1:23PM July 29, 2018

SCATTERED STORMS AROUND NOW; MORE P.M. STORMS THIS WEEK… Several thunderstorms have popped up across south Alabama and northwest Florida early on this Sunday afternoon. As of 1:20PM when this video was produced, storms are strongest near Dixie in eastern Escambia (AL) County and near Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in southern Baldwin County. More storms are likely across our region today. Not everyone will have rain before the end of the day, but most will. Radar updates will be posted throughout the afternoon in the RedZone Weather app.

INCREASED RAIN CHANCES THROUGH THURSDAY… Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are likely, especially for communities south and east of Interstate 65, in the days ahead. This is because we are shifting to a southwest flow aloft (winds high in the atmosphere) and excessive moisture moving in from the Gulf of Mexico. Per our climatological norm, storms will fire primarily in the afternoon and evening hours in each of the next 7 days, although I can’t rule out isolated storms in the morning hours. High temperatures will likely peak in the 90s today and on Monday before dropping into the upper-80s Tuesday and Wednesday due to all of the storms around.

SEVERE WEATHER RISK REMAINS VERY LOW… A few of the thunderstorms over the next few days may briefly ramp up to strong or severe status, with a brief gusty winds being the main concern in the stronger storms. Our tornado risk over the next 7 days remains very, very low. The Storm Prediction Center has outlined much of northwest Alabama in their Level 1 (out of 5) marginal risk to potentially see a few strong to severe storms on Monday, but that is WELL to our north in communities like Hamilton, Russellville, Muscle Shoals, Florence, and Huntsville. SPC does not have our local area in any formal severe weather risk zone through Wednesday.

TROPICS QUIET; AUGUST USUALLY AN ACTIVE MONTH… The Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean remain quiet, with no tropical storm formation expected over the next 5-7 days. August 1 is on Wednesday. Typically, August is the second most active month of the Atlantic Hurricane Season each year. I’ll be keeping close tabs on the tropics over the next 2 months, but for now, no issues to speak of. Good news!

APP ALERTS… Because vast majority of the thunderstorms today will be well under severe limits, yet still strong enough to produce heavy rain and lots of lightning, I’ll have all of your updates here in the RedZone Weather app. Be sure to visit the Alerts tab (bottom right corner) and then tap the large, yellow “Alert Settings” button to customize the alerts you want to get from me. I send MANY Low-Level Alerts each week about the (non-severe) thunderstorms!

I’ve got all the forecast details for you in your Sunday #rzw forecast video… Have a great day!

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