Occasional Showers Likely Through The Weekend

| September 17, 2021 @ 3:26 pm

RADAR CHECK: Showers and a few thunderstorms are relatively widespread over the western half of the state this afternoon… but scattered showers are increasing over the eastern counties as well at mid-afternoon. Showers are moving northward, and some are producing heavy rain. Away from the rain the sky is generally cloudy with temperatures mostly in the 78-82 degree range.

We note a flash flood watch remains in effect through tomorrow evening for Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, and Escambia counties in Southwest Alabama.

The weather won’t change much over the weekend… the sky will remain mostly cloudy tomorrow and Sunday with occasional showers and a thunderstorm or two. This won’t be a “wash-out”, but expect off and on rain both days with highs between 78 and 81 degrees. No risk of severe storms, no flooding issues over the northern 2/3 of the state.

NEXT WEEK: A moist airmass stays in place Monday and Tuesday with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms both days, but a nice surge of dry air rolls into the state during the day Wednesday with lowering humidity levels. Thursday and Friday will feature sunshine in full supply both days with cool nights; cooler pocket across North Alabama will likely drop into the 40s early Friday morning (September 24) for the first time this season… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the high school games tonight, the sky will be mostly cloudy, showers are very possible, so take the rain gear (but it won’t rain at every stadium). Temperatures will fall slowly through 70s during the games.

ALABAMA AT FLORIDA (2:30p CT kickoff): It will be a warm, humid day in Gainesville tomorrow. A few passing showers and thunderstorms are likely during the game (take the rain gear)… temperatures will fall from near 84 at kickoff, into the low 80s by the fourth quarter.

AUBURN AT PENN STATE (6:30p CT kickoff): A passing shower can’t be ruled out during the game in State College (especially the first quarter), otherwise mostly fair with temperatures falling from around 80 at kickoff, into the low 70s by the final whistle.

UAB AT NORTH TEXAS (6:30p CT kickoff): The sky will be clear in Denton, Texas Saturday evening. Temperatures will fall from around 90 degrees at kickoff, to near 80 by the fourth quarter.

NORTH ALABAMA AT JACKSONVILLE STATE (6:00p CT kickoff): It will be a warm, humid Saturday night; a shower or storm can’t be ruled out. Temperatures will fall from near 79 at kickoff, into the mid 70s by the final whistle.

TROY AT SOUTHERN MISS (6:00p CT kickoff): A few showers are likely during the first half of the game, otherwise it will be a warm, humid night in Hattiesburg with temperatures falling from the low 80s into the upper 70s.

TROPICS: A tropical wave off the mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. has a high chance of development this weekend, but it will move northeast away from land over the next few days. Another tropical wave in the central Atlantic also has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next few days; it will pass north of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico early next week, but is forecast to turn out to sea before reaching the U.S. And, a third wave in the far eastern Atlantic has a low chance of development as it moves northward over open water.

There are no systems threatening the central Gulf Coast through next week.

ON THIS DATE IN 1989: Hurricane Hugo hit the Virgin Islands, producing wind gusts to 97 mph at Saint Croix. Hurricane Hugo passed directly over the island of Saint Croix causing complete devastation and essentially cutting off the island from communications. A storm surge of five to seven feet occurred at Saint Croix. The only rain gauge left operating, at Caneel Bay, indicated 9.40 inches in 24 hours. Hurricane Hugo claimed the lives of three persons at Saint Croix and caused more than 500 million dollars damage.

ON THIS DATE IN 2004: The remnants of Hurricane Ivan submerged Pittsburgh in 5.95 inches of rain in one day. That is the most rainfall Pittsburgh has seen in a 24-hour period since records began in 1876.

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