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6:54AM September 30, 2019

SUNNY & HOT WEEK, BUT SLIGHTLY COOLER TEMPS COMING NEXT WEEK… Temperatures remain the lead weather story locally, and unfortunately not in a good way this week. Most locales will be well above our climatological average for this time of year in the next 5 days. High temperatures on this Monday will be at or above 95° in most spots. Sunny skies are expected through Friday. A weakening cold front will approach our area Sunday into Monday of the upcoming week, ushering in ever so slightly cooler air that will drop highs into the upper-80s next week. Morning lows will be in the 60s. The tropics are finally quiet, other than Hurricane Lorenzo in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Lorenzo will never directly affect the United States. Let’s look at a few more forecast details that largely remain unchanged from yesterday…

HIGH-LEVEL ALERT TEST ON WEDNESDAY… It is almost time for our next quarterly test of the RedZone Weather app emergency alert notification system. We test the “all app emergency alert system” on the first Wednesday of January, April, July, and October. The quarterly test will be this Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1PM Central Time. If you have the RedZone Weather app set up with notifications properly, you should receive this High-Level Alert Test.

BEFORE THE COOLER WEATHER, ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPS THIS WEEK… We’ve got one more week of temperatures that are slated to be well above our climatological norms. High temperatures through Friday will be in the mid- to upper-90s with morning lows around 70° in most spots across south Alabama and northwest Florida. Little to no rain is expected through Saturday.

TROPICS QUIET, OTHER THAN LORENZO OUT AT SEA… The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea are quiet after a majorly active September in the tropics. Hurricane Lorenzo is over the central Atlantic, moving north at about 10 miles per hour. Lorenzo is well away from land. Hurricane Watches will probably be needed soon for the Azores islands southwest of Europe as the core of Lorenzo moves by just to the northwest. Direct impacts from Hurricane Lorenzo in the United States will not happen.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

See all the graphics and details in your Monday #rzw forecast video… Have a great start to your week!

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7:36PM September 29, 2019

INCREASING CHANCES OF COOLER TEMPS ONE WEEK FROM TODAY… No doubt that temperatures will be far above our climatological norms over the next 5-6 days, but there is increasing confidence this evening that we will FINALLY get some needed heat relief as we go into the latter half of the upcoming weekend. Early indications point to highs in the 80s and lows in the upper-50s and lower-60s starting a week from today (Sunday evening, October 6). Let’s look at a few details…

BEFORE THE COOLER WEATHER, ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPS THIS WEEK… We’ve got one more week of temperatures that are slated to be well above our climatological norms. High temperatures through Friday will be in the mid- to upper-90s with morning lows around 70° in most spots across south Alabama and northwest Florida. Little to no rain is expected through Saturday.

HYPE MACHINE ON OVERDRIVE: COOLER TEMPS… I will be the first to tell you that we need some rain and cooler temps, although the hype I’ve seen surrounding our first real shot of cooler air next weekend has been astounding. Please understand that while temperatures will likely be cooler, this won’t be COLD air for our local area in south Alabama and northwest Florida. Cooler, yes. Cold, no. High temperatures will be in the 80s with morning lows in the low-60s with some isolated instances of upper-50s in our northern, inland communities like Greenville, Monroeville, Thomasville, and surrounding areas. Parts of central and north Alabama will be in the 40s and 50s in the early morning hours most likely.

TROPICS QUIET, OTHER THAN LORENZO OUT AT SEA… The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea are quiet after a majorly active September in the tropics. Hurricane Lorenzo is over the central Atlantic, moving north at about 10 miles per hour. Lorenzo is well away from land. Hurricane Watches will probably be needed soon for the Azores islands southwest of Europe as the core of Lorenzo moves by just to the northwest. Direct impacts from Hurricane Lorenzo in the United States will not happen.

HIGH-LEVEL ALERT TEST ON WEDNESDAY… It is almost time for our next quarterly test of the RedZone Weather app emergency alert notification system. We test the “all app emergency alert system” on the first Wednesday of January, April, July, and October. The quarterly test will be this Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 1PM Central Time. If you have the RedZone Weather app set up with notifications properly, you should receive this High-Level Alert Test.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

My next video update will be posted by 7:15AM on Monday. Have a great evening!

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7:34PM September 29, 2019

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2:10PM September 29, 2019

WISH I HAD BETTER NEWS: QUITE HOT & DRY FOR NEXT 5-6 DAYS… October is going to start just like September ends: Hot, dry, with temperatures well above our climatological norms for this time of year. We are slated to get some relief from the heat in the latter half of the upcoming weekend as a weak cold front approaches from the north. That will probably allow a few showers and thunderstorms to happen a week from today (Sunday, October 6 into Monday, October 7). The consolation prize we get this week, however, will be lots of sunshine. Another bit of good news: The tropics are finally much quieter. Hurricane Lorenzo is on the way out in the eastern Atlantic and the rest of the Atlantic basin, including the Gulf of Mexico, is quiet. Let’s talk details…

SUNNY, HOT, & DRY THROUGH SATURDAY… High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-90s through Friday with loads of sunshine each day. Other than a few passing cumulus clouds in the afternoon and evening hours, most spots will be completely sunny with little to no (0-5%) chance of rain. Overnight lows will consistently be around 70°.

SHOWERS & A BIT COOLER BY END OF UPCOMING WEEKEND… Our next notable chance of rain comes on Sunday, one week from today, when a cold front is likely to approach our area from the northwest. Severe weather parameters remain at zero for now, and there is a high chance that the cool air behind the front doesn’t make it into the Deep South. Regardless, this front will likely knock down temperatures ever so slightly as we go into Monday of the next week. Highs will be in the upper-80s with morning lows in the mid-60s. Baby steps!

HURRICANE LORENZO REACHED CAT. 5 INTENSITY YESTERDAY… Powerful Hurricane Lorenzo is a category 4 system in the central Atlantic Ocean, currently affecting no land areas. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says a hurricane watch may be required for the Azores islands southwest of Europe by tonight as Lorenzo might graze the area just to the northwest. Lorenzo actually reached category 5 intensity briefly on Saturday evening when maximum winds increased to 160 mph. Lorenzo will not directly affect America.

GULF & CARIBBEAN REMAIN QUIET… No tropical storm formation is expected in the Gulf of Mexico or Caribbean Sea in the next 5 days. The tropics are finally starting to become more quiet. We are watching Tropical Storm Narda on the Eastern Pacific side of Mexico, but that system won’t move anywhere close to our local area.

APP… redzoneweather.com/app is the link where you can download our free RedZone Weather app. Social networks don’t guarantee that you will see our forecast content or urgent warnings. That is why we have the RZW app available for you. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) then tap the large, yellow “Alert Settings” button to customize the alerts you want to receive straight from me. We encourage everyone to turn on “Medium-Level Alerts.” If you like a lot of notifications, turn on Low-Level Alerts too.

See all the details in your Sunday evening #rzw forecast video… Enjoy your day!

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7:05AM September 28, 2019

SUNNY, HOT WEEKEND… Summer has overstayed its welcome this year with a hot, humid weekend on tap for south Alabama and northwest Florida. High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-90s today and on Sunday. There is a small chance some locales could briefly hit 100° Sunday afternoon. Rain chances remain near zero in most spots, although there is a small chance of a brief shower or storm across the eastern half of the area in the afternoon hours. Vast majority of us will remain dry.

NO COOLER WEATHER THIS WEEK… A large ridge of high pressure will keep us dry and quite hot over the next 7 days. Highs will be in the mid-90s with morning lows consistently around 70°. Rain chances will remain low. There are some global model indications that suggest we could have slightly cooler temperatures as we get into the October 6-13 timeframe but it’s too early to know with confidence whether this idea deserves merit. Confidence is high, however, that the upcoming 7 days will be hot and dry.

FINAL ADVISORY ISSUED ON KAREN… The National Hurricane Center has issued the final advisory on what was Tropical Depression Karen, located about halfway between Puerto Rico and Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean. The remnant low pressure area that was Karen will probably completely dissipate in the next day or two.

LORENZO A BIT WEAKER OVER OPEN OCEAN… Hurricane Lorenzo is still a category 3, major hurricane as it moves north over the open waters of the central Atlantic Ocean. Lorenzo will continue to move north and ultimately northeast this week. No U.S. impacts are expected because of Lorenzo.

The rest of the Atlantic basin (including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea) remains quiet.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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7:01AM September 28, 2019

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