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Big Weather Changes Next Week

| September 23, 2016 @ 6:21 am

STILL HOT THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Needless to say, this has been a hot September in Alabama. Based on data from the Birmingham Airport through yesterday, we have reached 90 degrees or higher on 19 of 22 days, with the peak of the heat coming on September 15 when the high was 98. The upper ridge will hold through the weekend, meaning highs between 91 and 95 degrees for most places through Sunday. The ridge also means generally dry weather, with any afternoon showers being few and far between… the chance of any one spot getting wet is so small that we won’t mention it in the forecast. Partly to mostly sunny days, fair nights.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games tonight, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium tomorrow morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 88 at kickoff, to 94 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium tomorrow evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures falling through the 80s.

BIG CHANGES NEXT WEEK: The long awaited pattern change begins. A strong upper ridge, now over the western U.S., will approach, and drive a cold front in our direction. Clouds increase Monday, and showers are possible as the front gets closer. Unfortunately it won’t be a really big, widespread rain like we need, but at least we have a chance of getting a little rain in the bucket. Monday’s high will drop into the mid 80s.

A lingering shower is possible Tuesday, but cooler, drier air will begin to roll into the state, and it looks like we will enjoy some rather refreshing weather Wednesday through Friday with sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights, and low humidity. Highs will be in the 77-80 degree range, with lows down in the 50s. The GFS is suggesting we could see some 40s over the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama early Wednesday morning.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated storms through the weekend for the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through Sunday. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Karl will recurve in the Atlantic tonight, passing just east of Bermuda, and will head out to sea in the North Atlantic. And, to the east, Tropical Storm Lisa is expected to dissipate over the weekend far from land. A few wave coming off the coast of Africa has some potential for development in 3-5 days; just something to watch for now.

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Heat Levels Fall Next Week

| September 22, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

RADAR CHECK: We actually have a few tiny, isolated showers across Central Alabama this afternoon; you can count the number of showers on one hand, and they have lasted only about 10-15 minutes. Most places are hot and dry with a partly to mostly sunny sky along with temperatures in the low to mid 90s.

TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: No real change. Mostly sunny days, fair nights, hot afternoons, and little if any risk of showers. Highs will remain in the 90-95 degree range, with morning lows mostly in the upper 60s as the upper ridge holds.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games tomorrow night, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 88 at kickoff, to 93 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures falling through the 80s.

NEXT WEEK: A deep upper trough over the western U.S. will get closer, driving a cold front our way. We will bring in a chance of showers and possibly a few thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday as the front slowly slips into the state. The high Monday will drop into the low 80s, and the new (12Z) GFS run is printing a high of only 77 degrees for Birmingham on Tuesday. A lingering shower is possible Wednesday, but it looks like cooler and drier air will arrive Thursday and Friday. The GFS is showing a low of 56 degrees for Birmingham next Thursday morning (September 29).

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and a few widely scattered storms on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Depression Karl (looks like it is about to regain tropical storm strength), and Tropical Storm Lisa in the Atlantic will recurve, and are no threat to land. A new wave is coming off the coast of Africa, with some potential for slow development in 3-5 days. Nothing threatening the Gulf of Mexico anytime soon, however.

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Dry With Hot Afternoons Through Sunday

| September 22, 2016 @ 6:24 am

HELLO FALL: This morning at 9:21 CT the sun will be directly over the equator, and autumn “officially” begins for the northern hemisphere. We have approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness this time of the year.

Of course, there is no magic switch when it comes to weather, and the summer-like pattern won’t change through the weekend thanks to an upper ridge overhead and dry air. We will continue to forecast mostly sunny days with hot afternoons, and fair pleasant nights through Sunday… any afternoon showers will be confined to far South Alabama, and even there they should be few and far between. Afternoon highs will remain in the low to mid 90s, about 10 degrees above average for late September.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games tomorrow night, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 88 at kickoff, to 93 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures falling through the 80s.

CHANGES NEXT WEEK: The upper ridge is weakened by an approaching trough, and a cold front will creep closer to Alabama early in the week. This will mean an increase in clouds, a chance of showers, and lower daytime temperatures. Unfortunately, the latest GFS/ECMWF (global model) runs suggest the front won’t be able to push through Alabama, but with it stalling just west and north of here, it looks like there will be some change of badly needed showers each day through the week. And, because of the clouds and showers highs will drop into the 80 to 84 degree range, which is pretty close to average for late September in Alabama (the average high here doesn’t fall into the 70s until early October).

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Bottom line is that the days with consistent highs in the 90s will be over after this weekend (until next summer).

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and a few widely scattered storms on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Depression Karl and Tropical Storm Lisa will recurve over the open Atlantic and are no threat to land; the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

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ON THIS DATE IN 1989: Hurricane Hugo roared ashore just north of Charleston, as a massive Category 4 storm with winds near 140 mph and a storm tide around 20 feet. The hurricane leveled beachfront properties and toppled trees, leaving much of the coastal areas in absolute ruin.

Hugo remained strong as it moved into western North Carolina, producing hurricane-force wind gusts all the way to Charlotte. Thirteen people in South Carolina and one person in North Carolina died as a result of the storm (as well as six in Virginia and one in New York). Hurricane Hugo caused $7 billion in damage in the U.S. mainland, making it the costliest hurricane at the time. When adjusted for inflation, it currently ranks as the ninth most costly hurricane in U.S. history, causing almost $13 billion in damage.

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Pattern Change Likely Next Week

| September 21, 2016 @ 3:21 pm

PLEASANT NIGHTS, HOT AFTERNOONS, NO RAIN: The weather just won’t change much across the great state of Alabama through the weekend thanks to an upper ridge, and dry air in place. We are forecasting mostly sunny days and fair nights through Sunday with highs in the low 90s, and lows in the upper 60s. Pretty straight forward forecast.

FALL ARRIVES TOMORROW: This is the last Wednesday of the summer of 2016; the autumnal equinox is tomorrow morning at 9:21 CT when the sun is directly over the equator.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 88 at kickoff, to 93 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping from near 89 degrees at kickoff to near 80 by the end of the game.

CHANGES NEXT WEEK: Global models show a deep upper trough setting up just west of Alabama; that should drive a cold front in here Monday, and bring us a chance of showers and possibly a few thunderstorms. The front will “run of out gas” somewhere around the Alabama/Georgia line Tuesday. One way or another, heat levels will drop significantly next week; the GFS is printing a high of only 79 degrees for Birmingham Tuesday. Where dry air moves in following the front, 50s are possible by Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

But, with the front becoming nearly stationary over far East Alabama, clouds could linger, and the GFS hints that showers and storms are possible on Wednesday with the front drifting westward across the state. Confidence in specific details is low, but the idea of lower temperatures next week looks likely. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated storms on the coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Depression Karl, in the middle of the Atlantic, is still fighting shear and dry air. If it survives, it will recurve east of Bermuda Saturday, and could briefly strengthen into a hurricane over open water. It is no threat to land.

To the east, Tropical Storm Lisa is moving north/northwest, and will probably dissipate in 3-5 days. It won’t be close to any land mass. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet for now.

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Dry Through Sunday; Changes Next Week

| September 21, 2016 @ 5:59 am

PLEASANT MORNINGS, HOT AFTERNOONS: Once again we are seeing some upper 50s in cooler pockets across Northeast Alabama as this day begins. Vic Bell at Black Creek reports 58 degrees just before daybreak… Fort Payne is at 59.

A dry airmass stays in place for a while, and with upper ridging afternoons will remain fairly hot for September despite the cool mornings. We project highs in the 90-93 degree range through the weekend, almost ten degrees above average for late September in Alabama. But, lower dew points will mean humidity values only in the 20-35 range during the peak of the heat each day. Expect mostly sunny days and fair nights today through Sunday.

FALL ARRIVES TOMORROW: This is the last Wednesday of the summer of 2016; the autumnal equinox is tomorrow morning at 9:21 CT when the sun is directly over the equator.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 87 at kickoff, to 92 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping from near 89 degrees at kickoff to near 80 by the end of the game.

CHANGES NEXT WEEK: The GFS is now showing a decent frontal passage early Tuesday, meaning we can mention a chance of showers and storms Monday night and early Tuesday, followed by cooler/drier air for the middle of next week. Highs drop to near 80, with lows in the 55-60 degree range for most. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily on the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through the weekend with only isolated thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast 86-89, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Karl has been downgraded to a tropical depression in the Central Atlantic; it will recurve east of Bermuda this weekend and is no threat to land, although strengthening is possible in a few days.

Tropical Storm Lisa in the eastern Atlantic will move north/northwest, and is no threat to land. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

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Little If Any Chance Of Rain Through The Weekend

| September 20, 2016 @ 3:18 pm

DRY SEPTEMBER DAYS: If cooler afternoon temperatures and a good soaking rain is on your wish list, the news is not necessarily good from the weather office today. An upper level ridge, and a dry airmass will remain in place through the weekend, meaning little day to day change in the weather.

We are forecasting mostly sunny days and fair nights through Sunday, and for now the chance of an afternoon shower is so small that we won’t mention it in the forecast. Afternoon highs will remain close to 90 degrees, but at least dew points are now, making the warmth a little more comfortable.

In fact, at 3:00 Birmingham reported 92 degrees, but the dew point was 57, making the relative humidity 30 percent. The humidity was down to 29 percent at the Shelby County Airport.

FALL ARRIVES THURSDAY: This is the last Tuesday of the summer of 2016; the autumnal equinox is Thursday morning at 9:21 a.m. CT… when the sun is directly over the equator.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 86 at kickoff, to 91 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping from near 88 degrees at kickoff to near 80 by the end of the game.

NEXT WEEK: Still no sign of a major pattern change. A weak front could bring a few widely scattered showers Tuesday, but nothing too widespread. Highs will be mostly in the 80s, lows in the 60s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, only isolated storms on the coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores through the weekend. Highs on the immediate coast in the upper 80s, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: The “ghost of Julia” is producing cloudy, breezy, and wet weather over eastern North Carolina today. Out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storms Karl and Lisa will stay well east of the U.S. Karl will recurve a little east of Bermuda this weekend, and Lisa will stay out in the East Atlantic. The Gulf of Mexico is very quiet.

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Generally Dry Through The Weekend

| September 20, 2016 @ 6:16 am

A TOUCH OF FALL FOR NORTH ALABAMA: Cullman and Fort Payne have dropped to 61 degrees early this morning; our Skywatcher at Black Creek, just northeast of Gadsden, reports a refreshing 58 degrees. But with a strong September sun, we warm quickly and most places will be close to 90 degrees by mid-afternoon. But, the dew points will be lower, making the warmth a bit more comfortable.

CALM PATTERN CONTINUES: It is safe to say that most Alabamians could use some rain, and would like cooler daytime temperatures. Unfortunately, we really can’t offer much hope for either scenario through the weekend.

Dry air, and an upper ridge will combine for a very calm, dry pattern through the weekend as we will forecast mostly sunny days, fair nights, and highs in the 88-92 degree range. Birmingham’s average high for September 20 is 84.

RAIN UPDATE: The rain total for September is only 0.68″ (based on data from the Birmingham Airport), and since January 1 the total is 35.85″, a deficiency of 3.68″. For the year the deficiency for Tuscaloosa is 6.04″, and Anniston is down 10.32″ for the year. The dry conditions don’t bode well for the fall foliage season, but remember the colors in Alabama usually don’t peak until the first week of November.

We note the last time Birmingham had over one inch of rain in a single day was back on July 30.

FALL ARRIVES THURSDAY: This is the last Tuesday of the summer of 2016; the autumnal equinox is Thursday morning at 9:21 a.m. CT… when the sun is directly over the equator.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 86 at kickoff, to 91 degrees by the final whistle.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping from near 88 degrees at kickoff to near 80 by the end of the game.

NEXT WEEK: Unfortunately global models don’t offer much hope for a widespread rain event next week as the upper ridge holds. It will break down, but sometimes those things can be very stubborn. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only isolated storms through the weekend on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. Sea water temperature early this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Karl, in the Central Atlantic, could become a hurricane this weekend, but it will make a sharp u-turn and is no threat to the U.S. It will be close to Bermuda Saturday…

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And, Tropical Depression 13 in the eastern Atlantic is expected to become Tropical Storm Lisa later today, but it will gain latitude is not expected to be a threat to any land mass.

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Just A Few Showers Around

| September 19, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

RADAR CHECK: We actually have a few small, isolated showers on radar this afternoon across North/Central Alabama… they are moving south and will be very short lived. Otherwise, the sky is partly to mostly sunny with temperatures generally in the upper 80s.

REST OF THE WEEK: A quiet weather pattern continues as we officially wrap up the summer of 2016 (the autumnal equinox is Thursday morning at 9:21 a.m.). We project a good supply of sunshine each day through Friday, and no showers are expected tomorrow and Wednesday. And, even on Thursday and Friday any showers that show up will be few and far between.

Highs will be in the 88-92 degree range, with lows between 67 and 70. Keep in mind the average high at Birmingham stays in the 80s through the end of September; we usually get the fist good “front of fall” in here around the beginning of October.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much change. Partly to mostly sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs not too far from 90 degrees; any afternoon showers will be very isolated.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 86 at kickoff, to 90 degrees by the final whistle. The risk of a shower looks very low for now.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping from near 88 degrees at kickoff to near 80 by the end of the game. The chance of a shower is very small.

NEXT WEEK: The latest GFS model run is not very bullish on showers next week, although a weak front will get closer. There just isn’t much moisture available, and little upper support. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily on the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach over to Gulf Shores through the weekend with only widely scattered storms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Karl is in the Central Atlantic, and could become a hurricane this weekend as it turns northward. It might be close to Bermuda Saturday, but it will turn eastward back out to sea, and is no threat to the U.S.

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A wave in the eastern Atlantic has a good chance of becoming Tropical Storm Lisa in coming days, but it will be gaining latitude and doesn’t look like it will bother any land mass. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

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Dry Pattern For Most Of Alabama

| September 19, 2016 @ 5:30 am

FALL ARRIVES THIS WEEK: The autumnal equinox is Thursday (September 21) at 9:21 a.m…. when the sun is directly over the equator and we have approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. And, fall arrives this week with a rather quiet weather pattern for most of Alabama.

At Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, yesterday’s rain total was about 1/3 of an inch (0.32″), bringing the total for the month to 0.68″. Unfortunately, additional rain is very unlikely this week as a dry airmass settles into the state. We will project mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday with afternoon highs around 90, and morning lows between 66 and 70 degrees. Any showers will be almost impossible to find as the air will be pretty dry, and an upper ridge will rebuild across the region.

THE WEEKEND: Very little change. Mostly sunny weather is likely Saturday and Sunday with only very isolated afternoon and evening showers; the high will be close to 90 with morning lows in the upper 60s.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 80s.

Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 86 at kickoff, to 90 degrees by the final whistle. The risk of a shower looks very low for now.

Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping from near 88 degrees at kickoff to near 80 by the end of the game. The chance of a shower is very small.

NEXT WEEK: Scattered showers and storms are possible early in the week with a surface front approaching; the high will drop back into the mid 80s Monday. Drier/cooler air should slip into the state by the middle of the week… see the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

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AT THE BEACH: About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach this week with only widely scattered storms. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: Julia was downgraded to a “remnant low” off the South Carolina coast this morning; what is left of the system will drift into eastern North Carolina tonight and tomorrow.

Tropical Storm Karl could strengthen into a hurricane late this week in the Atlantic; it could be close to the island of Bermuda this weekend, but it will recurve in that region and is no threat to the U.S.

And, a wave in the eastern Atlantic could develop into a tropical storm this week, but it will move northward and is no threat to land.

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No Widespread Rain Here Anytime Soon

| September 14, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today; I am speaking at a weather function in Minnesota… I return home tomorrow**

RADAR CHECK: Showers have been almost impossible to find across Alabama this afternoon, and unfortunately with Tropical Storm Julia to the east, we are on the “dry side” of the storm, and prospects for a good rain look small through the weekend. Expect partly to mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday with only isolated afternoon and evening showers. Chance of any one spot getting wet each day is only about one in ten. And, we will to bump afternoon highs up into the 91-94 degree range.

THE WEEKEND: Initially we expected an increase in the number of scattered showers and storms Saturday and Sunday, but the latest model data continues to come in drier. We will still hang on to some risk of widely scattered afternoon/evening showers, but it sure looks like most of the weekend will be dry with highs pretty close to 90 degrees. The sky will stay partly to mostly sunny.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Mostly fair weather for the high school games across Alabama Friday night with only a very small risk of a shower around kickoff. Temperatures will fall through the 80s.

Auburn will host Texas A&M Saturday evening at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… looks like a great night for football; the sky will be mostly fair with only a slight risk of a shower during the first half. Temperatures will fall from near 86 degrees at kickoff, to near 80 by the final whistle.

Alabama travels to Oxford to play Ole Miss Saturday (2:30p CT kickoff). The sky will be partly sunny, and a passing shower or storm is possible during the game, but not likely. Temperatures will hover in the 87 to 90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: Same story. Any showers look few and far between through the week as the upper ridge holds across the Deep South. Highs around 90 degrees with a good supply of sunshine each day.

TROPICAL STORM JULIA: The storm is packing sustained winds of 40 mph, and is centered just east of Savannah, Georgia. It won’t move much over the next 3 to 5 days with very weak steering currents; main issue will be potential for heavy rain and flooding on the South Carolina coast.

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION 12: A new depression has formed in the eastern Atlantic, just west of the Cape Verde Islands. It will move westward across open water in coming days, and could be upgraded to Tropical Storm Karl at some point. Remains to be seen if this will be a threat to the U.S. or any land mass…

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AT THE BEACH: About 7 to 9 hours of sunshine daily on the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with the usual chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the upper 80s, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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