Summer Mix Of Sun And Storms Over The Weekend

| July 16, 2021 @ 3:24 pm

RADAR CHECK: The northern half of Alabama is relatively dry at mid-afternoon with only isolated showers, but showers and storms are extensive to the west over East Mississippi, and over the southwest counties of Alabama. Flash flood warnings were required for parts of Baldwin County, where over three inches of rain came down this morning.

A number of showers and thunderstorms will develop over North/Central Alabama over the next 6-8 hours in a moist, unstable airmass. Away from showers, temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We expect a classic summer mix of sun and thunderstorms tomorrow and Sunday. Look for a mix of sun and clouds north days with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms, most active between 1:00 and 11:00 p.m. In this airmass, a few late night or morning showers can’t be ruled out, however. Storms that form will be very efficient rain producers. Highs over the weekend will be mostly in the mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The weather just won’t change much. Warm, humid days periods of sun and scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. Temperatures will remain below average with highs most days in the 85-89 degree range. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through early next week.

UHI STORM? An isolated, lone thunderstorm developed over downtown Birmingham around 7:00 p.m. yesterday, and dropped over two inches of rain in a short amount of time. A flash flood warning was issued, and some streets temporarily were impassable because of high water. Considering the circumstances, there is a good chance that the UHI (Urban Heat Island) effect was partly to blame for the development of this storm.

An urban heat island occurs when a city registers higher temperatures than the surrounding rural areas. Cities like Birmingham heat up because of all the cars, air conditioning units, idling engines, and miles of asphalt and concrete that either produce or retain heat. The added heat causes air to ascend over the city center and sink along its periphery, aiding in thunderstorm development.

ON THIS DATE IN 1979: The most damaging tornado in Wyoming history touched down 3 miles west-northwest of the Cheyenne airport. This strong tornado moved east or east-southeast across the northern part of Cheyenne, causing $22 million in damage and one fatality. 140 houses and 17 trailers were destroyed. 325 other homes were damaged. Four C-130 aircraft and National Guard equipment sustained $12 million damage.

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