Rain/Storms Ahead For Alabama Tonight And Tomorrow

| September 23, 2020 @ 3:16 pm

RADAR CHECK: Rain is fairly widespread over the northwest counties of Alabama this afternoon, otherwise the sky is partly to mostly cloudy with temperatures generally in the 70s. Rain will slowly increase over the state tonight as the remnant circulation of former Tropical Storm Beta gets closer.

Tomorrow will be a wet and stormy day for Alabama. NWS Huntsville has issued a flash flood watch for the counties in the Tennessee Valley, plus Cullman County; rain amounts could exceed two inches there over the next 36 hours.

And, to the south, SPC maintains a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms for the southern 2/3 of the state.

The air will become unstable over Central and South Alabama, south of a northward moving warm front. Within that airmass, a few storms could produce strong gusty winds. A brief, isolated tornado can’t be totally ruled out during the afternoon hours when the air is most unstable.

Rain and storms will taper off tomorrow night.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Models continue to trend drier; it now looks like most of Friday and Saturday will be warm and dry with showers being few and far between. Humidity levels will rise, and the high Friday will be close to 80 degrees, followed by mid-80s Saturday. Sunday will feature a partly sunny sky with a few scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms around. Sunday’s high will be in the mid-80s as well. Odds of any one spot getting wet are only 10-20 percent Friday and Saturday, and 30 percent Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will remain warm and humid with a few scattered showers, but a cold front arrives Tuesday with a chance of showers, followed by much cooler and drier air Wednesday through Friday. Highs drop to near 70 degrees, with lows between 46 and 52 over the latter half of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: UAB travels to Mobile to take on South Alabama tomorrow night (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly cloudy, but just a small risk of a shower during the game. Temperatures will fall from the low 80s at kickoff, into the upper 70s by the final whistle. Saturday Auburn will host Kentucky at Jordan Hare Stadium (11a CT kickoff)… expect a partly to mostly sunny sky; temperatures will rise into the low 80s during the game. And, Alabama travels to Columbia, Missouri to take on Mizzou Saturday night (6p CT kickoff); the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 82 at kickoff, through the 70s during the second half.

For the high school games Friday night, the sky will be mostly fair, and we have taken the chance of rain out of the forecast. Temperatures will fall slowly into the mid to upper 70s.

TROPICS: Teddy is moving through the Canadian Maritimes this evening as a post-tropical cyclone; the rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet for a change.

ON THIS DATE IN 1975: Eloise made landfall as a category three hurricane near Panama City Beach, generating wind gusts of 155 miles per hour, which demolished hundreds of buildings in the area. The storm’s severe winds, waves, and storm surge left numerous beaches, piers, and other coastal structures heavily impaired.

Wind-related damage extended into inland Alabama and Georgia. Further north, torrential rains along the entire East Coast of the United States created an unprecedented and far-reaching flooding event, especially into the Mid-Atlantic States. In that region, an additional 17 people died as a result of freshwater flooding from the post-tropical storm; infrastructural and geological effects were comparable to those from Hurricane Agnes several years prior. Across the United States, the damage amounted to approximately $560 million. The storm killed 80 people along its entire track; due to the severe damage, the name “Eloise” was retired from the Atlantic tropical cyclone naming lists.

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