Humid With Occasional Showers/Storms Through Mid-Week

| July 6, 2021 @ 3:12 pm

RADAR CHECK: As expected, scattered showers and thunderstorms have returned to the northern half of Alabama this afternoon with rising moisture levels. Heaviest rain statewide today has been near the Gulf Coast, where parts of southern Baldwin County received over five inches this morning with some flooding issues. Scattered showers and storms remain possible tonight, although they will diminish after 10 p.m.

REST OF THE WEEK: With an upper trough to the west, and deep tropical moisture in place, we expect occasional showers and thunderstorms tomorrow and Thursday with a mostly cloudy sky. Most places hold in the 70s all day tomorrow due to clouds and rain; low 80s are expected Thursday afternoon. Then, on Friday, with a mix of sun and clouds scattered showers and storms will form during the day, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. It will be a bit warmer Friday with a high in the mid to upper 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Seeing evidence precipitable water values will come down a bit over the weekend… and accordingly showers and thunderstorms should thin out a bit Saturday and Sunday. Chance of any one spot getting wet both days is 25-35 percent, and with a partly sunny sky both days highs should be in the upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: For now we expect pretty routine weather through the week with partly sunny, warm, humid days with the usual round of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” daily. Highs during the week will be in the 87-91 degree range… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

EYES ON ELSA: Elsa now has winds of 70 mph in the Southeast Gulf of Mexico. Since it could become a minimal hurricane before landfall, NHC has issued a hurricane warning for the Florida West coast from Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River. The impact will be the same from a 70 mph tropical storm and an 80 mph hurricane; the Florida Peninsula will deal with lots of rain and wind, along with the threat of storm surge flooding and a few isolated tornadoes and waterspouts.

A storm surge of 3-5 feet is forecast for Tampa Bay north to near Cedar Key. Elsa will turn northeast and move through southern Georgia, and the south Atlantic coast tomorrow night into Thursday. And, while the impact of Elsa will be east of the Central Gulf Coast (Gulf Shores, Pensacola, Destin, Panama City Beach)… we note there is a high rip current danger tomorrow and Thursday.

The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet, and additional tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

ON THIS DATE IN 1893: A violent tornado killed 71 persons on its forty-mile track across northwestern Iowa. Forty-nine persons were killed around Pomeroy, where eighty percent of the buildings were destroyed, with most leveled to the ground.

ON THIS DATE IN 1928: A seven-inch hailstone weighing 1.5 pounds fell in Potter Nebraska. With a circumference of 17 inches, this appeared to be the largest hailstone in the world at that time.

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