Midday Finds Us With Some Sun, Some Clouds, & Some Light Showers

| October 15, 2018 @ 1:55 pm

As of 1:30 PM across Central Alabama, we are seeing a good bit of cloud cover mainly over the northwestern parts of the state that are moving in with a cold front that will be bringing us cooler temperatures across the state by Wednesday. The rest of the state is seeing partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in Central Alabama at this point in the upper 70s to the mid-80s throughout the area. The warm spots are Demopolis and Montgomery, both sitting at 84 degrees, while the cool spot is Haleyville at 77 degrees. Birmingham is sitting at 81 degrees. Radar at this point is relatively quiet with only a few light returns showing up over the northwestern quarter of Central Alabama, and a few spotty showers over the the extreme southwestern parts of the area.

You can clearly pick out on the temperature map of the United States where that cold front is located. While temperatures are running in the 70s and 80s in the southeastern United States, not too far back to the northwest in the Plains, temperatures are only in the 40s to the lower 50s. That cold front will slowly move through the state today and tomorrow, with Central Alabama’s temperatures eventually dropping into the mid-60s to the upper 70s for highs on Wednesday.

We’ll continue to have partly to mostly cloudy skies, but those clouds will be on the increase from the northwest as the cold front slowly progresses to the southeast. We’ll have a chance of isolated to scattered showers and maybe a thunderstorm throughout the remainder of the afternoon hours, with the higher rain chances being over the southwestern parts of the area. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 70s to the upper 80s from northwest to southeast. We’ll hold on to those isolated to scattered shower chances throughout the evening and into the overnight hours. Lows will bottom out in the lower 50s to the northwest to near 70 degrees in the southeast. Higher rain chances will be over the southern half of the area mainly south of the I-20 corridor.

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We have a disturbance that is located over the western Caribbean Sea very close to Central America that will make landfall later tonight or into the day on Tuesday just south of Mexico. The rest of the Atlantic Basin is quiet at this point. Remember, the Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn’t end until November 30th… so, we have to keep our eyes on the tropics for a little while longer.

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Scott Martin is an operational meteorologist, professional graphic artist, musician, husband, and father. Not only is Scott a member of the National Weather Association, but he is also the Central Alabama Chapter of the NWA president. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides forecasts for many racing series across the USA. He also supplies forecasts for the BassMaster Elite Series events including the BassMaster Classic.

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