A Few Isolated Showers Out There On This Very Hot Monday

| August 12, 2019 @ 12:54 pm

At 12:40 pm, the big story is the heat across Central Alabama. We are already seeing readings in the lower to mid-90s across the area. Birmingham was at 93 degrees. Uniontown is the hot spot at 96 degrees. Jasper wants to take the lead at 97 degrees, but I believe that is an error at the reporting station as locations nearby are nowhere near that hot. As a matter of fact, Haleyville and Cullman are the cool spots at 90 degrees. A Heat Advisory is in effect throughout the day today and through Tuesday for all of North/Central Alabama with the exception of Jackson and Dekalb counties.

A few lucky locations east of I-65 and mainly south of I-20 are getting some brief relief from the heat as there are a few isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms falling at this time. We’ll continue to have a small chance of a few isolated to scattered showers and storms through the rest of the afternoon hours mainly in those same parts of the area, while the rest of Central Alabama will remain dry and hot. Highs will top out in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values reaching the 104-108 degree range.

Tuesday looks to be a little hotter as afternoon highs will reach in the mid to upper 90s with a location or two flirting with the century mark. Heat index values will be in the 104-109 degree range. There will be a small risk of a few isolated afternoon showers and storms for Central Alabama, but most of the area will remain dry.

THE TROPICS
The Atlantic Basin is free and clear of any tropical systems and no new tropical disturbances are expected to form within the next five days.

ON THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY
1778 – A Rhode Island hurricane prevented an impending British-French sea battle and caused extensive damage over southeast New England.

1955 – During the second week of August hurricanes Connie and Diane produced as much as 19 inches of rain in the northeastern U.S. forcing rivers from Virginia to Massachusetts into a high flood. Westfield MA was deluged with 18.15 inches of rain in 24 hours, and at Woonsocket RI the Blackstone River swelled from seventy feet in width to a mile and a half. Connecticut and the Delaware Valley were hardest hit. Total damage in New England was 800 million dollars, and flooding claimed 187 lives.

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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