Scott Martin: raising the pressure in Alabama
TURN ON THE THERMOSTAT: The forecast for today and the next six days shows no relief from the heat that will begin to form under what we are calling the “death ridge”. Take advantage of this weekend as it will be the last we see for a little while some places will stay in the 80s. Here is what we have for this forecast period.
This weekend will be fabulous, but the heat will start to rise through Alabama. We will have mostly sunny skies with highs reaching the mid-80s to lower 90s on Saturday, but warming in the upper 80s to lower 90s on Sunday.
The upcoming work week brings even warmer temperatures as the ridge strengthens. The forecast will be very similar for each day through Thursday, with mostly sunny skies and no rain expected. Monday’s highs will be between the low to mid-90s, with the low to the high 90s on Tuesday, low to the mid-90s on Wednesday, and straight back to the high 90s on Thursday.
The trend across the country mostly flattens out on Friday, except for a northeast trough that could bring a wave of humidity to the northern half of the state by late Friday afternoon. For now, it looks like much of Alabama will remain dry, but a few isolated or scattered showers and storms could be possible. The heat will not subside, as the peaks will be in the lower 90s to the north and the upper 90s to the south.
TROPICS: Subtropical storm Ana formed earlier this morning just northeast of Bermuda and was blowing 45 mph winds and was moving west-southwest at 3 mph. A tropical storm watch is planned for Bermuda before Ana begins a quick start to the northeast and dissipates within days.
We also have Invest 91L, which traveled ashore in Southeast Texas. The system could produce heavy rain over parts of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana today. With the soils already saturated in this area, heavy rains could result in sudden, urban and additional river flooding.
AT THIS DATE IN 1987: A powerful tornado all but wiped the small community of Saragosa, in southwest Texas, from the map. The tornado destroyed 85% of city structures, killing 30 people and injuring 121 others in a city in 183. The tornado threw trucks and cars through mud and wood-frame houses, and some vehicles. exploded 150 meters away.
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