STRONG STORMS IN WEST ALABAMA… While much of our region east of I-65 is now in much more stable air, strong to severe storms have fired near the Alabama/Mississippi state line near the Yellow Pine community where a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect. Storms in Clarke, Choctaw, and Washington counties are slowly moving south. Damaging wind gusts will be possible shortly near Yellow Pine and Barlow in west Washington County near the state line.
Storms will fade over the next hour or so as we lose daytime heating. More showers and storms will pop up on Sunday afternoon/evening.
Heavy rain, lots of lightning, hail, and damaging wind gusts are possible in western Washington County, west of AL17 near Barlow, Yellow Pine, and State Line, MS. Storms have faded away across much of our region. These last few storms in Washington/Clarke County fade shortly. pic.twitter.com/gbL9y75EIc
— Spinks Megginson (@rzweather) July 1, 2018
Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for western Washington County, AL until 7:45PM. Chatom, Millry, and Yarbo should expect heavy rain, but the core of the threat is west of these communities. No issues as of now for McIntosh or Wagerville or Leroy.
SCATTERED SHOWERS & STORMS CONTINUE… Several showers and thunderstorms continue across the region as of 4:18PM. At the moment, the strongest thunderstorm is happening near Whatley and Gosport in eastern Clarke County. Nasty travel at the moment between Grove Hill and the Alabama River near Claiborne.
Numerous showers are also happening near Pensacola, Brewton, Milton, Pace, Pensacola Beach, NAS Pensacola, Castleberry, Evergreen, Andalusia, and Florala.
You can clearly see the many clouds now in place across our region in the satellite/radar composite image, above. These clouds should act as somewhat of a stabilizer over the next few hours, meaning many of the showers and storms currently in place should fade away over the next 3 hours.
Another round of primarily P.M. showers and storms will happen on Sunday.
Scattered thunderstorms continue to produce heavy rain and lots of cloud-to-ground lightning near Brewton, Evergreen, Lenox, Repton, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan, and Dauphin Island.
We note much of Walton County, Florida remains under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning due to a storm over Mossy Head and Freeport producing potentially damaging winds in excess of 60mph. Isolated instances of trees being blown down and other minor damage will be possible there. The warning includes areas north of Choctawhatchee Bay. At the moment, places near Miramar Beach are NOT included.
Storms will continue to pop up over the next few hours before we start to lose daytime heating around 8PM.
STRONG STORMS NEAR ALABAMA BEACHES… Several areas of heavy rain and lightning are happening across south Alabama and northwest Florida. We note a strong storm is moving into areas near Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Pensacola Beach this afternoon. Please be inside as thunderstorms move by! Several storms are also happening near Castleberry, Johnsonville, Laurel Hill, Niceville, Burnt Corn, and Bayou La Batre.
Scattered storms will continue to develop over the next few hours. I’ll continue to monitor radar trends and bring you the latest here in the RZWeather app and on rzweather.com.
Scattered thunderstorms continue to produce heavy downpours of rain and lots of lightning across south Alabama and northwest Florida. Nothing severe as of 12:42PM. Here’s a quick check of the radar…
Scattered thunderstorms are off to a quick start across south Alabama and northwest Florida late morning… Splash and dash storms! Nothing severe, but expect heavy rain and lightning at times. pic.twitter.com/o167PGlG8X
— Spinks Megginson (@rzweather) June 30, 2018
SCATTERED STORMS TODAY… Numerous showers and thunderstorms will pop up across south Alabama and northwest Florida today. The greatest chance of rain will happen from 2PM to 8PM, but storms can and will fire outside of that core timeframe. We’ll call it a 60% chance of rain for our region today. There will inevitably be some spots that are dry all day and into the evening, but some spots will be quite wet as these pop-up storms happen. While high temperatures will be in the low-90s this afternoon, heat index values will climb to near 105° by 3PM in some spots.
GENERAL SUMMER STORMS… The showers and thunderstorms that fire up today are our normal, seabreeze-induced thunderstorms that fire up in the heat of the day. These storms normally “pack a punch” with heavy rain and lots of lightning. Widespread severe weather, however, is not expected (like what we had on Thursday across the region) but some of these pop-up storms can briefly ramp up to be strong or even severe. Again, the core timeframe is 2PM to 8PM, but isolated storms are possible outside of that timeframe as well.
SEASONAL DAYS AHEAD… The next seven days will feature heat, ample humidity, and a chance of storms in the afternoon and evening hours. High temperatures will be around 92° with morning lows in the 70s.
LOW PRESSURE MIDWEEK… Several weather models suggest that an area of low pressure could develop near our area or just to our west over Louisiana by the middle part of this week. For now, there’s no evidence to suggest tropical trouble, but what this does mean is that we may have to bump rain chances up for Wednesday and Thursday before the system moves southwest away from our area. The rest of the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean are quiet.
FANTASTIC PHOTO… Special thanks to Rachel Carrow for the incredible sunset view (above) from near Chumuckla, FL in Santa Rosa County last evening. Many great sunset views came in via the RedZone Weather app. To send in a photo, simply tap the Share tab (bottom middle tab) and complete the name/location info BEFORE you upload the photo so I can properly attribute the photo to you. It is so helpful to have so many folks sending in pics! “Ground truth” observations and photos are immensely helpful to me. Thank you again!
I’ll have radar updates throughout the day, as needed, here in the RZWeather app and on rzweather.com.
Have a wonderful Saturday!