A Later Than Midday Look At Central Alabama’s Weather

| December 19, 2017 @ 2:40 pm


At this point on your Tuesday, we have widely scattered showers over a good bit of Central Alabama, but heavier showers and thunderstorms are moving into the western parts of the area as I type this post. No severe weather is being reported at this time, and none is expected for Central Alabama for the rest of the day. We do expect strong to marginally severe storms throughout a good bit of the day on Wednesday.

If it is not raining in your “neck of the woods” at this point, skies are mainly cloudy with temperatures ranging from the upper 50s to the mid-60s for the northern half, and the mid-60s to the lower 70s in the south. Birmingham was at 64ºF at 2:15 PM, while the warm spot is 70ºF down in Troy.


HRRR Simulated Radar from 2PM Tuesday to 6AM Wednesday.

We’ll continue to have widely scattered showers across much of the area throughout the remainder of the afternoon and into the early evening hours, while a shield of more moderate to heavy rainfall with embedded thunderstorms moves in from the west and mainly affect areas north of the I-20 corridor. Afternoon highs will range throughout the 60s to the lower 70s from north to south.

NWS Huntsville has issued a Flash Flood Watch starting at 9:00 PM tonight through 12:00 PM on Wednesday for the following counties in North Alabama: Colbert, Cullman, De Kalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan. Periods of heavy showers and thunderstorms will overspread the area this evening and tonight and persist into the morning hours of Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are likely over most of the area, with locally higher amounts possible. The resulting excessive runoff may lead to flash flooding, particularly in poor drainage areas and low water crossings.

For tonight, it will pretty much be the same news, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the south with heavier rain and thunderstorms likely for the north. Rainfall totals through 6:00 AM Wednesday will be none to 1/2 inch south of I-20, with 1/2 inch up to 1 inch or slightly more north of that. Overnight lows will be in the mid-50s to the lower 60s.

1777 – The Continental Army moved into encampment at Valley Forge amidst stormy winds and piercing cold. A relatively moderate winter followed.

1924 – The Riverside Ranger Station in Yellowstone Park, WY, reported a low of 59 degrees below zero, a December record for the U.S.

1957 – A tornado, 200 yards in width, killed two persons along its 15-mile path from near Waldo to near Buena Vista in southwestern Arkansas. People from one house were carried 250 yards, and cars were said to have been carried 600 yards.

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I’ll have a post out later this evening about Wednesday’s severe weather threat. I will also have a look at the models concerning this weekend’s weather and Christmas Day. Have a good afternoon, and stay dry.


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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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