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From James Spann and the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: NWS Birmingham continues a flash flood watch for Central Alabama through at least tomorrow as a very wet weather pattern continues…

A large area of rain, with a few embedded thunderstorms, continues to move across North/Central Alabama this afternoon; heaviest rain as I write this at 3:15p CT was over Bibb and Perry Counties. Rain will continue at times tonight.

Birmingham reports 75 degrees at 3:00… that is almost 20 degrees below average for August 8.

REST OF THE WEEK: A surface front just to the north, near the Tennessee border, will drift northward and dissipate, leaving Alabama in a deep layer of tropical moisture. Occasional showers and storms are likely tomorrow through Friday, with potential for heavy rain at times. Of course, there will be breaks in the rain, and a few peeks of sun are possible. But the overall pattern remains wet. Additional rain amounts of 1-3 inches are likely, and some flooding issues are very possible.

Daytime temperatures will remain well below average for mid-August with highs only in the 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: No real change. The sky will be generally cloudy Saturday and Sunday with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms both days; highs will hold in the 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The latest GFS run continues the idea of bringing drier air down into the northern half of Alabama Tuesday, suggesting a chance to dry out during the middle of the week. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FRANKLIN: Tropical Storm Franklin is moving back over water this afternoon; it will cross the Bay of Campeche tonight and tomorrow, with the final landfall on the Mexican coast well south of Brownsville, Texas late tomorrow night or early Thursday morning. The latest NHC forecast suggests the system will remain below hurricane strength.

INVEST 99L: The disturbance in the Atlantic between the Lesser Antilles and the coast of Africa is still struggling due to dry air and shear; if anything survives models suggest it will recurve off the East Coast of the U.S.

There are no tropical systems threatening the northern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next 7 days.

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