Dry Through Most Of Next Week

| August 26, 2011 @ 2:24 pm | 2 Replies

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SIZZLING HOT: Pretty hot out there this afternoon. Temperatures at 2:00 include 98 at Anniston, 99 at Birmingham, and 100 at Tuscaloosa. Showers are nonexistent on radar thanks to the subsidence ring on the periphery of Irene.

OUR WEEKEND: Heat levels come down as a northerly flow kicks in; highs drop into the low 90s tomorrow and Sunday, and some of the cooler spots across North Alabama could reach the 50s early Monday. The days will be sunny, and nights clear.

Dry weather lasts into most of next week, although a few isolated showers could show up Wednesday. We need a good, soaking rain, but we see no evidence of that at least for the next 7 days. Even the medium range guidance looks pretty dry around here.

IRENE: The hurricane continues to slowly weaken as dry air continues to enter the circulation. Sustained winds are down to 100 mph… seems like the media doesn’t want to tell you that; I am not sure I ever seen such hysteria over a category 2 hurricane. Yes, this is a significant threat, but it is not historic or the end of the world.

Irene will move over the Outer Banks of North Carolina tomorrow, and into Long Island and New England Sunday. The system will be either a minimal hurricane or tropical storm when it moves into New England, and as we have stated here all week the two main threats are flooding and power outages due to downed trees. Rain amounts of 4 to 8 inches are likely along the path, and some could be without power for several days in extreme cases. This is not the kind of system that will produce major structural damage. The ones at the greatest risk are people that live in flood prone areas. And, the greatest threat to life will be from downed trees.

Irene will dissipate over the North Atlantic by the middle of next week.

TD 10: The tenth tropical depression of the season continues to struggle out in the Atlantic; NHC now keeps the system at tropical depression strength over the next 5 days as it drifts to the northwest over open water. It is no threat to land. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

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