Wet, Unsettled Weather Through Early Next Week

| August 23, 2019 @ 3:43 pm

ACTIVE AFTERNOON: Clusters of showers and thunderstorms continue to move eastward across Alabama this afternoon; a flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Jefferson and Shelby Counties… the southeast part of the Birmingham metro; radar suggests 2-3 inches of rain has fallen in this area.

HIGH FOOTBALL TONIGHT: The rain this afternoon is helping to make the air more stable, but we will maintain a chance of at least scattered showers and thunderstorms across Alabama tonight during high school football games. It won’t rain at every stadium, but in some places a lightning delay could be necessary. I would take the rain gear… temperatures will be around 80 degrees for kickoff at most game sites.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky feature more clouds than sun tomorrow and Sunday with occasional showers and thunderstorms both days. Most of the rain will come from 12:00 noon until 12:00 midnight, but we can’t rule out a late night or morning shower. Highs over the weekend will be generally in the mid 80s with only a limited amount of sun.

NEXT WEEK: Showers and thunderstorms remain likely Monday and Tuesday, but they thin out Wednesday, and the latest run of the American global model (the GFS) suggests Thursday and Friday will be dry with lots of sun, lower humidity, and cooler nights. Some spots could dip into the 50s by Friday morning of next week (August 30). See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is finally coming alive. We have three areas to watch…

TROPICAL DEPRESSION CHANTAL: This depression, far from land in the North Atlantic, is expected to dissipate within 24 hours.

INVEST 98L: The disturbance near the southern tip of Florida is forecast to become a tropical depression or storm within the next 24 hours; it will move northeast, into the open Atlantic, but it will bring heavy rain to parts of the Florida Peninsula (not the panhandle!) through tomorrow, and rough surf to the South Atlantic coast of the U.S.

INVEST 99L: A wave in the Atlantic, between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles, is expected to become a depression or storm within the next few days as it moves to the west/northwest. Way too early to know where this will recurve into the westerlies, and the final destination, but certainly one to watch.

ON THIS DATE IN 1992: While South Florida residents were preparing for Hurricane Andrew, folks in western Montana were dealing with early season snowfall. Some snowfall amounts include 8.3” in Great Falls, 6.2” in Helena, and 5.1” in Cut Bank. This snowfall is the first significant snowfall on record in western Montana in August.

ON THIS DATE IN 2005: Hurricane Katrina formed from Tropical Depression Twelve over the southeastern Bahamas. Katrina would become the costliest ($81.2 billion) and one of the most deadly hurricanes (1,836 lives) in U.S. history.

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