Monday Morning, August 21st, 2017
Forecaster: Scott Martin
The Great American Solar Eclipse Day
For those who have been worried about the weather conditions here in Central Alabama for viewing the eclipse, I believe most of us will be relieved with this forecast. For the northern half of the area, skies will be mostly sunny throughout the early to mid-afternoon hours, with a few more clouds and a small risk of scattered afternoon showers and storms for the southern half. It will be hot outside, with afternoon highs reaching the lower to middle 90s and heat index values near 100 degrees. If you are planning on being outside during the entirety of the event, be sure to carry some cold water and sunscreen out there. Any shower and storm activity out there should diminish by the early evening and skies will be partly cloudy throughout the area. Lows will be in the lower to middle 70s.
Eclipse Viewing Safety
Do not look at the sun with the naked eye or with regular or polarized sunglasses. Irreversible damage to your eyes will occur, even if it is just for a split-second. Only view the sun with specific eclipse glasses which include a special film to protect your eyes, or with welder's glass that is shade 13 or higher.
May Need An Umbrella For Tuesday, Likely For Wednesday
The standard chance for mainly afternoon and evening scattered showers and storms make a return to Central Alabama for Tuesday, while a trough moving through the Midwest will send a cold front into the area on Wednesday. This will increase our risk for scattered to numerous showers and storms throughout the day. Tuesday's highs will be in the lower to mid-90s, while the front and rain will hold the highs back into the upper 80s to the lower 90s for Wednesday.
Nice And Dry To The North, Showers Remain To The South
As the front moves south through the central parts of the area on Thursday, so will those rain chances. For the northern half of Central Alabama, we can expect drier and slightly cooler conditions on Thursday and Friday, while the front hangs around the southern part of the area and we'll keep a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms for both days. Highs will be in the middle 80s to the lower 90s from north to south.
The Central Alabama Weekend Ahead
Moisture levels will start to increase for the weekend and we'll have to include a small risk for isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms mainly during the afternoon hours. At this point, highs will be in the middle 80s to the lower 90s.
Taking A Peek At The Tropics
The remnants of Harvey continue to move towards Honduras and brush the coastline before making it to the Yucatan Peninsula. It is not expected to reorganize into a tropical cyclone until after it makes it to the Bay of Campeche, where redevelopment may be more likely.
Invest 92L is currently in an unfavorable environment for development and will be for the next couple of days. By the time it nears the Bahamas and Florida, the atmosphere may be more prime for development. Chances are only at 30% for development into a tropical cyclone through the next 5 days.
The third area of disorganized thunderstorms is currently in drier air, and the upper-level winds will be too strong to support cyclone development. This only has a 10% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within the next 5 days.
BEACH FORECAST: See a detailed beach forecast here.
SEVEN DAY FORECAST: See the detailed forecast for the next seven days here.
Today's Record Temperatures