Hot and Humid Weekend Weather

| July 25, 2020 @ 12:20 pm

Hot and humid weather continues today and tomorrow across Alabama. Through the morning hours it’s been sunny, but we are starting to see more clouds in the sky and we will be watching the radar as those seemingly random showers and storms pop-up across the Alabama landscape through the afternoon and evening hours.

Temperatures are heading into the lower 90s in most spots this afternoon. Expect more of the same tomorrow.

HURRICANE HANNA: At 1000 AM CDT, the center of the eye of Hurricane Hanna was located by reconnaissance aircraft and NOAA Doppler weather radars near latitude 27.1 North, longitude 96.3 West.

Hanna is moving toward the west near 7 mph, and this motion should continue through this morning. A gradual turn toward the west-southwest is expected by late afternoon and tonight, and that motion should continue through Sunday. On the forecast track, the center of Hanna should make landfall along the Texas coast within the hurricane warning area by late afternoon or early this evening.

Data from the NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft and Doppler weather radars indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 80 mph with higher gusts. Some further strengthening is possible before Hanna makes landfall later today. Rapid weakening is expected after Hanna moves inland. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles. Reports from the NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the minimum central pressure is 978 mb (28.88 inches).

THE WEEK AHEAD: Better rain chances highlight our forecast for the week ahead. The upper ridge over the region weakens, and with colder air aloft the air will be more unstable, and we expect rather unsettled weather with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis. Rain chances look to be in the 60-70% range each day, so hopefully we will all be getting some rain at times through the week. With the additional clouds and rain, temps will not be as hot, with highs generally in the upper 80s, with extremely muggy conditions expected.

REST OF THE TROPICS: We also still have Gonzalo, Douglas, and what will likely become Isaias.

GONZALO: At 1100 AM AST, the center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 10.5 North, longitude 60.5 West. Gonzalo is moving toward the west near 18 mph. A general westward to west-northwestward motion is expected today and tonight. On the forecast track, Gonzalo will move across the southern Windward Islands this afternoon or evening and over the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast before Gonzalo reaches the southern Windward Islands later today. Weakening is expected after Gonzalo moves over the southeastern Caribbean Sea, and the system is forecast to dissipate by Sunday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1009 mb (29.80 inches).

WAY OUT IN THE ATLANTIC: A tropical wave is producing an area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms a few hundred miles southwest of Cabo Verde Islands. The wave is expected to move westward at about 15 mph during the next several days, and a tropical depression could form by early next week when the system reaches the western tropical Atlantic. Formation chance through 5 days…medium…60 percent.

DOUGLAS: At 500 AM HST, the center of Hurricane Douglas was located near latitude 19.1 North, longitude 148.4 West. Douglas is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph. This motion is expected to continue with a slight decrease in forward speed today, followed by a slight turn toward the west tonight through Monday. On the forecast track, Douglas will be near the main Hawaiian Islands late tonight through Sunday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 105 mph with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected through the weekend. However, Douglas is still forecast to be near hurricane strength when it nears the islands. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles. The estimated minimum central pressure is 975 mb (28.80 inches).

BEACH FORECAST CENTER: Get the latest weather and rip current forecasts for the beaches from Fort Morgan to Panama City on our Beach Forecast Center page. There, you can select the forecast of the region that you are interested in visiting.

WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 124.7F at Ainaltamer, Iraq. The lowest observation was -98.3F at Dome C, Antarctica.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 113F Death Valley, CA. The lowest observation was 30F at Chouteau, MT.

WEATHER ON THIS DATE IN 1986: Tremendous hailstones pounded parts of South Dakota damaging crops, buildings and vehicles. Hail piled two feet deep at Black Hawk and northern Rapid City. Hail an inch and a quarter in diameter fell for 85 minutes near Miller and Huron, piling up to depths of two feet.

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