MORE POP-UP SHOWERS & STORMS TODAY; NO IMMINENT TROPICAL CONCERNS LOCALLY… Showers and thunderstorms are expected to become more numerous this afternoon into this evening compared to the last several days. Storms could produce localized downpours of heavy rain, gusty winds, and cloud-to-ground lightning. No tornadoes are expected today and storms should generally remain below severe limits in most cases. A stronger storm or two cannot completely be ruled out, with the main concerns being gusty winds. Today is very much a classic summer weather day where you may see some creepy clouds and maybe even a shelf cloud or two. High temperatures today will be around the 90 degree mark. A few more Tuesday morning forecast notes are below.
LOOKING AHEAD TO THE 4TH OF JULY… Scattered thunderstorms will continue to be common around our region over the next several days and this weekend as we go into the Independence Day holiday. Rain and storms will be possible on the 4th (on Sunday) and on the observed holiday on Monday. Widespread, significant severe storms are not expected, but “splash and dash-type” showers and thunderstorms will be prevalent throughout this week, into the weekend, and into early next week.
TROPICAL STORM DANNY MADE LANDFALL IN SOUTH CAROLINA… Yesterday around 10AM, the National Hurricane Center started issuing advisories on Tropical Depression 4. The USAF Hurricane Hunter aircraft crew investigated the system in the afternoon hours, finding maximum winds in excess of 40 mph. This caused the system to be upgraded to Tropical Storm Danny. A few hours later at approximately 7PM last evening, Danny made landfall near Hilton Head Island with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Danny continues to weaken this morning over parts of Georgia and South Carolina. The remnants of Danny will likely bring increased rain chances to the Tennessee Valley region and north Alabama as the system continues moving northwest. No direct local impacts are expected locally in south Alabama and northwest Florida because of Tropical Storm Danny.
TROPICAL WAVE ON APPROACH TO LESSER ANTILLES… The National Hurricane Center continues to track a tropical wave in the central Atlantic Ocean that will approach the Lesser Antilles over the next 48 hours. This wave poses no threat to the USA over the next 5 days, but it is a system to monitor as it moves west this weekend. From NHC: “Disorganized showers and a few thunderstorms continue in association with a tropical wave located over the central Atlantic Ocean. Some slow development of this disturbance is possible later this week and this weekend while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph, likely reaching the Lesser Antilles by Wednesday night.”
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