Summer Rain

| August 17, 2015 @ 5:00 am

WET PATTERN SETTING UP: An upper low has formed just west of Alabama, and that feature will just hang around much of the week, setting up a wet and unsettled weather pattern.

We expect mostly cloudy weather statewide through tonight, with periods of rain and a few thunderstorms. Nothing severe, but a strong storm is possible in a few spots. And, because of the clouds and rain, we won’t get past the low 80s today. That is about ten degrees below average for the middle of August in Alabama.

REST OF THE WEEK: Not much change. Generally cloudy weather with scattered to numerous showers and storms on a daily basis through Friday. You will see the sun at times, and there will be some pretty good breaks in the rain, but a shower or storm could come at almost anytime in this kind of pattern, even late at night or during the morning.

Five day rain totals of around two inches are likely, with some spots possibly getting more.

We do note a strong cold front for mid-August will bring the risk of severe weather across parts of the Great Plains today and tomorrow, but that front is not expected to make it through Alabama, and we don’t expect any organized severe weather this week.

THE WEEKEND: While scattered showers and storms are certainly possible Saturday and Sunday, if not likely, they will be a little fewer in number as the upper low weakens and lifts out. Then, expect drier and hotter weather for the first few days of next week with highs going back into the low 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

GULF COAST WEATHER: Only about 2 to 4 hours of sunshine each day through mid-week along the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores, with occasional passing showers or storms. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the low 80s.

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TROPICS: A tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic actually has some chance of developing over the next few days as it moves to the west/northwest… we will keep an eye on it. A long way away, however…


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Due to my travel out to Oklahoma for tonight’s show, just one Weather Xtreme video today and tomorrow, but I will post some forecast notes by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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