A Few Showers Possible Tomorrow

| September 17, 2013 @ 6:05 am

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MOSTLY DRY AGAIN TODAY: Not much change in the Alabama weather situation today. A good supply of sunshine with a high in the mid to upper 80s; there will be some increase in moisture from the east, so I guess we might see a speck or two on radar this afternoon, but the best chance of showers will clearly be over the southeast corner of Alabama around places like Dothan and Ozark.

TOMORROW: A surge of cooler air will move into Alabama from the northeast; we could see a few showers with this “back door” type front, but moisture is very shallow and widespread rain is not expected. The high will drop into the low 80s tomorrow for most communities, with mid 80s for West Alabama.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: These two days look dry and pleasant with highs in the 80s. A few showers could creep into Northwest Alabama Friday night ahead of an approaching cold front, however.

WET START TO THE WEEKEND: The GFS continues to trend wetter for Saturday, with a cold front moving in from the northwest, and a surface low around Mobile. The 00Z run of the GFS suggests that rain amounts will be in the 1/2 to 1 inch range here, and while it won’t rain all day, the rain could come at any hour of the day. And, the rain could persist into Saturday night, although it will be ending from northwest to southeast. Very doubtful we get out of the 70s Saturday because of clouds and rain.

Drier air returns Sunday, with a good supply of sunshine and lower humidity. The high Sunday afternoon will be near 80 degrees; it should be a very pleasant and comfortable day.

NEXT WEEK: Our weather looks completely dry Monday through Wednesday with sunny warm days and fair pleasant nights; highs between 80 and 84, with lows between 58 and 62.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Humberto remains in the middle of nowhere, in the Atlantic halfway between the U.S. and Europe; it is moving northeast and is an issue mainly for shipping interests. A few disturbance over the far western Caribbean will move across Central America and Mexico today, emerging into the Bay of Campeche tomorrow. This has some potential to become Tropical Storm Jerry, and it will wind up in Mexico, much like Ingrid…. no threat to the U.S. The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

GULF COAST WEATHER: About 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day through Thursday on the coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores with a few widely scattered showers and storms. Then, on Friday and Saturday, showers and storms will become more numerous as a surface low forms around Mobile, and a cold front approaches from the northwest. Highs will remain in the 80s, and the sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 85 degrees.

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I will be doing a weather program today at Deer Valley Elementary School, and this evening I will be “Be Ready Tuscaloosa” day in the parking lot of Belle Foods on McFarland Blvd with live weather at 4, 5, and 6:00 on ABC 33/40. So, due to travel, just one Weather Xtreme video today, but I will post some forecast notes here this afternoon. Enjoy the day!


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