7:03AM August 11, 2018

SCATTERED STORMS TODAY; TROPICAL UPDATE… Another seasonal “dog day” of late summer is expected on this Saturday with scattered showers and thunderstorms with high temperatures around 90°. We’re also monitoring two areas of disturbed weather in the tropics. Let’s talk details…

STORMS LIKELY LATER TODAY… Another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms will pop up across south Alabama and northwest Florida this afternoon. While much of the area remains quiet this morning, the atmosphere will be full of heat this afternoon capable of supporting updrafts that turn into “loud and proud” thunderstorms. Similar to yesterday (and really the last week), some of the storms could be on the strong side capable of producing gusty winds, small hail, very heavy rain, and cloud-to-ground lightning. The overall severe weather threat today is low and the tornado risk is basically zero. Scary-looking scud clouds, yes. Tornadoes, no.

SEASONAL WEATHER AHEAD… Our forecast remains quite consistent over the next few days. High temps in the 90s, lows in the 70s, with at least some chance of thunderstorms each day.

TROPICAL UPDATE… The National Hurricane Center is monitoring two areas of concerns in the tropics.

1) A non-tropical area of low pressure way out in the Atlantic (about 1,000 miles east of Bermuda) could become a tropical storm as it drifts north. No effects for any land areas are expected from this system, regardless of if tropical storm development happens.

2) An area of disturbed weather several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 20% chance of becoming a tropical storm over the next few days as it moves west. Here’s the good news… This system has a short time window to develop, basically today through Tuesday. After Tuesday, atmospheric shear over the Lesser Antilles will likely completely rip the system apart and pretty much “kill” the system. The Gulf of Mexico remains quiet as of now. Also good news!

APP UPDATES… We have *plenty* of updates when thunderstorms are happening across our region available in the RedZone Weather app. The latest info is always posted in the app. I generally don’t post on Facebook when we have “general,” non-tornadic thunderstorms. If you’re new to the RedZone community, awesome! Thanks for being here.

Enjoy your Saturday!

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