Hot, Humid Weather Continues With Scattered Storms

| July 5, 2019 @ 5:55 am

NEW DAY, OLD FORECAST: The overall weather pattern won’t change much for Alabama through the weekend. Partly sunny, hot, humid days with “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Most of the storms will between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m.. and odds of any one spot getting wet will be around 40 percent. Afternoon highs will be mostly in the 90-94 degree range. Just what you expect in early July in Alabama.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change Monday, but drier air in the mid levels could lead to a reduction in the number of afternoon storms Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, late in the week, we are getting signs from global models that a tropical wave or low could develop near the Central Gulf coast. If this happens, depending on the placement, there could be in increase in rain coverage across parts of the state Thursday and Friday. But for now this is just an idea on the table and not a forecast. We will keep an eye on the signals from models in coming days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet for now, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend. Over in the eastern Pacific, Barbara will weaken to a tropical storm today, and should dissipate before reaching Hawaii.

ON THIS DATE IN 1980: The “More Trees Down” Derecho… A bowing line of thunderstorms producing a derecho formed just east of Omaha, Nebraska around 10 p.m. CDT on Friday evening, July 4th, 1980. The system rushed east at a speed of 55 to 60 mph, reaching eastern Indiana and northwest Ohio by 8 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 5th, and the mid Atlantic coast by early evening on the 5th. Measured wind gusts exceeded 80 mph at several points along the storm’s track. Six people were killed, and 67 were injured by the derecho’s winds.

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We are on a holiday schedule, so just one Weather Xtreme video today, but I will post fresh forecast notes here later this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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