Humidity Levels Slowly Rise Over The Weekend

| August 24, 2018 @ 5:58 am

ANOTHER PLEASANT AUGUST MORNING: Dry air continues to cover Alabama this morning, and there is a little touch of fall in the air over the northern counties. Here are some temperatures just before sunrise…

Russellville 55
Cullman 57
Courtland 57
Gadsden 59
Pell City 59
Scottsboro 59
Decatur 59

The sky will be partly to mostly sunny today with a high in the upper 80s for most communities; afternoon showers will be confined to the southeast part of Alabama, and even there they will be widely spaced. Smoke from the Northwest U.S. wildfires will be transported again today into parts of the state, making the sky pretty hazy.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: A perfect night for high school football games tonight; mostly fair with temperatures falling through the 70s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather stays dry tomorrow for the northern half of the state; with a partly sunny sky the high will be in the upper 80s; there could be a few widely scattered afternoon showers or storms over South Alabama. Then, on Sunday, another partly sunny, warm day with the risk of a brief, pop-up afternoon shower statewide in random places. Sunday’s high will be in the 87-90 degree range.

NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge begins to rebuild, so highs creep up into the low 90s on a daily basis. Partly sunny days with a few widely scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers or storms possible. Pretty routine late summer weather. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Hurricane Lane continues to weaken just west of the Hawaiian Islands; it will become a category two storm later today. The main impact for Hawaii is rain and flooding. In the Atlantic, a well organized wave is coming off the coast of Africa this morning, but dry air and cool water means no chance of development in the short term. The rest of the Atlantic basin remains very quiet.

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Hurricane Harvey was approaching the middle Texas coast; it would make landfall around 10p CT the following day (Friday, August 25) between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor. Hurricane Harvey is tied with 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage, primarily from catastrophic flooding in the Houston area. It was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year span in which no hurricanes made landfall at the intensity of a major hurricane throughout the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing unprecedented flooding.

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