James Spann: Most of Alabama is dry until Friday, with pleasant nights
RADAR CONTROL: Most of Alabama is dry this afternoon; we note a band of strong to severe thunderstorms along the gulf coast from Dauphin Island to Panama City Beach. These storms are moving south and are expected to leave the coasts soon. Tonight will be generally passable and very pleasant, with lows mostly between 60 and 65 degrees, but cooler spots over the northern half of the state will dip into the 50s.
The weather will remain dry Wednesday through Friday for most of the state with mostly sunny days and clear nights; maximums will be between 85 and 89 degrees for most communities. A few showers could reach southwestern Alabama on Friday before a tropical depression in the western Gulf of Mexico.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Wet weather returns as the tropical depression moves towards the west coast of Louisiana. Some rains are possible during the day of Saturday; rain is expected to be fairly widespread across the state from Saturday night through Sunday. The amounts could be heavy at times, especially in the southern half of the state. Highs over the weekend will be between 78 and 83 degrees.
NEXT WEEK: Scattered in numerous showers and thunderstorms, it remains likely Monday and Tuesday, becoming more scattered from Wednesday to Friday. The week will be hot and humid, with highs in the mid-1980s most of the time, just to seasonal averages of mid-June in Alabama.
TROPICS: A tropical depression is expected to form in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico over the next 72 hours. This broad low will move in the general direction of the Louisiana coast by Friday and will bring the potential for heavy rains and dangerous return currents over the Galveston Gulf coast to the Florida Panhandle by Friday evening and the weekend. Parts of the Gulf Coast could receive 4 to 8 inches of rain Friday through Monday.
Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Bill, well east of the upper Atlantic coast of the United States, will become post-tropical as it gains latitude tonight. In the eastern Atlantic, downpour activity is limited in association with a tropical wave a few hundred miles south-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Development, if any, is expected to be slow over the next two days as the wave moves west. Subsequently, a combination of dry air aloft and strong winds aloft should end the chances of formation when the wave hits the central tropical Atlantic.
AT THIS DATE IN 1991: The second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century began when Mount Pinatubo injected 15 to 30 million tonnes of sulfur dioxide 100,000 feet into the atmosphere. As a result of the eruptions, 343 people were killed in the Philippines and 200,000 were left homeless. The material from the explosion would spread around the world, causing climate change to occur around the world, as solar power was blocked and global temperatures cooled to one degree Fahrenheit. Overall, 1992 was one of the coldest years since the 1970s.
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