Monday Evening August 13, 2018
Meteorologist: James Spann
RADAR CHECK: As expected, showers are almost impossible to find across much of North and East Alabama this afternoon, where dry air is in place. We do have scattered showers and thunderstorms south of a line from Millport to Calera to Auburn; they are drifting slowly to the south and will dissipate after sunset. Temperatures are generally in the low 90s this afternoon.
TOMORROW/WEDNESDAY: Not much change, although moisture levels will be a bit higher. We will forecast a partly sunny sky both days with a few widely scattered, afternoon "pop up" storms during the peak of the heat. Highs will remain mostly in the low 90s; a few spots could reach the mid 90s.
THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Afternoon storms will remain scattered on Thursday, but there should be an increase in the coverage of rain statewide Friday as the air becomes more unstable, and moisture levels continue to rise. The chance of any one spot getting wet Thursday is 30 percent, rising to near 60 percent Friday. The high Thursday will be close to 90, then falling back in the 80s Friday due to the increase in clouds and showers.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Rather unsettled weather will continue with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. Most of the showers will come from roughly 1:00 until 11:00 p.m... although we can't totally rule out a late night or morning shower. The sky will be occasionally cloudy, and the high will be in the 85-89 degree range both days.
NEXT WEEK: For now it looks like fairly routine August weather next week, with partly sunny, hot days and the usual risk of "scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms". Highs will be pretty close to 90.
TROPICS: A small swirl in the Central Atlantic, far from land, only has a 10-20 percent chance of development over the next five days. The rest of the Atlantic basin remains very quiet.
ON THIS DATE IN 2004: Charley moved into the Florida Gulf Coast south of Tampa Bay near Punta Gorda with sustained winds of 150 mph, a strong category four hurricane. It was one of four hurricanes that made landfall, or had a direct impact on the Sunshine State that season. Charley was initially expected to hit further north in Tampa, and caught many Floridians off-guard due to a sudden change in the storm’s track as it approached the state. Along its path, Charley caused 10 deaths and $16.9 billion in damage to insured residential property, making it the second costliest hurricane in United States history at the time. Charley was a compact, fast-moving storm, which limited the scope and severity of the damage.
BEACH FORECAST CENTER: See our beach forecast for the Alabama and NW Florida Gulf Coast.
SEVEN DAY FORECAST: See our Seven Day Forecast for Birmingham and Central Alabama.
Today's Record Temperatures