7:17AM May 15, 2018

MORE AFTERNOON STORMS; TROPICAL LOW MOVING NORTH… Numerous showers and thunderstorms will pop up later today across south Alabama and northwest Florida. We continue to monitor the area of disturbed weather in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but as of now, no major changes to report – that’s good news! Our forecast features a round of showers and storms in the P.M. hours in each of the next seven days. Let’s chat…

LOW PRESSURE IN GULF OF MEXICO… The headlines with this have not changed. An area of low pressure in the eastern Gulf of Mexico continues to move northward toward the Florida Panhandle. Local impacts in south Alabama and northwest Florida will be negligble, according to all of the data we have. Enhanced rain chances on Wednesday and Thursday, a higher risk of rip currents at our local beaches, but other than that… Not much to worry about. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) maintains that this system has a 20-30% chance to develop into a tropical storm over the next 24-36 hours before it weakens into an open through. Note that we’ll get a new update from NHC later this morning around 10AM. I’ll bring you the latest in the RedZone Weather app.

STORMS THIS AFTERNOON… Showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening will be similar to those that happened on Sunday and Monday. Heavy bursts of rain, maybe some small hail, and lots of lightning. Storms will move from northeast to southwest, which is not our “normal” storm motion. This is because of the spin around the area of low pressure in the Gulf. Rain chances will be highest over our eastern counties (Covington, Butler, Okaloosa) with slightly lower rain chances in Washington, Mobile, and Clarke counties. High temperatures will also vary quite a bit… Temps will rise into the low-90s in Chatom, Thomasville, Toxey, Coffeville, and Citronelle, while Andalusia, Opp, and Crestview will rise to the mid-80s.

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY STORMS… I expect thunderstorms to be much more numerous and last longer into the evening hours on Wednesday and Thursday. This will be when the area of low pressure has the most influence on our local weather pattern, causing more rain and storms.

WEEKEND PREVIEW… More pop-up afternoon and evening storms are likely this weekend. High temps will be near 90 with morning lows in the upper-60s. I’m not expecting any “all day washout” events but no doubt about it, there will be P.M. storms around. Have a way to check the radar this weekend!

See all the graphics and much more in your Tuesday #rzw forecast video in the post below… Have a great Tuesday!

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