This is a terrifying radar signature. Two closed, concentric rings with the inner one holding the largest rain rates is a feature of only the very strongest TCs. Hoping the people in the Philippines make it through this supertyphoon. https://t.co/efiFI05RmK
— Levi Cowan (@TropicalTidbits) October 31, 2020
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 29 FORMS… The tropical disturbance we’ve been tracking in the Caribbean Sea has increased in organization this evening to the point that it is now being classified as Tropical Depression 29. TD29 is expected to become a hurricane before moving onshore in Central America, likely in Honduras or Nicaragua. Local impacts in south Alabama and northwest Florida seem unlikely at the moment.
We will keep watching this system and bring you the latest over the next few days. This will become Tropical Storm Eta (the Greek Alphabet letter after Zeta and before Theta) once it takes a name.
90% CHANCE OF TROPICAL STORM FORMATION; BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND LOCALLY… The National Hurricane Center now suggests there is a 90% chance of a tropical storm forming in the Caribbean Sea. There is a tropical disturbance (branded as INVEST 96L) located in the east-central Caribbean Sea that is moving west. While it remains early in the process and there is still quite a bit uncertainty of where this system will ultimately end up, there seems to be somewhat of a trend in the model data that suggests movement to the west toward central America once this system develops. We will keep watching this feature and bring you the latest in the RedZone Weather app. No effects from this system are expected in the U.S. any time in the next 4-5 days.
TRICK-OR-TREATING FORECAST FOR TONIGHT… Perfect weather is ahead for all of our local communities having trick-or-treating festivities for Halloween this evening. Partly cloudy skies are expected this evening with temperatures in the 60s from 6PM to 9PM.
NICE SUNDAY AHEAD… A few passing clouds may pass through the area tomorrow (Sunday) morning but skies should clear out by the afternoon hours. Rain chances remain near zero. High temperatures will be in the mid-70s.
GORGEOUS WEEK AHEAD… Sunny skies are ahead for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the 60s on Monday ahead of overnight lows in the low-40s for Election Day on Tuesday. Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the low-70s each day. Clouds may begin to increase on Thursday into Friday, but rain chances remain low for now.
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Please have a safe, fun Halloween evening and enjoy the cooler weather!
40s LIKELY AT DAYBREAK; CHILLY NIGHT AHEAD… Overnight lows tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 6AM will be in the 40s across much of south Alabama and northwest Florida. Some locales at the immediate coast like Destin, Pensacola, Orange Beach, and Dauphin Island will be closer to 50-55 degrees. Full sunshine is ahead for Saturday with highs expected to be in the low- to mid-70s.
My next detailed forecast update will be posted by 7:15AM on Saturday. See you then!
One of Alabama’s best high school football rivalries happens tonight in my hometown of Brewton as T.R. Miller takes on W.S. Neal.
Game time temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-50s under mostly clear skies. Perfect football weather!
— Spinks Megginson (@rzweather) October 30, 2020