Drier Air For North/Central Alabama Tomorrow

| August 2, 2021 @ 3:12 pm

RADAR CHECK: A large mass of rain covers much of Central Alabama this afternoon… we note heavier thunderstorms developing over South Alabama ahead of a surface front draped across the state. Heavy rain is moving into Montgomery as I write this at mid-afternoon. Storms are below severe limits, and temperatures are well below average for early August. Birmingham reports 78 degrees at 3p CT… the average high for August 2 is 91.

Rain and storms will diminish tonight, and the surface front will sag slowly southward. Tomorrow, the northern half of the state will be mostly dry with only a small risk of a shower; rain and storms remain possible over the southern counties. In fact, there is a flash flood watch for the southeast corner of Alabama including places like Dothan, Ozark, and Enterprise. For most of Alabama, temperatures will remain well below 90 degrees tomorrow.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: The front over South Alabama will wash out, and we will mention some risk of scattered showers and storms each day, mostly during the afternoon and evening hours. Otherwise, expect partly sunny days with highs mostly in the upper 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Not much change; we are forecasting a mix of sun and clouds Saturday and Sunday with scattered showers and storms around, mostly between 1:00 and 10:00 p.m The high both days will be around 90 degrees; chance of any one spot getting wet will be in the 35-45 percent range.

NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge will slowly rebuild across the region; highs will be in the 90-93 degree range most days. The sky will be partly sunny, and we will continue to mention “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”, very standard for August. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Out in the far eastern Atlantic, a surface trough of low pressure centered a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some development of this system is possible during the next couple of days while it moves northward or northwestward before the system moves over cool waters by Thursday. This is not close to the U.S… and most of the Atlantic basin will remain very quiet this week.

LOOKING BACK AT JULY: Birmingham’s average temperature for the month of July was 89.1 degrees, below the average of 91. The rain total was 8.66″, well above the average value of 5.42″…. but not close to the record of 20.12″ set in 1916. In fact, July 2021 didn’t even make the top 15 in terms of rain amounts.

ON THIS DATE IN 1985: Delta flight 191 crashed at DFW airport at 6:05 p.m.; killing 137 people. The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Accident Board determined that the cause of the incident was wind-shear associated with an intense thunderstorm downdraft that occurred at the north end of the airport along runway 17 Left (17L). Today we know this intense, localized downburst as a microburst, a weather phenomenon that was not well understood at the time of the accident.Delta 191’s aftermath changed how regulators approached weather threats, how pilots talked to each other in the cockpit and even how fire rescue crews at airports save lives at crashes.

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