6:57AM August 20, 2018

WET START TO THE WEEK… We start a new week exactly where we ended the last with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms ahead for south Alabama and northwest Florida on this Monday. Storms will produce very heavy rainfall at times that could lead to isolated instances of flash flooding today, especially in urban areas. While there is virtually no tornado risk today, some of the thunderstorms could be on the strong side, featuring lots of lightning and gusty winds. High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-80s for most across our region. Rain chances will gradually taper over the next few days. Here are the details…

NEXT 7 DAYS: SEASONAL SUMMER PATTERN… Thunderstorms will fade away after sunset this evening before another round of showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday. Most of the rain/storm action that develops on Tuesday will be concentrated to the afternoon and evening hours. There will be a few storms around on Wednesday, but I think Thursday should be the driest day of the week. A frontal boundary that has been and is the spark for the daily round of thunderstorms will sag to our south into the northern Gulf. Much of the day on Thursday will likely be partly cloudy. Rain chances increase again on Friday into the upcoming weekend.

FOOTBALL FORECASTS SOON… Hard to believe that football season is upon us yet again! Starting over the next two weeks, we’ll include more content here in the forecast text packages related to high school and college football. I know of several high school teams that have the “jamboree” & preseason games this week… Unfortunately, we will still be battling showers and thunderstorms Friday evening. Most games should be dry, but there will inevitably be some that are wet due to scattered pop-up storms.

TROPICS QUIET… The National Hurricane Center indicates that tropical storm formation is not expected across the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, or Atlantic Ocean over the next 5 days. The climatological peak of hurricane season is September 11.

SCHOOL PRESENTATION SEASON… Calling all teachers and folks who know teachers interested in a RedZone Weather school presentation! My schedule is quickly filling up for this fall semester’s school presentations. I do free school presentations across south Alabama and northwest Florida to help educate students on severe weather safety and other important weather-related topics. I have 4 different presentations for different age groups (kindergarten through college). Let me know ASAP if you’re interested in a presentation!

See all the graphics and details in your Monday #rzw forecast video that will be posted shortly on Facebook… Hope you have a great day!

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