Showers/Storms To Increase In Coming Days

| July 15, 2021 @ 2:06 pm

RADAR CHECK: We have a few scattered showers and thunderstorms across Central Alabama at mid-afternoon, in a broad band from near Centreville to Clanton to Auburn. The showers are drifting north, and will end after sunset. The rest of the state has a partly sunny sky, and temperatures are mostly in the 87-91 degree range.

TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND: An upper trough will approach, the air becomes more unstable, and we expect an increase in the number of scattered showers and thunderstorms tomorrow and over the weekend. This won’t be an “all day” kind of rain or a washout, but we are forecasting scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms each day. Most of the showers (but not necessarily all) will come from 1:00 until 11:00 p.m., and the chance of any one spot getting wet each day is 55-65 percent. Highs will be in the upper 80s tomorrow and Saturday, followed by mid 80s Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks fairly wet Monday and Tuesday; we will forecast a good chance of showers and storms both days with deep moisture in place and a trough overhead. Showers should thin out over the latter half of the week… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Shower activity has become a little more concentrated over the past couple of hours in association with a non-tropical area of low pressure, located several hundred miles south-southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. However, environmental conditions are only marginally conducive for tropical or subtropical development while the low accelerates northeastward through tonight. By Friday, the low is expected to open up into a trough of low pressure to the south of Atlantic Canada. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week.

ON THIS DATE IN 1980: Birmingham’s official high was 102 degrees. Alabama and much of the southern U.S. was in the midst of one of the greatest heat waves of all time. It still rates as one of the hottest Alabama summers on record. Starting on the July 10, 1980, maximum temperatures at Birmingham on a daily basis were 101, 102, 104, 106, 103, 102, 105, 105. The string of triple digit heat was finally broken on the July 18, when powerful storms formed at mid-afternoon, cooling down the temperature just shy of the century mark.

Around the nation, the heat wave claimed anywhere between 1,250 and 10,000 lives. Also because of the massive drought, agricultural damage estimates totaled over $50 billion when adjusted for inflation. In Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, high temperatures exceeded 100 for 69 days between June 23 and September 6. Dallas/Fort Worth reached an all-time high on June 26 and 27, soaring to 113 on both days. In the summer of 1980 in Dallas/Fort Worth, there were 29 days that either tied or broke records for those respective dates. Wichita Falls, Texas would hit 119, the second-highest temperature ever recorded in Texas.

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