Showers/Storms Remain Possible Today; Dry Air Rolls In Tomorrow

| September 21, 2021 @ 5:57 am

RADAR CHECK: Showers and a few thunderstorms are developing early this morning over the northern half of Alabama as a moist air lingers over the state. Look for more clouds than sun today with scattered to numerous showers and storms through tonight; the high will be in the low 80s this afternoon. We note the flash flood watch for the northern half of the state expired last night and was not extended.

COLD FRONT TOMORROW: The long awaited cold front will roll through the state early tomorrow… showers will end by mid-morning over the northern half of the state. The sky becomes partly to mostly sunny by afternoon with a brisk north wind of 10-20 mph; gusts to 25 mph are possible. Humidity levels will lower during the day as the dry air takes over. The front is arriving right on time; autumn “officially” arrives tomorrow at 2:20p CT… this is when the sun is directly over the equator, and we have approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.

Look for picture perfect fall weather Thursday through the weekend with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Temperatures will drop into the 45-55 degree range early Thursday and Friday morning… easily the coolest air so far this season. Look for highs in the mid 70s Thursday and Friday, followed by low 80s Saturday and Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: Dry weather continues Monday through Wednesday with highs in the low 80s… global models suggest a few showers could return by Thursday and Friday as moisture levels rise, but amounts will likely be light. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Tropical Storms Peter and Rose are “junk systems” in the Atlantic. Weak, disorganized, and no threat to land. A tropical wave in the eastern has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next few days as it moves to the west/northwest, but this will also turn northward well before reaching the U.S. There are no systems threatening the Gulf of Mexico over the next 7 days.

ON THIS DATE IN 1938: A powerful hurricane struck Long Island and Southern New England. This Category 3 Hurricane was traveling at 47 mph when it made landfall near Bellport, New York. This storm caused at least 600 deaths and left approximately 63,000 homeless.

ON THIS DATE IN 1989: Hurricane Hugo made landfall on Isle of Palms, South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane. This storm brought strong winds to many areas of South Carolina. In Downtown Charleston, sustained winds of 87 mph were reported; along with gusts of 108 mph. At the time, Hurricane Hugo was the strongest storm to strike the United States in the previous 20-year period. The hurricane was also the nation’s costliest in terms of monetary losses with approximately $7 billion in damage. It is estimated that there were 49 deaths directly related to the storm, 26 of which occurred in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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