through the state, with highs in the mid to upper 80s across much of the area, with the lower 80s possible in the extreme northern parts.

CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE MARIA
Maria is currently still a very strong hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 125 MPH as of the latest update. Movement is to the north-northwest at 9 MPH and is currently passing well east of the Bahamas. Movement is forecast to become more northerly by Sunday and gradual weakening is expected to begin. By Sunday evening, Maria should drop back down to a category 2 storm and move generally to the north in between the US Mainland and the island of Bermuda. Even with that being said, high swells are expected to increase along portions of the southeast Atlantic Coast. Latest guidance continues to have Maria eventually moving to the northeast and out to sea later in the work week ahead.

POST-TROPICAL STORM JOSE
The last advisory for Jose was given at 10:00 PM last night as tropical storm watches and warnings have been dropped for the northeast Atlantic Coast. The remnant will continue to hang around off the coast and weaken during the next few days.

THE REBIRTH OF LEE
The remnants of Lee have reorganized into a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds at 40 MPH (as of 10:00 PM Friday), and moving to the north at 7 MPH. Lee is forecast to start in a loop and head eastward throughout the weekend before making a sharp curve back around to the southwest by Tuesday night. Strengthening is expected, and Lee should become a hurricane by Monday. Too far out to see what happend with Lee, but we’ll keep an eye on it.

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ON THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY
2005 – Hurricane Rita reached the Texas/Louisiana border area near Sabine Pass as a category-3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph. A storm surge of at least 15 feet flooded parts of Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Terrebonne and Vermilion parishes, where sugar cane crop losses were estimated near $300 million. An 8-foot storm surge in New Orleans overtopped the provisionally-repaired levees (from Hurricane Katrina damage) and caused additional flooding. A total of 10 fatalities were reported, and preliminary damage estimates ranged between $4-5 billion.

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