WHAT’S HAPPENING AT MIDDAY
We have a good bit of sunshine as we have reached the midday hour on this first day of June, the first day of Meteorological Summer, and the first day of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Temperatures across Central Alabama were in the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Troy was the warm spot at 84 degrees while Haleyville was the cool spot at 78 degrees. Birmingham was at 81 degrees.
Skies will start to become partly cloudy for the afternoon and into the very early evening hours, but most of Central Alabama will stay dry today. An isolated shower or two may be possible south of the I-85 and US 80 corridors, but the chances are very small. Afternoon highs will top out in the mid-80s to right at or just over 90 degrees. Skies will stay partly cloudy during the overnight hours with lows dropping into the mid to upper 60s.
Humidity along with temperatures will be on the rise starting on Tuesday, and so will the chance of those afternoon showers and storms. Skies will be partly cloudy throughout the day and there will be a chance of isolated to scattered afternoon showers and storms for the west and southwestern parts of the area (mainly along and west of a line from Fayette to Clanton to Troy). Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to the lower 90s.
Amanda became a remnant low over Central America during the afternoon hours on Sunday but has now been classified as Invest 93L as it will likely be moving over the waters of the Bay of Campeche and the Gulf of Mexico over the next few days.
As of 7:00 am today, the center of the low was located over the western parts of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and was slowly moving to the north. It has an 80% chance of redeveloping into a depression within the next 24-48 hours. It is forecast to drift west or west-southwest over the Bay of Campeche through mid-week.
Where it goes after that is up in the air, but the European model is showing a 70% chance of a tropical storm eventually moving north and northwest up towards the Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana. Once this disturbance becomes organized, we can actually get a better idea of where we can expect it to go.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season started today, so you will now need to stay aware along the coast if any features form. The good news is that the rest of the Atlantic Basin is relatively quiet at this juncture.