Occasional Showers Through Friday; More Clouds Than Sun

| July 29, 2020 @ 3:10 pm

COMFORTABLE SUMMER DAY: While humidity values remain very high, temperatures are well below average for late July across Alabama today due to clouds and showers. The average high for the date is 91 (based on data for Birmingham), but most places are only in the upper 70s and low 80s. Occasional showers will continue across the state through tonight in the tropical air.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather won’t change much tomorrow through Saturday; mostly cloudy days with occasional showers and a few thunderstorms. While most of the rain will come from noon until midnight, we can’t rule out some late night or morning rain as well. Highs will remain mostly in the 80s with only a limited amount of sun. Showers should more scattered and fewer in number Sunday with a high between 87 and 90 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: Looks like fairly routine summer weather through the week. Partly sunny, hot, humid days with random, scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and storms. The tropical system, most likely, won’t impact Alabama at all since we will be on the drier, west side of the circulation. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The tropical wave in the far eastern Caribbean is having a hard time getting organized; it is still “Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine” this afternoon. A recent Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft was still unable to find a well-defined circulation. Therefore, the system has not yet become a tropical depression or storm. The latest forecast track from NHC takes it over Hispaniola tomorrow, and then into the Florida Peninsula (not the Panhandle) Sunday and Sunday night.

Given the expected land interaction and less than ideal upper-level environment, NHC continues to expect the system will remain below hurricane strength over the next five days. Many questions about potential impact to Florida, and it is too early to answer most of those questions. But, as you look at the track, remember most of the rain (not necessarily all) will be along and east of the track center; the west side is the “dry side” with an offshore flow.
Sunday certainly looks like a wet and windy day for the Florida Peninsula (not the Panhandle), but this could change. A good thing is that this won’t be stalling; it will keep moving along in a rather brisk upper air pattern for summer.

For now we expect minimal impact on places like Gulf Shores, Pensacola, and Destin.

ON THIS DATE IN 1960: Severe thunderstorms brought damaging winds, possibly as high as 100 mph to central Oklahoma. Eight planes and several hangars were damaged at Wiley Post Airfield, while two aircraft and additional hangars were damaged at Will Rogers World Airport. The winds caused seven injuries in the area, including two youths who were injured by flying debris.

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