Hot August Weather Continues; A Few Scattered Storms

| August 9, 2019 @ 5:53 am

DOG DAYS: The weather in August in Alabama is almost always hot and humid, and that is what we will be dealing with around here for the foreseeable future. Look for partly sunny days through the weekend with the usual daily round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”. Most of the storms come in random places between 12:00 noon and 10:00 p.m… and odds of any one place seeing rain today are 20/30 percent, 50 percent tomorrow, and 30 percent Sunday. Some of the storms will be heavy with gusty winds, and all summer storms produce lots of cloud to ground lightning.

Concerning heat levels, we expect highs mostly in the low 90s today and tomorrow, rising into the mid 90s Sunday as an upper high to the west creeps in here. We could see a few upper 90s over West Alabama Sunday afternoon.

NEXT WEEK: Not much change Monday and Tuesday. Highs will be in the 94-98 degree range with a few pop up, splash and dash afternoon storms. Then, showers and storms should become more numerous over the latter half of the week as the upper high weakens; heat levels will come down as well. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week.

UPDATED HURRICANE SEASON OUTLOOK: Seasonal forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center have increased the likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season to 45% (up from 30% from the outlook issued in May). The likelihood of near-normal activity is now at 35%, and the chance of below-normal activity has dropped to 20%. The number of predicted storms is also greater with NOAA now expecting 10-17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 5-9 will become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or greater), including 2-4 major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or greater). This updated outlook issued yesterday is for the entire six-month hurricane season, which ends November 30.

ON THIS DATE IN 1969: An F3 tornado hit Cincinnati, Ohio, killing four persons and causing fifteen million dollars property damage. The tornado moved in a southeasterly direction at 40 to 50 mph.

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