Strong Storms For North Alabama Tonight; Heat Levels Drop Tomorrow

| August 13, 2019 @ 3:33 pm

SIZZLING AFTERNOON: For a decent part of North and Central Alabama, there is a pretty good chance today will be the hottest day of the summer of 2019. Here are some 3:00 p.m. observations…

Shelby County Airport (Calera) 101
Demopolis 100
Bessemer 100
Talladega 100
Sylacauga 100
Birmingham 99
Tuscaloosa 99
Gadsden 99
Anniston 98
Montgomery 94
Mobile 81 (rain cooled air thanks to a passing thunderstorm)

Showers and storms are widely scattered across the state, and mainly over the central and southern counties.

TO THE NORTH: A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of Middle Tennessee, and strong storms will likely drop into North Alabama tonight ahead of a surface front. SPC has the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama in a “slight risk” (level 2/5) tonight, with a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) down to Tuscaloosa, Sylacauga, and Roanoke. The main threat will come from strong straight line winds.

Storms should weaken late tonight as they approach I-20.

TOMORROW: The front will continue moving to the south, and the main threat of showers and storms will be over the southern half of the state, where SPC has “marginal risk” defined. The air will be drier over North Alabama with lower humidity levels, and the heat comes down as well with highs back in the low 90s.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Much of Alabama will be rain-free. Mostly sunny days, lower humidity, and slightly cooler nights. Highs in the low 90s, lows in the upper 60s. Showers will be confined to the Gulf Coast, and even there they should be widely spaced.

SUNDAY AND NEXT WEEK: The American global model is now trying to bring moisture back into the state Sunday with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, and that risk will continue daily through next week. But, earlier runs have kept the state dry Sunday/Monday. We will only mention isolated showers now for Sunday, the then bring back the chance of scattered showers/storms each day next week. Highs will be in the 88-92 degree range most days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: All remains quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

ON THIS DATE IN 1987: A succession of thunderstorms produced rainfall that was unprecedented in 116 years of precipitation records at Chicago, Illinois during an 18 hour period from the evening of the 13th to the early afternoon of the 14th. The resulting flash flood was the worst ever to strike the Chicago metropolitan area, causing three deaths and water damage that amounted to 221 million dollars. O’Hare International Airport received an event total of 9.35 inches of rain in 18 hours, shattering the previous 24-hour record of 6.24 inches. For about 24 hours, the airport was only accessible from the air as all roads were blocked by high water, including the Kennedy Expressway.

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