Partly Cloudy but Very Nice at Midday; A Few Isolated Showers are Possible This Afternoon

As we have reached the noon hour on Hump Day, skies across Central Alabama are partly cloudy as we are continuing to see the effects from the upper low stationed off to our northeast over the Carolinas. Radar is free from any precipitation at this time. Temperatures across the area were in the lower 70s to the lower 80s. Tuscaloosa and Montgomery were tied at 82 degrees as the warm spots. The cool spots were Alexander City, Pell City, and Anniston at 73 degrees. Birmingham was sitting at 75 degrees.

For the rest of the afternoon hours, skies will continue to be partly cloudy across the area and there will be a very slight chance (less than 20%) of isolated showers and thunderstorms across the northern half of the area (north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Clanton to Alexander City). Afternoon highs will be in the lower to mid-80s… and with dewpoints in the lower 60s across the area, it will still feel very comfortable.

For Thursday, we look to get back into a more typical weather pattern for the summertime in Central Alabama. We’ll have a good bit of sunshine to start with, but clouds will build during the late morning and into the afternoon hours. We’ll have a chance of isolated to scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms across all of Central Alabama, with those chances in the 20-40% range from west to east. Afternoon highs will top out in the mid to upper 80s.

The tropics are all quiet at this point and no new tropical cyclones are expected to develop over the next 120 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Caribbean Sea. A good supply of Saharan dust will be making a trek westward over the tropical Atlantic and eventually the Gulf of Mexico that will help keep the tropics quiet… but be prepared for slightly hazy skies and outstanding sunsets along the Gulf Coast.

On this date in 1882, a tornado traveled more than 200 miles across the state of Iowa killing 130 persons. The tornado touched down about ninety miles west of Grinnell and struck the town and college around sunset, killing sixty persons, and causing more than half a million dollars damage. Traveling at nearly 60 mph, the tornado hit Mount Pleasant about 11 PM causing another half a million dollars damage.

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