Sun In The West, Scattered Showers In The East At Midday

| May 15, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

So, while the Gulf low is sending a decent amount of rain over most of Georgia, very little has moved over into Alabama at midday. This was the radar image at 11:45 AM and we see that a few scattered showers have moved into the east and southeastern parts of the area, but once you get west of Gadsden, Pell City, and Clanton, plenty of sunshine is heating up the atmosphere.

Current temperatures at 11:45 AM are showing the difference in cloud cover and showers, and sunny skies. East of I-65 temperatures are running in the mid-70s to the lower 80s, while west of I-65 we have mid-80s to the lower 90s.

Those clouds and showers will continue to slowly move westward into the state and coverage will increase as the Gulf low continues to move closer to the Gulf Coast. By later this afternoon, much of Central Alabama will have a chance of scattered showers and a few thunderstorms, but the better chances will be in the eastern half of the area. Afternoon highs will reach the lower 80s in the east to the lower 90s in the west. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will continue through the evening and overnight hours, with the highest chances over the southeastern parts, along with the western third of the area. Overnight lows will bottom out in the mid to upper 60s.

Much of the same for Wednesday with increased chances of scattered showers and a few thunderstorms, along with warm and muggy conditions. Afternoon highs will top out in the lower to mid-80s in the east and mid to upper 80s in the west. The good news is that it will not rain all day, but showers can be expected at any point of the day. If you’re headed out to Greystone for the start of the Regions Tradition event week, just stay aware of the weather conditions. If you hear thunder, head indoors or to your car immediately. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the parent thunderstorm to be struck by lightning.

As far as the Gulf low that is causing the increased rain chances over the southeastern United States, the National Hurricane Center is now only giving a 10% chance that it gets its act together and becomes a tropical cyclone within the next 5 days, as conditions have become more unfavorable for that to happen. Even with that being said, there could be enough rainfall throughout the remainder of the week to cause some flooding issues in Florida and South Georgia. Rainfall totals for Central Alabama through Friday night will range from 0.75″ to 1.50″.

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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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