MORE POP-UP STORMS; TROPICAL MISCHIEF… Showers and thunderstorms are again expected to fire across south Alabama and northwest Florida this afternoon into this evening. Our weather pattern looks to remain consistent in that over the next week, however there are some indications that we may need to adjust rain chances higher late next week due to some tropical mischief. We’re also watching a developing area of low pressure way out in the Atlantic. Let’s talk details…
TYPICAL LATE AUGUST DAY… Climatologically speaking, today will be about as close to normal as you can get for our area in late August. Pop-up storms will become possible, mainly after 11AM, due to plenty of heat content in the atmosphere. The storms today will pop up very quickly. Lots of lightning, heavy rain, and gusty winds will happen in the stronger storms. As I’ve said many times this summer, be ready for scattered downpours of heavy rain!
TROPICAL WAVE JUST SOUTH OF US NEXT WEEK… Most of the major weather models are on board with the idea of a tropical wave moving into the eastern Gulf of Mexico late next week. We’re still a week or so out from this event, but we are rapidly approaching the peak of hurricane season, so any system like this must be watched closely. No details yet as to when and where this tropical system will end up OR if it will even develop. Nothing to stress over or lose sleep over just yet! (I didn’t even show this in the video as this system is still over a week away.)
TROPICAL LOW WEST OF AFRICA… We’ll also be watching a separate, distinct area of developing low pressure that has just moved off of the African continent in the form of a tropical wave. This system will move west into the open waters of the Atlantic over the next few days. Most of the major weather models show this system (regardless of development) recurving into the Atlantic and ultimately staying away from land. We’ll keep you posted.
WEEKEND PREVIEW… There will be several hours of sunshine each day at the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches. Pop-up storms will happen Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, particularly in the afternoon and evening hours each day. High temperatures will be around 90 with morning lows in the low-70s.
WE REMEMBER KATRINA… Today is the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s second U.S. landfall in Louisiana. Many thousands of people were displaced for weeks, months, and longer across coastal parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and even parts of Mobile County, Alabama. The death toll was far too high. Today we pause and remember all of those lost and all of those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
I’ve got all the forecast details for you in your Wednesday #rzw forecast video that will be posted shortly here in the RZWeather app…