While It’s A Beautiful Midday Here, Eyes Are Focusing On Dorian

At 12:15 pm, we have plenty of sunshine across the area with just a few fair-weather clouds passing overhead. Current temperatures were in the 80s across the area ranging from 81 degrees in Cullman to 88 degrees in Troy. Birmingham was at 84 degrees. Dewpoints are still up in the mid-60s to the lower 70s across the area, but as the cold front continues to work across the area, more drier air will flow into Central Alabama.

The cold front will continue to push through the area during the day that will continue to pull drier air into Central Alabama that will last through at least Friday. Skies will be mainly sunny through the remainder of the day and mainly clear through the overnight hours. Highs will top out in the upper 80s to the lower 90s with overnight lows dropping into the upper 50s to the upper 60s across the area.

Skies will be sunny once again on Thursday, and with much drier air in place, the afternoon will feel very comfortable. Dewpoints will be in the 50s and afternoon highs will top out in the mid-80s to the lower 90s across the area from northwest to southeast. Enjoy it while you can as more moisture will start to move into the area during the weekend with showers and storms becoming possible along and south of I-85 on Saturday, and across all of Central Alabama on Sunday.

The NHC is now forecasting Dorian to become a hurricane very soon and is forecast to be a Category 3 Hurricane (Major) just offshore of Daytona Beach, Florida on Monday morning. Currently, Dorian is a tropical storm packing winds at 70 MPH, just shy of hurricane strength. Movement is to the northwest at 13 MPH and should be moving over St. Croix shortly. The current track keeps it heading northwest as a hurricane until Friday morning when it will shift to a west-northwesterly track toward the southeastern US coastline. Conditions will become more favorable and looks to strengthen into a major hurricane by Sunday morning. I’ll have more updates throughout the week and weekend.

Erin is currently heading to the northwest but will be shifting to the northeast and accelerating later today. Erin is currently a depression and looks to become extratropical on Thursday while continuing to stay away from the east coast of the United States. Erin may deepen and become an extratropical storm before affecting the eastern parts of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Sound, and Nova Scotia on Thursday and Friday.

The National Weather Association Foundation is bringing WeatherReady Fest to the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville on September 7, 2019, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This one-day festival will include family-friendly games, fun learning activities, large response vehicles, and enlightening speakers. Local and national celebrities will make special appearances, along with the NWA’s very own, Owlie Skywarn. Over 6,000 attendees showed up in St. Louis for last year’s event… let’s break that record this year. Get your free timed tickets now as they are going fast. More information and a link to tickets are available on the festival website at www.weatherreadyfest.com. Hope to see you there!

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