Hot, Muggy Summer Weather With Scattered Storms

| June 29, 2020 @ 3:19 pm

RADAR CHECK: Scattered showers and thunderstorms have formed across Alabama this afternoon as expected. They moving slowly to the east, and producing heavy rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. Some of the heavier storms are over the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama. Away from the thunderstorms, some some places this is the hottest day so far this year. Birmingham hit 93 degrees at 2p CT; other communities are in the low 90s as well.

Showers and storms will fade after sunset as the air becomes more stable.

REST OF THE WEEK: The weather won’t change much. Hot, muggy, humid days with a partly sunny along with random, scattered, showers and thunderstorms, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours from 1:00 until 9:00 p.m. Heavier storms, like today, will be capable of producing strong winds and very frequent lightning. Highs will be close to 90 degrees, with lows in the 70-75 degree range. Very routine weather for the end of June and the first few days of July in Alabama.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Same forecast. Partly sunny, hot, humid days with the risk of a passing thunderstorm in random locations each afternoon. Highs will remain close to 90 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: The upper air pattern won’t change much, meaning there will be little change in the weather. There will be day to day variations in the coverage and placement of the afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, but those are based on small scale weather features that just can’t be identified far in advance. Highs will remain close to 90, with lows mostly in the low to mid 70s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Disorganized showers and thunderstorms located several hundred miles east of the southern Windward Islands are associated with a tropical wave. Some slight development of this system is possible during the next day or so while it moves westward to west-northwestward at around 20 mph. Strong upper-level winds are forecast to inhibit further development by mid-week.

And, An area of low pressure is forecast to form off of the southeastern coast of the United States on Tuesday. Some development of this system is possible later this week while it moves generally northeastward well offshore of the east coast of the United States. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

ON THIS DATE IN 1998: “The Corn Belt Derecho of 1998” in the following states NE, IA, IL, IN, KY. A derecho which originated in far southeast South Dakota moved across Illinois during the afternoon and evening and continued as far east as Ohio the next morning. Every county in central Illinois sustained some damage, as these severe thunderstorms passed. Winds gusted in the 60 to 80 mph range, with some localized microbursts producing winds more than 100 mph. Significant damage occurred in the microburst areas, including the towns of Morton, McLean, LeRoy, and Tolono. In Tolono, 22 cars of a southbound 101-car Illinois Central freight train were blown off the tracks. It was unknown how many vehicles were picked up by the wind, but 16 cars were turned over, and another six derailed but remained upright. The train was en route to Centralia from Chicago with a load of mixed freight, including plastic pellets and meal. The freight cars empty weighed about 60,000 pounds, while a full one weighs about 260,000 pounds. Overall, 12 people were injured, and damage was estimated at around $16 million.

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