At Midday: Hot & Very Humid, Some Cooling Showers Already Developing

| July 11, 2018 @ 11:23 am

CONDITIONS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA AT 11:30 AM

It’s already a hot one out there throughout the area as temperatures have already hit the mid-80s to the lower 90s. The hot spot at this time was Eufaula at 92 degrees, while the Magic City was at 90 degrees. The cool spot is Haleyville as they have rain-cooled air and is sitting at 77 degrees. Scattered showers have already developed in the northwestern-quarter of Central Alabama, mostly in Marion, Winston, and Cullman counties. A few more can be found in parts of Walker and Jefferson counties. The rest of Central Alabama is dry at this time.


FORECAST FOR THE REMAINDER OF YOUR WEDNESDAY

It will be another hot and humid day throughout Central Alabama as the effects of Chris have moved farther out to see. We’ll have more moisture available today, meaning humidity values will be higher. That also means we’ll have the standard chance of scattered afternoon and evening showers and storms, with most of the area having around 30% for any one location. Looking at the latest SPC Mesoscale Analysis, there may be a possibility that a few storms could produce gusty winds strong enough to knock a few tree limbs down, as D-CAPE values are already running in the 800-1200 J/kg (shown in above image). Anything over 1000 J/kg shows potential for damaging thunderstorm downdrafts, and the higher you go, the higher the possibility. Afternoon highs will be in the lower to mid-90s throughout the area. For this evening and throughout the night time hours, showers and storms will diminish as we lose the heating of the day, and we should be nearly rain free by 10:00 PM. We’ll be left with mostly clear skies with lows in the lower to mid-70s.


THE LATEST ON HURRICANE CHRIS

Category 2 Hurricane Chris continues to move off into the open waters of the Atlantic and will soon become post-tropical on Thursday. No threat to the US Mainland and surf conditions will improve along the Atlantic Coast.

HOW ABOUT THE REMNANTS OF BERYL
Beryl is still considered a tropical wave today and is not forecasted to strengthen today. A reconnaissance flight was scheduled to fly through the disturbance today but was cancelled. Some reorganization could occur within the next few days and Beryl may reform into a tropical depression. NHC is giving it a 50% chance within the next 5 days. At this point, it is not a threat to the US Mainland as it is projected to move north then northeastward. We’ll keep an eye on it to see where the path goes.


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LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK
Never leave children, disabled or elderly adults, or pets in parked vehicles. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies have not developed the ability to efficiently regulate internal temperature. Heat related deaths are preventable, so look before you lock.

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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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