As we have hit the 11:00 am hour in Central Alabama, we have some clouds over the northern portions of the area that are blocking some of the sun’s rays from reaching the surface, while the rest of the area is enjoying a good bit of sunshine. Radar is showing some moisture up in the clouds over the northeastern corner of the state and back to the west in northeastern Mississippi, but I do not believe any of that is actually making it to the ground.
Temperatures were in the mid-60s to the upper 70s across Central Alabama at this time. Montgomery and Troy were the warm spots at 79 degrees. Gadsden was the cool spot at 64 degrees. Birmingham was sitting at 72 degrees.
We’ll continue to have a mix of sun and clouds across the area throughout the rest of the daylight hours and we just can’t rule out an isolated shower in the extreme southwestern parts of the area before sunset. Afternoon highs look to top out in the upper 70s to the upper 80s across the area from northwest to southeast. Skies will continue to be partly cloudy throughout the night and overnight hours with a small chance of a brief isolated shower in the south and southwestern parts of the area during the evening. The rest of the area will remain dry. Lows will only fall into the upper 50s to the lower 60s.
Wednesday will be an even warmer day with plenty of sunshine and a few clouds, but we should remain completely dry throughout the entire “Hump Day.” Those highs will be much warmer reaching the mid to upper 80s… and I wouldn’t be surprised if Montgomery, Troy, Eufaula, and points in between make a run at 90 degrees.
A broad area of low pressure is expected to develop late this week or early this weekend near or within a couple of hundred miles north of the Bahamas. Environmental conditions appear conducive for the gradual development of this system, and a subtropical depression or storm is likely to form this weekend while it moves northeastward over the western Atlantic. At this point, the NHC gives this a 70% likely chance of it developing into a depression. If it becomes a tropical/subtropical storm, it will be named Arthur.
ON THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY: 1930 – A man was killed when caught in an open field during a hailstorm northwest of Lubbock TX. It was the first, and perhaps the only, authentic death by hail in U.S. weather records.