WHAT’S GOING ON AT 11:50 AM
While most of Central Alabama is quiet at this point on this second Monday of July, we are already starting to see the formation of showers over the western parts of the area, especially over portions of Fayette and Tuscaloosa counties.
The rest of Central Alabama has mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies and is free from rainfall. Temperatures are in the mid-80s to the lower 90s across the area. Birmingham was at 88 degrees while the “hot” spot was Tuscaloosa at 91 degrees. The cool spot was Sylacauga at 85 degrees.
WEATHER FOR THE REST OF YOUR MONDAY
We’ll continue to have partly cloudy skies across the area with more scattered showers and thunderstorm form with the main heating of the day, especially south of a line from Fayette to Birmingham to Anniston. North of that, a few isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible. Afternoon highs will be in the lower to mid-90s. A few isolated to scattered showers and storms will remain possible in the southern half of the area throughout the late night and overnight hours while much of the northern half will be dry. Lows will be in the lower to mid-70s.
A LITTLE DRIER ON TUESDAY
It still looks like ridging will build in for a little while over the western parts of the southeast US while the low will start to get its act together over the northern Gulf of Mexico just off of the Florida Panhandle. Much of the western parts of Central Alabama will be dry throughout the day while locations east of a line from Selma to Clanton to Gadsden could see a few isolated to scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. We’ll stay hot and humid with a good bit of sun early with some clouds building during the heating of the day. Highs will be in the lower to mid-90s for much of Central Alabama while a few in the southern parts will reach the upper 90s.
The area of interest currently given the name of Invest 92L by the National Hurricane Center is located just north of Macon Georgia at this time and is drifting to the south heading toward the northern Gulf of Mexico. This system is already showing a strong amount of counterclockwise spin. It should cross over the coastline around Panama City Beach and move out over the northern Gulf later this evening.
With water temperatures averaging between 85-88 degrees along and just off of the Gulf Coast and a lack of wind shear in place, the low will gain tropical characteristics quickly as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a depression or Tropical Storm Barry by Wednesday evening.
While most models take it toward the coastline of Texas and Louisiana, the Canadian curves it back around and back up through the southern parts of Alabama as soon as Saturday evening. At this point, it is still too early to make a forecast on its path until it gets better organized within a day or two.
TODAY IN WEATHER HISTORY
1975 – Three people were killed and six others were injured when lightning struck a walnut tree near Mayo, FL. The nine people were stringing tobacco under a tin shed when the bolt hit the nearby tree.