Sun, Heat, Afternoon Storms

| July 4, 2019 @ 5:55 am

HAPPY FOURTH: Classic summer weather is the story for Alabama on this Independence Day. Partly sunny, hot, humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms during the peak of the daytime heating process. Most of the storms will come from 1:00 until 9:00, meaning a reasonable chance most (but not necessarily all) of the fireworks shows tonight should be rain-free. The chance of any one spot getting wet today is about one in four, and the high will be close to 90 degrees. No way of knowing this morning exactly when and where storms will fire this afternoon… you just have to watch radar trends.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Not much change. Highs generally between 90 and 94 degrees, high humidity levels, and random, scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. Routine July weather.

NEXT WEEK: Global models suggest drier air in the mid levels will creep into North/Central Alabama by Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with a reduction in the number of afternoon showers, otherwise no major weather changes are expected with highs most days between 92 and 95. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet; no tropical storms or hurricanes are expected for the next week. Over in the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Barbara continues to weaken… it is now packing sustained winds of 125 mph. The system is well west of the Mexican coast, and the weakening trend is expected to continue. By early next week it should be a disorganized tropical depression as it passes near, or just south of the Big Island of Hawaii.

RAIN UPDATE: Birmingham’s rain total since January 1 is 28.94″… right at the seasonal normal value. The surplus is 0.10″. Other totals for the year so far include 30.80″ at Tuscaloosa, and 31.87″ at Anniston.

ON THIS DATE IN 1776: Thomas Jefferson purchased a thermometer from a local merchant before signing the Declaration of Independence. According to his weather memorandum book, at 1 PM it was cloudy and 76 degrees.

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Just one Weather Xtreme video today (we are on a holiday schedule), but I will post fresh forecast notes here this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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