Scattered Afternoon Showers And Thunderstorms

| July 4, 2019 @ 3:01 pm

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video today… we are on a holiday schedule through the weekend**

RANDOM STORMS IN SCATTERED SPOTS: We have a classic mid-summer afternoon across Alabama on this Independence Day. The sky is partly sunny, temperatures are generally in the 89-92 degree range, and we have an array of scattered showers and thunderstorms in progress in random places. The showers are moving slowly to the east, and will fizzle out once the sun goes down later tonight. Most of the storms should be over by fireworks time at 9:00 p.m.

TOMORROW THROUGH SUNDAY: The overall large scale pattern won’t change much. The main band of mid-latitude westerlies (the jet stream) will remain over the northern U.S… and we will have more typical summer weather. Partly sunny, hot, humid days with scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. The chance of any one spot getting wet will be in the 30/40 percent range tomorrow and Saturday, and around 50 percent Sunday. Most of the storms will come from 1:00 until 9:00 p.m… and highs will be somewhere between 88 and 93 degrees for most communities.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change, but drier air in the mid levels should bring a reduction in the number of afternoon thunderstorms Tuesday through Thursday. Highs will be mostly in the low to mid 90s.

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 115 mph. The system is well west of the Mexican coast, and the weakening trend is expected to continue. It should dissipate before getting close to 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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