While there will be a few isolated to scattered showers for the northern half of Central Alabama during the afternoon and into the early evening, most everyone will remain dry for another day. I know that I have not received any measurable rain at the new house since we moved in at the end of August. The bad news is that we’ll get up into the upper 90s to a few locations hitting 100 degrees or just over.
More bad news is that today is a Code Orange Air Quality Alert Day as ground-level ozone levels will be unhealthy for sensitive groups in the Birmingham metropolitan area. Those with lung or heart disease, asthma, or children and the elderly should limit prolonged outdoor activity.
Potential Tropical Depression Nine is forecast to become a tropical depression or tropical storm later today. Current conditions at 10:00 am show the minimum pressure at 1009 MB and maximum sustained winds at 30 MPH. The center is located around 280 miles to the east-southeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and current movement is to the northwest at 1 MPH.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Jupiter Inlet to Flagler-Volusia County line.
Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the northwestern Bahamas later today. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on the Florida peninsula by Saturday or Saturday night.
The potential tropical cyclone is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations through Sunday:
* The Bahamas: 2 to 4 inches, isolated maximum amounts 6 inches.
* The U.S. Southeast Coast from central Florida into South Carolina: 2 to 4 inches.
This system is not expected to produce significant storm surge in the northwestern Bahamas.