Unsettled Weather For Alabama This Week

| July 27, 2020 @ 5:53 am

WET SUMMER PATTERN THIS WEEK: Deep, tropical moisture will high precipitable water values will cover Alabama this week, setting the stage for rather unsettled weather conditions. Today, look for a mix of sun and clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing again this afternoon and tonight. The chance of any one spot getting wet is 50/60 percent, and the high this afternoon will be in the 88-91 degree range for most places. The average high for Birmingham on July 27 is 91.

REST OF THE WEEK: A broad upper trough will develop over the region, and we will forecast numerous showers and thunderstorms tomorrow through Thursday. While most of them will come during the afternoon and evening hours, we can’t rule out some rain during the late night and morning hours as well. The sky will feature more clouds than sun, and highs will be only in the mid 80s. Some evidence showers will thin out a bit on Friday with a high in the upper 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: For Saturday and Sunday, most of the sun will come during the morning hours, and we will have showers and thunderstorms around both days, mainly from about 12:00 noon until midnight. Afternoon highs will be in the 87-90 degree range, still below average for early August in Alabama.

Not much change through next week; partly sunny days with scattered showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. No sign of any excessive heat issues for the state; highs will remain in the upper 80s and low 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Invest 92L, in the Atlantic between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles, is expected to become “Isaias” soon, and most likely will ramp up to hurricane strength in 3-4 days. Using ensemble output from global models, this will likely pass near, or just north of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico late this week as it gains latitude, then recurving just off the East Coast of the U.S. in 7-10 days. But, of course, it is simply too early to know the ultimate track and intensity of the system. But I would say odds are high this won’t be a Gulf of Mexico threat.

The rest of the Atlantic basin, for now, is quiet. No systems threat the Gulf of Mexico for at least five days.

TENNESSEE RIVER WATERSPOUT: A summer shower was responsible for producing a brief waterspout over the Tennessee River at Decatur late yesterday afternoon. This is much like the fair weather waterspouts on the Gulf Coast; they are short lived, and rarely cause any really signifiant damage. It lasted only for about five minutes before it dissipated.

ON THIS DATE IN 1943: A “surprise,” Category 2 Hurricane moved ashore near Galveston, Texas. Due to World War II, all news underwent censorship, including any weather reports making this the surprise storm. The hurricane killed 19 people and caused millions of dollars in damages. Of particular note, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Duckworth and Lieutenant Ralph O’Hair flew an AT-6 Texan into the eye of the hurricane, becoming the first flight into the eye of the storm.

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