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Dry Air Over Most Of Alabama; Lower Humidity Today

| August 31, 2022 @ 5:51 am

FOGGY START: A dense fog advisory is in effect for much of North/Central Alabama early this morning, including places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, and Gadsden… that fog will dissipate by mid-morning. Otherwise, we expect a mostly sunny day ahead with a high around 90 degrees for most communities. Any showers will be confined to the far southern part of the state, and even there most places will be dry. Humidity values will be lower making for a more comfortable day.

Tonight will be clear and very pleasant… some of the cooler spots across North Alabama will dip into the 58-63 degree range early tomorrow; most places will be in the mid 60s. The sky will stay mostly sunny tomorrow with a high at or just over 90 degrees.

FRIDAY AND THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Moisture begins to return Friday, and we will have some risk of scattered showers and storms by afternoon. Then, a deep pool of moisture will settle into the state over the Labor Day weekend. The sky will be occasionally cloudy Saturday through Monday with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms each day. Understand this doesn’t mean a “washout”… the sun will be out at times, but be ready for occasional showers and a few storms. Most (but not all) of the showers will come from about noon to midnight each day, and highs will be in the mid 80s.

NEXT WEEK: Showers should become fewer in number over the latter half of next week as the air becomes a little drier; highs will be mostly in the mid 80s. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: NHC is monitoring three tropical waves in the Atlantic; all three have a medium to high chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next five days, but none of them will impact the U.S. Still no sign of any tropical storm or hurricane threat for the Gulf of Mexico or the U.S. for at least the next 7 to 10 days.

Since 1950, only two Augusts have had no Atlantic named storm formations: 1961 and 1997. And 2022 will join that list after today. FYI, 1961 ended up a hyperactive hurricane season with an extremely busy September-November, while 1997 was a below-average season.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: UAB kicks off their season Thursday night, hosting Alabama A&M at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham (7p CT kickoff). The sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 83 at kickoff, into the 70s by the second half.

Auburn begins their season Saturday evening; they host Mercer at Jordan-Hare Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff). A shower or storm is very possible during the game; the sky will be mostly cloudy. About 81 at kickoff, upper 70s for most of the game.

Alabama also plays Saturday evening; they will host Utah State at Bryant Denny Stadium (6:30p CT kickoff)… pretty much the same situation as Auburn. A passing shower or storm is a distinct possibility, otherwise it will be a warm, humid night with temperatures falling from the low 80s at kickoff into the 70s for most of the game.

For all the other games in the state Saturday; scattered to numerous showers and storms will be around, but the day won’t be a washout. Take the rain gear.

ON THIS DATE IN 1935: The most intense hurricane to make landfall was a modest tropical depression on this day. Called the Labor Day Hurricane, this storm went through phenomenal intensification to become a Category 5 hurricane by September 2nd.

ON THIS DATE IN 1954: Hurricane Carol came ashore on the coast of Newport, RI with a massive surge and winds of 115 mph. In one hour, Carol destroyed 3,800 homes, sank or damaged 2,000 boats and yachts, and leveled almost all of the island’s powered and telephone lines.

BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.

Look for the next Weather Briefing video here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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