Lower Humidity, Cooler Nights

| September 4, 2013 @ 6:05 am

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COOLER MORNING: The dry, continental air over North Alabama is making for a comfortable morning. A few observations shortly before sunup…

Black Creek (just northeast of Gadsden) 59
Cullman 61
Fort Payne 61
Crossville 61
Russellville 61
Haleyville 62
Valley Head 63
Fayette 65

The surface front is near U.S. 80, and will settle down toward U.S. 84 later today; any showers or storms should be south of that line from around Grove Hill to Evergreen to Dothan. Up this way, the day should be mostly sunny. The high will be in the upper 80s, but the humidity levels will be lower than recent days.

REST OF THE WEEK: Sunny days, fair nights. We will be well down in the 60s early tomorrow, and the cooler pockets should visit the 50s again. Afternoon highs will remain mostly in the upper 80s.

OUR WEEKEND: I guess we could consider a slight risk of a shower both days as low level moisture begins to rise, but there is no dynamic support and we will just forecast partly sunny days and fair nights. Highs will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, and humidity levels will be higher.

NEXT WEEK: No real change as the benign weather pattern continues; generally dry weather should be the story at least for Monday and Tuesday.

TROPICS: The wave over the East Caribbean still looks disorganized this morning; NHC gives it a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next 48 hours. Even if something does develop there, the upper trough over the eastern U.S. will turn it northward well before getting close to the U.S. mainland or the Gulf of Mexico. The rest of the Atlantic basin remains very quiet for September.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day for the coast through the weekend… with the usual risk of scattered showers and storms from Panama City over the Gulf Shores. Highs in the upper 80s along the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. The sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 84 degrees. Also know that purple flags are flying on the Alabama Coast due to a high concentration of jellyfish.

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