Tropical Rain Continues/Isolated Tornadoes Still Possible

| August 31, 2021 @ 5:47 am

BREEZY/WET: The remnant circulation of Ida is near the northwest corner of Alabama early this morning, and bands of tropical rain continue. Winds are in the 10-20 mph range, with gusts to 25 mph in a few spots. Occasional rain continues today, although the rain will be ending over the western counties later this morning as a slot of dry air enters the state.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for most of Alabama; additional rain amounts of around one inch are likely today. Of greater concern is the potential for a few brief, isolated tornadoes over the eastern and southern counties this afternoon. SPC maintains a “slight risk” (level 2/5) today for areas east of a line from Fort Payne to Talladega to Prattville to Brewton… this is where the greatest chance of a brief tornado or two could form.

The greatest chance of isolated tornadoes will come roughly from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. over East and South Alabama. Like the ones yesterday, they will most likely be short lived, and sometimes these tropical tornadoes can get down with little or no warning. So, be weather aware today.

Rain ends for most of the state this evening as Ida lifts away from the region, and tomorrow will be a mostly dry day with just the chance of a few lingering showers early in the day. The sky becomes partly sunny tomorrow with a high in the low 80s.

THURSDAY THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND: A very dry airmass will settle into the state, setting the stage for some amazingly nice weather Thursday through the long Labor Day weekend. We expect sunny warm days, clear pleasant nights, and lower humidity all five days. Highs will be mostly in the upper 80s, with lows in the 60s. However, cooler spots across North/Central Alabama will likely drop into the 50s early Thursday and Friday morning for a nice touch of fall.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: Moisture slowly returns Tuesday, but for now we will only mention a few isolated showers Tuesday through Friday. Otherwise, partly sunny days and mostly fair nights with highs holding in the 80s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Kate is a weak, highly sheared tropical storm in the middle of the Atlantic. It will stay weak, and far from land.

A well organized tropical wave has emerged off the coast of Africa; there is a high chance this becomes Tropical Storm Larry within the next day or two, but it will be gaining latitude, and will recurve into the open Atlantic far east of the U.S.

And, a broad area of low pressure is forecast to develop over the southwestern Caribbean Sea in a couple of days. Environmental conditions appear to be somewhat conducive for slow development by the end of the week, as long as the system remains over water. This system is expected to move gradually west-northwestward or northwestward at 5 to 10 mph toward Central America.

There are no tropical systems threatening the central Gulf Coast through the Labor Day weekend.

ON THIS DATE IN 1886: A magnitude 7.3 earthquake shook Charleston, South Carolina around 9:50 pm on this day. This earthquake is the most damaging quake to occur in the southeast United States. This earthquake caused 60 deaths and between 5 to 6 million dollars in damage to over 2,000 buildings in the southeastern United States.

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