The Weather Authority: Flash flood watch continues


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

AIR YOU CAN WEAR: A very moist airmass will remain parked over Alabama today; the surface front near the Tennessee River will drift northward and dissipate, and once again we will deal with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms statewide. Yesterday, some places saw over 8 hours of rain; I don’t think the rain today will so continuous, but a passing shower or thunderstorm is possible at any hour.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for parts of Central and West Alabama, including Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.

We won’t get past the mid 80s today… well below average for mid-August in Alabama.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Not much change; a deep layer of tropical moisture hangs around, so we will forecast scattered to numerous showers and storms both days with more clouds than sun. Afternoon highs will be in the 84-88 degree range for most communities.

We do note SPC has a “marginal risk” of severe storms defined for roughly the northern half of the state Friday afternoon.

THE WEEKEND: Unsettled summer weather continues. The sun should peek out a times, but there will be plenty of clouds around with potential for a shower or thunderstorm at just about any hour of the day. Afternoon highs will hold in the mid to upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The primary American global model, the GFS, has been suggesting we could see drier air by the middle of the week, but the most recent run takes that idea off the table. For now we will just go with a “persistence forecast” and mention scattered, and possibly numerous showers and storms on a daily basis with highs generally in the upper 80s.

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