STRONG STORMS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING; LESS HUMID MONDAY AHEAD… The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Alabama and all of northwest Florida in their Level 1 (out of 5) marginal risk to potentially see a few strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into this evening. Similar to yesterday, storms will produce a lot of lightning, heavy rain, small hail, and perhaps a few damaging straight line wind gusts in the stronger storms. The tornado risk is virtually nil, and this low-end risk is in place strictly because of a low-end chance of damaging straight line winds. Not everyone will be wet this evening, but where rain does happen, I expect very heavy downpours. The good news is we get a break from the storms on Monday into Tuesday. Let’s talk details…
CONECUH COUNTY DAMAGE… If you missed the update last night in the RedZone Weather app, we reported on the several damage reports from Conecuh County. 1) Emergency management officials reported a community water outage in the Cohassett community in eastern Conecuh County due to a lightning strike to a water line. No word yet on whether water service has been restored. 2) Trees were reported down along Old Sparta Road and near the intersection of US31 & US84 east of Evergreen. Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect last evening for these areas. This is how storms will behave today, producing isolated damage with little to no impact for vast majority of our region. Obviously, if the damage happens in your location, it’s a big deal. I’ll be monitoring radar trends closely.
LEVEL 1 RISK TODAY… The marginal, Level 1 risk in place for the entirety of south Alabama and northwest Florida today is due to a low-end potential for damaging straight line winds. This is a “high CAPE, low shear” type day, meaning the tornado risk is very, very low. All areas of south Alabama and northwest Florida are included in this low-end risk valid through late tonight.
DRIER MONDAY & TUESDAY… A “cold” front (it is a cold front, but there’s no cold air behind it) will move across our area from north to south overnight. This will usher in slightly less humid air from the north, pushing most of the humid, moist air offshore temporarily. This drier air will also suppress shower and thunderstorm activity for Monday into Tuesday across our area. The early half of this week is set to be near perfect “beach weather,” with plenty of sunshine likely each day for the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches.
LATE WEEK PREVIEW… A few showers and storms are possible on Wednesday before another shot of dry air moves in. Sunny skies are expected on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are poised to potentially rise to near 100° in what will likely be the warmest stretch of day for our region so far this season.
APP ALERTS… Plenty of radar updates will be posted this evening here in the RedZone Weather app. Be sure to visit the Alerts tab (bottom right corner) and tap the large, yellow “Alert Setttings” button to customize the handcrafted alerts you would like to receive straight from me. Nothing automated as of now, just typed alerts that I send out at my discretion. Don’t worry – we will NOT bother you unless there’s info you should know.
See all the forecast details in your Sunday #rzw forecast video above… Have a great Sunday evening!