Scattered Storms Fire Up Again Later Today

| June 27, 2019 @ 5:57 am

SUN, HEAT, STORMS: Alabama will be in a routine summer weather for the foreseeable future. The main westerly winds aloft over North America are well to the north, but the daytime heating process makes the air over Alabama unstable, and once again we will deal with random, scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight. SPC has introduced a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for areas north and west of a line from Linden to Calera to Scottsboro…

Some of the storms there could produce strong gusty winds and small hail. Odds of any one spot seeing a storm later today are about one in four, and the high this afternoon will be in the 89-92 degree range.

TOMORROW THROUGH NEXT WEEK: We will go with a broad brush, persistence forecast over the next seven days. Partly sunny, hot, humid days with “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. These storms will be random; no way of knowing exactly when and where they pop up. And, mostly between 2:00 and 10:00 p.m… although a few late night and early morning showers can never be ruled out.

There will be some variations in the placement and coverage of scattered storms each day, but no real way of resolving that far in advance due to the very small scale features that impact the convection. Odds of any one spot getting wet most days will be in the 30 to 50 percent range. Afternoon highs will be generally in the low 90s. Basically what you expect in late June and early July in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s rain total for the year is 28.89″… the surplus is 1.17″. Some of the heavier rain totals yesterday around the state included 1.78″ at Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden), and 1.56″ in northern Shelby County on Dunnavant Valley road east of Shoal Creek and Mount Laurel.

TROPICS: All remains very quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through next week.

ON THIS DATE IN 1995: The Madison County Flood on June 27, 1995, was the worst flash floods Virginia had seen since the remnants of Camille dropped up to 30 inches of rain one night in Nelson County in August 1969. The Nelson County flood ranked as one of the nation’s worst flash floods of this century and resulted in the deaths of 117 people. The Madison County flood killed one person.

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I will be doing a weather program this morning at Skyland Elementary in Tuscaloosa… and then “on assignment” with ABC 33/40 this afternoon away from the station, so just one video and discussion today… the next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. Enjoy the day!

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