Rising heat; dry weather continues: The Alabama weather blog

Rising heat; dry weather continues: The Alabama weather blog
Rising heat; dry weather continues: The Alabama weather blog

DRY SUMMER WEATHER: The forecast for Alabama through the weekend calls for gradually rising temperatures and a lack of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Most communities will remain dry through Sunday, with mostly sunny days and clear nights. Highs today will be just under 90 degrees, mid-90 degrees tomorrow, and over 90 degrees over the weekend. Fortunately, humidity is relatively low for mid-summer and the heat index will not be a major factor. There will be no rain through Saturday, and only scattered showers on Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The overall pattern will not change much, at least for the first half of the week. Highs between 35 and 40 degrees, with only isolated showers. There are signs that the air will become more unstable towards the end of the week, with isolated showers and thunderstorms becoming more common through Friday and the following weekend (July 20-21)… See the video briefing for maps, graphics and more details.

TROPICS: A broad low pressure system a few hundred miles off the southeastern U.S. coast continues to produce scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Environmental conditions appear to be reasonably favorable for this system to continue developing over the next few days before it moves inland over the southeastern U.S. by the weekend. The probability of development is only 10 percent, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.

RAIN UPDATE: Here are the rainfall amounts for the year so far and the deviations from the average:

Mobile 36.64″ (+0.95″)
Montgomery 36.25″ (+7.88″)
Huntsville 33.70″ (+2.98″)
Muscle Shoals 33.52″ (+2.77″)
Anniston 30.47″ (+0.50″)
Tuscaloosa 29.98″ (-0.05″)
Dothane 29.75″ (+0.69″)
Birmingham 27.05″ (-5.14″)

ON THIS DAY IN 1936: From July 5 to July 17, temperatures exceeding 113 degrees claimed 1,180 lives (mostly the elderly and young children) in Manitoba and Ontario, Canada, during the longest and deadliest heat wave on record. Four hundred of those deaths were from people drowning while seeking refuge from the heat. In fact, the heat was so intense that it buckled steel rails and bridge girders, bent sidewalks, wilted crops, and dried fruit on trees.

ON THIS DAY IN 1980: Birmingham’s high temperature was 102 degrees as the 1980 heat wave intensified. As of July 10, Birmingham’s high temperatures were 101, 102, 104, 106, 103, 102, 105, 105. The hottest day of the summer was July 17, when over 80 percent of the state reached 100 degrees and nearly a quarter of the state reached 105 degrees. The highest temperature that day was 108 degrees, recorded in the cities of Bessemer, Aliceville and Jasper. In Birmingham, it was 105 degrees that day. In the month of July alone, there were an estimated 120 heat-related deaths, as well as the loss of more than 200,000 chickens and half the state’s corn crop. Across the country, the heat wave claimed between 1,250 and 10,000 lives.

Look here for the next video meeting this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. … enjoy the day!

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