Another Cool, Damp Day

| August 19, 2013 @ 5:59 am

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AUGTOBER CONTINUES: The official high in Birmingham only 75 degrees… the fourth consecutive day with a high in the 70s. There have only been two summers where we scored four or more consecutive August days with highs in the 70s. It occurred in 1981 and 1986. Yesterday’s high of 75 was also a record low maximum for August 18… the old record was 77 in 1911.

TODAY: No real change. We have a “wedge” type effect with an low level easterly flow, an old surface boundary that is stalled nearby, and an upper trough to the west. On the radar at daybreak we have rain falling from near Aliceville to Northport to the northern suburbs of Birmingham. We will forecast a cloudy sky today with periods of rain through tonight… while the computer models continue to insist we rise into the mid 80s, I somehow doubt we get out of the 70s for the fifth day in a row.

MID-WEEK: The upper trough breaks down, the surface front fizzles, and the low level flow becomes southerly. This should mean a slow day to day warming through mid-week as afternoon temperatures get back into the 80s. The air will still be pretty moist, so we will still deal with a few passing showers or storms each day tomorrow through Thursday. But, the sun should poke out at times.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: An upper high should be anchored around Kansas City, expanding into the Mid-South, meaning the weekend should finally feel like summer with the higher heights. We project a high approaching 90 degrees Friday through Sunday… the days should be partly sunny, and like most summer days, we will have the risk of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms”.

GULF COAST WEATHER: The weekend was pretty much a total wash-out on the coast, but conditions will slowly improve this week. While showers and storms are likely today, by the latter half of the week we are projecting about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with just scattered showers or storms. Similar weather for the weekend; highs will be in the 80s. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 79 degrees.

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